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

Sophomore guard Jaylen Fisher (center) scored a career-high 20 points to lead TCU to the 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.

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Fast Start Fuels Maryland Romp Past New Mexico

Maryland forward Bruno Fernando

Maryland guard Anthony Cowan

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

Tennessee Tech senior guard Aleksa Jugovic scored 10 points against Maryland Eastern Shore

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

Darius Austin, Jackson State

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

Sophomore forward Josh Ayeni scored 12 points for St. Bonaventure

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.

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TCU Escapes New Mexico; Advances To Emerald Coast Classic Championship

Kenrich Williams enjoyed his 23rd career double-double for TCU

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

Logan McIntosh, coming off back injury, scored 11 points for Maryland Eastern Shore

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.

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Tennessee Tech Rallies Behind Basket by Jugovic

Mason Ramsey led Tennessee Tech with 20 points

NICEVILLE, FLA. – Aleska Jugovic’s layup with 22 seconds remaining lifted Tennessee Tech to an 86-85 victory past Omaha at the Emerald Coast Classic basketball tournament Friday.

The Golden Eagles, who improved to 5-1, rallied from an 85-52 deficit with 1:39 remaining.

Two free throws by Courtney Alexander pulled Tennessee Tech within 85-83 with 33 seconds left. Alexander then stole the inbounds pass from Omaha’s Daniel Norl to set up Jugovic’s heroics.

Omaha, which fell to 0-6, missed two short jumpers in the paint in the waning seconds.

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November 23 Emerald Coast Classic Notebook

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon

Upcoming Schedule For Participating Teams

(All times listed are central)

Friday, Nov. 24 Tennessee Tech vs. Omaha, 11 a.m. Maryland Eastern Shore vs. Jackson State, 1:30 p.m. New Mexico vs. TCU, 6 p.m. St. Bonaventure vs. Maryland, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25 Loser of Jackson St./Md. Eastern Shore vs. Loser of Tenn. Tech/Omaha, 10 a.m. Winner of Jackson St./Md. Eastern Shore vs. Winner of Tenn. Tech/Omaha, 12:30 p..m. Loser of N. Mexico/TCU vs. Loser of St. Bonaventure/Maryland, 3 p.m. Winner of N.

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