Jock Perry scored 21 points, Arinze Chidom had eight points and 12 rebounds and UC Riverside beat Washington 57-42 on Tuesday for coach Mike Magpayo’s first victory with the Highlanders. UC Riverside led by as many as 13 points in the second haft, but Washington cut it to 44-38 with 9:03 remaining. Magpayo missed UC Riverside’s opening loss to Pacific last Wednesday after flying back to southern California to be with his wife for the birth of their child.
Shaka Smart saw the aggressive and relentless edge he wanted from his defense. Matt Coleman III scored 16 points while the Longhorns held Indiana to its lowest point total in more than a decade, beating the Hoosiers 66-44 in Tuesday’s semifinals. Courtney Ramey added 13 points for the Longhorns (3-0), who are in the tournament for the fifth time but will play in their first Maui final.
The Sun Devils opened the season at No. 18 in the preseason AP Top 25 and dropped seven spots this week after opening 2-1. Arizona State beat Rhode Island in Connecticut in its opener, but lost by nine to No. 12 Villanova. The Sun Devils beat Houston Baptist 100-77 on Sunday, but coach Bobby Hurley wasn’t happy with the way they finished after building a lead of more than 40 points.
Leaky Black had a big driving basket at the 1:02 mark followed by a clinching free throw with 5.5 seconds left to help No. 14 North Carolina hold off Stanford 67-63 in Tuesday’s semifinals at the relocated Maui Invitational. Freshman Caleb Love scored 16 points to lead the Tar Heels (3-0), who did just enough down the stretch to stay unbeaten. UNC shot 50% after halftime and won despite committing 24 turnovers, which led to 22 points for Stanford.
The SMU Mustangs will try to keep their hot offensive start going Wednesday night when they play the Houston Baptist Huskies in the Mustangs’ third consecutive home game to open the 2020-21 season. SMU (2-0) has over 90 points each in wins over Sam Houston State and Texas A&M Corpus-Christi while shooting 52.5 percent from the field and averaging 24 assists. Kendric Davis, a preseason All-AAC first-team selection, is averaging 22 points, eight assists and four rebounds per game.
The shutdown of sports in March due to the coronavirus pandemic created a situation of unfinished business for Cincinnati and also resulted in more time trying to schedule games than recruiting. Nearly nine months after securing a share of the American Athletic Conference’s regular-season title, the Bearcats make their return to the floor Wednesday when they host Lipscomb. The Bearcats were 20-10 and went 13-5 in conference games last season, earning them a share of the regular-season title with Houston and Tulsa.