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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.
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.
2014 CBE Hall of Fame Classic All-Tournament Team
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.
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.
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.
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Liz Woerth, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.