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November 24, 2015
The 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, continued with games at three locations. First, Missouri took on Northwestern in the consolation game and North Carolina battled Kansas State in the championship game of the Classic held at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. In Sub-Host Round games, Columbia played Wofford at home in Levien Gymnasium in New York City and Maryland-Eastern Shore hosted Fairfield at Hytche Arena in Princess Anne, MD.
Missouri hoped to get one win in front of the partisan crowd in their home state as they clashed with Northwestern in the consolation game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Northwestern used a strong first half and held off a strong second half by Missouri to win the game 67-62. In the nightcap, #9 North Carolina ended the game on a 21-3 run in the final 4:22 to overcome an eight point deficit and win the 15th CBE Hall of Fame Classic championship 80-70.
In the consolation game, Missouri freshman forward and KC metro product Kevin Puryear opened the scoring with a jumper 30 seconds into the contest, but it was the only lead the Tigers would hold. Just 20 seconds later, Wildcat sophomore guard Brian McIntosh drained a three-pointer, and Northwestern took the lead which they would never relinquish. McIntosh hit all three of his threes in the first five minutes as he helped Northwestern slowly stretch its lead to 20 points when junior forward Sanjay Lumpkin hit the Wildcats’ 6th trey of the game at the 7:51 mark in the first half. The Wildcats shot 52% in the opening stanza, including 46.7% from behind the arc, as they controlled the first half and went to the locker room with a 38-24 lead.
But the Tigers had plenty of fight left in them. Able to close the first half on a 7-2 run, Mizzou continued to chip away at the Northwestern lead. When freshman Terrance Phillips finished scoring eight straight points, the Tigers trailed by only four with 3:52 remaining. On the next possession, Phillips again almost single-handedly willed the Tigers to another bucket as he battled to keep the ball alive and was ultimately unsuccessful in tracking down another missed shot as he leaped over teammates on his bench and greeted Tiger fans in the front row of Sprint Center. Northwestern did not close strong and found themselves going 1-for-2 from the line multiple times giving Mizzou chances to tie the game, but Missouri was not able to convert on their opportunities, turning the ball over once and missing a three-point attempt. The Tigers mounted one last charge as Puryear drained a jumper and junior guard Wes Clark made two free throws, and a foul by the Wildcats sent Puryear to the line with 34 seconds left and down by only four points. Puryear would make 1-of-2 and Missouri trailed by three, 65-62. When Northwestern again only converted on 1-of-2 charities, Mizzou still had a chance, but the Tigers could not find an open look quickly during the ensuing possession and when Clark’s jumper clanged off the rim with 11 seconds remaining, the game was pretty much decided.
In the second half, despite committing only two turnovers, outscoring the Wildcats by seven in points off turnovers, grabbing seven offensive boards and holding a 10-0 advantage in second chance points, the Tigers were unable to overcome the sluggish first half and ended up falling by five.
Northwestern (4-1) saw all nine players that saw action score in the contest and were led by Mcintosh and senior guard, and All-Tournament Team selection, Tre Demps who each scored 13 points. Missouri (2-3) was led in scoring by Phillips’ 16 points and Puryear aided the Tiger cause with 14 of his own.
In the final game of the night, North Carolina and Kansas State faced off in a struggle that saw that saw seven ties and eight lead changes and an impressive late game run by the Tar Heels to close out a ten-point win. North Carolina took advantage of some shaky play by Kansas State in the opening minutes. The Wildcats made only one of six shots and turned the ball over four times in the opening four minutes. Conversely, UNC shot 50% to open the game and held an early six-point lead the first media timeout. After that timeout, K-State steadied themselves and beginning at the 15:21 mark with a pair of free throws by senior guard Justin Edwards and ending almost six minutes later with a layup by Edwards, the Wildcats had completed a 15-3 run and held a six-point lead of their own. Carolina countered with a three-pointer and layup by sophomore forward and Tournament MVP Justin Jackson and b a free throw and another three by sophomore guard Theo Pinson to take the lead 20-17 with 7:35 left in the first half. K-State would tie the game and again fall behind by four before they mounted an 8-0 run in the closing three minutes to take a four point lead. A jumper by North Carolina junior forward Isaiah Hicks cut the deficit to two and the Wildcats led 32-30 at the break. Although Kansas State (7) had just one fewer turnover than the Tar Heels (6) in the opening stanza, K-State was able to convert more often and held a 12-4 advantage in points off turnovers.
The first 13 minutes of the second half was tightly contested and no team held a lead of more than five points and the score was tied three times and the lead changed hand four times. Then the Wildcats went on a tear for the next four minutes, hitting four straight shots. A three-pointer and a layup by freshman forward Dean Wade and a three-pointer and a jumper by senior forward Stephen Hurt put Kansas State up 67-59 with 4:22 to play. North Carolina was able to right itself on two free throws by junior forward Kennedy Meeks, and two straight possessions bookending a K-State free throw by Stokes showed they were not done fighting. On the first possession, senior forward Brice Johnson battled for an offensive rebound and got a put-back for the Tar Heels. The second possession saw UNC miss twice and maintain possession twice only to set up sophomore guard Joel Barry II for a three-pointer to cut the Wildcat lead to two with 3:06 remaining. Capitalizing on the first of three straight turnovers by the Wildcats, Jackson hit a jumper to tie the game at 68-68 and on the ensuing possession, Meeks stole the ball at the top of the key and raced southward for a dunk that gave the Tar Heels the lead for good.
