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NEW YORK — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points before he left late in the game after he was kneed in the head, and No. 4 Michigan beat Kansas State 71-57 on Friday night to win the NIT Season Tipoff.


Glenn Robinson III had 12 rebounds, and Trey Burke and Jon Horford had 10 points each for the Wolverines. Hardaway made 10 of 15 shots from the field before he was hurt with about four minutes left.


Rodney McGruder scored 16 points and had seven rebounds, and Angel Rodriguez scored 10 points for Kansas State (5-1).


Michigan (5-0) won the tournament, previously known as the Preseason NIT, for the first time.


Ohio State 91, UMKC 45

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 15 of his 21 points as No. 3 Ohio State coasted to a huge first-half lead in a victory against overmatched Missouri-Kansas.


Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 13 points and LaQuinton Ross and Sam Thompson had 11 apiece as Ohio State (4-0) experimented with subs for almost the entire second half.


Estan Tyler and Thomas Staton each had seven points for the ‘Roos (2-3).


Florida 79, UCF 66

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton scored a season-high 24 points, Scottie Wilbekin added a career-best 17 and No. 7 Florida beat UCF.


The Gators (5-0) overcame a sluggish start, dominated the paint and pressed the Knights (3-2) into a bevy of turnovers.


Boynton, three days after spraining his left ankle, made 7 of 15 shots and added eight rebounds. Wilbekin, playing his third game since returning from suspension, chipped in five rebounds and eight assists.


Kasey Wilson led the Knights with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting.


Minnesota 84, Memphis 75

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Andre Hollins scored a career-high 41 points to lead Minnesota to a victory over No. 19 Memphis in the consolation semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.


The sophomore guard scored 24 points in the first half — one off his career high entering the game — and he closed strong.


Hollins finished 12 of 16 from the field — making all five of his 3-point attempts — and going 12 of 13 from the free throw line.


Minnesota (5-1) will meet Stanford for fifth place on Saturday.


Gonzaga 72, Oklahoma 47

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Elias Harris scored 18 points and No. 17 Gonzaga beat Oklahoma in a semifinal matchup at the Old Spice Classic.


Kelly Olynyk, Gary Bell Jr., Kevin Pangos and Przemek Karnowski each had eight points for Gonzaga (5-0).


Oklahoma (3-1) got 13 from Romero Osby. Isaiah Cousins had 10 points.


Gonzaga will play Davidson, which beat West Virginia 63-60, in Sunday night's championship game. Oklahoma will close out the tourney Sunday against the Mountaineers.


Michigan St. 70, Oakland 52

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Keith Appling shook off a sprained right ankle in the first half and finished with 20 points to help No. 15 Michigan State beat Oakland.


The Spartans (4-1) have won four straight since starting the season with a loss to Connecticut in Germany.


The Golden Grizzlies (2-4) never led, but didn't make Michigan State's night easy until late in the game.


N.C. State 82, UNC Asheville 80

RALEIGH, N.C. — Richard Howell scored 23 points, including the go-ahead basket with 3:06 left, to help No. 16 North Carolina State rally past UNC Asheville.


Howell finished with 15 rebounds and also knocked down two free throws with 5 seconds left to secure the win for the Wolfpack (4-1), who finally shook free of the Bulldogs late after trailing most of the way. UNC Asheville (1-5) led by seven with 8 1/2 minutes left before N.C. State finally inched ahead, pushing in front when Howell corralled a deflected pass and scored in the paint while drawing an intentional foul.


Duke 67, VCU 58

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Mason Plumlee, a 6-foot-10 center who helped break VCU's pressure, had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 5 Duke to a victory over the Rams in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.


Plumlee, who had 20 points and 17 rebounds in the opening-round win over Minnesota, brought the ball across midcourt several times in each half to help the Blue Devils withstand the pressure defense VCU calls havoc.


