Kentucky (6-0) has won every game by double digits, but Portland gave the Wildcats plenty to work on in the coming days after the Pilots (2-4) challenged them with sharp outside shooting and held a rebounding advantage until the final minutes.
NO. 4 CONNECTICUT 78, NO. 22 FLORIDA STATE 76 (OT)
In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Shabazz Napier hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left in overtime and finished with 26 points, leading Connecticut to a victory over Florida State in the consolation game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Napier also had five assists, four rebounds and two steals, bouncing back from a terrible performance in the Huskies’ 68-63 loss to Central Florida on Friday. The point guard committed seven turnovers and went 1 for 7 from the field against the Knights.
Jeremy Lamb added 19 points for Connecticut (6-1), which shot 48 percent from the field, including 11 for 25 from 3-point range. Andre Drummond had 12 points, 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.
NO. 11 WISCONSIN 73, BRIGHAM YOUNG 56
In Hoffman Estates, Ill., Ben Brust scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers and Wisconsin beat Brigham Young to win the Chicago Invitational Challenge championship.
Brust was 7 of 10 beyond the arc as the Badgers improved to 6-0 for their best start since the 1996-97 season. The sophomore reserve had five 3s in the second half.
NO. 19 GONZAGA 78, WESTERN MICHIGAN 58
In Spokane, Wash., Robert Sacre scored 15 points and Gonzaga beat winless Western Michigan.
Sam Dower added 15 points off the bench for Gonzaga (4-0), which was playing its annual game in the off-campus Spokane Arena.
Western Michigan (has all six of its losses on the road.
NO. 20 CALIFORNIA 80, DENVER 59
In Berkeley, Calif., Allen Crabbe scored 15 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds and California stayed unbeaten at home in Haas Pavilion.
Crabbe, last season’s Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, shot 6 for 9 with three 3-pointers and helped the Golden Bears (5-1) overcome a slow start against the Pioneers (4-1).
California bounced back from a 92-53 defeat to No. 21 Missouri in the CBE Classic championship game Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.
NO. 25 TEXAS A&M 56, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 43
In College Station, Texas, Elston Turner scored 14 points and Texas A&M used its stifling defense to beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
Ray Turner had 13 and eight rebounds for the Aggies.