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2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Championship Rounds
November 24-25, 2014
Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO

Host Rounds - November 2014
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2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Championship Round
Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 17, 2014

The 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, continued the Host Round games with contests at all four host schools that will be travelling to Kansas City, MO to compete a week from tonight.

Maryland never trailed this evening and finished with a relatively easy 93-57 victory over Central Connecticut State at XFINITY center in College Park, MD.  Maryland used an effective combination of strong field goal shooting (55.6%) and tough field goal defense holding the Blue Devils to 35.4% shooting on the night to take the 36-point victory.  The biggest advantage came in the paint as the Terrapins outscored CCSU 46-22 in points in the paint.

Maryland (2-0) was led by senior forward who scored a game-high 27 points, while freshman guard scored ten points and grabbed nine rebounds, and fellow freshman guard Dion Wiley came off the bench to also add ten points to the Terps effort.  CCSU (0-2) had two double figure scorers in a pair of sophomore guards, Matt Mobley (24) and Khalen Cumberlander (11).

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon heads home as the Topeka, KS native will bring his Terrapins to Kansas City, MO to take on Arizona State in the first semifinal game of the night on November 24th at Sprint Center.  Game time is 6:00 p.m. CST and the game can be seen on ESPNU.   Central Connecticut State will travel to Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ to play Bethune-Cookman, Monmouth, and Towson at the Activities Center in a round-robin format as part of the Sub-Host Rounds on November 21st-23rd.

Maryland 93 – Cent. Connecticut St. 57 (Box Score; Game Recaps: Maryland; Cent. Conn. St.)

 

Iowa State, ranked 14th in the latest AP poll, hosted Georgia State at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA.  For the second time in as many games, the Cyclones battled through a close first half only to play a strong second half and win handily, 81-58.

Iowa State took a 10-4 lead in the first five minutes, but Georgia State slowly fought back.  When junior forward Markus Crider threw down a dunk with 7:45 in the half, the Panthers held a 21-20 lead.  Georges Niang, junior forward for Iowa State hit two free throws, Crider answered with a jumper, and Niang nailed a jumper at 6:54 giving the Cyclones a 24-23 lead that they would never relinquish.  Iowa State led 35-29 at the half.  In the second half, the Cyclones shot 53.1% while the Panthers shot 38.7% leading to the 23-point final margin of victory.

For the second game in a row, all five of the Cyclone starters scored in double figures led by sophomore guard Monte Morris with 19.  Niang chipped in with a double-double scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds for Iowa State (2-0).  Georgia State (1-1) ended the game with three scorers in double digits.  Junior guard R.J. Hunter led all scorers with 21, and senior guard Ryan Harrow tallied 12 points while Crider scored 10 and led the Panthers with eight rebounds.

Iowa State will now take the scenic 4 hour bus ride down I-35 to Kansas City, MO take on Alabama in the second semifinal game of the night on November 24th  at Sprint Center.  Game time is set for approximately 8:30 p.m. CST and the games can be seen on ESPN2.   Georgia State will travel to Oakland University in Rochester, MI to play Chicago State, Oakland, and Western Carolina at the Athletics Center O’Rena in a round-robin format as part of the Sub-Host Rounds on November 24th-26th.

Iowa State 81 – Georgia State 58 (Box Score; Game Recaps: Iowa State; Georgia State)

 

The Coleman Coliseum crowd left happy and entertained as Alabama and Western Carolina combined for five ties and 14 lead changes before the Crimson Tide came from behind in the second half and defeated the Catamounts 80-74 in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Neither ‘Bama nor WCU could shake their opponent during the opening minutes of the game as the lead changed eight times and the score was tied once in the first five minute.  Alabama was then able take control by going on a 13-1 run and take a 23-11 lead with about 9:30 to play in the half.  The Crimson Tide lead dropped to eight, 41-33, at the half.  The two teams again traded buckets to open the second stanza before Western Carolina took control and went on an 11-2 run to give the Catamounts the lead, 50-49.  For the next 5:45, the teams again traded the lead or were tied until WCU pulled away and took a six point lead, 67-61 with 6:35 to play.  But the Tide began to roll after that, as two free throws by junior guard Ricky Tarrant began a 9-2 run to gain the lead and ultimately finished the game on a 19-7 run to take the six-point win.

