LAKE BUENA VISTA — KeVaughn Allen scored 21 and Canyon Barry added 20 off the bench as Florida rallied past Seton Hall 81-76 in a first-round game at the AdvoCare Invitational on Thursday night.
The Gators (5-0) face No. 11 Gonzaga in a semifinal tonight (10, ESPNU).
After trailing by six early in the second half, Allen made a layup and Barry hit a 3 to make it 69-61 with five minutes to play. After Khadeen Carrington's 3-point play got Seton Hall within two with two minutes left, Allen made a driving, hanging bank shot to put Florida up 75-71.
The Pirates (3-1) were led by Carrington's 28 points.
FSU BLOWS 18-POINT LEAD: Quinton Rose scored 26, including two free throws with two seconds left, to lead Temple to an 89-86 win over No. 25 Florida State in the first game of the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York. FSU (5-1) led by 18 with 13:30 left in the game. Dwayne Bacon paced the Seminoles with 22 points. Trailing by 12 with 9:26 left, Temple (3-2) went on a 15-2 run to take a 73-72 lead. FSU had a chance to win, but Jonathan Issac air-balled a layup with four seconds left. The Seminoles play Illinois today (12:30, ESPNU) in the consolation game.
NO. 10 L'VILLE 62, WICHITA ST. 52: Donovan Mitchell made two 3s in the final 4½ minutes and scored 14 to help put the Cardinals (5-0) in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game at Paradise Islands, Bahamas, against No. 20 Baylor today.
Miami 67, Stanford 53: Ja'Quan Newton had 20 points and Anthony Lawrence added 18 for the Hurricanes (4-0) in the opening round of the AdvoCare Invitational at Lake Buena Vista.
Women: USF routs Tar Heels
BIMINI, Bahamas — Sophomore Kitija Laksa registered her first double double, a game-high 34 points and 10 rebounds, as USF routed North Carolina 83-55 in the opening round of the Junkanoo Jam. Laksa went 11-for-19 from the field, including 6-for-10 from 3-point range. Teammate Ariadna Pujol added 26 points, seven rebounds and three assists. The Bulls (3-0) outscored the Tar Heels (4-1) in every quarter. "I was proud of our team's focus, coming down here and playing a very talented North Carolina team from the ACC," coach Jose Fernandez said. USF plays Georgia in the Lucaya Division championship round Saturday at 6:45 p.m.
No. 10 FSU 98, Winthrop 35: Leticia Romero scored 17 to propel the Seminoles (4-1) in the first round of the Paradise Jam tournament at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Football: LSU shoots down rumors
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — LSU denied it had selected its next coach amid reports the Tigers were zeroing in on Houston's Tom Herman. The school put on Twitter two statements during the 25th-ranked Tigers' game at No. 22 Texas A&M on Thursday. The first one said that there were a lot of "unsubstantiated rumors" about the coaching search and that the school wouldn't comment. That was followed minutes later by a statement from athletic director Joe Alleva: "Contrary to media reports, there has been no decision made on who will be the next football coach at LSU. … As we stated earlier, we are going to take our time and make sure we select the right person to lead our football program." In the game, Derrius Guice rushed for a school-record 285 yards with four touchdowns and Danny Etling threw for 324 yards and two scores to give LSU (7-4, 5-3 SEC) a 54-39 win over Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4).