Caribbean Kings: Recapping Action From Puerto Rico, Paradise Jam Tourneys

Seven ranked teams were in action Sunday, including No. 2 Michigan State, No. 5 Villanova, No. 7 Purdue and No. 10 Tennessee.

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Kansas State Stuns No. 18 Dayton In Puerto Rico Tip-Off

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Jacob Pullen posted a game-high 26 points and Denis Clemente added 21, as Kansas State held off 18th-ranked Dayton, 83-75, in the final round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Neither team shot particularly well from the foul line, but Kansas State’s 27- of-44 effort trumped Dayton’s 16-of-27 performance from the stripe.

Jamar Samuels went for 12 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (4-1), who were coming off a loss to Ole Miss on Friday.

Chris Johnson paced the Flyers (2-2) with 16 points, while Chris Wright ended with 15 points and 10 boards in the team’s second straight loss, the other coming against nationally ranked Villanova on Friday. Marcus Johnson netted 14 points in defeat.

A stretch of seven straight Kansas State points was immediately followed by an 8-0 run from its counterpart, as Wright’s putback dunk cut the Flyers’ deficit to 68-65 with 3:15 to play.

Curtis Kelly and Pullen pushed the difference to seven with consecutive buckets, and Paul Williams hit a three at the other end before it essentially became a foul-shooting competition in the final two minutes.

After Dominique Sutton went 1-for-2 from the stripe with 37.5 seconds left to put Kansas State ahead 79-75, Mickey Perry missed an open three in the left corner for the Flyers.

Clemente was fouled intentionally and hit 1-of-2 freebies, and Pullen’s two makes from the line were followed by Chris Johnson’s missed three-ball that effectively sealed the game.

Kelly’s two free throws at the 11:23 mark of the first half capped a 9-0 spurt for a 18-10 edge. Kansas State held a similar lead through the rest of the half, eventually taking a 35-28 edge into the locker room.

Clemente capped eight straight Wildcats points with a three-pointer near the 14-minute mark for a 50-35 advantage.

The Flyers kept inching back, cutting the lead to 57-51 on a Chris Johnson trey just past the midway point of the half.

Williams ended with 10 points for Dayton, which made 45.6 percent of its shots from the floor…Sutton ended with eight points and seven boards for the Wildcats, who connected on 48.1 percent of their shots.

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No. 21 Georgia Tech Rolls Over Boston U In Puerto Rico

From The Rumble Seat is SBNations’s Georgia Tech blog and where you can find all the post-game analysis on this and every Yellow Jacket contest this season.

Zachery Peacock had 22 points as 21st-ranked Georgia Tech used a big second half to take an 85-67 win over Boston University on the final day of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Gani Lawal had 17 points and 13 rebounds, Mfon Udofia added 15 points, five rebounds and five assists while Derrick Favors had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (3-1), who have won their past two games.

John Holland had 23 points and five rebounds while Corey Lowe added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Terriers (1-4), who defeated Indiana on Friday.

Holding a one-point lead early in the second half, the Yellow Jackets ripped off an 8-0 run and held a 60-51 lead on an Udofia three-pointer with just over 13 minutes to play.

After Lowe hit a free throw for Boston University, Georgia Tech ran off another eight straight points with Favors’ tip-in giving the team a 68-52 lead with just over nine minutes to play.

The deficit proved too much for the Terriers as the team was unable to get back into the game and trailed by double-digits the rest of the way.

Neither side was able to establish a big lead in the first half.

Just past the midway mark of the first 20 minutes the Yellow Jackets took a 21-16 lead on a Peacock three-pointer with 9 1/2 minutes to play.

Later in the frame, though, the Terriers got a basket from Lowe followed by a Tyler Morris three-ball for a 27-26 lead with under seven minutes to play.

On the strength of a Peacock jumper near the close of the half, Georgia Tech took a 42-40 lead into the break.

Georgia Tech has won all three matchups against Boston University…The Yellow Jackets host Mercer on Friday…Boston University hosts Northeastern on Wednesday…Georgia Tech shot a blistering 54.1 percent from the floor while the Terriers made just 33.3 percent of their shots…Georgia Tech dominated on the glass, 45-29.

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Samuels Leads No. Louisville Past Gritty Morgan State 90-81

Louisville blog Card Chronicle has all the post-game analysis on tonight’s game.

Samardo Samuels compiled 23 points and 12 rebounds, as 20th-ranked Louisville got by a gritty Morgan State squad, 90-81, at Freedom Hall.

Preston Knowles chipped in 13 points, five boards, five assists and four steals for Louisville (3-0), which is in the midst of three games in as many days.

“The one thing this basketball team is not going to do is fatigue. They could possibly mentally fatigue but our practices are very difficult so they are not going to fatigue,” Louisville coach Rick Pitino said of the demanding stretch.

Edgar Sosa added 12 points and Jared Swopshire nine with as many rebounds.

