ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — After Hofstra left its chilly campus to check out the tropics, Pride coach Joe Mihalich found himself worrying about the change of scenery causing a loss of focus.
"This place," Mihalich said, "is almost too nice."
His concerns were unfounded. His team was more than ready to get Hofstra's biggest win in years.
Brian Bernardi scored 24 and Hofstra had an answer to every Florida State rally on the way to stunning the Seminoles 82-77 Friday in the opening round of the Paradise Jam. The Pride had lost 14 straight games going back to 2006 against major conference teams and hadn't beaten an ACC team since 1998.
"It's great for our program," Bernardi said. "We worked so hard this summer, and it just means everything to us."
Bernardi was 8-of-10 from the floor and 6-of-8 from 3-point range, and is 14-of-21 from beyond the arc this season for the Pride (3-0), off to its best start since the 2004-05 club started 9-0. Juan'ya Green added 17 points and seven assists, Denton Koon had 15 points and Ameen Tanksley scored 14 for Hofstra, which saw its lead trimmed to one three times in the second half.
But FSU (2-1) never got over the hump, and Hofstra led for the game's final 27 minutes.
"You have to give Hofstra credit," Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton said. "We had good looks at the basket, maybe better shots than what we had been making in our first couple of games. But you are going to have those nights. If we can learn from this — when our 3s are not falling, we need to take the ball to the basket — we will continue to improve and become a good basketball team."
NO. 2 KENTUCKY 78, WRIGHT ST. 63: Tyler Ulis scored a career-high 21 for the host Wildcats (4-0), who followed Tuesday night's impressive victory over No. 5 Duke by shooting 53 percent from the field.
NO. 3 MARYLAND 65, RIDER 58: Freshman Diamond Stone fueled a second-half surge that brought the host Terrapins (3-0) back from a 14-point deficit. Jake Layman had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Maryland, which trailed 43-29 with 15:56 left, then took the lead for the first time when Rasheed Sulaimon scored on a runner in the lane with 5:19 left to make it 52-50. It was 61-58 before the Broncos' Kahlil Thomas misfired on a 1-and-1. Sulaimon missed two free throws, but Layman grabbed the rebound and clinched it with two from the line.
NO. 5 DUKE 79, VCU 71: Grayson Allen bounced back from an off game against Kentucky by scoring a career-high 30, and the Blue Devils (3-1) rallied in the opening round of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Blue Devils face Georgetown in the championship game Sunday.
NO. 8 OKLA. 85, MCNEESE ST. 56: Buddy Hield had 24 points for the Sooners (2-0), who shook off a sluggish start to cruise in their home opener.
NO. 11 VILLANOVA 86, ETSU 51: Daniel Ochefu posted his third straight double double with 12 points and 16 rebounds, and the Wildcats (3-0) played stifling defense in a preliminary round of the NIT Season Tipoff in Radnor, Pa.
NO. 13 MICH. ST. 92, ARK.-PINE BLUFF 46: Sophomore Javon Bess scored a career-high 16, and Denzel Valentine, the star of Tuesday night's comeback win over Kansas with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists, had 11 assists for the host Spartans (3-0).
MIAMI 90, NO. 16 UTAH 66: Sheldon McClellan scored 27 to help the Hurricanes (4-0) roll past the Utes (3-1) in the Puerto Rico Tipoff in San Juan, sending Miami to the championship round with its second straight lopsided win. Tonye Jekiri added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who took control early, shot 53 percent and never let Utah make a serious push to climb back in it. Miami put the Utes away with a 9-0 burst — ending with a 3-pointer and a pitch-ahead layup from McClellan off a turnover — for a 75-55 lead with 5:17 left.
NO. 20 BAYLOR 77, JACKSON ST. 60: Al Freeman scored 20 and hit 4 of 7 3-pointers for the host Bears (2-1), who overcame a slow start.
NO. 22 BUTLER 74, TEMPLE 69: Kellen Dunham scored 16 to help the Bulldogs (3-0) overcome 36 percent shooting and a slow start in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
NO. 4 KANSAS: Junior guard Brannen Greene was suspended for six games for unspecified conduct detrimental to the team. Greene will not make the trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, which begins Monday, but can practice with the team upon its return.
NO. 4 TENN. 57, NO. 25 SYRACUSE 55: Bashaara Graves made a tiebreaking basket with 2:48 left and the Vols (3-0) held the Orange (1-1) scoreless for the final five-plus minutes to win their 25th straight home game.
NO. 8 MARYLAND 97, DETROIT 41: Coach Brenda Frese earned her 400th career win as the host Terrapins (3-0) won behind freshman Kiah Gillespie's 18 points.
NO. 21 CAL 64, UC RIVERSIDE 58: Courtney Range scored 20 to help rally the host Bears (3-0).
NO. 24 CHATTANOOGA 53, SO. MISS 48, OT: Moses Johnson hit three free throws in the final 11 seconds of overtime and Jasmine Joyner had 20 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks for the host Mocs (3-1), who overcame a five-point second quarter.
WOMEN'S SOCCER: Shanice Robe scored in double overtime as Barry (15-2-1) beat Tampa (13-5-5) 1-0 to win the NCAA Division II South Region final in Jefferson City, Tenn. … Savannah Jordan had two goals and an assist as host Florida (19-3-1) beat William & Mary 5-2 in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Florida faces Duke at 2 p.m. Sunday. … Isabella Schmid had two goals and an assist to lead host Florida State (16-2-4) to a 5-0 victory over South Alabama in the second round of the NCAA tournament. The Seminoles face Auburn at 1 p.m. Sunday. … Malinda Allen scored at 64:33 and Duke beat Florida Gulf Coast (14-6-2) 2-0 in Gainesville in the second round of the NCAA tournament.