College basketball roundup: No. 5 Duke denies No. 2 Louisville

Mason Plumlee (right) won this rebound battle, and Duke won Battle 4 Atlantis.
Mason Plumlee (right) won this rebound battle, and Duke won Battle 4 Atlantis.

 Quinn Cook hit a 15-foot floater with 29 seconds remaining and scored his team’s final 8 points as No. 5 Duke held off a number of second-half charges from No. 2 Louisville to win the Battle 4 Atlantis title game in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Saturday night.

Mason Plumlee scored 16 points and Cook finished with 15 to collect the tournament's MVP award as all five starters scored in double figures for Duke (6-0), which defeated its second top-five team of the season and won its 23d consecutive regular-season tournament game.

Duke established a lead 2:24 into the game and did not trail from that point on, denying Louisville (5-1) both times it managed to tie the game in the second half.


Chane Behanan hit a layup with 1:23 remaining to move Louisville to within 68-66, but Cook converted a difficult layup on the other end. Behanan missed one of two free throws on the next possession and Cook sank the floater and his final four throws to preserve the win.

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Peyton Siva had 19 points and six steals while Russ Smith added 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Louisville.

Missouri 68, VCU 65 — Laurence Bowers had 14 points and 11 rebounds, leading the No. 13 Tigers (5-1) to a victory over the Rams (3-3) in the third-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis. Phil Pressey gave Missouri the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:17 to play.

Memphis 52, Northern Iowa 47 — Chris Crawford scored 18 points and the 19th-ranked Tigers (3-2) avoided losing all three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis, beating the Panthers (3-3). Memphis was the only one of the four ranked teams in the tournament not to reach the semifinals.

Charleston 63, Baylor 59 — Willis Hall scored 6 consecutive points for the Cougars (3-2) to break the final tie in an upset of the 24th-ranked Bears (4-2) in Waco, Texas.


George Mason 48, BU 45 Bryon Allen’s layup and free throw broke a tie with 0.2 seconds remaining, giving the Patriots a victory over the Terriers in Fairfax, Va. At 0-5, it is the Terriers’ worst start since the 2005-06 team also dropped its first five. The Patriots (4-2) scored the final 9 points after the Terriers took the game’s largest lead, 45-39, with 3:32 remaining. 

Yale 86, Army 83 — Sam Martin hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 32 seconds left in double overtime as the Bulldogs edged the Black Knights (3-2) in New Haven despite a career-high 37 points from Ella Ellis. Austin Morgan, who led Yale (2-5) with 19 points, added two free throws with eight seconds left.

Holy Cross 60, UNH 50 — In Worcester, Dave Dudzinski scored 19 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the Crusaders’ win over the Wildcats (2-3). Cullen Hamilton scored 11 points off the bench for Holy Cross (4-2).

Hartford 80, Central Conn. 77 — Mark Nwakamma tallied 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the host Hawks (2-3) past the Blue Devils (3-3).

St. Francis (N.Y.) 76, Brown 72 — Jalen Cannon finished with 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting to lead three players in double-digits as the Terriers (2-2) outlasted the host Bears (2-3) in overtime. Sean McGonagill paced Brown with 23 points.

IPFW 70, Dartmouth 66 — In Hanover, N.H., Isaiah McCray netted a career-high 18 points as the Mastadons (4-3) made a 13-point halftime advantage hold for a nonconference win over the Big Green (1-2), who were led by Alex Mitola’s 18.

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Late Friday night, Joel Smith scored 26 points, and Northeastern erased a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Belmont, 74-71, and advance to the final of the Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage.

Smith was 8 of 14 from the field, including 6 of 9 from behind the arc, for the Huskies (4-1), who took their first lead, 70-68, on David Walker’s 3-pointer with 58 seconds left.

The Bruins (4-1) had scored 16 straight points — 14 of them by Ian Clark — to take a 55-39 lead with 12:58 to play. For Northeastern’s result against Charlotte in Saturday night’s final, visit



UConn 91, Purdue 57 — Freshman Breanna Stewart scored 17 points and the No. 2 Huskies (5-0) rolled past the No. 14 Boilermakers (5-1) to win the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Penn State 85, Cal State Northridge 73 — Maggie Lucas scored 23 points and Nikki Greene added 21 points and a career-best-tying 20 rebounds, and the No. 6 Lady Lions (5-0) overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to beat the Matadors (3-2) and win the Cal State Northridge tournament.

Georgia 72, New Mexico 42 — The No. 8 Bulldogs (7-0) easily disposed of the host Lobos (5-1) behind 17 points and six steals from Jasmine James.

California 72, Georgetown 56 — Layshia Clarendon scored 20 points to lead the No. 11 Gol­den Bears (5-0) past the visiting Hoyas (4-2) for the Cal Classic title.

Oklahoma 100, Oregon 61 — Twenty-one of Aaryn Ellenberg’s 27 points came via the 3-pointer, and the 13th-ranked Sooners (4-1) overwhelmed the Ducks (0-4) in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown in Honolulu.

Texas 94, Central Conn. 58 — Chassidey Fussell’s 22 points led the 15th-ranked Longhorns (4-0) by the visiting Blue Devils (2-2).

Florida State 73, Vanderbilt 59 — Leonor Rodriguez led five players in double figures with 16 points as the Seminoles (5-0) upset the No. 17 Commodores at the San Juan Shootout. The loss was the third straight for the Commodores (3-3), all coming at the hands of unranked foes.

North Carolina 85, La Salle 55 — Waltiea Rolle got 15 points and 12 boards and the No. 25 Tar Heels (5-0) scored the first 16 points of the second half on the way to a rout of the Explorers (1-4) in Chapel Hill, N.C.

BC 68, Portland 40 — Kerri Shields dropped a game-high 17 points, Kristen Doherty had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting Eagles (4-2) grounded the Pilots (1-5).

Harvard 67, Eastern Michigan 63 — Sophomore Ali Curtis scored a career-high 9 points, including two late free throws, as the Crimson (4-2) prevailed over the host Eagles (1-4). Harvard followed the lead of Christine Clark, who had team highs of 16 points and four assists.

Michigan 67, BU 58 — Senior Kristen Sims netted a career-best 19 points for the Terriers (3-3), but the Wolverines (5-1) proved too much in Ann Arbor, Mich. The hosts were led by Rachel Sheffer’s 18 points.

Quinnipiac 76, URI 60 — The host Bobcats (3-0) were paced by Felicia Barron’s 17 points, while Emilie Cloutier had 18 for the Rams (2-3).

North Florida 64, Vermont 61 — In Jacksonville, Catamounts sophomore Tierra Shumpert poured in a game-high 21 points, but the Ospreys (1-4) closed the game on an 11-0 run to drop Vermont (2-4).

Pittsburgh 58, Brown 57 — Abby Dowd’s 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left lifted the host Panthers (4-1). Brown’s Lauren Clarke (20 points) missed a jumper at the buzzer.

Akron 81, Providence 78 — Symone Roberts had 22 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals, but her Friars (1-4) fell to the visiting Zips (5-1).

VCU 74, Maine 58 — The Rams (2-3) blew past the host Black Bears behind 22 points and 12 rebounds from Robyn Parks. For Maine (1-5), Brittany Wells scored 14 points.