Dewayne Jackson knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead Morgan State (3-1), which was off to an unblemished start this year after winning the 2009 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.

Kevin Thompson posted 16 points and 13 rebounds while Rodney Stokes and Joe Davis each scored 10 in the setback.

“I just told my team that all this means is that we’re not going to go undefeated. We just have to come back and get ready for the next game,” said Morgan State head coach Todd Bozeman. “Louisville is a very good team. They’re going to have an outstanding season, I’m just glad we don’t have to play them again.”

Louisville entered the second half with a 15-point advantage, but the Cardinals were up only five, 65-60, after Jackson hit a pair at the line and followed with a three-pointer.

Knowles answered with a three-ball of his own but the Bears kept hanging around as another Jackson three dropped for a 74-67 game with six minutes to play.

The Cardinals began to pull away, though, with four successful trips to the line during an ensuing 10-2 surge that ran the score back to their original halftime margin at 84-69 approaching four minutes to play.

“Our guys did a really good job tonight of driving and getting to the foul line. That was the difference. Last night we were shooting jump shots. When teams respect your shooting so much and they close out on you, you have to drive and dish. Our guys realized the mistake they made the night before and corrected it,” added Pitino.

Troy Smith hit a bucket for the visitors to halt the momentum, but couldn’t connect from long distance moments after Samuels went 1-of-2 at the line.

Peyton Siva’s two free throws with 1:45 to go helped the hosts to a 16-point lead as Morgan State buried a couple of late jump shots to no avail.

The Cardinals got off to a decent start as Mike Marra’s three and a Terrence Jennings layup had the hosts in front 26-18 midway through the opening half.

The Bears, though, rattled off the next seven points and pulled to within one on a Jackson triple with a shade under 7 1/2 remaining. Morgan State was still within five, 37-32, on a Stokes jumper with four minutes left.

Louisville responded with back-to-back jumpers from Samuels and ended the half on a 9-2 run to lead by 15, 50-35, at the break.

Louisville won the only previous meeting between these two teams, thrashing the Bears in a 95-47 final back on December 30, 1998…Louisville hosts Appalachian State on Monday while the Bears travel to play Arkansas Tuesday…The Cardinals shot 41.9 percent from the field while Morgan State was close behind at 40.8 percent shooting. While Jackson had his four three- pointers on eight attempts, the rest of the Bears shot 1-for-12 from three- point land…Louisville made 5-of-12 threes…Siva also had nine points for the Cardinals, while Reggie Holmes and Smith each scored nine for Morgan State.

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No. 10 Tennessee Squeaks By DePaul, Will Face No. 7 Purdue In Paridise Jam Finals

Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk has all the post-game coverage on this and every Vol game.

Tyler Smith scored 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds, as 10th-ranked Tennessee squeaked out a 57-53 win over DePaul in the semifinal round of the Paradise Jam.

Wayne Chism added 13 points and eight boards for the Volunteers (4-0), who will play seventh-ranked Purdue for the championship Monday night. Skylar McBee tallied nine points for the Vols, who won despite shooting just 37.3 percent from the field.

Mac Koshwal had 14 points and eight boards for the Blue Demons (2-1), who also got 14 points from Will Walker. DePaul shot just 33.3 percent from the floor and was outrebounded, 44-30.

Walker went 1-of-2 at the foul line with 4:52 remaining to tie the game at 49, but Smith’s one free throw 22 seconds later put the Vols ahead to stay. Chism added a three-pointer with 3:42 left and his jumper extended the margin to six points with 2:45 remaining.

The Blue Demons got within 55-53 on a layup from Koshwal with 44.5 seconds remaining, but Smith made two from the charity stripe with 13.7 seconds to go to account for the final margin.

The Vols gained a 33-24 halftime lead and pushed the cushion to 12 at the start of the second half thanks to a free throw and layup from Smith. Seven straight points from DePaul later made it a 43-42 contest, and it remained tight until the end.

Eric Wallace scored 10 for the Blue Demons, who finished 4-of-16 from beyond the arc…Tennessee won its only previous meeting with DePaul back in 1973….Chism and Smith combined to go 11-of-20 from the floor.

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No. 7 Purdue Tops St. Joseph's In Paradise Jam Semis

Purdue blog Hammer and Rails will have all your post-game commentary.

Jajuan Johnson poured in 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as seventh-ranked Purdue pulled away in the second half for an 85-60 win over Saint Joseph’s in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam.

Ryne Smith scored 16 for the Boilermakers (3-0), who advanced to play 10th- ranked Tennessee in the championship game Monday night. The Volunteers turned back DePaul, 57-53, in the other semifinal.

E’twuan Moore had 11 points and Mark Wohlford 10 for Purdue, which held a 54-30 scoring advantage over the final 20 minutes.

Ahead by only a 31-30 count at the break, Purdue started the second half with a huge 23-3 spurt. Moore’s jumper capped the spurt for the dominating 54-33 cushion with under 12 minutes remaining. The Boilermakers pushed their lead to as high as 31 points in the closing minutes.

