Sunday Recap: Colorado Remains Perfect, Miles Bridges, and a Quadruple Overtime Thriller

George King recorded 25 points and eight rebounds in the Championship game of the Paradise Jam to lead the Colorado Buffaloes past Mercer for the title, 79-70. (Source: Buffzone.com) (Header: Sports Illustrated)

CANMORE, Alta. — The second weekend of the 2017-18 season is officially in the books, and what a Sunday we all experienced to cap it off.

Admittedly, the first week of the season had its moments where it was a bit underwhelming. A lack of upsets left excitement on the table and fans wanting more, but we also got to experience our fair share of exciting basketball and close games. College basketball is unpredictable with each passing game, which is why we take it all in stride.

November 19th brought a little bit of everything to the forefront. A trio of early-season tournaments came to a close, a pair of top ten teams dodged upset bids, and we witnessed our fair share of overtime games that had fans on the edge of their seats right to the final buzzer.

If you opted for the NFL as opposed to the NCAA, here’s what you may have missed over the course of the day on Sunday.

Colorado wins the 2017 Paradise Jam; Buffaloes Improve to 5-0

The 2017 Paradise Jam provided excitement across all three days of the event. Seven of the 12 games in the event were decided by single digits, including three of the four on Sunday alone. One of those games was the Championship, which saw the Colorado Buffaloes knock off the Mercer Bears, 79-70.

With the win, the Buffaloes improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season. Over the event, they were led by the duo of senior George King and freshman McKinley Wright IV, who was named MVP of the Paradise Jam. King posted 25 points and eight rebounds in the finale, while Wright went for 11 points and seven rebounds.

The Buffaloes won all of their games by single digits in the three-day event, which will bode well for their confidence moving forwards. They showed that they can win the close games, and they will undoubtedly draw on these games when they find themselves in similar situations down the road.

Colorado will put their perfect record on the line against the Air Force Falcons on Saturday.


Miles Bridges Leaves Game With a Sprained Ankle

Many expect the Michigan State Spartans to contend for the 2018 national title despite their loss to the Duke Blue Devils at the Champions Classic. They boast one of the most talented rosters in the country, led by Preseason All-American Miles Bridges.

On Sunday, the Spartans welcomed the Stony Brook Seawolves to East Lansing in conjunction with the PK80 event. The Spartans pulled away in the second half for the 93-71 win, but the victory came at a price.

Bridges left the game in the second half after rolling his ankle on a drive to the basket. As he went to jump, he rolled his right ankle, and went down to the court. He tried to walk it off, but was forced to leave the game. Later, it was diagnosed as a sprained ankle, and Bridges is listed as day-to-day.

The Spartans don’t play again until Thursday, when they open up the PK80 event in Portland, OR against the DePaul Blue Demons. Time will tell if Bridges is healthy enough to suit up for the Spartans (2-1) in the loaded event.


Indiana State and Ohio play a Quadruple Overtime Thriller

Sunday gave us the longest game of the season so far, as the Indiana State Sycamores and Ohio Bobcats needed four overtimes to settle their final contest at the Gildan Charleston Classic. In the end, Ohio came away with the 96-94 win, clinching seventh place at the event.

The teams went back and forth over the first three overtime periods, with nothing being settled. In the fourth overtime, Mike Laster scored the go-ahead basket with 1:25 to play, and the Bobcats didn’t look back. Ohio had three players score 20 or more points, led by Laster, who scored a game-high 25 points.

Indiana State had six players score in double-figures, led by Jordan Barnes, who had 16 points and six assists in 49 minutes of action.


Other Notables from Sunday
  • Loyola (IL) Ramblers 88, Samford Bulldogs 67
    • The Ramblers improved to a perfect 4-0 on the year with the win over the Bulldogs, who fell to 1-3. Loyola (IL) was led by Clayton Custer, who recorded 19 points and eight assists in the win. In total, four Ramblers scored in double-figures.
  • Vermont Catamounts 66Northern Kentucky Norse 64
    • The Catamounts used a second-half comeback to knock off the Norse in the inaugural Islands of the Bahamas Showcase. Anthony Lamb recorded 26 points and 14 rebounds for Vermont in the win.
  • Florida Gators get a scare at home from the New Hampshire Wildcats
    • The Wildcats went on the road, and gave the Gators everything they could handle in Gainesville. The teams were tied at 32-all at the break, and while Florida tried to pull away in the second, New Hampshire was right there down the stretch. Jalen Hudson scored 26 points to help the eight-ranked Gators avoid the upset.
  • No E.C. Matthews, no Cyril Langevine, no problem for the Rhode Island Rams
    • On Sunday, the short-handed Rams disposed of the Holy Cross Crusaders by 22 points, 88-66. The Rams were without both Matthews and Langevine, but got 25 points from Jared Terrell and 20 points from Andre Berry in the victory.
  • Four teams notched their first win of the season on November 19th
    • Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-1) 65, Bethune-Cookman Wildcats 62
    • Sacred Heart Pioneers (1-3) 69, Maine Black Bears 68 (OT)
    • St. Francis (NY) Terriers (1-2) 77, Brown Bears 74
    • Robert Morris Colonials (1-3) 66, Duquesne Dukes 59

What to Watch on Monday
  • More early-season events tip off (Gulf Coast Showcase, Cayman Islands Classic, MGM Resorts Main Event, Maui Jim Maui Invitational, and more!)
  • Siena Saints (0-3) @ Bucknell Bison (0-4) at 7:00pm EST
  • The Lipscomb Bison and Abilene Christian Wildcats renew their rivalry with the first of two games this season (8:00pm EST in Abilene, TX)
  • UTRGV Vaqueros (2-2) @ North Texas Mean Green (2-1) at 8:00pm EST

– T. Bennett


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