Nik Stauskas scores 26, comes up big in OT as Michigan beats Florida State
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, including seven in overtime, as No. 14 Michigan erased a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Florida State 82-80 on Friday in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Derrick Walton Jr. added 15 points and Mitch McGary had 14 points and 12 rebounds in his third game back from a back injury
The Wolverines (4-1) will play in Sunday's game against Charlotte, which beat Northeastern 86-77 in the other semifinal.
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 had 19 points to lead four Seminoles players in double figures, but he had just three after halftime. Okaro White added 18 points and Montay Brandon chipped in 14.
Michigan came out aggressive in overtime, with Stauskas scoring six of the Wolverines' first eight points. He made one of two foul shots with 1:17 to play to put Michigan up 80-77.
The Seminoles misfired on two possessions that could have tied it, and Walton made a pair of free throws to make it 82-77 with 14.8 seconds left.
NEW YORK -- Adreian Payne had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds, Keith Appling had 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 just 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 all-time against teams ranked No. 1.
After struggling against Columbia and Portland State in their two games since beating then-No. 1 Kentucky, the Spartans appeared as if they put their early troubles behind them.
Dunks. Long 3s. Inside and out, Michigan State dominated. Payne hit a 3 with 2 seconds left in the half to make it 46-33, his 20th point of the half -- and leaving one final message that the past two games were not the norm for this powerhouse squad.
Eddie hit a 3 with 19:05 to go in the game. But Virginia Tech didn't score again until he made another 3 more than 4 minutes later. By then, the Spartans opened up a 20-point lead.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points, Andrew White III added 13 and second-ranked Kansas raced to an 88-58 victory against Towson on Friday night 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 points off the bench.
The Jayhawks had struggled early in games this season, allowing at least 35 points in the first half of each of them. But they had no trouble against the Colonial Athletic Association favorite.
In fact, it was like they were putting together a best-of reel in the first half.
After stumbling a bit out of the gate, the uber-athletic Jayhawks reeled off 11 consecutive points to seize control. Six of the points came on rim-rattling dunks, two of those by Tarik Black.
Towson quickly became rattled and started to settle for a cacophony of quick 3-pointers, ill-advised shots in the paint and tightly contested jumpers. All of its misses only served to fuel the Kansas fast break, which piled up 22 points in the first 20 minutes.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Rob Brandenberg scored 19 points to help No. 10 VCU rally, then fight off several late flurries and hang on to beat Long Beach State 73-67 on Friday night 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 to take back control.
VCU had four players in double figures, including Juvonte Reddic with17 points and 10 rebounds, and Briante Webber with 15 points.
Branford Jones led Long Beach State (1-5) with 19 points, and Mike Caffey added 15 in their fifth consecutive loss.
Long Beach State handled VCU's pressure well at times, committing only 10 turnovers. But it shot just 7 of 19 on 3-pointers.
Where VCU'S defensive pressure failed it in the first half, the Rams began to succeed in speeding up the 49ers in the final 20 minutes of the game. It didn't always produce turnovers, but it did force Long Beach St. into quick shots.
A string of misses triggered the 13-0 spurt that put the Rams up 55-50 with under 12 minutes to play.
Long Beach got the lead back at 58-57 on a 3-pointer by A.J. Spencer, but another quick burst by the Rams put them back in front 68-60 with 2:45 remaining.
NEW YORK -- Shabazz Napier scored 27 points, including 11 during the final 7 minutes, to lead No. 18 Connecticut to a 59-58 victory against Indiana on Friday night 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.
Indiana 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.
Indiana (5-1) had the last scoring chance. Ferrell missed a jumper with 10 seconds and the rebound rolled out of bounds in front of the Indiana bench off a Connecticut player. The clock showed .2 seconds and after the officials watched the replay, they restored it to .7 seconds.
Jeremy Hollowell inbounded the ball to Noah Vonleh, but his jumper was late and the Huskies (6-0) had the win.
Napier, the tournament MVP, was 10 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. He was the only double-figure scorer for the Huskies, but he struggled from the free-throw line (3 of 7) and had seven turnovers.
Still, every big play down the stretch was his.
Ferrell, who was hounded all game by Napier and Ryan Boatright, had 19 points on 6-of-19 shooting, 2 of 6 from beyond the arc, and he committed five of Indiana's 19 turnovers.
The defense was intense on both ends. Indiana shot 40.8 percent (20 of 49), while the Huskies shot 39.6 percent (21 of 53).
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Massachusetts head coach Derek Kellogg waited for No. 19 New Mexico to wear out and had his Minutemen ready when the time came.
Chaz Williams scored 19 points and Raphiael Puntey added 18 as Massachusetts ran past the weary Lobos 81-65 on Friday to reach the Charleston Classic championship.
The Minutemen used a late 14-0 run to take control and improve to 5-0 for the second time in four years. Cady Lalanne had his third double-double of the season, finishing with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Kellogg knew after the 19th-ranked Lobos' double-overtime, drama-filled victory against UAB in the Charleston Classic opener Thursday that his semifinal opponents would likely not have the legs to withstand his team's up-tempo pace late in the game.
Few push the pace like Williams, a dynamic 5-foot-9 senior from Brooklyn who's up the court in a flash and seeking teammates like Puntey and Lalanne to finish. He was content Thursday to let others lead the way -- UMass had five players score more than his 10 points in a 96-90 win against Nebraska -- but took charge against New Mexico.
Not only did Williams strike for a team-high in points, he had five rebounds, five assists and a steal. He also played effective defense on New Mexico's high-scoring guard Kendall Williams, who was held to 13 points after going for 29 in the UAB win a day earlier.
Massachusetts will go up against Clemson or Davidson for the tournament title Sunday night. New Mexico (3-1) will take on the loser for third place.
Alex Kirk finished with a career-best 32 points for New Mexico, which missed their final eight shots after tying the game and managed just four foul shots down the stretch.
LOS ANGELES -- Jordan Adams scored a career-high 30 points, Kyle Anderson had a triple-double and No. 22 UCLA pulled away from pesky Morehead State in the second half to win 81-70 on Friday night.
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 during 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.
Both teams grabbed 36 rebounds, but Morehead State shot just 37 percent and had 13 turnovers.
The Bruins, who led by 17 points in the first half, missed their first three shots and had a turnover to start the second half.
Posthumus continued on his shooting tear that began with 7 minutes left in the first half, when the Eagles faced that 17-point deficit. He scored 10 of Morehead State's first 16 points during a stretch in which they closed to three points four times.
But the Eagles suddenly went cold, and the Bruins capitalized with a 12-3 spurt that extended their lead to 71-57. Anderson scored five points and Travis Wear, playing his first game since having an appendectomy Oct. 28, dunked and got fouled, making the free throw. Wear finished with 11 points.