Florida State scores big again to beat No. 10 VCU
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Ian Miller scored 22 points and Devon Bookert added 18 to help Florida State cruise past No. 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. Montay Brandon added 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Treveon Graham had 14 points to lead the Rams (3-1), denied their first 4-0 start since the 1993-94 season.
Florida State lost in overtime to Virginia Commonwealth in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2011 NCAA tournament. There would be no repeat this time as the Seminoles took control late in the first half and then used an 11-0 spurt to open the second half.
No. 12 WISCONSIN 88, BOWLING GREEN 64
MADISON, Wis. — Ben Brust scored 19 points to lead six Wisconsin players in double figures against Bowling Green.
Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker added 14 apiece for Wisconsin (5-0). Traevon Jackson had 13, Josh Gasser 11 and Bronson Koenig 10.
Spencer Parker led Bowling Green (1-2) with 17 points, and Jehvon Clarke added 15.
Wisconsin took control a little more than midway through the first half. With the Badgers up 23-22, Dekker started a 16-4 run by converting a three-point play and then Wisconsin began to hit from outside. Jackson, Brust and Duje Dukan each made a 3-pointer during the spurt.
Brust added another 3 before the half was over, and Wisconsin went into the break up 44-28.
No. 13 GONZAGA 90, WASHINGTON STATE 74
SPOKANE, Wash. — Kevin Pangos had 27 points and Drew Barham added 17 to lead Gonzaga past Washington State.
Pangos shot 8 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 8 on 3-pointers, as Gonzaga (4-0) scored at least 90 points for the third time this season.
Freshman guard Ike Iroegbu had 20 points to lead cold-shooting Washington State (2-1). DaVonte Lacy added 14.
Gonzaga, which shot 55 percent, scored the first basket of the game and never trailed.
No. 14 MICHIGAN 85, LONG BEACH STATE 61
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico —Nik Stauskas scored 24 points, Caris LeVert had 20 and Michigan made a tournament-record 14 3-pointers in beating scrappy Long Beach State in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Michigan led by 18 in the first half before the margin was trimmed to 10 with less than 9 minutes to play. But the Wolverines (3-1) were able to hold on thanks to all the long-range jumpers. Stauskas and LeVert hit four 3s apiece.
A.J. Spencer and Mike Caffey each had 12 points to lead Long Beach State (1-4), which lost its fourth straight game.
The Wolverines connected on 14 of 30 attempts from beyond the arc and forced 16 turnovers in their second game since the return of forward Mitch McGary from a back injury. He didn’t start, and played sparingly in finishing with six points.
No. 16 FLORIDA 79, MIDDLE TENNESSEE 59
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Patric Young scored 16 points, one of six Florida players in double figures against Middle Tennessee.
The Gators won their 19th consecutive game at home, this one thanks to a dominant start to the second half.
Florida (4-1) came out of the locker room and outscored the Blue Raiders 18-6 over the first 5½ minutes. DeVon Walker got the run started with a 3-pointer, and then the Gators went inside.
Young had a dunk, and Jacob Kurtz and Dorian Finney-Smith followed with three-point plays. Leading scorer Casey Prather, who played just 4 minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, made two free throws and also added a three-point play. In between, he found Michael Frazier II on the break for a layup.
Florida used the spurt to turn a single-digit lead into a 20-point game, and coach Billy Donovan’s team coasted from there.
Neiko Hunter led Middle Tennessee (4-1) with 14 points.
No. 18 CONNECTICUT 72, BOSTON COLLEGE 70
NEW YORK — Ryan Boatwright made two big free throws with 7.9 seconds to play and blocked a 3-point attempt at the buzzer as Connecticut held off Boston College in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
DeAndre Daniels had 23 points to lead the Huskies (5-0), who play the winner of the Washington-Indiana game for the title on Friday night at Madison Square Garden.
Shabazz Napier had 20 points for Connecticut, which led most of the way.
Ryan Anderson scored 22 points and Olivier Hanlan added 19 for Boston College (1-4).
No. 19 NEW MEXICO 97, UAB 94, 2OT
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Cleveland Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 39.5 seconds left in the second overtime to give New Mexico the lead for good in a wild victory over UAB at the Charleston Classic.
The Lobos (3-0) forced overtime on Kendall Williams’ desperation 3 as time ran out to tie it 75-all. Alex Kirk then hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in the first overtime as New Mexico dug its way out of an 86-81 hole for another period.
Williams led New Mexico with 29 points. Cameron Bairstow had 21 points and eight rebounds before fouling out in regulation. Kirk had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Chad Frazier finished with a career-high 34 points while Rod Rucker had 18 points and a career-best 20 rebounds for UAB. With the Blazers (3-1) down by one, Frazier missed on a drive with 18 seconds left.
No. 25 MARQUETTE 58, NEW HAMPSHIRE 53
MILWAUKEE — Chris Otule and Todd Mayo each scored 16 points to help Marquette withstand a scare from New Hampshire.
Jamil Wilson added nine points, three steals and two blocks for the Golden Eagles (3-1), who shot just 32.7 percent (17 of 52) from the floor — including 13.6 percent (3 for 22) from 3-point range.
Patrick Konan had 14 points and 10 rebounds for New Hampshire (2-2). Chris Pelcher, the reigning America East player of the week, managed only six points and fouled out with 9:41 left.
It was the first game for Marquette since shooting 18.9 percent Saturday in a 52-35 loss to Ohio State that snapped the Golden Eagles’ home winning streak at 27 games — the longest active streak in the country at the time.
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