Alabama (2-0) again had four scorers in double figures led by two senior guard Levi Randolph who had 19 points including a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe.  Tarrant also scored 18 and sophomore forward Jimmie Taylor recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards.  Western Caolina (0-2) was led by senior guard James Sinclair with a tournament-high to date of 31 points.  Junior guard Rhett Harrelson knocked in 13 points while junior forward Torrion Brummitt grabbed ten boards to lead the Catamount Glass Cleaner Union.

Alabama travels to Kansas City, MO take on Iowa State in the second semifinal game of the night on November 24th  at Sprint Center.  Game time is set for approximately 8:30 p.m. CST and the games can be seen on ESPN2.   Western Carolina will travel to Oakland University in Rochester, MI to play Chicago State, Georgia State, and Oakland at the Athletics Center O’Rena in a round-robin format as part of the Sub-Host Rounds on November 24th-26th.

Alabama 80 – Western Carolina 74 (Box Score; Game Recaps: Alabama; Western Carolina)

 

Arizona State took out to a large early lead and was able to withstand a second half where they only scored 16 points to win 49-39 over Bethune-Cookman at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, AZ.

Arizona State opened the game on a 10-0 run and extended that lead to 30-8 with 3:00 remaining in the half.  The halftime score was 33-14, and the Sun Devils 19-point lead was in large part due to taking advantage of 12 Wildcat turnovers and scoring 11 points off those turnovers.  Bethune-Cookman turned the tables in the second half, held on the ball, and turned Arizona State over ten times and converted those turnovers into 14 points.  But the Wildcats couldn’t make up the large deficit and could only close the gap to eight in the final two minutes.

Both teams had a rough night shooting with Arizona State shooting 37.8% (14-of-37) and Bethune-Cookman shooting 31.8% (14-of-44), and along with 31 combined fouls and 31 combined free throw attempts accounted for the low scoring output.  The difference came in the Sun Devils ability to knock down four more three pointers and six more free throws en route to the ten point victory.

Arizona State (2-0) was led by junior center Eric Jacobsen who recorded a double-double with 13 points and ten rebounds while also contributing four blocked shots.  Jacobsen was followed in scoring and rebounding by senior forward Jonathan Grilling who scored 11 points and grabbed six boards.   Bethune-Cookman had no double figure scorers, and was led in scoring and rebounding by junior forward Quentin Brewer who had nine points and nine boards.

Arizona State travels to Kansas City, MO to take on the Maryland Terrapins in the first semifinal game of the night on November 24th  at Sprint Center.  Game time is 6:00 p.m. CST and the game can be seen on ESPNU.   Bethune-Cookman will travel to Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ to play, Central Connecticut State, Monmouth, and Towson at the Activities Center in a round-robin format as part of the Sub-Host Rounds on November 21st-23rd.

Arizona State 49 – Bethune-Cookman 39 (Box Score; Game Recaps: Arizona State; B-C)

 

 

About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic 

 

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation's only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men's collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers.  The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic. 

 

Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate.   The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans. 

 

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc., www.blueridgesports.com.  Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia.    Sponsorship opportunities for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction celebration are available through Premier Sports by contacting Laurie Bollig, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

To find out more, visit: www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter @CBEHOFClassic.

 

Contact:
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Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 14, 2014

The 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, opened play tonight for the 14th year with three matchups at host schools sites.  The CBE Hall of Fame Classic includes 12 teams and 24 games over 13 days at seven different venues which will conclude with a champion being crowned on November 25th at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.

In the first game to tip off, the Iowa State Cyclones played host to the Oakland Grizzlies at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA.  The game began as a closely contested battle, but Iowa State played steady throughout the second half and emerged with a 93-82 victory. 

