Third-ranked Louisville tops Fairfield to set up top-25 clash with North Carolina
NEW YORK -- Keith Appling scored 27 points and No. 1 Michigan State had all it could handle from Oklahoma before pulling away in the final minutes for an 87-76 victory Saturday night in the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Appling, who was 8 of 12 from the field, scored eight points in the final 3:04 after the Sooners got within 75-71.
It was another unimpressive win for the Spartans (6-0) since their victory over then-No. 1 Kentucky moved them up one spot to the top of the poll. They beat Columbia and Portland but didn't pull away from either until the final minutes. They did handle Virginia Tech in the semifinals of this tournament but the championship game wasn't like that at all.
The Sooners (4-1) jumped ahead early, fell behind by as many as 18 points and then found a way to get within four points twice in the final 4 minutes before the Spartans were able to pull away once again.
Gary Harris had 21 points and Branden Dawson added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans, who shot 50 percent from the field (29 of 58), but they were 6 of 19 from 3-point range and 23 of 36 from the free throw line and committed 14 turnovers, five over their season average.
Cameron Clark had a career-high 32 points for Oklahoma.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Chris Jones scored 15 points to lead No. 3 Louisville to a 71-57 victory against Fairfield on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
Montrezl Harrell added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinals (5-0), who extended their winning streak to 21 games, including last season's run to the NCAA championship.
Maurice Barrow paced Fairfield (1-4) with 14 points and Marcus Gilbert chipped in with 11.
The Stags stayed with the Cardinals for much of the first half and led 11-9 midway through it. But Louisville went on a 28-12 run to close the half and led by as many as 21 in the second half.
The Cardinals will play No. 24 North Carolina in the tournament's championship game on Sunday. The Tar Heels beat Richmond in Saturday's first semifinal.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Austin Nichols scored 20 points to lead five Memphis players in double figures and the No. 11 Tigers defeated Nicholls State 98-59 on Saturday night.
Nichols, a freshman forward, connected on 9 of 15 shots to help Memphis (2-1) rebound from a 101-80 loss to No. 7 Oklahoma State on Tuesday. Joe Jackson added 18 points, including going 14 of 15 from the free throw line. Michael Dixon Jr. had 16 points, while Nick King had 12 points despite going 3 of 12 from the line. Chris Crawford added 11 points.
Jeremy Smith had 16 points, the only Colonel to reach double figures. Nicholls State (0-4) was closing out a four-game road trip to open its season.
Nicholls State had 18 turnovers and shot 36 percent.
Memphis made 53 percent of its shots from the field.
MADISON, Wis. -- Frank Kaminsky scored 21 points to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures, helping the 12th-ranked Badgers hold off Oral Roberts 76-67 on Saturday night.
Josh Gasser added 15 points for Wisconsin (6-0), and Ben Brust finished with 12. Traevon Jackson scored 11 and Sam Dekker had 10.
Shawn Glover led Oral Roberts (2-3) with 24 points. Bobby Word had 14 points and D.J. Jackson finished with 11.
Oral Roberts trailed the entire game, but pulled within four points twice in the final minutes, including 66-62 after Glover converted a three-point play.
But the Golden Eagles could not get over the hump as Wisconsin shot 8 of 8 from the foul line the rest of the way, including four from Jackson.
OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott scored 21 of his 33 points in the second half, Austin Chatman had a career-high 19, and No. 23 Creighton defeated Tulsa 82-72 on Saturday.
McDermott recorded his 16th career 30-point game. He also became the first Creighton player since Cyril Baptiste in 1969-70 to open a season with four straight 20-point games.
The Bluejays (4-0), playing as an AP Top 25 team for the first time this season, opened the second half on a 13-4 run to increase its 42-41 halftime lead to 55-45. McDermott had eight points during the spurt, closing the surge with two consecutive 3-pointers.
Rashad Smith had 21 points, Pat Swilling added 18 and James Woodard 11 for Tulsa (0-4). Shaquille Harrison, who averaged a team-high 19.5 points, was held to seven.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Marcus Paige scored a career-high 26 points and Brice Johnson had another with 24 points to help No. 24 North Carolina bounce back from its first loss of the season with an 82-72 win against Richmond on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
The Tar Heels (3-1) trailed for much of the first half, before making a run that sent them into halftime with a three-point lead.
They were up 66-62 with just under 4 minutes to play when Richmond's Terry Allen picked up his fourth foul. Johnson hit a put-back that started the run that gave the Tar Heels control of the game. A Paige 3-pointer made it 71-62 and North Carolina held on down the stretch.
Cedrick Lindsay scored 29 points for Richmond. Kendall Anthony added 13.
Paige scored 16 of his points in the second half and was 6 of 9 from 3-point range. The rest of the Tar Heels were 0 for 4.
Johnson added 12 rebounds, giving the sophomore his first career double-double.
North Carolina will play third-ranked Louisville in Sunday's final.