Daniels scores 21 as No. 13 Connecticut holds off Loyola Maryland 76-66
HARTFORD, Conn. -- DeAndre Daniels had 21 points and eight rebounds to help keep No. 13 Connecticut remained undefeated with a 76-66 win against Loyola Maryland on Tuesday night.
Ryan Boatright added 13 points and eight boards for the Huskies (7-0) and Lasan Kromah, a transfer from George Washington, chipped in with a season-high 12 points.
Senior guard Dylon Cormier had 23 points for Loyola (4-1). He had been averaging just under 30 points per game.
A 3-pointer by Cormier early in the second half cut what had been a 15-point UConn lead to 38-35.
Kromah gave The Huskies some breathing room, hitting a 3-pointer, then stealing the ball and going in for a layup that put the Huskies up 61-50. A 3-pointer by Daniels closed the 10-2 run and gave UConn a 14-point lead.
The Greyhounds cut the lead to nine late, but couldn't get closer.
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Tyler Ennis scored 28 points and led two key second-half runs that carried No. 8 Syracuse past California 92-81 in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday.
The win put the Orange in the tournament title game on Wednesday night against No. 18 Baylor.
Syracuse scored 51 points in the second half, shooting 55 percent and making five of seven 3-point attempts. Ennis had 17 points and Trevor Cooney scored 20 of his 23 after the break.
Ennis hit a layup during a nine-point run started by Jerami Grant's putback dunk. The spurt lasted more than 2 minutes and gave Syracuse (6-0) its first double-digit lead with less than 8 minutes left.
Justin Cobbs scored 18 points for the Golden Bears (5-1), who will play Dayton in the third-place game.
CANCUN, Mexico -- Traevon Jackson scored 16 points and Frank Kaminsky added 12 Tuesday and No. 10 Wisconsin blunted a Saint Louis surge to win 63-57 and advance to face West Virginia in Wednesday's finals of the Cancun Challenge.
Kaminsky had four blocks that helped the unbeaten Badgers (7-0) to a 20-15 halftime lead. Jackson stepped up to help squash a second-half run by Saint Louis (5-1) that made it a 5-point game with 1:10 to play.
Robe Loe led the Billikens with 15 points, Austin McBroom had 14 and Dwayne Evans added 12.
Wisconsin opened the second half with a 6-2 run and led by 15, but Saint Louis, recharged by aggressive drives into the paint by Evans, surged to within 5. Jackson's 10 points down the stretch helped keep the Billikens at bay.
Wisconsin beat Oral Roberts 76-67 Saturday and Saint Louis beat Bowling Green 74-47 to advance to the semifinals.
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Sam Dower Jr. and Gerard Coleman scored 19 points each as No. 11 Gonzaga cruised to an easy 113-81 win against Division II Chaminade on Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.
Przemek Karnowski had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Kevin Pangos and Kyle Dranginis had 18 points each. Gary Bell Jr. had 16 and Drew Barham had 11.
Gonzaga shot nearly 70 percent from the field - 74.2 percent in the first half. The Bulldogs made 13 of 23 3-pointers (56.5 percent).
Lee Bailey led Chaminade (2-2) with 29 points. Tyree Harrison scored 10 points, mostly on free throws.
Gonzaga was looking to bounce back from an upset loss on Monday night to unranked Dayton, a game the Bulldogs led by 16 points in the first half. The loss came the same day Gonzaga moved two spots up in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Gonzaga will play Arkansas on Wednesday in the Maui tournament's fifth-place game. Chaminade will play Minnesota in the event's seventh-place game.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ron Baker scored 23 points, making six consecutive free throws down the stretch, and No. 12 Wichita State held off BYU for a 75-62 victory Tuesday night in the title game of the CBE Classic.
Fred VanVleet and Cleanthony Early added 12 points each for the Shockers (7-0), who trailed by two at halftime but used hustle and physical play inside to wear down the Cougars.
Wichita State was clinging to a 68-62 lead when Baker was popped by BYU's Nate Austin, who was given a flagrent-2 foul and ejected from the game. Baker made both free throws with 45.3 seconds left, and then two more when he was fouled with just more than 30 seconds remaining.
The Cougars (5-2) were then hit with a technical foul on their bench for protesting a series of calls, and Baker tacked on two more free throws to put the game out of reach.
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Cory Jefferson had a go-ahead putback with 16 seconds left and No. 18 Baylor rallied to beat Dayton 67-66 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.
The Bears will play No. 8 Syracuse for the tournament championship Wednesday night.
After trailing nearly the entire game, Baylor (6-0) whittled away a 10-point deficit over the final 7 minutes. The Bears were down by one when Kenny Cherry missed a jumper off the front of the rim, but Jefferson was all alone for the rebound and his layup gave Baylor a 67-66 lead.
Vee Sanford missed a contested shot in close for Dayton with 2 seconds left, Devin Oliver's tip-in attempt bounced off the rim and Baylor grabbed the rebound as the final buzzer sounded.
Royce O'Neale and Cherry had 13 points each for the Bears, who trailed by 14 with less than 5 minutes left in the first half. They went on a nine-point run to cut the deficit to 33-28 at halftime.
Jordan Sibert led Dayton (5-1) with 20 points.