Wake Forest beats Trojans in Atlantis
Wake Forest 77, Southern California 63
AP Basketball Writer
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Coron Williams scored 15 points and Wake Forest moved into the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis with a 77-63 win over Southern California on Friday.
Tyler Cavanaugh scored 11 and Madison Jones and Devin Thomas each had 10 for the Demon Deacons (6-1), who will meet Tennessee on Saturday to end their three-game run in the Bahamas.
Thomas added eight rebounds for Wake Forest, which got 35 points from reserves.
USC (4-3) was led by Byron Wesley's 12 points. Roschon Prince and Pe'Shon Howard each added 10 for the Trojans, who face Xavier for seventh place in the tournament on Saturday afternoon.
USC missed 20 of its 25 tries from 3-point range.
Clemson 69, Coastal Carolina 40
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — K.J. McDaniels scored 22 points and added seven rebounds as Clemson continued its hot start and got some much-needed revenge against Coastal Carolina in a 69-40 win Friday.
The Tigers (6-1) scored the game's first 13 points. The Chanticleers (2-5) missed their first 11 shots from the field before Josh Cameron's short jumper with 10:35 left in the half.
Clemson held a 33-21 halftime lead following a mostly dominant first half.
Coastal closed to within 35-25 with 15:32 left, but Clemson sealed the game with an 11-2 run ignited by a McDaniels jumper and a McDaniels steal and feed to Rod Hall for a dunk. Devin Coleman added 14 points.
Coastal Carolina (2-5) had beaten the Tigers in each of the last two seasons, taking a 60-59 buzzer-beating win on the road in 2011 and whipping Clemson 69-46 a year ago at home.
Elijah Wilson led Coastal with 16 points.
No. 1 Michigan St. 98, Mount St. Mary's 65
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Keith Appling came off the bench to score 17 points and Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice added 15 apiece Friday to power Michigan State to a 98-65 victory over Mount St. Mary's Friday afternoon.
The last time the Spartans (7-0) lost at home in November was to a David Robinson-led Navy team on Nov. 29, 1986. Michigan St. has won 74 straight games against unranked non-conference opponents at home.
Michigan St. - which is off to its best start since opening the 2000-01 season with a 12-0 mark - did not start Appling, Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson due to "classroom attendance issues."
The Spartans also did not play leading-scorer Gary Harris to rest his ankle that he injured Saturday against Oklahoma in the finals of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Harris, who averaged 17.7 points, sat on the bench in his warm-ups and is expected to play Wednesday against No. 16 North Carolina.
Will Miller scored 15 points for the Mountaineers (2-6) who were facing the No. 1 team for only the second time in school history.
No. 5 Oklahoma St. 69, Butler 67
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Marcus Smart scored 17 points as No. 5 Oklahoma State survived a major scare in a 69-67 win over Butler in an Old Spice Classic semifinal on Friday.
Oklahoma St. (7-0) again came out flat to start a second half, one day after the Cowboys saw a 23-point halftime lead dwindle to four with three minutes to play before beating Purdue 97-87.
With the Cowboys holding a 68-67 lead in the final minute, Smart missed three free throws.
Butler's Khyle Marshall was fouled with 8.4 seconds remaining, but missed both free throws.
Le'Bryan Nash made it 69-67 by hitting 1 of 2 from the line before Butler's Elijah Brown had his last-second three-point shot blocked.
Nash added 15 points for the Cowboys, who will face the winner of the other semifinal between No. 21 Memphis and LSU in Sunday night's championship game.
Butler (5-1) got 15 points from Brown. Kellen Dunham, who set a tourney record with 32 points in Thursday's 76-69 victory over Washington St., finished with nine, while Marshall, coming off a 30-point performance Thursday, had eight.
Nash had 10 points, helping the Cowboys take a 44-30 halftime advantage.
This was the first meeting between the teams since Butler beat Oklahoma St. 49-26 on Feb. 12, 1934.
No. 7 Ohio St. 99, North Florida 64
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — LaQuinton Ross broke out of a frigid shooting spell by scoring 17 points Friday night and No. 7 Ohio St. rode a 19-point first-half run to a 99-64 victory over North Florida.
Amir Williams and Amedeo Della each hit career highs for the Buckeyes (6-0), with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Aaron Craft added 16 points, making his first 3-pointer of the season, while Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 10.
Beau Beech and Dallas Moore each had 14 points and Charles McRoy 11 for North Florida (4-4), which fell to 0-16 against ranked teams.
Ross hit 6 of 9 shots from the field and 4 of 7 3-pointers after struggling all year to find his shot.