The Wildcats (4-1) would revert back to how they opened the game and would shoot 1-for-7 down the stretch with three turnovers in the final four minutes. North Carolina (5-1) on the other hand shot 6-of-8 down the stretch and 5-of-6 at the line during the 21-3 run to close out the win, 80-70.
North Carolina again had balanced scoring, as it had the night before, with four players scoring in double digits in the championship game. MVP Justin Jackson registered 22 points and finished the two-day event with 43 points, 18 rebounds, and ten assists versus three turnovers. He was followed by Meeks with 15, Pinson with 11, and All Tournament Team member Johnson with ten points and ten boards for his second double-double in as many nights. Kansas State got a game-high 24 points from freshman guard and All Tournament selection Kamau Stokes. Fellow All Tournament Team member Edwards contributed 10 points and seven rebounds to the Wildcat cause.
2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team
Tre Demps, SR, G, Northwestern
Justin Edwards, SR, G, Kansas State
Kamau Stokes, FR, G, Kansas State
Brice Johnson, SR, F, North Carolina
Justin Jackson, SO, F, North Carolina - MVP
Wofford and Columbia met at Levien Gymnasium in New York City, and the home crowd was treated to a close matchup for a majority of the contest before Columbia pulled away late to win 70-59. The Lions did not seem focused at the start of the contest as they turned the ball over four straight times allowing the Terriers to race out to an 8-0 lead. That was enough for Coach Kyle Smith to take an early 30-second timeout and help his squad regain some composure. The Lions were certainly more focused after the discussion with Coach Smith as they began to chip into the modest Terrier lead, tied the score at 18-18 with 7:22 left in the first half, and took a 21-20 lead for 23 seconds on a layup by freshman forward Nate Hickman. Wofford continued to play strong and closed the half on a 7-3 run to take a 27-24 lead.
The second half was a tight contest to begin the period as the lead changed hands five times in less than seven minutes. Columbia senior forward Alex Roseburg tied the game 41-41 at the 13:10 mark, and sophomore guard Kyle Castlin made one of two free throws with 12:36 to play to give the Lions the a lead they would never surrender. It was a 7-0 run over 3:00 that pushed the lead to eight with 8:30 to play and the Terriers were never able to get within two possessions as Columbia (3-2) outlasted Wofford for the 11-point win.
Wofford (1-3) played a strong second half shooting 52% from the field and committing only six turnovers, but the Lions were even better shooting 62.5%, 50% from behind the arc, and committing only three turnovers.
Columbia got 14 points from Rosenberg to lead the Lions’ scoring effort, while senior guards Grant Mullins and Maodo Lo each chipped in with 11. Another senior guard Isaac Cohen hit the first Lions bucket to stop the Terrier run to start the game, but it was his nine assists against two turnovers that helped guide Columbia to victory. Wofford also had a pair of double-figure scorers as senior forward Justin Gordon dropped in 14 while senior guard Spencer Collins added 13.
Fairfield traveled to Princess Anne, MD to take on Maryland – Eastern Shore in a Sub-Host Round matchup, and the Hytche Arena crowd witnessed the second highest scoring output by a team in CBE Hall of Fame Classic history. Unfortunately, it was the visiting Stags that registered that accomplishment as Fairfield never trailed and behind 17 three-pointers walked away with a 113-74 victory.
The game was competitive in the opening minutes as Fairfield a modest lead and was up by two points after a 6-0 run by the Hawks made the score 14-12 at the 11:53 mark in the first half on a put-back by junior forward Joshu’a Warren. But the lid went on the UMES bucket at that point as they missed their next ten shots and turned the ball over five times during a 23-0 run by the Stags over the next 6:55. UMES would finally score on a layup by Warren at the 3:10 mark stopping the scoring drought of 8:43. The Hawks continued to fight and drained two three-pointers in the final minute of the half, and Fairfield took a 21-point advantage to the locker room, 47-26.
The second half saw Fairfield (2-3) continue its offensive assault as they slowly widened their lead. Behind 63.2% shooting in the second half, including 12-for-24 from behind the arc, the Stags dropped 66 points on the Hawks in the second stanza as they cruised to the 41-point victory. In CBE Hall of Fame Classic history, the 113 points by Fairfield was second only to Georgia Southern’s 116 points scored against UC Davis on November 12, 2006.
Fairfield had five scorers in double figures, led by senior forward Marcus Gilbert’s game-high 32 points, which matched the high scoring mark for the Classic to date, on 11-of-19 shooting, 5-of-10 from behind the arc, and 5-for-5 at the line. While Gilbert was leading the Stags in scoring, sophomore guard Tyler Nelson was doing everything else, flirting with a triple-double as he scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and dished out nine assists and committed zero turnovers. Freshman guard Jerry Johnson, Jr. also contributed to the Stags effort by coming off the bench to score 19 points and register five steals. Maryland – Eastern Shore (0-4) got solid performances from senior guard Devin Martin, who scored 15 points, as well as freshman reserve guard Dontae Caldwell, who scored 13 points.
100 point games in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic
11/12/06 – Georgia Southern 116, UC Davis 73
11/24/15 – Fairfield 113, Maryland-Eastern Shore 74
11/15/13 – BYU 108, Mount St. Mary’s 76
11/13/01 – #24 Alabama 107, Mississippi Valley State 67
11/17/02 – Creighton 106, Texas-Arlington 50
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.
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Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.