After the lead went back and forth in the opening minutes, Oakland held a 13-12 lead after a three-pointer at the 13:23 mark by senior forward Ralph Hill.  Iowa State regained the lead just nine seconds later as senior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones hit a jumper, and the Cyclones would never trail again.  The Grizzlies did fight back from an eight point deficit to tie the score at 38-38 with a three-pointer from sophomore point guard, Kahlil Felder with 2:24 left in the half.  Iowa State answered the Oakland run by finishing the period on a 7-0 run and took a 45-38 lead into the locker room.  Oakland was never able to threaten in the second half, and the Cyclones pushed their lead to 20 points before the Grizzlies finished the game on a 9-0 run and closed the gap to 11 at the final horn. 

Free throws were the big difference in this one as the Cyclones (1-0) had 17 more attempts than the Grizzlies (0-1) and were able to convert on 11 of those.

Returning after breaking his foot in last year’s NCAA Tournament, Iowa State junior forward Georges Niang led all scorers with 30 points and he also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists to just one turnover.  Dejean-Jones contributed a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds.  All five of the Cyclone starters scored in double figures.  Oakland was led in scoring by senior forward Corey Petros who tallied 25 points while also leading the team with eight boards.  Felder also had a double-double scoring 23 points while dishing out 10 assists.

Iowa State 93 - Oakland 82 (Box Score; Game Recaps: Iowa State; Oakland)

 

In Tuscaloosa, AL, Alabama took on Towson in front of a home crowd at Coleman Coliseum.  While Towson kept Alabama within reach in the first half, the Tigers were only able to shoot 29.6% in the second half and ended up falling to the Crimson Tide 82-54.

Towson and Alabama battled closely deep into the first half.  Towson held a slim lead early, fell behind by ten, and battled back to within one point,26-25, on a three-pointer by junior guard Four McGlynn at the 4:25 mark.  Alabama answered with a 13-5 run to finish the half and took a 39-30 lead into the locker room.

McGlynn drained his fifth three of the game in the opening minute of the second half, but it was the last bucket he would score and the rest of the Tigers didn’t fare much better.  Alabama went on a 16-4 run over the next 5:29 shutting the door on any hope the Tigers might have of a comeback, and the Tide (1-0) rolled on to a 28 point win.

Alabama had four scorers in double figures led by two senior guards: Levi Randolph who had a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards, and Rodney Cooper who contributed 15 points as well.  Towson (0-1) was led by McGlynn with 15 points and had two other double figure scorers in graduate transfer forward Alex Gavrilovic with 14 points and sophomore forward John Davis who tallied a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds coming off the bench.

Alabama 82 - Towson 54 (Box Score; Game Recaps: Alabama; Towson)

 

In the final game of the night, Arizona State shot 61.2% for the game and won convincingly over Chicago State 86-50 at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe, AZ.  The Sun Devils shot a blistering 68.2% (15-for-22) from the field in the first half including 50%(5-for-10) from behind the arc in racing out to a 40-28 halftime lead.  Chicago State might have felt encouraged that Arizona State cooled in the second half to 55.6% shooting except for the fact that the Cougars shot 22.6% and the 12 point halftime lead ended in a 36 point Sun Devil win.

Arizona State (1-0) was led in scoring by senior forward Shaquielle McKissic with 20 points and three other Sun Devils each chipped in with 11 points (Willie Atwood, Jr., F; Gerry Blakes, Jr., G; Roosevelt Scott, Jr., G).  Senior guard Clarke Rosenberg also scored a game-high 20 points for Chicago State (0-1), while junior forward Jared Dimacos led all rebounders with eight.

Arizona State 86 – Chicago State 50 (Box Score; Game Recaps: Arizona State; Chicago State)

 

 

 

About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic 

 

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation's only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men's collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers.  The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic. 

 

Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate.   The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans. 

 

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc., www.blueridgesports.com.  Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia.    Sponsorship opportunities for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction celebration are available through Premier Sports by contacting Laurie Bollig, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

To find out more, visit: www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter @CBEHOFClassic.

 

Contact:
Liz Woerth, 
Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

P: 773-850-0614  |  E:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic Field Finalized

--ESPN networks to televise all four Championship Round games—

 

KANSAS CITY, MO – The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced today that the field for the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic has been set.

Alabama, Arizona State, Iowa State and Maryland will serve as the four host round participants for this year’s CBE Hall of Fame Classic, with the opening round games beginning on November 14th.  Each team will play two games on campus and advance to the championship rounds on November 24-25 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. 

