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Pritchard scores 29 as Oregon outlasts DePaul 89-79 in OT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Payton Pritchard made seven of Oregon’s 15 3-pointers, scoring a career-high 29 points and leading the Ducks to an 89-79 overtime win over DePaul in the consolation bracket of the PK80 Invitational on Friday night.

Oregon (4-1) attempted a school-record 39 3-pointers, letting fly without hesitation against the Blue Demons. The Ducks needed all of the 15 that dropped to hold off DePaul and rebound from their loss to UConn in the opening round of the tournament.

Pritchard’s previous career-high was 20 points set earlier this season against Ball State. He was 7 of 13 on 3s. Elijah Brown added 19 points and Troy Brown Jr. chipped in with 11 for the Ducks.

Marin Maric led DePaul (1-4) with 22 points and Eli Cain added 19. But the Blue Demons scored just 10 points over the final 3 minutes of regulation and overtime combined.

Pritchard nearly won it in regulation but his attempt at a game-winning 3 at the buzzer rattled around and out. It was the first overtime game this season for both teams.

Pritchard came through in the extra session. His free throws pulled Oregon even at 79-all and his 3-pointer following a DePaul turnover gave the Ducks a three-point lead. Brown added a pair of free throws and the Ducks led 84-79 with 1:47 remaining.

DePaul had its chances in regulation, appearing to take control when Devin Gage made a difficult driving layup while being fouled. The three-point play gave the Blue Demons a 64-58 lead with 7:25 left, matching their largest lead of the night.

It was gone in an instant. Consecutive 3s by Brown and Pritchard pulled Oregon even and Pritchard’s sixth 3 of the night with 4:53 left gave Oregon a 69-67 lead.

DePaul continued to hang around pulling with 72-71 on free throw from Cage. Paul White hit a 3 from the wing for Oregon, but Cain scored inside and after Pritchard was called for an offensive foul, the Blue Demons got even at 75-all on free throws from Maric with 1:12 remaining.

Those were the final points of regulation as Oregon ran off the final 30 seconds before Pritchard’s attempt at the buzzer.


DePaul: The Blue Demons continued to struggle from behind the 3-point line. DePaul was 4 of 19 on 3s and have yet to make more than six in any game this season.

Oregon: The Ducks had not been shy at attempting 3s this season but it went to another level against DePaul. The Ducks set a new season-high with their 30th 3-point attempt with 8 minutes remaining. The previous school record was 38 attempts, set twice. … Pritchard was three off the school record for 3s by an individual. Tajuan Porter had 10 3s in a game in 2006.


DePaul: The Blue Demons will face Portland on Sunday.

Oregon: The Ducks will take on Oklahoma on Sunday.

No. 20 Seton Hall beats Vanderbilt 72-59

NEW YORK (AP) — Desi Rodriguez scored a season-high 27 points as No. 20 Seton Hall overcame a sluggish first half and beat Vanderbilt 72-59 on Friday night in the consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Barclays Center.

Rodriguez came within three of his career high, set Jan. 11 in an overtime loss at Marquette, and matched his second-highest point total. He made 12 of 21 shots and keyed an offense, which shot 46.6 percent overall.

Angel Delgado added 15 points and eight rebounds as Seton Hall (5-1) dominated offensively and defensively after halftime by outscoring Vanderbilt 41-27.

Jeff Roberson had 20 points and 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double, surpassing his total from last season but it was not enough for Vanderbilt (2-4), which lost its fourth straight by shooting 33.9 percent, including 6 of 29 after halftime. Leading scorer Matthew Fisher-Davis was held to four points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Seton Hall sprinted to a 13-4 lead less than 5 minutes in on consecutive baskets by Rodriguez. Vanderbilt gradually made a charge and took a 27-25 lead on a put-back by Roberson with about 5 1/2 minutes remaining.

Vanderbilt didn’t score for the final 4:27 and settled for a 32-31 halftime lead.

Seton Hall took the lead for good a layup by Rodriguez less than a minute into the second half and held a 46-34 lead with 12:03 remaining. The Pirates built a 17-point lead a few minutes later and the outcome was never in doubt.


Seton Hall: Seton Hall survived a quiet night from Khadeen Carrington, who is its fourth-leading scorer mostly because of how Rodriguez and Delgado played. Carrington scored one point on 0-of-5 shooting, marking the third time he was limited to less than 10 points so far.

Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt entered its trip to Brooklyn averaging 75.2 points but better competition showcased some significant struggles. After nearly going the first 8 minutes without a basket Thursday against Virginia, the Commodores experienced a more significant drought Friday by going nearly 13 minutes without a basket spanning the final 4:27 of the first half and the first 8-plus minutes after halftime. During that stretch, Vanderbilt missed 13 straight shots.


Seton Hall: faces Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.

Vanderbilt: hosts Radford on Tuesday.

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Wisconsin snaps losing streak with 71-49 win over Milwaukee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As the young Wisconsin Badgers experience ups and downs in the early season, Brad Davison continues to play beyond his years.

The freshman guard scored a career-high 19 points and Ethan Happ had 14 points and eight rebounds to help Wisconsin snap a three-game losing streak with a 71-49 victory over in-state rival Milwaukee on Friday night.

”I like how we approached it,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. ”Knowing these state games, having been on the other side of it and now on this side for quite awhile, I understand the importance and relevance of it for Milwaukee, for us and for the game of basketball in the state.”

Davison helped the Badgers pull away by going 5 of 5 from the field and 4 of 4 from beyond the arc to score 14 points in the second half.

”I love Brad,” Milwaukee coach Pat Baldwin said. ”Where I was before (assistant at Northwestern), we recruited him extremely hard … You love to have him on your team and hate to play against him.”

Wisconsin struggled to start second halves in its two losses at the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. Against Milwaukee, the Badgers (3-3) used an 18-4 run that spanned intermission to take a 39-25 lead on a long 3-pointer by Kobe King.

Milwaukee (4-2) would not get within single digits the rest of the way despite shooting 48.0 percent in the second half and 45.1 percent for the game.

”It is big every game to start each half well to set the tone,” Happ said. ”We try to get stops all in a row. We didn’t do it in Kansas City. When teams get momentum coming out of halftime they are hard to stop.”

Wisconsin used a 7-0 run to take a 28-21 lead, but Jeremiah Bell hit a jumper at the buzzer to snap a scoreless streak of 5 minutes for the Panthers.

Brevin Pritzl scored 12 points and D’Mitrik Trice added 10.

Bryce Nze led Milwaukee with 10 points and seven rebounds. Bryce Barnes, Brock Stull and Bell all finished with nine points.

After hitting just a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, Wisconsin went 8 for 11 from beyond the arc in the second half. Davison finished 7 of 8 from the field and 5 of 6 from distance.

”I think it was huge for all of us to see shots go in,” Davison said. ”It carried over to our defense in the second half. It allowed us to separate ourselves from Milwaukee.”


Milwaukee: After pulling out a 68-67 win over Wisconsin in Madison when the teams last met Dec. 9, 2015, the Panthers hung with the Badgers for the majority of the first half.

Wisconsin: The young Badgers entered having dropped three straight close games to ranked opponents. With Virginia looming before Big Ten play begins, Wisconsin needed this win.


Wisconsin freshman forward Nate Reuvers made his debut Friday after sitting out the first five games of the season with the intention to redshirt. Reuvers finished 0 of 6 from the field but grabbed six rebounds in 14 minutes.


The Badgers outrebounded the Panthers, 37-25, leading to a 19-7 advantage in second-chance points.


Milwaukee will travel to face Northern Illinois on Wednesday. The Huskies downed fellow Horizon League foe Green Bay, 85-65, on Nov. 14.

Wisconsin will play at Virginia in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Monday. The Cavaliers moved to 6-0 with a win over Rhode Island in the championship game of the Preseason NIT on Friday.

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Utah routs Eastern Washington 85-69

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Coming off a bad game in Las Vegas, David Collette did everything in his power to prevent a repeat performance.

Collette only played 18 minutes for Utah on Friday night, but he dominated every second he was on the floor. The senior forward scored a season-high 24 points on 11-of-12 shooting to help the Utes sprint away for an 85-69 victory over Eastern Washington.

Collette totaled just nine points in an 85-58 loss to UNLV on Wednesday.

”I needed to come back and get that last game out my system and have a great game this time,” Collette said.

Sedrick Barefield added 12 points and Donnie Tillman chipped in 10 for the Utes. Utah (5-1) has not lost to a Big Sky opponent since the 2012-13 season.

Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 17 points, while Jacob Davison added 15 to lead the Eagles. Eastern Washington (3-4) is in the midst of 10 straight road games to open the season. The Eagles make their home debut against Cal State Northridge on December 17.

Eastern Washington shot just 39 percent from the field and went 5 of 27 from 3-point range.

