Charleston Update: Penn State survives Cornell with seconds left

Posted by Sartaj Aujla on November 22, 2014

by Sartaj Aujla


Penn State hangs on in the final seconds to pass by Cornell to the final score of 72-71.

The Nittany Lions will play Drexel and the Big Red will face University of Southern California in their next games of the Charleston Classic. Both games will be on Sunday.

D.J Newbill lead Penn state in scoring with 26 points, while Robert Hatter and Galal Cancer led Cornell with 17 apiece.

The game stayed even in the beginning of the 1st half but soon drifted off in Cornell’s favor as the Big Red went on a 8-1 run to a 17-7 advantage with 12:54 left in the 1st half.

Cornell would find another offensive spark later on in the 1st as an 11-5 run built their lead to ten over Penn State. The Nittany Lions would eventually cut the lead to nine before the end of the half at 28-37.

Penn State cut the lead to 1 after a 9-2 run to open up the second half, however Cornell would respond with a 12-2 run fueled by Robert Hatter and Galal Cancer.

Penn State would rally in the final seconds and be within one after John Johnson made a three-point jumper with only four seconds left. Cornell would get the ball back but Penn State player Shep Garner would steal the ball and swing it to D.J Newbill who drove into the paint for a layup and scores before time expired. The Nittany Lions would walk away with a victory to the score of 72-71.

Penn State will square off with the Drexel Dragons, as Cornell will face the USC Trojans next in the Charleston Classic. Both games will be this Sunday.


Charleston Update: Charlotte upsets South Carolina in final minutes

Posted by Sartaj Aujla on November 22, 2014

by Sartaj Aujla


CHARLESTON, S.C – Charlotte overcame a seven point deficit at halftime and defeated a favorited South Carolina team to the final score of 65-63 to advance to the Charleston Classic Championship.

Charlotte will face the University of Miami Hurricanes in the Charleston Classic championship game on Sunday.

South Carolina will face the Akron Zips in the Third Place game on Sunday, November 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

Charlotte had four players in double figures scoring, with Braxton Ogbeuze leading with 14 points. South Carolina had three players in double figures scoring, with Sindarius Thornwell leading with 20 points.

The 49ers were down 14 points with 5:21 left in the 1st half, but went on an 11-4 run to end the half down by 7 to the score of 29-36.

Charlotte was able to take the lead three minutes into the 2nd half when Willie Clayton made a layup from an assist by Braxton Ogbueze, bringing the score to 40-38.

Charlotte would then run away with the win as a key five second violation from the Gamecocks would turn the ball over to the 49ers with under 14 seconds left. The game would end and Charlotte would punch their ticket to the championship match to the score of 65-63.

South Carolina will face off with the Akron Zips in the third place game on Sunday.


UA Men’s Basketball: Akron 51 Miami (FL) 79 Post-game Podcast

Posted by Sartaj Aujla on November 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C — Benjamin Genet and Jonah Spoerndle recap the University of Akron Men’s Basketball team’s loss to the University of Miami Hurricanes in the Charleston Classic. Akron will play Sunday, November 23rd 2014 in the Third Place game against the loser of the Charlotte – South Carolina game in the tournament.


UA Men’s Basketball: Akron – Miami (FL) Post-Game Interview

Posted by Sartaj Aujla on November 21, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C — Benjamin Genet catches up with Head Coach Keith Dambrot after the Akron Zips Men’s Basketballs loss to the University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes in the Charleston Classic.


UA Men’s Basketball: Hurricanes storm past Zips, Akron falls to Miami (FL) 79-51

Posted by Sartaj Aujla on November 21, 2014

by Sartaj Aujla


CHARLESTON, S.C — Akron Zips Men’s Basketball fell to the University of Miami (FL) Hurricanes to the final score of 79-51.

Akron Center Pat Forsythe and Wing Jake Kretzer led the Zips in scoring with 11 apiece. Miami Guard Sheldon McClellan led the Hurricanes with 17 points.

“We just didn’t move the ball well enough.” Head Coach Keith Dambrot said after the game. “We kind of splintered, we got the ball down in, and could not score it.”

Akron will get the day off tomorrow as they prepare to face the loser of the Charlotte 49ers – South Carolina Gamecocks matchup in the third place game Sunday night at 6:30 p.m.

Akron opened up with a 5-0 run contributed by Guards Niles Evans and Noah Robotham. The Miami Hurricanes stopped the run with a three made by Gaurd Angel Rodriguez.

Akron would be down by two with eight minutes left in the 1st half, but Pat Forsythe would have the Zips next six points to battle the Hurricanes three points to have Akron regain the lead 24-21.

The 1st half would end in the Hurricanes favor, as Miami’s 58% field goal shooting in the 1st would lead them to a 35 – 30 advantage at halftime. Akron only shot 38% from the field, but was able to still be within 5.

However, the 2nd half would tell a different story.

Miami (FL) would open with a 13-3 run, bringing the score to 33-48 with 14:50 left in the 2nd half.

The Hurricane’s offensive surge would also translate to their defensive game, as Miami dominated on both ends of the floor in the 2nd half. A layup made by Miami Guard JaQuan Newton would seal the deal, as the game ended to the final score of 79-51 Miami.

Pat Forsythe started off well with eight points in the first half, but only finished with three more points in the 2nd half.

“He may have tired a little bit.” Coach Dambrot commented about Forsythe’s performance in the 2nd half. “He’s been a guy that plays 16-17 minutes a game, so this is the most that he has ever played.”

Akron would end up shooting only 33.3% from field goal range, and 38.9% from 3-point range.

