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SMU hands No. 2 Arizona 2nd loss in row

SMU guard Shake Milton (1) drives to the basket while guarded by Arizona forward Deandre Ayton (13) during an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services Photo via AP)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) SMU attacked the glass and kept scoring off turnovers to offset a bad shooting performance. It was enough to hand No. 2 Arizona a second stunning loss to an unranked opponent in two nights.

Ben Emelogu scored 20 points and the Mustangs upset the Wildcats 66-60 in Thursday's consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis, a jarring start for an Arizona team that began the season as a Final Four favorite with a preseason Associated Press All-American in Allonzo Trier.

Arizona (3-2) lost to North Carolina State 90-84 in Wednesday's first round. It's the first time the Wildcats have dropped back-to-back games against nonconference opponents since losing to Mississippi State and San Diego State in November 2011.


Duke pulls away from pesky Portland St.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Marvin Bagley III said the Blue Devils knew they had to wake up for the second half against Portland State.

And eventually, they did. Trevon Duval had 22 points and No. 1 Duke pulled away for a 99-81 victory over the surprisingly tenacious Vikings on Thursday to open the Phil Knight Invitational.


No. 5 Villanova storms back to beat Vols

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Fifth-ranked Villanova walked into the locker room at halftime facing a double-digit deficit against Tennessee and several players battling foul trouble.

The way coach Jay Wright figured, there was at least one positive note: His Wildcats should be fresh and ready to roll out of the break.


No. 18 Purdue loses again in Bahamas

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Western Kentucky's short-handed roster earned a rare win against a ranked team. And now No. 18 Purdue is trying to figure out what's happened to its high-scoring offense.

Darius Thompson scored 12 points and hit two clinching free throws with 5.1 seconds left to help the Hilltoppers upset the Boilermakers 77-73 in Thursday's consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis.


No. 17 Gonzaga routs Ohio State 86-59

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Moments after walking off the court following a victory over Ohio State, Gonzaga was already thinking about No. 7 Florida.

The 17th-ranked Bulldogs will face the Gators on Friday in the Phil Knight Invitational.


Terrell lifts URI over No. 20 Seton Hall

NEW YORK (AP) There was no masking the importance of what had transpired, of what the moment meant, of the opportunity grasped.

Dan Hurley and his Rhode Island Rams entered Brooklyn's Barclays Center for the Preseason NIT with a guaranteed date against No. 20 Seton Hall. Atlantic 10 versus Big East. Mid-major against major conference. National television. Thanksgiving Day.


No, 4 Spartans shake DePaul in 2nd half

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Matt McQuaid first tweaked his ankle. Then he started to get a cramp in his left quadriceps, followed by a cramp in his right quadriceps.

In between stints on the bench to rest and get fluids, McQuaid helped No. 4 Michigan State make up for the absence of star Miles Bridges.


Koulechov keys Gators' rout of Stanford

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) There hasn't been much of an adjustment period for Egor Koulechov since he arrived at Florida.

The graduate transfer from Rice had 26 points, including five 3-pointers, and the seventh-ranked Gators routed Stanford 108-87 on Thursday night in the Phil Knight Invitational.


Maye leads No. 9 UNC to rout of Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) When Luke Maye took stock of what North Carolina was losing from last season's championship squad and what was coming back, he made it a focus to become a better scorer in the post.

Maye made scoring around the basket look easy against overmatched Portland.


No. 23 WVU struggles past winless Marist

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Jevon Carter had 20 points, Sagaba Konate added 14, and No. 23 West Virginia survived an upset bid by winless Marist, beating the Red Foxes 84-78 in the opening round Thursday night at the Advocare Invitational.

Carter hit a key trey that put West Virginia ahead 70-67 with 5 1/2 minutes left after Marist had pulled even on Brian Parker's basket.

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