2015-16 CRC Tournament >> Results Press Coverage
By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic
WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2016 -- Game 3 of the 9th Annual Cancer Research Classic featured a matchup of two national powers, which are no strangers to the annual event. Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia (PA) battled DC Gonzaga in one of the day’s better games as both teams shot 50 percent or better from the field.
The Washington DC-based Purple Eagles used balanced scoring to overcome a herculean performance from the Saints’ 6-foot-8 junior Dhamir Cosby Roundtree, who dunked his way to 24 points on a 12-of-13 showing from the field and pulled down six boards. The Purple Eagles placed four players in double figures and a fifth was just a point shy in helping Gonzaga escape with a well-earned (71-70) victory.
Neumann-Goretti jumped on the winners early taking a (19-13) lead into the 2nd quarter. Cosby Roundtree totaled six points and senior guards Vaughn Covington and Zane Martin evenly split 10 markers.
Gonzaga closed the gap to (31-29) at the break as juniors Eddie Scott and dynamic and undersized guard Chris Lykes had seven points apiece in the half.
Cosby Roundtree poured in another eight points in the 3rd quarter, while highly-ranked junior guard Quade Green continued to hand out assists in front of Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson. N-G led (54-50) heading into the final frame.
In a back-and-forth final eight minutes, Gonzaga was able to comeback and survive a strong Saints’ effort. Talented sophomore Prentiss Hubb scored 11 of his 19 points in the 4th quarter and classmate Myles Dread added six of his 10 points in the period. Cosby Roundtree added yet another eight points.
Hubb’s 19 points were backed by Lykes with 14, Scott with 13, and senior guard Nigel Stewart with nine. Dread and Stewart each totaled six rebounds and Scott added five boards.
Cosby Roundtree’s top support was Martin with 21 points, senior guards Vaughn Covington with 10 and Rasheed Browne with eight points. Green stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, nine rebounds, and 13 rebounds.
Neumann-Goretti shot nearly 58 percent the field, but attempted just six free throws in the game. Gonzaga was 50 percent from the field.
Stat of the Game:
Neumann-Goretti committed 20 turnovers for the game, while Gonzaga was guilty of just 11.