The Roman Legends Classic lived up to its name and more as eight team’s from across the nation got to shine at the Barclays Center on November 25 and 26th. The Classic Semifinals games featured Richmond taking on Wisconsin and Number 22 Auburn taking on New Mexico. The Tournament is the annual recorgnition of former players and coaches from the participating institutions who have made significant contributions to the sport of college basketball.
For all participating in the Roman Legend Classic it is an amazing opportunity not only for the Athlete but for the program itself. 51 teams that have participated in the Roman Legends Classic have gone on to postseason play that year. For the Athletes on the floor in the last eight NBA Drafts 23 players who have played in the Roman Legends Classic have been selected in the First Round of the draft.
There were other games the featured such great Colleges and Universities such as CSUN, Colgate, Green Bay and McNeese. In the end though it was Wisconsin, Richmond, New Mexico and Auburn all challenging each other for the Championship.
Some of the Legends of the Game that will be honored at a later time include
Chris Morris-Auburn (1984-1988) Morris helped to lead the Tigers to four NCAA Tournament bids and also helped to lead the team to 91 wins. As a fresman, Morris was a part of the Tigers’ SEC Tournament championship team, a feat not accomplished by Auburn until last year’s SEC Title. Morris is considered as one of the best all-around players at Auburn and was able to end his career with 1,717 points.
Jack Bruen– Colgate (1989-1998) Bruen Coached Colgate to two Patriot League Championships and appearances in the 1995 and 1996 NCAA tournaments. Colgate Reached double-figures in wins in his last six full seasons. HIs Patriot League regular season record from the 1992-93 to 1996-97 seasons was 46-20, during which time the Raiders finished first on three occasions.
Andre Chevalier -CSUN (1990-94) Chevalier led the Matadors through their first four years at the Division 1 Level from 1990-94. He is currently the seventh all-time in career point, and graduated holding the career scoring record with 1,311 points.
Ron Ripley -Green Bay (1975-79) : Ron Ripley played from 1975-79 where he amassed over 1,700 career points to rank fifth on the program’s all-time scoring list.
Joe Dumars -McNeese (1982-85) Perhaps the greatest player in McNeese History and one of the best to play in the Southland Conference. Dumars etched his name as one of the greats both collegiately and professionally. During his College playing time, Dumars is only one of three players in SLC history to be named to the first-team all SLC squad four times. He currently holds eight McNeese records and also holds the record for most career field goals.
Prior to the events of the day the Wisconsin Badgers were winners of 4 straight games before taking on Richmond at the Barclays Center, and it was the first ever meeting between these two great programs. As for Richmond they have a 4-0 record for the first time since 1985, when the Spiders held a 8-0 mark and reached the NCAA Tournament.
One could tell that the Richmond team is going to be one to watch in the NCAA ranks as they were able to push the pay and the momentum against Wisconsin. As they entered the half the Spiders had a 31-29 lead, but the Badgers made sure that they were able to make some serious noise before heading into the locker room as a buzzer beater by Tyler Wahl was able to hit a beauty of a shot to get the majority of the fans at the Barclays Center, who were cheering for Wisconsin fired up.
Leading the way in scoring at the half for Richmond was Blake Francis, who had 16 points for the Spiders. As for Wisconsin Nate Reuvers had 10 points. Wisconsin started to really get momentum late in the Second Half, but it was a battle between the two teams the whole game. Especially clutch was the Three Point shooting that was on display.
At the end of the game it was Richmond earning the 62-52 victory over Wisconsin picking up a huge fifth victory for the program. Leading the way for the Spiders was Blake Francis who had 19 points, following was Grant Golden who had 16 points and Nathan Cayo who had 10 points. As for Wisconsin they had some impressive play from Nate Reuvers who finished the game with 17 points and Kobe King who had 10
In the Second Game Number 19/18 Auburn University showed why they were going to be a tough team when it comes time for NCAA Tournament Play. They were able to defeat New Mexico by the score of 84-59. Leading the way for Auburn was Samir Doughty who finished with a game-high 19 points. Austin Wiley had a dominant night on the inside part of the paint recording 14 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The Tigers had everything working for them from some dazzling Top-10 Dunks to some overall stellar defense. New Mexico put up one heck of a fight and made a threat to the Auburn lead, but could never really capitalize on that threat. Leading the way for the Lobos was Makuach Maluach who had 14 points.
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Richmond Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mooney along with Student-Athletes Blake Francis and Nathan Cayo and for Wisconsin it featured Head Coach Greg Gard along with Student-Athletes Nate Reuvers and D’Mitrik Trice.
New Mexico Head Men’s Basketball Coach Dr. Paul Weir and for Auburn it featured Head Coach Bruce Pearl along with Student-Athletes Samir Doughty and Austin Wiley intro for this piece was done by Dushawn London
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