UPLAND, Indiana — Jermaine Warmack scored 14 of his game-high 17 points in the second half, while sophomore guard D.D. Joiner (Columbus, OH) came off the bench to score 11 points and grab a game-high 10 rebounds to lead the University of Rio Grande in a 75-64 victory over Berea (Ky.) College in the opening round of the 30th Annual Ivanhoe’s Classic, Friday night, at Taylor University’s Odle Arena.
The RedStorm, who won for the third straight time, improved to 6-2 overall and advanced to Saturday afternoon’s championship game against the host Trojans, who defeated Indiana-Dabney, 94-72, in last night’s opening game.
Berea lost for just the third time in 10 outings.
The Mountaineers jumped to an 8-1 lead inside the game’s first four minutes, but Rio Grande responded with an 18-3 to grab a lead it would never relinquish.
Berea did get as close as two points late in the half and trailed by four, 38-34, at the intermission, but the RedStorm opened the second half on a 19-8 run to enjoy their biggest lead of the night, 57-42, following a conventional three-point play by freshman forward Bilal Young (Cleveland, OH) with 8:56 remaining in the game.
Berea twice closed the gap to nine points, but got no closer the rest of the way.
Warmack, a senior guard from Orange, N.J., also had seven rebounds to go along with a game-high four assists and four steals for Rio Grande, which shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half (11-for-22). Sophomore forward Phillip Hertz (Rungsted Kyst, Denmark) also reached double figures with 10 points.
The Mountaineers were led by Daishon Robinson’s 14 points and four steals, while Deon Banks and Richard Parker added 11 and 10 points, respectively. Seth Beckham paced BC in rebounding with six.