LAHAINA, Hawaii — C.J. Fair scored 16 points and had 10 rebounds as No. 8 Syracuse held off Minnesota 75-67 on Monday in the first round of the Maui Invitational.
The Orange (5-0) pushed through a late run by the Golden Gophers, who pulled within 67-65 with little more than two minutes left.
But Minnesota (5-1) committed four turnovers in the final two minutes, scoring only once more when Austin Hollins hit a meaningless layup in the game’s final moments.
NO. 3 KENTUCKY 68,
CLEVELAND STATE 61
In Lexington, Ky., Andrew Harrison’s three-point play broke a 57-all tie before twin brother Aaron followed with a 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining, helping the Wildcats escape with a win.
Trailing 54-44 with 7:41 remaining and needing a breakthrough against the Vikings (3-3), the brothers helped the Wildcats (5-1) close with a 24-7 run including a pair of Aaron Harrison lobs inside to Willie Cauley-Stein for dunks along with a three-point play with 3:55 left to tie it at 54.
NO. 15 FLORIDA 86,
In Jacksonville, Fla., Casey Prather scored 27 points, Michael Frazier II added 17 for the Gators.
The Gators (5-1) won their fourth consecutive game after a loss at 10th-ranked Wisconsin two weeks ago. The latest victory was a final tuneup before the team’s toughest stretch of the season – games against Florida State, Connecticut, Kansas and Memphis.
PITTSBURGH 76, TEXAS TECH 53
In New York, Lamar Patterson scored a career-high 23 points and Pittsburgh took command in the first half in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic.
The Panthers (5-0), who led 41-18 at halftime, will play the winner of the Stanford-Houston game tonight at Barclays Center.
NO. 17 SOUTH CAROLINA 70, SOUTHERN CAL 50
In Los Angeles, Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 22 points and Aleighsa Welch had 14 points for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks (7-0) opened the second half on an 11-2 run capped by a pair of Mitchell free throws. Mitchell completed a three-point play on a leaner in the paint for a 59-41 lead. She went 10 for 13 from the free-throw line.
Welch scored 10 points in the second half and South Carolina went 13 for 20 in the final 20 minutes.
Ariya Crook led the Trojans (3-2) with 16 points and Cassie Harberts scored 14 points. South Carolina forced USC into 3 for 12 shooting with six turnovers and seven fouls to start the second half.
USC committed a season-high 22 turnovers and has 40 in the past two games, both against ranked opponents.
South Carolina took a 30-24 lead into halftime.