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November 20, 2015
The 2015 CBE Hall of Fame Classic saw the last Host Round game completed in an overtime thriller as Northwestern battled back from 12 points down to defeat Columbia 83-80 at Welsh Ryan Arena in Evanston, IL. The Wildcats never led at any point in regulation and took its only lead with 3:36 remaining in overtime as it outlasted the Lions.
Columbia built a 12-point just 6 ½ minutes into the game and continued to hold that advantage at the 9:43 mark, leading 25-13. Northwestern found their offense and went on a 13-1 run and a three pointer by sophomore guard Bryant McIntosh with 3:23 left to go in the first period tied the score at 26-26. The Lions regained control and retook the lead and entered the locker room with a 35-38 halftime lead.
Northwestern scored the first two baskets of the second half to cut their deficit to three, but Columbia again pushed their lead out to 12 points with a 9-0 run. Northwestern (3-0) continued to chip away at the lead as Columbia would continue to respond keeping the Wildcats at arm’s length. With an eight-point lead with 3 ½ minutes left in the game, it appeared as if Columbia would send the home crowd away unhappy, but Northwestern again mounted a furious comeback as Columbia went cold. CU (1-2) finished the game going 1-for-6 and added a free throw as NU went 5-for-6 down the stretch. After McIntosh drained a jumper with 40 seconds remaining, the Wildcats had battled back to tie the score for the second time after being down by 12 points. Both teams were unable to score in the closing moments, and the game when to overtime, 74-74.
In overtime, the teams depended on free throw shooting as both teams were unable to hit a field goal attempt until under a minute left in the game when senior guard Tre Demps hit a jumper and McIntosh followed with a three to give Northwestern a three-point lead with 24 seconds left to play. Both teams sank two more free throws as the Wildcats held on for a hard fought, three-point victory. Stretching back to the 3:30 mark in the 2nd period, Columbia went 1-for-8 from the field while Northwestern went 7-for-13 to close the game.
McIntosh led all scorers with 32 points, the most so far in the Classic, while Demps added 22. Columbia had four double-figure scorers led by senior guard Grant Mullins with 22 points. Senior forward Alex Rosenberg scored 17, junior forward Luke Petrasek scored 15, and sophomore guard Kyle Castlin added 11 off the bench for the Lions.
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.