Bobby Pettiford Jr.’s Reverse Layup as time went on in overtime, No. 3 took Kansas to a dramatic 69-68 victory over Wisconsin on Thursday in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Pettiford’s lone shot of the game came after he controlled the rebound of Zach Clemence’s missed three-pointer with three seconds remaining. Pettiford threw the ball over his shoulder for the winning basket.
Kansas (6-0) advanced to the title game on Friday night against No. 22 Tennessee, who defeated Southern California 73-66 in overtime in the other semifinal. Wisconsin (4-1) will meet the Trojans for third place on Friday afternoon.
Jalen Wilson scored 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Tyler Wahl scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime and added 10 rebounds for the Badgers.
No. 1 North Carolina 89, Portland 81
Pete Nance scored 28 points and the Tar Heels held off an upset bid from the pilots at the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon.
The Tar Heels also got 23 points from Caleb Love and 11 points and 13 boards from Armando Bacot. Leaky Black added 11 points and nine rebounds, and RJ Davis had 13 points – including four in the last 30 seconds.
The Pilots were led by 21 points from Moses Wood and 14 points from Alden Applewhite. Tyler Robertson added 13 points and seven assists.
No. 8 Duke 54, Oregon State 51
Kyle Filipowski scored 11 of his 19 points in the last 10 minutes to help the Blue Devils earn a win against the Beavers in a Phil Knight Legacy tournament quarterfinal in Portland, Oregon.
Filipowski made only five of 13 shots from the field, but grabbed 14 rebounds. Ryan Young had 11 points and 15 rebounds off the bench as Duke (5-1) won for the first time away from home under freshman coach Jon Scheyer.
Jordan Pope’s 14 points and Dexter Akanno’s 12 points led Oregon State (3-2). Duke will take on Xavier in the semifinals on Friday after the Musketeers defeated Florida 90-83 on Thursday. Oregon State meets the Gators in the comfort group.
No. 18 Alabama 81, No. 12 Michigan State 70
Freshman Brandon Miller made his way to 24 points and nine rebounds as the Crimson Tide defeated the Spartans in the quarterfinals of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon.
Noah Gurley had 12 points and Noah Clowney contributed 10 points, six rebounds and three assists for Alabama (5-0), which will play No. 20 UConn in the Semifinals.
Tyson Walker led Michigan State (3-2) with 21 points and AJ Hoggard threw in 18. Joey Hauser added nine points but also made five turnovers.
No. 20 UConn 83, Ore. 59
Tristen Newton scored a season-high 23 points as the Huskies rolled to a rout by the Ducks in the quarterfinals of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon.
Jordan Hawkins added 12 of his 18 points after halftime, hitting five 3-pointers as UConn (6-0) made a school-record 17 treys on 37 attempts.
Kel’el Ware led Oregon (2-3) with a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench. N’Faly Dante added 15 points.
No. 22 Tennessee 73, Southern California 66
Santiago Vescovi skipped the lead three-pointer 1:45 into overtime and the Volunteers held on for a victory over the Trojans in the Battle 4 Atlantis Semifinals at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Julian Phillips scored a game-high 25 points, scored 10 of 12 free throws and added eight rebounds for Tennessee (4-1). Olivier Nkamhoua added 12 points and six rebounds, while Vescovi had seven points and five assists.
Southern California (4-2) was led by Boogie Ellis, who had 21 points, four assists and three rebounds.
No. 24 Purdue 80, West Virginia 68
Two-foot-4 Zach Edey produced 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Boilermakers led from start to finish by defeating the Mountaineers in the Phil Knight Legacy quarterfinals in Portland, Oregon.
Mason Gillis posted 14 points to complement Edey’s fourth double-double in as many games for the Boilermakers (4-0), who finished 24 of 28 at the free throw line compared to West Virginia’s 11 of 17.
Erik Stevenson led the Mountaineers (4-1) with 17 points, while Iowa transfer Joe Toussaint added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.
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