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Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

Championship Rounds
November 21-22, 2014
Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY

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Championship Rounds
Barclays Center - Brooklyn, NY

November 21 - 22, 2014

 



About Coaches vs. Cancer

The Coaches vs. Cancer program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. This program provides critical mission outreach, while raising funds in support of the American Cancer Society's lifesaving efforts to help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back through legislative action at the local, state, and national levels. Since 1993, high school and college coaches across the country have raised nearly $87 million to support the Society's fight against cancer. College basketball coaches spend hours planning and preparing for their opponents. Each year, members of the NABC also spend tireless hours to prepare a game plan off the court in the fight against cancer through their involvement with the Coaches vs. Cancer program.

www.CoachesVsCancer.org

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The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY will host the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Championship Rounds. 

The 675,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue will be home to the professional basketball team the Brooklyn Nets.

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Visit CoachesVsCancer.org to find out how to get involved with the Coaches vs. Cancer program. Since 1993, coaches have helped raise more than $87 million for the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving work.

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November 21, 2014

The 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, an annual basketball event hosted by the Coaches vs. Cancer program benefiting the American Cancer Society, continued tonight with the semifinal matches held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY and four Sub-Host Round games, two each played at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT and the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, LA. 

In the first semifinal match in Brooklyn, the Stanford Cardinal took on the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.  Stanford came out firing and hit four three-pointers in less than four minutes to run out to a 12-0 lead, and UNLV would never threaten on the way to an 89-60 Cardinal victory.  Stanford shot 57.1% compared to UNLV who shot 37%, and the 52-29 halftime score was indicative of the shooting performances.  The Cardinal finished the game with a scorching 14-for-20 (70%) behind the arc and 50% overall.

Stanford (3-0) had four players in double-figure scoring.  Senior guards, Chasson Randle and Anthony Brown tied for game-high honors with 18 points each.  Junior forward Rosco Allen dropped in 15 while senior center Stefan Nastic chipped in 10, keeping his streak of double-figure games alive this season.  UNLV (2-1) was led by sophomore guard Christian Wood, who recorded his second double-double in the Classic as he scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.  Freshman guard Patrick McCaw came off the bench to score ten points as the only other Rebel in double figures.

Stanford will now take on the fourth ranked Duke Blue Devils in the final game of the night on November 22nd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  With the loss, UNLV will battle with Temple.  Game times are set for 6 p.m. for the consolation game and approximately 8:30 p.m. EST for the finals and the games can be seen on TruTV.

Stanford 82,   UNLV 60    (Box Score;  Game Recaps:  Stanford ; UNLV)

In the nightcap at the Barclays Center, Duke was pitted against Temple.  Duke took advantage of seventeen Temple turnovers and converted those into 22 points which helped the Blue Devils to a 74-54 win.

While shooting percentages were very similar between the teams on the night, Duke made seven three-pointers compared to the Owls who made just one.  In addition, the Blue Devils shot twice as many free throws and were able to capitalize on 8-of-those-13 additional shots.  Duke led 36-26 at the half and added another ten points to the margin in the second stanza.

Duke (4-0) was led in scoring by senior guard Quinn Cook with 17, while freshman forwards Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow scored 16 and 15, respectively.  Temple (2-1) had three double-figure scorers with senior guard Will Cummings registering  game-high 18 points, sophomore guard Josh Brown putting up 11 points coming off the bench, and junior guard Quenton DeCosey chipping in with ten.

Duke will now tangle with the Stanford Cardinal in the final game of the night on November 22nd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  With the loss, Temple will take on UNLV in the consolation matchup.  Game times are set for 6 p.m. for the consolation game and approximately 8:30 p.m. EST for the finals and the games can be seen on TruTV.

Duke 74,   Temple 54    (Box Score;  Game Recaps:  Duke ; Temple)

 

In the first game of the night in Bridgeport, CT, Fairfield was held to 23.1% shooting and Wofford was able to win a low scoring contest 54-36.   Wofford never trailed as Fairfield shot 20% in the first half and the Terriers took a 20-12 lead into the locker room at the half.  In the second stanza, Wofford shot 60% and pulled away for the 18-point victory.

Wofford (2-1) was led in scoring by reserve junior forward Justin Gordon with 11, while senior guard Karl Cochran registered a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds.  Fairfield (1-2) was led by senior center Marcus Gilbert who scored ten points.  Junior forward Amadou Sidibe led the Stags in rebounding with nine.

Wofford 54,   Fairfield 36    (Box Score;  Game Recaps:  Wofford ; Fairfield)

 

In the second game of the doubleheader in Bridgeport, CT, fans were witness to the longest game in Coaches vs. Cancer Classic history as Sam Houston State needed three overtimes to beat South Dakota 93-85.