No. 9 Louisville 69, Southern Mississippi 38
GARY B. GRAVES
AP Sports Writer
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Chris Jones came off the bench to score 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and No. 9 Louisville bounced back from its first loss to roll past Southern Mississippi Friday night.
Five days after a lackluster effort in a 93-84 loss to North Carolina, the Cardinals (6-1) got a better effort on both ends with the help of two new starters. Freshman point guard Terry Rozier got things going offensively by making his first three-pointer en route to nine points, while redshirt freshman center Mangok Mathiang had seven rebounds and three blocks.
Jones made 4 of 7 from long range and 5 of 10 overall. Louisville shot 23 of 55 (42 percent) and matched a season high with 12 3-pointers.
The Cardinals' trademark pressure defense forced 22 turnovers and stifled the Golden Eagles (6-1) at the start of both halves, holding them scoreless for nearly 12 combined minutes.
No. 14 Oregon 85, Pacific 62
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Mike Moser scored 19 points and No. 14 Oregon beat Pacific 85-62 Friday.
Johnathan Loyd had 13 assists, tied with four others for the second-most ever by an Oregon player.
The 14th-ranked Ducks (5-0) scored 20 straight points after halftime to break open a close game. Pacific (4-1) led 36-29 after the break, but then went nearly seven minutes without scoring.
T.J. Wallace and Trevin Harris had 14 points each for the Tigers.
No. 21 Memphis 76, LSU 69
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Austin Nichols scored 19 points, Chris Crawford had 17 and No. 21 Memphis beat LSU 76-69 Friday night in a semifinal at the Old Spice Classic.
Joe Jackson added 16 points for Memphis (4-1), which will play No. 5 Oklahoma St. in Sunday night's championship game.
Memphis' only loss this season came to Oklahoma St., which won handily 101-80 on Nov. 19.
Anthony Hickey scored 20 points for LSU (4-2).
A pair of baskets by Jackson gave Memphis a 68-64 advantage with 3 minutes remaining. After Shavon Coleman made two free throws for LSU, Nichols connected on a jumper and Jackson converted two free throws that made it 72-66 with just under a minute remaining.
No. 22 Michigan 87, Coppin St. 45
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Playing without leading scorer Nik Stauskas, No. 22 Michigan found plenty of offensive firepower to rout Coppin State 87-45 Friday.
Freshman Zak Irvin matched his career-high of 10 points by halftime, when Michigan led 42-23, and brought the Crisler Center crowd to its feet by connecting on three consecutive 3-point baskets for a 63-31 lead with 13:24 left to play.
The freshman finished with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
No. 23 Iowa 89, UTEP 53
AP Basketball Writer
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Aaron White scored 17 points, Zach McCabe added 14 and No. 23 Iowa rolled into the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, easily beating Texas-El Paso 89-53 on Friday night.
Peter Jok scored 14 and Melsahn Basabe finished with 10 for the Hawkeyes (7-0), who have already won five times this season by at least 31 points. Iowa will meet either Kansas or Villanova for the tournament title on Saturday.
After needing overtime to beat Xavier in the quarterfinals, Iowa took care of this one early. A 13-0 run in the opening minutes put the Hawkeyes in control, and Iowa's first 20-point lead came a mere 14 minutes into the contest.
Julian Washburn scored 13 for UTEP (4-3), which will play in the third-place game Saturday.
No. 25 Marquette 76, George Washington 60
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Davante Gardner scored 20 points and had nine rebounds to lead No. 25 Marquette to a 76-60 victory over George Washington on Friday in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy.
Marquette (5-2) used a 12-2 run early in the first half to build a double-digit lead, and never trailed.
Gardner had 14 of his game-high 20 points, when the Golden Eagles built a 21-point halftime lead. Jake Thomas added 13 points for the Marquette.
The Colonials (5-1) were led by Kethan Savage and Maurice Creek, who scored 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Virginia Tech 81, Radford 56
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Adam Smith scored 28 points to carry Virginia Tech past Radford 81-56 on Friday.
Smith's 28 points were his career high as a Virginia Tech player. He scored 32 in a game while at UNC Wilmington before transferring to Virginia Tech before last season.
Smith made 9 of 18 from the floor against Radford, including two 3-pointers, and shot 8 of 10 from the free-throw line.
The Hokies (5-3) also got 13 points from Jarell Eddie, who has scored in double figures in all eight games this season. C.J. Barksdale added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Virginia Tech used an 18-0 first-half run to break open the game and led by as many as 22 points in the first half. Smith scored 17 in the first 20 minutes.
