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Jackson has 23 and Ohio State beats Stanford 79-71

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — C.J. Jackson had 23 points while Keita Bates-Diop added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Ohio State beat Stanford 79-71 on Friday night in the Phil Knight Invitational.

The Buckeyes (5-1) will play Sunday against Butler, which beat Portland State 71-69 earlier on Friday. Buckeyes first-year coach Chris Holtmann spent three seasons at Butler, taking the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16 last season, before going to Columbus.

Daejon Davis had 15 points and Reid Travis had 14 points before both fouled out for Stanford (3-4), which led by as many as 10 points in the first half but trailed by as many as 10 in the second.

Stanford closed within 63-57 on Travis’ layup with 3:54 left, but it was as close as the Cardinal could get until Oscar Da Silva’s jumper made it 70-65 with 46 seconds to go. Ultimately they couldn’t catch the Buckeyes.

Dubbed the PK80, the tournament celebrates Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.

Sixteen teams are taking part in the event, including No. 1 ranked Duke and defending NCAA champion North Carolina. The tournament opened Thursday and will continue on Sunday after a break on Saturday.

Ohio State and Stanford were in the Motion Bracket, playing Friday in the Moda Center, home of the Trail Blazers. The Victory Bracket played at the adjacent Memorial Coliseum.

Stanford dropped to the losers side of the bracket with a 108-87 loss to No. 7 Florida on Thursday night. The Gators face No. 17 Gonzaga in the late game on Friday night.

Ohio State fell 86-59 to Gonzaga in its opener.

The Cardinal led by as much as 31-21 late in the first half, but Ohio State closed the gap with an 11-1 run and the two teams went into halftime tied at 32. Stanford didn’t make a shot from the field for the last 4:11.

Bates-Diop led all scorers with 10 points for the Buckeyes at the break.

Stanford scored just six points in the first six minutes of the second half to trail 48-38. Bates-Diop’s layup gave the Buckeyes their biggest lead of the game to that point.

Stanford had won all three previous meetings with Ohio State. The last meeting was Dec. 21, 1973, in Lexington, Kentucky. The Cardinal won 68-53.

BIG PICTURE

Stanford: Stanford has played three teams from Power Five conferences in a five game span. The Cardinal played defending NCAA champion North Carolina on Monday.

Ohio State: The Buckeyes went into the game 38-38 against teams from the Pac-12 Conference. … All of Ohio State’s four victories were by double figures.

UP NEXT

Ohio State will play Butler on Sunday, while Stanford faces Portland State.

No. 18 Purdue beats No. 2 Arizona 89-64 for 7th in Atlantis

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Dakota Mathias scored 24 points to help No. 18 Purdue roll past No. 2 Arizona 89-64 in the seventh-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis, sending the Wildcats home with three losses in three days.

The Boilermakers (5-2) had struggled with their shooting through two tournament losses of their own, but shot 57 percent and made 11 of 22 3-point attempts in a break-loose performance.

Carsen Edwards added 22 points in what could have been a possible title-game matchup in the eight-team tournament. Instead, the Boilermakers and Wildcats found themselves playing the final game just to salvage a win.

Now, shockingly, Arizona (3-3) is the lone team leaving the Bahamas with an 0-3 tournament record.

Freshman Deandre Ayton had 22 points before fouling out for the Wildcats, while junior Allonzo Trier – who came in averaging 27.8 points – finished with just eight on 3-for-10 shooting.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: Paradise turned into a total nightmare for Arizona. There was the opening-game 90-84 loss to North Carolina State that left coach Sean Miller frustrated by his team’s poor defense. Then there was the loss to SMU in which the Wildcats undercut any defensive gains by failing to secure stop-ensuring rebounds. This time, his team offered meager defensive resistance to a hot-shooting team that quickly gained confidence with each possession. And that raises the question: how far will the Wildcats fall in Monday’s AP Top 25? Or will they stay in the rankings at all?

Purdue: The Boilermakers couldn’t hold leads in their first-round overtime loss to Tennessee, then got out-toughed in a loss to Western Kentucky. Still, Mathias had insisted there was plenty to play for. His team came out and proved it, playing with a free-flowing confidence while knocking down open look after open look to reboot their suddenly sputtering offense. Purdue shot just 39 percent from the field and 33 percent from behind the arc in the first two tournament games, but had no trouble tearing through Arizona’s defense.