Miami ended the night shooting 59.3% from the field, while shooting a key 47.1% from 3 point range, making 8-17 three point shots, with 4 of those coming in the 2nd half.

Akron’s next game will be on Sunday at 6:30 p.m, where they will have a chance to finish in third place in the Charleston Classic. The Zips will face the loser of Charlotte – South Carolina.



Men’s Basketball: Akron – University of Miami (FL) Pregame Podcast

Posted by Sartaj Aujla on November 21, 2014

Sartaj Aujla and Jonah Spoerndle preview the Akron Zips Men’s Basketball team’s matchup against the Miami (FL) Hurricanes at the Charleston Classic in Charleston, South Carolina.


South Carolina Demolishes Cornell

Posted by Jonah Spoerndle on November 20, 2014


South Carolina overpowered Cornell tonight 69-45 to reach the next round of the Charleston Classic. Sindarius Thornwell had a great performance for the Gamecocks scoring 14 with 4 rebounds and one steal. Mindaugas Kacinas also had a great showing scoring 10 points with 11 rebounds.

Cornell was dominated in almost every facet of the game. They were outrebounded by South Carolina 43-31. They were also crushed in bench points 35-12. In total they recorded 17 turnovers while shooting 26% from the field.

One bright spot for Cornell was Jojo fallas who came off the bench to score 11 points.

Cornell and South Carolina traded baskets to start out the game before South Carolina broke out for a 13-0 run with 10:14 left in the half. Cornell kept the deficit within single digits until the end of the half when South Carolina went on a 7-0 run to close it out at 35-21.

Sindarius Thornwell had 10 points 2 rebounds and a steal to lead the Gamecocks. Devin Cherry was big for Cornell at the half with 8 points 4 rebounds an assist and 2 steals.

Turnovers were a problem for Cornell as they recorded 13 in the first half alone.

South Carolina came out firing again in the 2nd half going on a 20-6 run to bump their lead to 28 points with 10:32 to play. The gamecocks switched to autopilot from that point on and relied on their stingy defense to finish off a 24 point victory.

The Gamecocks will advance to the next round to face off against Charlotte at 7:00 pm tomorrow. Cornell will go to battle against Penn St at 9:00 pm.



Charlotte survives Penn St. in Thriller

Posted by Jonah Spoerndle on November 20, 2014

Charlotte outlasted Penn St in the third game of the Charleston Classic 106-97 to move onto the next round of the tournament. Mike Thorne Jr. came up big for the 49ers scoring 23 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in the win.

D.J. Newbill was the leading scorer for Penn St. netting 35 points 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Brandon Taylor also came up big for the Nittany Lions putting in 19 points while grabbing 9 boards. Penn St will face the winner of the Cornell vs South Carolina matchup.

Charlotte got off to a fast start scoring the first 8 points of the game. Penn St was able to climb back and take a 16-11 lead with 12:33 left in the half. Charlotte responded, though, scoring 13 straight to take a 24-16 lead at the 7:14 mark.

Charlotte shot 57.7% from the field and 75% from 3-point range in the first half. Terrence Williams was the leading scorer for the 49ers with 10 points while also dishing out 4 assists.

D.J. Newbill had 16 points for Penn State at the half while adding 4 rebounds.

As the second half got going things started to slowly swing towards the Nittany Lions’ direction. They brought the game within 6 points at the 3:40 mark. Two free throws brought Penn St back within 2 with 1:37 left to play.

Penn State finally tied it at 83 with 3 seconds left to play when D.J. Newbill rebounded his own missed three-point attempt and John Johnson hit his own three. The following long-range attempt from the 49ers was no good.

Penn St had a chance to win the game as they controlled the last possession of the 1st OT, but could not get a shot to fall in time. Charlotte was able to get a couple of quick baskets in the 2nd OT and secure the victory.

Charlotte will move on to the next round of the tournament to face off against the winner of the Cornell vs South Carolina matchup tomorrow at 7:00 pm.


Miami (FL) rolls over Drexel

Posted by Jonah Spoerndle on November 20, 2014



Miami continued their winning ways as they laid waste to the Drexel Dragons 66-46. Angel Rodriguez once again led Miami in the victory with 15 points and 4 assists while shooting 3-6 from the 3 point line. Tonye Jekiri also contributed a great game scoring 8 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

There was no letdown for the Hurricanes who just came off a 69-67 victory over no. 8 Florida. They are now 3-0 after a season opening win over Howard. They outrebounded the Dragons 37-32 while also dominating points in the paint 22-10.

Drexel seemed to be overpowered nearly all the second half. The Dragons drop to 0-3 on the season after this loss. Their best performance on the day came from Tavon Allen who scored 13 points.

The Hurricanes and Dragons kept it close nearly all first half trading baskets until 10:11 left in the half. Miami then went on a 14-2 run to close out the half and give them a 28-20 halftime lead.

Tonye Jekiri had 8 rebounds at halftime for the Hurricanes while Manu Lecomte had 7 points. Damion Lee had 8 first half points.

The Dragons could not keep up with Miami in the second half, however, as a 16-3 run put the game out of reach. Miami shot 58.3% from the 3-point line to help secure the win.

Miami will advance to play Akron in the semifinals at 2:30 pm tomorrow. Drexel will play USC next round at 12:00 pm.



Men’s Basketball: Akron 66 – USC 46 Postgame Podcast

Posted by Sartaj Aujla on November 20, 2014

Sartaj Aujla and Benjamin Genet recap the Akron Zips Men’s Basketball team’s win over the USC Trojans to the final score of 66-46 in Game 1 of the Charleston Classic.