ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The Latest on the Paradise Jam (all times local):
Dean Wade scored 21 points, and No. 12 Kansas State defeated Missouri 82-67 Monday night in the championship game of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Barry Brown Jr. added 19 points and six assists, Xavier Sneed had 13 points and Kamau Stokes scored 10 for the Wildcats (5-0), who won their first in-season tournament title in four tries under head coach Bruce Weber.
Jordan Geist had 24 points, Xavier Pinson added 12 and Mark Smith 11 for the Tigers (3-2).
After trailing by as many as eight points in the first 5½ minutes, Missouri rallied to tie the game four times, the last at 27-all on Reed Nikko’s dunk with 4:17 remaining.
However, Wade — named the tournament’s most valuable player — hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 13-0 run to close the first half by the Wildcats, who took a 40-27 lead at the break on Cartier Diarra’s layup with two seconds remaining.
Kansas State would extend its lead to as many as 22 points in the second half, going up 58-36 on Levi Stockard’s layup with 12:50 left.
The Tigers would pull no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.
Tres Tinkle had a career-high 32 points and 12 rebounds, and Oregon State shook off a slow start to beat Penn 74-58 Monday in the third-place game of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Stephen Thompson Jr. added 11 points, six assists and four steals and Kylor Kelley scored 10 for the Beavers (4-1), who overcame an early nine-point deficit at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.
Devon Goodman had 13 points and Antonio Woods added 11 for the Quakers (4-2), who have now lost two straight after opening the season with four consecutive wins.
Oregon State missed its first four shots and committed two turnovers as Penn raced to a 10-1 lead in the first 5 minutes.
However, the Beavers rallied, with three lead changes and three ties before Tinkle’s steal and fast-break dunk with seven seconds left put Oregon State ahead 31-29 at the break.
The Beavers led by as many as 20 points in the second half, going up 73-53 on Kelley’s tipin with 2:10 remaining.
A.J. Green scored 15 points, including a key basket down the stretch, and Northern Iowa held off Old Dominion for a 54-53 victory Monday in a consolation game at the Paradise Jam tournament.
With the Panthers (3-2) ahead 29-21 with 19:33 left, the Monarchs (2-3) rallied to tie the game four times, the last at 50-all on Kalu Ezikpe’s layup with 2:15 left. But Green hit a jumper 22 seconds later to put Northern Iowa back in the lead for good
After Old Dominion turned the ball over on its next possession, Isaiah Brown made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds remaining to give the Panthers some breathing room.
Ahmad Caver, who finished with a game-high 24 points for the Monarchs, hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
Nick Mayo scored 28 points, and Eastern Kentucky pulled away in the second half to beat Kennesaw State 100-81 Monday in a consolation game at the Paradise Jam tournament.
Jomaru Brown added 21 points and Peyton Broughton had 13 for the Colonels (3-3), who led by as many as 21 points in their final game at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.
Tyler Hooker scored 29 points, Kyle Clarke added 20 and Ugo Obineke had 16 for the Owls (1-5), who lost their fifth straight.
Eastern Kentucky led from the start, with Kennesaw State mounting only one real challenge early in the first half.
Down by six points in the first eight minutes, the Owls rallied to tie the game at 17 on Obineke’s jumper. But Tre King hit back-to-back jumpers to kick off an 11-4 run, with Broughton’s 3-pointer giving the Colonels a 28-21 lead.
Eastern Kentucky took its biggest lead in the final minute, going up 100-79 on Houston King’s 3-pointer.
The Paradise Jam tournament concludes Monday, highlighted by the championship game between Missouri and No. 12 Kansas State.
Four games are on Monday’s schedule at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.
The final day of the tournament opens with Kennesaw State facing Eastern Kentucky in the seventh-place game, followed by Old Dominion playing Northern Iowa in the consolation final. Oregon State will take on Penn in the tournament’s third-place game.
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