Rowsey A Golden Eagle Again

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Marquette Alumni Team Wins $1 Million Tournament

Lexington’s Andrew Rowsey played for the Marquette University alumni men’s basketball team this month, with the Golden Eagles winning a nationally-televised basketball tournament on Tuesday of last week near Orlando, Fla.

Due to a knee injury, Rowsey, a 5-foot-11-inch guard and a 2013 Rockbridge County High School graduate, only played in the third game of the winner-take-all, single-elimination $1 million tourney, known as The Basketball Tournament. However, he could be seen on ESPN celebrating with his teammates after they defeated Sideline Cancer 78-73 in the title game.

Travis Diener hit the final shot to seal the win for the Golden Eagles, whose defense was the key to the victory. With a combination of zone and man-to-man defense, led by Derrick Wilson, the Golden Eagles held prolific scorer Marcus Keene of Sideline Cancer to six points. Marquette alumnus Darius Johnson-Odom, who graduated in 2012, was named the player of the game.

The Golden Eagles won $1 million for their victory, with each player receiving $90,000. Each Golden Eagle pledged to make a donation to the Griffith Family Foundation, which seeks to find and cure pancreatic cancer, in honor of the Sideline Cancer basketball team.

The championship game concluded the 24-team event that began on July 4, making the tournament the first nationally-televised basketball tournament to be completed in the United States since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament administered more than 2,000 COVID-19 tests since the middle of June and received just 43 positive results, for a positivity rate of just 2 percent.

Rowsey, 26, holds RC’s career scoring record with 2,637 points and the school’s single-game scoring record of 60 points.

He led the Wildcats to the state semifinals as a junior and was named co-state player of the year after his senior season.

In college, Rowsey played two years at the University of North Carolina at Asheville before playing his junior and senior college seasons at Marquette University. He was named Big East Sixth Man of the Year as a junior and received All-Big East Honorable Mention honors as a senior. Rowsey then played for the Toronto Raptors’ NBA summer league team in 2018 before moving to Szolnok, Hungary, winning the Europe Cup championship last February with the team Olaj.

Based in Florida this year, Rowsey played for the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League. He was averaging 19.3 points per game and led the G League in 3-point fieldgoal percentage (47 percent) before play was suspended in mid-March due to the coronavirus.