Caleb Grill hit seven 3-pointers for a career-high 31 points, and Iowa State rallied in the final five minutes to stun No. 1 North Carolina 70-65 in Friday’s Phil Knight Invitational semifinals.
Iowa State (5-0) clinched just its third win against a No. 1 team on the AP Top 25. The Cyclones are 3-22 against No. 1 teams, with the other wins coming against Kansas in 1957 and Oklahoma in 2016.
The Cyclones can now add North Carolina (5-1) to the list.
Jaren Holmes added 22 points and the Cyclones withstood shooting games from Aljaz Kunc and Gabe Kalscheur, who combined for three points and missed all eight of their shot attempts.
RJ Davis led North Carolina with 15 points, Armando Bacot added 14 and Caleb Love scored 12 points.
Iowa State meets No. 20 UConn in Sunday’s championship game while the Tar Heels play No. 18 Alabama for third place.
NO. 22 TENNESSEE 64, NO. 3 Kansas 50
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points and Tennessee beat the reigning national champions in championship play at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Vescovi hit five 3-pointers to fuel the offense for the Volunteers (5-1), who dominated the glass, overcoming their own turnover problems and getting the Jayhawks to work for a clean look. Tennessee won despite top scorer Josiah-Jordan James missing with knee pain.
Zakai Zeigler had 14 points, including a 3-pointer, to beat the shot clock at the 7-minute mark and take Tennessee’s lead to 56-38.
Jalen Wilson and Joseph Yesefu each scored 14 points and led the Jayhawks (6-1), who scored 28.6% in the first half and never warmed up.
NO. 5 VIRGINIA 72, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 45
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Jayden Gardner scored 26 points in the first half and nearly matched the Maryland-Eastern Shore total as Virginia beat the Hawks.
The Cavaliers (5-0) led 40-22 at halftime, with Gardner accounting for 18 of those points and Kadin Shedrick adding nine. Shedrick finished at 13, with trainer Tony Bennett making generous substitutions in the final 10 minutes.
Maryland-Eastern Shore (2-4) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference earned nine points from Nathaniel Pollard Jr. and eight from Ahamadou Fofana.
NO. 24 PURDUE 84, NO. 6 GONZAGA 66
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Zach Edey scored 15 of his 23 points in the last 15 minutes, Braden Smith and Fletcher Loyer added 14 each and Purdue defeated Gonzaga in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament.
Caleb Furst added 10 points and Purdue went 57% in the second half, making six of 11 3-point attempts and passing the Bulldogs 46-31.
Purdue (5-0) plays Duke in Sunday’s championship game, while the Bulldogs (4-2) take on Xavier in the third-place playoff.
Drew Timme led Gonzaga with 22 points and nine rebounds.
NO. 8 DUKE 71, XAVIER 64
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jeremy Roach posted a season-high 21 points, Mark Mitchell added 16 and Duke resisted Xavier’s second-half comeback attempt in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament.
The Blue Devils (6-1) advanced to the championship game on Sunday and Purdue.
The Musketeers (4-2) were held at two points in the last five minutes and missed their last four shot attempts. Souley Boum had 23 points and Adam Kunkel had 13.
NO. 11.INDIANA 90, JACKSON STATE 51
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) — Tamar Bates posted a career-high 22 points and Xavier Johnson added a season-best 16 in Indiana’s win over Jackson State.
Johnson and Bates each had four 3-pointers and had four assists to help the Hoosiers start 6-0 for the second straight season. Prior-season All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds in 19 minutes after sitting out Wednesday’s game with a back pain.
Jackson State was led by Trace Young with 13 points. Ken Evans Jr. had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (0-5), who were down by double digits in the last 30 minutes.
#12 MICHIGAN STATE 74, OREGON 70
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Joey Hauser had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help Michigan State repel a strong challenge from Oregon and win in the consolation round of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.
Tyson Walker added 18 points and eight assists for the Spartans (4-2) while Pierre Brooks II had 15 points.
Will Richardson led the Ducks (2-4) with 28 points, five rebounds and eight assists. Kel’el Ware added 17 points and Rivaldo Soares had 10.
NO. 16 ILLINOIS 92, LINDENWOOD 59
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Skyy Clark had a career-high 19 points in Illinois’ win over Lindenwood and RJ Melendez had a career-high 17 points.
Lindenwood (3-5) hit three of his first four shots to take a 7-6 lead, but it was short-lived. Illinois (5-1) quickly took a 22-13 lead, starting the game with 10-of-15 points from the field and scoring 63.6% in the first half.
Forward Keenon Cole led the Lions with 20 points in 8-of-11 shooting.
NO. 20 UCONN 82, NO. 18 ALABAMA 67
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Adama Sanogo scored 11 of his 25 points during a crucial run midway through the second half and UConn defeated Alabama in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational.
UConn (7-0) meets Iowa State in the championship game while Alabama takes on No. 1 North Carolina in Sunday’s third-place playoff.
Jordan Hawkins added 16 points, Alex Karaban had 12 and Joey Calcaterra scored 10 off the bench and helped spark a first-half run as the Huskies built a 15-point lead.
Brandon Miller led Alabama (5-1) by 18 points and Jaden Bradley added 12. But it was a sloppy performance from the Crimson Tide, which included 21 turnovers, 16 in the first half.
NO. 23 MARYLAND 95, COPPIN STATE 79
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Julian Reese scored 22 of his 24 first-half points, Hakim Hart added 22 points and Maryland defeated Coppin State in their first game as a ranked team this season.
Jahmir Young had 21 points for the undefeated Terrapins (6-0).
Coppin State’s Juan Dixon first trained against the program he led to a national title as a player in 2002. Dixon is Maryland’s points leader with 2,269 points and is in his sixth season with the Eagles.
Sam Sessoms scored 28 points for the Eagles (3-5). You’ve lost three times in a row.
NO. 25 IOWA74, CLEMSON71
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Freshman Patrick McCaffery scored 21 points and Iowa held off Clemson to reach the Emerald Coast Classic championship game.
Iowa (5-0) meets TCU in Saturday’s title game. Clemson (4-2) plays against California.
Tony Perkins scored eight of his 11 points in the last two minutes, made a layup and six of six free throws to quell the Tigers’ threat.
Chase Hunter led Clemson (4-2) with 21 points and Hunter Tyson had 13.
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