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PK 80 roundup: Duke escapes Longhorns’ upset bid

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 24, 2017, 9:29 p.m.

Duke was pushed to the limit on Friday before putting away the Texas Longhorns and giving Blue Devils players something to celebrate. (Craig Mitchelldyer / Associated Press)
Duke was pushed to the limit on Friday before putting away the Texas Longhorns and giving Blue Devils players something to celebrate. (Craig Mitchelldyer / Associated Press)
Associated Press

PORTLAND – Freshman Marvin Bagley III had a career-high 34 points and added 15 rebounds, and No. 1 Duke rallied to defeat Texas 85-78 in overtime on Friday in the semifinals of the PK80 Invitational’s Motion bracket.

Gary Trent Jr. added 17 points for the Blue Devils (7-0), who trailed by 16 points in the second half and were forced to play five freshmen once senior Grayson Allen fouled out.

Dylan Osetkowski had 19 points and seven rebounds for Texas (4-1), which fell short of its first victory over a top-ranked team.

Bagley made consecutive dunks to give the five-time NCAA champion Blue Devils a 78-73 lead in overtime. Andrew Jones’ layup pulled Texas within 78-77 with 1:20 left. Wendell Carter’s put-back dunk pushed Duke’s lead to 82-78 and Trent’s free throws with 11 seconds left sealed the win.

Bagley tied the Blue Devils’ freshman scoring record set by J.J. Reddick on Jan. 15, 2003, against Virginia.

Bagley’s short jumper tied it at 70 and put the Duke fans in the crowd on their feet. Allen fouled out with 2 minutes left in regulation and Kerwin Roach II dunked to put Texas back in front 72-70.

Trent made a layup and his free throw gave Duke a 73-72 lead with 32.8 seconds left. Coleman made a free throw on the other end to re-tie it but missed the second and the game went to overtime.

Butler 71, Portland State 69: Tyler Wideman had 18 points and eight rebounds and the Bulldogs held off a late rally by the Vikings in a consolation game.

Kelan Martin added 16 points for the Bulldogs (4-2), who will play the winner of Friday’s later game between Ohio State and Stanford on Sunday.

Martin’s layup put the Bulldogs ahead 69-64 with 2 minutes left, and after Kamar Baldwin added a jumper, it appeared that Butler had the win in hand. But Deontae North’s 3-pointer pulled the Vikings closer at 71-69 with 42 seconds left.

After a timeout, North missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds to go, and that sealed the victory for the Bulldogs.

North finished with 18 points off the bench for Portland State (4-2).

Ohio State 79, Stanford 71: C.J. Jackson had 23 points while Keita Bates-Diop added 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Buckeyes (5-1) defeated the Cardinal (3-4) in a consolation game.

The Buckeyes will play Sunday against Butler. Buckeyes first-year coach Chris Holtmann spent three seasons at Butler, taking the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16 last season, before going to Columbus.

Victory bracket

(9) North Carolina 87, Arkansas 68: Luke Maye had career-highs with 28 points and 16 rebounds, Kenny Williams had 16 of his 19 points in the second half, and the Tar Heels slowed down the high-scoring Razorbacks in a semifinal game.

The Tar Heels were smothering on the defensive end, holding the Razorbacks under 80 points for the first time this season. The Razorbacks shot just 32 percent in the first half and were dominated on the boards, getting outrebounded 46-30.

Maye carried the Tar Heels offensively for the first 25 minutes before Williams and Joel Berry II got going. Maye made 11 of 16 shots and 11 of his rebounds came at the defensive end. Berry was just 3-of-12 shooting, but he made 7 of 8 free throws. Williams took just three shots in the first half, but was 6-of-9 shooting in the second half.

The Tar Heels (5-0) will face either Michigan State or UConn in the “Victory Bracket” championship game on Sunday night.

Jaylen Barford led Arkansas (4-1) with 21 points and C.J. Jones added 12 off the bench. Daniel Gafford, who was averaging nearly 16 points per game, was hampered by foul trouble and finished with just five points.

Oklahoma 93, Portland 71: Trae Young scored 18 of his 33 points during Oklahoma’s big first half, Khadeem Lattin added 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Sooners pulled away in the final five minutes defeat the Pilots in a consolation game.

Young continued the outstanding start to his career with a first-half flurry that gave the Sooners a 46-31 lead at halftime. He then came up with big baskets late in the second half after Portland had rallied, trimming a 23-point deficit to five. Young’s hit some key baskets in a 15-2 run that finally put away the pesky Pilots.

Young has scored at least 20 points in each of his last three games and has been the Sooners (3-1) leading scorer in every game this season.

JoJo Walker led the Pilots (2-3) with 15 points, while Josh McSwiggan and Franklin Porter both added 13. The Pilots were 8 of 18 on 3-pointers in the second half helping to fuel their rally.

Oregon 89, DePaul 79 (OT): Payton Pritchard made seven of Oregon’s 15 3-pointers, scoring a career-high 29 points and leading the Ducks past the Blue Demons in a consolation game.

Oregon (4-1) attempted a school-record 39 3-pointers. The Ducks needed all of the 15 that dropped to hold off DePaul and rebound from their loss to UConn in the opening round of the tournament.

Marin Maric led DePaul (1-4) with 22 points and Eli Cain added 19. But the Blue Demons scored just 10 points over the final 3 minutes of regulation and overtime combined.

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