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Tickets for Emerald Coast Classic on sale Friday

TCU returns all five starters from its 2017 NIT championship team

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Tickets for the fourth annual Emerald Coast Classic college basketball tournament will go on sale at 10 am Central time this Friday (Oct. 6).

The Emerald Coast Classic, presented by the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be played Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 24-25 at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. Fans can purchase tickets at the official tournament website, www.emeraldcoastclassic.com starting at 10 a.m. Central time.

The eight-team tournament is headlined by top teams from across the country, including Maryland, New Mexico, TCU and St.

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New title sponsor for Emerald Coast Classic

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Global Sports Management has announced that the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau has become the title sponsor for the 2017 Emerald Coast Classic basketball tournament.

The Emerald Coast Classic, presented by the Emerald Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, will be played Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 24-25 at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.

The eight-team tournament is headlined by top teams from across the country, including Maryland, New Mexico, TCU and St. Bonaventure. TCU won the 2017 NIT Tournament, while Maryland advanced to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

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Maryland, New Mexico, St. Bonaventure, TCU headline Emerald Coast Classic

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Maryland, New Mexico, St. Bonaventure and TCU headline the eight-team field for the 2017 Emerald Coast Classic, presented by Global Sports.

Jackson State, Maryland Eastern Shore, Omaha, and Tennessee Tech round out the list of teams competing in the tournament.

Maryland competed in the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, advancing to the South Regional Sweet 16. The Terrapins, led by sixth-year coach Mark Turgeon, will be seeking their fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2017.

Maryland was ranked No. 22 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll with a 7-1 record.

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Perrantes Named Outstanding Player Of Tournament

London PerrantesCredit: Jason Gilzene

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Senior point guard London Perrantes, who led No. 7 ranked Virginia to the championship of the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic, has been named the outstanding player of the tournament.

Perrantes played a steady floor game for the Cavaliers averaging 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.5 steals in two games played at Raiders Arena.

He collected 11 points, a game-high eight rebounds, while dishing out five assists to lead Virginia to a 63-52 victory past Providence in the championship.

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No. 7 Virginia Holds Off Providence For Title

NICEVILLE, FLA. – No. 7 ranked Virginia survived a second-half opening flurry by Providence en route to 63-52 victory to capture the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic championship Saturday The Friars moved to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the tournament.

The Cavaliers, improving to 6-0 on the season, claimed their fourth consecutive regular-season tournament championship (Corpus Christi, Barclays Center, Charleston and Emerald Coast).

Virginia senior guard London Perrantes was named the outstanding player of the tournament, while junior teammate Isaiah Wilkins joined Perrantes on the all-tournament team.

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Memphis outlasts Iowa to earn third place

Dedric Lawson, Memphis Credit: Jason Gilzene

NICEVILLE, FLA. — In a battle featuring two of the preseason John Wooden College Players of the Year, Memphis outlasted Iowa, 100-92, to capture third-place in the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic.

Sophomore swingman Dedric Lawson, the preseason American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, scored 35 points while grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds to key Memphis which moved to 5-1.

The Tigers overcame a tournament record 42 points by Iowa senior guard Peter Jok, including 24 in the first half.

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UTRGV Wins Consolation Championship

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Junior guard Nick Dixon scored a game-high 25 points, including back-to-back three-point baskets in a key stretch helping the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley hold off Saint Francis Brooklyn, 71-61, in the consolation championship of the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic Saturday at Raider Arena.

Clinging to a 58-55 lead, Dixon’s two treys gave UTRGV a 64-55 lead with 4:14 left in the game.

Dixon’s heroics came after there had been nine ties and three lead changes in the second half.

Sophomore guard Lew Stallworth added 20 points, including 12 in the first half.for UTRGV which moved to 2-5.

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16-0 Run Ignites Grambling Basketball Team Past Savannah State

Deonte Harris, Grambling

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Grambling reeled off 16 straight points midway through the second half to rally for a 110-104 victory past Savannah State in the seventh place game of the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic Saturday at the Arena on the Northwest Florida State campus.

Senior guard Ervin Mitchell scored a game-high 36 points, including 21 in the second half, for Grambling which improved to 2-4.

Grambling shot 61.1 percent from the floor (22-36) to fuel the comeback.

Sophomore guard Dexter McClanahan paced Savannah State (2-5) with 27 points, including 22 in the first half.

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Bullock fuels Providence rally as Friars advance to championship

Alpha Diallo, Providence Credit: Jason Gilzene

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Junior forward Rodney Bullock scored 19 points, including 13 in the second half, as Providence rallied to hand Memphis a 60-51 setback, while advancing to the championship of the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic.

The Friars will meet No. 7 ranked Virginia in the championship at 6 pm Saturday.

Bullock scored five points to fuel a 6-0 run that allowed Providence to turn a 39-39 tie into a 44-39 lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

Memphis enjoyed a 28-16 lead folioing a layup by preseason American Athletic Conference player of the year Dedric Lawson.

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Strong defense keys No. 7 Virginia into championship

Peter Jok Credit: Jason Gilzene

NICEVILLE, FLA. — No. 7 ranked Virginia held Iowa to a season low 31.3 percent shooting en route to a 74-41 victory in the semifinal round of the Destin Realty Emerald Coast Classic Friday at the Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.

The Cavaliers, who moved to 5-0, will be seeking their fourth straight regular season tournament championship at 6 p.m. Saturday when they face the winner of the Memphis/Providence game which was in progress Friday night.

“I thought we did a good job of defending,” said Virginia coach Tony Bennett, whose team moved to 5-0.

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