Texas Tech’s season was slipping away and with it perhaps coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job. The Red Raiders were trailing 23-13 in the fourth quarter when senior quarterback Nic Shimonek, benched for the last game of the regular season, walked over to his …
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jalen Hudson couldn’t wait to get back to Florida’s locker room to celebrate with his teammates following a thrilling double-overtime victory over Gonzaga.
Hudson had a career-high 35 points, including eight 3-pointers, and the No. 7 Gators downed the No. 17 Bulldogs 111-105 on Friday night at the PK80 Invitational.
”We played really tough. We never quit. They made a lot of big plays, like huge plays, big shots, Hudson said. ”We just never quit, never folded. I just can’t wait to get back to my guys. I know they’re in there celebrating.”
Chris Chiozza added a career-high 26 points and 10 assists for the Gators (5-0), who go on to face No. 1 Duke in the bracket championship on Sunday. The Blue Devils rallied to defeat Texas 85-78 in overtime earlier in the day.
Hudson hit a 3-pointer with 1:41 left in the second overtime that put the Gators up 106-99. Gonzaga closed within 106-102 on Johnathan Williams’ layup, then within 109-105 on Corey Kispert’s 3-pointer with 11 seconds to go, but couldn’t get closer.
Williams finished with a career-high 39 points and 12 rebounds for Gonzaga (4-1).
”This was like a Sweet 16, Elite 8 game right there,” Bulldogs coach Mark Few said.
Florida coach Mike White agreed: ”Crazy game. What an unbelievable college basketball game.”
In the first overtime, Silas Melson got a layup to tie it at 95 with 1.8 seconds left, but missed a free throw that would have won it. Egor Koulechev was called for travelling on a heave down the court, giving Gonzaga back the ball with 0.7 seconds remaining but Melson missed a 3 from the corner at the buzzer.
Gonzaga went up 78-76 on Josh Perkins’ layup and free throw with 40.1 seconds left in regulation. KeVaughn Allen’s layup tied it and the game went to overtime.
”We had several opportunities to fold and our guys were extremely resilient and tough,” White said.
The crowd at the Moda Center was decidedly on the side of Gonzaga, which is about a 5 1/2-hour drive from Portland. Fans gave the team a standing ovation as they left the court at halftime with a 36-29 lead.
Killian Tillie finished with 17 points for Gonzaga before he fouled out in overtime. Josh Perkins also had 17, all in the second half, before also fouling out.
The Zags and Gators were among 16 teams playing in two brackets at the PK80, which celebrates Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.
Gonzaga and Florida were in the Motion Bracket, playing Friday at the Moda Center, home of the NBA’s Trail Blazers.
Melson’s early 3-pointer that put Gonzaga in front 7-2 drew a roar from the crowd. Melson went to Portland’s Jefferson High School.
Williams went on a personal 8-0 run, with a free throw, a dunk, a 3-pointer and a jumper to put Gonzaga up 27-23, and the Bulldogs went into halftime with a 36-29 lead.
Florida wrestled back the lead on Hudson’s 3-pointer, which made it 42-41. Hudson, who had just four points in the first half, hit another 3 that pushed the lead to 53-49.
The teams also met last season over the Thanksgiving holiday in the AdvoCare Invitational. Gonzaga won 77-72 and went on to win the final 73-71 over Iowa State.
Overall, the Zags won two of the previous three meetings with the Gators.
Gonzaga: Gonzaga’s starters were all averaging in double figures going into the game, and all finished Friday night in double figures. Corey Kispert had a career-high 15 points and Melson scored 12.
Florida: The Gators were picked to finish second in the SEC preseason media poll. … The Gators averaged just over 100 points through their first four games. … Allen finished with a season-high 23 points, and was 11 for 11 from the free throw line. …. Hudson attempted 12 3-pointers.
HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE: Gonzaga’s enthusiastic fan base also turns out for Bulldogs road games at Portland, another member of the West Coast Conference. ”It got really loud. It was obviously a pro-Gonzaga crowd,” White said.
Florida will face top-ranked Duke on Sunday.
Gonzaga will face Texas for third place on Sunday.
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tom Izzo wasn’t pleased with much about No. 4 Michigan State’s offensive performance, except for Cassius Winston.
Winston scored 12 of his career-high 28 points during a 4-minute span late in the second half to help the Spartans pull away for a 77-57 victory over Connecticut on Friday night to reach the championship game of the PK80 Invitational.
Winston was sensational in the closing minutes as the Spartans advanced to a matchup with No. 9 North Carolina in the ”Victory Bracket” title game on Sunday. Winston was responsible for 14 of the 16 points during the spurt where Michigan State hit eight straight shots and took a 14-point lead. Winston started the run with a 3-pointer and scored on pull-up jumpers and driving layups as the Spartans finally shook the Huskies.
And while Izzo praised how well Michigan State played defensively against UConn, he was less than satisfied with the offensive execution outside of Winston.
”I think I’ll be pleased with the win, pleased with the progress we’re making defensively, pleased with the progress we’re making with our turnovers and figure that I, the head coach, has to do a better job getting us in an offense and getting us moving,” Izzo said.
