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Poor-shooting Louisvilleekes past Northern Iowa

Two easy ones: Minnesota’s Andre Hollins, left, and Elliott Eliason can’t prevent Mason Plumlee from scoring two of his 20 points during No. 5 Duke’s 89-71 win.

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Two easy ones: Minnesota’s Andre Hollins, left, and Elliott Eliason can’t prevent Mason Plumlee from scoring two of his 20 points during No. 5 Duke’s 89-71 win.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — No. 2 Louisville overcame a poor offense in a 51-46 win over Northern Iowa at the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday. It faces No. 13 Missouri in tonight's semis.

The Cardinals (4-0) led 26-20 at halftime despite making 10 of 37 shots and committing 10 turnovers. They held Northern Iowa to one field goal over 10:47 of the second half in going up 40-24. It then went 5:12 without scoring, and it was 48-46 when the Cardinals missed a shot.

But a jump ball was called on the rebound with 6.3 seconds left with the possession favoring Louisville. Russ Smith, who scored a team-high 16, made a layup off the inbounds, was fouled and finished the three-point play.

No. 5 Duke 89, Minn. 71: Mason Plumlee scored 20 and tied a career high with 17 rebounds for the Blue Devils in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Seth Curry scored 25 for Duke (4-0), which got all but two points from starters and faces Virginia Commonwealth in today's semis. In an 88-67 victory over Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday, Plumlee scored a career-high 28 with nine rebounds.

No. 13 Mizzou 78, Stanford 70:

Laurence Bowers scored 13 of his 19 in the second half for the Tigers in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Bowers, who also had 10 rebounds, entered averaging 1.5 points in the first half and 14 in the second. Down 12 in the first half, Stanford cut it to 72-68 with 1:15 left before Missouri (4-0) sealed it with free throws.

No. 17 Gonzaga 57, Clemson 49: Kelly Olynyk, back after a three-game suspension for violating the student code of conduct, had 13 points and two blocked shots for the Bulldogs in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. Gonzaga (4-0) faces Oklahoma in today's semis.

VCU 78, No. 19 Memphis 65: Treveon Graham scored 26 for the Rams in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Down 16 in the first half, the Tigers (2-1) cut it to 63-61 with 4:05 left. Virginia Commonwealth then went on an 11-0 run.

Coach in trouble: Morehead State said it is discussing punishing coach Sean Woods for appearing to shove his point guard, Devon Atkinson, during Wednesday's 81-70 loss at Kentucky. A decision is expected this morning.

Women

No. 2 UConn 95, Wake 34: Breanna Stewart scored 20 for the Huskies in the first round of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. UConn (3-0) led 12-0 then 45-12 at halftime.

No. 14 Purdue 71, Marist 51: KK Houser scored 17 for the Boilermakers (4-0), who closed the first half with a 23-6 run at the Paradise Jam.

Poor-shooting Louisvilleekes past Northern Iowa 11/22/12 [Last modified: Friday, November 23, 2012 12:37am]
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