Texas' second-half surge sinks Iowa
NEW YORK — Jonathan Holmes scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, Isaiah Taylor added 15 and No. 10 Texas beat Iowa 71-57 on Thursday night in the 2K Classic.
The Longhorns trailed by 12 points in the first half but outscored Iowa 47-27 in the final 20 minutes to advance to the championship game Friday at Madison Square Garden against California.
Texas (3-0) didn’t take its first lead until early in the second half following Holmes’ blistering start out of intermission. Holmes and Taylor helped the Longhorns keep the tempo up and put it away a little over midway through the half.
NO. 12 VILLANOVA 72, BUCKNELL 65: At Villanova, Pa., Dylan Ennis scored 16 points, including four free throws in the final 30 seconds, and Villanova survived a serious upset scare in the Progressive Legends Classic.
Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 points and Daniel Ochefu had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Villanova (3-0). Darrun Hilliard scored 10 points and forced two big turnovers in the final minute to help the Wildcats remain perfect on the season.
NO. 15 VCU 106, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 66: At Richmond, Va., Terry Larrier scored 21 points and Virginia Commonwealth made quick work of Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Treveon Graham added 17 points for the Rams (3-0), who led 61-30 at the break and won their 22nd in a row at home. They head to New York to play No. 12 Villanova on Monday in the Legends Classic. They will then play either Michigan or Oregon on Tuesday.
NO. 17 CONNECTICUT 66, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 57: At San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ryan Boatright had 19 points, Daniel Hamilton added 15, and Connecticut held off College of Charleston in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Amida Brimah added 14 points for the Huskies (2-0), despite struggling down the stretch with foul trouble.
INDIANA 74, NO. 22 SMU 68: At Bloomington, Ind., James Blackmon Jr. scored 26 points and Indiana used a big run in the second half to get past SMU.
The Hoosiers are 3-0 for the fifth straight year. SMU (1-2) lost its second straight road game.
CALIFORNIA 73, NO. 23 SYRACUSE 59: At New York, Jordan Mathews scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and California routed Syracuse to reach the championship game of the 2K Classic.
California (3-0) seized control by hitting four straight 3-pointers late in the first half and cruised to its first big victory in the Cuonzo Martin era. Jabari Bird added 16 points.
The Golden Bears will face No. 10 Texas, which beat Iowa 71-57 in the first semifinal, on Friday night.
NO. 24 MICHIGAN 71, DETROIT 62: At Ann Arbor, Mich., Caris LeVert had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Michigan scored 11 straight points late in the second half to hold off upset-minded Detroit.
Juwan Howard Jr. — whose father was a star for Michigan’s Fab Five — had 24 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, keeping the visiting Titans (1-2) in the game until the final minutes.