Nicole Cooke | Democrat University of Central Missouri senior basketball player Daylen Robinson looks on as fellow senior Jon Gilliam talks to the large crowd in the Multipurpose Building during Monday’s pep rally for the team’s national championship win on Saturday. “As a senior you expect your last game to be a loss, but mine was a victory,” Gilliam said.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat The Multipurpose Building on the University of Central Missouri campus was packed Monday for the pep rally to celebrate the National Championship won by the Mules basketball team in Evansville, Ind., on Saturday.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat University of Central Missouri head men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson gives Gov. Jay Nixon a basketball signed by the team, a national championship shirt and hat during his speech at the pep rally on Monday in the Multipurpose Building.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat After the pep rally, a long line formed to receive autographs from the National Championship Mules basketball team. Fans also had the opportunity to take their photo with the championship trophy.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat After pausing to gain his composure at the beginning of his speech, University of Central Missouri head men’s basketball coach Kim Anderson got the crowd excited and on their feet with “How about them Mules?” during Monday’s pep rally in the Multipurpose Building. This was Anderson’s first national championship win.
Nicole Cooke | Democrat The NCAA Division II National Championship trophy is seen during Monday’s pep rally draped with one of the basketball nets cut after the UCM Mules won the championship in Evansville, Ind., on Saturday. During the rally all the scoreboards in the Multipurpose Building showed Mules 84, West Liberty 77, the game’s final score.