Ohio St. 79, Kansas 78 Florida 115, Hawaii 83 Pittsburgh 114, Arkansas 82 Wisconsin 66, California 63
HONOLULU (AP) _ Senior guard Shelton Smith Jr. scored 17 points and connected on a pair of critical free throws with eight seconds to go as Wisconsin surprised California 66-63 Monday to gain the finals of the 23rd annual Rainbow Classic basketball tournament.
In the other semifinal game Monday, No. 17 Pittsburgh downed Arkansas 114-82. In the consolation bracket, Ohio State upset No. 12 Kansas 79-78 in overtime and Florida defeated host Hawaii, 115-83.
Reserve forward Tom Molaski had hit two free throws to put Wisconsin, 10-2, ahead 64-60 with 1:12 to play before California’s John Wheeler connected on a three-point play to cut the deficit 64-63 with 1:01 left.
Smith then hit his free throws, but California, 8-3, still had a chance to tie the game with a three-pointer. However, Bryant Walton’s three-point goal fell off the rim and Lenoard Taylor’s follow shot missed at the buzzer.
California led only once at 4-3 as the Badgers, using a patient half-court game, stayed three to seven points ahead most of the way until the last six minutes of play.
Walton led the comeback as he hit a pair of three-point goals to cut the margin to 54-51 with 6:01 left. Rod Ripley retaliated for Wisconsin to make it 56-51 before Kevin Johnson hit a three-pointer for California to narrow it to 56-54 with 4:54.
Johnson then tied it with a jump shot from the key to make it 56-56 before Ripley’s two foul shots put the Badgers ahead again at 58-56 at 3:27. Taylor tied it at 58-58 with two free throws before J.J. Weber’s hook shot gave Wisconsin the lead for good at 60-58 at 2:51.
Taylor, who finished the game with 17 points, had 13 in the first half as Ripley did a good defensive job on him after intermission. Walton led California with 18 points, including four three-point goals, while Johnson had 11 points. Webber had 13 and Ripley 10 for Wisconsin.
Guard Curtis Aiken scored 37 points as Pittsburgh used a blistering fast break to 3/8turn back Arkansas.
Pittsburgh, 7-2, took a 53-20 halftime lead and led by as many as 41 points several times in the second half.
Forward Jerome Lane had 22 points and center Charles Smith added 18 for Pitt. Demetreus Gore had 17 points and guard Mike Goodson had 10 assists to go with nine points for the Panthers.
The fast break was triggered by Lane, who had 18 rebounds, and Smith, who had 12, as the Panthers enjoyed a 48-33 margin on the boards.
They also shot 56.3 percent from the field to a 41.9 for the Razorbacks, who dropped to 7-4. Arkansas shot only 22 percent from the floor in the first half.
Arkansas was led by guard Ron Huery with 26 points, followed by Philip McKellar with 19 and Keith Wilson with 15.
Earlier, Ohio State’s Keith Wesson tipped in Curtis Wilson’s 32-foot shot at the buzzer, as the Buckeyes beat Kansas.
Keith Pritchard’s 18-foot jump shot had given Kansas a 78-77 lead with 11 seconds to go. Pritchard scored 21 points for the Jayhawks, who fell to 6-3.
Ohio State, 8-3, inbounded the ball, crossed the mid-court line and called time out with three seconds left. Jerry Francis then inbounded the ball to Wilson whose shot hung on the rim and was tipped in by Wesson before he fell to the floor.
The game was tied 72-72 after regulation play.
Ohio State had led most of the way. Paced by Dennis Hopson, who scored 28 points before he fouled out early in overtime, the Buckeyes built an 11-point lead on three occasions, only to see the Jayhawks come back to finally tie the game and 61-61 on a jumper by Pritchard with 8:12 to go.
Wilson wound up with 23 points.
Danny Manning, who scored 15 points, gave Kansas the lead at 63-61 before he fouled out a minute later. Cedric Hunter paced Kansas with 23 points.
Vernon Maxwell scored a career-high 34 points as Florida defeated Hawaii.
Maxwell scored 20 of his points in the first half as the Gators took a 55-35 halftime lead.
Leading 10-8, the Gators quickly put the game out of reach by outscorng Hawaii 24-6 to build a 34-14 lead with 10:35 to play in the half.
The Gators held their biggest lead at 69-32 with only 2:14 elapsed in the second half.
Maxwell scored seven of his team’s first 14 points in the second half.
Andrew Moten had 19 points for Florida, Pat Lawrence 11 and Melven Jones 10 for the Gators. Alan Andrus led Hawaii with 19 points, while Jerald Wrightsill and Jamie Weaver had 13 each for Hawaii.