Joining the four host teams in the 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic are Bethune Cookman, Central Connecticut State, Chicago State, Georgia State, Monmouth, Oakland, Towson and Western Carolina.  Monmouth and Oakland will serve as a sub-hosts for games played November 21-26. 

ESPN networks will televise the four championship round games.  The semifinal doubleheader featuring Arizona State and Maryland will be aired on ESPNU at 7:00pm (ET), followed by Alabama and Iowa State on ESPN2.  The next evening, the consolation game will be shown on ESPN3 at 7:00pm (ET), followed by the championship game on ESPNU.

Tickets for the championship round games at Sprint Center may be purchased by visiting www.cbehalloffameclassic.com, www.sprintcenter.com, by phone at 888-929-7849, or in person at Sprint Center Box Office.

For more information on the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, please visit www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter at @CBEHOFClassic.

---- CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS ----
Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
 Semifinal Doubleheader   Championship Doubleheader
Monday, November 24 – 7:00 PM ET   Tuesday, November 25 – 7:00 PM ET
Arizona State vs. Maryland (ESPNU)   Consolation Game (ESPN3)   
Alabama vs. Iowa State (ESPN2)    Championship Game (ESPNU)
     
---- HOST ROUNDS ----
Tuscaloosa Regional Rounds   Tempe Regional Rounds
Coleman Coliseum – Tuscaloosa, AL   Wells Fargo Arena – Tempe, AZ
Friday, November 14 – Time TBD   Friday, November 14 – Time TBD
Towson at Alabama   Chicago State at Arizona State
Monday, November 17 – Time TBD   Monday, November 17 – Time TBD
Western Carolina at Alabama   Bethune Cookman at Arizona State
     
Ames Regional Rounds   College Park Regional Rounds
Hilton Coliseum – Ames, IA   Comcast Center – College Park, MD
Friday, November 14 – Time TBD   Monday, November 17 – Time TBD
Oakland at Iowa State   Central Connecticut State at Maryland
Monday, November 17 – Time TBD   Friday, November 28 – Time TBD
Georgia State at Iowa State   Monmouth at Maryland
     
---- SUB- HOST ROUNDS ----
West Long Branch Sub-Host Rounds    Rochester Sub-Host Rounds
Activity Center – West Long Branch, NJ   Athletics Center O’rena – Rochester, MI
Friday, November 21 – 5:00 PM ET   Monday, November 24 – 4:30 PM ET
Central Connecticut State vs. Towson   Chicago State vs. Georgia State
Bethune Cookman at Monmouth    Western Carolina at Oakland
Saturday, November 22 – 5:00 PM ET   Tuesday, November 25 – 4:30 PM ET
Bethune Cookman vs. Towson   Georgia State vs. Western Carolina
Central Connecticut State at Monmouth   Chicago State at Oakland
Sunday, November 23 – 2:00 PM ET   Wednesday, November 264:30 PM ET
Bethune Cookman vs. Central Conn State   Western Carolina vs. Chicago State
Towson at Monmouth   Georgia State at Oakland

 

 

About the CBE Hall of Fame Classic 

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is named after the College Basketball Experience, the award-winning and highly interactive college basketball fan facility adjacent to Sprint Center, which also features the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Opened in October 2007, the College Basketball Experience is the nation's only facility that celebrates, in its entirety, the sport of men's collegiate basketball. The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame hosts an Induction Celebration on the Sunday before the tournament, celebrating Hall of Fame collegiate careers.  The tournament, in partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), was initially established in 2001 as the Guardians Classic.  Founded in 1927, the NABC, since its inception, has acted as a guardian of the game of basketball by furthering the best interests of the game as well as the players and coaches who participate.   The NABC engages in many efforts to enhance the college basketball experience for players, coaches and fans.  The CBE Hall of Fame Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc., www.blueridgesports.com.  Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. is a sports management firm based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia.    Sponsorship opportunities for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic and National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Induction celebration are available through Premier Sports by contacting Laurie Bollig, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  To find out more, visit: www.cbehalloffameclassic.com and follow us on Twitter @CBEHOFClassic.

 

Contact:

Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

P: 773-850-0614 | E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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