Carmen’s Crew — a team comprised primarily of former Ohio State basketball players — knocked off the Marquette alumni Golden Eagles, 66-60, to win The Basketball Tournament and its $2 million cash prize on Tuesday evening.
Forward William Buford hit two free throws to win the game under the Elam Ending and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.
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Forward David Lighty led the way for Carmen’s Crew offensively, scoring a game-high 17 points while adding seven rebounds and four assists. Buford and forward Jon Diebler, meanwhile, chipped in 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Carmen’s Crew jumped out to a 16-8 first-quarter lead by holding the Golden Eagles to 30 percent from the floor and 14.3 percent from behind the three-point line. But the Golden Eagles stormed back in the second frame, using an 11-2 run to cut the lead to just one midway through the second quarter.
The teams seemingly exchanged buckets from there, with the Golden Eagles claiming a 31-29 lead at the half.
It was more of the same in the third and fourth quarters, with Carmen’s Crew holding a 58-57 lead as the Elam Ending target score was set at 66 points (the target score is set by adding seven points to the leading team’s score at the first dead ball after the four-minute mark of the fourth quarter). The Golden Eagles pulled ahead with a quick three-pointer, but Carmen’s Crew scored the next eight points — including Buford’s aforementioned free throws — to seal the game.
On their way to the title, Carmen’s Crew defeated four-time defending champion Overseas Elite and last year’s runner-up Eberlein Drive.
Here’s how the team, including one fan, will split the $2 million prize:
|Name||Alma Mater (Years Active)||Payout|
|Scoonie Penn (general manager)||Ohio State (1998-2000)||$200,000|
|William Buford||Ohio State (2008-12)||$200,000|
|Aaron Craft||Ohio State (2010-14)||$200,000|
|Jon Diebler||Ohio State (2007-11)||$200,000|
|Jeff Gibbs||Otterbein (1999-2002)||$150,000|
|Dallas Lauderdale||Ohio State (2007-11)||$50,000|
|David Lighty||Ohio State (2006-11)||$200,000|
|Demetri McCamey||Illinois (2007-11)||$150,000|
|Courtney Pigram||East Tennessee State (2005-09)||$200,000|
|Evan Ravenel||Ohio State (2011-13)||$200,000|
|Leon Rodgers||Northern Illinois (1998-2002)||$100,000|
|LaQuinton Ross||Ohio State (2011-14)||$150,000|
|Jared Sullinger (coach)||Ohio State (2010-12)||$50,000|
|DeShaun Thomas||Ohio State (2010-13)||$200,000|
|Evan Turner (coach)||Ohio State (2007-10)||$1|
|John Williamson||Cincinnati (2006-08)||$150,000|