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The Gazette, Colorado Springs
No. 3 Arizona 101, Ut-arlington 56 Tucson, Ariz.: Kylan Boswell scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half and the Wildcats scored 20 straight points spanning the end of the first half and start of the second. Arizona (5-0) had seven players score in double figures and have had five with 10 or more points in every game this season while averaging 99.6 points. Boswell, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, shot 6 for 10 from the field and 5 for 6 in the second half, including three 3-pointers. Oumar Ballo added 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting. No. 5 Uconn 77, Indiana 57 New York: Tristen Newton had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Huskies pulled away in the second half for a victory over Indiana in the Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden. After winning their first three games by an average of 39 points, the Huskies (4-0) got their fourth double-digit win thanks largely to Newton, who also had six assists. Five days after being held to 10 points against Mississippi Valley, Newton made 7 of 16 shots. He finished two shy of his career high for rebounds and drew 10 fouls. No. 6 Houston 69, Dayton 55 Charleston, S.C.: L.J. Cryer had 18 points and Jamal Shead had 16 as Houston ran past Dayton to win the Charleston Classic tournament. Shead scored his season high and had seven of the Cougars first nine points as they opened a 14-4 lead less than six minutes in. They are 6-0 to open for a second straight season. It’s the first Charleston title for Houston and its 35th regular season tournament crown all-time. Shead, the senior who started his 66th straight game for Houston, also added six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Cryer had four of Houston’s eight 3-pointers. No. 12 Miami 91, Kansas State 83 Nassau, Bahamas: Tournament MVP Nijel Pack scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half against his former school, and the Hurricanes topped Kansas State to win the Baha Mar Hoops Bahamas championship. Norchad Omier scored 23 for the Hurricanes (5-0), who are essentially assured of tying a school record by being in the AP Top 25 for the 17th consecutive week when the new poll comes out Monday. Miami also had a run of 17 consecutive appearances in the 2015-16 season. Wooga Poplar and Matthew Cleveland each scored 15 for Miami. Cam Carter scored 28 points — 24 in the second half — and Arthur Kaluma had 18 points and 12 rebounds for Kansas State (3-2), which fell to 0-2 against ranked opponents this season. No. 16 Southern Cal. 81, Brown 70 Los Angeles: Boggie Ellis scored 28 points and Isaiah Collier added 24 to lead USC. It wasn’t easy. Ellis scored 16 points in the first half for the Trojans (3-1) and was pivotal late in holding off the pesky Bears. He made a long 3-pointer off an inbounds pass by Harrison Homery right as the shot clock expired to give USC a 79-70 lead with 33 seconds left. No. 18 Michigan State 81, Alcorn State 49 East Lansing, Mich.: Tre Holloman scored 17 points and Jaden Akins added 13 to help the Spartans roll to the win. Coen Carr had 11 points for the Spartans (3-2), who played without leading scorer Tyson Walker (23.0 ppg), who did not dress due to illness but sat on the MSU bench in street clothes. Holloman started in place of Weaver, scoring 12 of his 17 points in the first half. No. 19 Texas 81, Louisville 80 New York: Max Abmas hit a fallaway jumper at the buzzer as the Longhorns outlasted a stiff challenge from Louisville in the Empire Classic. In a game with 21 lead changes and 14 ties, Kadin Shedrick scored a career-high 27 points for Texas. Abmas added 14 as the Longhorns shot 46.3%. No. 23 Illinois 88, Southern 60 Champaign, Ill.: Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half, Dain Dainja added 12 points and Quincy Guerrier had 10 to lead Illinois to a rout of Southern. A 17-point run in the final five minutes of the first half gave Illinois a 45-27 lead at the break. The Illini (4-1) weren’t threated by the Jaguars in the second half, extending their lead to as many as 34 points. Nine of the 10 players who dressed for Southern (1-4) scored.