Top 25 basketball roundup: Michigan tops No. 8 Gonzaga to remain perfect
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Jon Teske posted a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds, Isaiah Livers scored 21 points, and Michigan won the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis championship Friday with an 82-64 defeat of No. 8 Gonzaga on Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Michigan (7-0) beat its second Top 10 opponent in as many days, following up Thursday's victory against No. 6 North Carolina with a dominant performance against Gonzaga (8-1). The Wolverines trailed for just 6:47, all of it in the first half.
Teske out-dueled Gonzaga big man Filip Petrusev, whose own double-double performance in the Bulldogs' overtime defeat of No. 11 Oregon made the difference.
In addition to his scoring touch and work on the glass, Teske blocked four shots to lead a Michigan defense that held Gonzaga to just 40 percent shooting from the floor.
No. 1 Duke 83, Winthrop 70
Freshman forward Matthew Hurt scored 18 of his season-high 20 points in the first half as the Blue Devils rebounded from a shocking loss earlier in the week to defeat the visiting Eagles in Durham, N.C.
The Blue Devils needed a strong late-game push to put away the Eagles, who were as close as nine points down in the final three minutes. Vernon Carey Jr. added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Duke sophomore Joey Baker poured in a career-best 16 points, hitting four 3-pointers. Tre Jones had 15 points and six assists.
The Blue Devils (7-1) were looking to recover from Tuesday night's stunning overtime loss to Stephen F. Austin. That outcome ended Duke's 150-game home-court winning streak against nonconference opponents.
No. 2 Louisville 71, Western Kentucky 54
Jordan Nwora had 25 points and five rebounds and Dwayne Sutton added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the Cardinals past their instate rivals in a neutral-court game played at Nashville, Tenn.
Louisville (7-0) is in position to be the top-ranked team in the nation for the first time under second-year head coach Chris Mack. No. 1 Duke was upset earlier in the week at home against Stephen F. Austin.
Nwora and Sutton shot a combined 14 of 25 from the field while their teammates were 9 of 27. Taveion Hollingsworth scored 16 points and Charles Bassey had 14 points and nine rebounds for Western Kentucky (6-2), which has lost eight straight to Louisville.
No. 5 Maryland 80, Harvard 73
Anthony Cowan scored 20 points to lead the Terrapins to a win over the Crimson in the semifinals of the Orlando Invitational.
Maryland (7-0) will oppose Marquette in the championship game on Sunday. Harvard (5-3) will meet USC in the third-place game.
Harvard's Bryce Aiken led all scorers with 30 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field. The Crimson were on top 47-40 with 14:15 remaining but couldn't close out the upset.
No. 6 North Carolina 78, No. 11 Oregon 74
Armando Bacot provided 23 points and 12 rebounds as the Tar Heels bounced back from their first loss of the season to defeat the Ducks in the third-place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Bacot, who played limited minutes a day earlier in North Carolina's loss to Michigan in the tournament semifinals, shot 7 of 9 from the field and 9 of 10 on free throws. He also had six of the team's 12 blocked shots.
Cole Anthony scored 19 points, including clutch free throws in the final minute, and Brandon Robinson tacked on 13 points for North Carolina (6-1). Payton Pritchard scored 19 points, Will Richardson added 17 and Chris Duarte chipped in 16 for Oregon (6-2).
No. 9 Kentucky 69, UAB 58
The Wildcats, playing short-handed for the fourth time in seven games, improved to 6-1 with a victory over the Blazers at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.
This time Kentucky was without graduate transfer Nate Sestina, who suffered a fractured wrist on Tuesday. After surgery, he is expected to miss up to four weeks. That leaves Kentucky with only two true big men -- Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery.
Against UAB, Richards and Montgomery shared high-scoring honors with 16 points apiece. Richards had nine rebounds, Montgomery eight. Richards made all seven of his field-goal attempts.
No. 10 Ohio State 90, Morgan State 57
The Buckeyes did what they aimed for during a seven-game homestead to start the season, finishing off a perfect run in Columbus by easily dispatching the Bears.
The first big test of the season away from Columbus for the Buckeyes will come when they play at North Carolina on Wednesday.
Leading 19-10, Ohio State closed out the half on a 26-8 run to put the game away by intermission. Senior forward Andre Wesson came off the bench to score 19 points and pull down seven rebounds, junior center Kaleb Wesson had 13 points and eight rebounds, and junior guard CJ Walker scored 10 points to lead the way for Ohio State.
Creighton 83, No. 12 Texas Tech 76 (OT)
Marcus Zegarowski scored a career-high 32 points to help lift the Bluejays to an upset of the Red Raiders in the third-place game at the Continental Tires Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena.
