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2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Championship Rounds
November 23-24, 2015
Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO

 

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2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic

Championship Round
Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO

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November 20, 2015

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 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 26, 2014

The 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, continued with the final night of Sub-Host Round games at the Athletics Center O’rena in Rochester, MI hosted by Oakland University.

In the first of two games hosted by Oakland University, Western Carolina won their second game of the weekend in Rochester, MI when they outlasted Chicago State, 66-61.  The Catamounts shot an impressive 51.2% for the game while the Cougars continued to have a difficult time shooting, knocking down only 36.1% of their shots after shooting 35.1% the night before.  If it wasn’t for the Cougar work on the offensive glass resulting in 19 offensive rebounds and scoring eight more points than WCU in second-chance points, the final five-point margin could have been larger.

Western Carolina (2-3) got a well-balanced effort from their starters as junior forward Torrion Brummitt scored 14, junior guard Mike Brown scored 13, and junior forward Justin Browning tallied 12 points while all three grabbed five rebounds each.  In addition, junior guard Rhett Harrelson added 11 points and six assists for the Catamounts.  Chicago State (2-4) got 13 points off the bench from sophomore guard Trayvon Palmer to lead the Cougar effort while senior guard Clarke Rosenberg added ten points.

Western Carolina  66  –  Chicago State  61  (Box Score; Game Recaps: WCU; Chicago State)

 

Georgia State closed out a very successful lead-in to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend as they won their third game in as many days, beating host Oakland 83-78 in the final Sub-Host Round game at the Athletics Center O’rena.  The Panthers shot a scorching 63% from the field, including 64.7% from behind the arc, which was too much for the Golden Grizzlies to overcome despite pulling down 18 offensive rebounds and holding a 28-7 advantage in second-chance points.

Georgia State (4-2) was led in scoring by junior guard R.J. Hunter with a game-high 29 points. Junior forward Markus Crider added 17 points while junior guard Kevin Ware came off the bench to score 15.  Senior guard Ryan Harrow recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and recorded 11 assists.  Oakland (1-5) got strong showings off the bench by junior guard Max Hooper, who led Grizzlies with 21 points, and senior forward Dante Williams added 14 points.  Sophomore guard Kahlil Felder continued his strong play with 18 points while senior center Corey Petros recorded a double-double scoring 14 points and pulling down ten rebounds.

 Georgia State  83  –  Oakland  78   (Box Score; Game Recaps: Georgia State; 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.

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 25, 2014

The 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, continued with games at two locations.  First, the Consolation and Championship games of the Classic were held at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO, while the Sub-Host Round doubleheaders continued at the Athletics Center O’rena in Rochester, MI hosted by Oakland University.

In the Consolation game, the Sprint Center crowd was again treated to a tightly contested battle between Alabama and Arizona State.  Alabama used 89.7% free throw shooting to hold off the Sun Devils and take the victory, 76-71.  Both teams were slow to get started as there was only 13 total points scored in the first seven minutes.  Alabama was able to take a modest seven-point lead at the 10:00 mark, 14-7.  Arizona State fought back and tied the game and the 5:00 mark and pushed ahead by five, 27-22, with two minutes left and went to the break up by three, 30-27.  Alabama shot only 28.6% in the half compared to 44.4% by Arizona State.  The Crimson Tide was able to stay close in the half by going 8-for-10 from the line and having a five-point advantage over the Sun Devils in that statistic.

ASU was able to stretch their lead to eight points coming out of the locker room and led by seven, 47-40 , after a jumper by junior guard Gerry Blakes with 9:54 remaining.  Alabama then came alive going on a 10-0 run, and after senior guard Levi Randolph hit a jumper, got fouled, and made the ensuing free throw with 8:07 remaining, the Tide led by three, 50-47.  The contest remained tight the last eight minutes as the teams exchanged leads seven times and tied the score six times the rest of the way as both teams looked to win one game in Kansas City.

