Jordan, UCF pull upset of No. 4 Connecticut
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Marcus Jordan was headed to the foul line for two big shots Friday when a teammate passed along an encouraging message.
"He told me this shot is in my blood," Jordan said.
Yup, like father, like son.
Jordan, the son of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, made two big free throws to give Central Florida the lead with 3:11 left and the Knights upset No. 4 Connecticut 68-63 in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis, snapping the Huskies' 16-game winning streak.
Jordan and Keith Clanton each scored 20 points for the Knights (4-1), who trailed by 17 early in the second half. Jordan also had seven rebounds and seven assists.
Jeremy Lamb had 15 points for the defending national champion Huskies (5-1), who lost for the first time since March 5 against Notre Dame. Alex Oriakhi added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 1 North Carolina 87,South Carolina 62
At Las Vegas, Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, and P.J. Hairston had 19 to help top-ranked North Carolina beat South Carolina in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.
John Henson had 18 points and eight rebounds, Kendall Marshall finished with 14 assists, six steals and four points, and Tyler Zeller added 12 points for the Tar Heels (5-0).
North Carolina will face UNLV (6-0) in the championship game Saturday night.
RJ Slawson led South Carolina (2-3) with career highs of 13 points, 14 rebounds, and had four blocks. Daimen Leonard and Malik Cooke each had 12 points, and Anthony Gill added 10 points and six rebounds.
South Carolina will play Southern California on Saturday.
No. 3 Ohio State 80,Valparaiso 47
At Columbus, Ohio, William Buford scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half and the Buckeyes cruised past the Crusaders.
Aaron Craft added 15 points and eight assists for Ohio State (6-0), which tuned up for a big home showdown against No. 6 Duke on Tuesday. Jared Sullinger had 14 points and 13 rebounds and Deshaun Thomas chipped in 12 points.
Jay Harris scored 18 points for Valparaiso (5-2).
No. 5 Syracuse 69, Stanford 63
At New York, Kris Joseph had 18 points and eight rebounds and the Orange closed the game on a 15-3 run to win the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
Syracuse (6-0) was never able to make a run against Stanford until the game's final 4 minutes, when they made all five of their shots from the field and five of seven free throws. They forced the Cardinal (5-1) into 24 turnovers during the game, including three in the closing stretch.
Joseph had 38 points and 19 rebounds in the two games and was selected the MVP.
Aaron Bright had 13 points for Stanford, which led 60-54 with 4:27 to go on two free throws by Chasson Randle.
Brandon Triche, who finished with 11 points, started the Orange's big run with a drive.
No. 7 Louisville 59, Ohio 54
At Louisville, Ky., Kyle Kuric scored 16 points and Gorgui Dieng grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds to give Rick Pitino his 250th victory as the Cardinals' coach.
Ohio held a six-point lead with under 4 minutes to play before Louisville (5-0) rallied.
Kuric hit a 3 in the corner, made a key steal and found Chris Smith for a layup on the fast break to give Louisville a 53-51 lead with 1:49 left.
After a dunk by Chane Behanan, Ohio's D.J. Cooper hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 55-54, but T.J. Hall and Cooper missed 3s in the closing seconds that would've tied the game.
Cooper led Ohio (3-1) with 16 points.
No. 10 Florida 107,Jacksonville 62
At Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 22 points, Erving Walker added 21 and the Gators used one of their best shooting performances to handle the Dolphins.
Florida (4-1) dominated from the opening tip, allowing little chance for a repeat of what happened in Gainesville last year, when Jacksonville upset Florida 71-69 in overtime, knocking the Gators out of the rankings.
Russell Powell led Jacksonville (2-3) with 15 points.