The Latest: Stepteau, Hawaii top Utah 90-79 at Wooden Legacy
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Wooden Legacy (all times local):
Brocke Stepteau scored a career-high 24 points to lead Hawaii to a 90-79 win over Utah on Thursday night in the first round of the Wooden Legacy.
Eddie Stansberry scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for the Rainbow Warriors (4-1). Four players made at least two 3-pointers for Hawaii, which will play Seton Hall (2-2) in the semifinals Friday.
Hawaii overcame foul trouble for three of its starters in the first half, showing its depth. The Rainbow Warriors went on a 12-1 run to take a 31-24 lead and never trailed again.
Donnie Tillman and Riley Battin each scored 16 points for Utah (2-2).
Utah came in shooting 47 percent from the field — the best of any of the eight teams — and plenty of depth but shot just 37 percent in the first half against Hawaii and couldn’t make up an eight-point halftime deficit.
Utah will play Grand Canyon (3-2).
Myles Powell scored a career-high 40 points to lead Seton Hall to an 82-75 first-round win over Grand Canyon in the Wooden Legacy on Thursday night.
He tied the tournament record for points in regulation set by James Harden — the NBA’s reigning MVP — of Arizona State in 2008.
Powell hit a 3-pointer from the top of the arc with 66 seconds left to give the Pirates (2-2) the lead for good at 76-75. Grand Canyon went 0 for 2 from the field with a turnover from there.
Damari Milstead scored 21 points and Alessandro Lever scored 20 points for Grand Canyon (3-2).
Powell, who set the tournament record by scoring 21 first-half points, made back-to-back baskets to give Seton Hall a 10-point lead with nine minutes to play. Lever answered with a 3-pointer and Michael Finke hit two more 3s during a 20-9 run that gave the Antelopes a 73-72 lead, their first since 2-0, with two minutes to go.
Fresno State went to work early with a fast, aggressive and efficient offense to build a big lead and never looked back in a 78-59 win over Northwestern in the first round of the Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Gym on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs (2-1) built a 42-28 lead by halftime, during which it shot 51.9 percent from the field.
Guard Braxton Huggins led Fresno State with 17 points. He went coast-to-coast with a slam dunk to give Fresno State a 71-49 lead. That play was emblematic of Northwestern’s defensive miscues as it let Huggins into the lane with ease.
Fresno State had five players in double figures. Forward Sam Bittner scored 14 points and made 4 of 5 3-pointers and New Williams also had 14 points. The Bulldogs had 18 assists.
Northwestern (3-1) suffered its first loss of the season as its usually sturdy defense and fullcourt press couldn’t slow Fresno State.
Vic Law led Northwestern with 13 points.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus was in attendance for this game at the Titan Gym. Her son, Charlie Hall, is on Northwestern’s team.
Chris Lykes scored 18 points and Miami embraced the morning tipoff in a dominant 85-49 win over La Salle in the first round of the Wooden Legacy on Thursday.
The Hurricanes (4-0), who came in as the highest-scoring team in the tournament, continued to put up big numbers and got to the lane with ease. Five players scored in double figures for Miami.
“They pressed, and we did a good job of getting by them and making solid passes and getting in the lane and making shots and kicking it out,” Lykes said. “We’re a dynamic team. It’s a little different from the team last year.”
It was a dunk-fest early on as guard Anthony Lawrence dunked for the game’s first basket inside two minutes after tipoff. He later had a breakaway dunk, and his teammates were in on the slam-dunk party all game as well.
Jared Kimbrough scored 10 points for La Salle (0-5).
Besides Miami and LaSalle, the bracketed tournament at Titan Gym on the campus of Cal State Fullerton includes Northwestern, Fresno State, Seton Hall, Grand Canyon, Hawaii and Utah, with games Thursday, Friday and Sunday.