2010-11 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 8, 2011 -- Game 2 was one of the best games of the 4th annual CRC along with featuring arguably the best player of the day.
St. Andrew's out of Barrington, Rhode Island met storied DeMatha out of Hyattsville, Maryland in a CRC classic. In the end, it was too much Syracuse-bound Michael Carter-Williams as St. Andrew's escaped with a 49-46 triumph of the talented Stags.
It was a slow start for the 6-foot-5 lengthy Carter-Williams as he missed a dunk early in the game, but oh did he ever make up for it.
Following a slow start from St. Andrew's, DeMatha was able to grab an 11-9 advantage after one 6-foot-7 junior Jerami Grant, who is the son of former NBA veteran Harvey Grant, got off early with a pair of crowd-pleasing rim-rattlers.
Along with Grant, 6-foot-8 big-bodied sophomore BeeJay Anya was active early for the Stags.
Carter-Williams got going in the 2nd quarter with a series of drive-in baskets using his length to score in and over traffic. At times, the game almost looked too easy for MCW.
The Saints were able to win the 2nd period and snag a 20-19 halftime upper hand.
Carter-Williams and 6-foot-5 senior Aboubacar Casse did much of the scoring in the 2nd half for the Saints, while Anya and 6-foot-3 junior James Robinson were answering for the Stags.
Casse showed a nice mid-range game as he was able to knock down several baseline jumpers on his way to 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.
However, DeMatha was able to get its lead back thanks to a 13-7 advantage in the 3rd quarter giving the Maryland-based school a 32-27 lead after three.
Enter Carter-Williams. The senior, who will likely be a future professional, took over the show and put on a 4th quarter scoring clinic. MCW continued to score off the drive and also showed the NBA-range three-game.
The Saints exploded for 22 points in the final quarter thanks in large part to the game's MVP, Carter-Williams who finished with 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting. The five-star signee also added six rebounds, six steals, and three assists. It was arguably the best single-game performance by any one player in CRC history.
Though, they suffered defeat, the highly-talented Stags got 15 points and eight rebounds from Anya and 14 from Robinson. Grant added nine points and seven rebounds including three dunks with one being a tip-dunk which sent the crowd into frenzy.
Georgetown commit Mikael Hopkins was a non-factor much of the encounter. The 6-foot-8 senior scored just eight points on 1-of-5 shooting but did manage to snare eight boards.
Neither team blistered the nets throughout the contest, but St. Andrew's did hold a three to zero advantage on three-point makes.