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November 23, 2015
The 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic made its way to Kansas City for the semifinal games between Kansas State and Missouri in the first matchup and Northwestern versus ninth-ranked North Carolina in the nightcap at Sprint Center.
In the first game, two former Big XII foes met halfway between the two schools as Kansas State defeated Missouri 66-42. The game was tight for the first five minutes, but the Tigers went cold and made only three field goals in the final 15 minutes of the half and finished shooting 18.5% in the period. Kansas State went on a 13-1 run turning a 6-6 tie to a 19-7 lead as the Wildcats took control and held a 31-14 lead at the half. The second half was similar the first as KSU stretched its lead out to 27 before they finished with the 24 point victory.
Kansas State (4-0) got a double-double from forward Dean Wade with game-highs of 14 points and 13 rebounds. The Wildcats also got 13 points from guard Justin Edwards and 10 from guard Wesley Iwundu. Missouri (2-2) was led in scoring by Kansas City metro product Kevin Puryear with nine points.
In the final game of the night, North Carolina used balanced scoring and a large rebounding advantage to defeat Northwestern 80-69. The first half was defined by runs by both teams. Holding a 9-8 lead at the 17:05 mark in the first half, the Tar Heels went on a 9-0 run to stretch the lead to ten points only to see the Wildcats hit three straight three-pointers and cut the lead back to one. The Wildcats were able to tie the score at 27-27 on a three-point play by Alex Olah with 7:08 remaining in the half, and behind five points by reserve guard Scottie Lindsey and a jumper by Olah, Northwestern held a six-point lead with a little over four minutes left in the half. UNC responded well behind the balanced scoring as they went on an 11-0 run over the next 2:40 getting points from four different players. They continued the score and ended the half on a 14-1 run and took 43-36 lead to the locker room.
After the break, the Wildcats battled back using a 10-2 run early in the period to cut a ten point deficit to two with 17:25 to play. But the Tar Heels (4-1) got hot and went 6-for-10 from the field and 6-for-6 on the line during a 23-5 run over the next 8:20 to break open the game and to take a 20-point lead with 8:40 remaining. Northwestern (3-1) continued to fight cutting the lead to nine with 3:29 left, but couldn’t get any closer as the Tar Heels closed out the 11-point victory.
North Carolina had two players register double-doubles as Justin Jackson registered a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds and Brice Johnson added 10 points and 11 boards. UNC had four other double-figure scorers as Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry II each scored 12 while Theo Pinson and Isaiah Hicks each chipped in with ten points. Northwestern’s Tre Demps matched Jackson scoring 21 points as Bryant McIntosh dropped in 14 along with Lindsey’s 11 and Olah’s ten points.
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 Friday 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.
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Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.