A prolific offensive performance during both games at the Dan Greene Memorial Tournament over Saturday Nov. 14 and Sunday Nov. 15 propelled John Carroll University’s men’s basketball team to a tournament championship.
In game one, JCU matched up against Transylvania University. Led by junior David Linane, who poured in a team-high 23 points on the afternoon, the Blue Streaks defeated the Pioneers, 92-75.
JCU held a 45-40 lead at the half, but Transylvania had kept it close throughout the first half, draining six three-pointers on 46.2 percent shooting.
Unfortunately for the Pioneers, the Blue Streaks were the team on fire to start the second half, as the Blue and Gold exploded out of the break, scoring the first 15 points of the half and stretching their lead to 20 before Transylvania even scored a second half bucket.
The 20-point deficit proved to be too much for the Pioneers, and the Blue Streaks cruised the rest of the way, ultimately winning the game by 17 points.
Along with Linane, seniors Will Starks (12) and Danny Wallack (10), junior Doug Caputo (17) and sophomore Antonio Vuyancih (11) also scored in double figures against Transylvania.
With the victory, the Blue Streaks advanced to the championship game against hosts, St. Mary’s College (Md.), who defeated Bridgewater (Va.) in their opening round game.
A back and forth first half saw both teams exchanging leads and runs over and over. The teams combined for 16 three-pointers in the first half, including three alone from Vuyancih.
Ultimately, a three-pointer by James Foley of St. Mary’s tied it up at 50-50 as the two teams headed to the locker rooms.
Just like in their game against Transylvania, JCU came out on fire in the second half to put the pressure on the hosts.
The Blue Streaks opened the second half on a 10-0 run to stretch the lead to 60-50 before the Seahawks managed to get the game back under control.
St. Mary’s managed to cut the Blue and Gold lead to six on two separate occasions, including once with under a minute left, but JCU held tough, winning the game by 12.
In the championship game, Starks led the team with 26 points, earning himself the tournament MVP after averaging 18.5 points per game and shooting 57.9 percent from three-point land over the two games.
Vuyancih was not far behind Starks, pouring in 19 of his own during the championship performance. Linane and Wallack each added 12 points as well.
With the two victories, the Blue Streaks now sit at 2-0 on the season heading into the Coach Jim Connor Classic in Crestview Hills, KY on Friday Nov. 20 and Saturday Nov. 21.