CLEVELAND- “I want to be in the fight.”
Those were head coach Clif Carroll’s words hours after his squad’s elimination from the NCAA Tournament in the Elite Eight round. And in the fight his Crusaders were. For an entire 45 minutes. They did not back down, and while Elmhurst emerged with the trip to the Final Four, defeating UMHB, 87-84, in heartbreaking fashion, Carroll could at least find solace in the fact that his team fell in a one-possession contest that was anybody’s game down the stretch.