2011-12 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 7, 2012 -- The nightcap featured several big name players and for the most part those names didn't disappoint. Though, the crowd slowly dwindled as we got close to midnight, those that remained saw DC Gonzaga remain unbeaten (12-0) thanks to a 54-44 win over a young and talented Whitney Young squad.
The Purple Eagles, who have never lost at the CRC, got a strong effort from 6-6 junior Kris Jenkins (MVP). The undersized four-man scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and hauled in a team-high seven rebounds.
It was an epic rebound for Jenkins, who struggled mightily in last year's CRC contest after he and classmate Nate Britt had a coming out party of sorts their freshmen year at the CRC. Britt played very well last year, but this time it was the North Carolina commit struggling to find his game.
Britt finished just 1-of-10 from the field with one assist and three turnovers.
Whitney Young, on the other hand, jumped out to a 15-11 lead after the first quarter and held on for a 32-29 advantage at the intermission. Sophomore studs Jahlil Okafor and Paul White scored eight and seven points respectively.
The 6-11 Okafor, who is one of the Top 5 prospects in his class, has been brilliant all year, but the 6-9 White has a tendency to disappear at times. On this night, White proved why he is one of the better recruits in his class.
Gonzaga would turn up the defense to extreme heats in the second half holding the Dolphins to just four points in the third quarter and eight in the final frame.
The biggest difference in the game was at the free-throw line where Gonzaga made 21-of-27 attempts, while Whitney Young was just 5-of-6 along with an astounding 26 turnovers compared to just nine for the Purple Eagles.
Jordan Abdur-Ra'oof was the only other double figure scorer for Gonzaga with 10 points. Tavon Blackmon and Charles Glover evenly split 16 markers. Blackmon had a game-high five assists as well. Britt was held to just three points.
Okafor led the Dolphins with 16 points on 8-of-16 shooting and garnered eight rebounds. White was 4-of-6 from the floor for 12 points and added five rebounds.
Gonzaga was just 1-of-11 from behind the arc.