NEW YORK — Nick Johnson scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and No. 4 Arizona beat No. 6 Duke 72-66 on Friday night in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The game was expected to be a matchup of two of the best freshmen in the country and Aaron Gordon, of Arizona, and Jabari Parker, of Duke, were both key factors in the outcome.
Gordon finished with 10 points and seven rebounds and came up big late with a dunk on an alley-oop pass and then fed Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for a dunk less than a minute later to give the Wildcats (7-0) a 61-51 lead with 3:59 to play. Parker had 19 points for Duke (6-2) but was 7 of 21 from the field.
NO. 15 FLORIDA 67, FLORIDA STATE 66
In Gainesville, Fla., Dorian Finney-Smith made a free throw with 1.3 seconds left, lifting Florida (6-1) over rival Florida State (5-2).
NO. 21 MEMPHIS 76, LOUISIANA STATE 69
In Lake Buena Vista, Fla. , Austin Nichols scored 19 points, Chris Crawford had 17 and Memphis (4-1) beat Louisiana State (4-2) in a semifinal at the Old Spice Classic.
MARYLAND 89, MORGAN STATE 62
In College Park, Md., Jake Layman scored a career-high 27 points and Evan Smotrycz had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Maryland (5-2) beat Morgan State (1-7).
VIRGINIA 76, SOUTHERN METHODIST 73
In Corpus Christi, Texas, Anthony Gill finished with 19 points to lead Virginia (6-1) over Southern Methodist (5-2) in the semifinals of the Corpus Christi Challenge.
MIAMI 48, CAL STATE FULLERTON 46
In Fullerton, Calif., Miami (4-3) held off a late charge by host Cal State Fullerton (2-5) in the second round of the Wooden Legacy tournament.
WAKE FOREST 77, SOUTHERN CAL 63
In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Coron Williams scored 15 points and Wake Forest (6-1) beat Southern Cal (4-3) in a Battle 4 Atlantis game.
VIRGINIA TECH 81, RADFORD 56
In Blacksburg, Va., Adam Smith scored 28 points to carry Virginia Tech (5-3) past Radford (4-2).