With 1:20 remaining, the game was tied 68-68.  Alabama’s Randolph, an All-Tournament Team selection , drained a jumper with 45 seconds left to take a two point lead.  Arizona State missed their next three shots as Alabama sank six free throws down the stretch and held an eight-point lead as Sun Devils’ senior guard Bo Barnes hit a running three-pointer from just inside half court as the buzzer sounded.  In the end, it was the Crimson Tide’s 26-for-29 shooting from the free throw line that led to the five-point win.

Alabama (4-1) was led in scoring by Randolph who scored a game-high 28 points while junior guard Ricky Tarrant came off the bench to add 21. Arizona State (3-2) got 21 points from junior guard Gerry Blakes who also had a game-high nine rebounds and was selected to the All-Tournament Team.  The Devils also got double-digit scoring efforts from junior center Eric Jacobsen, senior reserve guard Bo Barnes, and senior reserve forward Jon Gilling who scored 13, 11, and 10, respectively.

Alabama 76 – Arizona State  71  (Box Score; Game Recaps: Alabama; Arizona State)

 

In the Sprint Center nightcap, Maryland took on 13th ranked Iowa State and the large Cyclone fan base inside the arena for the Championship of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.  Maryland pressured Iowa State and forced the Cyclones into a miserable 29.7% shooting night as the Terrapins led most of the game and won the title, 72-63. 

The opening minutes would have made a fan think the game was going to be a nail-biter for a full 40 minutes as the game was tied four times and the lead changed sides five times all within the first six minutes of play.  That was when Maryland went on a 10-2 run over a three minute span, and after freshman guard Melo Trimble drained a three-pointer at the 11:14 mark, the Terrapins led 23-16.  Iowa State was able to get that deficit back to one on two different occasions and went to the break down three, 37-34.

Maryland came out of the locker room strong going on a 9-2 run in the first six minutes of the half and taking a ten-point lead.  Iowa State answered with a 7-2 run over the next 2:30 to cut the lead to five, but Maryland answered immediately and pushed the lead back to ten and ultimately had a 15 point lead after two Trimble free throws with 3:07 remaining.  The Cyclones battled back to make it interesting as they went on a 12-3 run, and after senior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones grabbed a missed Maryland free throw and raced to the other end for a layup, ISU had made the game a two possession game with 34 seconds left trailing 69-63.  Maryland made three free throws and Iowa State missed all four of their field goal attempts in those closing seconds as the Terps took home the 14th championship in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

Maryland (5-0) had a well-balanced attack with four players in double figures.  Junior forward Jake Layman and freshman reserve guard both scored 15 points to lead the Terrapin attack.  Senior guard added 14 points and led the rebounding effort with nine boards helping him to earn All-Tournament Team honors.  Trimble, named MVP of the Classic, chipped in with 11 points just one night after scoring 31 points in the semifinals.  Iowa State (3-1) was led in scoring and rebounding by Dejean-Jones with a game-high 17 points and seven boards.  Junior forward Georges Niang also scored ten points and dished out four assists on his way to an All-Tournament Team selection.

Maryland 72 – Iowa State 63  (Box Score; Game Recaps: Maryland; Iowa State)

2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team

Levi Randolph, SR, G, Alabama
Gerry Blakes, JR, G, Arizona State
Georges Niang, JR, F, Iowa State
Dez Wells, SR, G, Maryland
Melo Trimble, FR, G, Maryland - MVP

 

In the first of two games hosted by Oakland University in Rochester, MI, Georgia State grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and beat Western Carolina 85-70.  The astounding rebounding stat led to the Panthers scoring 22 second-chance points and holding 15-point advantage in the category.  They also only turned the ball over only six times compared to 13 Catamount miscues and leading the points-off-turnovers 22-7.

Georgia State (3-2) was led in scoring by junior guard R.J. Hunter with a game-high 27 points. Senior guard Ryan Harrow chipped in with 21 points while junior forward Markus Crider added 15 points to the Panthers total.  Western Carolina (2-3) got 21 points from junior guard Rhett Harrelson and junior forward Torrion Brummitt scored 15 points.  Senior guard James Sinclair scored 14 while junior guard Mike Brown added 11 as the fourth double-figure scorer for the Catamounts. 

