PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — First-year guard Gradey Dick scored a season-high 25 points to help No. 3 Kansas beat North Carolina State 80-74 in the opener of Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday, and gave coach Bill Self a successful return to the USA bench after a four-game suspension.
Dick had 18 on six 3-pointers in the first half before going off the field 1 for 8 after the half. Jalen Wilson added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the reigning national champions Jayhawks (5-0), who annihilated an eight-point lead at halftime and a nine-point lead in the second half before ending in the final minutes .
Casey Morsell scored 21 points and led the Wolfpack (4-1) while Terquavion Smith added 19 points.
NC State played a fast pace, taking full court and staying within reach of Kansas all the way, but couldn’t take a lead even after five second-half ties, the last one coming at 63-all on Jack Clark’s jumper at 7: 14 left.
#7 BAYLOR 89, MCNEESE STATE 60
WACO, Texas (AP) — True freshman Keyonte George scored 17 points, Adam Flagler added 13 with nine assists and Baylor retired from McNeese State.
LJ Cryer had 16 points for the Bears (5-1) to chasing three straight 20-point games that earned him Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Three days after a career-high 28 points in a win over then-No. 8 UCLA, Cryer had two 3-pointers and a jumper to put the Bears to a quick 10-2 lead.
Jonathan Massie and Zach Scott each had 12 points for McNeese State (2-4). All of Scott’s points came on four 3-pointers.
No. 9 ARKANSAS 78, No. 17 STATE SAN DIEGO 74, OT
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trevon Brazile had 20 points and nine rebounds off the bench, Ricky Council had 19 points and Arkansas beat San Diego State in overtime to finish third in the Maui Invitational.
Arkansas’ Kamani Johnson followed up with two hands on a missed layup as the rule ran out. Anthony Black had 15 points for the Razorbacks (5-1).
Matt Bradley scored 23 points, made 9 shots from 20 and grabbed seven rebounds for the Aztecs (4-2).
#14 ARIZONA 81, #10 CREIGHTON 79
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Oumar Ballo dominated inside with 30 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona, which held off Creighton and won the Maui Invitational for a third time.
The combination of the unstoppable 7-foot, 260-pound Ballo and his speedy, talented supporting cast was just enough for the Wildcats (6-0) to remain undefeated. Kerr Kriisa added 13 points and nine assists, Azuolas Tubelis had 12 points and Courtney Ramey had 10. Arizona had its last points with 2:21 but was able to hold.
Ryan Nembhard scored 20 points for Creighton (6-1), who was attempting to beat a ranked opponent for the third straight day. Ryan Kalkbrenner added 16 points, Trey Alexander had 15, and Baylor Scheierman had 11 points and 11 rebounds.
#11 INDIANA 87, LITTLE ROCK 68
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) — Race Thompson posted a season-high 20 points and had eight rebounds, though it was bloody in the first half, leading Indiana past Little Rock.
Freshman Malik Reneau had 10 points and six rebounds in his starting debut and Xavier Johnson finished with nine points and 10 assists for the undermanned Hoosiers, who are starting 5-0 for the second straight season. Preseason All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis sat with a sore back.
Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week Myron Gardner had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Trojans. DJ Smith scored 20 points to lead Little Rock (2-4), who have lost all three in the series and are 3-13 against Big Ten opponents.
No. 13 AUBURN 43, NORTH WEST 42
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — KD Johnson scored 12 points, Allen Flanigan put in a hard-fought starting shot with 31 seconds remaining and Auburn held on to beating Northwestern in the Cancun Challenge championship game.
Jaylin Williams made 3-of-6 from 3-point range to finish with 11 points for the Tigers (6-0).
Chase Audige hit Northwestern’s second 3-pointer to take a 40-39 lead with 3 minutes left. Wendell Green Jr. — Auburn’s top scorer at 14.0 per game — scored his only points when he hit a pull-up jumper with 1:43 left and Audige responded with a layup to give the Wildcats a lead 24 seconds later to get a point. After Robbie Beran stole a pass from Auburn’s Johni Broome, Green created a Northwestern turnover that led to Flanigan’s layup.
Johnson fought a potential winner jumper from Audige in the final seconds, which bounced off the backboard, was deflected by Beran and finally secured by Green.
Audige led Northwestern by 10 points,
#15 KENTUCKY 96, NORTH FLORIDA 56
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jacob Toppin scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds to help Kentucky drive off North Florida.
The Wildcats (4-2) easily recovered from an 88-72 loss at No. 6 Gonzaga Sunday to win their 23rd straight home game against an unranked opponent.
Jarius Hicklen led the Ospreys (1-4) with 17 points.
#19 UCLA 100, PEPPERS 53
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Freshman Amari Bailey scored a career-best 19 points, Jaime Jaquez Jr. added 17 points and eight rebounds and UCLA rebounded from a tough weekend in Las Vegas to beat Pepperdine.
David Singleton had 13 points and Jalen Clark had 12 for the Bruins (4-2). They returned to play after losing ranked teams in Illinois and Baylor in the Continental Tire Main Event.
Houston Mallette had 15 points and Jan Zidek had 13 for the Waves (4-2). Zidek’s father, George, played on the 1995 UCLA national championship team.
OHIO STATE 80, #21 TEXAS TECH 73
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Justice Sueing scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the second half to help Ohio State win Texas Tech in the game for fifth place at the Maui Invitational.
Sueing scored 15 straight points for the Buckeyes in the last 10 minutes to hit back at the Red Raiders every time they threatened to make a run.
Ohio State (5-1) shot 52% from the field, made all 18 of his free throws and never ran back after the first two minutes.
Texas Tech (4-2) earned a career-high 21 points from Daniel Batcho and 19 from Kevin Obanor.
#22 TENNESSEE 71, BUTLER 45
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Santiago Vescovi scored all 13 of his points after halftime, sparking the crucial run that helped Tennessee beat Butler in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Vescovi hit three 3-pointers during a 17-1 run that laid the game open for the Volunteers (3-1), who shot 53% after halftime. Tennessee led 28-23 at the break and then responded when Butler got in a basket with the big run that put the Vols 18 points ahead midway through the second half.
Julian Phillips added 11 points for Tennessee, who were without top scorer Josiah-Jordan James (13.7) due to left knee pain. He had an offseason procedure at the same joint.
Jayden Taylor scored 18 points with four 3s and led the Bulldogs (3-2), who shot just 31.9%.