2014-15 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 3, 2015 -- After suffering its first loss of the season on Friday at the CRC in a classic with Chaminade (MO), Stevenson played in one of the better contests the event has ever witnessed in a, 76-70, victory over DC Gonzaga.
The Patriots found a way to not go winless in its two games by overcoming a rough shooting afternoon to get by a very good Purple Eagles squad. The game was back-and-forth and seemingly never was more than a 4-point difference. The play was outstanding with players making tough shots, running good offense, and playing solid defense on both accounts.
Stevenson got a combined 44 points from Villanova signee Jalen Brunson (24 points) and Rice signee Connor Cashaw (20 points) to help surge past the Washington D.C.-based club. Brunson, who enjoyed a two-day total of 72 points, struggled a bit from the field shooting 9-of-23 thanks in large part to a solid defensive effort from the Purple Eagles.
Stevenson jumped out to a, 20-16, lead after a quarter of play as Cashaw (7 points), Brunson (6 points), and senior guard Matthew Johnson (5 points) came out firing. DC Gonzaga, who has given us many memorable moments in the past at the CRC, got 10 points in the opening stanza from Wake Forest signee Bryant Crawford.
The 2nd quarter belonged to the Purple Eagles as Crawford continued to light up the scoreboard playing with an edge to him making 7-of-8 action shots in the 1st half good for 18 points. Crawford’s efforts helped Gonzaga take a, 38-36, lead into the locker room.
The two teams played to a dead heat in the 3rd quarter allowing Gonzaga to take a 2-point lead into the game’s final eight minutes.
However, in the final frame, Stevenson would secure the win at the free throw line making 7-of-10 attempts. Brunson ended the game emphatically with a powerful left-handed stuffer.
Brunson added eight rebounds to his 24 points along with six steals and five assists. Cashaw was 8-of-14 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Talented sophomore Justin Smith scored 16 points and pulled down 5 boards along with electrifying the crowd with a massive two-handed put back dunk. Johnson chipped in 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
Crawford led the Purple Eagles in defeat with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, four rebounds, and four assists. Talented and undersized sophomore point guard Chris Lykes scored 14 points, but shot just 6-of-16 from the field. Dayton signee Sam Miller added 10 points and six rebounds and sophomore Eddie Scott contributed 10 points.
Gonzaga shot just over 57 percent from the field, while Stevenson was just under 44. The teams were nearly even on the boards as the Patriots held a narrow (34-33) advantage.
Stat of the Game:
Stevenson was 14-of-18 from the foul line, while Gonzaga was just 3-of-11.