Belmont wins 2K Classic Subregional Championship
Detroit Mercy outscores HBU for third place6>
November 19, 2017
Austin Luke made 8-of-10 3-point field goal attempts and scored a career-high 26 points to lead Belmont to a 90-77 win over Seattle to claim the Subregional championship of the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
The win not only gave the Bruins the title, it was also their 93rd home win in the last 99 games.
Amanze Egekeze recorded 19 points and six rebounds, Kevin McClain scored 15 points, Mack Mercer had 11 points, and Dylan Windler posted four points and 14 rebounds.
As a team, the Bruins were 32-of-54 (.593) from the field, including 14-of-27 (.519) on 3-pointers.
Seattle received 15 points apiece from Morgan Means, Jordan Hill, and Matej Kavas.
In the consolation game, Detroit Mercy outscored Houston Baptist, 116-109 in overtime.
HBU led by five, 94-89, with 15 seconds to go before Jermaine Jackson Jr. took over. Jackson’s 3-pointer with 10 seconds left cut the lead to two. With five seconds to go, Jackson fouled Oliver Lynch-Daniels, who made one of two free throws to move the lead back to three at 95-92. Then Jackson nailed a trey as time expired to send the game into overtime tied at 95-all.
In the second half, Corey Allen took over for the Titans, scoring 10 of Detroit Mercy’s 21 points.
Allen ended the game with 39 points while Jackson had 14 points and eight assists. Kameron Chatman scored 22 points and had 16 rebounds and Roschon Prince added 11 points.
HBU was led by Josh Ibarra, who tallied 31 points and 13 rebounds. Braxton Bonds, the nephew of baseball home run king Barry Bonds, posted 19 points and eight rebounds, Jalen Gates scored 18 points, Ian DuBose had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, David Caraher recorded 11 points and eight rebounds, and Will Gates Jr. tallied 10 points.
Detroit Mercy set a 2K Classic record with its 116-point output, besting the record 111 points Virginia Tech scored against them in the season opener.
The Subregional All-Tournament Team consists of tournament MVP Kevin McClain of Belmont, as well as his teammate Dylan Windler, Seattle’s Jordan Hill, Josh Ibarra of Houston Baptist, and Detroit Mercy’s Corey Allen.
The 2K Classic still has four games to be played: on Tuesday, Houston Baptist is at Virginia Tech; on Wednesday, Belmont is at Providence and Detroit Mercy is at Saint Louis; and on Friday, Seattle is at Washington.
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