In a game that included 16 ties and 17 lead changes, it was tight almost entirely throughout.  South Dakota held a 9 point lead in the first half, but SHSU battled back to trail 33-30 at the break.  The second half was close throughout, and with 31 seconds remaining, South Dakota held the same three point lead.  But with nine seconds left, senior guard Tyler Larson drove to the bucket, scored and was fouled.  He drained the free throw and a last second layup attempt by SHSU senior guard Kaheem Ransom could not find the bottom of the bucket and the two teams headed to overtime tied 65-65.

In the first overtime period, South Dakota again had a three point lead with 1:28 remaining and had several chances to add to that lead, but couldn’t convert.  When the Coyotes missed two free throws with eight seconds left in the period, Sam Houston senior guard DeMarcus Gatlin grabbed the rebound and raced to the other end of the floor and drained a game-tying three with just two seconds remaining and the game went to a second overtime tied 74-74.

Scoring wasn’t as prevalent in the second overtime, as both teams struggled to hit shots.  No one controlled the period and the final points for either team came on a pair of SHSU free throws by freshman guard Jamal Williams with 1:03 left.  A three point attempt by the Coyotes was the only recorded shot in the final minute, and the teams went on to an additional five minutes of play tied 82-82?

SHSU took control almost immediately in the third overtime taking the tip and scoring in five seconds.  South Dakota answered just as quick tying the score just five seconds later.  After trading buckets, the Bearkats took a four-point lead with a little over a minute left.  The Coyotes got it back to two, but SHSU was able to hit free throws in the waning minutes to close out the eight-point victory.

Demarcus Gatlin led four double-figure scorers for Sam Houston State (2-1).  He dropped in 18 while Burwell scored 14 and also grabbed eight rebounds.  Jamal Williams chipped in with 13 points and senior center Michael Holyfield scored 12, grabbed eight boards, and blocked five shots.  South Dakota (0-3) also had four double-digit scorers, led by senior guard Brandon Bos who scored a game-high 21 points.  Larson contributed a double-double with 17 points and 13 boards, and junior guard Tre Burnette knocked in 13 while grabbing 12 rebounds.  Junior guard Trey Norris also scored ten points while leading the Coyotes in assists with six.

Sam Houston State 93,   South Dakota 85 (3OT)    (Box Score;  Game Recaps:  SHSU ; South Dakota)

 

The first of two matchups at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, LA pitted the American Eagles against the Prebyterian Blue Hose.  American took advantage of 21 Prebyterian turnovers and converted those miscues into 24 points as they cruised to a 63-38 victory.

American (2-1) had three players in double figures led by senior guard John Schoof with 19 points.  He was aided by senior forward Kevin Panzer with 16 points and junior guard Jesse Reed with 14 points.  Presbyterian (1-2) got a strong scoring effort from senior guard Jordan Downing who tallied 18 points

American 63,   Presbyterian 38    (Box Score;  Game Recaps:  American ; Presbyterian)

 

The second game at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, LA saw the home team Louisiana Tech tangle with Morehead State and come out victorious, 73-64.  While Morehead State shot 100% from the line for the game, Louisiana Tech missed as many as the Eagles shot going 25-35 from the line.  That free throw disparity along with 22 bench points pushed the Bulldogs to the 9-point win.

Louisiana Tech  (2-1) had three players in double figures led by sophomore forward Erik McCree who scored 16 points while also pulling down seven rebounds.  Senior guard Raheem Appleby added 13 points, while freshman guard Xavian Stapleton came off the bench to add 11.   Morehead State (1-3) had four double figure scorers led by senior center Billy Reader with a  game-high 17 points.  Senior guards Angelo Warner and Kareem Storey contributed 15 and 13, respectively, while junior guard Brent Arrington knocked in 13.   

Louisiana Tech 73,   Morehead State 64    (Box Score;  Game Recaps:  Louisiana Tech ; Morehead State)

 

For more information on the 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, please visit www.cvcclassic.com and follow us on twitter @CVCClassic.

About the Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

The Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (www.cvcclassic.com) is one of the most prestigious early-season college basketball tournaments. Twelve teams will compete in the event with four of them serving as regional hosts. Regional Round action takes place from November 14-16 with the four hosts advancing to the Championship Rounds, November 21-22, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The remainder of the field will participate in a round-robin series at one of two sub-host sites on November 21-23. The Coaches vs. Cancer program (www.coachesvscancer.org) is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (www.NABC.org) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993 the initiative has raised more than $87 million dollars to fund groundbreaking research, provide up-to-date cancer information, advocate for public health policies and deliver services to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

The Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (www.BlueRidgeSports.com) a sporting events management company based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia. The Championship Rounds of the Classic will take place at Brooklyn, NY’s new sports and entertainment venue, Barclay’s Center (www.BarclaysCenter.com) and will be aired by Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., on TruTV.

Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Contact:

Amber Godfrey, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

917-969-2990 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 17, 2014

The 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, an annual basketball event hosted by the Coaches vs. Cancer program benefiting the American Cancer Society, completed the last of eight Host Round games with a game tonight in Philadelphia, PA as Temple hosted Louisiana Tech at the Liacouras Center. 

Temple was awarded 23 more free throws than Louisiana Tech, and combined with a rough shooting night from the line by the Bulldogs ended up with 22 more points via free throws and on top 82-75 when the final buzzer sounded.

La Tech led for most of the first half, and when freshman guard Xavian Stapleton drained a three-pointer at the 8:34 mark, the Bulldogs had finished a 13-0 run and led 29-17.  Temple responded by cutting the deficit to four at the half and continued the run coming out of the break and completed the 14-0 run with 15:17 left to play and a 44-38 lead.  Temple was able to extend its lead to 11 points when it made its last field goal with 4:25 to play.  The Owls (2-0) made 14-of-20 free throws in the last three minutes to hold off the Bulldogs (1-1) and finished with the seven point victory.

Temple had four scorers in double figures, led by junior guard Quenton DeCosey and senior guard Will Cummings who each tallied 20 points.  Cummings also contributed 9 rebounds and sophomore forward Mark Williams led the Owls in rebounds with ten.  Louisiana Tech was led by senior guard Raheem Appleby who scored a game-high 26 points while sophomore forward chipped in 14.  Senior forward Michale Kyser and senior guard each grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Bulldogs.

Temple will now take the relatively short trip to New York to battle the fourth ranked Duke Blue Devils in the second semifinal game of the night on November 21st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Game time is set for approximately 9:30 p.m. and the games can be seen on TruTV.   Louisiana Tech is set to host American, Morehead State, and Presbyterian as part of the Sub-Host Rounds on November 21st-23rd at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, LA.

Temple 82, Louisiana Tech 75  (Box Score;  Game Recaps:  Temple ; Louisiana Tech)

For more information on the 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, please visit www.cvcclassic.com and follow us on twitter @CVCClassic.

About the Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

The Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (www.cvcclassic.com) is one of the most prestigious early-season college basketball tournaments. Twelve teams will compete in the event with four of them serving as regional hosts. Regional Round action takes place from November 14-16 with the four hosts advancing to the Championship Rounds, November 21-22, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The remainder of the field will participate in a round-robin series at one of two sub-host sites on November 21-23. The Coaches vs. Cancer program (www.coachesvscancer.org) is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (www.NABC.org) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993 the initiative has raised more than $87 million dollars to fund groundbreaking research, provide up-to-date cancer information, advocate for public health policies and deliver services to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

The Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (www.BlueRidgeSports.com) a sporting events management company based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia. The Championship Rounds of the Classic will take place at Brooklyn, NY’s new sports and entertainment venue, Barclay’s Center (www.BarclaysCenter.com) and will be aired by Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., on TruTV.

Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Contact:

Amber Godfrey, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

917-969-2990 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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November 16, 2014

The 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, an annual basketball event hosted by the Coaches vs. Cancer program benefiting the American Cancer Society, saw the sixth and seventh games in the latest edition of the Classic completed as Stanford hosted South Dakota at Maples Pavilion in Palo Alto, CA and UNLV took on Sam Houston State in Las Vegas, NV at the Thomas & Mack Center. 

Stanford took advantage of 31 fouls called against South Dakota and made 20 more free throws than the Coyotes en route to a 84-73 victory.  After leading 1-0 in the opening minute, South Dakota fought hard in the first stanza keeping within two possessions of the Cardinal for most of the half.  But with Stanford leading 23-20 with 8:45 remaining, junior forward Rosco Allen knocked down a jumper which started a 13-2 run, and stretched the lead to 14.  Stanford held that 14-point lead at the half, 40-26.  The Cardinal withstood a brief charge as their lead was cut to six on a four-point play by South Dakota junior guard Sekou Harris, but they could get no closer and Stanford closed out the 11-point victory.

The Coyotes made more field goals and more three-pointers than the Cardinal, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the disparity in free throws.  Stanford went 38-of-46 (82.6%) from the line while South Dakota made 18 of their 25 attempts.

Stanford (2-0) was led by senior guard Chasson Randle who scored a game-high 23 points.  Allen added 17 points, while seniors Stefan Nastic (Center, 14 points, 11 rebounds) and Anthony Brown (Guard, 11 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded a double-double.  South Dakota (0-2) was led in scoring and rebounding by senior guard Brandon Bos who had 19 points and 7 rebounds.  Senior guard Tyler Larson added 11 points and five assists to the Coyotes totals.

