In the first-ever meeting between the two programs, Georgia Tech dominated defensively, forcing 23 turnovers in route to a 70-55 victory over George Washington.
Elizabeth Balogun led the way for the Yellow Jackets (4-1), pouring in 19 points, and compiling three rebounds, four assists and four steals. Before fouling out, Elizabeth Dixon recorded a stat in every positive category, grabbing 12 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block. Francesca Pan (12 points) also ended in double figures for head coach Machelle Joseph.
The Colonials (1-4) led by four, 15-11, after the first quarter but a 13-0 run between the second and third frames vaulted the Yellow Jackets into a double-digit lead. Georgia Tech also outscored George Washington 44-12 in the paint.
Mei-Lynn Bautista provided a bright spot for the Colonials, scoring a team-high 18 points, grabbing six rebounds and securing three steals.
George Washington will take on NC State on Friday at 4 p.m. ET, while Georgia Tech will face Idaho State at 6:30 p.m.
Tiana Mangakahia scores 18 points and Digna Strautmane nets 16 as the No. 14 Syracuse University women’s basketball team holds off Kansas State 70-61 in day one of the Cancun Challenge.
The Wildcats took a 52-48 lead with 8:49 left in the fourth quarter but Syracuse went on a 20-4 run and outscored KState 22-13 in the final eight minutes to secure the victory.
Four Wildcat players scored in double figures led by Peyton Williams’ 14 points and eight rebounds. Kayla Goth Kali Jones and Christianna Carr each finished with 10 points.
Kansas State struggled from three-point range only hitting four of 21 attempts. Syracuse wasn’t much better connecting on six from long range on 21 attempts.
The Orange led by as many as 14 points, have won three games in a row and improve to 4-1 on the season. It’s the first loss of the season for the Wildcats who fall to 3-1.
Syracuse will take on Princeton on Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET and Kansas State will face No. 16 DePaul at 11 a.m. ET.
The No. 16-ranked DePaul Blue Demons (2-1) use big fourth quarter and come from behind to defeat Princeton 82-67 in the opening day of the women’s Cancun Challenge.
The Blue Demons trailed most of the game before tying it 58-58 at the end of the third quarter. DePaul would outscore Princeton 24-9 in the fourth to seal the win.
DePaul’s Mart’e Grays led all scorers with 23 points and teammate Chante Stonewall finished with a double-double (16 points and 14 rebounds).
Both Sydney Boyer and Carlie Littlefield netted 16 points for Princeton. The Tigers were on fire early in the game connecting on nine three pointers and jumping out to a 15-point lead in the 2nd quarter.
It was a nice rebound win for DePaul who was coming off a tough game against No. 1 Notre Dame. In that game, the Blue Demons led 29-22 after the first quarter only to see the defending national champion charge back for a 101-77 win.
DePaul faces Kansas State on Friday at 11 a.m. ET and Princeton takes on No. 13 Syracuse at 1:30 p.m. ET.
The Bradley Braves hold off the Penn State Nittany Lions in the final seconds to win the Riviera Division of the 2018 Cancun Challenge.
Leading 59-56 with less than two seconds on the clock, Penn State’s Lamar Stevens was fouled. He hit the first shot and then purposely missed the second. The ball was tipped back to Myles Dread who couldn’t connect on the tying three pointer as the buzzer sounded.
Elijah Childs finished with a team-high 18 points for the Braves and Darrell Brown added 16.
Stevens finished with a game-high 28 points for the Nittany Lions which was his fifth-straight 20-plus point game of the season. Stevens finished with 99 total points in four games which set a new Cancun Challenge record which had been set by SMU's Jahmal McMurray earlier in the night (98).
There were 14 lead changes and 8 ties during the course of the game. Bradley improves to 5-1 on the season while Penn State falls to 3-2.
This was the first meeting between the two programs since 1998 where the Braves defeated the Nittany Lions 63-54. Bradley is now 4-2 all-time against Penn State.
Bradley becomes the third Missouri Valley team to win the Riviera Division of the Cancun Challenge (Wichita State – 2012 and Northern Iowa – 2014).
Elijah Childs – Bradley (MVP)
Darrell Brown - Bradley
Josh Reaves – Penn State
Lamar Stevens – Penn State
Loudon Love – Wright State
Jahmal McMurray – SMU
SMU 77, Wright State 76
SMU’s Jimmy Whitt Jr. buried his fadeaway game-winning jumper with 4.2 seconds on the clock to give the Mustangs (3-3) a third-place finish in the 2018 Cancun Challenge Riviera Division. Wright State (3-3) had one last opportunity on Cole Gentry’s last-ditch effort, which fell short as the buzzer sounded.
Five Wright State players finished in double figures for head coach Scott Nagy. Loudon Love led the way with team highs in points (19) and rebounds (14). The Raiders shot 51% from deep (14-27) but managed only a 4-8 mark from the foul line.
