Duke takes measure of Louisville in Battle 4 Atlantis title game

No. 5 Duke 76, No. 2 Louisville 71
Duke's Tyler Thornton catches a pass as Louisville's Luke Hancock defends during the Battle 4 Atlantis final. The No. 5 Blue Devils beat the No. 2 Cardinals by 5 points.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Miles Plumlee scored 16 points to lead five players in double figures and No. 5 Duke beat No. 2 Louisville 76-71 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.


Quinn Cook added 15 and Rasheed Sulaimon, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly had 14 each for the Blue Devils (6-0).

Peyton Siva led Louisville (5-1) with 19. Russ Smith added 17.


In Paraside Island, Bahamas, Laurence Bowers had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Phil Pressey had 11 points and eight assists, leading Missouri (5-1) to victory over Virginia Commonwealth in the third-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Pressey gave the Tigers the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:17 to play. That capped a run of five straight possessions where the teams exchanged the lead.

The Rams turned the ball over with 57 seconds left. The Tigers called a timeout with 10 seconds left on the shot clock.

Pressey took the inbounds, dribbled off a few seconds then made a move to the basket where he ducked under a VCU player and hit a flip shot as the shot clock hit zero.


In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson, two of Memphis’ better players who had been struggling, scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, and the Tigers (3-2) avoided losing all three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis, beating Northern Iowa.

Deon Mitchell led the Panthers (3-3) with 18 points and five assists


In Waco, Texas, Willis Hall scored six consecutive points for the College of Charleston (3-2) to break the final tie and the Cougars held on for an upset at Baylor (4-2).

The Cougars won against a Top 25 team for the first time since an overtime home victory over No. 9 North Carolina on Jan. 4, 2010. Their only other road win against a ranked team was at Georgia Tech in January 1993.

Hall had 12 points, with eight free throws. The last came with 2.4 seconds left after grabbing a rebound.

Pierre Jackson’s 21 points led Baylor (4-2), which had won 29 consecutive home games against non-conference teams.


In Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, LeShay Page scored 22 points and Michael Carrera added 18 to lead South Carolina to a 74-67 win against Missouri State in overtime Saturday in a semifinal at the Hoops for Hope Classic.

Page was 6 of 11 from the field and led the team with six rebounds. Carrera was 6 of 7 from the field and made five rebounds.

Brian Richardson added 14, including four from 3-point range, as the Gamecocks (4-1) shot 56 percent from the field for the game.

Missouri State led 33-28 at halftime, but the score was tied at 58 at the end of regulation.

Marcus Marshall led the Bears with 17 points, and Christian Kirk and Anthony Downing each added 16.

The Bears (2-3) shot 39 percent from the field for the game.

South Carolina will play the winner of the Arkansas-Little Rock and Southern Methodist game today.


In College Park, Md., freshman Charles Mitchell scored 13 points and fueled a second-half run that carried Maryland (4-1) past Georgia Southern (2-3).

Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 forward, made 6 of 12 shots and collected 11 rebounds for his first career double-double. Logan Aronhalt scored 12 and Nick Faust added 11 for the Terrapins, who have won four in a row at home following a narrow loss to Kentucky in the Barclays Center Classic.

Georgia Southern led by eight points in the game’s opening minutes and trailed only 29-26 at halftime before the Terrapins pulled away behind Mitchell, who scored six points in a 17-4 spree to begin the second half.



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