No. 2 Kentucky beats Old Dominion 62-52
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Kentucky 62, Old Dominion 52
|LSU 59, Georgia Tech 50
|Tennessee State 64, South Carolina 63
|Alabama 65, Purdue 56
|Marquette 96, Ole Miss 66
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) -- Senior Darius Miller came off the bench to score 13 points and hand out five assists, leading a young Kentucky team past Old Dominion 62-52 Sunday to win the Hall of Fame Tip-off tournament in Connecticut.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also scored 13 points and fellow freshman Anthony Davis added 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the No. 2 Wildcats (4-0).
The Wildcats used a 12-1 run late to extend a 50-49 lead, holding Old Dominion without a field goal for the last seven minutes of the game.
Chris Cooper had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Old Dominion (3-2). Trian Iliadis added 11 points and Kent Bazemore had 10 for the Monarchs, who were coming off a 68-66 overtime win against South Florida.
Old Dominion took an early 18-11 lead behind the shooting and rebounding of Cooper, who had six points and four rebounds during that stretch, while Bazemore added seven points.
The deficit matched Kentucky's largest of the season. They also trailed Kansas by seven points in the first half on Tuesday.
After a timeout, Kentucky went on a 7-0 run to tie it. But Old Dominion would not go away. A steal and layup by Iliadis put ODU back up by five.
Miller, Kentucky's only senior, brought the Wildcats back, scoring seven points on a 9-0 run to close the half. Miller had nine points, topping his season high in the first 20 minutes, and Kentucky led 32-27 at halftime.
The Wildcats extended that to 40-31 after Lamb was fouled after hitting a 3-point shot, and made the free throw.
Old Dominion went without a field goal for five minutes before Cooper powered into the lane with 10:23 left. But a basket by Wright brought the Monarchs back to within five at 46-41.
Trian Iliadis hit back-to-back 3-pointers to close the gap to 50-49 with seven minutes remaining, while the Wildcats missed free throws on three consecutive 3-point play opportunities to help ODU hang around.
But Kidd-Gilchrist's layup began the run that put the game away and his dunk on an assist by Miller made it 60-49.
Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was at the game to watch his Wildcats and freshman point guard Marquis Teague, who had another tough game. He had six turnovers to go with his six points and just two assists. For the season, Teague has 18 turnovers and just 11 assists.
Doron Lamb, who had 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting in Saturday's 85-47 win over Penn State, had eight points on Sunday.
Bazmore, who broke a bone in his left foot over the summer and had surgery in August, made his first start of the season for ODU. He had been coming off the bench as he allows the bone to heal.
Nick Wright, who served a three-game suspension to start the season, had nine points and six rebounds for the Monarchs.
Hickey's 20 lead LSU to 59-50 win over Georgia Tech
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- LSU point guard Anthony Hickey learned plenty at the Charleston Classic, first and foremost how to keep focused and in control when things don't go your way on the court.
Hickey used that lesson against Georgia Tech, scoring 20 points to lead the Tigers to a 59-50 victory on Sunday and fifth place in the eight-team tournament.
LSU (3-2) had an awful start to its week in South Carolina, losing at Coastal Carolina in Conway about two hours up the road this past Tuesday, then falling into the losers' bracket with an 88-82 loss to Northwestern.
Hickey, a 5-foot-11 freshman, struggled in both those losses. He was 2 of 8 from the field against Coastal Carolina, then was held scoreless in the second half against Northwestern. He recovered in a big way in his final two games at TD Arena with 17 points to beat Western Kentucky and a career-best performance Sunday against the Yellow Jackets (3-2).
"We learned how to play when stuff goes bad," Hickey said. "When stuff goes bad everybody holds their heads down. Coach (Trent) Johnson says hold your heads up. We're together. We've got to keep playing together."
That worked against Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference, a team very similar in size and talent to LSU of the Southeastern Conference. Each trip down the floor was met with in-your-face defense and each free ball brought several bodies crashing against each other. LSU didn't get clear until the very end.
"Yeah, it was tough out there," Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said.
The Yellow Jackets led 43-41 on Kammeon Holsey's jumper, their first lead of the second half. That's when Hickey struck for a go-ahead 3-pointer. Ralston Turner and Andre Stringer followed with 3-pointers to go out in front 50-46.
Mfon Udofia's third and final 3 drew Georgia Tech within 50-49 with 3:15 to go. That turned out as closes as the Yellow Jackets would get.
Justin Hamilton, LSU's 7-foot junior, had a pair of foul shots and a basket to extend the lead. Turner and Stringer combined for five foul shots down the stretch for the final margin.
LSU shot just 32.8 percent (21 of 64) and still came out ahead. Turner and Hamilton were each 3 of 12 from the field. Senior Storm Warren missed all 11 shots.
Tigers coach Trent Johnson was pleased with his team's response to the early-week losses and the cold-shooting against Georgia Tech.
Johnson was worried that his younger players like Hickey might hang their heads and spend too much time worried about defeat instead of focusing on the next opponent. "We had not good shots, but great shots in the second half that didn't go down," Johnson said. "In the past, we might've forgot to defend. But we stuck our nose in there and came up with some loose balls."
While the offense suffered, LSU's defense got to the Yellow Jackets, who finished with 23 turnovers. The Tigers had nine steals.
"When the offense is going you've got to work on defense," Hickey said.
