- Associated Press - Friday, November 21, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Ryan Boatright had 20 points, Rodney Purvis added 19, and No. 17 Connecticut rallied from five points down in the second half to defeat Dayton 75-64 in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Friday.

The Huskies (3-0) led by as many as 10 in the first half, but had to fight off runs by the Flyers throughout the period.

The Flyers (2-1) used their quickness to briefly put the Huskies behind, but turnovers and empty offensive possessions down the stretch proved costly.

Jordan Sibert led Dayton with 18 points.

NO. 23 SYRACUSE 66, IOWA 63

NEW YORK (AP) - Chris McCullough had 20 points, nine rebounds and a key steal with 8.4 seconds left for No. 23 Syracuse in the 2K Classic consolation game.

Rakeem Christmas bounced back from his foul-plagued performance Thursday with 18 points for the Orange (3-1), who led by 15 in the second half but needed some key plays from McCullough, a freshman from the Bronx who had 13 after halftime.

Jarrod Uthoff scored 20 points and Aaron White added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Iowa (2-2).

NO. 10 TEXAS 71, CALIFORNIA 55

NEW YORK (AP) - Jonathan Holmes had 21 points and 13 rebounds as No. 10 Texas shook off the absence of leading scorer Isaiah Taylor in the championship game of the 2K Classic.

A night after their starting point guard was lost to a left wrist injury, the Longhorns jumped to an early lead and relied on their smothering defense to keep the Golden Bears from cutting too far into it.

Demarcus Holland had 11 points for the Longhorns (4-0), who led by 17 with 5 minutes left.

David Kravish scored 19 points for California (3-1). Tyrone Wallace had 14 of his 16 in the second half.

NO. 1 KENTUCKY 89, BOSTON UNIVERSITY 65

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Aaron Harrison scored 19 points, Devin Booker added 15, and top-ranked Kentucky shot 59 percent from the field to pull away from Boston University.

Three days after holding No. 5 Kansas to 20 percent shooting, the Wildcats (4-0) followed up with their best offensive game to put away the determined Terriers (1-2). But things were tight for more than a half as BU guard Cedric Hankerson (24 points) kept his team close with five of its nine 3-pointers.

Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points before fouling out late and Dakari Johnson added 11 for Kentucky, which played without junior forward Alex Poythress because of illness.

NO. 9 VIRGINIA 59, GEORGE WASHINGTON 42

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Justin Anderson scored 18 points, Malcolm Brogdon had 15, and No. 9 Virginia put the defensive clamps on George Washington in the second half.

The Cavaliers (4-0) limited George Washington to three field goals in the first 17 minutes of the second half as they turned a 26-22 halftime deficit into a 53-37 lead.

The Colonials (2-1) arrived at John Paul Jones Arena getting an average of 53 points from their big four of Patricio Garino, Kethan Savage, Joe McDonald and Kevin Larsen. Savage led George Washington with 13 points, but the foursome finished with a combined 27 points on just 11-for-30 shooting.

NO. 19 MICHIGAN STATE 87, LOYOLA OF CHICAGO 52

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Matt Costello had 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 19 Michigan State overpowered Loyola of Chicago.

Branden Dawson and Marvin Clark Jr. each scored 15 for the Spartans (2-1). Travis Trice added 13 and Denzel Valentine 12, and Michigan State never trailed.

Milton Doyle had 13 points for the Ramblers (2-1). Loyola, which came in making 55.1 percent, hit just 24 percent and was down 38-14 at halftime.


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