LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)Ryan McMahon made two free throws with 16.8 seconds left, helping No. 2 Louisville escape Akron 82-76 on Sunday night.
The Zips trailed 55-33 early in the second before getting within 78-74 on the second of Loren Cristian Jackson’s three consecutive layups. Darius Perry’s two free throws with 23 seconds left provided a six-point lead before Jackson drove again to make it 80-76.
McMahon was fouled on the inbounds and promptly made the free throws. Akron had several chances in the final seconds before Jordan Nwora’s defensive rebound as time expired.
Nwora scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, Steven Enoch added 17 and Dwayne Sutton and McMahon 10 each for the Cardinals (6-0). Sutton also had 10 of Louisville’s 48 rebounds.
Jackson and Tyler Cheese each had 20 for the Zips (4-2), who had won three in a row coming in.
No. 7 VIRGINIA 48 ARIZONA STATE 45
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) – Freshman Casey Morsell scored 19 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining, and Virginia rallied past Arizona State to win the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
Mamadi Diakite added 15 points for the defending national champion Cavaliers (6-0), who shot 37% from the floor and trailed by nine points after a 19-0 run by the Sun Devils. That burst turned a 26-16 Virginia lead with 30 seconds left in the first half into a 35-26 second-half deficit.
Remy Martin had 21 points to lead Arizona State (3-2). He hit eight of his 16 shots, while the rest of the team went 9 for 26.
FLORIDA 70, No. 18 XAVIER 65
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Keyontae Johnson and Andrew Nembhard had 15 points each and Florida held off Xavier in the Charleston Classic championship.
The Gators (5-2) had made plenty of headlines for their losses to Florida State and UConn that saw them go from No. 6 at the start of the season to out of the Top 25. But Florida showed the offensive punch and defensive disruption that had the team so highly regarded.
It built a 10-point lead by halftime – the first time Xavier trailed after 20 minutes all season – and kept pouring it on in the second half as a pair of 3-pointers by Nembhard and one by Noah Locke extended it to 50-35 just three minutes into the second half. When Johnson flipped in a layup moments later, the Gators led by 17.
Xavier nearly came all the way back. It closed to 68-65 on Quentin Goodin’s 3-pointer with 1:08 left and had a strong shot to tie on Paul Scruggs’ clean look with 13 seconds left. But Scruggs’ attempt bounced twice off the rim and Kerry Blackshear Jr. grabbed it for the Gators, got fouled and made both free throws for the final margin. Scruggs had 24 points.
No. 24 BAYLOR 87, No. 17 VILLANOVA 78
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) – Jared Butler scored 10 of his 22 points during the final 6 minutes, helping Baylor pull away for a victory over Villanova.
MaCio Teague scored 18 points while Davion Mitchell added 13 to help the Bears (5-1) pass their first Top 25 test, a matchup that for much of the way felt like a potential Sweet 16 preview.
Baylor (5-1) broke open a tight, tense game with nine ties and 18 lead changes by scoring on their final 12 possessions and holding the Wildcats without a field goal during the final 2+ minutes while winning their fourth straight.
Butler, the tournament MVP who has led the Bears in scoring in five of six games, hit 3s on back-to-back possessions early in that stretch, the first of which put them up 67-66 with just under 6 minutes left and the second breaking a 67-all tie.
Collin Gillespie scored 27 points, Saddiq Bey finished with 16 points and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Villanova.
No. 9 KENTUCKY 81, LAMAR 56
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Tyrese Maxey scored 21 points and Kentucky made a season-high 10 3-pointers.
Maxey made a career-high four 3-pointers against, surpassing three he made in the Wildcats’ opening victory over Michigan State.
Ashton Hagans added 15 points for Kentucky (5-1). Immanuel Quickley had 11, and Nick Richards added 10 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks. Davion Buster led Lamar (4-2) with 19 points.
The Wildcats raced to a 15-0 lead and closed the first half with a 22-2 run.
No. 12 TEXAS TECH 96, LONG ISLAND-BROOKLYN 66
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) – Freshman Jahmi’us Ramsey scored a career-high 27 points, and Texas Tech pulled away after trailing by a point at halftime in a victory over Long Island-Brooklyn.
Ramsey was 5 of 6 from 3-point range and grabbed six rebounds in the third-highest scoring game for a freshman at Texas Tech (5-0).
The Red Raiders trailed 42-41 at halftime. The Sharks (1-5) turned it over on their first four possessions of the second half and Davide Moretti put Texas Tech in front for good with a bucket on his way to 12 points.
Raiquan Clark scored 18 points for Long Island but was limited after committing his fourth foul early in the second half. The Red Raiders outscored the Sharks 55-24 after halftime.
No. 14 ARIZONA 104, LONG BEACH STATE 67
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Nico Mannion scored 22 points, Zeke Nnaji added 21 and Arizona pulled away in the second half to beat Long Beach State.
Arizona (6-0) struggled in the first half for a second straight game, trailing 31-30 with less than three minutes remaining before rallying for a 38-33 halftime lead. Nnaji and Mannion both had 11 points before the break.
The Wildcats trailed at halftime just three nights prior on Thursday before laboring to a 71-64 win over South Dakota State. This game wouldn’t be nearly as a close.
Arizona hit 13 of its first 16 shots in the second half, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range, to push the lead to 72-44 with ten minutes left and cruise to the win.
Michael Carter III led Long Beach State (2-4) with 11 points.
No. 15 UTAH STATE 68, NORTH TEXAS 59
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) – Alphonso Anderson scored 10 of his 19 points down the stretch, Justin Bean had a double-double, and Utah State scored the final 11 points to beat North Texas to win the Montego Bay division of the Jamaica Classic.
Bean finished 14 points and 13 rebounds and Diogo Brito scored 15 points for Utah State (7-0).
Deng Geu threw down a two-handed dunk in traffic and the Umoja Gibson made a layup to give UNT (2-5) a 59-57 lead with 4:11 to play but the Mean Green did not score again. Bean tied it with a jumper 16 seconds later before Anderson added a short jumper and a layup to make it 63-59 with 1:37 remaining. North Texas missed its final seven shots.
The game featured 12 ties, with the score knotted for more than 10 minutes, and 17 lead changes. Neither team lead by for than five points until the closing seconds.
Gibson led North Texas with 19 points and Geu scored 18.
No. 23 COLORADO 56, WYOMING 41
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Tyler Bey had 11 points and 19 rebounds to lead Colorado past Wyoming.
Bey, who has 22 career double-doubles and 12 in his last 19 games, accomplished the feat for the third time in four games this season. D’Shawn Scwartz scored 12 points, while Evan Battey added nine points and 13 rebounds for Colorado.
Hunter Maldonado scored 14 points to lead Wyoming.
The Buffaloes (4-0) overcame a sluggish first half and used a 13-0 run over the first four minutes of the second half to open a 28-15 lead and seize momentum.
The Cowboys (3-4) got as close as four points, with 9:19 left in the game, but Colorado went on another run, outscoring Wyoming 13-1 over the next five minutes to put the game out of reach.
NO. 25 WASHINGTON 88, SAN DIEGO 69
SEATTLE (AP) – Isaiah Stewart had 25 points and seven rebounds, Jaden McDaniels scored 20 points and Washington beat San Diego.
The highly touted freshmen combined to score 10 points to start a game-clinching run early in the second half as Washington (5-1) won its third straight.
Marion Humphrey scored 13 for the Toreros (2-5).