Photos by Colt Cardwell
Written by Trevon Purdie
The #11 Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 82-67 in a matchup for the Tournament Championship game.
In the first half, The Jayhawks came out as the aggressors as Junior Forward Perry Ellis and Sophomore Guard Frank Mason III led the team to a 10-6 run before a Tennessee timeout. The Volunteers seemed to find their groove soon after as they soon passed Kansas on a Freshman Guard Detrick Mostella four point play.
Kansas wouldn’t be down long as Ellis led the team to a 10 point lead. The score was 40-33 at halftime. Ellis led the Jayhawks with 11 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists at the half.
The second half was controlled mostly by Kansas. Freshman Forward Cliff Alexander, who had 7 points in the first half, played aggressively in the paint. Alexander would score 9 of his 16 points in the half.
Tennessee’s backcourt duo of Josh Richardson and Kevin Punter finished on a few fast breaks to keep the team in the game. Mostly would also assist by scoring 13 points off the bench.
Ellis, who ended the game with 24 points and 13 rebounds, praised the play of Mason III “He thought he did great tonight, he led the team”. Mason III had 11 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds in the game.
Kansas will face the winner of Friday night’s game between Marquette and #20 Michigan State on Sunday for the tournament championship.
Written By Trevon Purdie
In the final game of the night, the Marquette Golden Eagles defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 72-70 at HP Field House in the Orlando Classic Tournament.
The game was played pretty evenly with both teams trying to pull ahead to a comfortable lead. Marquette seemed to do just that with a 12-6 lead at the 14 minute mark, but key jumpers by Freshman guard Tadric Jackson helped the Yellow Jackets close the gap.
Senior Demarco Cox played a big role for Georgia Tech in the half. He led the team in points (7), rebounds (5), and helped give the Yellow Jackets the lead to end the half at 31-29.
Golden Eagle Senior guard Matt Carlino was hot from three point range early in the game, shooting 50 percent for 15 points in the first half.
Carlino would help Marquette to a 5 point lead in the second half, continuing his dominance from behind the arc. He would end the game with the tournament record in points with 38. “I hit a couple and I started feeling it a lil bit…” said Carlino about his hot streak. “Guys were setting great screens, coach was calling good plays, and guys were delivering the ball.”
The game came down to the wire as a clutch three pointer by Tadric Jackson and a layup by Marcus Georges-Hunt brought Marquette’s lead down to 1 with seconds left on the clock. Key free throws by Carlino and JaJuan Johnson gave Marquette the win.
“You’re talking about one of the premier programs in the United States, a hall of fame coach, and great kids who compete like crazy.” Said Head Coach Steve Wojciechowski on Friday’s matchup. “We have to try to get as much rest and fluids in us and be ready to battle tomorrow.”
Marquette will face #20 Michigan State in Friday’s portion of the tournament.
Written by Trevon Purdie
No. 20 Michigan State defeated the Rider Broncs 77-45 at HP Field House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. This was both teams first game of the Orlando Classic Tournament.
The Spartans pulled ahead early in the matchup, igniting a 10-1 run led by Freshman Marvin Clark’s two three pointers. MSU did a great job of moving the ball, which led to a 21 point lead over the Broncs late in the first half.
The Spartans backcourt of Senior Travis Trice and Junior Bryn Forbes led the team in scoring at the half, combining for 15 of the team’s 32 points.
In the second half MSU nearly scored their whole first half total in the first 10 minutes. Junior Denzel Valentine scored two three pointers at the start of the half to help grow the Spartan’s lead. Valentine would go on to score 19 points in the game with 5 three pointers total in the half.
I put a lot of emphasis on getting him (Valentine) going, he has to play better offensively if we’re going to be a great team. He’s my most versatile player, I think there’s a million things he does well…” said MSU Head Coach Tom Izzo.
The Broncs had trouble finding the basket all night. They made 16 of their 62 shots and made 1 of 13 behind the arc. Rider center Matt Lopez led the team with 14 points.
The Spartans will play the winner of the matchup between Georgia Tech and Marquette on Friday. Rider will play the loser on Friday.
