Over the past 10 years or so in the Western Athletic Conference, it has been a rare occurrence for teams to share the regular season title.
The crazy thing is, it has happened twice in the past two years. In 2020-21, Utah Valley and Grand Canyon earned a share of the regular season title. And they had to earn that share on the final day of the regular season.
The same thing happened in 2021-22. The regular season title came down to the final day of conference play. But, this time it was for three teams, rather than two. New Mexico State, Seattle U and newcomer Stephen F. Austin all had a chance to share the regular season title.
Seattle U played host to Chicago State on the final day of WAC play. Stephen F. Austin was at UTRGV and New Mexico State played host to Utah Valley.
And, all three got the job done on that final day of league play.
Seattle U held off a pesky Cougar squad behind a combined 60 points from Riley Grigsby, Darrion Trammell and Cam Tyson. With the win, Seattle U won its first-ever WAC regular season title.
Grigsby, Trammell and Tyson combined for 60 points and we clinched the @WACsports regular season title!
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— Seattle U Men's Basketball (@seattleumbb) March 6, 2022
SFA kept its winning streak alive with a dismantling of UTRGV. The 30-point victory over the Vaqueros was the 10th straight win for the Jacks. One of those 10 wins was also a road win at the Pan Am Center, making SFA just the third WAC team since Jan. 1, 2012 to beat New Mexico State on its home floor. And with the win over UTRGV, SFA won a WAC regular season title in its first year in the league.
Then we became @WACsports regular season champions at UTRGV in our first year in a new league ?? pic.twitter.com/wztdAGNpxH
— SFA Men’s Basketball (@SFA_MBB) March 24, 2022
On Senior Night at the Pan Am, New Mexico State got the best of Utah Valley to earn a share of the regular season title. Johnny McCants and Company led wire-to-wire to win a share of the title. The win also gave the Aggies the No. 1 seed at WAC Vegas.
What's better than winning the @WACsports regular-season title?
Getting engaged ?@mccantsjohnny23 popped the question and @jusstsamanthaa said YES! #AggieUp pic.twitter.com/EOwI1Xv6Rn
— NM State MBB (@NMStateMBB) March 6, 2022
Due to tiebreaker rules, New Mexico State was the top seed at WAC Vegas. Seattle U was the 2-seed and SFA was the 3-seed.