Both teams played good defense and made it tough to score. Both teams combined four field goals over the final 8 minutes and half of those came in


Kentucky 104, LIU-Brooklyn 75

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin each scored 22 points and the No. 8 Wildcats ran away from winless LIU-Brooklyn.


Goodwin added nine rebounds and nine assists. Poythress also had nine rebounds as the Wildcats (4-1) won their third in a row.


Fellow freshman forward Nerlens Noel added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Kentucky. Julius Mays had 15 points and six assists and rookie center Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 for hot-shooting Kentucky, which finished 42 of 62 from the field (68 percent).


The Wildcats outrebounded the Blackbirds 41-24.



Penn State 60, Bucknell 57

STATE COLLEGE — Jermaine Marshall scored 17 points and Penn State received strong second-half shooting from its guards to defeat Bucknell, handing the Bison their first loss of the season.


Freshman Brandon Taylor scored a career-high 16 points for the Nittany Lions (3-2), playing their first game without star point guard Tim Frazier, who is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon.


Penn State took its first lead of the game at the 10:57 mark of the second half. The Lions outscored Bucknell 44-35 in the second half after the Bison (5-1) took a 22-16 lead into the break.


Marshall missed a free throw with 7 seconds remaining with Penn State ahead by three. Cameron Ayers missed a 3 from the corner as time expired.




WOMEN Penn State 80, Detroit 72

LOS ANGELES — Maggie Lucas scored 22 of her 27 points in the second half and Ariel Edwards scored 19 of her career-high 24 points in the first half to help No. 6 Penn State hold off a pesky Detroit team in the Cal State Northridge tournament.


Lucas made two free throws late to help Penn State widen its lead to 73-65, then hit a 3-pointer with 1:31 left to give the Lady Lions (4-0) a 76-69 lead.



Notre Dame 76, UCLA 64

LOS ANGELES — Freshman Jewell Loyd had 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Kayla McBride scored 18 points, and No. 5 Notre Dame overcame a sub-par performance by All-American Skylar Diggins to beat No. 19 UCLA.





Georgia 84, St. Bonaventure 48

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Khaalidah Miller scored 22 points and had five steals to help No. 8 Georgia beat St. Bonaventure.



Kentucky 73, Morehead St. 37.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Samarie Walker had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 9 Kentucky outrebounded Morehead State 63-21 in a victory.



California 91, Eastern Washington 58

BERKELEY, Calif. — Talia Caldwell scored 15 and made nine rebounds to help No. 11 California beat Eastern Washington in the California Classic.



Purdue 67, Wake Forest 53

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Sam Ostarello had 15 points and 15 rebounds to help No. 14 Purdue beat Wake Forest in the Paradise Jam.



Virginia 73, Vanderbilt 66

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Jazmin Pitts netted a career-high 20 points off the bench as the Virginia women upended No. 17 Vanderbilt in the first game of the San Juan Shootout.



Nebraska 74, USC 65

LOS ANGELES — Lindsey Moore scored 23 points, Jordan Hooper added 19 and No. 23 Nebraska used a late run to rally for a victory over USC.


Duke 90, Valparaiso 45

DURHAM, N.C. — Elizabeth Williams scored 18 points to help No. 4 Duke beat Valparaiso.



Connecticut 81, Marist 39

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands — Freshman Breanna Stewart had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 2 Connecticut continue to roll through the Paradise Jam tournament with a win over Marist.


Baylor 92, Liberty 60

WACO, Texas — Kimetria Hayden scored 12 of her 18 points in the game's first 5 1/2 minutes and third-ranked Baylor cruised to a victory against turnover-prone Liberty.


Oklahoma 73, Arkansas 70

HONOLULU — Nicole Griffin scored a career-high 19 points to help No. 13 Oklahoma beat Arkansas and a 30-point performance by Keira Peak to win in tournament play.



Dayton 68, Buffalo 44

DAYTON, Ohio — Amber Deane had 14 points as the No. 24 Dayton women picked up a victory over Buffalo in a nonconference showdown.


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