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'Nova beats N. Iowa for Atlantis title

Villanova guard Phil Booth (5) brings the ball up during an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services Photo via AP)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Villanova coach Jay Wright loves playing in November tournaments, from the chance to learn how his team responds to early challenges and experiment with which lineups work best.

Of course, it helps that the fifth-ranked Wildcats keep winning trophies, too.

Mikal Bridges scored 18 points and Villanova pulled away down the stretch to beat Northern Iowa 64-50 in Friday's Battle 4 Atlantis championship game, marking the fifth straight season the Wildcats have won a November tournament.


No. 9 UNC defeats Arkansas in PK80 semis

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Roy Williams was able to find the one flaw in Luke Maye's otherwise nearly spotless performance.

Oh, those turnovers.


Washington St. stuns No. 21 Saint Mary's

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) In less than 24 hours, Washington State went from playing another game of catch-up to dictating down the stretch against a ranked team.

Malachi Flynn scored 26 points and the Cougars held off No. 21 Saint Mary's 84-79 to reach the title game of the Wooden Legacy on Friday.


No. 14 Gophers roll by UMass, go to 6-0

NEW YORK (AP) When it was over, Richard Pitino was asked about his father, Rick.

The former Louisville coach, who was fired last month after a federal investigation, sat three rows behind his son's bench in a small gym, wearing a University of Minnesota pullover and causing observers to wonder if he spoke to the Golden Gophers.


No. 25 Alabama bets by BYU in New York

NEW YORK (AP) To hear Avery Johnson speak, the importance of preseason tournaments for his young team can be distilled to one word.

"Exposure," Johnson said after No. 25 Alabama's 71-59 win over BYU in the Barclays Center Classic on Friday.


Tennessee beats NC State for 3rd place

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Tennessee started and finished the Battle 4 Atlantis the same way - with a win.

Grant Williams scored 14 points to help Tennessee beat North Carolina State 67-58 in Friday's third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis, capping a three-day stay in the Bahamas that began with an overtime win against No. 18 Purdue.


Barnett lifts Missouri past St John's

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Jordan Barnett had 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, Kassius Robertson added 17 points, and Missouri beat St. John's 90-82 in the semifinals of the Advocare Invitational on Friday.

Missouri (5-1) has won consecutive games since announcing that starting guard Michael Porter Jr. will miss the remainder of the season with back surgery.


Rutgers tops E. Carolina, moves to 6-0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Just the word scooter can make Shaquille Doorson cringe.

The 7-footer spent chunks of his career wheeling around on a scooter as he dealt with a left foot injury. The junior redshirted in 2015-16 due to his foot, and was limited throughout last season before getting offseason surgery.


Thomas has 26 and 16 in Clemson's win

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Elijah Thomas reached career-highs with 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead Clemson to an 84-77 victory over Texas Southern on Friday.

Thomas, who recorded his second double-double of the year, made 10 of 11 field goals, the most of the junior center's career.


Butler edges Portland at Knight Invite

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Tyler Wideman had 18 points and eight rebounds and Butler held off a late charge by Portland State for a 71-69 victory Friday in the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.

Kelan Martin added 16 points for the Bulldogs (4-2), who will play the winner of Friday's later game between Ohio State and Stanford on Sunday.

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