Texas Tech's Chris Clarke's layup with 33 seconds to play tied the game at 74 and forced overtime. Zegarowski's layup and then a jumper with 2:48 left in the extra period sprang the Bluejays to an 80-74 lead. Creighton then had a possession that lasted more than a minute because of two offensive rebounds and held on to win despite missing four straight shots.
Ty-Shon Alexander added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Bluejays (5-2). Davide Moretti led Texas Tech (5-2) with a career-high 23 points, with Clarke scoring 17 and Kyler Edwards adding 14 points.
No. 13 Seton Hall 84, Iowa State 76
Myles Powell scored 24 points and Sandro Mamukelashvili added 18, leading the Pirates past the Cyclones in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Pirates (6-2) finished with two wins in the tournament after losing the opener 71-69 to No. 11 Oregon. Powell scored a combined 74 points in the three games.
Powell made 7 of 10 shots in the second half Friday and put up 19 points in the period. Rasir Bolton scored 20 points, Tyrese Haliburton added 19 and Prentiss Nixon had 15 for the Cyclones (4-3).
No. 14 Arizona 92, Penn 82
Nico Mannion, coming off a game-winning shot Thursday against Pepperdine, scored a career-high 24 points on 11-of-14 shooting to lead the Wildcats to the championship game of the John Wooden Legacy with a win over the Quakers in Anaheim, Calif.
Mannion, a freshman, excelled despite tweaking his hip and having to get examined in the locker room with 14:24 left in the game. He made three consecutive shots within two minutes after he returned. He then answered an 8-0 run by Penn by making a jumper with 2:29 left to put Arizona ahead 84-78. That helped spur the Wildcats to outscore the Quakers 8-1 and pull away.
Arizona (8-0) will play Wake Forest (5-2) in the championship game Sunday. The Demon Deacons beat Long Beach State 88-75 earlier Friday. Mannion finished with four assists and no turnovers in 31 minutes.
Saint Mary's 81, No. 15 Utah State 73
Jordan Ford buried five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 27 points, Malik Fitts added 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Gaels scored seven straight points late in the game to knock off the Aggies in Moraga, Calif.
Ford was a highlight show in the second half, hitting 8 of 10 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range, to break open a game that featured numerous ties and lead changes for the first 36-plus minutes. Ford finished the night shooting 10-of-18 from the floor, including 5-of-9 on 3-pointers,
Saint Mary's (7-1) was 8-for-19 on 3-pointers and outrebounded the Aggies (7-1) 33-31 to gain a signature victory. Utah State's Justin Bean finished with 24 points and nine rebounds, and Sam Merrill had 23 points and six boards.
Florida State 60, No. 17 Tennessee 57
Balanced scoring and defensive pressure boosted the Seminoles into the championship game of the Emerald Coast Classic tournament with a win over the Volunteers in Niceville, Fla.
The Seminoles will play for the tournament title on Saturday against Purdue after the Boilermakers defeated No. 20 VCU 59-56 in the other semifinal. Tennessee will face VCU in the third-place contest Saturday.
Devin Vassell scored 13 points, M.J. Walker added 10 and Trent Forrest had nine. Patrick Williams and Balsa Koprivica each had eight for FSU (6-1). Lamonte Turner tallied 20 points, Yves Pons 13 and Jordan Bowden 11 for the Volunteers (5-1), who committed 21 turnovers and scored well below their 73.8 points per game.
Purdue 59, No. 20 VCU 56
The Boilermakers made 5 of 6 free throws late to win a semifinal game in the Emerald Coast Classic, advancing to Saturday's championship game with a victory over the Rams in Niceville, Fla.
Jahaad Proctor (8 for 10 free throws) and Eric Hunter Jr. each scored 12 points to lead Purdue (4-2), and Williams contributed 10. Marcus Santos-Silva tallied a game-high 19 points but was 3-for-8 at the foul line. Jenkins and Mike'L Simms had nine points each for VCU, which committed a season-high 21 turnovers.
The Boilermakers will play Florida State in the tournament's championship game at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. The Rams (6-1) will face No. 17 Tennessee in the third-place contest Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.
No. 24 Florida 73, Marshall 67
Ques Glover scored 14 points off the bench, Keyontae Johnson added 13 and the Gators took control late in the second half to defeat the visiting Thundering Herd in a nonconference game in Gainesville, Fla.
Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Noah Locke each had 10 points for the SEC's Gators (6-2), who won the board battle 43-31. Florida shot 60.7 percent (17 of 28) in the second half, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range.
Jannson Williams scored 15 points and Taevion Kinsey added 14 for Conference USA's Thundering Herd (2-4), who shot 40.3 percent overall and 28 percent (7 of 25) from behind the arc.