Orlando, FLA — The 2016 TIRE PROS INVITATIONAL (Puerto Rico tip off classic) has started with Clemson over Davidson 95-78 , Xavier 83 over Missouri 82 OT , Northern Iowa 82 over Arizona State 63 and Oklahoma 89 over Tulane 70
In the 1st game both teams were neck and neck until the 9:41 in the 1st half. Clemson was up 31-28 before going on a 16-6 run to end the half. Only scoring 6 points in 9 minutes is not what any coach would like to hear. Top scorer for Davidson at the half was Peyton Aldridge with 13 points. Top scorer for Clemson by 1 point was Donte Grantham with 10 points.
Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell – “I thought our defense at the end of the first half was really good. We got a lot of deflections and got some steals and those led to some easy transition points.
Whatever was said at the half worked. Davidson was only outscored 48-44. Davidson had to go to the three which was not really on today. Davidson Head Coach Bob McKillop – “Two clear statistics that jump out, 21-4 points off turnovers and 38-24 points in the paint. You got that right coach your guys did not win in the paint but those turnover in the 1st half killed you. Great job fixing that.
In the 2nd game Xavier pulled out the win over Missouri in Overtime. This game was all over the place. In the 1st half Missouri’s trio of Kevin Puryear, Terrence Phillips and Frankie Hughes account for 30 of the 38 points. Xavier used a more balance approach to get to 36 points. When you have 7 player that can contribute to the scoring that goes a long way when someone is hurt, needs a break or is having a off night. Guess what Trevon Bluiett was having an off night going 3 of 11 from the field to go with his 0 of 4 from 3 point land. Xavier was able to get 20 points in the paint while Missouri capitalized on the 11 turnovers.
Missouri Head Coach Kim Anderson – “I was real proud of our guys the way they responded to runs and the way they kept themselves in the game and really had a chance to win.”
Missouri jumped out to a 7-2 run to start the second half but was not able to hold off Edmond Sumner (18 Points) and J.P. Macura (19 Points). It is going to be a long day when you get beat 44 – 28 in the paint. This games was only close because Xavier could not hit a 3 point to save anybody life. When the team is 2 of 22 from behind the arc please quit shooting.
Xavier Head Coach Chris Mack “We took some hurried shots. I told these guys in the locker room our offense has to be more than just making shots. We’ve got to be able to generate better shots for every guy on the team, whether it’s inside guys or perimeter players. We didn’t have a very good feel for it.”
In the 3rd game of the day Northern Iowa jumped out to a 37-29 halftime lead behind some perfect 3 point shooting by Jeremy Morgan and Spencer Haldeman. Torian Graham of Arizona State was the lead scorer at the half with 11 points.
Arizona State Head Coach Bobby Hurley – “It was obviously a disappointing effort for us. It was out of character from how we’ve been playing and practicing. We didn’t move the ball well at all and credit to Northern Iowa and how they shared the ball and shotmaking. Morgan’s terrific a really good all-around player. Carlson had a great game and they got strong contributions out of the bench.
Sam Cunliffe tried to get a spark going by hitting a 3 pointer to get within 5 points to start the 2nd half (37-32). Torian Graham and Shannon Evans II pitched in some more 3’s in an effort keep the flood gates from opening. Up by 10 points with 8:58 left in the game Northern Iowa subbed in fresh legs Juwan McCloud and Bennett Koch. They went on a 10-1 run for the killer blow. With a 20 point lead the game was over. Northern Iowa Head Coach Ben Jacobson – “This is the best we have practiced or played. I was really impressed with the way we were able to defend tonight. That was one of the things we talked about, how we were going to keep Arizona State out of the transition game, keep them off the foul line and you still have to defend the 3-point line. That’s a lot, that’s a big challenge and our guys did well in that area.”
In the final game of today Jordan Woodard posted 22 points to lead Oklahoma to a 89 -70 point win over Tulane.
The game started with Colin Slater and Jordan Woodard trading 3’s. Then Oklahoma went on a 15-7 run to get their biggest lead at 8 points. Kain Harris’s layup at 12:02 started the comeback that took the lead when Von Julien hit his 1st 3 pointer of the day (24-22.)
Oklahoma guard Jordan Woodard – “We settled down on defense stopped committing so many fouls. We got some easy buckets inside too that helped us when it came to attacking. We got to the free throw line in the second half so the game changed that way.
Oklahoma went on another run to take the 38-35 half time lead. Rashard Odomes was the lead score for the Sooners with 7 points 3 of 3 from the field , 2 steals but only 1 of 5 from the free throw line. Tulane was 6 of 11 from 3 point land but 3 of 9 from the free throw line. If either team has to rely on a free throw to win or tie a game they will be in trouble.
Oklahoma Head Coach Lon Kruger – “They did shoot the ball. We didn’t get to their shooters quickly enough and they made us pay for that. We had the advantage in the paint and with turnovers and long rebounds we had opportunities in transition.
In the 2nd half Cameron Reynolds hit a clutch 3 pointer to tie the game at 38. Melvin Frazier help push the lead to 43-39. After that Oklahoma straight dominated. They outscored Tulane 24-12 in the paint, 11-7 off turnovers and 10-2 on 2nd chance points.
Tulane Head Coach Mike Dunleavy – “Our guys played hard. That’s the first part of coaching, having your guys play hard and not give up and stay with it and I thought our guys did a pretty good job of that. “When you look at the stat sheet two things just jump off the page at you – points off of turnovers 21, points of second-chance points, 15. So 36 of their points came in that manner and we’ve got a quick turnaround and we’ve got to do better in that space.
Both teams are great behind the arc so look for them to stay in games longer.
Make sure you check out day two of exciting basketball action.