UP NEXT

Arizona: The Wildcats host Long Beach State on Wednesday.

Purdue: The Boilermakers host No. 19 Louisville in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday.

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Northwestern pulls away for an 81-50 win over Sacred Heart

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Scottie Lindsey had 19 points, six rebounds and four assists, Vic Law added 15 points and Northwestern used a strong second half to pull away for an 81-50 victory over Sacred Heart on Friday night.

Derek Pardon had 11 points and six rebounds and Gavin Skelly had 10 points.

Northwestern (4-2) won comfortably despite shooting 9 of 27 on 3-pointers in the game. Bryant McIntosh (nine points) was just 1 for 5 on 3-pointers.

Coming off the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance last season, the Wildcats have struggled this season and entered Friday having dropped two of three.

”Obviously, tonight was a big night for us,” coach Chris Collins said. ”It was less about who we were playing, but it was more about us getting back to playing the way we have the last couple of years. I thought we made a big step in the right direction.”

The Wildcats held Sacred Heart to just 19 points on 6 of 18 shooting in the second half. Playing better on that end after halftime was a focus.

”Our defense in the second half in every game this season has been awful,” Lindsey said. ”It’s been something we’ve been working on, and I think we played really well in the second half.”

Joseph Lopez had 13 points to lead the Pioneers (2-4), but was just 2 for 11 from the free-throw line. Mario Matasovic added 11 points.

”They made some adjustments at the half and it really gave us a ton of problems,” Sacred Heart coach Anthony Latina said.

After leading 43-31 at halftime, the Wildcats opened the second half with a 16-6 run for a 59-37 advantage with 14 minutes to go. The closest Sacred Heart could get after that was 18.

The 19 second-half points for Sacred Heart included eight in the final 2 1/2 minutes – long after Collins had replaced his starters.

THE BIG PICTURE

Sacred Heart: The Pioneers entered having won two straight – a 69-68 overtime win against Maine and an 84-60 win against Division III Mitchell – but the step up in class was too much to overcome. They managed to shoot 50 percent in the first half, but Northwestern’s size advantage became more of a factor in the second.

”We had some good opportunities, but their length really bothered us on some drives and some finishes and some turnovers, too,” Latina said.

Northwestern: Defense was the main emphasis this week for the Wildcats, but Collins also wasn’t happy with the way they were playing offensively. Despite missing some shots, Northwestern played more of a team game and had 19 assists on 27 field goals.

”We’re a function of our parts,” Collins said. ”That’s no knock on any of our guys individually. We have nice talent. But when those guys play together, we’re a lot better. When we try to do it on our own, then we’re not as good.”

LOW POINT

Northwestern’s struggles could be mostly dismissed before an 85-49 loss to Texas Tech on Sunday.

”Sunday was an embarrassing game,” Lindsey said.

”Sometimes something like Sunday has to happen to make you wake up and get back to basics and understand that in order for us to be successful we need one another,” Collins said. ”I think what happened to us was probably good because it allowed us to really refocus and get back to the drawing board and refocus on where our energies need to be.”

UP NEXT

Sacred Heart: The Pioneers visit UMass-Lowell on Wednesday night.

Northwestern: The Wildcats visit Georgia Tech on Tuesday night as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

No. 3 KU with 7 in double figures in 102-59 rout of Oakland

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Udoka Azubuike was 10 of 16 from the field and his shooting percentage took a nosedive.

That happens when you spend most of your time dunking.

Oh, the Kansas big man still had plenty of dunks Friday night. But he also tried a few nifty hooks, drove to the basket a couple times and finished with a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, leading the third-ranked Jayhawks to a 102-59 rout of overmatched Oakland.

But after entering the game shooting a nation-leading 84.8 percent, now it’s a mere 77.6.

”He did fine,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. ”He didn’t shoot the ball quite as well because I thought a few of the shots he took were outside his range, but I thought he played pretty strong.”

Azubuike had plenty of help.

Lagerald Vick had 15 points and seven rebounds, and Devonte Graham had 14 points and seven assists, as the Jayhawks (5-0) won their 24th straight non-conference home game without breaking a sweat.

Well, there was sweat.

