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The Latest: Utah beats Grand Canyon 75-66 at Wooden Legacy

November 24, 2018

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the Wooden Legacy tournament (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Sedrick Barefield had 26 points, including four 3-pointers, and Donnie Tillman scored 14 to help Utah to a 75-66 victory over Grand Canyon on Friday night in the consolation bracket of the Wooden Legacy.

Barefield hit three 3s and scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half.

GCU(3-3), which trailed by as many as 16 in the first half, used a 10-2 spurt to trim its deficit to 35-29 at the break and pulled within one when Matt Jackson hit a jumper midway through the second. Barefield answered with back-to-back 3s and his 4-point play with 1:55 remaining gave the Utes a 67-55 lead.

Alessandro Lever scored 16 points and Tim Finke added 14 for Grand Canyon, which fell to 0-3 all-time against Utah and to 0-5 all-time against Pac-12 opponents.

Utah shot 50 percent from the field, made 19 of 22 from the free-throw line and outrebounded the Antelopes 31-24.

The Utes will face Northwestern on Sunday for fifth place, while Grand Canyon will meet La Salle in the seventh-place game.

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4 p.m.

Senior guard Ryan Taylor and senior forward Vic Law each scored 21 points Friday as Northwestern rebounded from their first loss of the season with an easy 91-74 victory over La Salle in the consolation bracket of the Wooden Legacy Tournament at Cal State Fullerton on Friday.

Junior center A.J. Turner added 20 points as the Wildcats (4-1) moved into the fifth-place game against either Grand Canyon or Utah. La Salle will face the loser of the Grand Canyon-Utah matchup.

Senior guard Pookie Powell had 23 points for La Salle (0-6), one game after his streak of 10-consecutive double-digit games ended. Sophomore center Miles Brookins added 12 points for the Explorers, while freshman forward Jared Kimbrough had 10.

After giving up a season-high 78 points in a loss to Fresno State on Thursday, the Wildcats gave up another 74. Northwestern had held each of its first three opponents to 54 points or less.

Northwestern cruised to the victory, taking a 25-10 lead nine minutes into the game and leading 45-26 at halftime.

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1:15 p.m.

Senior guard Zach Johnson scored 24 points, including a follow-up dunk with 0.2 seconds remaining, as Miami pulled out a 78-76 victory over Fresno State on Friday in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy Tournament at Cal State Fullerton.

Sophomore guard Chris Lykes added 17 points and junior guard Dejan Vasiljevic added 12 as the Hurricanes (5-0) broke a 76-76 tie when Johnson rebounded a Lykes miss and slammed home the winning basket all in one motion.

Lykes and Vasiljevic have scored in double figures in every game for Miami this season.

Senior guard Braxton Huggins scored 28 points for Fresno State (2-2), while senior guard Deshon Taylor added 25. Huggins’ 20 first-half points were tied for second-most in a half in the tournament’s history.

Fresno State lost despite a 43-29 rebounding advantage.

Miami advanced to Sunday’s Wooden Legacy Tournament championship game where it will face wither Seton Hall or Hawaii.

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