Winston was 12-of-15 shooting and for the second straight game the Spartans (4-1) got a big contribution from an unexpected source to help make up for star Miles Bridges being limited. Michigan State made 10 straight shots – a run started by a 3-pointer from Winston – until Joshua Langford missed with 2:15 remaining.
Michigan State had a seven-point lead before Winston’s 3-pointer to start the run. The Spartans led by 18 when Langford finally missed.
”It’s the best I felt in a little while. I had that confidence that things would fall and everything was happening. I felt really good out there,” Winston said. ”It’s crazy. There’s nothing like that. You feel like everything you throw up could go in.”
Jalen Adams led UConn (4-1) with 22 points and Terry Larrier added 18. The Huskies struggled to get clean looks against Michigan State’s smothering defense that held UConn to 35 percent shooting.
”At the end of the day that’s a really good team and we have to learn from that,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. ”They definitely took it to us in the second half and we have to learn how to bounce back.”
Jaren Jackson Jr. added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Nick Ward had 11 points as the Spartans outscored UConn 40-14 in the paint.
Michigan State pulled away with Bridges not very involved in the outcome. The preseason All-America returned after sitting out Thursday’s tournament opener against DePaul with a sprained left ankle suffered last Sunday. Izzo said Bridges was close to playing against the Blue Demons, but the extra day of rest would help.
Bridges didn’t start for the Spartans but subbed in with 16:09 left in the first half. He played in just brief spurts in the first half, finishing with only 5 minutes because of foul trouble, but was on the court when the second half began. He finished with six points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes despite his movement still appearing limited because of the ankle.
”I think that was a good step for Miles. Get him some rest tomorrow,” Izzo said.
The next two games for Michigan State will provide quite the challenge. The Spartans will face North Carolina on Sunday then host Maui Invitational champion Notre Dame next Thursday.
”I just don’t know where we are quite yet with Miles. He’s going to be fine but he’s not going to be Miles that he was, yet. It is a good way to measure our team because right now I’m not measuring real high offensively,” Izzo said.
UConn: The Huskies simply didn’t have any interior presence against the Spartans. UConn’s starting forwards – Tyler Polley and David Onuorah – combined to be held scoreless, although Polley played just 8 minutes.
Michigan State: Winston’s previous career-high was 21 points against Northeastern last season. He has scored in double figures in every game this season except the Spartans only loss to Duke. He had 11 assists in that game.
UConn: The Huskies will take on Arkansas on Sunday.
Michigan State: The Spartans will face No. 9 North Carolina on Sunday night.
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Justin Davis buried a 3-pointer with two seconds left in the game and Cal State Bakersfield rallied for a 64-62 victory over Idaho on Friday night at the Great Alaska Shootout.
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Shortly after his Minnesota team defeated UMass on Friday in the Barclays Center Classic in Brooklyn, N.Y., coach Richard Pitino was asked about the 14th-ranked Golden Gophers’ next opponent, No. 25 Alabama on Saturday.
“I haven’t watched one clip, so I focused totally on UMass,” Pitino said after the Golden Gophers beat the Minutemen 69-51 at the Steinberg Wellness Center on the campus of Long Island University.
“Now, I’ll turn the page.”
Such is the way of life for a college basketball coach in these holiday events playing one game after another.
Alabama enters Saturday’s game between the ranked teams coming off a 71-59 win over BYU. The Crimson Tide (5-0) will face Minnesota (6-0) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, marking the return of Avery Johnson, who coached the Nets before coming Alabama’s coach three years ago.
“I know Avery’s a terrific coach,” Pitino said. “They have really good young talent, so we have to be ready. They have a really big team and a really talented team.”
Alabama has 11 players 6-foot-5 or taller and two freshmen, two sophomores and a junior are in the starting lineup.
Johnson joked with reporters about his unsuccessful run with the Nets, who fired him in the 2012-13 season after he compiled a 60-116 record.
“There’s been a lot of great basketball played in Brooklyn,” Johnson said. “I know that for a fact. Not necessarily my team, but overall.”
In Alabama’s win over BYU, freshman forward John Petty scored 16 points while making 4 of 7 from 3-point range, Donte Hall had 14 points and nine rebounds and Dazon Ingram 13.
Highly touted freshman point guard Collin Sexton had 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
“I thought we played OK,” Johnson said. “Second half, offensively we weren’t as good, but this young team, they play hard, they’re very competitive.”
Minnesota routed UMass behind junior forward Jordan Murphy’s 16 points and nine rebounds. Amir Coffey added 10 points and defensive ace Reggie Lynch had nine points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals.
The Golden Gophers’ perimeter defense was particularly impressive limiting UMass to only 23.8 percent (5 of 21 shooting) from 3-point range.
“Our guys played great defense,” Pitino said. “I thought our intensity defensively, especially in the first half, was terrific. I’m proud of our guys.”
Alabama was also impressive with its defense against BYU. The Crimson Tide had six blocked shots and forced 11 turnovers. Daniel Giddens, a 6-foot-11 center, tallied three blocks.
