LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Trevon Brazile had 20 points and nine rebounds off the bench, Ricky Council had 19 points and No. 9 Arkansas defeated No. 17 San Diego State 78-74 in overtime to take third at the Maui Invitational Place . Kamani Johnson’s two-handed run of a missed layup leveled the game as time usually ran out. In overtime, a 3-pointer from Darrion Trammell gave the Aztecs a 70-69 lead at 3:56, but Council countered with a knight that gave the Razorbacks a lead they wouldn’t give up. In the dying seconds, Aztecs’ Matt Bradley missed a potential layup with three seconds remaining and Johnson took two free throws to seal the win.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart sees a change in Georgia Tech’s game under interim coach Brent Key. If the Yellow Jackets beat the Bulldogs, it could change the direction of a fading state rivalry. No. 1 Georgia will look to cap their second straight regular season unbeaten when they play Georgia Tech. Georgia has a four-game winning streak against Georgia Tech and has surpassed the Yellow Jackets 180-35 in those four years. Georgia has won 17 of the last 20 games in the series since 2001.
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — KD Johnson scored 12 points, Allen Flanigan hit a hard-fought starting shot with 31 seconds remaining and No. 13 Auburn beat Northwestern 43-42 in the Cancun Challenge championship game. Jaylin Williams made 3-of-6 from 3-point range to finish with 11 points for the Tigers. Chase Audige led Northwestern with 10 points, three blocks and two steals. The Wildcats shot 4 of 24 in the first half, shooting 25% from the field and 2 of 24 from 3-point range.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jacob Toppin scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds on Wednesday to help No. 15 Kentucky defeat North Florida 96-56. The Wildcats (4-2) easily recovered from an 88-72 loss at No. 6 Gonzaga Sunday to win their 23rd straight home game against an unranked opponent. Ten players scored for the Wildcats, with three starters in double figures. Oscar Tshiebwe had his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Antonio Reeves finished with 20 points. Toppin scored the majority of his second-half goals with 12 points. Jarius Hicklen led the Ospreys (1-4) with 17 points.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Santiago Vescovi scored all 13 points after halftime, sparking the crucial run that helped No. 22 Tennessee defeat Atlantis Butler 71-45 in the first round of Wednesday night’s Battle 4. Vescovi hit three 3-pointers during a 17-1 run that opened the game for the Volunteers. Tennessee led 28-23 at halftime and then used the run to take an 18-point lead. Julian Phillips added 11 points for Tennessee, who will face Southern California in Thursday’s semifinals. Jayden Taylor scored 18 points over the leading Butler, who scored just 31.9%. The Bulldogs made just 5 of 23 3-pointers, including 1 of 10 after halftime.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aidan Mahaney scored 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting, Logan Johnson added 19 points, seven rebounds and eight assists and Saint Mary’s defeated Vanderbilt 75-65 in the Wooden Legacy semifinals. Mitchell Saxen also scored 19 points for Saint Mary’s (6-0). Jordan Wright led Vanderbilt (2-3) by 22 points. Tyrin Lawrence and Liam Robbins each scored 13 points and Mare added 12 points and eight rebounds. Vanderbilt, trailing 35-38 at halftime, shot 54% from field in the second half but couldn’t consistently make defensive stops. The Gaels made 29 of 51 (56.9%) from the field overall and shot 58.3% (14 of 24) after halftime.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Isiaih Mosley had 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, D’Moi Hodge had 18 points, a career-high seven assists and five steals, and Missouri defeated Coastal Carolina 89-51. Hodge made 7 of 11 from the field, hit 4 of 6 from 3-point range and grabbed five rebounds. The 6-foot-4 guard has 15 steals in his last three games and 19 this season. Linton Brown scored 13 points and Jomaru Brown added 12 for the Chanticleers. Coastal Carolina shot 25% (15 of 61), including 6 of 23 (26%) from 3-point range, and committed 27 turnovers that the Tigers converted to 32 points.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will be without five receivers for Friday night’s game in the state No. 16, including Anthony Richardson’s top two goals. Coach Billy Napier has ruled out leading receiver Xzavier Henderson and second-leading receiver Justin Shorter, as well as backups Ja’Quavion Fraziars, Marcus Burke and Thai Chiaokhiao-Bowman. Ricky Pearsall was listed as questionable but Napier expects Arizona State’s transfer to be cleared for Thursday. Napier says “it’s a great opportunity” for multiple backups.
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