Radford (4-2), which saw its four-game winning streak snapped, got 15 points from Javonte Green.
Mississippi 77, Georgia Tech 67
NEW YORK (AP) — Derrick Millinghaus had 16 points to lead Mississippi to a victory over Georgia Tech on the first day of the Barclays Center Classic Friday afternoon.
Marshall Henderson and Demarco Cox each added 15 for Mississippi, which improved to 5-0 this season. Cox also grabbed 13 rebounds.
The Rebels will play the winner of the Penn St. and St. John's game in the tourney's championship game Saturday afternoon.
Ole Miss took control with an 18-7 run spanning 6:08 in the first half. Henderson started the run with consecutive three pointers, and he later added a third made three.
Solomon Poole led Georgia Tech (5-2) with 24 points. Robert Carter Jr. had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Trae Golden and Marcus Georges-Hunt chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Mississippi's lead grew to as much as 21 points in the second half.
Georgia 71, Appalachian St. 53
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines each scored 14 points and Nemanja Djurisic added 10 points to help Georgia (2-4) snap a four-game losing streak with a 71-53 victory over Appalachian State on Friday.
Tevin Baskin finished with 20 points and Tab Hamilton scored all 11 of his points in the first half for the Mountaineers (1-5).
After Mann's free throw made it 53-43 with 8:20 remaining, Georgia held a double-digit lead for the rest of the game.
The Bulldogs used a considerable size advantage to outscore Appalachian St. 40-14 in the paint.
N.C. A&T 85, Longwood 78
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. (AP) — Lamont Middleton scored a career best 33 points as North Carolina A&T ended a four-game losing streak by defeating Longwood 85-78 on Friday .
Middleton hit five 3-pointers, also a career high, and went 16-20 from the line in the Barclay's Center Classic. Richaud Pack added 22 points for the Aggies (2-4) and Jeremy Underwood 11.
The Lancers placed four in double figures, led by Tristan Carey's 20, Lucas Woodhouse with a season-high 19, Karl Zeigler with a season-high 17 and Darrion Allen with 10.
Middleton hit a pair of free throws at the end of a tightly contested first half to tie at 35. Middleton scored 11 of his 17 second-half points in a 36-18 run that had the Aggies leading by as many as 18.
Maryland 89, Morgan St. 62
AP Sports Writer
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Jake Layman scored a career-high 27 points and Evan Smotrycz had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Maryland beat crosstown foe Morgan State 89-62 Friday night.
After capturing the Paradise Jam title in the Virgin Islands, the Terrapins (5-2) rolled to their fourth straight victory. Maryland shot 62 percent from the floor and converted 13 of 20 attempts from beyond the arc.
Layman led the way, making nine of 12 shots and going 7 for 10 from 3-point range.
Ian Chiles scored 17 for the Bears (1-7).
Layman opened the second half with a dunk and added a jumper from beyond the arc for a 50-32 lead. Minutes later, he tossed a perfect alley-oop pass to Dez Wells, whose dunk put the Terrapins up by 21 with 16 minutes left.
It was Maryland's sixth win in seven games against Morgan State. The last time the teams played, in 2009, the Bears pulled off a 66-65 upset.
Miami 48, Cal State Fullerton 46
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — James Kelly scored 10 points, including his teams' final three points, as Miami held on 48-46 over Cal State Fullerton on Friday.
Kelly's basket with 2:47 left put Miami up 47-42. Steve McClellan's basket pulled Cal State Fullerton within two points with 21 seconds left. Miami missed two free throws in the final 20 seconds but the Titans couldn't capitalize.
Davon Reed and Rion Brown finished with nine points apiece for Miami (3-3), but were a combined 8 of 22 from the field. The Hurricanes made 42.9 percent of their shots and held the Titans to 35.4 percent.
Michael Williams scored 15 points, on 6-of-16 shooting, for CSF (2-4). Sheldon Blackwell added 13 points and six assists.
Gardner-Webb 86, Morehead St. 82
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Josh Castellanos scored 11 points, all with less than 2:02 in overtime, and all at the free throw line, as Gardner-Webb defeated Morehead State 86-82 Friday in the Las Vegas Invitational.
Naji Hibbert led Gardner-Webb (4-4) with 23 points and Isaiah Ivey chipped in 17. Angelo Warner led Morehead State (6-3) with 22 points.
Castellanos, a transfer graduate student, went 11 of 12 from the line, including the Bulldogs' last three points to ice it.
Morehead St. held a 13-point halftime lead, but Gardner-Webb rallied with a 49-point second half. Ivey hit a 3-pointer with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to force the extra session.