CHICAGO – The holidays bring about many great traditions, including tournaments on the hardcourt. Governors State was less in a festive mood, however, following a 78-69 setback to Concordia (MI) in the opening game of the Roosevelt Classic, held Wednesday evening.
The Cardinals, members of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, improved to 11-3 overall while the Jaguars fell to 3-10.
GSU kept Concordia off the board the first three minutes to build a 6-0 lead. Concordia responded by hitting a series of three-point shots and claimed its first lead (16-14) with 1:32 left in the first quarter. The Cardinals never lost their lead, registering a 22-10 advantage in bench scoring against a GSU squad that had four subs available. GSU finished the game on a strong note with a 9-1 run.
"We battled the entire game, but had some lapses which caused the game to slip away," said GSU Head Coach La Toshia Burrell, a former assistant coach at Roosevelt. "We were hurt today by our free throw shooting and turnovers."
Zaporia Smith scored a game-high 26 points, surpassing the 20-point mark for the 11th time in her career. Amber Brooks contributed with 15 points and nine rebounds and Achuynnua Robinson added 10 points and six boards.
GSU will face Roosevelt in tomorrow's consolation game, starting at 1 p.m. at the Goodman Center.