Top 25 basketball roundup: No. 2 Louisville hangs on vs. Akron
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Jordan Nwora recorded 18 points and eight rebounds and No. 2 Louisville opened up a 22-point lead before holding on for an 82-76 triumph over visiting Akron on Sunday night.
Steven Enoch added 17 points for the Cardinals (6-0). Dwayne Sutton contributed 10 points and 14 rebounds and Ryan McMahon also scored 10 points.
Loren Cristian Jackson had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists for Akron (4-2). Tyler Cheese also scored 20 points and had three steals while Channel Banks added 18 points.
Louisville didn't make a field goal over the final 4:02 and missed seven of its last eight field-goal attempts. The Cardinals shot 41.9 percent from the field, including 9 of 25 from 3-point range.
No. 7 Virginia 48, Arizona State 45
Casey Morsell scored 19 points and the Cavaliers survived a 19-0 run by the Sun Devils to win the Air Force Reserve Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament championship game in Uncasville, Conn.
Virginia (6-0) won its seventh consecutive November tournament title and ended a three-game winning streak by Arizona State (3-2).
UVA won championships at the Corpus Christi Challenge (2013), Barclays Center Classic (2014), Charleston Classic (2015), Emerald Coast Classic (2016), NIT Season Tip-Off (2017) and the Battle 4 Atlantis (2018) in its previous six November tourneys.
No. 9 Kentucky 81, Lamar 56
Playing its third game in seven days, the Wildcats improved to 5-1 with a rout over the Cardinals in Lexington, Ky.
Freshman guard Tyrese Maxey led the victory with 21 points. Ashton Hagans finished with 15 points, Immanuel Quickley added 11, and Nick Richards notched 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Davion Buster led Lamar (4-2) with 19 points. Junior forward Avery Sullivan added 11, and junior guard T.J. Atwood scored 10.
No. 12 Texas Tech 96, Long Island University 66
Freshman Jahmi'us Ramsey poured in a career-high 27 points to lead five players in double-figure scoring as the Red Raiders ran past the Sharks in Lubbock, Texas, to remain undefeated.
Terrence Shannon Jr. added 13 points for Texas Tech (5-0), with Davide Moretti hitting for 12 and Kyler Edwards and Kevin McCullar adding 10 for the Red Raiders in the win. Texas Tech owned a 41-25 edge in rebounds and matched its nation-leading season average with 22 assists.
Raiquan Clark scored 18 points to set the pace for LIU (1-5) while Jashaun Agusto and Jermaine Jackson, Jr. added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Ty Flowers, who entered the game with four double-doubles and leading the nation in rebounding, was held to seven points and five rebounds.
No. 14 Arizona 104, Long Beach State 67
Nico Mannion had 22 points and eight assists to lead a blistering second-half effort as the Wildcats routed the 49ers in Tucson, Ariz.
The Wildcats (6-0) scored 66 points after halftime and outscored the 49ers (2-4) by 32 points in the second half, as they wrapped up a season-opening six-game homestand. Arizona shot 57.8 percent for the game, came up with 15 steals and connected on 12 of 24 3-point shots.
Michael Carter III led Long Beach with 11 points. Joshua Morgan and Max De Geest scored 10 apiece.
No. 15 Utah State 68, North Texas 59
The Aggies ended with an 11-0 run against an upset-minded Mean Green squad to capture the Montego Division championship in the Jamaica Classic at Montego Bay.
Utah State (7-0) won its two games in the Jamaica Classic, also beating LSU. Alphonso Anderson led the Aggies on Sunday with 19 points and five rebounds.
North Texas (2-5) was led by Umoja Gibson's 19 points and three steals.
No. 24 Baylor 87, No. 17 Villanova 78
Jared Butler scored 22 points, MaCio Teague added 18 and the Bears defeated the Wildcats to capture the championship in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, S.C.
Davion Mitchell had 13 for the Bears (5-1), who won a preseason tournament for the third year in a row.
Collin Gillespie paced Villanova (4-2) with 27 points, Saddiq Bey added 16 and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cole Swider scored 11 points.
Florida 70, No. 18 Xavier 65
Andrew Nembhard had 15 points and tied a career high with three 3-pointers, and Keyontae Johnson took home tournament MVP honors as the hot-shooting Gators recovered from squandering most of a 17-point second-half lead to hold off the Musketeers to win the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.
Kerry Blackshear had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and his two free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining secured the victory for the Gators (5-2), who shot 54.2 percent from the field. Florida was ranked sixth in the preseason poll but fell out after losses to Florida State and Connecticut.
Paul Scruggs had a season-high 24 points, Tyrique Jones had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Quentin Goodin had 11 points and three 3-pointers for the Musketeers (6-1). Xavier was attempting to win its first seven games for the first time since 2016-17.
No. 23 Colorado 56, Wyoming 41
Tyler Bey scored 11 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and dished six assists, and the Buffaloes overcame an offensively anemic first half to beat the Cowboys at the MGM Main Event in Las Vegas.
The Buffaloes (4-0) shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half and showcased a trapping defense that forced 11 Cowboys turnovers in the final 20 minutes. The Buffaloes closed the game on a 17-6 run. Wyoming (3-4) made just two field goals -- both 3-pointers -- in the final 10 minutes.
The Buffaloes will play Clemson in the tournament final on Tuesday. The Tigers beat TCU in overtime in Sunday's second semifinal. The Horned Frogs will take on Wyoming in Tuesday's consolation game.
No. 25 Washington 88, San Diego 69
Freshman Isaiah Stewart's 25 points led the hot-shooting Huskies past the overmatched Toreros in Seattle.
Stewart added seven rebounds, fellow McDonald's All-American Jaden McDaniels scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting and Nahziah Carter had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Huskies (5-1). Quade Green dished off 10 assists.
Six games into their college careers, Stewart and McDaniels set career highs in points. Marion Humphrey's 13 points led San Diego (2-5). Jared Rodriguez scored 12 points and Alex Floresca added 10, but the Toreros lost their third straight game and second to a top-25 opponent this season.