2012-13 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage

Gonzaga def. Salesian, 65-59

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 5, 2013 -- The 6th Annual CRC came to a close with DC Gonzaga (MD) facing Salesian (CA). The game was a breath of fresh air following eight games of which none were decided by fewer than 13 points. The average margin of victory in the four prior games on Saturday was a sizeable 26 points per game.

From a competitive standpoint, the best game was saved for last.

Gonzaga used a strong performance from senior Kris Jenkins and some timely plays down the stretch to edge out Salesian at the finish line, 65-59.

Salesian came out hot scoring 24 points in the opening quarter taking a five-point lead into the 2nd quarter. California-Berkley commit Jabari Bird scored nine points in the quarter on 4-of-5 shooting. Jenkins, who is a Villanova commit, kept the Eagles in the game with 13 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

Gonzaga turned the tide on the Pride in the 2nd quarter thanks to some help from sophomore guard Bryant Crawford and classmate Jabari Greenwood along with senior Matt Jackson, who combine for 10 of Gonzaga’s 14 points in the stanza.

The Purple Eagles used a seven-point advantage to take a 33-31 lead into the locker room. Jenkins chalked up 17 tallies by half.

Bird and Jenkins picked their duel back up after halftime as Bird added nine points in the frame and Jenkins chipped in six for his squad. Gonzaga held a 50-47 lead heading into the game’s final eight minutes.

The final chapter starred Jenkins as the 6-foot-6 senior finished the Pride off with eight more tallies, while Bird was held scoreless.

Jenkins was the obvious MVP choice finishing with 31 points and 12 rebounds. He was relentless throughout the game playing with a purpose and passion matched by very few throughout the weekend.

Junior Jordan Abdur-Ra’oof joined Jenkins in double-figures with 12 points adding five rebounds. Senior Charles Glover chipped in eight points.

Bird paced Salesian with 22 points. Classmate Jermaine Edmonds Jr. notched 10 points and sophomore Bernard Ward and senior Mario Dunn evenly split 16 markers.

Stat of the Game:
Gonzaga was 16-of-20 at the charity stripe in comparison to Salesian’s 6-of-10 showing.