Home teams victorious on Opening Day of 2K Classic
Next up – Championship Rounds at MSG on Thursday
November 10, 2017
It was home rule in the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
In Providence, Kyron Cartwright posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists in leading the Friars to an 84-55 win over Houston Baptist.
The Friars led for 34 minutes of the game and scored 25 points off of 18 HBU turnovers.
Maleik White led Providence with 13 points with Isaiah Jackson netting 11 points and Kalif Young scoring 10 points.
The Huskies received a game-highs of 19 points and seven rebounds from David Caraher and eight points from Josh Ibarra.
In Blacksburg, Virginia Tech tallied 111 points with five players reaching double figures to take down Detroit Mercy, 111-79.
Nickeill Alexander-Walker led the assault with 24 points to go with four assists. Kerry Blackshear Jr. posted 23 points and six rebounds, Ahmed Hill had 19 points and nine boards, P.J. Home had 10 points and five rebounds, and Devin Wilson added 10 points.
As a team, the Hokies shot 42-of-74 (.568) from the field.
Detroit Mercy was led by the 23-point, seven-rebound effort of Kameron Chatman. Jermaine Jackson Jr. had 16 points and seven rebounds, while Corey Allen had 11 points.
In Seattle, Jaylen Nowell scored 32 points in his collegiate debut, including the game-winning lay-up with 32 seconds left to give Washington an 86-82 win over Belmont in Mike Hopkins head coaching debut with the Huskies.
Belmont led for 34 minutes in this game and held a 70-61 lead with 5:39 to play. That’s when Nowell took over and his 3-pointer with 1.38 left gave the Huskies am 78-77.
That trey was answered by Belmont’s Dylan Windler, who put the Bruins up 79-78 with 52 seconds left. Nowell made it 80-79 and the Huskies would go on to convert six free throws in the final 22 seconds to withstand Belmont.
Nowell was joined in double figures by David Crisp with 16 points, Matisse Thybulle scored 13 points and had five steals, and Carlos Johnson had 10 points.
Belmont was led by Nick Hopkins who wound up with 22 points. Windler had 18 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth career double-double, and Amanze Egekeze netted 17 points.
In St. Louis, Aaron Hines scored 18 points and Javon Bess had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Saint Louis to a 62-46 win over Seattle. Jordan Goodwin contributed six points, 10 rebounds, and four steals while Davell Roby had nine points.
Seattle was paced by Jordan Hill who scored a game-best 20 points. Matej Kavas added 15 points and six rebounds.
The 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project continues on Thursday with the Championship Rounds at Madison Square Garden. In the first game of the semifinal doubleheader that begins at 7:00pm (ET), Virginia Tech will take on Saint Louis while Providence squares off with Washington in the nightcap. Tickets are available at: http://bit.ly/2yqhFah
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