Scarlet & Gray is on its way to Baltimore after beating the top-seeded Golden Eagles, a Marquette alumni squad, 81-56, in the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
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David Lighty was the clear star for Scarlet and Gray. Lighty's 12 first-half points came on 5-7 shooting from the floor, including 2-2 from behind the arc. His offense kept the Ohio State alumni squad on pace with Diebler and Sullinger limited. Lighty finished with a game-high 23 points and 3-4 from behind the arc. William Buford complemented Lighty's player-of-the-game performance with 21 points on 9-14 shooting.
Foul concerns for Sullinger limited his aggressiveness in the first half but Sullinger finished with 15 points and eight rebounds. Leon Rodgers led Scarlet & Gray with 12 rebounds, also contributing 11 points.
Scarlet & Gray's domination of the glass was one of two overall keys to the game. The team tallied 48 rebounds to Golden Eagles' 34. The Marquette alumni squad compounded this problem with a poor performance from the field. Golden Eagles shot 31.74% from the field and a paltry 16% from the perimeter. Comfortable that Golden Eagles couldn't shoot from the floor, Scarlet & Gray even threw a 2-3 zone in stretches at the opposition to prevent Davante Gardner from getting clean looks close to the basket.
The Scarlet & Gray manhandled Golden Eagles despite playing without Jon Diebler for almost the entire game. The top shooter for the Ohio State alumni squad had a sore ankle after a drive to the basket yesterday against Always A Brave. He first appeared midway through the first half but was pulled after six minutes of action. A missed three-pointer underscored how hobbled Diebler was after yesterday's game. He sat out the second half and Scarlet & Gray relied on Buford and Lighty's shooting to carry the team against Golden Eagles.
Scarlet & Gray awaits the West Regional winner in Baltimore on Aug. 1. Armored Athlete and Team Challenge ALS play later today in Brooklyn to determine that semifinal matchup.