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#1 NORTH CAROLINA 87, South Carolina 62 -- Kendall Marshall scored just four points, but had 14 assists and six steals with, with only one turnover to help top-ranked North Carolina beat South Carolina in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational Friday night.
Marshall is averaging 11 assists per game and came in with two 15-assist games already this season.
Harrison Barnes had 21 points and five rebounds, and P.J. Hairston had 19 to lead North Carolina (5-0), who will face will face UNLV (6-0) in the championship game Saturday night.
VIRGINIA TECH 59, Oklahoma State 57 -- Virginia Tech (4-1) held off a strong Oklahoma State (3-2) rally and defeated the Cowboys to claim third place in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
The Hokies fell behind 8-0 before the first media timeout, but ran out to a 30-19 lead with 2:31 remaining in the first half on a lay-up and free throw by C.J. Barksdale and led at halftime 32-23.
Ole Miss 64, MIAMI 61 ( OT ) -- Dundrecous Nelson (and, yes, that is his real name) scored 17 points, while Murphy Holloway added 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds Friday night as Mississippi defeated the Canes (4-1) in overtime.
The Rebels (5-1) took the lead for good, 60-58, on a dunk by Holloway with 3:06 left in overtime and survived potential game-winning and game-tying shots by Malcolm Grant at the end of regulation and in overtime.
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The nont-for-long No. 22 Florida State squad missed their first 15 shots and never recovered Friday evening in a loss to a talented Harvard team in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. Oh well, at least they are at the Atlantis in the Bahamas...
FSU's poor start from the field was a common theme in the opening 20 minutes that didn't get much better in the second half as the Seminoles and Crimson went into the halftime break tied at just 14-14.
In what was their first loss of the season, the Seminoles (5-1) shot 36.2 percent from the field -- a mark that typically would have still been OK for a team that plays such strong defense on a daily basis. The Crimson (5-0) shot even worse at 27.3 percent but went to the free-throw line 24 times and made 17.
BOSTON COLLEGE 66, UC Riverside 62 ( OT ) -- Freshman Patrick Heckmann scored 32 points to lead Boston College to an overtime win against UC Riverside in the 76 Classic at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Heckmann went 9-for-13 from the field, including 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. He was also a perfect 10-for-10 from the foul line. His 32-point performance was tied for the second most in 76 Classic history. Arizona State's James Harden holds the record with 40 and also had a 32-point game in 2008.
N.C. STATE 82, Elon 67 -- Sophomore Lorenzo Brown scored a career-high 21 points to lead NC State’s to a victory over Elon at Reynolds Coliseum.
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VIRGINIA 68, Green Bay 42 -- Senior forward Mike Scott scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds, and sophomore guard KT Harrell added 14 points to lead Virginia (5-1) to a victory over Green Bay (2-4) at John Paul Jones Arena.
Scott's double-double was his second of the season and the 26th of his career. He is tied for fourth on Virginia's career list for double-doubles.
CLEMSON 59, Furman 49 -- Milton Jennings scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed a career-best 14 rebounds in leading Clemson (3-2) to a 59-49 victory over Furman (3-2). Fourteen of his 22 points came in the opening 20 minutes as he helped Clemson rally from a 9-0 deficit the start the game. By the end of the half, the Tigers tied the game at 24-24 as they scored eight of the half's final nine points.
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Back home after losing two of three in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, the Terrapins (3-2) overcame a slow start to hand the Eagles (2-4) their third straight loss.
Arizona State 84, WAKE FOREST 56 -- Arizona State raced out to a fast start and never looked back, sending Wake Forest to an 84-56 loss in the consolation bracket of the Old Spice Classic.
The Sun Devils (2-3) jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the game's first four minutes and eventually built their advantage to as many as 21 in the first half to take control of the game early.
The Demon Deacons (3-2) struggled out of the gate, missing nine of their first 12 field goal attempts. Wake Forest went just 7-for-25 (28 percent) from the field in the first half. Arizona State, on the other hand, seemingly could not miss as the Sun Devils went 16-for-27 (59.3 percent) in the first half.