No. 1 Spartans rout Va. Tech, 96-77
NEW YORK (AP) — Adreian Payne had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds, Keith Appling added 13 points and seven assists, and top-ranked Michigan State beat Virginia Tech 96-77 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Gary Harris scored 19 despite shooting 2 for 12 on 3-pointers, and Branden Dawson had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans.
Michigan State (5-0) will play Oklahoma in the final Saturday night. The Sooners rallied to beat Seton Hall 86-85 in the first semifinal.
Hokies senior Jarrell Eddie had 23 points — 17 in the first half. Adam Smith scored 27 as Virginia Tech (3-2) fell to 4-8 against teams ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll.
No. 2 KANSAS 88, TOWSON 58
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points, Andrew White III added 13 and Kansas raced past Towson to open the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Wayne Selden finished with 12 points and Perry Ellis had 10 for the Jayhawks (4-0), who built a 49-16 lead by halftime and never looked back. They'll head to the Bahamas next week to continue the tournament against Wake Forest on Thanksgiving Day.
Jerrelle Benimon had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead Towson (3-2), which knocked off Temple earlier in the season. Rafriel Guthrie scored 15 off the bench.
No. 10 VCU 73, LONG BEACH STATE 67
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Rob Brandenberg scored 19 points to help No. 10 Virginia Commonwealth beat Long Beach State in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Rams (4-1) trailed by eight early in the second half before reeling off a 13-0 run. Juvonte Reddic had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Briante Weber scored 15 for VCU.
Branford Jones led Long Beach State (1-5) with 19 points, and Mike Caffey added 15 in their fifth straight loss.
No. 14 MICHIGAN 82, FLORIDA STATE 80
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, including seven in overtime, as No. 14 Michigan erased a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Florida State in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Derrick Walton Jr. added 15 points for the Wolverines (4-1) and Mitch McGary had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his third game back from a back injury
FSU (4-1) had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, but a midcourt heave by Aaron Thomas bounced off the backboard. Ian Miller led the Seminoles with 19 points.
No. 18 CONNECTICUT 59, INDIANA 58
Shabazz Napier scored 27 points, including 11 over the final 7 minutes, to lead No. 18 Connecticut over Indiana in the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
Napier's driving basket with 1:34 left to play turned out to be the final points of the game as the Huskies (6-0) held on.
Indiana (5-1) turned the ball over twice and Yogi Ferrell missed a jumper in that span. Napier missed a 3-pointer and was called for an offensive foul in the hectic finish that had the crowd at Madison Square Garden standing for the final 90 seconds.
Ferrell missed a jumper with 10 seconds. Indiana inbounded with .7 seconds left, but Noah Vonleh's jumper was late.
MASSACHUSETTS 81, No. 19 NEW MEXICO 65
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Chaz Williams scored 19 points, Raphiael Putney had 18 and Cady Lalanne added 16 points and 14 rebounds as Massachusetts ran past tired No. 19 New Mexico to reach the Charleston Classic championship.
The Minutemen improved to 5-0 for the second time in four years.
New Mexico was playing a day after a double-overtime victory against UAB and wore down as the game went on. Alex Kirk scored a career-high 32 for the Lobos (3-1), who missed their final eight shots.
No. 22 UCLA 81, MOREHEAD STATE 70
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Adams scored a career-high 30 points, Kyle Anderson had a triple-double and UCLA pulled away from pesky Morehead State in the second half.
Anderson finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the school's first triple-double since Toby Bailey had one in 1995, when UCLA won the last of its record 11 national championships.
Freshman Zach LaVine added 12 points for the Bruins (4-0) in a regional game of the Las Vegas Invitational. They play Chattanooga on Sunday before heading to Sin City for their final two tournament games over Thanksgiving weekend.
Chad Posthumus had a career-high 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Eagles (4-2) in their first meeting with UCLA. Brent Arrington added 17 points, including five 3-pointers.