Sunday, December 23, 2012
MACON, Ga. – Parker Smith recorded his first career double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds as North Florida thumped Georgia Southern 74-46 to claim the title of the Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Kennesaw State and ETSU were also in action on Sunday, the Owls falling to Pittsburgh 59-43 and ETSU dropping its contest with Hawaii, 84-61.
Smith led all scorers and rebounders and teammate Travis Wallace scored 20 points and was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player with back-to-back games with 20 or more points. UNF shot over 50 percent from the floor for the second straight game, finishing at 53 percent overall and 50 percent from beyond the arc. The Ospreys held GSU to just 31 percent shooting and only surrendered one three-point shot. The title is the Ospreys' third regular season crown under Head Coach Matthew Driscoll.
North Florida's Beau Beech tallied a high of five assists, and ETSU's Jarvis Jones and Hunter Harris contributed five steals and two blocks, respectively.
Men's Basketball Contests
• Pittsburgh 59, Kennesaw State 43
• North Florida 74, Georgia Southern 46
• Hawaii 84, ETSU 61
1. Parker Smith, North Florida – 25 points
2. Travis Wallace, North Florida – 20 points
3. Jarvis Jones/Rashawn Rembert, ETSU – 14 points
1. Parker Smith, North Florida – 10 rebounds
2. Travis Wallace, North Florida – 9 rebounds
3. Hunter Harris, ETSU – 8 rebounds
1. Beau Beech, North Florida – 5 assists
2. Will Wilson, North Florida – 4 assists
T3. Delbert Love/Myles Hamilton, Kennesaw State – 3 assists
T3. Rashawn Rembert, ETSU – 3 assists
1. Jarvis Jones, ETSU – 5 steals
T2. Travis Wallace/Beau Beech, North Florida – 3 steals
1. Hunter Harris, ETSU – 2 blocks
T2. Three with one block
ETSU is next up in A-Sun men's basketball action, playing on Dec. 25 in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii.