COLEMAN'S THREE LEADS MONMOUTH TO 58-56 OT WIN OVER CHARLOTTE

Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information
         
Release: November 19, 2007
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Courtesy: Monmouth Sports Information

ST. THOMAS, U.S.V.I. – Monmouth junior Whitney Coleman’s three-pointer with 10.1 seconds left in overtime paced the Hawks to 58-56 victory over Charlotte in the fourth place game of the 2007 Paradise Jam in St. Thomas. Monmouth (2-3) won its last two games in the tournament.

 

Monmouth, which trailed by nine points with 6:53 left in regulation, finished the half on a 15-6 run to tie the score at 50-50 and force overtime. In the extra session, Nick DelTufo drained two foul shots for the first points of the extra session, giving Monmouth a 52-50 with 3:51 left, before Dewhurst answered two free throws of his own, knotting the score at 52-52 with 1:49 remaining.

"Whitney's shot was the game-winner and a big shot, but we were really struggling offensively and hadn't made an outside shot until R.J. made his when we were down nine," said head coach Dave Calloway. "Then Alex's three really got us going." 

 

On the next possession, Alex Nunner ran off a double-screen and drilled a wing three-pointer, as Monmouth reclaimed a 55-52 edge with 1:23 on the clock. After a Charlotte timeout, Ian Andersen answered with a corner three-pointer to tie the score once again. Leemire Goldwire put the 49ers ahead by one, 56-55 with 32.9 seconds left with a free throw, but Coleman drained his first three of the contest for a 58-56 lead with 10.1 seconds left.

 

Goldwire, who won the game for the 49ers against UIC with a three-pointer with 12 seconds left, had his three-point attempt at the buzzer fall short, as the Hawks held on for the win.

 

Monmouth opened with a 4-0 lead, as Jhamar Youngblood dropped in a layup off a pass from Dutch Gaitley, and Coleman connected on two free throws, but the 49ers answered with back-to-back jump shots to knot the score at 4-4 with 16:43 showing.

 

James Hett drilled a top of the key three and Youngblood dropped in a pull-up jumper from the wing, to give the Hawks a 9-4 edge at the 12:28 point of the opening half.

 

After Charlotte pulled with 9-8, R.J. Rutledge and Nunner drained consecutive three-pointers to give Monmouth a 15-8 cushion with 10:07 on the clock. The Hawks pushed the edge to 19-12 when DelTufo scored back-to-back hoops, but Leemire Goldwire’s steal and layup, followed by Leon Mack’s three-pointer, tied the score at 19-19 with 5:55 left.

 

DelTufo’s post move and short jumper at the rim gave the Hawks a 23-20 lead with 4:50 showing, but the 49ers knotted the score once again when Andersen drained an elbow-three with Youngblood in his face at 1:57. Monmouth responded with a Gaitley short jumper to reclaim the advantage with 1:44 showing, as the Hawks held a 25-23 lead at the intermission.

 

After Monmouth came out of the break and grabbed a 28-23 lead on a Hett three-pointer, Goldwire hit three straight threes to give Charlotte a 32-28 lead, at 16:27. Youngblood’s drive and layup stopped the 49er 9-0 run, over a 2:40 span, and pulled the Hawks within 32-30 at 16:11.

 

Monmouth pulled within 36-35 at 11:26, coming out of a media timeout, when DelTufo drilled a straight away trey, but Charlotte netted the next four points, on individual drives, to snag a 40-35 edge with 9:44 remaining, forcing the Hawks to call timeout.

 

Charlotte maintained the five-point edge until the 7:34 mark when Charlie Coley’s dunk off a Goldwire miss, put the 49ers ahead 42-35.

 

After two Goldwire free throws put Charlotte ahead 44-35, Rutledge’s three-pointer from the wing ended a 4:48 scoreless draught for the Hawks, as Monmouth trailed by a 44-38 margin. Nunner connected on his second three of the contest at 5:47 to make the score 46-41, and Youngblood’s floater in the lane made the score 46-43 with 4:38 left.

 

Trailing 47-43 with 3:17 showing, Charlotte’s Coley was called for a technical foul for grabbing the rim. Coleman hit the subsequent two foul shots, and Nunner registered a three-point play to give the Hawks the lead once again, 48-47, with 2:52 left.

 

After one Dewhurst free throw, Charlotte corralled the offensive board and found An’Juan Wilderness for a layup, giving the 49ers a 50-48 edge with 1:29 remaining.

 

Out of a Monmouth timeout with 26.6 seconds left, and three freshmen on the floor, Youngblood found Coleman on a backdoor cut for an open layup, tying the score at 50-50 with 18.3 ticks showing.

 

Charlotte had two chances at the rim in the final seconds of regulation but a last tip fell off the cylinder and the teams went to overtime, as DelTufo pulled down the rebound.

 

Monmouth had three players score in double-figures, led by DelTufo’s 13 points. Nunner netted a career-high 12 points, connecting on 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, while Youngblood dropped in 10 points. The Hawks, who shot 9-for-9 from the free throw line, connected on 35.1% from the field in the game.

TOURNAMENT MVP:
Curtis Jerrells Baylor
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM:
Aaron Bruce Baylor
Luke Harangody Notre Dame
Taj Mccullough Winthrop
Jeremis Smith Georgia Tech
Jhamar Youngblood Monmouth

NOTES: Referee Tom Lopes, a long-time NCAA official who has worked the Final Four, started his officiating career in the Jersey Shore conference, refereed the final game of his career in Monmouth's win over Charlotte. A former superintendent in Keansburg, Lopes started his collegiate career in the NEC and has worked the ACC, SEC and Big XII.

Monmouth
is 4-2 in its two trips to the Paradise Jam. In 2003, the Hawks defeated Appalachian State and Hampton. The Hawks have wins over the Southern Conference, MEAC, Missouri Valley and Atlantic 10 in their two trips. Both losses came to Big East schools. MU's last win over an A-10 team was in 1994, when the Hawks beat Saint Joseph's on a neutral court in Casper, Wyoming. MU's last win over a Missouri Valley conference member was in 2005 when the Blue and White defeated Southern Illinois in the Great Alaska Shootout.

Monmouth, which finished in third place at the 2003 PJ, claimed the fourth place trophy in 2007. The Hawks will finish ahead of the Georgia Tech/Notre Dame loser. The winner of Baylor/Winthrop will be this year's champion.

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