Rice had 11 points during an 18-4 run as the Yellow Jackets (3-1) overcame a 13-point deficit. Georgia Tech will take on Louisiana State University in Sunday’s fifth-place game.
Rice had missed his team’s first three games for a rules violation. Georgia Tech’s top returning scorer and rebounder got off to a slow start, but found his game in the second half. He also had eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.
NO. 6 DUKE 82, DAVIDSON 69
In Durham, N.C., Mason Plumlee had 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Duke beat pesky Davidson.
He and brother Miles combined to score 10 consecutive points during a decisive 25-4 run midway through the second half for the Blue Devils (4-0).
Austin Rivers and Seth Curry both finished with 17 points for Duke, which was playing for the first time since Mike Krzyzewski became the winningest men’s coach in Division I history.
The Blue Devils delivered Coach K’s 904th career victory by holding Davidson without a field goal for 7 minutes during their game-breaking run.
Chris Czerapowicz had 15 points to lead Davidson (2-1), which led for virtually all of the first half and went up 41-39 on J.P. Kuhlman’s layup with 17 minutes left. Mason Plumlee reeled off six consecutive points after that, including a follow-up dunk that put Duke ahead to stay.
NO. 13 XAVIER 66, MIAMI (OHIO) 60
In Cincinnati, Mark Lyons scored 11 of his 18 points in the first half, and Xavier overcame a cold shooting performance by point guard Tu Holloway, holding on for a victory over Miami of Ohio.
Xavier (3-0) got just enough from Holloway to break open a back-and-forth game.
The senior guard didn’t get his first basket until 11:02 remained, a driving bank shot that put Xavier ahead to stay 46-44. He finished with nine points on 3-of-12 shooting.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 67, NO. 15 ARIZONA 57
In New York, Arnett Moultrie had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Mississippi State closed the game on a 10-2 run for a victory over Arizona to win the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
Dee Bost added eight points and six assists for Mississippi State (4-1), which won an inseason tournament for the first time since 2000 when the Bulldogs won the Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic, beating host Arizona 75-74.
Josiah Turner made two free throws with 5:13 to play to bring the Wildcats (4-1) within 57-55.
Moultrie, the tournament MVP, started the big closing run with a basket down low and a tip-in. Arizona, which closed its semifinal win over St. John’s with a 23-6 run, couldn’t get anything going in the final minutes against the Bulldogs.
NO. 19 TEXAS A&M 58, ST. JOHN’S 57
In New York, Elston Turner hit a 12-foot jumper with 6 seconds to play for his only points of the second half and Texas A&M beat St. John’s in the third-place game of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
Nurideen Lindsey, of St. John’s, missed two free throws with 2.3 seconds left and Turner grabbed the final rebound to give the Aggies (3-1) the win at Madison Square Garden.
Lindsey’s misses capped a horrible final few minutes at the line for the Red Storm (3-2), who went 5 of 13 on free throws over the closing 6:21.
NO. 21 MARQUETTE 95, WINTHROP 73
In St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Vander Blue scored 26 points as unbeaten Marquette (3-0) stopped winlesss Winthrop.
Andrew Jones had 29 points for Winthrop (0-3).
LSU 76, WESTERN KENTUCKY 57
In Charleston, S.C., Justin Hamilton had 18 points, Anthony Hickey added 17 and Louisiana State University beat Western Kentucky in the Charleston Classic.
NO. 8 DUKE 73, AUBURN 50
In Durham, N.C., Elizabeth Williams had 18 points and 13 rebounds, powering Duke past Auburn.
Chloe Wells added 14 points for the Blue Devils (2-0).
NO. 23 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 68, NEBRASKA 50
In Lincoln, Neb., Lindsey Moore scored 15 of her 22 points in the second half to help Nebraska protect a 13-point halftime lead and hold off Southern California.
NO. 24 OHIO STATE 70, TEMPLE 66
In Columbus, Ohio, Tayler Hill scored 24 points and Samantha Prahalis 20 as Ohio State withstood a late rally.
The Owls trailed by 11 with three minutes left but pulled to within 66-63 on a 3-pointer by Brittany Lewis with 32.3 seconds to go.
Hill then made two foul shots to increase the lead to five for Ohio State (2-0).