- Associated Press - Thursday, November 20, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Jonathan Holmes scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, Isaiah Taylor added 15 and No. 10 Texas beat Iowa 71-57 on Thursday night in the 2K Classic.

The Longhorns trailed by 12 points in the first half but outscored Iowa 47-27 in the final 20 minutes to advance to the championship game Friday at Madison Square Garden against California.

Texas (3-0) didn’t take its first lead until early in the second half following Holmes’ blistering start out of intermission. Holmes and Taylor helped the Longhorns keep the tempo up and put it away a little over midway through the half.

Aaron White scored 23 for Iowa (2-1), which shot just 29.6 percent.


VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) - Dylan Ennis scored 16 points, including four free throws in the final 30 seconds, and Villanova survived a serious upset scare in the Progressive Legends Classic.

Ryan Arcidiacono added 15 points and Daniel Ochefu had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Villanova (3-0). Darrun Hilliard scored 10 points and forced two big turnovers in the final minute to help the Wildcats remain perfect on the season.

Chris Hass poured in a game-high 32 points to lead Bucknell (1-2), which trailed by as many as 14 before rallying to take the lead late in the game.


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Terry Larrier scored 21 points and Virginia Commonwealth made quick work of Maryland-Eastern Shore.

Treveon Graham added 17 points for the Rams (3-0), who led 61-30 at the break and won their 22nd in a row at home. They needed a lopsided game to get their younger players more experience before heading to New York to play No. 12 Villanova on Monday night in the Legends Classic. They will then play either Michigan or Oregon on Tuesday, also in New York.

Devon Walker scored 21 and Devin Martin 20 for the Hawks (1-3), who were playing for the second night in a row and fourth time in seven days.

Michael Myers added 14 points for UMES, but the team committed 20 turnovers.


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Ryan Boatright had 19 points, Daniel Hamilton added 15, and Connecticut held off College of Charleston in the first round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Amida Brimah added 14 points for the Huskies (2-0), despite struggling down the stretch with foul trouble.

Charleston (1-2) got within four in the final minute, but couldn’t get any closer after losing big man Adjehi Baru to right leg injury.

Connecticut led by as many as 12, though Charleston’s three-guard starting lineup was able to run with the Huskies for most of the game.

Anthony Stitt led the Cougars with 17 points. Baru and Joe Chealey each added 12.

INDIANA 74, NO. 22 SMU 68

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - James Blackmon Jr. scored 26 points and Indiana used a big run in the second half to get past SMU.

The Hoosiers are 3-0 for the fifth straight year.

SMU (1-2) lost its second straight road game. The Mustangs were led by Ben Moore with 16 points and Nic Moore with 13 on a topsy-turvy night.

SMU started both halves by taking leads, only to see Indiana come back both times.

The Mustangs erased Indiana’s 38-33 halftime lead by starting the second half on a 10-0 run. But just when it looked as if SMU might pull away, the Hoosiers rallied with an 18-5 burst.

Blackmon’s 3 from the top of the key with 8:56 left gave Indiana a 53-52 lead, and when Nick Zeisloft hit another 3 with 4:51 to go, Indiana led 63-55.

SMU got as close as 63-61 but still fell short.


NEW YORK (AP) - Jordan Mathews scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and California routed Syracuse to reach the championship game of the 2K Classic.

California (3-0) seized control by hitting four straight 3-pointers late in the first half and cruised to its first big victory in the Cuonzo Martin era. Jabari Bird added 16 points.

The Golden Bears will face No. 10 Texas, which beat Iowa 71-57 in the first semifinal, on Friday night.

Kaleb Joseph and Michael Gbinije each scored 13 points for Syracuse (2-1), which couldn’t get much going in front of its orange-clad fans who surrounded the court at Madison Square Garden.

Leading scorer Rakeem Christmas was limited to eight points before fouling out with 6:23 left and Syracuse trailing by 14 points. He came in averaging 18 points and 12.5 rebounds.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Caris LeVert had 21 points and nine rebounds, and Michigan scored 11 straight points late in the second half to hold off upset-minded Detroit.

Juwan Howard Jr. - whose father was a star for Michigan’s Fab Five - had 24 points and eight rebounds for Detroit, keeping the visiting Titans (1-2) in the game until the final minutes. After a three-point play by Howard tied it at 52, Michigan (3-0) slowly took control again with LeVert, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton leading the decisive run.

The Titans have lost their last 14 meetings with Michigan. Detroit’s most recent victory in the series was in 1981.

Irvin scored 18 points and Walton added 16 for Michigan. Nobody else had more than six points for the Wolverines.

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