Springfield, Mass. -- January 2, 2011 -- Pedro Burgos scored a team-high 22 points on his way to the MVP trophy in leading his Rutgers Newark University men's basketball team to a 71-66 victory over Springfield College in the championship game of the Hampton Inn West Springfield/Naismith Classic this afternoon at SC's Blake Arena. Rogers Williams University defeated Bates College, 69-67 in overtime, in the consolation.
With the win, Rutgers Newark is now 12-1, and has won two straight. Springfield is now 7-5 overall.
Burgos, a junior guard from Fort Lee, N.J., was tremendous over the two-day tournament for the Scarlet Raiders. He scored 25 in a 76-68 win over Bates last night. He was 7-of-14 from the floor, 4-of-10 from 3-point range, and 4-of-4 from the free throw line today. He also had three rebounds and a steal.
Three others scored in double figures for Rutgers Newark. They included junior guard Jeremiah Rivers (Newark, N.J.) with 15 points, sophomore guard Al'Don Muhammad (Irvington, N.J.) with 13, and junior guard Greg Moore (Jersey City, N.J.) with 13 more. Rivers, who also garnered a game-high 12 rebounds, made the all-tournament team along with Burgos.
For Springfield, three scored in double figures on the afternoon. They included senior forward Matt Cavalieri (West Warwick, R.I.) with 22, junior center Ryan Coburn (West Warwick, R.I.) with 13, and senior guard Darvis Rankins (Boston, Mass.) with 11. Coburn also added 11 rebounds and two blocks. Cavalieri and Coburn were Springfield's two representatives on the all-tournament team.
The remaining two players on the all-tournament team included junior center Pat Flanagan (Somerville, Mass.) of Roger Williams, and senior forward Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) of Bates.
Rutgers Newark led Springfield at the half, 40-22. Rivers scored 12 points in that first stanza. Burgos only had seven at that juncture.
Cavalieri scored the first four points of the second half as Springfield began a long, relentless journey back. When Coburn made a lay-up with 4:53 left, the margin was cut to seven (60-53). The Pride would cut it to as few as three points (69-66) with five seconds left on a 3-pointer by Cavalieri. But one second later, Muhammad was fouled and made his two free throws to clinch it.
Roger Williams 69, Bates 67 (overtime)
In game number one of the day, Rogers Williams University came back from down 12 points at halftime to defeat Bates College, 69-67 in overtime, in the consolation game. With the win, Roger Williams is now 7-4. Bates is also now at 7-4.
For Roger Williams, four players scored in double figures. They included junior center Pat Flanagan (Somerville, Mass.) with 24, senior guard Corey Fava (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) with 14, senior forward Travis O'Dell (Brunswick, Me.) with 13, and sophomore guard Matt Grossbard (Pearl River, N.Y.) with 10.
Senior forward Brian Ellis (Braintree, Mass.) was one of four players for Bates who scored in double figures. He finished with 17 points. Also in double figures for the Bobcats were senior forward Nick Schmiemann (Weymouth, Mass.) with 14, sophomore guard Mark Brust (Duxbury, Mass.) with 14, and senior forward Alex Gallant (Bangor, Me.) with 10.
Flanagan for Roger Williams and Ellis for Bates have already been named to the All-Tournament team.
At the half, Ellis led Bates with 12 points. Gallant was next with six points. For Roger Williams, Flanagan had eight points, followed by Fava with six. Bates had a huge advantage in rebounding, 25-14. The Bobcats were shooting .406 from the floor, while Roger Williams was shooting .333 in the same category.
For the game, there were four ties, and the lead changed hands six times. Roger Williams shot .412 from the floor, while Bates shot .389. There was a huge disparity in free throws, with the Hawks making 25-of-29 and the Bobcats just 3-of-5.
The game was not truly determined until the clock wound down to six seconds remaining in overtime. The score was Roger Williams 67, Bates 64 -- and Bates had the ball. But O'Dell came up with a steal and was immediately fouled. O'Dell then made two free throws, giving RWU a near- insurmountable 69-64 lead. Brust then made a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to make the final 69-67.
Pedro Burgos, Rutgers Newark (MVP)
Jeremiah Rivers, Rutgers Newark
Matt Cavalieri, Springfield
Ryan Coburn, Springfield
Pat Flanagan, Roger Williams
Brian Ellis, Bates