Munnings drops 28 as Warhawks advances
It was a monumental and memorable night for Bahamian and University of Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Travis Munnings as he dropped 28 points in an 88-77 victory over the Kent State Golden Flashes in their first-round battle on their home floor in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) in the United States on Thursday night.
Their second-round opponent has not been determined yet because the tournament resets after all teams play the first round.
This was game number 133 for Munnings as a Warhawk. He has now played in more games than any other Warhawks player in the school’s history.
In addition to that, he was voted the Lou Henson Classic Most Valuable Player Award.
The Warhawks had four players who scored in the double digits including Munnings, JD Williams (17), Daishon Smith (16) and Michael Ertel (14).
Munnings said Thursday’s game was one of his top three all-time favorites. He grabbed nine rebounds and four assists. He shot a very efficient 76.9 percent from the field on his way to making 10 shots with 13 attempts. He also finished five for six from the three-point line.
It was a very close game in the first half as both teams never led in double digits.
The largest lead in the first half, 23-16 in the Warhawks favor, came after Smith made two free throws with 9:17 remaining on the clock.
Munnings and his team held a slim 42-41 lead at the half. The Warhawks clipped 53.3 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. They held the Golden Flashes to 43.2 percent from the field and 35.3 percent from three-point territory.
Munnings and Smith both reached double figures by the half.
In the second half, Munnings erupted for 16 points as he became a focal point of the Warhawks’ offense.
The Grand Bahama native gave his team its first double digit lead when he scored a layup with 9:31 to go in the second half to put his team up 66-56.
A three-point by Munnings with 4:21 remaining in the second half, gave his team the largest lead of the night, 80-64.
He outplayed his opponents as they won 87-77 when they won the second half, 45-36.
Earlier in the week, Bahamian and Robert Morris University Colonials’ forward Charles Bain took down the Cornell University Big Red 98-89 in overtime.
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.