Kentucky routs Portland

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LEXINGTON, Ky. —Terrence Jones and Darius Miller scored 19 points apiece, Anthony Davis had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and No. 2 Kentucky routed Portland 87-63 on Saturday night in the Wildcats’ final tuneup before playing St. John’s and No. 1 North Carolina next week.

Portland's Nemanja Mitrovic (left) pulls down a rebound next to Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Saturday.  JAMES CRISP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JAMES CRISP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Portland's Nemanja Mitrovic (left) pulls down a rebound next to Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on Saturday.

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.


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