Florida St. rolls past No. 10 Rams
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ian Miller scored 22 points and Devon Bookert added 18 to help Florida State cruise past No. 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. Montay Brandon added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Treveon Graham had 14 points to lead the Rams (3-1), denied their first 4-0 start since the 1993-94 season.
Florida St. lost in overtime to VCU in the Sweet 16 of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. There would be no repeat this time as the Seminoles took control late in the first half and then used an 11-0 spurt to open the second half.
No. 12 Wisconsin 88, Bowling Green 64
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ben Brust scored 19 points to lead six Wisconsin players in double figures against Bowling Green.
Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker added 14 apiece for Wisconsin (5-0). Traevon Jackson had 13, Josh Gasser 11 and Bronson Koenig 10.
Spencer Parker led Bowling Green (1-2) with 17 points, and Jehvon Clarke added 15.
Wisconsin took control a little more than midway through the first half. With the Badgers up 23-22, Dekker started a 16-4 run by converting a three-point play and then Wisconsin began to hit from outside. Jackson, Brust and Duje Dukan each made a 3-pointer during the spurt. Wisconsin went into the break up 44-28.
No. 13 Gonzaga 90, Washington St. 74
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Kevin Pangos had 27 points and Drew Barham added 17 to lead Gonzaga past Washington St.
Pangos shot 8 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, as Gonzaga (4-0) scored at least 90 points for the third time this season.
Freshman guard Ike Iroegbu had 20 points to lead cold-shooting Washington St. (2-1).
No. 16 Florida 79, Middle Tennessee 59
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Patric Young scored 16 points, one of six Florida players in double figures against Middle Tennessee.
The Gators won their 19th consecutive game at home, this one thanks to a dominant start to the second half.
Florida (4-1) came out of the locker room and outscored the Blue Raiders 18-6 over the first 5½ minutes. DeVon Walker got the run started with a 3-pointer, and then the Gators went inside. Young had a dunk, and Jacob Kurtz and Dorian Finney-Smith followed with three-point plays. .
Florida used the spurt to turn a single-digit lead into a 20-point game, and coach Billy Donovan's team coasted from there.
Neiko Hunter led Middle Tennessee (4-1) with 14 points.
No. 18 Connecticut 72, Boston College 70
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Boatwright made two big free throws with 7.9 seconds to play and blocked a 3-point attempt at the buzzer as Connecticut held off Boston College in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
DeAndre Daniels had 23 points to lead the Huskies (5-0), who play Indiana for the title on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Shabazz Napier had 20 points for Connecticut, which led most of the way.
Ryan Anderson scored 22 points and Olivier Hanlan added 19 for Boston College (1-4).
No. 25 Marquette 58, New Hampshire 53
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Otule and Todd Mayo each scored 16 points to help Marquette withstand a scare from New Hampshire.
Jamil Wilson added nine points, three steals and two blocks for the Golden Eagles (3-1), who shot just 32.7 percent (17 of 52) from the floor — including 13.6 percent (3 for 22) from 3-point range.
Patrick Konan had 14 points and 10 rebounds for New Hampshire (2-2). Chris Pelcher, the reigning America East player of the week, managed only six points and fouled out with 9:41 left.
It was the first game for Marquette since shooting 18.9 percent Saturday in a 52-35 loss to Ohio State that snapped the Golden Eagles' home winning streak at 27 games — the longest active streak in the country at the time.
Central Florida 63, Miami (Fla.) 58
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Calvin Newell scored 19 points to lead Central Florida to a 63-58 win over Miami on Thursday night.
Kasey Wilson converted one of two free throws with 36 seconds left for a 61-58 lead and gave the Knights additional cushion with a fast break dunk with 22 seconds left. Wilson finished with 16 points for the Knights (3-1).
Miami (3-2) had a chance to tie it with 39 seconds remaining but Donnavan Kirk missed two free throw attempts.
The Hurricanes rallied from an 11-point deficit early in the second half as they outscored the Knights, 16-6, during a 5:29 stretch.
Davon Reed scored 17 points and Brown finished with 11 points for the Hurricanes.
Clemson 72, Temple 58
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — K.J. McDaniels had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks to help Clemson overcome a 12-point deficit and defeat Temple 72-58 to finish the opening round of the Charleston Classic on Thursday night.
Rod Hall had 13 points, including two three-point plays, to help the Tigers (4-0) build a 62-55 lead with 3:53 to go. Sophomore center Landry Nnoko had career highs with 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Clemson will next meet Davidson on Friday with the winner ending up in Sunday night's championship. Temple (1-3) will take on Georgia, which lost to the Wildcats earlier Thursday.
Will Cummings led Temple with 20 points and Quenton DeCosey had 15, just three of those in the second half as Clemson took control with a 16-5 run to lead 67-56 in the final three minutes.
The Owls led 32-20 in the opening half, but Clemson closed the period with an 11-2 run.
The eight-team tournament is held at College of Charleston's TD Arena and while the Cougars weren't competing, Clemson fans from the area filled the place and made it sound like Littlejohn Coliseum east.
Kent St. 72, W Carolina 59
KENT, Ohio (AP) — Mark Henniger scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Kent State to a victory over Western Carolina in a Coaches vs. Cancer Classic matchup in Kent, Ohio Thursday night.
After Brandon Boggs hit a jumper to pull Western Carolina (3-3) within four, 40-36, the Golden Flashes went on a 16-4 run capped by Darren Goodson's layup with 7:33 to play.
Western Carolina opened up an 18-7 lead with 7:55 left in the first half but Kent St. (4-1) scored 14 of the next 16, taking a 25-20 lead and never trailed again. The Golden Flashes led by as much as 19 in the second half.
Tawaski King led WCU with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Western Kentucky 73, UNC-Wilmington 58
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — George Fant scored a game-high 16 points, including 12 straight in the second half to lead Western Kentucky to a 73-58 victory Thursday over North Carolina-Wilmington.
Western Kentucky (2-1) used a 14-2 run to take a 21-8 lead in the first half. The Hilltoppers held North Carolina-Wilmington to just 1 of 12 from the floor during the run.
Cedrick Williams scored 13 points and Addison Spruill added 11 to lead UNCW (3-3).