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Strong 2nd half lifts No. 10 Bluejays past No. 21 Texas Tech Boston College defeats Wyoming for 3rd place at Paradise Jam Kyle Filipowski paces No. 8 Duke past Bellarmine 74-57 No. 11 Virginia Tech women beat Kentucky 82-74 AP Top 25: Virginia climbs to No. 5, UNC and Houston are 1-2 South Carolina, Stanford top women’s Top 25; IU, UNC jump up

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LAHINA, Hawaii. Creighton’s free offense was uncharacteristically intermittent and sloppy during the first 20 minutes of play against Texas Tech.

After that, the 10th-seeded Bluejays looked just as they had before, taking a quick lead in the second half to go 76–65 over the No. 21 Red Raiders in the first game of the Maui Invitational on Monday.

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“For the first time on the road with this team, they may have been excited and excited,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. “We were definitely not ourselves at the beginning of that game. I think we had as many losses in the first 20 possessions as we did in four games. So once we settled in, I thought we were fine.”

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The Bluejays (5-0) had a season-high 13 passes, all in the first half, and then began to roll.

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Arthur Caluma scored 18 points to lead all five Creighton starters by double figures. Trey Alexander scored 13 of his 17 points at half-time and Ryan Nembhard finished with 16. Baylor Scheierman had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Big man Ryan Kalkbrenner, who sprained his ankle at the end of the first half and aggravated the situation at the end of the second, scored 10 points.

“Thank God Kalkbrenner was strong enough to play with a pretty good ankle sprain,” McDermott said, “because his presence at the rim and on the glass is so important to us.”

Daniel Batcho scored a Red Raiders-record 17 points (3–1), who were seven points early in the lead, while Creighton struggled to adjust to his trademark “right to the face” defense.

“You can cook whatever you want,” McDermott said, “but it’s so hard to mimic the physical defenses and quickness of their movements.”

Creighton beat Texas Tech 23–12 coming out of the half to open the game with a score of 31.

“The biggest difference was in the first four minutes,” said Texas Tech coach Mark Adams. “They came out and just punched us in the mouth and I thought that was the difference. They came out with a very aggressive mindset at both ends of the court. It set the tone for the rest of the game.”

Oleksandr took a cross from the post from Sheyerman and hit a three-pointer from the flank to start the second half. After Kaluma blocked the shot, Alexander made a pass to Nembhard. A minute later, Nembhard hit with a left hand from the right side of the basket, and Alexander followed up with a three-pointer.

Nembhard’s three-pointer from the dribble gave the Bluejays their first double-digit lead, and Caluma scored seven straight points for Creighton to make it 64–50 with seven minutes left in the game.

Pop Isaacs scored 13 points, De’Vion Harmon scored 12, and Kevin Obanor added 10 points for Texas Tech.

The Bluejays passed the ball five times in their first six possessions to help the Texas Tech go up. They found some rhythm during a 13-2 series that put them ahead, but another string of losses kept them from developing it.

“In the second half, we didn’t really get into the game,” Adams said. “But it’s all about their great shooting and shot selection.”

THE BIG PICTURE

Texas Institute of Technology: The Red Raiders averaged 52.7 points in their first three games, but were only 45 points behind Creighton in the second half. The game showed that Tech lacks the offensive firepower to take on elite opponents if the defense isn’t up to par.

Creighton: The Bluejays showed how good they can be in the second half. Of concern is Kalkbrenner’s left ankle. He is one of the best big men in the country and needs to be healthy for the Bluejays to have a chance to reach their lofty goals.

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Texas Tech University plays Tuesday against Louisville, who lost 80-54 to No. 9 Arkansas.

Creighton plays Tuesday against No. 9 of Arkansas, Louisville’s 80-54 winner.

ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands – Jayden Zachary scored 16 points as Boston College finished third at Paradise Jam, defeating Wyoming 59-48 on Monday night.

Devin McGlockton and Mackay Ashton-Langford each added 12 points to the Eagles (4-2).

Boston College held Wyoming by two points in a key six-minute stretch of the second half, turning a one-point lead into a 46–37 lead. McGlockton converted a 3-pointer and made a 7-0 layoff in the series to give the Eagles a 55–39 lead with 3:35 left.

Wyoming (3-3), which had an 11-point lead over Ethan Anderson, finished in fifth place.

Wyoming only led once in the first half – 10-9 – and endured four-minute and three-minute zero droughts. Boston College led 26-21 at halftime.

Wyoming scored the first six points in the second half to take a 27-26 lead. The last time the Cowboys had a 35–34 lead was when Hunter Thompson hit a jumper with 13:28 left.

