LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trevon Brazile had 20 points and nine rebounds off the bench, Ricky Council scored 19 points and No. 9 Arkansas defeated No. 17 San Diego State 78-74 in overtime to take third place at the Maui Invitational . Kamani Johnson’s two-handed follow-up to a missed layup tied the game as time ran out in regulation. In overtime, a 3-pointer from Darrion Trammell gave the Aztecs a 70-69 lead with 3:56 left, but Council countered with a jumper that gave the Razorbacks a lead they were unwilling to relinquish. In the closing seconds, the Aztecs’ Matt Bradley missed a possible equalizer with 3 seconds remaining and Johnson made a pair of free throws to seal the win.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart sees a change in Georgia Tech’s game under interim coach Brent Key. If the Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs, it could change the direction of a fading state rivalry. No. 1 Georgia will look to finish its second straight undefeated regular season when it faces Georgia Tech. Georgia has a four-game winning streak against Georgia Tech, beating the Yellow Jackets 180-35 in those four years. Georgia has won 17 of the last 20 games in the series since 2001.
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) – KD Johnson scored 12 points, Allen Flanigan made a contested start with 31 seconds left and No. 13 Auburn held on to defeat Northwestern 43-42 in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge. Jaylin Williams made 3 of 6 from 3-point range to finish with 11 points for the Tigers. Chase Audige led Northwestern with 10 points, three blocks and two steals. The Wildcats shot 4 of 24 in the first half, finishing with 25% shooting from the field and 2 of 24 from 3-point range.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jacob Toppin scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds to defeat No. 15 Kentucky North Florida 96-56 on Wednesday. The Wildcats (4-2) easily recovered from an 88-72 loss to No. 6 Gonzaga Sunday to win their 23rd consecutive home game against an unranked opponent. Ten players scored for the Wildcats, with three starters hitting double digits. Oscar Tshiebwe had a second double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Antonio Reeves finished with 20 points. Toppin did most of his scoring in the second half with 12 points. Jarius Hicklen led the Ospreys (1-4) with 17 points.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Santiago Vescovi scored all 13 of his points after halftime leading to the deciding run that helped No. 22 Tennessee defeat Butler 71-45 on Wednesday night in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Vescovi hit three 3-pointers on a 17–1 run that blew the game open for the Volunteers. Tennessee led 28-23 at the half and then used the point to take an 18-point lead. Julian Phillips added 11 points for Tennessee, who will play Southern California in the semifinals on Thursday. Jayden Taylor scored 18 points leading Butler, who shot just 31.9%. The Bulldogs made only 5 of 23 three-pointers, including 1 of 10 after halftime.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aidan Mahaney scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Logan Johnson added 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists as Saint Mary’s defeated Vanderbilt 75-65 in the Wooden Legacy Semifinals. Mitchell Saxen also scored 19 points for Saint Mary’s (6-0). Jordan Wright led Vanderbilt (2-3) with 22 points. Tyrin Lawrence and Liam Robbins each scored 13 points and Stute added 12 points and eight rebounds. Trailing 35–38 at halftime, Vanderbilt shot 54% from the field in the second half, but was unable to consistently make defensive stops. The Gaels took 29 of 51 (56.9%) from the overall field and shot 58.3% (14 of 24) after the break.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Isiaih Mosley scored 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, D’Moi Hodge had 18 points, a career-high seven assists and five steals and Missouri defeated Coastal Carolina 89-51. Hodge made 7 of 11 from the field, hit 4 of 6 from 3-point range and grabbed five rebounds. The 6-foot-4 guard has 15 steals in the last three games and 19 this season. Linton Brown scored 13 points and Jomaru Brown added 12 for the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina shot 25% (15 of 61), including 6 of 23 (26%) from 3-point range, and committed 27 turnovers, which the Tigers converted for 32 points.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will be without five receivers, including Anthony Richardson’s top two targets, for Friday night’s game at No. 16 in Florida. Coach Billy Napier has ruled out leading receiver Xzavier Henderson and second leading receiver Justin Shorter, along with backups Ja’Quavion Fraziars, Marcus Burke and Thai Chiaokhiao-Bowman. Ricky Pearsall was listed as questionable, but Napier expects the Arizona State transfer to be approved on Thursday. Napier says “it’s a great opportunity” for several backups.
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