Friday’s Shootaround


Coaches vs. Cancer Classic:

No. 16 Arizona 81, St. John’s 72: See here.

Mississippi State 69, No. 18 Texas A&M: See here.

Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament

Purdue 91, Iona 90: In one of the most entertaining games I’ve watched in a long time, Purdue got 24 points and nine boards out of Robbie Hummel, which included a three-pointer from the top of the key with 20 seconds left to give the Boilermakers the lead. Purdue had gotten behind by two when Momo Jones hit a pull-up jumper in transition. Lewis Jackson, Ryne Smith and Kelsey Barlow combined for 46 points. Jones had 17 points, five boards and five assists while Scott Machado added 14 points and 11 assists. Mike Glover and Taaj Ridley combined for 29 points and 24 boards.

There are two ways to look at this final score — Purdue is not that good and Iona is much better than we thought. Frankly, I think both are true. The Gaels have a lot of talent on their roster. They have two dynamic guards, a couple of big men that can compete with high-major competition and a sharp-shooter in Jermel Jenkins. Purdue showed themselves to have some competent scorers as well, but what neither team showed a glimmer of yesterday was defense. Neither program will go far this season unless they can start getting some stops.

No. 15 Alabama 62, Maryland 42: Alabama looked terrific against Maryland, as the Terps had no chance against the Crimson Tide’s talented front line and couldn’t find any rhythm offensively. Tony Mitchell played like a superstar. We know about his athleticism and his ability to get on the glass, but Mitchell’s jumper looks much improved. He finished with 17 points and 11 boards, confidently knocking down three three-pointers.

Temple 69, Western Michigan 55: The Owls jumped out to a 69-55 lead over Western Michigan and threw it into cruise control. Ramone Moore led the way with 15 points, five boards and four assists, but it was the 12 points, 15 boards and three blocks that Michael Eric provided that was the most important. Can Eric consistently provide that kind of interior presence? If he can, the Owls are going to be a dangerous team this season.

Wichita State 67, Colorado 58: The Shockers got 17 points from both Toure’ Murry and Ben Smith and 14 points and 11 boards from Garrett Stutz as they took the lead with eight minutes left in the half and never gave it back up. Colorado was never closer than four points during the second half.

Charleston Classic:

Northwestern 88, LSU 82: Down by as many as 15 points in the first half, Northwestern put on an offensive display in the second half, scoring 56 points and turning a 41-32 deficit at the break into a 76-67 lead. LSU got the lead back down to one at 83-82, but David Sobolewski drilled a three with about 30 seconds left to clinch the win. John Shurna led the way for the Wildcats, scoring 21 of his 37 points in the second half.

Tulsa 65, Western Kentucky 49: Tulsa used a 23-5 run late in the first half to gain control of the game, and pushed their lead as big as 23 points in the second half. Kodi Maduka looked like a potential star for Doug Wojcik’s team, going for 16 points, seven boards and seven blocks.

St. Joseph’s 66, Georgia Tech 53: St. Joe’s was supposed to be improved this season, but they are still a team that looks to be destined for the bottom half of the A-10. And the Hawks smacked around Georgia Tech on Thursday afternoon, using a 23-9 midway through the second half to take control. Carl Jones had 21 points and Langston Galloway added 15 points.

Seton Hall 69, VCU 54: Herb Pope had 20 points and 13 boards while Jordan Theodore added 20 as well as the Pirates held VCU to 19% shooting and just six field goals in the first half. VCU got 11 points from Brad Burgess, but its become clear that this team has a long way to go if they hope to duplicate even the regular season success they had last season.

Minnesota 67, Fairfield 57: Fairfield forced Minnesota into 23 turnovers and kept the Gophers in check offensively for much of the game, but the Stags simply had no answer for Trevor Mbakwe inside. The big man finished with 20 points and 10 boards, going 16-18 from the foul line, as the Gophers have now knocked off a couple of talent low-major programs. Derek Needham had just seven points on 2-9 shooting and six turnovers.

San Diego State 56, USC 54: Wild finish this one. Maurice Jones banked in a game-tying three for USC with six seconds left on the clock, but Xavier Thames answered with a bucket with 1.8 seconds left to give the Aztecs the win.

The rest of the top 25:

No. 4 UConn 80, Maine 60: It took a while for UConn to take up, as the Huskies led by just five at the break, but they did eventually, putting a devastating run on the Black Bears to open the second half. Alex Oriakhi, Andre Drummond and Tyler Olander combined to go for 38 points and 32 rebounds.

