Former Cat leads Wyoming to CBI crown
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – Former Kentucky Wildcat Allen Edwards is a national champion again.
Hayden Dalton scored 19 points with 11 rebounds and Justin James added 17 points to carry Wyoming to an 83-59 win over Coastal Carolina to claim the CBI championship on Friday.
Dalton sank 5 of 9 from long range in notching his 12th double-double of the season. Wyoming (23-15) won the last two games – at home – by routs in the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational finals series after dropping the opener by 10 on the road.
It was Wyoming’s first national title since the 1943 NCAA championship.
Coastal Carolina (20-19) was led by Demario Beck with 17 points, while Jaylen Shaw had 10.
The Chanticleers, who never led, closed within 44-34 after a 3-pointer by Joseph Williams-Powell from the top of the key with 15:37 to play. But James’ layup and a trey by Dalton ignited an 18-7 roll that left the Cowboys ahead 62-41.
The Chanticleers never got closer than 18 after that, and the lead eventually reached 81-51 late.
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