No. 2 Arizona drops 2nd straight in Battle 4 Atlantis
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Ben Emelogu scored 20 points and SMU upset No. 2 Arizona 66-60 on Thursday night in the Battle 4 Atlantis consolation round, handing the Wildcats their second consecutive loss to an unranked opponent.
The Mustangs (5-1) blew an 11-point lead in the second half, but responded with a 10-2 run to go ahead for good. SMU won despite shooting 31 percent, though the Mustangs scored 19 points off 20 Arizona turnovers.
Shake Milton added 14 points, including four free throws in the final 70 seconds.
And for the second straight night, the Wildcats (3-2) found themselves on the wrong side of a stunning defeat. Arizona lost 90-84 to North Carolina State on Wednesday in the first round.
Allonzo Trier scored 22 points to lead the Wildcats. They will face No. 18 Purdue on Friday in the seventh-place game. The Mustangs will play Western Kentucky for fifth place.
No. 1 DUKE 99, PORTLAND STATE 91
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Trevon Duval had 22 points and Duke pulled away to beat surprisingly tenacious Portland State to open the Phil Knight Invitational.
Marvin Bagley III added 18 points, and Grayson Allen had 14 points and nine assists. The Blue Devils (6-0) will face Texas on Friday.
Duke trailed by as many as eight points, but took control midway through the second half when Wendell Carter Jr.’s dunk put the Blue Devils in front 67-62. They would go on to lead by as many as 21 points.
It was coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 200th victory as coach of a No. 1-ranked team. He’s 200-29 when the Blue Devils sit atop the poll.
Deontae North led the Vikings (4-1) with 24 points, including 20 in the first half, but fouled out with 8:39 left in the game.
Dubbed the PK80, the tournament celebrates Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.
No. 4 MICHIGAN STATE 73, DEPAUL 51
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Matt McQuaid hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Michigan State, playing without preseason All-American Miles Bridges, shook DePaul in the second half during the opening round of the PK80 Invitational.
Bridges was out due to a sprained left ankle sustained last Sunday against Stony Brook, but McQuaid made up for the absence of the Spartans star. McQuaid’s previous career high was 17 points and he had scored 16 total points in Michigan State’s first three games this season in limited duty coming off the bench.
Without Bridges, the Spartans (3-1) struggled to shake the Blue Demons until early in the second half when DePaul went more than nine minutes without a field goal.
Eli Cain and Max Strus led DePaul (1-3) with 12 points apiece but the Blue Demons shot just 5 of 23 in the second half and were 0 for 4 on 3-point attempts. DePaul shot only 25.5 percent for the game.
No. 5 VILLANOVA 85, TENNESSEE 76
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored 25 points and Villanova overcame a 15-point deficit to beat Tennessee in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.
The Wildcats (5-0) trailed 44-29 with 1:39 left before roaring out of a break with a dominating run. Villanova scored the first 11 points as part of a 23-2 burst.
Mikal Bridges added 21 points for Villanova, which shot 52 percent after halftime and built a 15-point lead with 4:40 left. Grant Williams scored 20 points for Tennessee (3-1).
Villanova will play Northern Iowa on Friday in the championship game. Tennessee will face North Carolina State in the third-place game.
No. 7 FLORIDA 108, STANFORD 87
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Egor Koulechov had 26 points and Florida routed Stanford in the Phil Knight Invitational.
Koulechov made all five of his 3-point attempts and Florida (4-0) hit 15 from long range overall.
Jalen Hudson added 17 points, including a career-high four 3s.
Reid Travis had 23 points for Stanford (3-3), which lost its second straight to a Top 10 opponent.
The Gators announced shortly before the opening tip that starting center Kevarrius Hayes had been suspended for the game for a violation of team rules. The school did not provide details.
No. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 102, PORTLAND 78
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Luke Maye had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Joel Berry II added 18 points and North Carolina overwhelmed Portland to open the PK80 Invitational.
Kenny Williams added 17 points and Theo Pinson had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Tar Heels (4-0). They have scored at least 90 points in the past three games.
Franklin Porter led the Pilots with 19 points and Marcus Shaver Jr. added 17.
No. 15 XAVIER 83, GEORGE WASHINGTON 64
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Trevon Bluiett scored 20 points to help Xavier beat George Washington in the Las Vegas Invitational.
The Musketeers, who went into the game leading the Big East and ranked fifth nationally in field-goal percentage at 56.8, shot a blistering 62.5 from the field in the second half. Xavier (5-0) finished the game hitting 33 of 57 from the floor, including 5 of 13 from 3-point range.
Terry Nolan Jr. led George Washington (2-3) with 18 points.
No. 17 GONZAGA 86, OHIO STATE 59
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Johnathan Williams had 21 points and Gonzaga was boosted by an enthusiastic crowd during its victory over Ohio State in the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.
Josh Perkins added 20 points for the Bulldogs, who improved to 4-0 after playing in last season’s NCAA Tournament championship game.
Gonzaga advanced to face No. 7 Florida. The Buckeyes (4-1) will face the Cardinal on Friday.
C.J. Jackson and Jae’Sean Tate each scored 12 points for Ohio State, which trailed by as many as 26 points in the second half as the Zags pulled away.
WESTERN KENTUCKY 77, No. 18 PURDUE 73
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Darius Thompson scored 12 points and hit two free throws with 5.1 seconds left to help Western Kentucky beat Purdue in the consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Justin Johnson led the Hilltoppers (3-2) with 17 points, including a tough driving score for a five-point lead with 21 seconds left.
P.J. Thompson hit a corner 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining to bring the Boilermakers (4-2) to 75-73, but Thompson answered with two free throws that made it a two-possession game.
Isaac Haas scored 22 points to lead Purdue.
RHODE ISLAND 75, No. 20 SETON HALL 74
NEW YORK (AP) — Jared Terrell made a running layup with 5.2 seconds left to give Rhode Island the victory over Seton Hall in the second game of the Preseason NIT.
Terrell finished with 32 points to help the Rams improve to 3-1. Stanford Robinson added 15 points.
Myles Powell led the Pirates (4-1) with 21 points. Angel Delgado had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez had 12 points each.
Following Terrell’s layup, Seton Hall inbounded the ball to Carrington, who raced up court but lost his dribble and the Pirates were unable to recover the loose ball before the buzzer sounded.
No. 21 SAINT MARY’S 89, HARVARD 71
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Jock Landale scored 26 points and Saint Mary’s beat Harvard in the opening game of the Wooden Legacy.
Emmett Naar just missed a triple double, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Gaels (5-0). Bryce Aiken led the Crimson (2-3) with 22 points, including 20 in the second half when Harvard outscored Saint Mary’s 51-43. Chris Lewis added 18 points.
No. 23 WEST VIRGINIA 84, MARIST 78
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Jevon Carter had 20 points, Sagaba Konate added 14 and West Virginia beat Marist in the opening round of the Advocare Invitational.
Carter hit a key trey that put West Virginia ahead 70-67 with 5 1/2 minutes left after Marist had pulled even on Brian Parker’s basket. The Mountaineers (4-1) shot 32 percent over the first 28 minutes and finished at 35 percent. David Knudsen led Marist (0-4) with 19 points.
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