No. 8 Florida 91, North Florida 55: Kenny Boynton had 20 points and Erving Walker added 17 points and five assists as the Gators rolled.

No. 17 Michigan 59, Western Illinois 55: Tim Hardaway had 16 points and Trey Burke added 14, but the Wolverines were never able to pull away from WIU.

No. 25 Missouri 83, Niagara 52: Marcus Denmon led five players in double figures with 22 points, while Kim English chipped in with 14 points and seven boards, as the Tigers hit 12 three pointers to roll to the win.

Other notable scores:

– West Virginia 97, Alcorn State 62
– Penn 78, Rider 72 OT
– Rutgers 91, Sacred Heart 75
– Iowa 88, Northern Illinois 55
– Illinois 79, Lipscomb 64
– UNLV 95, Canisius 70
– Oregon 73, Eastern Washington 65
– Nevada 78, Pacific 54
– Washington State 79, Sacramento State 68

Top Performers:

John Shurna, Northwestern: Shurna had 37 points and seven boards as the Wildcats earned a come from behind win over LSU in the Charleston Classic.

Kevin Jones, West Virginia: Jones finished with 29 points and 13 boards, 10 of which came on the offensive end of the floor.

Shamir Davis, Northwestern State: Davis scored 27 points to lead Northwestern State to a seven point win over Alabama State.

Tamir Jackson, Rice: Jackson went for 29 points and four assists as the Owls knocked off Southern.

Will Cherry, Montana: Cherry finished with 24 points, 11 boards and four assists as the Grizzlies knocked off Idaho 57-52.

Brock Motum, Washington State: Has there been a more surprising player this season than Brock Motum? He finished with 23 points and eight boards in a comeback win over Sacramento State. He is averaging 20.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg.

Michael Cartwright, Penn: Cartwright had 27 points as the Quakers outgunned Rider, winning 78-72 in overtime.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.

Edey scores 21 as No. 24 Purdue beats No. 8 Duke 75-56

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Zach Edey and No. 24 Purdue shook off a slow start. When No. 8 Duke tried to rally in the second half, the Boilermakers finished strong.

Edey had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Purdue beat Duke 75-56 on Sunday in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy men’s tournament.

Fletcher Loyer scored 18 points for Purdue (6-0), and reserve Caleb Furst finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I feel like we weren’t getting the looks we wanted early. As we settled into the game, we kept our poise and kept getting the shots that we wanted,” Edey said. “They were making some tough twos at the beginning of the game, shots we’re OK with all season.”

The 7-foot-4 Edey was 7 for 13 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line. He was named tournament MVP.

“They have the most unique player in the country,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said of Edey. “He’s a hard guy to prepare for because there’s nobody else like him.”

Duke (6-2) shot 36.2% (21 for 58) from the field. Tyres Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 14.

Ethan Morton had a steal and a dunk to help Purdue open a 58-41 lead with 15:37 left in the second half.

Duke countered with an 8-0 run, capped by two foul shots by Dariq Whitehead. But Furst made a layup and a jumper to help hold off the Blue Devils.

A hook by Edey and a 3-pointer by Loyer made it 68-56 with 5:03 remaining.

Duke got off to a 14-7 start before Purdue worked its way back into the game.

“I don’t feel like we came out bad today, but they matched our energy,” Edey said.

A 3-pointer by Brandon Newman pushed the Purdue lead to 46-28. A late run by Duke cut the Boilermakers’ lead to 46-35 at halftime.


Duke: It looked as if Roach had an issue with his left foot at one point, but he went back into the game. Scheyer said Roach had hurt his toe.

Purdue: Although neither team had great offensive games, Purdue was the better team from range. Purdue made seven 3-pointers to just two for Duke.


Duke: Hosts Ohio State on Wednesday.

Purdue: Visits Florida State on Wednesday.

No. 18 Alabama beats No. 1 North Carolina 103-101 in 4 OTs

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Mark Sears had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists, and No. 18 Alabama sent top-ranked North Carolina to a second straight loss with a 103-101 victory in a quadruple-overtime thriller on Sunday in the third-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.

Jahvon Quinerly added 21 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide (6-1), who knocked off the top-ranked team for the first time since upsetting Stanford in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

“I was losing track of how many overtimes we were in there at the end,” Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said. “A lot of credit to our guys. I thought they showed a lot of character when we could have folded.”

