College basketball: No. 2 Kansas outlasts No. 5 Tennessee in overtime

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) dunks in front of Tennessee forward Kyle Alexander (11) during the
Kansas center Udoka Azubuike (35) dunks in front of Tennessee forward Kyle Alexander (11) during the first half.
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Dedric Lawson had 24 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and No. 2 Kansas rallied to beat No. 5 Tennessee 87-81 in overtime in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game on Friday night.

Lagerald Vick scored 15 points, with eight straight during a crucial stretch for the Jayhawks’ comeback, and assisted on an alley-oop to Lawson that made it 78-73 with 2:39 left in overtime. Lawson was named the tournament MVP.

Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield had 21 points and six rebounds while Grant Williams had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists before fouling out. Jordan Bone added 16 points for the Volunteers (4-1).

Bone skipped back to the bench after hitting a 3-pointer to end the first half and put Tennessee up 33-31. The Volunteers led by as many as nine points in the second half before Kansas (5-0) stormed back.


No. 4 Virginia 53, No. 25 Wisconsin 46: De’Andre Hunter had 20 points and nine rebounds to help No. 4 Virginia beat No. 25 Wisconsin 53-46 on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.

Ty Jerome added 11 points for the Cavaliers (6-0), who led 33-18 after a strong first half, and then sputtered offensively as the Badgers kept pushing back. Virginia made just 2 of 16 shots out of halftime and shot 26 percent for the second half.

No. 6 Nevada 110, UMass 87: Caleb Martin scored 29 points, Tre’Shawn Thurman added 22 points and eight rebounds, and No. 6 Nevada beat Massachusetts 110-87 in the Las Vegas Invitational’s second championship game on Friday.

Martin, who was named the tournament MVP, finished 9 of 15 from the field and 6 of 10 from 3-point range.


at No. 9 Michigan 83, Chattanooga 55: Iggy Brazdeikis scored 20 points and Jordan Poole added 14 to lead Michigan to an easy victory. Isaiah Livers added 12 points for the Wolverines, all in the first half. Michigan (6-0) avoided a letdown in its first game back in Ann Arbor after three impressive wins away from home.

The unbeaten Wolverines have won each of their games by at least 19 points. They led 42-22 at halftime in this one and held Chattanooga (2-5) to 36 percent shooting, including an 8-of-30 showing from the field in the first half.

No. 10 Kentucky 77, Tennessee St. 62: Keldon Johnson scored a career-high 27 points to lead No. 10 Kentucky to a 77-62 win over Tennessee State on Friday night.

The Wildcats (5-1) finished 4-0 in the Ohio Valley Hardwood Showcase and won their fifth straight since a season-opening blowout loss to Duke. Kentucky concluded a span of three games in six days by notching its 48th consecutive victory over a nonconference opponent at home.

Johnson scored 20 points in the second half as the Wildcats pulled away. Johnson made 13 of 18 free throws and finished with seven rebounds. Reid Travis added 13 points and nine rebounds.

No. 11 Michigan State 78, Texas 68: Joshua Langford scored 29 points, Cassius Winston had 20 points and 10 assists, and No. 11 Michigan State beat Texas 78-68 in the Las Vegas Invitational championship game on Friday.

Langford was 5 of 6 from 3-point range. Winston, who was named the tournament MVP, also had five rebounds for the Spartans (5-1), who trailed 25-6 eight minutes into the game.

No. 14 Florida State 79, No. 19 LSU 76 (OT): Mfiondu Kabengele hit a 3-pointer with a half-second left in overtime, and Florida State advanced to the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.


The Seminoles (5-0) will play defending national champion Villanova on Sunday.

No. 23 Ohio State 89, Cleveland State 62: Kaleb Wesson had 19 points and three teammates also scored in double figures as Ohio State pulled away in the second half.

C.J. Jackson had 17 points, Andre Wesson scored 11 and Luther Muhammad added 10 for the Buckeyes (6-0).

at No. 24 Purdue 84, Robert Morris 46: Carsen Edwards scored 19 points and Ryan Cline had 17 as Purdue routed Robert Morris. The Boilermakers (5-1) bounced back nicely from their first loss of the season Sunday night against No. 13 Virginia Tech. Edwards was 5 for 17 from the field against the Colonials, but also contributed five assists, four steals and a blocked shot. Malik Petteway led Robert Morris with 10 points. The Colonials (3-3) shot 31.5 percent (17 for 54) from the field.


Arkansas-Pine Bluff 115, Cal Baptist 107 (3OT): Martaveous McKnight scored nine of his 40 points in the third overtime as Arkansas-Pine Bluff beat Cal Baptist 115-107 on Friday.

McKnight had three points and Charles Jackson made a 3-pointer as part of a 10-2 surge to open the third extra period, and the Golden Lions led 108-100 with 1:25 left. Cal Baptist cut the deficit to 109-105 but didn’t get closer.

UC Santa Barbara 76, Portland State 69: Ar’mond Davis had 20 points and six rebounds to help UC Santa Barbara beat Portland State 76-69 in the Vandal Holiday Hoops Showcase on Friday night.


The Gauchos (4-1) pulled away for good with an 11-4 run to lead 70-58 on JaQuori McLaughlin’s 3-point play with 2:37 left in the game.

UC Riverside 77, Elon 64: The Highlanders shot 51% from the field and earned their first victory of the season against a Division I team with a big second half at Stockton. Sophomore guard Jordan Gilliam led all scorers with 17 points.


Kentucky 75, UCLA 74, OT: Freshman Rhyne Howard made a basket to force overtime then clinched the victory with a free throw with 3.1 seconds left at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Michaela Onyenwere had 28 points for the Bruins (3-3). Kentucky is 6-0.

USC 55, Utah State 46: With a late 11-0 run, the Trojans improved to 5-0 despite shooting only 37.3% from the field against the Aggies (2-3) in the Nugget Classic at Reno. Sisters Minyon and Mariya Moore scored 16 points to lead USC.