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.
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.