Nick Johnson scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and No. 4 Arizona beat No. 6 Duke 72-66 on Friday night in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at New York.
The game was expected to be a matchup of two of the best freshmen in the country and, although Aaron Gordon of Arizona and Jabari Parker of Duke didn't spend a lot of time covering each other, they were both key factors in the outcome.
Gordon, the quiet forward, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds and came up big late with a dunk on an alley-oop pass and then fed Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for a dunk less than a minute later to give the Wildcats (7-0) a 61-51 lead with 3:59 to play.
Parker, who had 19 points for his first game under 20 points this season, struggled against Arizona's physical defense and was 7-for-21 from the field.
Gardner-Webb 86, Morehead St. 82 (OT): Josh Castellanos all 11 of his points in the last 2:02 in overtime as Gardner-Webb won in the Las Vegas Invitational. Isaiah Ivey (Scott County) scored 17 points for Gardner Webb. Angelo Warner led Morehead State (6-3) with 22.
Southeast Missouri 79, Northern Kentucky 65: Lucas Nutt scored a season-high 21 points as Southeast Missouri State beat the Norse in the Cure UCD Classic at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. NKU got a game-high 22 points from Tyler White.
Bellarmine 88, IU Southeast 75: Jake Thelen (Covington Catholic) tied a career-high with 22 points and set a personal best with 18 rebounds in a win at Evansville. Keisten Jones (Ballard) added 22 points and eight rebounds, and Vance Hall (Franklin County) had 11 points and five assists.
No. 15 Florida 67, Florida State 66: The Gators' Dorian Finney-Smith made a free throw with 1.3 seconds left at Gainesville, Fla. Finney-Smith struggled all night from the field, missing 10 of 12 shots, but came up big in the clutch.
No. 21 Memphis 76, LSU 69: Austin Nichols scored 19 points, Chris Crawford had 17 and Memphis beat LSU in an Old Spice Classic semifinal. Anthony Hickey (Christian County) scored 20 points for LSU (4-2).
No. 5 Oklahoma State 69, Butler 67: Marcus Smart scored 17 points as the Cowboys (7-0) survived a major scare in the Old Spice Classic semifinals at Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Butler's Khyle Marshall was fouled with 8.4 seconds remaining, but missed both free throws.
Cincinnati 95, Kennesaw State 67: The Bearcats' pressure defense forced 20 turnovers in a win at home. Sean Kilpatrick had 20 points for Cincinnati (6-0), and Ge'Lawn Guyn (Scott County) had eight points and two assists.
Drexel 85, Alabama 83 (3OT): Kasembe Abif scored 15 points, including four free throws in the third overtime, and Drexel beat Alabama in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at New York. Abif, a 6-foot-7 junior who didn't play in the semifinal loss to No. 4 Arizona because of concussion-like symptoms, grabbed 11 rebounds and finished 9-for-10 from the free-throw line.
Tennessee 64, Xavier 49: Jarnell Stokes scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Jordan McRae added 16 points and Tennessee (4-2) beat Xavier at the Battle 4 Atlantis, earning a trip to the tournament's fifth-place game in the Bahamas.
Mississippi 77, Georgia Tech 67: Derrick Millinghaus had 16 points to lead Mississippi on the first day of the Barclays Center Classic at New York. Marshall Henderson and Demarco Cox each added 15 for th Rebels (5-0). Cox also grabbed 13 rebounds.
Providence 78, Fairfield 69: Bryce Cotton scored 24 points and handed out seven assists, Tyler Harris added 16 points and Providence never trailed on the way to beating visiting Fairfield. Providence (7-1) will play Kentucky on Sunday night.
Samford 79, Campbellsville 68: Tim Williams scored a career-high 27 points while Isaiah Williams added a career-high 26 in Samford's win at Birmingham, Ala. Jordan Myers led the Tigers with 18 points while A'Darius Pegues scored 14.
Northern Kentucky 71, Robert Morris 62: Kayla Thacker (Bullitt East) scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half of a Norse win in the opening game of the RMU Thanksgiving Classic at Moon Township, Pa. Rianna Gayheart (Owen County) added 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Florida A&M 64, Eastern Kentucky 58: Shelly Harper had 16 points and five rebounds for the Colonels.
Louisville: Behanan 'not involved' with ring sale
Louisville announced that after an investigation officials have determined forward Chane Behanan had nothing to do with his 2012 Final Four ring showing up for sale on a sports memorabilia website earlier this week.
Louisville officials said Friday in a release that information gathered by university and law enforcement officials showed Behanan "was not involved in the process" and unaware his ring had been stolen until finding out on social media.
Behanan's mother, Heaven Warren, told The Associated Press on Wednesday her son had given the ring to his grandmother last year and that she didn't know it was missing until being told that it was up for auction online on Tuesday. GreyFlannelAuctions.com stopped bidding on the ring and is expected to return it to the family.