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'Nova beats N. Iowa for Atlantis title

Villanova guard Phil Booth (5) brings the ball up during an NCAA college basketball game against Western Kentucky on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services Photo via AP)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Villanova coach Jay Wright loves playing in November tournaments, from the chance to learn how his team responds to early challenges and experiment with which lineups work best.

Of course, it helps that the fifth-ranked Wildcats keep winning trophies, too.

Mikal Bridges scored 18 points and Villanova pulled away down the stretch to beat Northern Iowa 64-50 in Friday's Battle 4 Atlantis championship game, marking the fifth straight season the Wildcats have won a November tournament.


Washington St. stuns No. 21 Saint Mary's

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) In less than 24 hours, Washington State went from playing another game of catch-up to dictating down the stretch against a ranked team.

Malachi Flynn scored 26 points and the Cougars held off No. 21 Saint Mary's 84-79 to reach the title game of the Wooden Legacy on Friday.


No. 14 Gophers roll by UMass, go to 6-0

NEW YORK (AP) When it was over, Richard Pitino was asked about his father, Rick.

The former Louisville coach, who was fired last month after a federal investigation, sat three rows behind his son's bench in a small gym, wearing a University of Minnesota pullover and causing observers to wonder if he spoke to the Golden Gophers.


No. 25 Alabama bets by BYU in New York

NEW YORK (AP) John Petty scored 16 points to spark No. 25 Alabama to a 71-59 win over BYU in the second game of the Barclays Center Classic on Friday.

Dazon Ingram added 15 for Alabama, which improved to 5-0, the best start for the Crimson Tide since 2012-13, when they began 6-0. Donta Hall had 12, and Collin Sexton finished with 10.


Tennessee beats NC State for 3rd place

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Grant Williams scored 14 points to help Tennessee beat North Carolina State 67-58 in Friday's third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Jordan Bowden scored all 10 of his points after halftime for the Volunteers (4-1). That included a long jumper to beat the shot clock with 43.3 seconds left, keeping Tennessee in control down the stretch as the Wolfpack tried to mount a comeback.


Barnett lifts Missouri past St John's

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Jordan Barnett had 19 points, nine rebounds and three blocks, Kassius Robertson added 17 points, and Missouri beat St. John's 90-82 in the semifinals of the Advocare Invitational on Friday.

Missouri (5-1) has won consecutive games since announcing that starting guard Michael Porter Jr. will miss the remainder of the season with back surgery.


Rutgers tops E. Carolina, moves to 6-0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Just the word scooter can make Shaquille Doorson cringe.

The 7-footer spent chunks of his career wheeling around on a scooter as he dealt with a left foot injury. The junior redshirted in 2015-16 due to his foot, and was limited throughout last season before getting offseason surgery.


Furman beats New Hampshire at PK80 event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Devin Sibley opened the second half with a pair of free throws, a 3-pointer, a steal and dunk and another 3, Furman scored the first 11 points after halftime, stretched a five-point lead to 29 and held off New Hampshire, 78-64 in Friday's opener of the PK80 tournament at Nashville.

Sibley, with nine rebounds and three assists, also dished a no-look pass to Matt Rafferty during the Paladins 32-8 breakaway run through the second half. Rafferty and Daniel Fowler scored 11 points each for the Paladins (3-2), Jordan Lyons added 12. Furman led by as many as 29 points before New Hampshire put together a 19-4 run over nearly seven minutes to reach the final margin.


LBSU beats Oregon St. at Advocare Invite

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Deishaun Booker had 14 points, 12 assists and five rebounds to lead Long Beach State to a 74-69 win against Oregon State at the Advocare Invitational on Friday.

The two teams played last Saturday with Oregon State winning 89-81 at home.


UC Irvine beats winless NAU in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) Eyassu Worku scored 13 points, Max Hazzard added 12 and UC Irvine beat winless Northern Arizona 77-71 on Friday in the Las Vegas Invitational.

Tommy Rutherford scored four quick points to give UC Irvine a 68-61 lead with 2:24 left in the game, but NAU answered with a 7-2 run. Rutherford had another dunk and Worku scored the next four points to extend the Anteaters' lead to 76-68 with six seconds remaining.

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