CBS Sports Network to televise Emerald Coast Classic

NICEVILLE, FLA. — For the fourth consecutive year this fall, CBS Sports Network will televise the semifinal round and championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic.

The semifinal round games on Nov. 23 will feature George Mason playing Cincinnati at 6 p.m. Central Time, followed by Baylor facing Mississippi at 8:30 p.m. Central Time.

The championship game on Nov. 24 will tip off at 6 p.m. Central Time at The Arena at Northwest Florida State College.

CBS Sports Network, the 24-hour home of CBS Sports, is widely available through all major cable, satellite and telco distributors as well as via OTT streaming service providers YouTube TV, fuboTV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV and Hulu.

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Nicholls State, North Carolina Central, Southern, Western Michigan added to Emerald Coast Classic

NICEVILLE, FLA. — North Carolina Central, which played in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Nicholls State, Southern and Western Michigan will round out the field for the fifth annual Emerald Coast Classic college basketball tournament, presented by Global Sports.

The eight-team tournament will be played Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 23-24 at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.

Those schools will join two teams which competed in 2017 post-season play — Cincinnati, Baylor — along with George Mason and Mississippi in the tournament.

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Baylor, Cincinnati, George Mason, Mississippi Headline 5th Annual Emerald Coast Classic

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Baylor, Cincinnati, George Mason and Mississippi headline the field for the fifth annual Emerald Coast Classic, presented by Global Sports.

The eight-team tournament will be played Thanksgiving weekend Nov. 23-24 at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. The remainder of the field will be disclosed in the near future.

Cincinnati, which posted a 31-5 record this past season, was ranked No. 12 in the final 2018 USA Today Coaches poll, while Mick Cronin was named The Sporting News 2018 National Coach of the Year.

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Fisher’s Career-High Scoring Fuels TCU to Emerald Coast Classic Title

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Jaylen Fisher scored a career-high 20 points as undefeated TCU toppled St. Bonaventure, 89-79, to win the fourth annual Emerald Coast Classic championship Saturday night at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College.

TCU extended its winning streak to 11 games — third longest active college streak — dating back to winning the 2017 NIT championship.

The Horned Frogs improved to 6-0 this season in good position to crack the Top 25 polls this week.

TCU slipped past New Mexico (69-67) in the semifinal round Friday and then overpowered a St.

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Fast Start Fuels Maryland Romp Past New Mexico

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Maryland jumped out to a 27-3 lead and never looked back en route to an 80-65 win over New Mexico in the third-place game of Emerald Coast Classic Saturday.

Sophomore guard Anthony Cowan Jr. led a balanced Maryland attack with with 21 points. Sophomore forward Justin Jackson finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.

The Terps came out on fire making 10 of their first 13 shots, including six of seven three-point attempts. Kevin Huerter and Dion Wiley each made two three-point shots beyond the arc.

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Mack’s 24 Points Keys Tennessee Tech To 5th Straight Victory

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Guard Kajon Mack scored a season-high 24 points to pace a balanced scored attack as Tennessee Tech posted its fifth straight victory with a 90-60 romp past Maryland Eastern Shore in the consolation final of the Emerald Coast Classic Saturday.

The Golden Eagles improved their record to 6-1, matching the best start at the school since the 2005-06 team also was 6-1.

Shaq Calhoun scored eight points, including two three-point baskets, triggering a 15-4 run midway through the first half that enabled Tennessee Tech to blow the game open enjoying a 30-15 lead with 6:17 left in the first half.

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Franklin’s Three-Point Basket Rallies Jackson State Past Omaha

NICEVILLE, FLA. — Chace Franklin’s three-point basket with 1.5 seconds left rallied Jackson State to a 75-73 overtime victory past Omaha in the consolation round of the Emerald Coast Classic Saturday.

Franklin’s basket capped a comeback by Jackson State which had trailed 73-68 with 3:26 left in overtime.

The first five games of the Emerald Coast Classic have been determined by a combined output of 10 points.

Friday’s opening round saw four games determined by a combined total margin of eight points including semifinal wins by TCU over New Mexico (69-67) and St.

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Stockard Layup With 3.2 Seconds Lifts St. Bonaventure Into Emerald Coast Classic Championship Game

NICEVILLE, FLA. – Courtney Stockard’s layup with 3.2 seconds left lifted St. Bonaventure past Maryland, 63-61,Friday night and a trip to the championship of the Emerald Coast Classic tournament.

The Bonnies, who moved to 3-1, will play undefeated TCU (5-0) in the championship which tips off at 6 p.m. at The Arena on the Northwest Florida State campus.

“It was a great team effort,” said St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt. “We fought back and made big plays. I give our guys a lot of credit. We showed tenacity.”

Making the comeback even more remarkable was that Bonnies who were playing without injured star Jaylen Adams and Matt Mobley who fouled out with 25.8 seconds left.

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TCU Escapes New Mexico; Advances To Emerald Coast Classic Championship

NICEVILLE, FLA. – TCU, missing five of its last six shots to close the game, survived a semifinal round test in the Emerald Coast Classic beating New Mexico, 69-67, Friday night.

The Lobos’ Chris McNeal missed a three-point shot from the right wing just before the buzzer sounded allowing TCU to escape with its ninth straight victory dating back to last season when it captured the NIT championship.

“This was a good win in the tournament and we look forward to playing in championship,” said TCU coach Jamie Dixon.

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Hot Shooting By Freshman Keys Maryland Eastern Shore Victory

NICEVILLE, FLA. – Freshman guard Colen Gaynor scored a career high 15 points, while tying a school record by making all five three-point attempts, as Maryland Eastern Shore held off Jackson State, 66-63, in the Emerald Coast Classic basketball tournament Friday.

Sophomore forward Tyler Jones collected his first career double-double with 13 points and a career-11 rebounds for Maryland Eastern Shore which improved to 2-3.

The Hawks will face Tennessee Tech at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jeremiah Jefferson led Jackson State (1-4) with 20 points, including 12 in the first half.

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