No. 1 Kentucky shoots past Boston
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Aaron Harrison scored 19 points, Devin Booker added 15, and top-ranked Kentucky shot 59 percent from the field to pull away from Boston University for an 89-65 victory on Friday night.
Three days after holding No. 5 Kansas to 20 percent shooting, the Wildcats (4-0) followed up with their best offensive game to put away the determined Terriers (1-2). But things were tight for more than a half as BU guard Cedric Hankerson (24 points) kept his team close with five of its nine 3-pointers.
Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points before fouling out late and Dakari Johnson added 11 for Kentucky, which played without junior forward Alex Poythress because of illness.
No. 17 Connecticut 75, Dayton 64
At San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ryan Boatright had 20 points and Rodney Purvis added 19 as No. 17 Connecticut rallied from five points down in the second half.
The Huskies (3-0) led by as many as 10 in the first half, but had to fight off runs by the Flyers throughout the period.
No. 4 Duke 74, Temple 54
At New York, freshman center Jahlil Okafor had 16 points and eight rebounds as No. 4 Duke overcame an off night from the field in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
The Blue Devils (4-0) advanced to a championship game against Stanford (3-0), a contest which will match long-time coach Mike Krzyzewski against one of his first big-time guards — Johnny Dawkins. It will be the first coaching contest between the two.
No. 7 Louisville 85, Marshall 67
At Louisville, Ky., Chris Jones scored 18 points and backcourt mate Terry Rozier added 17 to lead cold-shooting No. 7 Louisville.
Forward Wayne Blackshear had 16 points, 12 in the first half, for the Cardinals (3-0).
No. 8 Florida 61, Louisiana-Monroe 56, OT
At Gainesville, Fla., Michael Frazier II scored 21 points, including 16 after halftime, as No. 8 Florida rallied to win.
Florida (2-1) trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half and squandered an eight-point lead in the final 2:31 of regulation before prevailing.
No. 9 Virginia 59, George Washington 42
At Charlottesville, Va., Justin Anderson scored 18 points, Malcolm Brogdon had 15, and No. 9 Virginia put the defensive clamps on George Washington in the second half.
The Cavaliers (4-0) limited George Washington to three field goals in the first 17 minutes of the second half as they turned a 26-22 halftime deficit into a 53-37 lead.
No. 19 Michigan State 87, Loyola of Chicago 52
At East Lansing, Mich., Matt Costello had 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 19 Michigan State overpowered Loyola of Chicago.
Branden Dawson and Marvin Clark Jr. each scored 15 for the Spartans (2-1). Travis Trice added 13 and Denzel Valentine 12, and Michigan State never trailed.
No. 23 Syracuse 66, Iowa 63
At New York, Chris McCullough had 20 points, nine rebounds and a key steal with 8.4 seconds left for No. 23 Syracuse in the 2K Classic consolation game.
Rakeem Christmas bounced back from his foul-plagued performance Thursday with 18 points for the Orange (3-1), who led by 15 in the second half but needed some key plays from McCullough, a freshman from the Bronx who had 13 after halftime.