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No. 3 Arizona surges past Missouri

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley each scored 15 points, helping No. 3 Arizona wear down Missouri for a 72-53 victory in the opening round the Maui Invitational on Monday.

Arizona (4-0) has struggled shooting from the perimeter this season and had another rough day from behind the arc, hitting a couple shots late to finish 5 of 16 from 3-point range.

The Wildcats made up for it on defense, holding Missouri (2-2) to 36 percent shooting while scoring 24 points off the Tigers’ 17 turnovers.

Freshman Stanley Johnson had 14 points for Arizona and T.J. McConnell nine assists to offset a 2-for-11 game from the floor.

Montaque Gill-Caesar led Missouri with 13 points.

No. 6 LOUISVILLE 87, SAVANNAH STATE 26: At Louisville, Ky., Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Louisville jumped to a 29-0 lead over the first 15:58 against Savannah State.

For a while the Cardinals (4-0) appeared headed toward pitching the NCAA’s first shutout in a half since Duke led North Carolina 7-0 at halftime on Feb. 24, 1979, according to STATS. But Saadiq Muhammad’s free throw with 4:02 remaining before halftime provided the Tigers’ first point.

Savannah State (2-3) trailed 41-7 at the break behind 2-of-26 shooting (7.7 percent).

No. 11 KANSAS 87, RIDER 60: At Lawrence, Kan., Brannen Greene scored 17 points off the bench, Perry Ellis also had 17 points and No. 11 Kansas (2-1) rebounded from an embarrassing loss to Kentucky.

Svi Mykhailiuk, the 17-year-old freshman from the Ukraine, made his first start for Kansas, finishing with 10 points and five rebounds. Xavier Lundy paced Rider (3-2) with 13 points. Teddy Okereafor had 10 points and four assists.

No. 12 VILLANOVA 77, No. 14 VCU 53: At New York, JayVaughn Pinkston scored 15 points and Darrun Hilliard had 14 to lead Villanova past Virginia Commonwealth.

The Wildcats (4-0) used a 16-0 run early in the second half to bust this one open and advance to the Legends Classic final at the Barclays Center.

The Wildcats needed about 2½ minutes to turn a tight one into a rout. Kris Jenkins added 13 points to lead a Villanova bench that outscored VCU’s reserves 36-11.

Melvin Johnson and Briante Weber both scored 13 points for VCU.

No. 13 IOWA STATE 84, ALABAMA 74: At Kansas City, Mo., Georges Niang scored 28 points, reserve Dustin Hogue had 17 and Iowa State beat Alabama to reach the CBE Classic championship game.

Naz Long also scored 15 points for the Cyclones (3-0), who will play Maryland for the tournament title tonight. The Terrapins beat Arizona State 78-73 earlier in the night.

No. 15 SAN DIEGO STATE 92, BYU 87, 2 OT: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Aqeel Quinn scored 22 points and hit a big 3-pointer in each overtime, helping No. 15 San Diego State outlast BYU in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

BYU (3-1) trailed nearly the entire way before rallying behind Tyler Haws. The senior guard scored 20 of his 26 points after halftime, including a pullup jumper to put the Cougars up 76-71 in the first overtime.

The Aztecs fought back and tied the game on a 3-pointer in the closing seconds by Quinn, who had his first attempt swatted by Corbin Kaufusi. Quinn hit another 3-pointer in the second overtime and scored on a hard drive to put San Diego State (4-0) up 85-82.

No. 20 MICHIGAN STATE 79, SANTA CLARA 52: At East Lansing, Mich., Gavin Schilling had career highs of 14 points and 11 rebounds, leading Michigan State to a victory over Santa Clara.

Travis Trice scored 19 points and had eight of his team’s 22 assists on 29 baskets. Marvin Clark Jr. had 15 points and four blocked shots for the Spartans (3-1), who never trailed and built a 40-14 halftime lead.

Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (23) angles for a shot during Monday's Maui Invitational win over Missouri. AP PHOTO