Western Kentucky Coach Ken McDonald had a message with his team down 14: "There's a lot of game left." The Hilltoppers never ran out of confidence even as they nearly ran out of time.
Juan Pattillo had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Steffphon Pettigrew (Elizabethtown) scored 12 points and Western Kentucky rallied in the final minutes to stun Hofstra 62-60 Friday night in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The Pride (1-2) blew a 13-point lead with 4 minutes left and an eight-point lead with 2:50 remaining.
The Hilltoppers swarmed and stormed Hofstra in the final minutes, forcing turnovers and hitting clutch shots. Kahlil McDonald had the big blows — consecutive threes that pulled Western Kentucky (3-1) to 59-56.
Caden Dickerson sank a three-pointer with 35 seconds left for the Hilltoppers, then Brandon Peters made a quick steal and a layup for a 61-60 lead with 29 seconds left.
Minnesota 72, No. 8 North Carolina 67: Blake Hoffarber scored 20 points, Ralph Sampson III and Trevor Mbakwe created havoc all over the court and Minnesota beat North Carolina in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.
The Golden Gophers (3-0) mobbed each other in front of the bench and danced around in a circle to celebrate the win — and their trip to Sunday's finals against West Virginia.
Beating a top-10 team in the Tar Heels (2-1) and a 2010 Final Four team in the Mountaineers would put the Tubby Smith-led Gophers in a strong position to enter The Associated Press Top 25 and stamp themselves as a serious contender in the Big 10.
"I liked our courage, I liked our toughness," Smith said.
Harrison Barnes, the first freshman pre-season All-America team pick, missed all 12 of his shots and scored six points.
No. 1 Duke 110, Colgate 58: Nolan Smith scored 18 points, Kyle Singler added 16 and Duke routed visiting Colgate. Andre Dawkins had 16 points and freshman Kyrie Irving finished with 13 for the Blue Devils (3-0).
No. 5 Pittsburgh 68, Texas 66: Pittsburgh finally found a way to beat Texas. Of course it would happen at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Ashton Gibbs scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half, and the Panthers hung on to beat the Longhorns, adding the 2K Sports Classic title to the two recent Big East Tournament championships they've also claimed at the iconic building.
Samford 79, Auburn 68: Josh Davis made eight three-pointers and matched a career-high with 30 points to lead Samford to a win against host Auburn in the Global Sports Hoops Showcase. Samford made 18 three-pointers. Josh Bedwell, who finished with 21 points, had five of them.
Mississippi St. 76, Appalachian State 74: Kodi Augustus and Ravern Johnson combined for 44 points to lead Mississippi State to a come-from-behind victory at home.
South Carolina 85, Radford 56: The Gamecocks shook off a chilly first 10 minutes to thrash visiting Radford. Stephen Spinella scored 15 points.
West Virginia 74, Vanderbilt 71: Casey Mitchell hit the winning three-pointer with 3.8 seconds left, finishing with a career-high 31 points to put the Mountaineers in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship. The Mountaineers (3-0) will play Minnesota on Sunday.
Seton Hall 83, Alabama 78: Jeremy Hazell scored 27 points and Seton Hall beat Alabama in the first round of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands.
Penn St. 64, Fairfield 49: Jeff Brooks (Doss) scored 19 points for the Nittany Lions.
Georgetown College 71, Embry-Riddle 53: The Tigers (5-0) advanced to the finals of the Jim Reid Classic with a win against Embry-Riddle, the fifth-ranked team in NAIA.
Henry Clay grad Vic Moses led all scorers with 18 points. Former Scott County standout Rodney Haddix contributed 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Louisville 97, Southeast Missouri St. 43: Keisha Hines had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Monique Reid (Fern Creek) scored 16 in the Cardinals' home win. Antonita Slaughter (Louisville Christian) added 10 points and eight rebounds.
St. Francis 72, Georgetown 63: Mikkah Rogers (Corbin) had 15 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in the host Tigers' loss in the Jim Reid Classic.
Ohio Northern 66, Transylvania 58: Holly Milburn (Scott County) was 7-for-10 from the field and scored 18 points in the host Pioneers' loss in the Sodexho Classic. Shayla Black added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Morehead St. 69, Central Arkansas 48: Chynna Boze-man hit five three-pointers and scored 18 points to go with seven rebounds for the host Eagles.
Kansas can circle Dec. 18 on its basketball calendar. That's when point guard Josh Selby, the No. 1 recruit in the nation according to Rivals.com, will make his college debut at home against Southern California.
The NCAA announced Friday that Selby will have to sit out nine regular-season games and pay a $5,757.58 fine for accepting impermissible benefits. Selby has already missed three games, including the No. 7 Jayhawks' 93-60 rout of North Texas on Friday.
Selby stopped short of saying he thought the ruling was fair.
"That's not for me to comment on," Selby said. "The NCAA is going to do it regardless. I'm just happy it's not the entire year. It could have been worse."
The main issue for Selby apparently centered on his family's association with Robert Frazier, the business manager for Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony. Selby's mother maintained that Frazier was someone she had known since grade school and that he merely was a friendly adviser.