Written by Adrian Beecher
Lake Buena Vista Fla-Kansas Junior Perry Ellis led the Jayhawks scoring with The Kansas Jayhawks with 17 points in a 76-60 win over Rhode Island in game 2 of the Orlando Classic. The Jayhawks jumped out to a 17-6 lead to start the game and never let off the gas pedal.
Ellis led the charge for the Jayhawks in the first half with 11 points and 5 rebounds. With 6:28 to play in the 1st period Ellis laid down a monster slam to give the Jayhawks their first 20 point lead of the game making it 31-11.
“I felt good the first half, I just tried to keep it tight and that’s what coach was telling me. I felt like the offense went real well for our team.” said Ellis of his and his teams first half performance.
At the end of the 1st half, Kansas had a sizeable 43-25 lead on Rhode Island. The Jayhawks size and talent out matched the Rams as they were unable to amount any points in the paint, while Kansas had 14 points in the paint.
As the 2nd period got started, Rhode Island was able to gather some hope as they were held the Jayhawks to just 4 points in the first 5 minutes. This brought the score to 47-33 with Rhode Island trailing by 14.
That was as exciting as it would get for the Rams. KU’s bench maximized opportunities as the Jayhawks had 33 points off the bench, while the Rams had just 14.
Kansas and Rhode Island would trade baskets with the Rams only drawing within 13 points for the entire second half.
E.C. Mathews led Rams in scoring with 20 points, 11 of them came in the second half.
"We felt like if they shot it they way they shot it the first couple games we might have a chance to be there late in the game. But, obviously the way they shot it in the 1st half, I think was a little demoralizing." said Rhode Island Head Coach Dan Hurley of the loss.
Kansas will now face Tennessee on Saturday in the semifinals of the Orlando Classic at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.
Written by Adrian Beecher
Lake Buena Vista, Fla- Senior Josh Richards and Junior Armani Moore both scored 18, as the Vols exploded in the second half of a 67-54 victory over Santa Clara in the 1st game of the 2014 Orlando Classic. Santa Clara Senior Brandon Clark was the leading scored for the Broncos with 21 points on the day on 19 shots.
Jared Brownridge scored 8 points for the Broncos in the 1st 10 minutes as Santa Clara jumped out to an early lead on the Volunteers during the 1st period. The Broncos went on a 8-2 run to go up 14-8 with 13:09 to play in the first half.
Tennessee fought back, but was only able to trim the lead to 1 with a jumper by Josh Richardson with 7:36 to play in the first period to cut the Broncos lead to 19-18. Junior Forward Amari Moore led the Vols in scoring in the 1st half with 9 points.
12 fouls by the Vols in the 1st half led to 15 shot from the free throw line for Santa Clara, of which the Broncos made 10 shots. Senior Brandon Clark scored 7 of his 10 first half points in the final 7 minutes to lead Santa Clara to a 30-27 halftime lead on Tennessee.
“I thought Brandon was really good early and kind of took it upon himself to maybe to do much late and was expecting other things to happen besides the finish. “ said Broncos Head Coach Kerry Keating of Clark’s performance. “He went in there almost trying to create controversy to much, in terms of concentration on a finish or the extra pass and it just came up empty.”
The Broncos opened the second half flat going scoreless in the first 9 minutes of the game when Brownridge ended the drought with a layup. By that time the Vols had gone on a 14-2 run to take a 41-32 lead with 10:23 left in the 2nd period.
However Santa Clara would not back down as they went on a quick 6-2 run to draw within 7, as 2 free throws from Matt Hubbard made it 43-36 Vols with 9:24 to play.
Tennessee continued to stretch their lead with as much as a 11 point 53-42 lead on the Broncos with 5:07 to play. Santa Clara continued to fight as they cut the lead to 4 with 38.8 to play with the score 59-55.
But the Vols size and physical defense would be the difference down the stretch. Tennessee outrebounded the Broncos 34-25 and had 32 points in the paint compared to the Broncos 14.
Tennessee will play the winner of Kansas vs Rhode Island, whom play in the 2nd game of the Orlando Classic.
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