HPU’s Law to compete in Dunk Contest
High Point University senior Corey Law is set to compete in the Denny’s College Slam Dunk Championship today at 7 p.m. at McCamish Pavilion on the campus Georgia Tech in Atlanta. Law won the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker competition. The slam dunk championship will be televised live on ESPN.
Fans can vote on every dunk by tweeting #CollegeSlam, followed by the player’s last name and a score between one and 10 (e.g. #CollegeSlam #Law10). >From there, an average rating will be calculated and that rating will be paired with the four celebrity judges’ scores to make up each player’s total score. Follow the action on Twitter at @CollegeSLAM.
Celebrity judges for the event are Atlanta Falcons wide receivers Harry Douglas, Julio Jones and Roddy White as well as Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. Thomas played college football at Georgia Tech. The broadcast team on ESPN includes Brad Nessler, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes and Samantha Ponder.
Law was selected for the Dark Horse Dunker competition for his “dynamic combination of power and elevation” shown in this submission video. The official statement read: “Law flashes the in-game ability to dunk over anyone, and on the practice court, he can close a between-the-legs jam with ease.” Law won a vote through Facebook, beating out 15 other Dark Horse Dunker entrants over five weeks.
Other competitors in the Slam Dunk Championship are Detroit’s Doug Anderson, Missouri’s Keion Bell, Long Beach State’s James Ennis, Arizona State’s Carrick Felix, LaSalle’s Ramon Galloway, TCU’s Garlon Green, Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder and USC’s Renaldo Woodridge.
It’s the 25th annual College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships and it includes the Hampton Hotels Men’s 3-Point Championship, State Farm Women’s 3-Point Championship, Pepsi MAX Battle of the Champions and Denny’s Slam Dunk Championship. HPU’s Nick Barbour competed in the 3-Point Championship last year. The Panthers’ John Brown was a finalist for Dunk of the Year, which will be announced during the event.
Law completed his collegiate career in 2012-13, scoring 887 points (8.1 ppg) with 693 rebounds (6.4 per game) in his four seasons. Law’s 693 rebounds rank second on High Point’s NCAA Div. I rebounding list. He led High Point in rebounding three times.
Law is originally from Chesapeake, Va., and attended Deep Creek High School. He was an All-State selection and was named 2008 All-Tidewater Player of the Year and Southeastern District Player of the Year.
ELON BASEBALL CRUSHES HPU, 16-7
ELON — The High Point University baseball team dropped a 16-7 decision to Elon on the road Tuesday night. Senior Devin Bujnovsky went 2-for-4 with two runs for the Panthers in the loss.
Elon scored one run in the second and four in the third to take a 5-0 lead after three innings. Sebastian Gomez had an RBI double in the second and Alex Swim picked up an RBI double in the second. The big hit for the Phoenix came off the bat of Ryan Kinsella who hit a two-run home run to center field.
Trailing by five, the Panthers scored three runs in the top of the fourth including two on a single by sophomore Cody Manzella. Bujnovsky led off the frame with a single and advanced to third on back-to-back groundouts. A walk by senior Ryan Retz gave HPU runners at the corners for graduate student Adam Barry, who singled through the left side to score Bujnovsky. Manzella then hit a single down the right-field line to score both Retz and Barry.
Elon came right back with six runs in the bottom of the fourth to open its lead to 11-3. High Point cut into the Elon lead with two runs in the fifth on a bases-loaded double by sophomore Spencer Angelis, scoring senior Willie Medina and Bujnovsky. In the following inning, a sacrifice fly by sophomore Dane McDermott scored sophomore Mike Miedzianowski, who tripled to lead off the frame.
The Panthers scored the final run of the game in the eighth when senior Sean Wilson< scored on a throwing error by the Elon second baseman.
Angelis and Manzella both finished 1-3 in the game with two RBI for High Point.
Retz took his second loss of the season on the mound for the Panthers. Retz allowed seven runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out four in three innings.
High Point returns to Big South play this weekend with a three-game series against Longwood University at Williard Stadium beginning on Friday, April 5, at 6 p.m. The Panthers and Lancer will play at 6 p.m., on Saturday and 1 p.m., on Sunday.