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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.”


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.

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.

Late starters: Chargers eyeing playoff push after 0-4 start

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