Perry Ellis scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, Wayne Selden Jr. scored 14 and No. 2 Kansas survived a stiff challenge before beating Texas-El Paso 67-63 on Saturday night in the third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Naadir Tharpe added 11 for the Jayhawks (6-1), who never trailed. The Jayhawks won despite Andrew Wiggins being held to six points, nearly 10 below the freshman's season average.
McKenzie Moore scored 15 for UTEP (4-4), including three free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining to get the Miners within three. Justin Crosgile scored 14 points and Vince Hunter added 10 the Miners, who held Kansas to 39 percent shooting.
It was the second straight night where Kansas saw a big early lead, 11-2 against Villanova and 15-2 against UTEP, evaporate and the game turn into a struggle.
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The finish was frantic, with UTEP scoring 13 points in just over a minute, but Kansas had enough. Barely, but enough.
And if UTEP had been better from the line, it might have been a different story — the Miners missed 10 of 24 tries from the stripe.
Kansas led by 15 in the second half, and after a series of UTEP rallies, the Jayhawks were still up by 14 following Ellis' jumper from the right wing with 2:21 left.
It was 59-45 at that point. It was 18-8 UTEP the rest of the way, a far cry from how the Miners started the night.
The Jayhawks were shooting 57 percent for the season before arriving in the Bahamas, wound up struggling from the floor in each of their three games at the Atlantis Resort, yet went home with a 2-1 mark anyway.
William & Mary 84, Howard 79 (OT): Montgomery County graduate Omar Prewitt scored 24 points, including going 12-for-13 at the line, to lead five players in double figures as William & Mary won in overtime in Washington, D.C. The Tribe (4-3) won their third game in a row.
Boston U. 66, St. Peters 65: Sophomore Nathan Dieudonne (Louisville Trinity) scored a career-high 21 points, including the game-winning free throw, to lift Boston University to a comeback win at home. Trailing 27-21 at the break, Boston (5-2) opened the second half with a 17-9 run.Dieudonne also had a game-high nine rebounds.
FIU 61, Georgia State 60: Former University of Kentucky point guard Ryan Harrow made a layup to get Georgia State within one, but he missed his final shot with four seconds to go. Harrow led Georgia State (2-5) with 21 points and Curtis Washington (Elizabethtown) grabbed 14 rebounds — more than half of the team's total.
No. 14 Oregon 91, North Dakota 76: Joseph Young scored 23 points and Oregon remained perfect this season with a victory in the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge at Eugene, Ore. The Ducks improved to 6-0, extending their best start since opening the 2006-07 season with 13 straight wins.
East Tennessee State 88, Marshall 78: The Thundering Herd's star, Elijah Pittman (Holmes), was 2-for-12 from three-point range and finished with 16 points in a loss at Johnson City, Tenn.
Washington 92, Long Beach State 89 (2OT): Mike Anderson scored 19 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as Washington rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit and earned a victory in Seattle. Anderson converted a free throw with 14.2 seconds left to play to give the Huskies a three-point cushion. Mike Caffey got a clear look at a three-pointer from the right wing but couldn't knock down the shot and Washington held on for the victory.
N.C. State 75, Eastern Kentucky 56: Sophomore T.J. Warren scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds at Raleigh, N.C. His 26 second-half points were almost as many as Eastern Kentucky scored (29) in the final 20 minutes, and it was the second straight 30-point effort for Warren. He was the first N.C. State player with back-to-back 30-point games since Rodney Monroe did it against Virginia (32) and Tennessee (31) on Feb, 23 and 25, 1991.
"T.J. does what T.J. does," said center Jordan Vandenberg (14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks). "It would be nice if he started earlier in the game, but we won and that's the most important thing."
Both teams struggled to hit jumpers in the first half. Senior guard Glenn Cosey, one of the Ohio Valley Conference's top players, struggled from the field (5-for-14, 14 points). He didn't hit his first three-pointer until there was 5:05 remaining in the first half.
"The whole deal is you have to take care of the basketball and make shots, EKU Coach Jeff Neubauer said. "We did a pretty good job in the first half. In the second half, we played the worst defense we have all year. Give NC State credit. They really attacked us inside."
Western Kentucky 68, Eastern Illinois 53: George Fant (Warren Central) scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed five rebounds in the Hilltoppers win at Bowling Green.
T.J. Price added 13 points and five rebounds, and Kevin Kaspar came off the bench to add nine points and three assists.
Texas St. 70, Northern Kentucky 61: Kavin Gilder-Tilbury hit three three-pointers and scored 14 points to lead Texas State over Northern Kentucky in the Cure UCD Classic at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Texas State (2-5) was 11 of 16 from three-point range as seven Bobcats made at least one shot from beyond the arc. Phil Hawkins and Joel Wright also scored in double figures for the Bobcats.
Northern Kentucky (1-6) was not as hot from three-point range, shooting nine of 22. Cole Murray scored all nine of his points from three-point range. Tyler White led the Norse with 14 points.
Georgetown 115, Cincinnati-Clermont 65: Five Tigers scored in double figures in a rout in Davis-Reid Alumni Gym in Georgetown.
The top-ranked Tigers (9-0) next head to Georgia for a second matchup with Life. Georgetown defeated the Running Eagles 110-103 in the championship of the Central Bank Jim Reid Classic earlier this season.
Former Clark County standout Jaylen Daniel and Trenity Burdine scored career-highs. Daniel had 26 points and Burdine added a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
Bopper Stenzel, another former Clark County star who was playing for the Tigers for the first time after redshirting last season, had 14 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.
"I'm happy to see Bopper get out on the floor," Coach Chris Briggs said. "He's been working so hard to get back and to come in, have fun and have an impact is great."
Bellarmine 84, King 71: Keisten Jones (Ballard) was 7-for-7 from the field, including three-pointers, and finished with 22 points in the Knights' win in the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic at Evansville.
Rusty Troutman (Bullitt East) added 18 points and Vance Hall (Franklin County) had 12.
SMU 55, Texas A&M 52: Nic Moore paced SMU with 16 points as the Mustangs clipped Texas A&M in a tight, back-and-forth affair in the consolation game of Corpus Christi Challenge in Texas.
Aggies guard J-Mychal Reese had a three-point attempt to tie the game and send it to overtime, but the runner clanged off the backboard and fell harmlessly.
Reese finished with 11 points, while Davonte Fitzgerald led A&M with 12.
SMU (6-2) got 14 points and six boards from Yanick Moreira, while Nick Russell was good on all four of his free throw attempts, including a pair that gave the Mustangs a three-point lead with 3.3 seconds remaining.
Tennessee 82, Wake Forest 63: Jarnell Stokes scored a season-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Darius Thompson scored 16 and Tennessee won the fifth-place game in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Mississippi 79, Penn St. 76: Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers both scored 19 points, combining for 11 of Mississippi's last 12 in the undefeated Rebels' victory over Penn State in the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic at New York.
Henderson gave the Rebels (6-0) the lead for good at 69-68 on a drive with 5:36 to play.
Pikeville 80, Union 78: The Bears' Brogan Conley (Johnson Central) hit the game-winning three-pointer with less than 10 seconds to play at Union. Callisha Johnson led Pikeville (2-4) with 13 points.
Transylvania 92, Spalding 55: Nicole Coffman (Casey County) scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half. Alex McKenzie (Scott County) had 13 points and 11 rebounds.