NEW YORK — It wasn't a marquee matchup of freshmen, although both of the young stars showed how bright their futures can be.

NEW YORK — It wasn't a marquee matchup of freshmen, although both of the young stars showed how bright their futures can be.

Instead, No. 4 Arizona's 72-66 victory over No. 6 Duke on Friday night in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off was a chance for two junior guards to take the spotlight.

Nick Johnson scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and T.J. McConnell had 10 points and eight assists to lead the Wildcats to the win that showed just how versatile a team they are.

"We're an all-around team. Really you could see it in the box score. It was pretty even all the way around," Johnson, the tournament's MVP, said, referring to the five starters scoring in double figures. "We're a good team and we can play with anybody."

The game was expected to be a matchup of two of the best freshmen in the country and, although Aaron Gordon of Arizona and Jabari Parker of Duke didn't spend a lot of time covering each other or supplying highlight clips, they were both key factors in the outcome.

Gordon, the quiet forward, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds and came up big late with a dunk on an alley-oop pass and then fed fellow freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for a dunk less than a minute later to give the Wildcats (7-0) a 61-51 lead with 3:59 to play.

"He stayed patient, which is one of the qualities that he has as a player," Arizona coach Sean Miller said of Gordon, who had two points in 11 minutes in the first half. "I chose not to play him a lot in the first half, because he was in foul trouble. ... He played 20 minutes in the second half so he was out there more. But we as a group have to find ways to use his offensive talent even more, and he's such a unique player."

Parker, who had 19 points for his first game with fewer than 20 points this season, struggled against Arizona's physical defense and was 7 of 21 from the field. He came into the game shooting 60 percent from the field.

"Jabari gets a lot of attention and it was a good physical game," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "His shots just didn't go down."

Parker, who came into the game shooting 61 percent from beyond the arc, missed all five of his 3-point attempts.

The victory gave Arizona its fourth NIT Season Tip-Off title, tying Duke (6-2) for the most ever.

Johnson, the Wildcats' leading scorer at 17.3 per game, shook off a quiet first half to become the focal point of Arizona's offense. His 3-pointer with 11:07 to play tied the game at 45. He hit another 3 with 6:22 left to give Arizona a 57-48 lead.

Brandon Ashley had 13 points and Kalen Tarczewski added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who finished with a 36-28 rebound advantage.

No. 19 UCLA 95,Northwestern 79

At Las Vegas, Jordan Adams, Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford all scored 18 points to lead UCLA over Northwestern in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

The Bruins (7-0) made 13 of 17 attempts from 3-point range to finish 4-0 in the round-robin tournament for a share of the Invitational crown with Missouri.

Tournament MVP Kyle Anderson added 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Bruins shot 64 percent from the field (35 of 55).

Washington State 69, Purdue 54

At Lake Buena Vista, Fla., DaVonte Lacy scored 16 points and Washington State beat Purdue in the Old Spice Classic consolation round.

The Cougars (3-3) also got 14 points from Royce Woolridge and 13 from Jordan Railey in stopping a three-game losing streak.

Terone Johnson had 16 points for Purdue (5-2), which was coming off a 97-87 loss Thursday to No. 5 Oklahoma State in which the Boilermakers rallied from a 24-point deficit to get within four with 3:16 to play.

Arizona St. 80, Charleston 58

At Fullerton, Calif., Jahii Carson scored 21 points on 10-for-16 shooting and dished out seven assists to lead the Sun Devils to a rout in the second round of the Wooden Legacy at Cal State Fullerton.

Jordan Bachynski had 16 points, Jonathan Gilling 15 and Egor Koulechov 12 for Arizona State (7-1).

Wake Forest 77,Southern California 63

At Paradise Island, Bahamas, Coron Williams scored 15 points and Wake Forest moved into the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Tyler Cavanaugh scored 11 and Madison Jones and Devin Thomas each had 10 for the Demon Deacons (6-1), who will meet Tennessee on Saturday to end their three-game run in the Bahamas.

Thomas added eight rebounds for Wake Forest, which got 35 points from reserves.

USC (4-3) was led by Byron Wesley's 12 points. Roschon Prince and Pe'Shon Howard each added 10 for the Trojans, who face Xavier for seventh place in the tournament on Saturday afternoon. USC missed 20 of its 25 tries from 3-point range.