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November 15, 2015
The 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic continued with Host Round games at two of the four host teams that will be travelling to Kansas City, MO to compete in eight days. Missouri completed its second Host Round site game by taking on Maryland-Eastern Shore, and North Carolina opened its Host Round play with a contest against Fairfield.
North Carolina opened its CBE Hall of Fame Classic slate with a matchup against Fairfield and had little trouble with the Stags as they took a 92-65 victory in front of a home crowd at the Dean E. Smith Center
The top-ranked Tar Heels scored just four seconds in to the game on a jumper by sophomore forward Justin Jackson and led wire to wire. UNC (2-0) used strong defense to hold Fairfield to 35.4% shooting and forced 19 turnovers which they converted into 22 points as they eased to the 27-point win.
North Carolina had five players score in double figures led by junior guard Nate Britt, who came off the bench to score 17 points. Britt, along with four starters, senior forward Brice Johnson (16), sophomore guard Joel Berry (15), sophomore guard Theo Pinson (11), and Jackson (11), accounted for 70 of the Tar Heels’ 92 points. Johnson earned a double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with his points, but junior forward Kennedy Meeks led all rebounders with 12. Fairfield (0-2) got a game-high 25 points from senior forward Marcus Gilbert as well as ten points from sophomore guard Tyler Nelson. Freshman forward Jonathan Kasibabu grabbed ten boards to lead the Stags in rebounding.
Missouri completed its Host Round schedule with a 73-55 win over Maryland – Eastern Shore at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO.
The Hawks took the early lead over the Tigers and led for the first two minutes of the game, but a 7-0 run over 1:24 capped by a jumper from sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant gave Mizzou a four-point lead. While the Hawks managed to tie the game up twice in the next two minutes, the Tigers maintained a one or two possession lead for the remainder of the half and went to the locker room with the lead, 34-32.
The opening seven minutes of the second half saw the same even matchup as the end of the first half. The Hawks managed to tie the game with 15:01 to play, but with the Tigers holding a 42-41 lead at the 12:46 mark, MU took advantage of two Hawks misses and two turnovers went on an 11-0 run over the next 4:10 to stretch their lead to 12 points with 8:30 to play. Another 17-5 Mizzou run from the 6:12 mark to the 2:18 mark left the Hawks with an insurmountable 21-point deficit. UMES (0-2) played tough for most of the game, but ten turnovers in the second half ultimately doomed the Hawks as the Tigers (2-0) pulled away for the 18-point victory.
Missouri had four players in double figures, led by junior guard Wes Clark who had 15 points. A trio of freshmen had solid games as guard Terrance Phillips and forward Kevin Puryear both scored 13 and guard KJ Walton chipped in with 11 off the bench. UMES was led in scoring by junior guard Bakari Copeland’s 16 points and senior guard Devin Martin finished with 13 while both were game-high rebounders with six boards each.
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.