CHARLESTON, S.C. — Carl Jones scored 21 points to lead Saint Joseph’s to a 66-53 victory over Georgia Tech in the Charleston Classic on Thursday night.
The Hawks (2-0) used a 23-9 run in the second half to take control and advance to the winner’s bracket game against Seton Hall, which defeated Virginia Commonwealth 69-54 in the eight-team tournament.
The Saint Joseph’s-Seton Hall winner would then play in Sunday’s championship.
Langston Galloway added 15 points and Halil Kanacevic had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks.
Mfon Udofia had 20 points to lead Georgia Tech (2-1), which lost for the first time under first-year coach Brian Gregory.
Kammeron Holsey had 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Yellow Jackets, who will take on Virginia Commonwealth tonight.
NO. 4 CONNECTICUT 80, MAINE 60
In Hartford, Conn., Alex Oriakhi had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead Connecticut (3-0) to its 14th consecutive win.
NO. 7 FLORIDA 91, NORTH FLORIDA, 55
In Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 20 points, Erving Walker added 17 and Florida (2-1) bounced back from a loss at Ohio State to beat overmatched North Florida.
NO. 16 ALABAMA 62,
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, former Swainsboro standout Tony Mitchell scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Alabama in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Mitchell was 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 for 4 from 3-point range, and Trevor Releford scored 10 points for the Crimson Tide (3-0).
NO. 17 MICHIGAN 59, WESTERN ILLINOIS 55
In Ann Arbor, Mich., Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points and Trey Burke added 14 to Michigan (3-0) hold off Western Illinois.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 69, NO. 19 TEXAS A&M 60
In New York, Dee Bost scored 20 points, including a big 3-pointer with 3:16 to play for Mississippi State (3-1) in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
NO. 24 MISSOURI 83, NIAGARA 52
In Columbia. Mo., Marcus Denmon scored 22 points to lead five Missouri players in double figures, and the Tigers (3-0) rode a hot-shooting first half to an easy win.