Kansas Holds Off UTEP
Paradise Island, Bahamas — Perry Ellis scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, Wayne Selden Jr. scored 14 and No. 2 Kansas survived a stiff challenge before beating Texas-El Paso 67-63 on Saturday night in the third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Naadir Tharpe added 11 for the Jayhawks (6-1), who never trailed. The Jayhawks won despite Andrew Wiggins being held to six points, nearly 10 below the freshman’s season average.
McKenzie Moore scored 15 for UTEP (4-4), including three free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining to get the Miners within three. Justin Crosgile scored 14 points and Vince Hunter added 10 the Miners, who held Kansas to 39 percent shooting.
It was the second straight night where Kansas saw a big early lead, 11-2 against Villanova and 15-2 against UTEP, evaporate and the game turn into a struggle.
No. 14 Oregon 91, North Dakota 76
Eugene, Ore. — Joseph Young scored 23 points and No. 14 Oregon remained perfect with a victory over North Dakota in the Global Sports Hardwood Challenge.
The Ducks improved to 6-0, extending their best start since opening the 2006-07 season with 13 straight wins.
Young, a junior transfer who was the leading scorer for Houston last season, has scored in double figures in all of Oregon’s games this season.
Mike Moser, a transfer to Oregon from UNLV, had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Ducks, who led by as many as 20 points.
No. 2 Duke 73, Kansas 40
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands — Tricia Liston scored 19 points and Elizabeth Williams added 17 to lead No. 2 Duke over Kansas at the Paradise Jam.
Oderah Chidom added seven points and 14 rebounds for the Blue Devils (8-0).
No. 8 Maryland 84, Ohio 60
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico — Freshman Lexie Brown scored a season-high 16 points and Alyssa Thomas added 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead Maryland to a rout of Ohio in the San Juan Shootout.
Washington St. 76 No. 10 Nebraska 72
Lincoln, Neb. — Tia Presley scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half, and Washington State made a season-high 12 3-pointers.
The Cougars (4-4), who beat a Top 10 team for the first time in their history, made 9 of 17 3s in the first half while getting out to a 45-38 lead.
No. 11 UNC 87, Illinois 51
Cancun, Mexico — Stephanie Mavunga had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds as North Carolina defeated Illinois at the Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Resort.
Mavunga has her fifth double-double as North Carolina (6-2) bounces back from its overtime loss to Arizona State Friday. The Tar Heels defeated Arkansas State Thursday.
No. 24 Gonzaga 81 Colgate 31
Spokane, Wash. — Lindsay Sherbert, a junior transfer from California, had a career-high 22 points in her fifth game at Gonzaga.
At one point early in the second half, Sherbert had 17 points and the Bulldogs (4-1) had a 44-16 lead.