Charles Bediako had 14 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, while Brandon Miller also scored 14 points.

Caleb Love led the Tar Heels (5-2) with 34 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Armando Bacot contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds in the second four-overtime game in North Carolina history. The other was a victory over Tulane in 1976.

“At the end of the day, Alabama made one more play than we did,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis said. “I walked in the locker room and a number of the guys had their head down and I told them to pick their head up. I’m just as disappointed (as the players) in terms of the final outcome, but I couldn’t be any more proud about the way they competed.”

Bediako gave the Crimson Tide the lead for good on a layup with 26 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime.

The Tar Heels, who lost to Iowa State in the semifinals, led by as much as eight in the second half before Alabama came back to tie it. The Crimson Tide retook the lead on a pair of free throws from Gurley with 2 minutes remaining, and later tied with another free throw from Sears with 51 seconds remaining in regulation.

Alabama starting forward Noah Clowney took a hard fall on a dunk attempt four minutes into the first half and had to be helped off the court. He did not return.

The Crimson Tide were 16 for 38 (42.1%) from 3-point range, with Sears making seven.


North Carolina: The Tar Heels figure to take a deep drop in the Top 25 poll.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide bounced back nicely following their loss to No. 20 UConn in the semifinals, beating a top-ranked team in the regular season for the first time since a 66-64 victory over eventual national champion Arkansas on Jan. 8, 1994.


North Carolina: The Tar Heels travel to Bloomington to face No. 11 Indiana on Wednesday.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide return home to face South Dakota State on Saturday.

Clingan lifts UConn past Iowa State for Phil Knight title

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Donovan Clingan had 15 points and 10 rebounds to power No. 20 UConn to a 71-53 win over Iowa State in the championship game of the Phil Knight Invitational on Sunday night.

Tristen Newton scored 13 points for the Huskies (8-0), who went 20 for 25 at the free-throw line. Alex Karaban and Andre Jackson, Jr. each had 10 points.

Osun Osunniyi led Iowa State (5-1) with 14 points. Tamin Lipsey had 12 points and Jaren Holmes finished with 11.

“They were the more aggressive team,” Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “We wanted a physical game. We didn’t want a physical game with them getting the rebounds and then also us putting them on the foul line. Lesson that we’ve got to learn is we need to embrace being the aggressor at both ends of the floor at all times.”

The Huskies had more offensive rebounds (20) than the Cyclones had total rebounds (19), and capitalized on that disparity with 20 second-chance points.

“Those guys are tough,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said. “T.J.`s an excellent coach. They grind people up. To outrebound them, it just speaks to how tough we were.”

Clingan, who was named tournament MVP, scored eight points to help UConn to a 38-28 lead at the break.

Iowa State closed to 53-48 on Holmes’ 3-pointer midway through the second half. But Karaban made a 3 and a dunk, and Newton’s jumper made it 60-48 with 7:13 remaining.


UConn: The Huskies couldn’t have asked for a better showing in Portland, winning all three of their games.

Iowa State: The Cyclones picked up nice wins over Villanova and top-ranked North Carolina in the earlier rounds but ended with their first loss of the season.


UConn: The Huskies return home to face Oklahoma State on Thursday.

Iowa State: The Cyclones return home to face North Dakota on Tuesday.

No. 3 UConn rallies past No. 9 Iowa to win Phil Knight title

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Azzi Fudd scored 24 points to rally No. 3 UConn past No. 9 Iowa 86-79 Sunday in the championship game of the first Phil Knight Legacy women’s tournament.

“It really was difficult to play against these guys,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. “I don’t think we felt really good about ourselves at halftime. I thought we came out in the third quarter and really took control of the game.”

Fudd had plenty of help, with Aaliyah Edwards (20 points, 13 rebounds) and three other Huskies (5-0) scoring in double-figures. Edwards was named MVP of the tournament.

Iowa (5-2) star Caitlin Clark had 25 points, and Kate Martin added 20.

Edwards got UConn off to a strong start, scoring 10 points while the Huskies built a 20-14 edge.

Clark and the Hawkeyes then surged with a 13-2 run to begin the second quarter and led 41-35 at halftime. Clark scored 17 points in the first half.

Martin hit a 3-pointer in the third quarter for a 52-41 lead, but UConn countered with 11 straight points and led 61-57 entering the fourth.

