Cowher wasn't the only championship coach in the crowd. Duke's Mike Krzyzewski has three titles, N.C. State's Sidney Lowe has his 1983 shining moment and Georgia Tech's Paul Hewitt played Monday night in 2004. Assistants from Virginia Tech, Baylor and Tulane looked on. The reason for the large crowd: Ryan Kelly and John Wall.
Duke watched Kelly for the second time in 7 days. Georgia Tech dispatched its head coach and Lowe is recruiting Kelly and Wall.
Word of God rallied in the second half and used its litany of athletes to pull away and win 68-60. Word of God's balance prevailed. Point man John Wall, sporting a bandaged left hand, wasn't his attacking self until late in the game when he rifled off 5 straight points including a coast-to-coast jaunt, which provided a glimpse of his considerable talents. He finished with 11 and 6 assists.
Milton Chavis, an unsigned senior with mid-level potential, pumped in 15 off the bench. Sophomore C.J. Leslie hit for 15 and came up with key rebounds in the second half. Freshman Dezmine Wells, in an energizer roll, came up with 14 of his own.
On the Ravenscroft side, Ryan Kelly led the way with 22 points and shot 11-for-17 from the field. Kelly did the bulk of his heavy lifting inside. He added 5 boards and 4 blocks.
Ravenscroft, like Word of God, also had strong contributions from the supporting cast. Point guard Dominic Parker turned is his best outing of the year with 15 pints and 7 assists. Center Matt Wilson added 7 points and a team-high 9 boards.