Kansas rebounds from loss, holds on to beat UTEP 67-63 in Atlantis consolation
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Perry Ellis scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, Wayne Selden Jr. scored 14 and No. 2 Kansas survived a stiff challenge before beating UTEP 67-63 on Saturday night in the third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Naadir Tharpe added 11 for the Jayhawks (6-1), who never trailed. The Jayhawks won despite Andrew Wiggins being held to six points, nearly 10 below his season average.
McKenzie Moore scored 15 for UTEP (4-4), including three free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining to get the Miners within three. Justin Crosgile scored 14 points and Vince Hunter added 10 the Miners, who held Kansas to 39 percent shooting.
It was the second consecutive night where Kansas saw a big early lead, 11-2 against Villanova and 15-2 against UTEP, evaporate and the game turn into a struggle.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Joseph Young scored 23 points and No. 14 Oregon remained perfect this season with a 91-76 victory against North Dakota on Saturday in the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge.
The Ducks improved to 6-0, extending their best start since opening the 2006-07 season with 13 consecutive wins.
Young, a junior transfer who was the leading scorer for Houston last season, has scored in double figures in all of Oregon's games this season.
Mike Moser, a transfer to Oregon from UNLV, had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Ducks, who led by as many as 20 points.
Troy Huff had 25 points and nine rebounds for North Dakota (2-3), which pulled to within 81-70 on Jamal Webb's layup with 2:03 left.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- James Bell scored 20 points and sparked a huge Villanova rally, Josh Hart added 16 and the Wildcats beat No. 23 Iowa 88-83 in overtime to claim the Battle 4 Atlantis championship on Saturday night.
JayVaughn Pinkston scored 14 points and Ryan Arcidiacono added 13 for the Wildcats (7-0), who got two big offensive rebounds in the final seconds of overtime.
Kris Jenkins scored five of his 10 points in overtime for Villanova, which was down by 15 in the first half, then held Iowa (7-1) to one field goal for nearly a 10-minute stretch of the second half.
Devyn Marble led all scorers with 24 points for Iowa. Zach McCabe scored 14 and Mike Gesell added 10 for the Hawkeyes, who scored the first three points of overtime but never led again.