Top 25 Capsules
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) Josh Hart scored a career-high 30 points with six 3-pointers and No. 3 Villanova powered past Wake Forest 96-77 on Friday to reach the finals of the Charleston Classic.
Hart, a preseason All-American, made five of his team's first six baskets to open a 16-8 lead and the Wildcats (4-0) kept going. They'll face UCF or College of Charleston for the tournament title on Sunday night.
Villanova used a combination of accurate shooting and solid defense to slow down Wake Forest (3-1), which had scored 103 points Thursday in defeating UTEP. While the Demon Deacons shot 50 percent, they rarely got their transition game in motion against the Wildcats.
It was not all good for Hart, who was whistled for a technical foul late in the second half with his team ahead double digits when he got tied up and jawed with Wake Forest's Bryant Crawford down low.
Hart surpassed his previous top total of 27 points against Akron last season.
No. 11 XAVIER 83, CLEMSON 77
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) – J.P. Macura scored a career-high 28 points and Trevon Bluiett contributed 21 as Xavier defeated Clemson in the second round of the Tire Pros Invitational.
Macura hit six 3-pointers and Bluiett sealed the win with two free throws in the final moments.
The Musketeers (3-0) held a comfortable lead for most of the second half before Clemson (3-1) surged within 63-62. Xavier, led by Malcolm Bernard, answered with six straight points to regain control.
Donte Grantham led five Clemson players in double figures with 21 points.
No. 13 MICHIGAN STATE 100, MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE 53
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Miles Bridges scored 21 of his 24 points in the first half, grabbed 11 rebounds and had six assists in his home debut for Michigan State in a win over Mississippi Valley State.
The Spartans (1-2) got a confidence-boosting win after getting routed by No. 2 Kentucky and losing to No. 10 Arizona by two points.
Ronald Strother had 12 points and Amos Given scored 10 for the Delta Devils (0-4).
Bridges, a 6-foot-7 freshman, put on quite a show that the fans loved at the Breslin Center, including former Michigan State great and Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. Johnson came out of his seat and spread his arms wide and had an ear-to-ear smile when the left-handed Bridges followed up a miss free throw by driving through the lane and leaping to make a backboard-shaking, right-handed dunk.
No. 18 SYRACUSE 71, MONMOUTH 50
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Andrew White scored 18 points, Taurean Thompson added 12 and Syracuse routed overmatched Monmouth.
The Orange (3-0) led 37-29 at the half. The Hawks (1-2) shot 21 percent from the field were 1 of 18 from 3-point range in the second half. For the game, the Hawks shot 31 percent and were 4 of 29 from on 3-pointers.
Syracuse outscored Monmouth 34-21 in the second half.
Tyus Battle added nine points, and Frank Howard had eight points and six assists for Syracuse. Tyler Lydon had four blocks.
Justin Robinson led the Hawks with 11 points, and Collin Stewart had eight.
No. 15 PURDUE 64, GEORGIA STATE 56
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points and Purdue scored the final 20 points of the game to rally and beat Georgia State in the Cancun Challenge opener.
Trailing 56-44 with 7:08 to play, the Boilermakers (2-1) took over. Dakota Mathias hit two 3-pointers and P.J. Thompson one during the game-closing run.
Center Isaas Haas added 11 points for Purdue, and Jeremy Hollowell had 15 to lead Georgia State (1-2), which also got 13 points from D'Marcus Simonds.
Georgia State led 56-44 on a Malik Benlevi basket with 7:08 remaining, but Purdue pulled even at 56 on two Haas free throws with 3:57 remaining.