No. 1 Michigan State 98, Mount St. Mary’s 65
Keith Appling came off the bench to score 17 points and Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice added 15 apiece Friday to power host Michigan State to a victory over Mount St. Mary’s and help the Spartans continue their domination of nonconference opponents at home during November.
The last time the Spartans (7-0) lost at home in November was to a David Robinson-led Navy team on Nov. 29, 1986. Michigan State has won 74 straight games against unranked non-conference opponents at home.
No. 4 Arizona 72, No. 6 Duke 66
Nick Johnson scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and Arizona beat Duke in the title game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
The game was expected to be a matchup of two of the best freshmen in the country and, although Aaron Gordon of Arizona and Jabari Parker of Duke didn’t spend a lot of time covering each other, they were both key factors.
Gordon, the quiet forward, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds and came up big late with a dunk on an alley-oop pass and then fed Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for a dunk less than a minute later to give the Wildcats (7-0) a 61-51 lead with 3:59 to play.
No. 5 Oklahoma State 69, Butler 67
Marcus Smart scored 17 points as Oklahoma State survived a major scare in a win over Butler in an Old Spice Classic semifinal in Orlando, Fla.
Oklahoma State (7-0) again came out flat to start a second half, one day after the Cowboys saw a 23-point halftime lead dwindle to four with 3 minutes to play before beating Purdue 97-87.
With the Cowboys holding a 68-67 lead in the final minute, Smart missed three free throws, including the front end of a 1-and-1.
Butler’s Khyle Marshall was fouled with 8.4 seconds remaining, but also missed his free throws. Le’Bryan Nash made it 69-67 by hitting 1 of 2 from the line before Butler’s Elijah Brown had his last second 3-point shot blocked.
No. 9 Louisville 69, Southern Mississippi 38
Chris Jones came off the bench to score 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and host Louisville bounced back from its first loss to roll past Southern Mississippi.
Five days after a lackluster effort in a 93-84 loss to North Carolina, the Cardinals (6-1) got a better effort on both ends with the help of two new starters. Freshman point guard Terry Rozier got things going offensively by making his first three from beyond the arc en route to nine points, while redshirt freshman center Mangok Mathiang had seven rebounds and three blocks.
No. 14 Oregon 85, Pacific 62
Mike Moser scored 19 points and host Oregon beat Pacific.
Johnathan Loyd had 13 assists, tied with four others for the second-most ever by an Oregon player.
The 14th-ranked Ducks (5-0) scored 20 straight points after halftime to break open a close game. Pacific (4-1) led 36-29 after the break, but then went nearly seven minutes without scoring.
T.J. Wallace and Trevin Harris had 14 points each for the Tigers.
No. 15 Florida 67, Florida State 66
Dorian Finney-Smith made a free throw with 1.3 seconds left, lifting host Florida to a victory over rival Florida State.
Finney-Smith struggled all night from the field, missing 10 of 12 shots, but came up big in the clutch.
He grabbed an offensive rebound on a missed jumper by Scottie Wilkebin and got fouled on the putback. He missed the first free throw, but sank the second one for the Gators (6-1).
Casey Prather led Florida with 19 points, and Michael Frazier II added 17.
No. 21 Memphis 76, LSU 69
Austin Nichols scored 19 points, Chris Crawford had 17 and No. 21 Memphis beat LSU 76-69 in a semifinal at the Old Spice Classic.
Joe Jackson added 16 points for Memphis (4-1), which will play No. 5 Oklahoma State in Sunday night’s championship game. The Cowboys got a major scare in Friday’s other semifinal before beating Butler 69-67.
Memphis’ only loss this season came to Oklahoma State, which won handily 101-80 on Nov. 19.
No. 22 Michigan 87, Coppin State 45
Playing without leading scorer Nik Stauskas, Michigan found plenty of offensive firepower to rout visiting Coppin State.
Freshman Zak Irvin matched his career-high of 10 points by halftime, when Michigan led 42-23, and brought the Crisler Center crowd to its feet by connecting on three consecutive 3-point baskets for a 63-31 lead with 13:24 left to play.
The freshman finished with 24 points on 9-of-13 shooting, including 6-of-10 from 3-point range.
No. 23 Iowa 89, Florida State 53
Aaron White scored 17 points, Zach McCabe added 14 and No. 23 Iowa rolled into the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, easily beating Texas-El Paso.
Peter Jok scored 14 and Melsahn Basabe finished with 10 for the Hawkeyes (7-0), who have already won five times this season by at least 31 points. Iowa will meet either Kansas or Villanova for the tournament title on Saturday.
No. 25 Marquette 76, George Washington 60
Davante Gardner scored 20 points and had nine rebounds to lead Marquette to a victory over George Washington University in the semifinals of the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton, Calif.
Marquette (5-2) used a 12-2 run early in the first half to build a double-digit lead, and never trailed.
The Colonials (5-1) tried to stage a couple of comebacks in the second half but never got any closer than the final 10-point margin.