The Jayhawks are still playing just seven scholarship players, a big reason why just about every regular logged big minutes and scored a lot of points.

Malik Newman also scored 15 points, Svi Mykhailiuk had 14 and Mitch Lightfoot had a career-best 11 points with eight rebounds. Freshman forward Marcus Garrett added 10 points.

”Hopefully we can get some pieces back, then it won’t be like that much longer,” Self said. ”I do think we got six or seven guys, if they’re playing well they can all get double figures very easily.”

Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points for the Golden Grizzlies (2-3), who welcomed back three-time All-Horizon League forward Jalen Hayes from a four-game suspension. He finished with 14 points.

Azubuike set the tone with a dunk off an alley-oop pass on the game’s first possession, then two more dunks in the next couple of minutes. But the rest of the Jayhawks were quick to join the party, Mykhailiuk doing it from beyond the arc and everybody else going right to the basket.

”The big fella, a bad lob is a good lob with him,” Newman said of the 7-foot Azubuike. ”He’s always an outlet when we’re in trouble, just throw it up to the rim and he can go get it.”

Vick’s 3-pointer pushed the lead to 24-8. Lightfoot’s 3-ponter made it 36-14. And by the time Newman ripped away a steal and went coast-to-coast for a basket, the Jayhawks had a 55-26 halftime lead.

Even so, the hard-to-please Self wasn’t totally satisfied.

He benched Azubuike after picking up a silly foul 90 feet from the basket. He got on Newman for his failure to help out on defense. He yelled at Graham for not being authoritative going to the hole.

If only Oakland counterpart Greg Kampe had such problems.

He looked at times exasperated and depressed sitting on the Golden Grizzlies’ bench, especially as the Jayhawks slammed down one alley-oop pass after another. Kampe tried getting on the officials at one point, but in a game that spiraled out of control quickly, it was mostly a wasted effort.

”We do this a lot. We play games like this a lot,” Kampe said, ”and the results of today usually don’t happen to us. To have a veteran, senior-laden team, to have Jalen back and to have that happen was very discouraging to me. Our execution was really, really bad.”

Kampe was so disgusted that he used all his timeouts early in the second half.

”I probably wasn’t going to need them in overtime,” he said. ”I wanted to use the timeouts as teaching moments. I wish I had six more. I almost took another one and took the technical.”

CENTURY WATCH

The only question down the stretch was whether Kansas would hit the 100-point mark for the second straight game. The Jayhawks hit it on Garrett’s layup with 52 seconds to go.

BIG PICTURE

Oakland isn’t done facing talented opponents with a game against No. 4 Michigan State looming in a couple weeks. But their rough road to the Horizon League is certain to help once conference play begins.

Kansas has put up big points despite playing a shortened lineup, though help is on the way. Arizona State transfer Sam Cunliffe becomes eligible in a couple weeks, and the Jayhawks still hope the financial situation involving freshman Billy Preston’s car is resolved soon so that he can play.

UP NEXT

Oakland heads south to face Oral Roberts on Monday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Kansas wraps up a four-game home stand Tuesday night against Toledo.

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Wilkins career-best 19 helps Virginia win Preseason NIT

NEW YORK (AP) — Isaiah Wilkins is the step-son of NBA Hall of Famer Dominque Wilkins, who earned the nickname of the ”Human Highlight Film” for his arsenal of high-flying dunks during the 1980s.

Isaiah Wilkins did not rise above the defenders to get the dunks his stepfather once electrified crowds with but created plenty of other highlights.

Wilkins scored a career-high 19 points as Virginia pulled away in the second half and beat Rhode Island 70-55 Friday night to win the Preseason NIT.

”On the scouting report, I saw they were a little bit smaller than I was,” Wilkins said. ”I just wanted to take full advantage of that.”

The 6-foot-7 senior made 7 of 9 shots in 23 minutes and was named MVP of the tournament. Wilkins came into the game as the Cavaliers’ (6-0) fifth-leading scorer at 6.8 points but surpassed his previous career best of 15 points set February 1 against Virginia Tech.

”He brings so much,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. ”His stat line usually doesn’t show it. It showed it today. He’s usually making a huge impact.”

Wilkins impacted things by capitalizing on a mismatch as Rhode Island started four guards – all listed at 6-foot-3 or shorter. Wilkins hit four jumpers, converted a tip-in and a pair of layups.