”I tell the guys all the time I have to put them in better positions and what happened tonight was that we had open looks, but we have to get some touches inside and better looks,” Eastern Washington first-year coach Shantay Legans said. ”We have to do a better job of finding those guys and being better prepared to go against teams like this.”

It didn’t take Collette much time to find a rhythm. The senior forward totaled 18 points before halftime while going 8 of 9 from the field. His previous season high was 17 points against Missouri and he posted his highest single-game point total since transferring to Utah from Utah State.

With Collette doing damage around the basket, Utah had no trouble pulling away early from Eastern Washington. The Eagles initially took a 4-2 lead on a a jumper from Bliznyuk and then tied it at 11-11 on two free throws from Bliznyuk. That’s as close as Eastern Washington would get.

Utah held the Eagles without a basket for a 3 1/2-minute stretch while mounting a 12-2 run. Donnie Tillman capped the run with a three-point play to give the Utes a 23-13 lead.

A few minutes later, Utah scored on six consecutive possessions to create an even bigger cushion. Collette got things going for the Utes with a pair of free throws and back-to-back baskets and Tyler Rawson hit a pair of 3-pointers, sandwiched around a slashing layup from Parker Van Dyke, to cap off the run. It helped Utah build a 37-17 lead with 5:20 remaining before halftime.

”Our guys did a nice job of feeding it to (Collette) and he was obviously super-efficient when he got his hands on the ball,” Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak said. ”We know what he can do down there and we got to gain a little confidence from that and keep it up. We have to have an interior presence to win some games against good teams.”

The Utes led by as many as 33 points in the second half, taking a 67-34 lead on a 3-pointer from Justin Bibbins with 14:07 remaining.


Eastern Washington: Utah’s size down low and lethal perimeter shooting killed the Eagles. Eastern Washington fared well against previous Pac-12 opponents, upsetting Stanford and giving Washington a scare. The Utes were a different story. They dominated on the glass and found easy baskets for the bulk of 40 minutes.

Utah: A strong performance on both ends of the court helped the Utes bounce back from a decisive loss to UNLV in Las Vegas. Utah exploited a mismatch around the paint by feeding the ball to Collette early and it opened things up for shooters on the perimeter. The Utes didn’t let off the gas on the other end, forcing Eastern Washington to endure lengthy scoring droughts in both halves.


Eastern Washington travels to Seattle on Sunday, December 3.

Utah hosts Hawaii on Saturday, December 2.

E. Illinois smacks D-III Fontbonne 96-44

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Jajuan Starks had 14 points and was among seven Panthers in double figures scoring and Eastern Illinois beat Division III-member Fontbonne 96-44 on Friday night.

Muusa Dama made all six of his shots and scored 12 points, Montell Goodwin, Justice Green and Lucas Jones each scored 11 and Mack Smith and Michael Chavers both scored 10.

Terrell Lewis’ 3-point bucket put Eastern Illinois out front 11-0 with 16:30 before halftime. Eastern Illinois (2-3) was never challenged by the Griffins and established a commanding 56-18 lead by intermission.

The Panthers finished 38-for-62 shooting (61.3 percent) from the field but 11 for 21 (52.4) from the free throw line for the game.

Kris McCann led Fontbonne with 12 points and the Griffins were 15 of 48 (31.3) from the field.

EIU leads the series between the two schools 2-0. The Panthers won last year’s contest 101-49.

Kansas State beats George Washington 67-59 in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kamau Stokes led a balanced attack with 19 points as Kansas State held off George Washington 67-59 in a consolation game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night.

The Wildcats (5-1) led by 15 points midway through the second half and appeared to have the game in control but eventually saw their lead cut to 56-54 with 5:03 remaining after a pick-and-roll layup by George Washington’s Arnaldo Toro.

Kansas State closed the game on an 11-5 run, using its man-to-man defense and clutch free-throw shooting, to secure the win.

Dean Wade added 17 points, and Barry Brown Jr. chipped in 15 for Kansas State, which led 38-29 at halftime. The Wildcats shot 46.9 percent from the field, and finished 16 of 18 from the line.

George Washington (2-4) outrebounded Kansas State 37-26 but shot just 38.5 percent in the second half.

Toro had 21 points and nine rebounds to pace George Washington. Patrick Steeves had 11 points, and Jair Bolden scored nine for the Colonials.


