Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb each scored 23 points to help No. 4 Connecticut run its winning streak to 16 games with a 73-63 victory over UNC Asheville on Thursday night in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
Napier made four three-pointers, including a late 4-point play, and also had seven assists and three steals for the defending national champion Huskies (5-0). Connecticut shot 52 percent (25 of 47) from the field and 40.9 percent (9 of 22) from three-point range to easily overcome 19 turnovers.
The Huskies will face Central Florida in the second round. UCF beat College of Charleston 74-63.
Matt Dickey led Asheville (2-3) with 18 points, and Jeremy Atkinson added 18.
No. 22 Florida State 73, UMass 53: Michael Snaer scored 18 points and Florida State held UMass to a poor shooting effort at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
Luke Loucks added 12 points and Bernard James had nine points and five blocks for the Seminoles (5-0).
Raphiael Putney scored 11 points to lead the Minutemen (4-1), who shot just 2 for 23 from behind the three-point arc.
The Seminoles will face either Harvard or Utah next.
Trailing by one late in the first half, Florida State went on a 15-4 run to close out the period. Snaer had seven points during the spurt.
The Seminoles kept the defensive pressure on in the second half and the Minutemen continued to struggle from behind the arc.
Dayton 80, Wake Forest 76: Paul Williams scored 18 points, Chris Johnson hit a tiebreaking three-pointer in the final minute and Dayton beat Wake Forest in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Johnson's shot from the corner gave Dayton (3-1) a 77-75 lead with 35.4 seconds left. Wake Forest (3-1) turned the ball over on its next possession, and then fouled Williams, who made 1 of 2 free throws for a three-point advantage with 9.2 seconds to go.
After Wake Forest's Kevin Dillard connected on one of two from the foul line, Johnson made two free throws for an 80-76 lead.
A back-and-forth contest saw Dayton go up 67-66 with 4:23 remaining on Williams' three-pointer.
Wake Forest responded with five straight points, all from Travis McKie, to take a four-point lead.
Matt Kavanaugh had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Dillard finished with 15 points for Dayton.
Wake Forest got 20 points from Travis McKie. C.J Harris added 18.
No. 6 Duke 68, No. 14 Kansas 61: Tyler Thornton capped a thrilling game between basketball behemoths, hitting an off-balance three-pointer with 20 seconds left to give the Blue Devils enough cushion to finish off a win over Kansas for their fifth Maui Invitational title.
Thornton hit one three-pointer with 1:10 left and gave the Blue Devils the cushion they needed with his second, the shot clock winding down, a host of Jayhawks (4-1) in his face.
Thornton's big 3s kept Duke (7-0) undefeated in the Maui Invitational at 15-0.