Garrett Williamson had 12 points, but also accounted for eight of the 23 turnovers for the Hawks (2-1), who went 9-of-24 from the field in the second half. Idris Hilliard and Bryant Irwin each had nine points in defeat.

Williamson’s jumper extended the Hawks’ lead to 18-9 early, but Purdue came charging back and eventually gained a one-point lead at the half courtesy of Moore’s 1-of-2 performance at the foul line in the waning seconds.

Saint Joseph’s and Purdue hadn’t met since 1971, when the Hawks won an 85-74 decision…Purdue finished 42.3 percent from the field and went 8-of-24 from beyond the arc….Robbie Hummel added nine points and nine rebounds for the winners.

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No. 5 Villanova Beats Ole Miss, Wins Puerto Rico Tip-Off

Scottie Reynolds poured in 21 points, as the fifth-ranked Villanova Wildcats defeated the Ole Miss Rebels, 79-67, in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Corey Stokes added 18 points and five rebounds for the Wildcats (5-0), who went 21-of-27 from the foul line. Antonio Pena ended with 17 points and 16 rebounds for the victors.

Chris Warren finished with a game-high 24 points and four assists for the Rebels (4-1), who went 12-of-21 from the foul line. Terrico White tallied 14 points and nine rebounds. Murphy Holloway chipped in 10 points and six rebounds in defeat.

A Warren three-pointer put Ole Miss ahead 30-29 about two minutes into the second half.

With the score tied at 36, the Wildcats ripped off nine straight points. Reynolds made a pair of layups and a three-pointer before Pena’s layup ended the run for a 45-36 margin with 13 1/2 minutes left.

A Reynolds layup and a Taylor King slam put Villanova ahead 65-50 with under 4 1/2 minutes remaining. Villanova cruised to victory from there.

The Wildcats opened the game with an 8-0 run, but the Rebels responded with a 17-4 spurt to take the lead. White book-ended the burst with a trey and a three-point play to give Ole Miss a 17-12 lead with over 10 minutes left.

Villanova used a 9-2 flurry late in the first half to go back in front. A Dominic Cheek layup made it 27-22 with less than 2 1/2 minutes remaining. A Trevor Gaskins free throw cut the gap to 27-23 at the break.

The Wildcats shot 41.5 percent from the field, while the Rebels made just 38.1 percent of their shots…Ole Miss won the only previous game with Villanova back in 1999…King had nine points and 11 rebounds…Pena was named the tourney’s MVP.

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Izzo Wins No. 340 At Michigan State

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Chris Allen scored 22 points and Kalin Lucas added 15, as second-ranked Michigan State gave head coach Tom Izzo a record-tying victory in a 90-60 rout of Valparaiso at the Breslin Center.

Izzo picked up his 340th career victory with Michigan State to tie Jud Heathcote as the winningest coach in school history. Izzo owns a record of 340-137 with the Spartans.

“I swear that to you I didn’t know the exact number and somebody brought it to my attention this morning,” said Izzo. “You know, records are made to be broken and this one is only tied, but I guess it means a lot to me because I proved to withstand some time challenges, but I think it will make Jud feel good in the fact that his hand picked successor is the one to at least tie his record.”

Delvon Roe added 10 points with career highs of 17 rebounds and four blocks for Michigan State (4-0), which shot 55.2 percent and held a 45-31 edge on the boards. Durrell Summers chipped in 10 points in the victory.

The Spartans will head to Atlantic City next weekend for the championship rounds of the Legends Classic. They will face Florida on Friday before taking on either Rutgers or Massachusetts on Saturday.

Brandon Wood had a game-high 24 points for Valparaiso (1-3), which has also played nationally-ranked North Carolina. The Crusaders had a better showing last Sunday in Chapel Hill, falling just 88-77.

Lucas drilled a three-pointer to start the game and added two free throws soon after for a quick 5-0 lead, but the Crusaders answered with five straight. The Spartans then scored 15 of the next 17 points and never looked back.

A three-point play by Raymar Morgan ignited the burst and Allen added a three- pointer before two free throws by Roe gave Michigan State a 20-7 cushion.

Lucas drained two from the stripe with 5:17 left in the first half to give the Spartans a 20-point margin at 38-18, and the lead reached as many as 24 before State settled for a 46-28 advantage at the break.

The Crusaders got only as close as 15 early in the second half.

“It was like a V8 [engine] playing a V4,” noted Valparaiso head coach Homer Drew. “Their engine ran faster and quicker than we did. We scored on one end and they scored at the other end before we could even run and get down the basketball floor.”

Heathcote, who led Michigan State to the national championship in 1979 with Magic Johnson, was 340-220 with the Spartans. Both Heathcote and Johnson were set to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday night in Kansas City…The Spartans improved to 4-1 all-time against Valparaiso. The last meeting produced a 65-38 Michigan State victory in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament, which propelled the Spartans to the national title.

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