By Michelle Richardson
Game 1:Nebraska v. University of Alabama-Birmingham
Day two of the Charleston Classic was just as exciting as day one. The University of Alabama-Birmingham bounced back from triple overtime loss to New Mexico. The Blazers beat Nebraska 74-84. Forward, Terran Petteway was the high scorer for the Huskers with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard, Chad Frazier was the high scored for UAB with a 32-5-7 night. At the end of the first half Nebraska has a 34-31 lead on UAB; but at the 14:12 mark of the second half the Blazers took back the lead they had in the first half and never looked back. Nebraska will play Georgia on Sunday at 2:30 ET on ESPN
Game 2: UMass v. New Mexico
The Lobos of New Mexico just didn’t have the legs to run with UMass in game 2. The UMass took the lead from the Lobos at the 4:43 mark of the first half from two Derrick Gordon free throws. New Mexico Center, Alex Kirk shined with a career high 32 points; but the rest of the Lobos were nowhere to be found. Forward, Camron Bairstow who has been averaging 23 points per game was held to only 8 points; and Guard, Kendall Williams’ 7 turnovers took away any hope for a New Mexico win. The Minutemen had four starters with double-digit scores. Guard, Chaz Williams was on fire with 19 points, 5 assists, and 5 rebounds. UMass will play Clemson for the tournament championship at 9:00pm ET on ESPN.
Game 3: Georgia v. Temple
This was the game of the night at the Charleston Classic. This game was a battle from beginning to end. Temple and Georgia had three starters with double digits scores; but the night was about the play of the Guards. Georgia’s Kenny Gains lead the scoring for Georgia with 21 point, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal. Temple’s Dalton Pepper scored 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal. This game came down to the wire and was won on an assist from Quitnton DeCozy to Will Cumming who hit the game winning 3-pointer with 7 seconds left on the clock. Temple will play Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday at 6:30pm ET on ESPN.