Baylor rallies in second half to beat Louisville for Battle 4 Atlantis title

Baylor guard King McClure, shown during a game last season, helped the Bears rally in the second half Friday against Louisville to win the Battle 4 Atlantis title.
(Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)

King McClure scored all 15 of his points in the second half and No. 20 Baylor rallied from 22 points down to beat No. 10 Louisville, 66-63, on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Johnathan Motley also had 15 points, and Terry Maston had 10 of his 12 in the final 20 minutes. The Bears (6-0) shot 65% in the second half in a stunning reversal from a start that saw the Cardinals shut down just about everything.

Louisville led by 22 points late in the first half, by 20 early in the second and 54-42 on Quentin Snider’s three-pointer at the 10:07 mark. But the Bears responded with a 21-5 run, with Motley putting the ball on the floor to drive by Anas Mahmoud for the go-ahead dunk with 2:49 left.


Motley was selected the tournament MVP. Donovan Mitchell scored 17 points for Louisville (5-1), which shot just 33% (nine of 27) in the second half.

Temple 81, No. 19 West Virginia 77: Obi Enechionyia had 22 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Owls to the upset in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York. Enechionyia scored 18 points in the first half for Temple (4-2), but it was his free throw with 1 second left that sealed the win. Alani Moore II added 18 points for the Owls, while Daniel Dingle finished with 15 and Quinton Rose had 12. Esa Ahmad led the Mountaineers (4-1) with 19 points, Teyvon Myers added 15, and Nathan Adrian and Tarik Phillip had 13 apiece. Enechionyia was named the Most Outstanding Player of the two-day tournament.

at No. 1 Kentucky 111, Tennessee Martin 76: Malik Monk scored a career-high 26 points, De’Aaron Fox added 16 and No. 1 Kentucky routed UT-Martin 111-76 on Friday night for its biggest victory this season. The taller Wildcats overcame a cold shooting start and 15-14 deficit to the athletic Skyhawks before rolling to season highs in points and victory margin. Kentucky (6-0) shot a season-best 55%. Matthew Butler scored 15 points and Jacolby Mobley had 14 for UT Martin (5-2).

at No. 5 Kansas 95, North Carolina Ashville 57: Frank Mason III had 21 points and Udoka Azubuike added 17 as Kansas dunked its way to a victory. Josh Jackson contributed 14 points, Lagerald Vick had 12 and Devonte Graham finished with 11 assists, including consecutive alley-oop passes to Azubuike that helped the Jayhawks (5-1) win their 42nd straight game at Allen Fieldhouse. Kevin Vannatta and Ahmad Thomas led Asheville (3-3) with 12 points apiece.

No. 7 Virginia 74, Iowa 41: Jerred Reuter led a well-balanced scoring attack with 14 points and Virginia’s stifling trademark defense set the tone for a victory in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla. The Cavaliers (5-0) will play for the tournament title on Saturday against the winner of Friday’s late game between Memphis and Providence. Iowa (3-2) was led by Peter Jok’s 13 points.

No. 21 Iowa State 73, Miami 56: Deonte Burton scored 21 points and Darrell Bowie keyed a second-half surge that carried No. 21 Iowa State in the AdvoCare Invitational at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Cyclones (5-0) advanced to Sunday’s championship game, bouncing back from a poor shooting performance in a tournament-opening win over Indiana State. Matt Thomas had 12 points and Nazareth Mitrou-Long added 10 for Iowa State. Ja’Quan Newton had 21 points for the Hurricanes (4-1), who shot 36 percent from the field, including 2 of 16 on 3-point attempts.


No. 24 Michigan State 77, Wichita State 72: Miles Bridges scored 21 points for the Spartans in the Battle 4 Atlantis third-place game. Eron Harris added 13 points for Michigan State (4-3), which followed Thursday’s loss to Baylor by building a huge second-half lead — and then nearly blowing it. They led by 18 midway through the half and held a 15-point lead with 8:05 left, only to see the Shockers (5-2) turn to fullcourt pressure to get back in it. Wichita State ran off a 14-0 run to get to 66-65 on Daishon Smith’s layup over Bridges with 4:13 left. Darral Willis scored 16 points to lead Wichita State.

No. 25 Florida State 72, Illinois 61: Dwayne Bacon scored 17 points to lead for Florida State in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Jonathan Isaac had 15 points and seven rebounds for Florida State (5-1). Malcolm Hill had 18 points for Illinois (4-3), which lost its third straight. Leron Black chipped in with 15 points, and Te’Jon Lucas had 10.