Cook helps No. 5 Duke deny No. 2 Louisville in Battle 4 Atlantis championship
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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.
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.
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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 Boston.com/sports. Women
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.
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).Continued...