Kansas State: The Wildcats have an opportunity to boost their record the next couple weeks, as four of their next five games are at home. Kansas State will travel to Vanderbilt and Washington State before opening Big-12 play against Iowa State on Dec. 29.

George Washington: The Colonials will get a much-needed reprieve from Power-5 conference teams when they face Morgan State and Temple next week in back-to-back games. Sophomore Arnaldo Toro showed George Washington’s scoring balance Friday, when he became the fifth Colonial player to lead the team in scoring this season, joining Yuta Watanabe, Terry Nolan Jr., Jair Bolden and Patrick Steeves.


Kansas State faces Oral Roberts at home on Wednesday.

George Washington will host Morgan State on Wednesday.

Florida State remains unbeaten, routing The Citadel 113-78

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Terance Mann and Braian Angola each scored 21 points and Florida State extended its home winning streak to 24 with a 113-78 victory over The Citadel on Friday.

The Seminoles (5-0) scored the first 12 points, including the first eight by Mann, and were leading 18-2 less than five minutes into the game. They would lead by as many as 41 (103-62) with 6:19 remaining.

Redshirt freshman Mfiondu Kabengale had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the first double-double of his career. Phil Cofer scored 15 and PJ Savoy added 14, including four 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs (2-3), who led the nation in scoring offense last season, shot a season-worst 33.3 percent from the field (26 of 78). Matt Frierson led The Citadel with 18 points and Tariq Simmons added 17.


The Citadel: The Bulldogs had a 54-42 edge in bench points, which is one of the few times this season in which an opponent will have more than Florida State.

Florida State: This is the sixth time over the past two seasons that the Seminoles have scored 100 points or more in a game.


Florida State’s Chris Koumadje will be out an extended period with what coach Leonard Hamilton is calling a lower extremity injury. The 7-foot-4 junior center missed his second straight game on Friday. He played in the first three games and is averaging 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds. Freshman Ike Obiagu got his second straight start.


The Citadel will host Marist on Dec. 1 in the first game of the Papa John’s Bulldog Bash. The winner will face either Army or UMBC.

Florida State travels to Rutgers on Tuesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Udoka Azubuike had a career-high 21 points and 10 rebounds, seven players hit double-figures scoring and No. 3 Kansas routed overmatched Oakland 102-59 on Friday night.

Lagerald Vick had 15 points and seven rebounds while Devonte Graham had 14 points and seven assists for the Jayhawks (5-0), who 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.

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.

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, hard-to-please coach Bill 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.

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.


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 are still awaiting word on the results of an investigation into the finances behind five-star prospect Billy Preston’s car.


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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Gill, Copeland lead Nebraska past winless Marist 84-59

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nebraska made sure quickly that Marist could not get on a roll.

Anton Gill and Isaac Copeland had 17 points each, and Nebraska cruised by winless Marist 84-59 in a consolation game Friday night at the Advocare Invitational.

James Palmer Jr. added 15 points for Nebraska (4-2), which made 57 percent (34 for 60) of its shots.

”This is us,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said. ”Move the ball, play off each other, get easy shots. We hadn’t done that.”

Any momentum Marist (0-5) had after hanging with No. 23 West Virginia Thursday before falling 84-78, evaporated early on as the Red Foxes fell behind by 12 points seven minutes in.

”We played man, we played 2-3 zone, 1-3-1 zone, we tried to trap them. We had no answers. At the end of the day they looked like a really well-coached, motivated team,” Marist coach Mike Maker said.

Aleksandar Dozic topped Marist with nine points.

Nebraska, coming off a 68-59 loss to Central Florida, shot 62 percent (18 for 29) en route to a 45-29 halftime lead. The Cornhuskers’ hot shooting continued into the second half as they went 8 for 11 to open up a 64-37 advantage.

”I thought our defensive energy was much better than it had been against Central Florida which led into good offense,” Miles said. ”Anytime you can get guys feeding off that, it was really good.”


Nebraska: Palmer, a newcomer entering with a 14.6 average, had 20 of his 22 points in the second half against UCF.

Marist: The Red Foxes shot 55 percent (26 for 47) in Thursday’s near upset of West Virginia, including 74 percent (17 for 23) during the second half.


Marist guard Brian Parker was held to eight points on 1-for-7 shooting. The junior was lone player to score in double-digits in each of the Red Foxes’ first four games.


Nebraska had 15 players get playing time and Marist 14 – with 10 scoring for each team.


Nebraska plays Long Beach State in Sunday’s fifth-place contest.

Marist faces Oregon State in the seventh-place game.