Berrick JeanLouis blocked potential layups to tie the game, and Nelly Jr. Joseph beat Iona 10th Alabama in the first round of ESPN Event Invitational on Thursday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Made two clinch-free throws to win 72-68.
Gaels (6-0) will face Belmont in the semi-finals on Friday. Crimson Tide (4-1) opposes Drake in a round of comfort.
Joseph and Walter Clayton Jr. each scored 15 points against the Gaelics who retaliated for losing to Alabama in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season, recovering from a deficit in the second half of 9 points.
After Clayton made one of two foul shots and took the lead of 70-68 with 20 seconds remaining, Alabama’s Juffbon genre drove the lane to explore the possibility of a layup. However, his shot was blocked by Gianlui. Joseph has rebounded. Jayden Shackelford scored 19 points and Quinnary added 15 to Crimson Tide.
No.4 Kansas 71, North Texas 59
Ochai Agbaji led the Jayhawks with a fourth goal as Kansas defeated Mean Green in the first round of ESPN Events Invitational, scoring 18 points.
The Jayhawks (4-0) will advance to the semi-finals against Dayton, who beat Miami 76-60 on Friday.
Chosen as the Pre-Season Big 12 Player of the Year, Remy Martin made two trays in the season and then discharged three three points in the first six minutes of the second half. Martin finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. His haste contribution complemented Agbazi, who participated in the tournament as the top scorer in the country with an average of 26.3 points, along with 16 points from Christian Brown.
No.6 Baylor 69, VCU 61
Matthew Mayer scored 15 points and Kendall Brown added 14 points as the Bears fought Rams in the tough semi-finals of Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas.
The Bears remain undefeated and will face Michigan on Friday in the tournament final. VCU will also face UConn in the 3rd place playoff on Friday.
Baylor (6-0) was led by a bucket after the gritty first half, when almost all property was fiercely contested. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua has added 13 points to Baylor. VCU’s Vince Williams led all scorers with 17 points, and Levi Stockard III lost to Rams (3-3) 13 with 13.
No.19 Auburn 62, Loyola Chicago 53
Javali Smith scored 14 points to lift the Tigers over the Rambler in the comfort bracket of Battle 4 Atlantis.
Walker Kessler scored 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Wendell Green Jr. added 10 points to Auburn, who rebounded from a double overtime defeat to Connecticut on Wednesday. Marquis Kennedy scored 13 points and Bradden Norris added 10 points to Loyola Chicago (4-2), who lost 2 points to Michigan in the first round on Wednesday.
Auburn (4-1) overtook Loyola by 36-26, overtaking Rambler for 18 turns. This allowed the Tigers to overcome a shooting rate of 27.8 (5 of 18) from a range of 3 points.
Michigan State University 64, No. 22UConn 60
AJ Hogard defeated Husky in the semi-finals of Battle 4 Atlantis, so he fired two free throws with 30.3 seconds remaining to bring Sparta forward.
Hogard drove to the bucket and received a call, but the replay showed that he had begun contact with RJ Cole. It was Cole’s fifth foul and sent Husky’s point guard to the bench. Their last two possessions ended with a turnover and an airball from three.
Malik Hall added two foul shots to Michigan (5-1) with 17 seconds remaining, and Tyson Walker sank another in 2.5 seconds on the clock. Gabriel Brown led Sparta with 16 points. Adama Sanogo scored 18 points and took 10 rebounds at UConn (5-1). Meanwhile, Tyreese Martin scored chips with 16 points and 12 boards.
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