“We tried to mix up our defenses,” Johnson said. “I think in today’s game you can’t have one pick-and-roll coverage. You need four or five or six of them just to try to keep teams off balance.”
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STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — Isaiah Reese scored seven of his 16 points during a 12-0 fourth-quarter run and Canisius turned back Texas State 68-62 at the Men Against Breast Cancer Showcase.
Reese took over with the Golden Griffins (2-3) trailing by two. The sophomore guard hit a jumper to knot the score at 50, turned a steal into a three-point play by Jermaine Crumpton, and added a 3-pointer and two free throws to put Canisius up 60-50 with 4:53 left in the game. Marlin Davis’ three-point play cut the Bobcats’ deficit to 64-60, but Takal Molson had a layup and two free throws to preserve the victory.
Crumpton finished with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists for Canisius, while Selvedin Planincic delivered 10 points, on 4-of-4 shooting, and five rebounds.
Nijal Pearson topped the Bobcats (2-3) with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Canisius shot 50 percent (25 of 50) from the floor and forced 18 turnovers.
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NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — St. Bonaventure played without its top returning scorer, couldn’t hit a three-point shot all night and was on the short end in most other statistical categories, yet the Bonnies somehow managed to beat a bigger, stronger Maryland team.
After his team trailed most of the night, Courtney Stockard hit a driving layup in the closing seconds to give St. Bonaventure a 63-61 win over Maryland on Friday in the semi-finals of the Emerald Coast Classic.
”I thought our guys out-scrapped, out-worked (Maryland),” said St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt. ”It was a blue collar approach. . We are not going to out-talent guys. We have a chance to out-work guys. That’s what we did.”
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon didn’t argue with that analysis.
”They played hard from the beginning,” Turgeon said. ”We tried like crazy to get control of the game. It took us about 10 minutes to finally get going. . In the end our defense let us down. We gave them too many opportunities to get to the basket during their run. We didn’t make them shoot jumpers.”
St. Bonaventure (3-1) will meet Texas Christian (5-0) for the tournament title Saturday at Northwest Florida State College.
Matt Mobley led the Bonnies with 16 points while Stockard had 14. Josh Ayeni added 11. Anthony Cowan was the only Terp to score in double figures with 13.
The two teams battled back and forth all night ringing up 11 ties and eight lead changes. Maryland (5-1) held the lead most of the game, 25:42 to 5:55 for St. Bonaventure, but the Bonnies had it when it counted.
They came back from an eight-point second-half deficit to pull into a tie and then Stockard made the winning basket with 3.2 seconds left. Maryland was unable to get off a shot in the remaining time.
”I got the screen,” Stockard said. ”I was just thinking attack. I found a lane and took it.”
The Bonnies again were without senior guard Jaylen Adams, their top returning scorer. Adams who averaged 20.6 points last season, has missed all four regular season games so far after spraining an ankle in an exhibition game.
Maryland: The Terps suffered their first loss of the season despite leading in most statistical categories. They outrebounded the Bonnies 36-29 and had a 42.2 percent to 38. 2 percent advantage from the field including a 5-0 edge in three-pointers, but they lost the game on the free-throw line. St. Bonaventure hit 21 or 25 from the charity stripe to 18 of 23 for the Terps.
St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies won’t get a true picture of their potential until Adams returns. Until then they will have to rely of Mobley for senior leadership as well as scoring. They won even though Mobley had a sub-par night. He entered the game averaging 25 points, but made only three of 12 shots from the field. Mobley, though, was perfect from the free-throw line, making all 10 attempts.
LONG TIME NO SEE
It was the first ever meeting between the two schools although both have storied basketball histories that date back more than a century.
Maryland: The Terps face New Mexico (2-3) in the Emerald Coast consolation game on Saturday after the Lobos lost to Texas Christian 69-67 in the other semi-final. Adams is not expected to play.
St. Bonaventure: The Bonnies play on Saturday for the tournament title against undefeated TCU (5-0).
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UCLA has removed Josh Rosen from its regular-season finale against California at halftime after the star quarterback was sacked three times. Devon Modster took over for the Bruins (5-6, 3-5 Pac-12) on Friday night in a game they needed to win to secur…
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Allen scored 22 points to lead five players in double-figure scoring as Rider beat Hampton for the second time this season, this time at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas Friday night.
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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Max Heidegger scored 30 and kept UC Santa Barbara close enough to sneak past Prairie View A&M in the final minutes 69-66 on Friday night.
Gabe Vincent gave UC Santa Barbara (4-2) the lead for good at 66-65 with a pair of free throws at 2:37 and the Gauchos hit 3 of 6 free throws from there to hold on for the win. Prairie View (2-4) missed its final six field-goal attempts and five of its last six foul shots but still had a 3-point attempt that would have tied it at the buzzer.
UCSB trailed 50-48 near the midpoint of the second half and Heidegger scored 12 of the Gauchos’ next 18 points during a seven-minute stretch that ended with Vincent’s go-ahead free throws.
Leland King II had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Vincent added 11 points for the Gauchos.
Gary Blackston had 21 points, Zachary Hamilton scored 19, and JD Wallace had eight points and 14 boards for the Panthers.
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