Iowa opened the final quarter with nine straight points for a 66-61 lead, but the Huskies countered and pulled away in the middle of the period, leading 79-70 after Carolina Ducharme’s 3-pointer with 3:42 left.

“Azzi Fudd really came to life in that third quarter,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “I was really pleased with our first half. If it wasn’t for that third quarter, but yes, we play four. And we missed some shots in the fourth quarter that we usually make.”


Iowa: Iowa dominated the battle of the 3-point line for much of the game. The Hawkeyes made 13 3-pointers to only eight for UConn.

UConn: Sunday was a tale of two halves for Fudd. Fudd started the game 1 for 8 from the field but was red-hot in the second half, going 9 for 11.


Iowa: The Hawkeyes will host N.C. State on Thursday.

UConn: The Huskies will host Providence on Friday.

No. 22 Tennessee beats No. 3 Kansas 64-50 for Atlantis title

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Tennessee’s players proved to be determined defenders and relentless rebounders, along with having the kind of toughness to ensure the reigning national champions would have little chance to get comfortable.

It was all enough to give the 22nd-ranked Volunteers a title of their own, along with the blueprint that coach Rick Barnes hopes they follow the rest of the year.

Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points while Tennessee locked down on third-ranked Kansas in a 64-50 win Friday night in the championship game at the Battle 4 Atlantis, snapping the Jayhawks’ 17-game winning streak.

Vescovi hit five 3-pointers as the tournament’s most valuable player for the Volunteers (5-1), who dominated the glass, overcame their own turnover troubles and made the Jayhawks work for clean looks. And for the third time in as many days, Tennessee won without leading scorer Josiah-Jordan James (knee soreness).

Perhaps that’s why reserve guard Zakai Zeigler, who had 14 points and four steals, showed up wearing sunglasses to the postgame news conference after the Volunteers had danced and hollered through the on-court trophy ceremony.

“We know if you can’t stop the man in front of you, then you’ll have no shot at winning the game,” Zeigler said, adding: “We just like to play defense, and we just happen to be good at it.”

The Vols held the Jayhawks to 32.1% shooting, bothering them with size and length around the rim. They also took the ball right at the Jayhawks with 5-foot-9 Zeigler leading the way, down to him refusing to let go of a jump ball and trading words with 6-8 forward Jalen Wilson.

Zeigler’s night included a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock at the 7-minute mark to push Tennessee’s lead to 56-38. He followed with another big one from the right wing with 4:42 left after Kansas had closed within 11.

Wilson and Joseph Yesefu each scored 14 points to lead the Jayhawks (6-1), who shot 28.6% in the first half and never warmed up. They made 5 of 21 3-pointers in what was an all-around rough night, from losing starting guard Dajuan Harris to fouls with 9 minutes left to failing to keep the Vols off the glass (45-27).

“We played a team tonight that was older and more mature and obviously played stronger and tougher,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We didn’t handle the situation near as well as what I would hope a poised team would.”


Tennessee: The Volunteers opened the tournament with a win over Butler, then grinded through an overtime win against Southern California in Thursday’s semifinals. This time, Tennessee played in front the entire way en route to its first title in three tries at the Atlantis resort.

“I think the main thing from the whole week was stay together through tough times, that’s what you’ve got to do,” Vescovi said.

Kansas: The Jayhawks didn’t have an easy first two days in the Bahamas. First came a battle to the final minutes with North Carolina State. Then came Thursday’s overtime win against Wisconsin on Bobby Pettiford Jr.’s last-second putback. But they never looked in any type of offensive flow this time with their smaller lineup.

“I feel like if we were able to get them out of place and not just have them standing there, waiting to contest a layup, that could’ve gave us some better chances at finishing at the rim,” Wilson said.


Tennessee held its three Atlantis opponents to 36.9% shooting and 15 of 59 (25.4%) from 3-point range. The Volunteers also averaged a +9 rebounding margin, ending with having Jonas Aidoo (nine) leading five players snagging at least six rebounds against Kansas.

“You can be a good defensive team but if you can’t be a great one if you give them second and third shots,” Barnes said.


Beyond Harris’ foul trouble, the Jayhawks played most of the way without Pettiford, who exited midway through the first half grabbing at his right leg.

Afterward, Self said he would be out “for a while” with a hamstring strain.


Tennessee: The Volunteers return home to host McNeese State on Wednesday.

Kansas: The Jayhawks host Texas Southern on Monday.