CCBC-Dundalk loses tournament opener

Star Drew is held to 16

Lions in consolation round

College Basketball

March 19, 2004|By Jason L. Young | Jason L. Young,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

DANVILLE, Ill. - With little from Dawud Drew, CCBC-Dundalk had little hope.

Drew led the nation with 30.8 points a game entering the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament but scored just 16 points in Dundalk's 95-78 loss to Kirkwood Community College of Iowa yesterday.

The loss put the Lions in the consolation bracket of the double-elimination tournament at Danville Area Community College. Dundalk plays Bethany Lutheran of Mankato, Minn., at 1 p.m. today and can, at best, finish fifth.

"The first half, I wasn't shooting," said Drew, who had four points at halftime. "Second half, they collapsed every time the ball went to me. There was always two or three people on me throughout the whole game."

Drew made four of his 12 field-goal attempts, and Dundalk (16-15) converted just 40.6 percent of its shots for the game.

The Lions were led by Valdez Preston (Dundalk High) with 21 points, and Rashad Petty of Mount Rainier, Md., added 14.

Nothing went well in Dundalk's first game in the national tournament since it won the championship in 2000. It took its final lead less than five minutes into the first half at 12-11 on Preston's three-point basket.

After that, Kirkwood made one run after another. By halftime, Dundalk trailed 48-34 and Drew had attempted only five shots.

"They were throwing a lot of people at him," coach Edwin Torres said. "They were trying to disturb what he normally does, which is drive to the [basket]. They were using a lot of physical contact. That's a change for him. In our league, though it's pretty physical, it's not as physical."

Kirkwood (28-7) was called for 23 fouls to 18 on Dundalk.

Drew, a sophomore who has not decided to which four-year program he will transfer, is more of a slasher than a spot-up shooter and struggled finding openings to drive to the basket.

Not until about midway through the second half did he try to force the issue, and then he was sent to the free-throw line several times. After taking just two shots from the line in the first half, he sank seven of his 10 attempts in the final 20 minutes to finish 8-of-12 overall.

Kirkwood continued to pull away in the second half, taking as much as a 26-point lead with 7:21 left. It made 71 percent of its field-goal attempts for the game, including seven of 11 three-point tries.

Dundalk cut the deficit to 87-73 with an 18-2 run that spanned just under four minutes, but the Lions never came closer.

"They were just a big, physical team," Drew said. "They were a cheap-shot team. That's the type of basketball they play all the time. They're just a dirty team. But it's playoff time. You've got to expect that."

NIT scores, schedule

Opening round

Tuesday

Nebraska 71, Creighton 70 St. Louis 70, Iowa 69 Michigan 65, Missouri 64

Wednesday

Niagara 87, Troy State 83 George Mason 58, Tennessee 55 West Virginia 65, Kent State 54 Rhode Island 80, Boston U. 52 Austin Peay 65, Belmont 59 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 91, Rice 53 Boise State 84, UNLV 69

First round

Monday

Marquette 87, Toledo 72

Wednesday

Notre Dame 71, Purdue 59 Virginia 79, George Washington 66 Rutgers 76, Temple 71 Villanova 85, Drexel 70 Florida State 91, Wichita State 84, 2OT Hawaii 85, Utah State 74 Iowa State 82, Georgia 74 Oklahoma 70, LSU 61 Oregon 77, Colorado 72, OT

Today Rhode Island (20-13) at West Virginia (16-13), 7 p.m. Austin Peay (22-9) at George Mason (22-9), 7:30 p.m. Niagara (22-9) at Nebraska (17-12), 8 p.m. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (20-10) at Boise State (22-9), 9:30 p.m.

Second round

Tomorrow

Virginia (18-12) at Villanova (17-16), 11 a.m.

Monday

Notre Dame (18-12) at St. Louis (19-12), 7 p.m. Rhode Island-West Virginia winner at Rutgers (17-12), 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma (20-10) at Michigan (19-11), 9 p.m.

Tuesday

Iowa State (18-12) at Florida State (19-13), TBA

TBA tomorrow-Tuesday Marquette (18-11) vs. Boise State-Wisconsin-Milwaukee winner Oregon (16-12) vs. George Mason-Austin Peay winner Hawaii (20-11) vs. Nebraska-Niagara winner

Quarterfinals

Wednesday-next Friday

Semifinals

March 30

Championship

April 1

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