Stanford will now travel across the country to take on UNLV in the first semifinal game of the night on Friday, November 21st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Tip time is 7:00 pm EST and the game can be seen on TruTV.  South Dakota will travel to Fairfield, CT to play Fairfield, Sam Houston State, and Wofford at the Arena at Harbor Yard in a round-robin format as part of the Sub-Host Rounds on November 21st-23rd.

Stanford 84, South Dakota 73  (Box Score;  Game Recaps:  Stanford ; South Dakota)

UNLV and Sam Houston State battled down to the wire in a game that included seven ties and ten lead changes on a rough shooting night for both teams.  UNLV shot 36.8% on the night while SHSU fared worse going 30.4% from the field.  Although Sam Houston State led for 24:30 in the game, UNLV took advantage of 15 turnovers by the Bearkats and converted those mistakes into 17 points as the Runnin’ Rebels held on for a 59-57 win.

The first half was a roller coaster of emotion for both teams as no one really took control early until SHSU ran off an 11-0 run over three minutes to take a ten-point lead, 30-20 with 4:05 left in the half.  UNLV answered with an 8-0 run of their own cutting the halftime lead to two, 30-28.

Sam Houston came out of the locker room ready for action and scored the first nine points of the stanza to lead by 11 with 16:37 remaining.  But the Rebels didn’t quit and rallied for a 13-0 run and took the lead 41-39 with 12:10 left.  After trading the lead for the next five minutes, UNLV broke the 47-47 tie with an 8-0 run capped by a three-pointer by freshman guard Patrick McCaw with 4:14 remaining.

SHSU was able to cut the lead to one, 58-57, with a three-pointer by senior guard Kaheem Ransom with just 17 seconds left to play.  After a quick foul, UNLV freshman guard Rashad Vaughn converted only one of his two free throw attempts, which left the Runnin’ Rebels up by two with 16 seconds remaining.  With two fouls to give, UNLV fouled SHSU twice leaving the Bearkats with only six second to inbound the ball and find the tying or winning bucket.  A last second three-point attempt by sophomore guard Dakarai Henderson was no good, and UNLV held on to win and doubled its margin of victory from two night earlier.

UNLV (2-0) was led in scoring for the second consecutive game by freshman Rashad Vaughn, who knocked in 18 points.  Senior guard Cody doolin contributed 10 points and seven assists while freshman center Goodluck Okonoboh controlled the glass and the rim by grabbing 10 rebounds and swatting six shots.  Sam Houston State (1-1) was led in scoring by two senior guards, Ransom and Jabari Peters, who scored 13 and 11 points, respectively.

UNLV will play Stanford in the first semifinal game of the night on Friday, November 21st at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Tip time is 7:00 pm EST and the game can be seen on TruTV.  Sam Houston State will travel to Fairfield, CT to play Fairfield, South Dakota, and Wofford at the Arena at Harbor Yard in a round-robin format as part of the Sub-Host Rounds on November 21st-23rd.

UNLV 59, Sam Houston State 57  (Box Score;  Game Recaps:  UNLV ; Sam Houston State)

 

For more information on the 2014 Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, please visit www.cvcclassic.com and follow us on twitter @CVCClassic.

About the Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic

The Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic (www.cvcclassic.com) is one of the most prestigious early-season college basketball tournaments. Twelve teams will compete in the event with four of them serving as regional hosts. Regional Round action takes place from November 14-16 with the four hosts advancing to the Championship Rounds, November 21-22, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The remainder of the field will participate in a round-robin series at one of two sub-host sites on November 21-23. The Coaches vs. Cancer program (www.coachesvscancer.org) is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (www.NABC.org) that empowers basketball coaches, their teams, and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The program leverages the personal experiences, community leadership, and professional excellence of basketball coaches nationwide to increase cancer awareness and promote healthy living through year-round awareness efforts, fundraising activities, and advocacy programs. Since 1993 the initiative has raised more than $87 million dollars to fund groundbreaking research, provide up-to-date cancer information, advocate for public health policies and deliver services to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

The Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic is produced by Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc. (www.BlueRidgeSports.com) a sporting events management company based in the Shenandoah Valley city of Winchester, Virginia. The Championship Rounds of the Classic will take place at Brooklyn, NY’s new sports and entertainment venue, Barclay’s Center (www.BarclaysCenter.com) and will be aired by Turner Sports, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., on TruTV.

Northwestern Mutual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Contact:

Amber Godfrey, Blue Ridge Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

917-969-2990 ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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