The Latest: Penn State to play Bradley in Cancun final
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — The Latest on the Cancun Challenge (all times local):
Lamar Stevens equaled his season high with 25 points and Penn State defeated Wright State 77-59 on Tuesday night to advance to the championship game of the Cancun Challenge’s Riviera bracket.
The Nittany Lions (3-1) will play Bradley Wednesday while the Raiders take on SMU for third place.
Stevens was 10 of 15 from the floor and has reached 20 points in all four games this season. He scored 11 points in the first half with Myles Dread and Josh Reaves adding 10 each when Penn State took a 45-28 lead after opening the game on a 12-3 run. Dread finished with 13 points and Reaves had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Nittany Lions shot 58 percent and made 9 of 17 from the arc.
Bill Wampler scored 17 points and Loudon Love added 14 with 10 rebounds for the Raiders (3-2).
Elijah Childs had a career-high 21 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and Bradley beat SMU 75-62 on Tuesday night in the Cancun Challenge.
Bradley took its first double-digit lead at 47-37, on a Koch Bar free throw, as SMU was outscored 19-9 over the first 10 minutes of the second half.
Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye made a reverse layup to extend Bradley’s lead to 63-55, and Childs blocked a shot at the other end. SMU missed two shots in the lane on its next possession and Lautier-Ogunleye sank two free throws with 2:31 to go.
Bar finished with 15 points and Darrell Brown 14 for Bradley (4-1). Childs had nine points and seven rebounds in the first half as the Braves led 30-28.
Jahmal McMurray scored 19 points for SMU (2-3), and Jimmy Whitt Jr. had 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Garrett Sams and Noah Horchler posted double-doubles and North Florida defeated Southern Miss 64-48 in the Cancun Challenge Tuesday, handing the Golden Eagles their first loss of the season.
Sams scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his first double-double this season while Horchler had 13 points and 16 rebounds for his third.
JT Escobar made four 3-pointers and added 14 points for the Ospreys (2-2).
Tim Rowe scored 12 points and Cortez Edwards 11 for the Golden Eagles (3-1) with Tyree Griffin collecting eight assists and six steals.
Sams hit a pair of baskets to cap an 8-0 game-opening run and the Ospreys remained in front, taking a 44-23 halftime lead.
The Ospreys made only 6 of 33 3-pointers and had 18 turnovers but outrebounded the Eagles 51-35. Southern Miss made just 2 of 19 from the arc with 16 turnovers.
North Florida plays Jacksonville State on Wednesday for the Mayan Division championship while Southern Miss and Western Carolina will play for third place.
Jamall Gregory and Derek St. Hilaire each scored 15 points, helping Jacksonville State beat Western Carolina 84-53 on Tuesday in the Cancun Challenge for its first victory of the season.
Gregory also had five steals as Jacksonville State set a Cancun Challenge record with 19 steals, topping VCU’s 14 against Vanderbilt in 2008.
Christian Cunningham added 11 points and De’Torrion Ware 10 for Jacksonville State (1-3). The Gamecocks were outrebounded 43-26, but made 52 percent of their shots and attempted 24 free throws.
Jacksonville State ended the first half on an 11-2 run for a 33-24 lead. JSU went on a 29-2 run over a seven-minute second-half stretch to take control with a 64-33 advantage.
Matt Halvorsen made five 3-pointers and scored 17 points for Western Carolina (1-4). Carlos Dotson had 14 points and 10 rebounds, but also turned it over nine times. The Catamounts shot 38 percent, went to the free-throw line just four times and had 36 turnovers.