COLEMAN'S THREE LEADS MONMOUTH TO 58-56 OT WIN OVER CHARLOTTE
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
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.
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
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.
After two Goldwire free throws put
Trailing 47-43 with 3:17 showing,
After one Dewhurst free throw,
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.
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
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.