Tyree Appleby made a game-winning 30-footer at the buzzer as 23rd-ranked Florida rallied to defeat Ohio State 71-68 in the championship game of the Fort Myers Tip-Off on Wednesday night in Fort Myers, Fla.
Appleby had missed eight of his nine shots prior to that heave.
Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell, who scored 23 points and swatted five shots, both game highs, missed a short bank shot with eight seconds left. Florida’s Myreon Jones grabbed the rebound and pushed ahead to Appleby.
Florida (5-0) was led in scoring by Phlandrous Fleming Jr., who had 19 points off the bench. Ohio State (4-2) lost despite shooting 53.2 percent from the floor and holding Florida to 36.7 percent.
No. 6 Baylor 75, Arizona State 63
LJ Cryer had 15 points to lead the Bears’ balanced scoring in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Islands, Bahamas.
Baylor (5-0) will play VCU in a semifinal game of the winner’s bracket. The Sun Devils (2-3) will play Syracuse in a consolation bracket game. Both games are Thursday.
Cryer, who came off the bench, was one of five Bears who scored in double figures. DJ Horne paced Arizona State with 20 points.
No. 8 Texas 68, California Baptist 44
Timmy Allen and Andrew Jones scored 15 points apiece and the Longhorns’ defense all but eliminated scoring from beyond the arc for the second straight game in a win over the Lancers in the finale of the Abe Lemons Classic in Austin, Texas.
Texas limited California Baptist to just 16 points in the first half and 40.5 percent shooting overall. Courtney Ramey and Christian Bishop added 12 points each for the Longhorns (4-1), who forced 23 turnovers and had 33 points from its bench players.
Daniel Akin led California Baptist with just nine points while Chance Hunter had eight points. The Lancers (5-1) shot just 12.5 percent (2 of 16) on 3-point attempts.
No. 9 Memphis 69, Virginia Tech 61
DeAndre Williams scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Tigers held the Hokies scoreless for more than four minutes down the stretch of a semifinal win at the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York.
The Tigers (5-0) will face Iowa State, which upset No. 25 Xavier 82-70 in the first semifinal, on Friday night for the tournament title. The Hokies (5-1) and Musketeers will play for third place in the first Friday game.
Virginia Tech’s Nahiem Alleyne led all scorers with 21 points, and Keve Aluma scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
No. 12 Houston 78, Oregon 49
The Cougars took advantage of frigid first-half shooting by the Ducks and cruised to victory in the third-place game of the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas.
Fabian White Jr. had 13 of his 15 points in the first half for Houston (5-1), which raced to a 41-19 halftime lead and led by as many as 34 points early in the second half.
Eric Williams Jr. led Oregon (3-3) with 13 points.
No. 18 BYU 81, Texas Southern 64
Te’Jon Lucas scored 18 points to lead the Cougars past the Tigers at Provo, Utah. BYU notched its fifth straight victory.
Fousseyni Traore put up 13 points, Alex Barcello contributed 12, Gavin Baxter had 11 and Gideon George amassed 10 points and 16 rebounds for the Cougars (5-0).
PJ Henry topped all scorers with 21 points for Texas Southern, which dropped its sixth consecutive game to open the season after making the NCAA Tournament last season.
No. 22 UConn 115, No. 19 Auburn 109 (2OT)
Adama Sanogo scored a career-high 30 points to fuel the Huskies to a double-overtime victory over the Tigers in the quarterfinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Tyler Polley (24 points) sank two of his six 3-pointers in the second overtime and Sanogo added a trio of layups to push the Huskies’ lead to 109-100 with 1:01 to play. Auburn trimmed its deficit to four before UConn (5-0) sealed the win at the free-throw line.
Johnson finished with 27 points and Jabari Smith added 22 for the Tigers (3-1), who face Loyola-Chicago in the consolation round on Thursday. The Huskies will face Michigan State in the semifinals.
No. 20 Michigan 65, Tarleton State 54
Eli Brooks scored 15 points as the Wolverines held off the pesky Texans in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Moussa Diabate contributed 14 points and seven rebounds and Caleb Houston had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines (4-2). Michigan committed 21 turnovers, leading to 22 Tarleton State points.
Montre Gipson led Tarleton State (1-5) with 17 points, and Tahj Small supplied 12.
No. 21 Seton Hall 62, Cal 59
Jared Rhoden scored 12 of his team-high 21 points from the free-throw line and the Pirates avoided an upset in the third-place game of the Fort Myers (Fla.) Tip-Off.
Grant Anticevich sank several big shots down the stretch for Cal (2-4) to take leads at 49-46, 51-49 and 54-51. Seton Hall fought back to tie it at 59, and Alexis Yetna made one of two foul shots with 1:05 left to put the Pirates up for good.
Yetna and Tyrese Samuel added 10 points apiece for Seton Hall (4-1). Yetna and Rhoden each grabbed seven rebounds. Cal got 23 points from Andre Kelly and 15 from Anticevich.
Iowa State 82, No. 25 Xavier 70
Izaiah Brockington scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Cyclones to an upset victory over the Musketeers in the NIT Tip-Off in New York.
Brockington scored 23 second-half points and converted 12 of 19 shots from the field and 4 of 6 3-point attempts. Tyrese Hunter added 19 points and Gabe Kalscheur chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds for Iowa State (5-0).
Xavier (4-1) made just 3 of 21 attempts from beyond the arc after it sank 14 of 31 against Norfolk State on Sunday. Jack Nunge led Xavier with a career-high 24 points.
–Field Level Media