SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Gabe Vincent and Leland King II teamed with Victor Joseph of Cal Poly and Chance Murray of UC Riverside, to help the Big West Conference to a second-place finish at the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship at Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio on Sunday.
The Big West fell to the Big 10 Conference in the championship game of the tournament, 21-13, but prior to that the team's record was a perfect 5-0.
The Big West team went 3-0 in pool play with wins over the Mid-American Conference, Atlantic Sun Conference and the Big East. In Sunday's elimination action, they defeated the Ivy League (21-11) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (21-17) before the loss to the Big 10.
In the quarterfinal win over the Ivy League, Vincent had seven points and a pair of rebounds, while King had six points and one rebound. In the semifinal win over the MEAC, Vincent led the way with eight points and six rebounds and King added four points and six boards. In the final against the Big 10, both Gauchos had three points and King collected a team-high six rebounds.
For their efforts, the Big West players split $5,000 - $1,000 for each victory. The Big 10 team of Purdue's Vincent Edwards, Indiana's Robert Johnson, Ohio State's Jae'Sean Tate and Minnesota's Nate Mason won $50,000 for the title and another $5,000 for its earlier wins.
The semifinal and final games of the tournament were televised on ESPN2. The event, which was held in conjunction with the Final Four in San Antonio, pitted teams from 32 NCAA Division I conferences.