2016 BB&T Classic: Georgetown 77, Elon 74

An annual event that has taken place in Washington, D.C., since 1995, the BB&T Classic Basketball Tournament occurs at the Verizon Center in early in December. Organized by Peter Teeley, the former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, and a group of prominent Washingtonians, the tournament raises funds for the Children’s Charities Foundation.

This year, four teams played in just one game each.  Two local teams, Georgetown University and the George Washington University, competed against Elon University and Florida State University, respectively.

Georgetown Hoyas (5-4) survive comeback attempt by Elon Phoenix (6-2), win 77-74 in the BB&T Classic

Dec. 4, 2016, Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. – Ahead by eight points with just 1:30 to go in the game (76-68), the Hoyas were unable to convert numerous foul shots to extend their lead.  Meanwhile, the Phoenix managed to outscore its opponents six points to one, but were undone by an inability to make a three-pointer with just 16.4 seconds to go.

For the game, Elon converted 44 percent (18-41) of their two-point attempts and an impressive 39 percent (11-28) from the three-point range.  The Hoyas instead relied on their inside game, making 63 percent (24-38) of their two-pointers but just 29 percent (4-14) of their three-point tries.

Elon forward Brian Dawkins scored a team high of 17 points, whereas Hoyas’ guards Rodney Pryor and LJ Peak contributed 23 and 22 points, respectively.


Photos: 2016 BB&T Classic – Georgetown 77, Elon 74
all photos by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine

Video: 2016 BB&T Classic: Georgetown coach John Thompson III press conference
video by Kwai Chan / Meniscus Magazine