Georgia State  85 – Western Carolina  70   (Box Score; Game Recaps: Georgia State; WCU)

 

In the second game of the doubleheader at Athletics Center O’rena, Oakland secured its first win of the season by beating Chicago State, 70-57.  The Golden Grizzlies used strong defense holding the Cougars to 35.1% shooting and forcing 12 turnovers for the game on their way to the 13-point victory.

Oakland (1-4) got a game-high 19 points from senior center Corey Petros and senior forward Dante Williams added 13.  Junior forward Tommie McCune recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Kahlil Felder contributed a complete game with ten points, seven assists, six rebounds, and four steals.  Chicago State (2-4) was led by senior guard Clarke Rosenberg with 15 points while junior guard Jared Dimakos scored 11 and freshman guard Anthony Glover added ten points.  Sophomore Johnny Griffin led the Cougars in rebounding with ten.

 

Oakland  70 – Chicago State  57   (Box Score; Game Recaps: Oakland; 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

November 24, 2014

The 2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic, continued with games at two locations.  First, the headline matchups of the Classic began at Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO as the semifinal games were played, while the first of three consecutive nights of Sub-Host Round doubleheaders tipped off at the Athletics Center O’rena in Rochester, MI hosted by Oakland University.

In the first of two semifinal matches at Sprint Center, Maryland took advantage of a strong inside presence and outscored Arizona State 42-20 in the paint and outrebounded the Sun Devils by ten on their way to a hard-fought 78-73 victory.  Arizona State that got out to the quick early lead running off seven unanswered points in the first 3:30.  They were able to hold that lead for a good portion of the period leading by six with 7:49 remaining after senior guard Jon Gilling drained a three-pointer.  Maryland responded to keep Arizona State from taking a commanding lead by going on a 6-0 run to tie the game over the next 1:47.  Arizona State was able to settle themselves and took a two-point lead in to the locker room, 39-37.  While the Sun Devils shot 56.5% in the half, the Terrapins were able to overcome that by scoring ten points off of nine Arizona State turnovers in the half.

The second half was a back and forth battle that saw five ties and nine lead changes in the final 20 minutes of play.  With 1:36 left to play, Arizona State junior center Eric Jacobsen scored a layup to put the Sun Devils up by two, 73-71.  Maryland scored the last seven points of the game to come back and win by five.  The Terrapins efforts inside were rewarded as they held a 21-13 rebounding edge, led the second chance point category 11-0 for the period, and scored 14 more points in the paint than the Sun Devils.

Maryland (4-0) got an outstanding performance from freshman guard Melo Trimble who led all scorers with 31 points.  Junior forward Jake Layman scored 12 points while senior guard Dez Wells dropped in 14 points and pulled down a game-high eight rebounds to aid the Terrapin effort.  Arizona State (3-1) was led in scoring by senior forward Jon Gilling, who had 21 points off the bench, and senior Bo Barnes also came off the bench to score the other 17 of the 38 bench points scored by the Sun Devils.  Starting junior guard Gerry Blakes and Jacobsen each contributed 14 points as well.

Maryland 78 – Arizona State 73  (Box Score; Game Recaps: Maryland; Arizona State)

 

In the second semifinal match at Sprint Center, 13th ranked Iowa State shot an impressive 58% from the field while holding Alabama to 38.6% shooting as they won the nightcap 84-74.  ISU was helped by a partisan Cyclone crowd who had made the relatively short trip down from Ames to Kansas City.  The Crimson Tide battled the Cyclones closely for most of the first half before a 15-4 run turned a slim two-point Cyclone advantage into a daunting 13-point lead, 41-28 with 3:26 to go in the half.  But the Tide was up to the challenge as they fought back and closed the half on a 9-2 run and closed the deficit to six as they went to the break down, 43-37.

