2013-14 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 4, 2014 -- Games don’t always play out the way we hope, but the 7th Annual CRC closed in grand fashion in front of packed house. The old cliché, we saved the best for last, certainly rang true for Saturday’s night marquee match up featuring Chicago’s Whitney Young Dolphins and Texas’ Prime Prep the Truth on ESPN-2.
Many onlookers began flooding the gates as the Truth took an 18-point lead midway through the 3rd quarter, but those fans missed one of the great comebacks in CRC history.
Prime Prep led (57-39) with 3:34 to play in the 3rd quarter, but a (9-1) run to end the quarter helped propel the Dolphins into a dramatic 4th quarter.
Duke signee Jahlil Okafor, the nation's No. 1 player, gave Whitney Young the lead at (61-60) with around three minutes to play in the game. In all, the Dolphins were able to close the game on a (33-12) run to earn a savored (72-69) victory.
Prime Prep had a great look from 30-feet at the buzzer, but Terrance Ferguson's attempt went on off the left side of the rim. It was the second time in as many nights in which the Truth had a shot at the buzzer fall short.
Okafor and Georgetown signee Paul White completely took over the final 11 minutes of the contest following the sizeable deficit.
The Truth jumped out to a (21-13) lead after a quarter thanks to three triples by Ferguson, one of the nation's elite sophomores. Steady guard Micah Seaborn added six points.
White and Okafor each produced two buckets in the opening chapter.
Ferguson banged in another three-point goal in the 2nd quarter, and Southern Methodist University signee Emmanuel Mudiay poured in seven points to help the Truth to a (41-37) halftime lead.
White began asserting himself in the 2nd totaling 11 points and Okafor added eight points.
Prime Prep's (16-2) run to start the 3rd quarter allowed the Truth to build what looked to be an insurmountable lead. Ferguson continued to deal on the Dolphins cashing in two more bonus balls and eight points in all.
White scored 10 points in the final eight minutes and Okafor tallied seven markers, which included the go-ahead-basket. Saint Louis commit Miles Reynolds also had a huge hoop-and-harm to help propel the Dolphins.
White scored 29 points, dished out nine assists, and grabbed five rebounds, and Okafor totaled 24 points and eight rebounds. The two were named Co-MVPs and Okafor earned tournament MVP honors.
Reynolds aided the cause with 11 points, which included a half court make at the end of the 1st half that ended up on ESPN's Top 10.
Ferguson, who scored a team-high 20 points in defeat, connected on 6-of-10 three-point goals. Mudiay finished off a solid individual weekend with 16 points and Seaborn notched 12.
Stat of the Game:
Whitney Young ended the game on a (33-12) run following an 18-point deficit.