Former IU basketball players Mo Creek and Remy Abell were two of the three leading scorers for Sideline Cancer in The Basketball Tournament $1 million championship game.
But it wasn’t enough.
Former Marquette star Travis Diener hit a three-pointer to give the Golden Eagles the 78 points required by the Elam Ending.
Creek, who hit a game clinching shot in the semifinal round, led Sideline Cancer with 20 points. Abell added 14.
What a heads up play from @Mo_Creek 👏👏@SidelineTBT takes the lead at the half! pic.twitter.com/QektVFtEhi
— TBT (@thetournament) July 14, 2020
With the game tied at 70 the Elam Ending was set at 78.
Sideline Cancer led by one point at halftime, and it held a 73-72 lead after the game clock was turned off in the fourth quarter.
From there the Golden Eagles hit a pair of three-pointers including Diener’s game winner to secure the $1 million prize.
TRAVIS DIENER FOR $1 MILLION!!!!!!!!!!!
The @GoldenEaglesTBT are your TBT 2020 CHAMPIONS pic.twitter.com/rFQj9kEBFG
— TBT (@thetournament) July 15, 2020
Each player on the Golden Eagles will receive $90,000. The runners-up take home nothing.
Luke Fischer, another former IU player, appeared for four minutes for the Golden Eagles.
Sideline Cancer was the No. 22 seed in the 24 team tournament. They won four games as the underdog before dropping the final.
Sideline Cancer was created in 2014 for the first TBT by the Griffith Family Foundation to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer. The team wears purple uniforms as a nod to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
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