Jahmal McMurray paced the Mustangs with a game-high 27 points. Ethan Chargois and Jimmy Whitt Jr. also finished in double figures for SMU. Though the Mustangs weren’t lights out from three-point range, they outscored Wright State 34-26 in the paint and poured in 12 second chance points.
Jacksonville State 83, North Florida 78
Jacksonville State’s Jason Burnell scores 23 points and pulls down 10 rebounds as the Gamecocks defeat North Florida 83-78 and capture the Mayan Division of the 2018 Cancun Challenge at the all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.
Jamall Gregory finished with 16 points and Marlon Hunter added 13 for the Gamecocks who improve to 2-3 on the season.
North Florida’s JT Escobar was unconscious from behind the arc hitting eight treys to finish with 24 points. Wajid Aminu finished with 15 and Noah Horchler netted 14 and pulled down a team-high 9 rebounds.
The Gamecocks dominated in the paint scoring 36 points and holding the Ospreys to just 18. The game featured 9 lead changes and UNF lead 42-37 at half.
UNF is a two-time Mayan Division champ out of the Atlantic Sun is was making its third all-time appearance in the Cancun Challenge.
Jamall Gregory - Jacksonville State (MVP)
Jason Burnell - Jacksonville State
JT Escobar - North Florida
Noah Horchler - North Florida
Carlos Dotson - Western Carolina
Tyree Griffin - Southern Miss
Southern Miss 68, Western Carolina 63
Four Southern Miss players score in double figures as the Golden Eagles secure a third-place finish in the Mayan Division at the 2018 Cancun Challenge with a 68-63 win over Western Carolina.
Tyree Griffin lead all scorers with 18 points and Cortez Edwards added 17 for Southern Miss who improves to 4-1 on the season. Dominic Magee finished with 15 points and LaDavius Draine netted 13 for the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss scored 32 points off of 20 Western Carolina turnovers in the contest. Three Catamount players each finished with 10 points (Onno Steger, Carlos Dotson and Kameron Gibson). WCU falls to 1-5 on the season.
The game featured seven lead changes with Western Carolina leading most of the first half. The Catamounts started hot hitting 87.5% from the field and 4 of 5 from three within the first eight minutes of the game.
PENN STATE 77, WRIGHT STATE 59
Penn State took a 17-point lead after the first half and held Wright State off the rest of the way to move to 3-1 on the season and advance to the Riviera Division championship game Wednesday versus Bradley.
Lamar Stevens scored 25 points to go with five rebounds for the Nittany Lions. Myles Dread scored 13 points; Jamari Wheeler had 12 points, as did Josh Reaves who added 10 rebounds. Penn State was 9-of-17 from 3-point range.
For Wright State (3-2), Bill Wampler scored 17 points, and Loudon Love finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Wright State will play SMU in the Riviera Division third-place game,
BRADLEY 75, SMU 62
Elijah Childs had career-best totals of 21 points and 12 rebounds as Bradley pulled ahead in the second half and held off SMU to advance to the Riviera Division championship game on Wednesday.
The Braves (4-1) will face Penn State or Wright State for the title; SMU will play the loser between those two in the third-place game.
Bradley took a 12-point lead in the second half, 49-37, when Childs converted a layup after the Braves rebounded a missed free throw. The Mustangs (2-3) got within 53-50 on a shot by Jimmy Whitt Jr. with 7 minutes left, but Bradley had another push ready to go, pulling ahead 59-52 on a 3-pointer by Childs at the 5:07 mark.
Darrell Brown's 3-pointer at 1:50 was the dagger, putting Bradley up 68-55. Koch Bar had 15 points for the Braves, and Brown closed with 14 points. Nate Kennell finished with 12 points as Bradley shot 51 percent from the field.
A 3-pointer from Nat Dixon and a jumper by Whitt Jr. gave the Mustangs a 24-18 lead with 5:25 left in the first half. The Braves responded with a 12-1 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Brown.
For SMU, Jamal McMurray had 19 points, while Whitt Jr. had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Isiaha Mike closed with 11 points.
NORTH FLORIDA 64, SOUTHERN MISS 48
North Florida led by as many as 21 points and saw the advantage trimmed to seven in the second half, but a 10-0 run restored order for the Ospreys, who advanced to meet Jacksonville State on Wednesday for the Mayan Division title.
Garrett Sams had 16 points and 12 rebounds for North Florida (2-3). JT Escobar added 14 points, and Noah Horchler filled the boxscore with 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots.
The Ospreys went almost eight minutes before scoring in the second half and had 18 turnovers, but they led the rebounding battle, 51-35, and held the Golden Eagles to a 2-for-19 performance from long range.
Southern Miss (3-1) got 12 points from Tim Rose and 11 points from Cortez Edwards. They will face Western Carolina on Wednesday in the Mayan Division third-place game.