Coming out of the break, Alabama continued its comeback as it took advantage of ISU turnovers.  The Tide scored five points on two Cyclone turnovers in the first two minutes of the second half which helped continue the momentum they had begun to end the first stanza.  By the time senior guard Rodney Cooper drained a three with 14:31 remaining, Alabama had completed a 23-9 run to take a one-point lead, 51-50.  Iowa State was able to open up a two-possession lead for most of the next 12 minutes, until Cooper again hit a big three-pointer and cut the Cyclone lead to three with 2:20 remaining.  That basket would prove to be the Sun Devils last field goal, and Iowa State was able to pull away and take the ten-point victory.  If Alabama wasn’t able to force ten Cyclone turnover and convert on 13 of those mistakes, the outcome might have been even larger.

Iowa State (3-0) got another dependable performance from junior forward Georges Niang who led all scorers with 28 points.  Senior Dustin Hogue, junior guard Naz Long, and sophomore reserve guard Matt Thomas all scored in double figures contributing 17, 15, and 13, respectively.   Alabama (3-1) had a strong showing by Cooper, who had 27 points, while senior guard Levi Randolph chipped in with 18 points of his own.

Iowa State 84 – Alabama 74  (Box Score; Game Recaps: Iowa State; Alabama)

 

Georgia State capitalized on poor shooting and turnovers by Chicago State as they won the first of two games hosted by Oakland University in Rochester, MI by the score of 69-46.  The Cougars shot 29.2% for the game and turned the ball over 23 times leading to 24 points by Georgia State.  The Panthers never trailed in the game and had a lead of as much as 29 before coasting to the 23-point victory.

Georgia State (2-2) was led in scoring by senior guard Ryan Harrow with a game-high 23 points.  Junior guard R.J. Hunter and senior forward Curtis Washington added 13 and 11, respectively.  Freshman guard Anthony Glover came off the bench to score 16 points and lead Chicago State (2-3) while senior guard Clarke Rosenberg added 14.

Georgia State 69 – Chicago State 46  (Box Score; Game Recaps: Georgia State; Chicago State)

 

The home crowd was treated to ten minutes of free basketball but ultimately left disappointed as Western Carolina won the second game of the doubleheader at Athletics Center O’rena 88-79 in double overtime.  The game tied for the longest in CBE Hall of Fame Classic history as Towson and Morgan State also went two overtimes on November 16, 2004.

It was a tale of two halves during regulation as Western Carolina shot 69.6%, including 7-10 from behind the arc, to take a 12-point at the half.  In the second half, it was Oakland who heated up shooting 60% in the period while WCU went cold shooting 27.6%.  It still took almost 16 minutes for the Golden Grizzlies to catch the Catamounts. 

WCU held a four-point lead after junior guard Rhett Harrelson drained a three-pointer with 34 seconds remaining.  Oakland put together a wild sequence in the closing seconds to enliven the O’rena crowd.  Junior guard Max Hooper was fouled with 25 seconds left went to the line to shoot two.  After making the first, he missed the second and sophomore guard Kahlil Felder grabbed the rebound with the Grizzlies down three.  With 18 seconds left, senior center Corey Petros got a pass from junior Tommie McCune, scored the layup, and got fouled.  Petros converted the free throw and tied the game at 64-64.

In the first overtime, Western Carolina again took out to an early lead, but Oakland continued to answer tying the game three times in the period, the last time on a three-pointer by Felder with 15 seconds left.  It was the only field goal by the Grizziies in the period.  Unfortunately for Oakland, their shooting was no better in the second overtime period as they went one-for-eight from the field, and the Catamounts closed out the nine-point win.

Western Carolina (2-2) had a pair of 20-point scorers in Harrelson and senior guard James Sinclair.  Junior forward Torrion Brummitt registered a double-double scoring 16 and pulling down ten boards.  Oakland (0-4) got a game-high 26 points from Felder while Petros added 14.

Western Carolina 88 – Oakland 79  (2 OT)  (Box Score; Game Recaps: WCU; 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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