Munnings, Bain seeing action in CIT tournament
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament officially got underway on Tuesday with the play-in games. Whereas there are no Bahamians in the field, collegiate standouts Travis Munnings and Charles Bain will see action in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) in the United States.
Bain plays for the Robert Morris University Colonials and Munnings suits up for the University of Louisiana-Monroe (ULM) Warhawks.
Bain was in action on Tuesday as the Colonials took on the Cornell University Big Red in the first round. They won 98-89 in overtime.
The sophomore played 35 minutes and finished with seven points and four rebounds in the win. He finished 3-for-9 from the floor including a three-pointer.
After being down 40-37 at the half, the Colonials rallied in the second half to tie the game at 82 at the end of regulation and force overtime.
The Colonials forced 11 turnovers from the Big Red to rally in the second half.
In overtime, the Colonials played their best ball of the evening, putting on a show for their home crowd. They willed themselves to a 16-7 margin in the overtime session to come out with the 98-89 win.
Josh Williams led the way for the Colonials with a game-high 36 points. Jimmy Boeheim finished with 31 points in the loss.
Their second-round opponent and schedule was not available up to press time.
The Grand Bahamian averaged 10.1 points per game this season and shot 46.3 percent from the field. After starting in seven games last season, he started in all 34 games that he played in this season.
For Munnings, he and the Warhawks will begin tournament play tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on the Kent State Golden Flashes in their home arena, the Fant-Ewing Coliseum in Monroe, Louisiana, in the first round.
The Warhawks are coming off an 81-67 loss to the Georgia Southern University Eagles in the Sun Belt Conference quarterfinals just under a week ago.
Munnings finished that game with 14 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 33 minutes of play. However, he had six turnovers.
Michael Ertel and Daishon Smith led the way for the Warhawks with 16 points apiece. The Eagles were led by Isaiah Crawley with 21 points.
The Eagles scored 27 points off of 17 Warhawks’ turnovers.
In his final year, Munnings averaged 14.6 points and shot 45.4 percent from the floor. He also averaged 7.7 rebounds per game on the season. Munnings scored a season-high 32 points back on December 21 of last year against the Coppin State University Eagles.
This year’s CIT tournament features 26 teams. The CIT was created back in 2009. Last year’s tournament featured 20 teams with the University of Northern Colorado walking away with the victory.