PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Codi Miller-McIntyre played his best game as a collegian, and was thoroughly unimpressed.
To him, a career-high, 26-point effort and starring in the second half against the nation's No. 2 team was nothing to celebrate. All that mattered to the Wake Forest guard was that his team had a shot against Kansas, and just didn't get it done.
So despite his 10-for-16 shooting, four-assist, no-turnover stat line, Miller-McIntyre and the Demon Deacons lost to Kansas on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
"I hate the term 'moral victory,'" Miller-McIntyre said, a pained look on his face after his fifth 20-point performance in six games this season.
Wake Forest coach Jeff Bzdelik agreed, saying he didn't think merely coming close against a loaded team like the Jayhawks was anything to feel all that great about.
The Demon Deacons (5-1) scored 26 points in the first half, doubling that to 52 in the second, and held Kansas to a season-low 47 percent from the floor. Nonetheless, Wake Forest is headed to the consolation round, where it will meet Southern California on Friday.
No. 21 Memphis 87, Siena 60: Joe Jackson scored 18 points, Shaq Goodwin had 17 and No. 21 Memphis advanced to the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic by beating Siena on Thursday night. Michael Dixon Jr. added 16 points for Memphis (3-1).
The Tigers' lone loss this season came against No. 5 Oklahoma State, a game the Cowboys won handily 101-80 on Nov. 19. Memphis could get a rematch in the championship game of this event Sunday if both teams win Friday.
Siena (2-5) got 11 points from Brett Bisping. Leading scorer Rob Poole (15.5 points per game) was held to six on 3-of-15 shooting.
No. 5 Oklahoma State 97, Purdue 87: As Purdue cut a 23-point Oklahoma State lead down to four points Thursday afternoon in the opener of the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla., Cowboys coach Travis Ford told his team it was a good thing.
"I was kinda like, 'What are you talking about? They're making a run on us,'" said Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown of his coach's comments during a timeout.
"But Purdue's a good team and at halftime he let us know that they were going to make a run and that they're a good ball club, Big Ten team, and it was good that we fought back those last four minutes."
A physical Purdue squad provided a surprising test for No. 5-ranked Oklahoma State at ESPN's Wide World of Sports, but the Cowboys withstood a furious rally to win.
Oklahoma State will now face Butler in the tourney semifinals. The Bulldogs defeated Washington State in Thursday's second game.
No. 3 Tennessee 76, Virginia 67: Meighan Simmons found her shot and carried Tennessee to another win.
Simmons scored 32 points, including eight 3-pointers, to lift the third-ranked Lady Vols over Virginia on Thursday in the opener of the Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas.
"I like gyms like this," Simmons said. "I like warm kind of gyms. My energy is always there."
No. 2 Duke 81, Xavier 54: Once Duke got its inside and outside game going, the second-ranked Blue Devils were going to be tough to beat.
Tricia Liston scored 22 points and Elizabeth Williams added 18 to help No. 2 Duke rout Xavier at the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas on Thursday.
Williams also had eight rebounds and four blocks for the Blue Devils (6-0).
"Elizabeth was demanding the basketball and working very hard for position," Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "She got double- and triple-teamed, but she handled herself very well"
Chelsea Gray had eight points, nine assists and nine rebounds for Duke, which shot a season-high 60 percent from the field and had 10 blocks.
Morehead State 88, Chattanooga 75: Angelo Warner scored 22 points, including his team's final two with 1:19 to play as Morehead State defeated Chattanooga at the Las Vegas Invitational on Thursday.
Billy Reader added 21 points and eight rebounds off the bench as Morehead State (6-2) shot a lights-out, 72.3 percent from the field. Kareem Storey scored 16 points and Chad Posthumus added 11 with seven rebounds as the Eagles won six games in November for the first time in 84 seasons.