Stringer had 11 points while Hamilton finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
Udofia had 14 points to lead Georgia Tech, while Glen Rice Jr. had 11 points, but just four of those in the second half.
Johnson, LSU's coach, is confident that Hickey and his other players will keep learning the lessons as they prepare for SEC play in January. "For us, we've got about 10 guys that are solid," he said. "We've got a solid base.
"I leave this tournament saying what I said the first day of practice," he continued. "We've got a team that can score the ball, but we have to defend. Today was a great example of that."
Tennessee State stuns South Carolina 64-63
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Robert Covington scored 16 points and Jordan Cyphers came off the bench to add 12 to lead Tennessee State past South Carolina 64-63 Sunday night, its first victory in 24 tries against a Southeastern Conference team.
South Carolina (1-2), which trailed by 22 with 14:49 remaining, had a chance to force overtime on two R.J. Slawson free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining, but the 78 percent free-throw shooter missed the second.
The Gamecocks fouled and Covington missed the front-end of a one-and-one. South Carolina couldn't get a shot off as Will Peters and Patrick Miller stripped the ball away at midcourt.
The only previous win for the Tigers (2-2) came against Fisk, an NAIA team, and they lost their opener to Saint Louis by 34 points.
Eric Smith scored all 18 of his points in the second half for South Carolina.
The game was part of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Alabama Claims Puerto Rico Tip-Off Title
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Trevor Releford scored 20 points and Alabama (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) went on a big second-half run to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off title, beating Purdue 65-56 on Sunday night to start 5-0 for the first time since 2006.
The Crimson Tide point guard added five assists and four rebounds, and Alabama used a 19-4 burst midway through the second period to earn its first regular-season tournament title since winning the Las Vegas Classic in 2007.
"We, as a team, understand that we have time to progress and get better," Alabama coach Anthony Grant said. "We understand that we haven't scratched the surface of where we could be."
Robbie Hummel led Purdue (4-1) with 17 points and Kelsey Barlow added 11.
"I thought we did a good job of competing," Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said. "I think we have some guys who play hard and we have good senior leadership."
Tony Mitchell had his 10th double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Crimson Tide to earn most outstanding player honors at the tournament.
"We stopped them with our defensive pressure and to have the opportunity to play Wichita State and Purdue was great for us," Mitchell said.
JaMychal Green added 14 for Alabama and Levi Randolph had 12.
"Purdue did a great job defending us and made it hard for us to score in the first half," Green said. "Our mindset for this was defending the 3 point line and rebounding."
Alabama held the Boilermakers to 36 percent shooting (20 of 56).
"I felt that our guys did a good job," Painter said. "Our issue sometimes was when we got in transition.
"I thought Alabama's pressure and their guards really hit us hard. We just have to regroup and continue to work hard but we have to work harder on being physical without fouling and being productive.
Ole Miss Falls To Marquette
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Vander Blue carried Marquette in its first game at the Paradise Jam. Jae Crowder took over in the second game for the Golden Eagles.
Crowder scored a team-high 25 points to lead Marquette (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 21 AP) to a 96-66 victory over Mississippi in the Paradise Jam semifinals on Sunday.
The Golden Eagles (4-0) will meet Norfolk State, a 66-53 winner over TCU, in the tournament championship. It will be a rematch of last Monday's game in which Marquette won by 31 points.
Crowder, a senior forward, made 9 of 11 shots from the field including two 3-pointers. He also shot 5 of 7 from the free-throw line and pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
"Getting off to a fast start was part of the game plan," Crowder said. "We have a lot of weapons and anyone can step up any night on this team. Everyone is getting chances so when your number is called, you have to step up."
This was the fourth straight game the Golden Eagles have scored more than 90 points. On an effective and balanced 10-man rotation for Marquette, Crowder has led the team in minutes played this season.
Marquette coach Buzz Williams said there is no real correlation between minutes played and points scored but it was the second time in four games Crowder has paced the offensive attack.
"I think Jae in a lot of ways is the heart and soul of what we do on both ends of the floor," Williams said. "We function with a lot better rhythm when he's playing. I don't know how many minutes he had or points he scored but how in sync we are typically means he's in the game."
Vander Blue's fast-break dunk fueled a 13-0 scoring run Marquette used to take command in the first half. The Golden Eagles opened a 51-29 halftime lead, scored the first six points of the second half and never looked back.
One game after he scored a career-high 26 points, Blue, a sophomore, finished with 11 for Marquette. Senior guard Darius Johnson-Odom added 20 for the Golden Eagles while Davante Gardner converted all nine of his free throw attempts and finished with 15 points.
On Friday, Marquette had five players score in double figures and Sunday's game saw four.
Ole Miss (3-1) shot 25 of 78 from the floor and missed all 14 shots from beyond the arc in the first half. The Rebels were led by Terrance Henry, who finished with 19 points while Maurice Aniefiok chipped in with 10.
"Every game, I'm amazed because we have been taking some horrible shots," Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said. "There were a lot of good looks tonight that would just not go. It was very disturbing."
The Rebels committed 19 turnovers compared to just nine assists. Kennedy said the difference in the game was Mississippi's inability to attack or defend while in the transition.
"We knew they would be attacking early and often and we couldn't stop them early on," he said. "For the first time this year, we were going up against superior players on the open floor and we did not respond."