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Three hunt more wins in Jamaica Classic NCAA Division One play-offs

BY PAUL REID
Observer writer

Sunday, November 19, 2017

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ROSE HALL, St James — A trio of teams — Florida State University (FSU), University of Tulane and Miami of Ohio — will seek their second win today as the Jamaica Classic NCAA men's Division One basketball event comes to a close at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall.

FSU will face Colorado State in the first game set to start at 5:00 pm, followed by Tulane against Fordham at 7:30 pm. Miami of Ohio and Hartford will meet in the final game set to start at 10:00 pm.

The three had won their games on Friday's opening day and will hope to keep their records perfect as they return to the USA hopefully with some momentum as the season picks up intensity.

FSU had recovered from a slow start to beat a spirited Fordham University 67-43 for their second win of the season, Tulane beat Colorado State 80-53 to improve to 3-0, while Miami of Ohio held off a surging Long Island University-Brooklyn to win 78-74 in the last game of the evening as they also improved to 3-0.

LIU-Brooklyn have only themselves to blame after coming back from 15 points down with five and half minutes to go, they made only 48.8 per cent of their field goals in the second half with Jashaun Agosto missing seven lay-ups and the team made just 27 of 74 attempts for the entire game.

Miami, who were winning their first three games for the first time since the 1998-99 season, were led by Rod Mills, who came off the bench to score 19 points, including three three-pointers, while starting point guard Darrian Ringo scored 12 points, had a school single-game record, eight steals and also had nine assists and six rebounds. He just fell short of what would be a quadruple double, and later pointed out to journalists that two players had double-doubles for Miami, starting with Logan McLane who scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds, while Jalen Adaway scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds.

Joel Hernadez led all scorers with 25 points for LIU-Brooklyn, along with nine rebounds and five assists; Zach Coleman, who hit six three-pointers, scored 20 points and had nine rebounds, while Raiquan Clark scored 15 points for the New York school.

The FSU Seminoles, who plays in the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference, eventually pulled away from the overmatched Fordham Ram of the Atlantic 10 Conference, but were made to work hard in the early stages of the game.

Despite only two players scoring in double digits, FSU led 35-18 at half-time and restricted Fordham to just 23 per cent shooting, making 12 of their 52 shots attempted, including a solitary three-pointer from Will Tavares and turning over the ball 23 times.

''I was very pleased with our defensive intensity,'' FSU Coach Leonard Hamilton was quoted to have said. ''I wasn't as pleased with our offensive execution, but we are a work in progress and I really like the direction we are heading on the offensive end of the court. We still have a lot of work to do reach our potential, but I like the direction we are going.''

Mfiondu Kabengele, a red shirt freshman from Canada, came off the bench to score 15 points, 10 in the second half, to lead FSU, while Terance Mann had 14 points in an efficient seven of nine field goal attempts. Phil Cofer scored nine points, while 7' 4” centre Christ Koumadje, who is from Chad in central Africa, had seven points, three from dunks and six rebounds, as well as four blocked shots in just 18 minutes of playing time.

Tavares, a senior guard, was the bright spot for Fordham with 18 points, 12 of his team's 25 points in the second half.

Prokop Slanina of the Czech Republic was next best with eight points with Joseph Chartouny scoring five points.

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