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Iowa State rallies top-ranked North Carolina, 70-65


Caleb Grill hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points and Iowa State rallied in the final five minutes to stun No. 1 North Carolina 70-65 on Friday in semi-final of the Phil Knight Invitational.

Iowa State (5-0) earned just its third victory over a No. 1-ranked team in the AP Top 25. The Cyclones are 3-22 against No. 1 teams, the other wins over Kansas in 1957 and Oklahoma in 2016.

The Cyclones can now add North Carolina (5-1) to the roster.

Jaren Holmes added 22 points and the Cyclones held off shot plays from Aljaz Kunc and Gabe Kalscheur, who combined for three runs and missed all eight of their shot attempts.

RJ Davis led North Carolina with 15 points, Armando Bacot added 14 and Caleb Love scored 12.

Iowa State will face No. 20 UConn in Sunday’s championship game, while the Tar Heels will face No. 18 Alabama for third place.


PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points as Tennessee beat the defending national champions in the Battle 4 Atlantis Championship Game.

Vescovi hit five 3-pointers to lead the offense for the Volunteers (5-1), who dominated the glass, overcame their own turnover issues and made the Jayhawks work for a clean look. Tennessee won despite missing leading scorer Josiah-Jordan James with knee pain.

Zakai Zeigler had 14 points, including a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock in the 7th minute to push Tennessee’s lead to 56-38.

Jalen Wilson and Joseph Yesefu each scored 14 points to lead the Jayhawks (6-1), who shot 28.6 percent in the first half and never warmed up.


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Jayden Gardner scored 26 points and nearly tied the Maryland-Eastern Shores point total in the first half as Virginia beat the Hawks.

The Cavaliers (5-0) led 40-22 at halftime, with Gardner scoring 18 of those points and Kadin Shedrick adding nine. Shedrick finished with 13 with coach Tony Bennett coming on generously in the final 10 minutes.

Maryland-Eastern Shore (2-4), of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, got nine points from Nathaniel Pollard Jr. and eight from Ahamadou Fofana.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Zach Edey scored 15 of his 23 points in the final 15 minutes, Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer each added 14, and Purdue beat Gonzaga in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament.

Caleb Furst added 10 points and Purdue shot 57 percent in the second half, made six of 11 3-point attempts and outshot the Bulldogs 46-31.

Purdue (5-0) will face Duke in Sunday’s championship game, while the Bulldogs (4-2) will face Xavier in the third-place game.

Drew Timme led Gonzaga with 22 points and nine rebounds.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Jeremy Roach scored a season-high 21 points, Mark Mitchell added 16 and Duke held off Xavier’s second-half comeback try in the Phil Knight Tournament semifinals legacy.

The Blue Devils (6-1) advanced to Sunday’s championship game and Purdue.

The Musketeers (4-2) were held to two points in the last five minutes and missed their last four shot attempts. Souley Boum scored 23 points and Adam Kunkel 13.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Tamar Bates scored a career-high 22 points and Xavier Johnson added a season-high 16 points in Indiana’s win over Jackson State.

Johnson and Bates each had four 3-pointers and four assists to help the Hoosiers start 6-0 for the second straight season. Preseason All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis finished with 11 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes after sitting out Wednesday’s game with back pain.

Jackson State was led by Trace Young with 13 points. Ken Evans Jr. had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (0-5), which trailed in double digits for the final 30 minutes.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Joey Hauser had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Michigan State weather a solid challenge from Oregon to win in the consolation round of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.

Tyson Walker added 18 points and eight assists for the Spartans (4-2), while Pierre Brooks II had 15 points.

Will Richardson led the Ducks (2-4) with 28 points, five rebounds and eight assists. Kelel Ware added 17 points and Rivaldo Soares had 10.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Skyy Clark scored a career-high 19 points and RJ Melendez had a career-high 17 at Illinois against Lindenwood.

Lindenwood (3-5) hit three of his first four shots to take a 7-6 lead, but it was short-lived. Illinois (5-1) quickly took a 22-13 lead, starting the game 10 of 15 from the field and shooting 63.6 percent in the first half.

Forward Keenon Cole led the Lions with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.

NOPE. 20 UCONN 82, NO. 18 ALABAMA 67

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Adama Sanogo scored 11 of his 25 points on a decisive run midway through the second half and UConn beat Alabama in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational.

UConn (7-0) takes on Iowa State in the championship game, while Alabama takes on No. 1 North Carolina in Sunday’s third-place game.

Jordan Hawkins added 16 points, Alex Karaban had 12 and Joey Calcaterra scored 10 off the bench and helped spark a first-half run as the Huskies built a 15-point lead.

Brandon Miller led Alabama (5-1) with 18 points and Jaden Bradley added 12. But it was a sloppy performance from the Crimson Tide that included 21 turnovers, 16 in the first half.


COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Julian Reese scored 22 of 24 points in the first half, Hakim Hart added 22 points and Maryland beat Coppin State in its first game as a ranked team this season.

Jahmir Young had 21 points for the undefeated Terrapins (6-0).

Coppin States Juan Dixon first coached against the program he led to a national title as a player in 2002. Dixon is Maryland’s career leading scorer with 2,269 points and is in his sixth season with the Eagles.

Sam Sessoms scored 28 points for the Eagles (3-5). They’ve lost three in a row.


NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) Rookie Patrick McCaffery scored 21 points and Iowa held off Clemson to reach the Emerald Coast Classic championship game.

Iowa (5-0) takes on TCU in the title game on Saturday. Clemson (4-2) will face California.

Tony Perkins scored eight of his 11 points in the final two minutes, making one layup and six of six free throws to help stifle the Tigers’ threat.

Chase Hunter led Clemson (4-2) with 21 points and Hunter Tyson had 13.


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