2013 Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic All-Tournament Team
Will Gerencer -- Roger Williams
Chris Hudnut -- Colby
Alex Berthiaume -- Springfield
Jordan Rote -- Springfield
Craig Davis -- SUNY-Purchase
Andre Nixon -- SUNY-Purchase (MOP)
Championship Game -- SUNY-Purchase 69, Springfield 65
In a pulsating contest not decided until the final 2.6 seconds, SUNY-Purchase defeated Springfield College by a final score of 69-65 in the men's division finals of the Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic this evening in Blake Arena. The Panthers thus gained a measure of revenge in that three years ago in the same tournament the roles were reversed with the Pride defeating SUNY-Purchase, 66-61.
With the win, SUNY-Purchase is now 8-1, while Springfield falls to 9-4.
The Panthers found themselves down 33-25 at halftime. But behind the play of forward Craig Davis and Nixon, a silky smooth shooting guard, SUNY-Purchase took a four-point lead with 1:32 left on a lay-up by Davis.
With 33 seconds left, however, SC senior guard Sean Martin calmly sank two free throws to cut the margin to two (65-63). Jordan Rote of SC then fouled Amar Reynolds with 25 seconds left. But when Reynolds missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Reynolds then fouled SC's Robbie Burke on the rebound with 21 seconds remaining. Burke would then sink both charity tosses to tie matters at 65-all.
After SUNY-Purchase called a timeout with 16 seconds left, the visitors knew precisely who was going to take the final shot. With about six seconds left, Nixon drove to the hoop and made an off-balance lay-up with 2.6 seconds remaining.
Springfield attempted a long three-quarter court pass, but the pass could not be handled. There was now one full second left. Then with the clock showing triple zero without the horn sounding, Reynolds was fouled again. This time Reynolds sank both attempts, making the final, 69-65.
SUNY-Purchase led by as many as five points (11-6) early on, but a lay-up by Tim Swenson gave SC a 15-13 lead with 8:01 left in the first half. A burst that was fueled by Nick Sienkiewicz would give the Pride a 33-25 lead at the intermission. That proved to be SC's largest lead.
Nixon scored 15 of his 20 points in that first half, while Davis would counter with 11 of his 15 points in the second half.
In the final eight minutes, the lead would change hands eight times. A Burke lay-up with 4:29 remaining would give SC its last lead, however, at 59-58.
Reynolds added 16 points and five rebounds for the Panthers.
Sienkiewicz led the Pride with 16 points, followed by Rote's 14. Berthiaume added nine points. Burke had seven rebounds.
SUNY-Purchase won the rebounding battle, 39-35, led by Nixon's seven.
Consolation Game -- Colby 74, Roger Williams 50
In the consolation game played earlier this evening, Chris Hudnut scored 24 points to lead the Colby College Mules to a 74-50 victory over Roger Williams.
Colby is now 3-7, while Roger Williams falls to 4-6.
Hudnut was one of three players to score in double figures for the Mules. Besides his 24 points, he also pulled down eight rebounds and added one assist. He made 11-of-16 shots from the floor. Also scoring in double digits was Danny Chase with 19 points and Connor O'Neil with 11. Chase went 8-for-12 from the floor, while O'Neil was 3-for-7 from three-point range.
For Roger Williams, three players also scored in double figures. They were Matt Grossbard with 11 points, and Matt Igoe and Will Gerencer with 10 points each.
Making the All-Tournament team were Hudnut from Colby and Gerencer from RWU.
As a team, the Mules shot very well from the floor, making 52.5 percent of its attempts overall. The Hawks, meanwhile, shot just .346 from the floor. Colby also dominated the boards, collecting 48 rebounds to RWU's 20. The Mules made 9-of-25 from behind the arc (.360).
The Hawks held a slight edge in the very early going. When James LeCardi made a lay-up just 2:45 into the contest, RWU led 7-4. But with 14:43 to go in the opening stanza, a Hudnut lay-up gave Colby a 10-9 lead. And that put Colby in front for good.
By halftime, Colby led 35-21. Hudnut had hit a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left for that margin. Hudnut would score 16 of his 24 by the half. Chase tallied 11 of his 19 in the same period.
With 11:50 left in the game, the Mules had raced out to a 24-point advantage (58-34). Much later on, Colby had upped its advantage to 29 points (74-45) with 2:02 remaining on a jumper by Kareem Kalil.