Although both teams shot better than 40% overall, Wyoming only shot 5 of 18 3-pointers (27.8%) and Boston College only 3 of 13 (23.1%).

Durham, North Carolina. Again and again, Duke No. 8 went outside at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Kyle Filipowski scored 18 points to lead Duke in scoring for the fourth time this season in a hard-earned 74-57 win over Bellarmine on Monday night.

More than half of Duke’s points came from three-pointers.

“We do a lot of those shots here in Cameron,” security guard Jeremy Roach said. “I think this is normal. We knew that their protection would hide the paint, so we wanted to be ready to fire.”

The Blue Devils (4-1) had five players with at least two 3-pointers in a 14-of-35 team game from 3-point.

Jacob Grandison scored 16 points off the bench on 4-of-6 shooting and Roach scored 10 points for the Blue Devils. Filipovski hit 3 of 5 3s.

“When you hit the right shots, they hit the target,” Duke coach John Scheier said. “We had great quality in choosing the shots.”

Duke’s three-point shot didn’t surprise Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport, who said the Blue Devils’ 15-2 lead in second chance was no less worrisome.

“You choose your poison,” he said. “Give them credit, they fired.”

Kurt Hopf and Juston Betz both scored 11 points for Bellarmine (2-3), which was within 12 points with eight minutes left in the game.

“We have moved forward in the last two hours,” Davenport said. “I think the moment we started shooting before the game until the horn went off was a great example of what our program is about. We competed. We played for each other.”

Duke has won twice at home since last week’s four-point loss to undefeated Kansas in Indianapolis.

The Blue Devils shot 52% from the field in the first half to take a 41-33 lead, and the lead was halved in the last seven minutes after they went up by 16.

Duke hit six triples among his first nine field goals en route to a 25-12 lead. By then, the Blue Devils had figured out the perfect approach to spotting good shots.

“One less dribble and find this (teammate),” defender Tyrese Proctor said.

Five Blue Devils scored triples in the first eight minutes of the second half.

Duke had 18 assists on 25 field goals and eight turnovers on the season.

“I thought we had some really selfless games when we shared the ball,” Shayer said. “This will be the recipe for us in the future.”

THE BIG PICTURE

Bellarmine: The Knights have shown good discipline on the shot clock and often have quality shots. But they didn’t have enough defensive responses to bring them to an upset.

Duke: The Blue Devils were throwing a lot of three-point shots, but most of the time they were in good position. They had to play a few difficult minutes in defense, and in general they coped with their task. It was the closest of their four home games this season under freshman coach John Shayer.

TIP-INS

It was Bellarmine’s third game against an Atlantic Coast Conference team in which he beat Louisville and lost to Clemson. The Knights have scheduled visits to UCLA and Kentucky through the end of November. . It was Duke’s first game with over 10 successful 3-point shots. The Blue Devils have amassed nine triples in their last two games.

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Bellarmine: in Loyola Marymount

Duke: Thursday vs. Oregon State at the Phil Knight Invitational (in Portland, Oregon).

NASSAU, Bahamas. Elizabeth Keatley scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Virginia Tech No. 11 beat Kentucky 82-74 on Monday.

Keatley, the current ACC Player of the Year, recorded her third double-double of the season, helping Virginia Tech (4-0) open with four straight wins for the seventh straight year.

Ashley Owusu scored the first six points of the series 24-4 and closed out the first quarter with a 29-8 lead. Keatley scored eight points in the second quarter with Virginia Tech leading 44–23, and she added nine points in the third.

Owusu finished with 16 points, Taylor Soule had 15 points and seven boards, and Georgia Amour scored 14 points for Virginia Tech.

Jada Walker had 17 points and five steals for Kentucky (4-1). Robin Benton added 13 points and Aja Petty added 12.

On Wednesday, the Hawkeyes will play Missouri (the only meeting will be at the 2006 NCAA Tournament), and Kentucky will play Dayton.

Virginia faced the difficult task of playing two ranked teams while mourning the tragedy that rocked the Cavaliers and the rest of their campus.

Playing a week after three football players were shot on the bus, Virginia won the Continental Tire Las Vegas Main Event over No. 16 Illinois after defeating No. 7 Baylor. The wins propelled the Cavaliers from No. 16 to No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 released Monday.

“At the moment it’s great, but now we know what really matters,” said Virginia coach Tony Bennett. “When you have such an instant holiday, it allows you to enjoy it, and it seems important, but in general it is not.”

A series of big games in the second full week of the college basketball season caused a stir in the AP top 25.

North Carolina remained at the top of the poll, receiving 47 first-place votes from a media group of 63. Houston moved up one line….



Source: collegebasketball.nbcsports.com

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