Wilkins also made 5 of 6 free throws and grabbed six rebounds as Virginia held a 33-22 rebounding margin.

”It was big time, it was huge,” said Virginia guard Devon Hall, who added 18 points. ”We were trying to get it into him early. I don’t know if he scored our first bucket or not but we tried to get it to him early so he could take advantage of it.”

Wilkins put the emphatic finish on the win with a 3-point play with 69 seconds left and a block on Jeff Dowtin with 13 seconds remaining.

”We knew they was a little undersized,” Virginia reserve guard Nigel Johnson said. ”Isaiah had a mismatch the whole game.”

The highlights Wilkins provided occurred on a night when leading scorer Kyle Guy struggled to get into a flow. He finished with five points on 2-of-8 shooting and also committed four turnovers.

Rhode Island (3-2) was unable to follow up its rousing Thursday win over Seton Hall. Andre Berry led the Rams with 12 points while Jarvis Garrett and Jared Terrell added 11 apiece.

Terrell was unable to follow up his 32-point night against Seton Hall and shot just 4 of 11, including 2 of 7 after halftime when Rhode Island was outscored 40-28.

”We came here to win the championship,” Rhode Island Danny Hurley said. ”In our minds, we failed that way, but (we feel good) about yesterday’s win and hopefully we will learn from tonight’s experience of playing against a high-level team.”

Virginia appeared headed for a double-digit lead at times in the first half but settled for a 30-27 halftime lead. The Cavaliers held the Rams without a basket for over 3-1/2 minutes and held a 28-19 edge on a basket by Jack Salt with 2:34 left.

Rhode Island finished the half with an 8-2 run capped by an open corner 3 from Garrett with 30 seconds left that forced Virginia to use a 30-second timeout.

Virginia began the second half sluggishly, falling behind in the opening minutes but Hall snapped a 35-35 tie with a 3-pointer at the 15:35 mark and a little over four minutes later, the Cavaliers held a 47-37 lead on open corner 3 by Guy.

The Cavaliers never led by less than eight points the rest of the way and held a double-digit edge over the final 7:25.

BIG PICTURE:

Rhode Island: It was a difficult night for leading scorer Jared Terrell, who came into the game averaging 21.8 points per game on 52.6 percent shooting. He never hit his stride like he did Thursday with a 32-point showing against No. 20 Seton Hall. Terrell reached double digits for the fourth straight game but his final line was similar to his six-point night against UNC-Ashville on Nov. 10. At one point, things became so frustrating for Terrell he showed his disappointment by getting called for a technical foul with 9:27 left in the second half by yelling ”Come on!”

Terrell’s quiet night was magnified by the fact that Rhode Island was missing Cyril Langevine (groin) and E.J. Matthews (broken wrist.)

Virginia: Virginia’s 93 points in this week’s poll made it the last team out of the top 25 but that may change Monday, especially if No. 25 Alabama loses to No. 14 Minnesota. Regardless of how much consideration they get, the Cavaliers appear to have another stout defense. The Cavaliers have never ranked lower than 54th defensively in 10 seasons under coach Tony Bennett and are allowing 52.3 points per game.

UP NEXT:

Rhode Island: Hosts Brown on Tuesday.

Virginia: Hosts Wisconsin on Monday.

Laster, Kirk score 20; Ohio beats Mount St. Mary’s, 96-77

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Mike Laster and Teyvion Kirk each scored 20 points and Ohio cruised past Mount St. Mary’s, 96-77 in a nonconference game Friday night.

The Bobcats won one of three games at the Charleston Classic, losing to Clemson and Dayton before battling back from an 18-point deficit to beat Indiana State in quadruple overtime to take seventh place.

Jordan Dartis drilled a 3-pointer to push the Ohio lead to double digits, 25-13 with 11:17 left in the first half and the Bobcats held a 13-point advantage at intermission.

Both teams shot well from the field. Ohio hit 39 of 71 shots from the field (54.9 percent), including 9 of 24 from beyond the 3-point arc. The Mountaineers hit 50 percent of their shots from the floor (31 of 62) and knocked down 11 of 32 attempts from deep.

Junior Robinson scored 21 points and dished 10 assists for Mount St. Mary’s.