LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The 2017 AdvoCare Tournament wrapped up three exciting days of college basketball on Sunday at ESPN Wide World of Sports with the West Virginia Mountaineers winning three games in four days to take home the championship. After three stellar games, Jevon Carter was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He averaged 21.7 points per game during his three-game performance.
The Mountaineers overcame a 16-point second half defect to win the championship. Carter and Dexter Miles Jr. combined for the final nine points in the last 38 seconds to complete the comeback. Missouri’s Jordan Barnett had 21 points to lead Missouri on Sunday night.
The tournament featured eight major college basketball programs from all across the country, including the hometown University of Central Florida Knights. With NBA scouts and general managers from 11 teams in attendance, the teams gave it their all over the Thanksgiving weekend.
The hometown Knights finished in 4th place. They won their opening game on Thursday against Nebraska by score of 68-59, when they held the Cornhuskers to 34% shooting in the game. Redshirt freshman guard Ceasar DeJesus scored 15 points and junior center Tacko Fall scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
On Friday, the Knights cold start shooting early put them in a deficit that they could not come back from as they lost to West Virginia by the score of 83-45. UCF opened up the game by missing 17 of their first 21 shots and the Mountaineers went on a 21-1 run to blow the game wide open. Fall led UCF with 11 points.
In their final game of the weekend, both the Knights and the St. Johns Red Storm struggled to shoot the ball. Both teams combined to miss 12 of their final 13 shots, but the Red Storm made enough defensive plays down the stretch to take home 3rd place by the score of 46-43. The Knights had two chances to tie the game at the end of regulation, but both Dayon Griffin and Ceasar DeJesus missed 3-pointers.
The 2018 edition of the tournament will be headlined by Villanova. Currently the Wildcats are a Top 5 team and are the 2017 Men’s Basketball National Champions. Also joining the field is Florida State, Oklahoma State, the University of Alabama Birmingham, Memphis, LSU, the College of Charleston and the eighth team will be named later.
Champions: West Virginia
Runner Up: Missouri
3rd Place: St. Johns
4th Place: Central Florida
5th Place: Nebraska
6th Place: Long Beach State
7th Place: Oregon State
8th Place: Marist
Danny Thomspon is a sports contributor for Florida National News. | email@example.com