Meechie Johnson Jr. hit a 3-pointer with 2.3 seconds left to lift Ohio State to a 79-76 win over No. 21 Seton Hall in the Fort Myers (Fla.) Tip-Off on Monday.
The freshman guard was five feet behind the line for the Buckeyes (4-1) when he launched the shot after Jamir Harris’ steal and layup with 14 seconds left drew Seton Hall (3-1) even at 76. Seton Hall had a final chance, but a 3-point attempt by Tyrese Samuel from near midcourt was off-target.
E.J. Liddell led the Buckeyes with 28 points, Justin Ahrens had 17 and Kyle Young 12. Johnson scored eight points. Jared Rhoden scored a career-high 29 points for Seton Hall and Bryce Aiken added 16.
Ohio State will meet No. 23 Florida in the final on Wednesday. The Pirates will oppose California in the consolation game.
No. 1 Gonzaga 107, Central Michigan 54
Chet Holmgren scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting in just 20 minutes of play to help the top-ranked Bulldogs roll past the Chippewas in the Good Sam Empire Classic in Las Vegas.
Nolan Hickman tallied 16 points and Julian Strawther 15 for Gonzaga (5-0), which led by as many as 55. Next up for the Bulldogs is a matchup with No. 2 UCLA on Tuesday.
Harrison Henderson scored 11 points to pace Central Michigan (1-3), which made 30.4 percent of its shots.
No. 2 UCLA 75, Bellarmine 62
Peyton Watson scored 19 points off the bench and keyed runs in both the first and second half as the Bruins held off the Knights in Las Vegas.
David Singleton and Johnny Juzang each had 13 points for UCLA (5-0).
Bellarmine (0-5) pulled within 10 points in the closing minutes behind clutch baskets from Dylan Penn, who scored 19 points, and Alec Pfriem, who accounted for all eight of the team’s bench points.
No. 5 Duke 107, The Citadel 81
Paolo Banchero’s 28 points and Wendell Moore Jr.’s 22 points propelled the Blue Devils past the Bulldogs in Durham, N.C.
The game was marred by a scary incident involving Citadel coach Duggar Baucom, who fell to the floor shortly after tipoff. Several people rushed to Baucom, who was later helped out of the gym by medical personnel and transported to Duke University Hospital.
Duke (6-0) got 14 points from Mark Williams, 11 from Trevor Keels and 10 from Jeremy Roach. Hayden Brown and Brent Davis both poured in 19 points and Stephen Clark had 16 points for Citadel (3-2).
No. 10 Kentucky 86, Albany 61
TyTy Washington Jr. scored 13 of his career-high-tying 20 points in the first half to lift the Wildcats to a victory over the Great Danes in Lexington, Ky.
Washington, the reigning Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week, added six rebounds to propel the Wildcats (4-1) to their fourth straight double-digit victory. Keion Brooks Jr. collected 17 points and eight assists for Kentucky.
De’Vondre Perry scored 18 points and Trey Hutcheson added 12 for Albany (0-5).
No. 12 Houston 70, Butler 52
Fabian White Jr. scored 21 points and Kyler Edwards added 10 as the Cougars blasted out of the gate and strolled to a win over the Bulldogs in a first-round game at the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas.
Houston plays Wisconsin, a 69-58 winner over Texas A&M in the first quarterfinal, on Tuesday in one of the tournament’s two semifinals.
The Cougars (4-0) never trailed, building a 17-0 lead that became a 23-point advantage just before halftime. Jair Bolden led the Bulldogs (3-2) with 16 points.
No. 13 Arkansas 72, Kansas State 64
Five players scored in double figures for the Razorbacks, who established an 18-point halftime lead and then held off the Wildcats in the Hall of Fame Classic semifinals in Kansas City, Mo.
Connor Vanover and Chris Lykes each paced Arkansas (4-0) with 14 points, combining to go 18 of 19 from the foul line.
Selton Miguel and Nijel Pack each scored 14 points for Kansas State (2-1).
Cincinnati 71, No. 14 Illinois 51
Jeremiah Davenport canned four 3-pointers Monday night and scored 19 points as the Bearcats overcame an early 15-point deficit to pound the Illini in the Hall of Fame Classic semifinals at Kansas City, Mo.
Mike Saunders added a game-high 20 on just six shots for the Bearcats (5-0), going 9 of 10 at the foul line. Cincinnati advanced to Tuesday night’s final against No. 13 Arkansas.
Kofi Cockburn scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in his first game of the season for Illinois (2-2). The Fighting Illini will face Kansas State in the consolation game.
No. 23 Florida 80, Cal 60
Colin Castleton produced game-high totals with 16 points and eight rebounds, helping the Gators open the Fort Myers (Fla.) Tip-Off Beach Division with an 80-60 romp over the Golden Bears.
Tyree Appleby backed Castleton with 15 points for Florida (4-0). Myreon Jones scored 13, and Phlandrous Fleming Jr. had 11.
Jordan Shephard had a team-high 15 points for Cal (2-3), which had won two in a row after two season-opening defeats.
No. 24 Southern California 98, Dixie State 71
Boogie Ellis scored 19 points and junior Max Agbonkpolo added a career-high 17 as the Trojans remained perfect on the season with a victory over the Trailblazers in Los Angeles.
Isaiah Mobley had 14 points for USC (4-0), which was back home after a successful road trip to Temple and Florida Gulf Coast last week. Ethan Anderson had 13 points for the Trojans.
Cameron Gooden and Frank Staine each had 17 points for Dixie State (1-4), which was playing its third consecutive game in the Los Angeles area, all defeats.
–Field Level Media
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