Aaron Jackson had 10 points, on 5-of-9 shooting, three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers. The Atlantic 10 Conference first teamer hit beyond the arc over the three-game, four-day set, going 0-for-3 tonight and 0-5 overall. He averaged 8.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, hit half of his shots from the floor (12-24) and finished with a 3.00 assist / turnover ratio.
Two PP teammates had double-doubles: DeMarre Carroll of Missouri with game-highs of 20 points and 16 rebounds and and Alabama's Alonzo Gee with 12 points and 10 rebounds. PP outrebounded CBH, 62-38, and shot 46.2 percent overall.
Jackson again started and played 25 minutes. The coaches for both teams, PP's Dave Trickler & Eric Acra and CBH's Dennis Koutoufas & Ben Moore, ensured that all 16 players got an fair opportunity - everyone played at least 21 minutes.
Auburn's Korvotney Barber sliced tthe deficit to one, 39-38, on a jump shot in the first minute of the second half, only to see PP take off with a 26-4 run for their largest lead of the game, 23 points, on a jumper by Cal State Fullerton's Josh Akognon. The score was 65-42 with 12:55 left.
CBH got within 16, but no closer, with 6:20 remaining on a traditional three-point play by Josh Bostic from Division II Findlay College.
- "He's got more upside than almost any guard at this tournament. He's a guy that if he doesn't make it right now, he's someone you need to watch down the road."
Ryan Blake, assistant director of NBA scouting, is also quoted:
- "One scout may say look at all the adversity (9/06 campus shooting that injured A.J. and four other players) he's gone through (and say), 'He's a confident person. He's played and he believes in himself, and he's performing on the court. He'll get a chance. He'll get that opportunity, whether it's summer league or draft pick or whatever. But he can definitely make money."
Here's something some folks may, like this reporter, not know: Aaron rooms with Sam Ashaolu. "Ashalou (is) now a team manager who takes daily medication to control seizures," the newspaper reported.