The big news yesterday was the exit from The Basketball Tournament of our Purple and Black pals, who came up on the short end of an 84-77 decision in the Super 16 round against top-seeded Golden Eagles Alumni yesterday at the Steinberg Wellness Center on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University.
For about two-thirds of the game, fourth-seed P&B was either within a possession or leading, at one point by as much as eight points. But right after that eight point lead, which came after an 11-2 Purple run to start the second half, the Eagles went on a 13-4 run themselves to get back in the lead. After that, the boys from Marquette simply outplayed our heroes, extending their lead piece by piece.
Jacob Pullen, on the back of a 5-9 afternoon from beyond the arc, led all scorers with 25 points. Dom Sutton added a strong 18 along with 8 boards and some beefy defensive work, and Mizzou import Stefhon Hannah, who signed up to help because he’s a childhood friend of Pullen’s, also hit double figures with 10. Thomas Gipson had eight points and six boards, and Shane Southwell pulled down seven rebounds and blocked three shots, but never found the basket. Martavious Irving hit a pair of big threes right out of the gate, but finished with only eight points. Curtis Kelly had five points, missing four shots from the stripe. And Jordan Henriquez? Well, he played six minutes and got three fouls. Jeuvol Myles and D.J. Johnson never saw the floor.
Davante Gardner paced the Eagles with 20, while Jamil Wilson, Darius Johnson-Odor, and Dwight Buycks all reached double figures. Our friends over at Anonymous Eagle have a full recap from their perspective.
With that, another summer of TBT action ends for us, but the competition is becoming more and more entertaining. It’s great to see the old crew back in action, and this felt in so many ways like being transported back to a day when Frank Martin was in Manhattan and Tom Crean was in Milwaukee.
Quick rundown of other stuff:
Several players who had been on K-State’s radar committed to other schools over the weekend, and we’re just not going to bother talking about them because why?
At the Capital-Journal, Kevin Haskin thinks the Big 12 champion is going to have to run the table, even with the new stupid championship game, and he also profiles tight end Dayton Valentine , who surprisingly was named to the Mackey Award watch list despite only having two career receptions.
Stu Pospisil of the Omaha World-Herald discusses Nebraska high school stars who played somewhere other than Nebraska. The most interesting thing he says about K-State is actually pretty telling in regard to Bill Snyder’s success in grabbing guys from north of the border: “Kansas State didn’t attract many border crossers — All-Big Eight and NFL lineman Quentin Neujahr from Centennial High the most notable — before the last decade.”
Before the last decade, indeed.
Taylor Robertson of McPherson, the Kansas Gatorade Girls Player of the Year, has chosen to go to Oklahoma, reports Taylor Eldridge of the Wichita Eagle (via NewsOK). But that’s okay, because you can console yourselves with this profile of Montclair (N.J.) standout Alisa Wiggins, who Jeff Mittie landed recently. (Steve Tober, Bergen Record)
The Topeka Golden Giants, in a rain-shortened finale of the Mid-Plains League’s Cowdin Cup championship, knocked off the Junction City Brigade 9-0 yesterday to take the series two games to one. K-State’s Brett Owen and Noah Hemphill had two hits each for Topeka. (Ken Corbitt, C-J)