Boxers Nearly Pull Off Upset Of No. 5 Carthage
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Pacific had a chance late to come up with an upset of No. 5 Carthage in paradise Friday, but the seasoned Red Men held off a valiant surge by the Boxers in the final minute to score an 82-75 win in men's basketball action at the Surf's Up Tournament at Kalani High School.
Carthage (3-2) led by as much as 13 points with 5:25 to go before the Boxers (0-3) came charging back with a 15-7 run over the next four minutes. Adam McElwee (So., Woodinville, Ore.) narrowed the lead to four with a three-pointer with 43 seconds left. The Red Men missed two free throws on their next possession, and Carson Bartlett (Jr., St. Helens, Ore.) responded by hitting two of his own with 24 seconds left to bring the Boxers within 74-72.
The Red Men, ranked No. 5 in the preseason D3Hoops.com Top-25 Poll, rushed back down the floor and scored a four-point play when Max Cary sank a lay-in and received the benefit of an intentional foul called on the Boxers. Cary sank both free throws, forcing the Boxers to foul to regain possession. Steve Djurickovic sank both shots and went 4 of 4 in the final minute to seal the contest.
LeMar Anglin (Sr., Chicago, Ill.) led all scorers with 27 points in his first start of the season. Anglin went 8 of 11 from the field and 11 of 16 from the free throw line to go along with seven rebounds. Bartlett added an effort of 17 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. McElwee finished with 12 points. As a team, Pacific shot 45.6 percent (26-57) from the field and 41.7 percent (5-12) from three-point range.
Djurickovic led Carthage with 19 points and eight rebounds as all five Red Men starters finished in double figures. Cary notched 16 points and Mitch Thompson added 15. Carthage shot 45.9 percent (28-61) from the field, but just 4 of 26 from three-point range.
Carthage put together a double-digit lead early, going up 19-7 on a pair of Malcolm Kelly free throws six minutes into the contest. The Boxers cut their deficit back to single digits on a Bartlett jumper at the 11:08 mark and found themselves within five points, 27-22, on one of two made Charles Mosley (So., Hillsboro, Ore.) free throws with 7:29 to go. The Red Men went on a short 8-2 spurt to go back up 35-24 with 4:15 left, but could never completely shake the Boxers as they went into half trailing by 10 at 41-31.
Pacific opened the second half by coming back to within six points when a McElwee lay-in made it a 46-60 game at the 14:44 mark. From that point Carthage went on an 11-2 run, culminating on Thompson's fastbreak lay-in that put the Red Men back up 14, 57-43, with 11:54 to go.
The Boxers got no closer than nine points over the next six minutes, but started start their final surge on Andrew Beatty's (Jr., Lynnwood, Wash.) trey at the 4:51 mark. Carthage would make only two more field goals the rest of the way, which allowed the Boxers within two points on Bartlett's free throws with 24 seconds left. The six-point swing on the intentional foul and the subsequent Djurickovic free throws proved to be too much for the Boxers to overcome.
The Boxers return to action on Saturday, when they host Cal Lutheran in their final game of the Surf's Up Classic. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.