BIG TEN:?No. 3 Michigan State 99,?Boston College 68

Denzel Valentine had a triple-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, and Michigan State beat Boston College on Thursday at the Direct­TV Wooden Legacy in Fullerton, Calif., giving coach Tom Izzo his 500th career victory.

Valentine helped the Spartans (5-0) expand a 13-point halftime lead to 27 midway through the second half. His second triple-double of the season was the first in the event’s nine-year history.

Tum Tum Nairn added 13 points and eight assists for the Spartans.

Eli Carter led the Eagles (3-1) with 22 points.

After the buzzer, Izzo’s players gathered around him at midcourt, holding up “Izzo 500” signs and posing for photographs.

Eli Carter led the Eagles (3-1) with 22 points.

Michigan State plays Boise State on Friday.

TOP 25:?No. 8 Villanova 59,?Stanford 45

Jalen Brunson scored 18 points as Villanova beat Stanford in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.

Brunson, a freshman, had the most productive game of his brief career on a day the Wildcats (5-0) struggled from the floor. They shot 30.6 percent but did enough to advance to the championship game Friday against Georgia Tech, which beat Arkansas 83-73 earlier Thursday.

Josh Hart added 10 points for Villanova.

Marcus Allen scored 12 for Stanford (2-3). Dorian Pickens added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cardinal will oppose Arkansas in the consolation game Friday.

No. 25 Texas A&M 62,?No. 10 Gonzaga 61

Danuel House scored 19 points, and Texas A&M edged Gonzaga to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The Zags’ Silas Melson missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as time expired with House contesting the shot.

Tonny Trocha-Morelos added 14 points for the Aggies (6-0).

Gonzaga (3-1) led for much of the game but missed some key free throws down the stretch.

Monmouth 70,?No. 17 Notre Dame 68

Justin Robinson scored 22 points, including two free throws with 3.6 seconds left, and Monmouth upset Notre Dame in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Robinson was fouled driving to the basket and calmly made the decisive shots from the foul line. Demetrius Jackson’s midcourt jumper at the buzzer was well off the mark.

Monmouth (3-1) also got 15 points from Micah Seaborn.

Jackson had 20 points for Notre Dame (3-1).

Southern California 72,?No. 20 Wichita State 69

Freshman Bennie Boatright had a career-high 22 points and USC beat Wichita State at the AdvoCare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

USC (5-0) got 15 points from Jordan McLaughlin. It’s the Trojans best start since opening the 2000-01 season 8-0.

Wichita State played without guard Fred VanVleet, who has ankle and hamstring injuries.

Ron Baker had 25 points and Markis McDuffie added 14 for Wichita State (2-2).

Syracuse 79,?No. 19 Connecticut 76

Michael Gbinije and Trevor Cooney each had 17 points and Syracuse beat Connecticut to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Tyler Lydon added 16 points off the bench. Gbinije had seven assists.

That changed around the 13-minute mark when the Orange (5-0) tightened their zone on defense, and started an 18-8 spurt that gave Syracuse a 65-55 lead with 7:45 left. The Orange fought off several spurts by the Huskies (4-1) to win.

Daniel Hamilton led UConn with 18 points.

No. 23 Xavier 64,?Alabama 45

Trevon Bluiett scored 15 points, J.P. Macura added 14 and Xavier beat Alabama in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Macura helped the Musketeers (5-0) overcome an early first-half deficit, while Bluiett was part of a second-half surge that gave Xavier a comfortable advantage.

Shannon Hale and Justin Coleman had 10 points each for Alabama (2-2).

MID-AMERICAN :?Stephen F. Austin 79,?Western Michigan 71

Clide Geffrard scored 21 points with nine rebounds — both career highs — to lead Stephen F. Austin to a win over Western Michigan in the opening round of the Challenge in the Music City in Nashville.

Thomas Walkup had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Demetrious Floyd and T.J. Holyfield scored 10 apiece for the Lumberjacks (2-2), who face Tulane on Friday.

Thomas Wilder led the Broncos (2-3) with 23 points.