Kaminsky, Badgers kings of Atlantis
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Tournament MVP Frank Kaminsky scored 17 points to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures, Duje Dukan and Traevon Jackson each added 13 and the second-ranked Badgers beat Oklahoma 69-56 on Friday to win the Battle 4 Atlantis championship.
Sam Dekker scored 11 points and Nigel Hayes finished with 10 for Wisconsin (7-0), which trailed by one late in the first half before peeling off 10 straight points and taking the lead for good.
Kaminsky had eight rebounds and Jackson finished with eight assists for the Badgers.
Dinjiyl Walker scored 10 points for Oklahoma (4-2), which got nine-point efforts from Isaiah Cousins and native Bahamian Buddy Hield. But Cousins and Hield combined to shoot 5 for 22 for those 18 points.
NO. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 75, NO. 18 FLORIDA 64: At Paradise Island, Bahamas, Kennedy Meeks scored 18 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds, Marcus Paige added 16 points and North Carolina built a big early lead and beat Florida in the fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Justin Jackson had 12 points for the Tar Heels (5-1), who scored the first 12 points. J.P. Tokoto and Brice Johnson added 10 apiece for North Carolina.
NO. 22 UCLA 88, UAB 76: At Paradise Island, Bahamas, Isaac Hamilton scored 21 points and UCLA salvaged one win out of its trip to the Bahamas by topping Alabama-Birmingham in the seventh-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Norman Powell scored 17 points for the Bruins (5-2), while Bryce Alford went 11 for 12 from the foul line on his way to a 14-point night. Kevon Looney had 13 and Thomas Welsh added 12 for UCLA.
NO. 10 GONZAGA 73, ST. JOHN’S 66: At New York, Domantas Sabonis had 14 points and eight rebounds to help Gonzaga beat St. John’s in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game.
The 6-foot-10 Sabonis, the son of former NBA center Arvydas Sabonis, was 6 for 6 from the field.
NO. 8 VIRGINIA 64, LASALLE 56: At New York, Malcolm Brogdon scored a career-high 20 points to lead Virginia past LaSalle in the Barclays Center Classic semifinals.
NO. 11 KANSAS 82, TENNESSEE 67: At Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Perry Ellis scored 24 points, Cliff Alexander added 16 and Kansas beat Tennessee in an Orlando Classic semifinal.
NO. 20 MICHIGAN STATE 79, MARQUETTE 68: At Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Denzel Valentine had a career-high 25 points and Michigan State beat Marquette in the Orlando Classic semifinals.
NO. 16 OHIO ST. 73, JAMES MADISON 56: At Columbus, Ohio, D’Angelo Russell scored 14 points, Sam Thompson had 13 and Ohio State got big contributions from its big men in beating James Madison.
NO. 17 MIAMI 87, SOUTH ALABAMA 75: At Coral Gables, Fla., Sheldon McClellan had 17 points and Miami scored the first 23 points in an easy victory over South Alabama.
MISSISSIPPI 75, NO. 23 CREIGHTON 68: At Niceville, Fla., Jarvis Summers scored 23 points and Mississippi closed with a 12-3 run to beat Creighton in the Emerald Coast Classic.
NO. 25 ARKANSAS 89, NORTH TEXAS 73: At Fayetteville, Ark., Michael Qualls scored a career-high 22 points and Arkansas improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2006 with a victory over North Texas.