- The Washington Times - Monday, November 24, 2008

From combined dispatches

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SETON HALL 77, VIRGINIA TECH 73: Jeremy Hazell scored 23 points Sunday night to lead the Pirates past the Hokies in the third-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

Seton Hall (4-1) shot 56.5 percent in the second half to overcome a six-point deficit at halftime. The Pirates were 13-for-34 in the first half before getting a combined 24 points from Hazell and Paul Gause in the second half.

Hazell scored 14 points in the second half, including seven of nine free throws, while Gause scored 10 of his total 14 points. Robert Mitchell chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds for Seton Hall.

The Hokies (3-2) were led by Malcolm Delaney, who scored 25 points, and A.D. Vassallo with 22. Jeff Allen added 17 points and 17 rebounds for Virginia Tech.

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MISSOURI 83, NO. 19 USC 72: DeMarre Carroll had 29 points and 11 rebounds to help the Tigers pull away for a victory over the Trojans in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.

J.T. Tiller added 14 points, and Leo Lyons finished with 13 for the Tigers (4-1), who shot 55 percent and outscored the Trojans 46-29 in the second half.

“I thought we had a great all-around effort today, and DeMarre sure made a lot of plays to keep us going against a good USC team,” coach Mike Anderson said. “Our bench played excellent and really allowed us to impose our style late in the game, during some crucial minutes.”

Dwight Lewis scored 15 for USC (3-2), which went 15-for-28 from the free throw line. Taj Gibson added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Daniel Hackett also had 11 points but committed eight of Southern Cal’s 19 turnovers.

NO. 2 UCONN 76, NO. 17 MIAMI 63: Hasheem Thabeet and the Huskies overpowered the Hurricanes in the Paradise Jam semifinals in Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The 7-foot-3 Thabeet had 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting and added 14 rebounds and seven blocks in 32 minutes.

A.J. Price added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (4-0), set to face Wisconsin on Monday in the final of the of the eight-team tournament. Miami (2-1) will play San Diego in the third-place game.

NO. 3 LOUISVILLE 81, SOUTH ALABAMA 54: Freshman Samardo Samuels was dominant for the second straight night, scoring 24 points to lead the Cardinals to a victory over the Jaguars in the final of the Billy Minardi Classic in Louisville, Ky.

Samuels hit his first eight shots from the field - all of them either dunks or layups in traffic - and grabbed five rebounds as Louisville (2-0) capped an easy opening weekend by racing past the Jaguars (3-1) in the second half.

NO. 10 DUKE 78, MONTANA 58: Nolan Smith scored 12 of his 14 points during the decisive first-half run that led the Blue Devils to their third win in four days by beating the Grizzlies.

Gerald Henderson also had 14 points, Kyle Singler finished with 13 and Jon Scheyer scored 12 for the short-handed Blue Devils (6-0).

Playing without co-captain Greg Paulus - who was held out with a contusion on his right forearm - they used a familiar formula of hot shooting and high-pressure defense to fuel the game-breaking 30-9 first-half run that carried them to their NCAA-best 63rd straight nonconference victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

XAVIER 63, NO. 13 MEMPHIS 58: Terrell Holloway made 10 free throws without a miss and finished with 13 points to help the Musketeers beat the Tigers in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game.

B.J. Raymond and Jamel McLean added 11 points each for the Musketeers (5-0).

NO. 15 ARIZONA STATE 61, PEPPERDINE 40: James Harden scored a career-high 33 points and had 12 rebounds as the Sun Devils shook off a lackluster start to beat the Waves in Tempe, Ariz.

NO. 25 WISCONSIN 64, SAN DIEGO 49: Trevon Hughes scored 22 points as the Badgers advanced to the Paradise Jam title game by beating the Toreros.

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