The Lair 89
The shooting percentages were high for both teams, but it was The Lair who held on for a 89-79 win over SPK. Gilbert Brown led The Lair with 23 points, followed by Duquesne freshman T.J. McConnell, who finished with 22 points.
The Lair led by as many as ten in the first half, before SPK came back to tie it at 40-40 at halftime. McConnell fed Brown for two easy layups in the first half, once building The Lair lead to 23-13 just ten minutes in. Later on, the two connected on a similar play, building the lead back up to 36-30. Both teams were tied at 71-71 with 4:30 left, but Brown went on one more scoring spree, to lock the game up.
Monday night was Brown's best shooting performance so far. He connected of 6-of-9 shots from the field, including 3-of-6 shots from three-point range. McConnell has been Duquesne's most consistent player through three games, as he added seven assists and six rebounds from his point guard position.
Talib Zanna finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for The Lair in the win. Brad Wanamaker had a tough night shooting the ball, but was still valuable in a 16-point, four-rebound, four-assist effort in the loss. Nasir Robinson added 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting, with four rebounds for SPK. Freshman J.J. Moore finished with 16 points, including a 9-for-11 performance from the free throw line, for SPK.
The Lair improves to 2-1, while SPK drops to 1-2.
P&W came back from a six-point deficit, and even took a 61-60 lead with just over four minutes left, but they couldn't find an answer for Pitt's Gary McGhee, as PGT held on 74-68.
McGhee led the way for PGT with 22 points and 12 rebounds, including a 10-of-15 shooting performance from the field. McGhee also kicked back two assists to his teammates on the perimeter. He was open and active all night.
Lamar Patterson didn't have as good a shooting night as he did in the two previous summer league games, but he did contribute 14 points in the win for PGT. He connected on 2-of-4 three-pointers as well. Cameron Wright was impressive, even though he only scored six points. Wright played a lot at the point, and drove to the hole often.
Duquesne's Eric Evans led PGT with six assists, while Robert Morris' Dallas Green led P&W with 24 points and four rebounds. Slippery Rock alum Myron Brown put P&W up 61-60 on the and-one, but his team couldn't hold off McGhee and company down the stretch.
PGT gets its first win of the summer, improving to 1-2, while P&W drops to 1-2.
Center Court 73
In a battle of two unbeaten teams, it went all the way down to the final second, as Center Court was able to hold off UPMC 73-72.
The game came down to a battle of the point guards--Ashton Gibbs for Center Court, and Travon Woodall for UPMC. Both players' performances were reflective of each other. Both were off in the first half, yet rose to the occasion in the second half. Gibbs, for example, was just 1-of-11 from the field in the first half. Woodall was 2-of-5 in the first half, but was a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line.
The second half proved much stronger for both players, and in the game's waning moments, both players went head-to-head, trading baskets. Gibbs shot 7-of-8 in the second half, including 4-of-5 from three-point range. Woodall was 4-of-5 from the field in the second half, and only missed a three-point shot. For the game, Woodall was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
UPMC was up by as many as 10 in the second half, as they built a 55-45 lead with 10 minutes left. Gibbs went to work, scoring 11 consecutive points, including three consecutive three-pointers. After his scoring spree, Center Court was up 60-59.
Woodall answered, taking a strong drive to the hole, tying the score at 64-64, with two minutes left. From there, both players went back and forth making plays. With under a minute to play, looking to ice the clock, Gibbs was called for a five-second call.
On the ensuing possession, Woodall was fouled, where he connected on both of his free throws. His free throws put UPMC up 72-70 with eight seconds left. That gave Gibbs just enough time to bring the ball up and take a spot three-pointer, which he connected on, with just a second left on the clock.
The final tally--Gibbs with 23 points and one assist, on 8-of-19 shooting. He was perfect on his final seven shots of the game. Woodall added 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field, and his perfect performance from the free throw line.
Dante Taylor had a quiet night, contributing 11 points and six rebounds in the losing effort for UPMC, but he did it on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Pitt walk-on Aron Nwanko scored his first points of the summer league, connecting on both of the shots he took. J.J. Richardson added six points and five rebounds in the win for Center Court.
Center Court 3-0 207 199 The Lair 2-1 227 217 UPMC 2-1 216 200 SPK 1-2 212 217 PGT 1-2 196 206 P&W 1-2 189 208