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Florida State Seminoles beat Cincinnati to reach Vegas final

Denied: Oklahoma State’s Byron Eaton blocks Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo’s path to the basket.

Associated Press

Denied: Oklahoma State’s Byron Eaton blocks Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo’s path to the basket.

LAS VEGAS — Ryan Reid had 14 points and six rebounds to lead Florida State to a 58-47 victory against Cincinnati in the semifinals of the Global Sports Classic on Friday.

The Seminoles (6-0) meet Cal, which beat UNLV 73-55, at 10:30 tonight.

Chris Singleton was the only other FSU player to reach double figures with 10 points. Toney Douglas added eight points and nine rebounds for the Seminoles, and Uche Echefu had nine.

Cincinnati (4-1) got a game-high 16 points from Deonta Vaughn.

FSU opened the second half with a 15-5 run to take a 42-28 advantage with 14:28 to play. The rally was capped by a 3-pointer from Deividas Dulkys.

Cincinnati stormed back to cut the deficit to 46-39 with five minutes left, but Reid scored the next four to build the lead back to double digits.

Echefu's 3-pointer on FSU's next possession extended the advantage to 53-39 with 3:01 left.

Old Spice Classic

No. 9 Gonzaga 81, Maryland 59: Josh Heytvelt scored 22 to lead the Bulldogs' semifinal rout of the Terps, who were coming off their 80-62 upset of No. 5 Michigan State, in Lake Buena Vista. "(Thursday) wasn't an eye-opener to me," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "If you paint Maryland into a corner, they come out with a win every time." The Bulldogs face Tennessee in Sunday's final. The Terps (4-1) made 9 of 19 3-pointers against the Spartans but 1 of 13 against Gonzaga (4-0), which closed the first half with a 10-2 run for a 38-29 lead. "Coming off (Thursday), I didn't know what to expect," Terps coach Gary Williams said. "It was a great win, and I was hoping we'd have carried the momentum into this game."

No. 12 Tenn. 90, No. 21 Georgetown 78: Tyler Smith scored 21 to lead the Vols. The bench for Tennessee (5-0) bench outscored that of the Hoyas (3-1) 37-12. "Our (starting) five are good, but our 10 are what makes us better," Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said. "We go to the bench and we don't fall off. That's what helps in tournament play."

No. 5 Mich. St. 94, Okla. St. 79: Raymar Morgan scored 29 as the Spartans (3-1) rebounded from their first loss of the season with a convincing win over the Cowboys (4-2) in a losers' bracket game. Travis Walton added 16 points for Michigan State, which was upset by Maryland 80-62 in the opening round. "That was an interesting game for a coach because, as all you can imagine, nobody felt good about (Thursday)," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "The credit definitely goes to the players."

76 Classic

No. 19 Wake 82, UTEP 79: Jeff Teague capped a 29-point performance by making two free throws with 14 seconds left, leading the Demon Deacons (5-0) to a win over the Miners (3-2) at the tournament in Anaheim, Calif. James Johnson added 18 points and Al-Farouq Aminu scored 15 for Wake Forest, which advances to Sunday's championship.

Saint Mary's 79, Cal St.-Fullerton 54: Patrick Mills scored 21, Diamon Simpson added 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and the Gaels (4-1) beat the Titans (2-4).

Top 25

No. 4 Pitt 80, Texas Tech 67: Sam Young scored 24 and DeJuan Blair added 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Panthers (6-0) coasted to an easy win over the Red Raiders (5-1) in the semifinals of the Legends Classic in Newark, N.J. Pitt advances to today's championship game against Washington State, which beat Mississippi State 63-53.

No. 7 Duke 95, Duquesne 72: Lance Thomas scored a career-high 21 to help the Blue Devils (7-0) rout the Dukes (4-1) and cruise to their 64th straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils never trailed, led by 10 midway through the first half, pushed it to 20 by the break and 30 shortly after halftime. Duke has won its five home games by an average of 24 points.

No. 11 Okla. 87, No. 10 Purdue 82, OT: Blake Griffin had 18 points, making the go-ahead free throws in overtime, and matched a career high with 21 rebounds to help the Sooners (6-0) rally past the Boilermakers (5-1) in the title game of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York. Willie Warren added a career-high 22 points, and Taylor Griffin had 19 for the Sooners (6-0), who are off to their best start since winning their first 10 in 2003. Cade Davis made two free throws with 16.4 seconds left to push the lead to three, and Purdue never got a chance to tie it. E'Twaun Moore was stripped before he could take a shot, and the Sooners sealed it from the free-throw line.

No. 15 Marquette 73, N. Iowa 43: Wesley Matthews scored 17 and the Golden Eagles (5-0) used a 20-0 first-half run to rout the Panthers (3-2) at the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Playing its first game outside of Milwaukee this season, Marquette cruised before a small crowd at the Sears Centre. Marquette will face Dayton tonight. Dayton beat Auburn 60-59 in overtime. Northern Iowa will face Auburn.

No. 20 Villanova 64, Towson 47: Scottie Reynolds scored 14, and Dante Cunningham and Antonio Pena both had 12 as the Wildcats (5-0) overcame a sluggish start to defeat Towson (3-2) at the Philly Classic. Corey Fisher added 11 for the Wildcats, who will play Rhode Island in today's championship game. Rhode Island beat Penn State 77-72.

No. 22 Kansas 85, Coppin St. 53: Cole Aldrich had a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lift the Jayhawks (4-1) to their 27th straight home victory. Brady Morningstar had a career-best 21 points and Sherron Collins had 11 points and a career-high eight assists for the Jayhawks. Tywain McKee had 17 points for Coppin State (1-2), which is playing its first 15 games away from home.

Marshall: Brandon Powell, who transferred from Florida in 2007, was dismissed from the team for an unspecified violation of team policy.


USF (2-1) vs. Northeastern (3-2)

When/where: 7, Sun Dome, Tampa

TV/radio: Bright House Sports Network, 1250-AM.

Notable: Northeastern beat Providence two weeks ago but just lost at home to Boston University. The Huskies are led by 6-foot-4 guard Matt Janning (20 points per game) and 6-8 forward Eugene Spates (10.2). USF leading scorer Jesus Verdejo (bruised lower back) is expected to play, as is center Alex Rivas Sanchez (ankle), who is in position for his first career start. Verdejo has hit 11 3-pointers in three games, but the rest of the team is a combined 5-for-26 beyond the arc, including 1-for-11 from Dominique Jones, whose 15 ppg is second to Verdejo (17.3).

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

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