St. Bonaventure To Face Georgia State In Cayman Islands Classic Opener

St. Bonaventure To Face Georgia State In Cayman Islands Classic Opener

St. Bonaventure will face Georgia State Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. ET in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic. 

2018 CAYMAN CLASSIC BRACKET

Event organizer Global Sports Management announced the pairings for the three-day Classic Thursday. The Bonnies will play either Creighton or Boise State in the second round on Nov. 20. The opening round games in the afternoon side of the Classic bracket will pit Clemson vs. Akron (noon) and Georgia vs. Illinois State (2:30).

All of the teams will play three games in three days at the Classic, which will be contested at John Gray Gymnasium.

Georgia State finished 24-11 this past season and earned its second NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years under head coach Ron Hunter. The Panthers won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship after finishing as runner-up during the regular season. Georgia State will return four starters from last season led by junior guard D'Marcus Simonds, the 2018 Sun Belt Player of the Year. Simonds averaged 21.2 points and 4.4 assists per game as a sophomore. Also back is senior guard Devin Mitchell, who earned third team All-Conference honors last year, as well as senior forwards Jeff Thomas and Malik Benlevi. Jordan Tyson, a 6-9 senior, started his career at St. Bonaventure where he played in 24 games over two seasons (2014-16). Tyson averaged 2.0 points in 35 games last season at Georgia State.

St. Bonaventure will return two starters from last year's 26-8 NCAA Tournament team, senior forwards Courtney Stockard and LaDarien Griffin. The Bonnies also return junior center Amadi Ikpeze, who started 11 games, and senior point guard Nelson Kaputo, who made six starts. Head coach Mark Schmidt will have six newcomers on the roster headlined by junior guard Jalen Poyser, a transfer from UNLV, and four freshmen.

Presented by Caymax Sports Ltd., in conjunction with Global Sports Management, this is the second year of the Cayman Islands Classic.

Located in the western Caribbean Sea, an hour from Miami, the Cayman Islands comprises the three islands of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman, located south of Cuba and northwest of Jamaica. For more information on the tournament including hotel accommodations visit the official website at www.caymanislandsclassic.com.

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