College basketball: No. 2 Arizona loses again at Battle 4 Atlantis in Bahamas
Ben Emelogu scored 20 points and Southern Methodist upset No. 2 Arizona 66-60 in Thursday night’s consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis, handing the Wildcats their second consecutive loss to an unranked opponent in the Bahamas.
The Mustangs (5-1) blew an 11-point lead in the second half but responded with a 10-2 run to go ahead for good. SMU won despite shooting 31%, though the Mustangs scored 19 points off 20 Arizona turnovers.
Allonzo Trier scored 22 points for the Wildcats (3-2).
No. 1 Duke 99, Portland State 81: Trevon Duval scored 22 points and the Blue Devils ulled away from surprisingly tenacious Portland State 99-81 to open the Phil Knight Invitational (or PK80) in Portland, Ore.
Marvin Bagley III added 18 points, and Grayson Allen had 14 points and nine assists. Duke (6-0) trailed by as many as eight points, but took control midway through the second half when Wendell Carter Jr.’s dunk put the Blue Devils in front 67-62. They would go on to lead by as many as 21 points.
It was Mike Krzyzewski’s 200th victory as coach of a No. 1-ranked team. He’s 200-29 when the Blue Devils sit atop the poll.
No. 5 Villanova 85, Tennessee 76: Jalen Brunson scored 25 points to help the Wildcats rally from 15 down in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals. Villanova (5-0) trailed 44-29 before a 23-2 run.
No. 7 Florida 108, Stanford 87: Egor Koulechov had 26 points, including five three-pointers, and the Gators romped in PK80.
No. 9 North Carolina 102, Portland 78: Luke Maye scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Joel Berry II added 18 points and the Tar Heels (4-0) had five players in double figures in the PK80.
No. 15 Xavier 83, George Washington 64: Trevon Bluiett scored 20 points to help the Musketeers advance in the Las Vegas Invitational. Xavier (5-0) finished the game making 33 of 57 from the floor, including five of 13 from three-point range.
Western Kentucky 77, No. 18 Purdue 73: Darius Thompson scored 12 points and made two clinching free throws with 5.1 seconds left to help the Hilltoppers to the upset in the consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Rhode Island 75, No. 20 Seton Hall 74: Jared Terrell made a running layup with 5.2 seconds left to give the Rams the win in the Preseason NIT in New York. Terrell finished with 32 points to help the Rams improve to 3-1.
No. 21 St. Mary’s 89, Harvard 71: Jock Landale scored 26 points and the Gaels took a 26-point halftime lead and won in the opening game of the Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton. Emmett Naar just missed a triple double, finishing with 11 points, a career-high nine rebounds and nine assists for the Gaels (5-0).
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