LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- The Bellarmine Knights have captured the university's first national title in Division II college basketball.
The men's team defeated BYU-Hawaii in Springfield, Mass. to claim the national championship.
Hundreds of students, teachers and fans packed Frazier Hall Saturday to watch the nationally televised game.
Complete jubilation erupted when the final seconds ticked away.
"I knew we were going to do this and we did it because that's B-U for you. We got this," said Lindsey Levino, a Bellarmine student.
For some fans, a national championship at Bellarmine University has been a long-time dream.
"I graduated in 1976 and I've been waiting a long time for this dream. Fantastic," said Mike Bauer, a Bellarmine alum.
Communications professor Linda Raymond watched with anticipation for the team's win. She teaches some of the players.
"They are just wonderful young men and I am so happy for them. It's great for the school. They won it and they won it for all the right reasons," said Raymond.
The city has planned a welcome home ceremony for the team on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. on campus. Mayor Greg Fischer has ordered Metro Police officers to escort the team bus from the county line back to Bellarmine University.