MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)Precious Achiuwa scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as 16th-ranked Memphis held off Mississippi 87-86 on Saturday for its third consecutive victory without heralded freshman center James Wiseman.
D.J. Jeffries dunked with a second left for Memphis, then Blake Hinson beat the buzzer with a 3 for the final margin as the Tigers avoided blowing a 16-point lead.
Memphis (5-1) snapped a three-game streak by Ole Miss (4-1) in this series.
Penny Hardaway has the youngest team in the country, according to KenPom.com. He still has the No. 1 recruiting class even with Wiseman sitting out an NCAA-mandated 12-game suspension for what college sports’ governing body ruled were impermissible benefits from 2017 when the Memphis coach was overseeing a local high school team.
Jeffries finished with 23 points for Memphis.
Breein Tyree led Ole Miss with 24 points.
No. 7 VIRGINIA 58, UMASS 46
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Braxton Key scored 16 points and Virginia used its stifling defense to hand UMass its first loss of the season in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
Kihei Clark added 14 points and Jay Huff chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds for the Cavaliers (5-0), who limited the Minutemen to just 15 baskets and 30% shooting.
Carl Pierre had 14 points for Massachusetts (5-1).
No. 8 GONZAGA 77, CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD 49
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Filip Petrusev scored 15 points, Killian Tillie added 13, and Gonzaga pounded Cal State Bakersfield.
Drew Timme had 11 and Admon Gilder and Joel Ayayi each added 10 for Gonzaga (6-0), which has won 26 straight regular season games, longest streak in the nation.
Justin Elder-Davis scored 11 points for Cal State Bakersfield (2-4), which has never beaten a ranked opponent. The Roadrunners were undone by 40% shooting and 27 turnovers.
Gonzaga shot just 44.9%, but made 25 of 39 free throws and committed just 10 turnovers.
No. 13 SETON HALL 87, FLORIDA A&M 51
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Myles Powell scored 23 points and Jared Rhoden had 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead Seton Hall to a romp over winless Florida A&M.
Florida A&M (0-5) would jump out 2-0 on a jumper by D.J. Jones, but that would be the Rattlers’ only lead. Seton Hall (4-1) led by 18 before taking a 36-24 halftime lead.
Rod Melton Jr. led Florida A&M with 12 points while M.J. Randolph had 11 points and nine rebounds. Quincy McKnight had 14 points and five assists for Seton Hall.
Florida A&M pulled within single digits several times in the second half. First, after Randolph’s fastbreak layup off a steal by Melton Jr. to make it 40-31 with 17:27 left. The Rattlers would have another steal a couple of possessions later when Sandro Mamukelashvili turned it over to Melton Jr., whose dunk off a break drew the Rattlers to 43-35.
No. 21 VCU 78, FLORIDA GULF COAST 48
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Marcus Evans scored 16 first-half points andVCU bookended the first half with big runs in a victory over Florida Gulf Coast.
Evans’ total in the opening 20 minutes matched what FGCU managed as a team as VCU (5-0) rolled to a 43-16 lead. The Rams scored 16 of the first 18 points and, already leading 26-16, closed the half by holding the Eagles scoreless for nearly 16 minutes and running off 17 more in succession.
Caleb Catto scored 14 points for the Eagles (1-5). They committed 27 turnovers that VCU turned into 37 points.
The Rams took their largest lead at 63-28 with just over 12 minutes to play before FGCU made it respectable with a 17-3 run over the next seven minutes.
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