LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Isaiah Hicks scored 22 points, Kennedy Meeks had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 4 North Carolina overpowered host Chaminade 104-61 Monday night in the Maui Invitational.
North Carolina (5-0) needed a little time to shake the pesky Silverswords, doing so midway through the first half by pounding the ball inside.
The Tar Heels outscored Division II Chaminade 46-8 in the paint and had 26 second-chance points on 17 offensive rebounds to earn a spot in the semifinals against Oklahoma State on Tuesday.
Article continues below ...
Tony Bradley added 14 points and North Carolina shot 57 percent from the floor.
Rohndell Goodwin led Chaminade (2-1) with 18 points.
No. 5 KANSAS 83, UAB 63
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Josh Jackson had 22 points, Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham were nearly as productive and Kansas rolled to a victory over Alabama-Birmingham in the CBE Classic semifinals.
Mason finished with 20 points and Graham had 16 for the Jayhawks (3-1), who advanced to play George for the title on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs beat George Washington 81-73 in the other semifinal.
Kansas raced to a big early lead, weathered several runs by UAB, then relied on their backcourt of Jackson, Mason and Graham to pull away from the Blazers down the stretch.
Dirk Williams led the Blazers (2-2) with 13 points. Tyler Madison had 12.
No. 8 ARIZONA 71, NORTHERN COLORADO 55
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) – Lauri Markkanen scored 17 points, Parker Jackson-Cartwright had 15 points and a career-high 11 assists and Arizona pulled away over the final 12+ minutes to beat Northern Colorado.
Kadeem Allen added 10 for the Wildcats (4-0).
Gerard Davis scored 20 for the Bears (1-3). Chaz Glotta, a transfer from Southern Illinois, made 5 of 11 3-pointers for 15 points.
Jackson-Cartwright, whose previous career best was five assists, committed just one turnover. He had none in the previous game against Sacred Heart.
The Wildcats outscored the Bears 34-16 over the final 12:15.
But most of the night, Northern Colorado – picked by coaches and the media to finish near the bottom of the Big Sky Conference – gave the Wildcats all they could handle.
No. 12 CREIGHTON 86, MISSISSIPPI 77
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) – Marcus Foster scored 25 points, and Creighton had to rally in the second half to beat Mississippi in the championship game of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Khyri Thomas added 16 points, Toby Hegner had 12 and Justin Patton 11 for the Bluejays (5-0), who trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half and were down 50-40 with 18:44 left in the game.
But Creighton began its rally at that point, whittling down the Rebels' lead until tying the score twice, the last at 74-74 with 5:45 left. Thomas then put the Bluejays ahead to stay with his three-point play with 3:40 remaining.
That ignited a 12-3 Creighton run to close out the game, capped by a pair of free throws from Thomas with 40 seconds left.
Deandre Burnett and Rasheed Brooks scored 22 points each, and Cullen Neal added 10 for Mississippi (4-1).
GEORGETOWN 65, No. 13 OREGON 61
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) – Rodney Pryor had 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Georgetown withstood a furious second-half rally to hold off Oregon in the first round of the Maui Invitational.
Georgetown (1-2) led by 17 after a superb first half, capped by Pryor's running 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Ducks (2-2) swarmed their way back, using pressure defense to create turnovers and easy baskets in transition.
Unlike their loss to Maryland last week, the Hoyas weathered the Duck storm and advanced to the second round against No. 16 Wisconsin.
LJ Peak added 17 points and hit two free throws with 2.7 seconds left to seal Georgetown's victory.
Payton Pritchard led Oregon with 18 points. Dillon Brooks had eight points in his first game of the season, including a long 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to get the Ducks within two.
No. 16 WISCONSIN 74, TENNESSEE 62
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) – Bronson Koenig scored 21 points, Nigel Hayes had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Wisconsin opened the Maui Invitational with a win over Tennessee.
Wisconsin (3-1) built a big early lead and rallied after Tennessee made two runs to take the lead early in the second half. Hayes hit a couple of big 3-pointers and the Badgers pulled away late to earn a spot in the second round on Tuesday.
Wisconsin, in its third Maui Invitational, shot 56 percent and used its size advantage inside to pull down 11 more rebounds. Ethan Happ added 16 points for the Badgers.
Tennessee (1-2) trailed by 17 midway through the first half before finding its footing in Maui.
Shembari Phillips led Tennessee with 16 points, and Detrick Mostella and Robert Hubbs III had 12 each.
NORTHWESTERN 77, No. 22 TEXAS 58
NEW YORK (AP) – Bryant McIntosh had 20 points and five assists to lead Northwestern to a convincing victory over Texas in the semifinals of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center.
The Wildcats (3-1) will play Notre Dame, which beat Colorado 89-81, in the championship game Tuesday night.
Northwestern opened the game with an 11-0 run and closed the first on a 9-0 spurt to take a 34-26 lead.
The Wildcats opened the second half on a 10-1 run to go up by 17 points and the Longhorns (3-1) were never closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Scottie Lindsey had 16 points and Dererk Pardon had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Northwestern which took advantage of an out-of-synch Texas offense for the easy win.
Tavin Mack scored 18 points for the Longhorns, who finished with 14 turnovers and just seven assists. Texas didn't help itself at the free throw line going 13 for 27.