No. 2 Michigan St. 67
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 30 points and hit a key jumper with less than a minute left, helping Connecticut outlast No. 2 Michigan State 70-67 in a physical Maui Invitational semifinal on Tuesday.
Connecticut (4-0) fought the Spartans for every inch every minute, refusing to be pushed around by a team projected to be a national title contender. The Huskies made it interesting by missing five late free throws, but survived Draymond Green’s midcourt heave at the buzzer.
Walker hit a fallaway jumper with 52 seconds left and Alex Oriakhi dominated inside for 15 points and 17 rebounds, sending UConn into the championship game against No. 8 Kentucky or No. 13 Washington.
Michigan State (3-1) had three chances to tie in the final 20 seconds, but Green missed two free throws, Kalin Lucas threw a pass to no one and Green was just short on his desperation shot.
No. 3 Ohio St. 64,
Morehead St. 45
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Jon Diebler scored 20 points and David Lighty added 11 to lead the Buckeyes past the Eagles to win the Global Sports Invitational.
The Buckeyes (4-0) were without one of their top shooters, junior swingman William Buford, who was held out of the game because of back pain.
Foul trouble and cold shooting kept Ohio State from pulling away until late in the game.
Freshman Deshaun Thomas scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half for the Buckeyes.
Kenneth Faried, battling foul trouble most of the night, had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Ty Proffitt added 12 points for the Eagles (2-3), who had battled on even terms at No. 16 Florida before falling 61-55 on Sunday.
Freshman point guard Aaron Craft started in place of Buford, who was held out as a precautionary measure after suffering from back spasms in the Buckeyes’ last game, a 40-point win over UNC-Wilmington. The junior is expected to be back on Friday when the Buckeyes play Miami (Ohio).
No. 5 Pittsburgh 74,
Robert Morris 53
PITTSBURGH — Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points and the Panthers pulled away from the Colonials.
Brad Wanamaker scored 17 points and Gary McGhee had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (6-0), who are 29-0 against their suburban Pittsburgh rival. Gilbert Brown added 11 points and keyed a late 14-2 run with a soaring, one-handed dunk.
Russell Johnson scored 15 points for Robert Morris (2-2), which shot only 30.9 percent without leading scorer Karon Abraham. He was held out for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
Abraham’s absence was a major setback for a team that shot only 35.6 percent in its first three games, then made only 21 of 68 shots against Pitt. Abraham averages 14 points and had 16 points during a 77-53 loss to Pitt last season.
No. 10 Purdue 87, Austin Peay 65
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — JaJuan Johnson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help the Boilermakers beat the Governors.
E’Twaun Moore had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals, Ryne Smith scored 11 points and D.J. Byrd added 10 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Boilermakers (4-0). Lewis Jackson did not attempt a field goal, but he had nine assists despite playing with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. Freshman guard Terone Johnson had seven points and three assists in his first career start.
Purdue could have won by a larger margin, but the Boilermakers made just 14 of 24 free throws.
Tyshwan Edmondson scored 16 points and John Fraley added 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Governors (2-3). Austin Peay shot 51 percent from the field, but Purdue scored 18 points off the Governors’ 18 turnovers.
No. 11 Missouri 72, Wyoming 62
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Michael Dixon scored a career-high 17 points to help the Tigers beat the Cowboys in the semifinals of the Cancun Challenge.
Missouri saw its 15-point halftime lead cut to 59-57 with just under 4 minutes left when Dixon came up with a loose ball. The Tigers swung it around to Marcus Denmon, who made a 3-pointer that snapped a near 4-minute scoring drought.
The Cowboys (2-3) never got closer than four points the rest of the way.
Laurence Bowers had a pair of tip-ins in the final 3½ minutes for the last of his 12 points. He also had seven rebounds.
The Tigers (3-0) sealed the win hitting four three throws in the final 20 seconds, including two by Dixon after Arthur Bouedo was whistled for an intentional foul.
No. 16 Florida 79,
Florida Atlantic 66
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton scored 21 points, Alex Tyus added 19 and the Gators beat the Owls.
Erving Walker added 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Gators (4-1), who showed some fatigue while playing for the fourth time in eight days.
Florida struggled early against the Owls (3-3), allowing them to shoot nearly 50 percent from the floor in the first half and giving up way too many easy baskets. The Gators, meanwhile, missed free throws and failed to make the most of their height and depth advantage.
No. 20 Texas 84, Sam Houston State 50
AUSTIN, Texas — Jordan Hamilton scored 25 points and the Longhorns gave coach Rick Barnes career victory No. 500.
Longhorns senior point guard Dogus Balbay added a career-high 14 points on and unusual scoring night for him.
Texas (4-1) played its first game as a ranked team this season. The Longhorns rose to No. 1 for the first time in school history last January before falling out of the rankings just six weeks later.
Barnes is 500-250 in 24 seasons as a head coach, with 298 wins in 13 years at Texas. He is just the 12th active major college coach to reach No. 500.
Antuan Bootle scored 16 points for Sam Houston State (2-1).
No. 22 Gonzaga 66, Marquette 63
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Steven Gray scored 20 points and the Bulldogs stopped a rare two-game losing streak with a victory over the Golden Eagles in the third-place game of the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.
The Bulldogs (3-2) lost to then-No. 25 San Diego State 79-76 last week and to No. 4 Kansas State 81-64 in the semifinals on Monday, a rare losing blowout.
Elias Harris had 19 points and reserve Mangisto Arop had 15, 10 in the second half when he kept the Bulldogs in front as Marquette (4-2) kept chipping away at an 11-point second-half deficit.
Jimmy Butler, who finished with 22 points, had a chance to tie the game but his long 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded was well off the mark and the Golden Eagles had their second straight loss after losing 82-77 to No. 1 Duke in the semifinals.
No. 25 North Carolina 80, UNC Asheville 69
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 23 points and the Tar Heels blew most of a 22-point, second-half lead before beating the Bulldogs.
Freshman Harrison Barnes added 13 points for the Tar Heels (3-2), who regrouped after losing two straight games during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. But on what appeared to be an easy night, North Carolina couldn’t put away the Bulldogs (2-2) and instead found itself protecting a six-point lead with 4 minutes to play.
The Tar Heels held on to improve to 7-0 in the series against the instate program from the Big South Conference. But this couldn’t have been a confidence-builder for a young team that struggled in back-to-back losses to Minnesota and Vanderbilt in Puerto Rico.
Zeller provided some good news by setting his career high in scoring for the second straight game.