Reggie Evans got another deuce-deuce Tuesday night, battling the big bodies of Memphis to record 19 points and 15 boards. The consummate hard worker, Reggie never left the game as he played all 40 minutes. The physical and mental toughness of the Hawks carried them to a hard fought 75-71 victory in the Guardians Classic semifinal game in Kansas City.
Iowa advanced to the championship game, playing #5 Missouri for the trophy Wednesday night.
Memphis had plenty of big bodies, but Reggie Evans had the heart and desire to lead the Hawks to victory. Fast improving center, Jared Reiner, turned in another solid performance with nine points, three boards and three assists. The confidence Reiner gained at Pete Newell's Big Man Camp last summer showed as he is much more aggressive this season. In addition, he passed the ball very well, although the Hawks could not convert many into a bucket.
DaJuan Wagner, Memphis' fabulous freshman and future NBA lottery pick, got 26 points as the games'high scorer. DaJuan, however, couldn't repeat his father Milt's victory over a Steve Alford team.
Memphis coach John Calipari said "It was a hard-fought game. That team was tougher than us. We have size. But there's a difference between size and toughness."
Luke Recker scored a team-high twenty points, while Glen Worley added ten points and five boards. This game wasn't in the "W" column until Worley made two free throws with three ticks left on the clock.
The Championship game tips Wednesday night at 9 p.m. CST.
* Photos are courtesty of Associated Press