PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Gradey Dick, a freshman guard, scored a season-best 25 points to help No. 3 Kansas win 80-74 in the opener of Battle 4 Atlantis Wednesday in North Carolina State, which gave coach Bill Self a successful return to the bench after a four-game suspension.
Dick had 18 on six 3-pointers in the first half before going off the field 1 for 8 after the half. Jalen Wilson added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the reigning national champions Jayhawks (5-0), who annihilated an eight-point lead at halftime and a nine-point lead in the second half before ending in the final minutes .
Casey Morsell scored 21 points and led the Wolfpack (4-1) while Terquavion Smith added 19 points.
NC State played a fast pace, taking full court and staying within reach of Kansas all the way, but couldn’t take a lead even after five second-half ties, the last one coming at 63-all on Jack Clark’s jumper at 7: 14 left.
#7 BAYLOR 89, MCNEESE STATE 60
WACO, Texas (AP) — True freshman Keyonte George scored 17 points, Adam Flagler added 13 with nine assists and Baylor retired from McNeese State.
LJ Cryer had 16 points for the Bears (4-1) to chasing three straight 20-point games that earned him Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Three days after a career-high 28 points in a win over then-No. 8 UCLA, Cryer had two 3-pointers and a jumper to put the Bears to a quick 10-2 lead.
Jonathan Massie and Zach Scott each had 12 points for McNeese State (2-4). All of Scott’s points came on four 3-pointers.
#15 KENTUCKY 96, NORTH FLORIDA 56
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jacob Toppin scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds to help Kentucky defeat North Florida.
The Wildcats (4-2) easily recovered from an 88-72 loss at No. 6 Gonzaga Sunday to win their 23rd straight home game against an unranked opponent.
Jarius Hicklen led the Ospreys (1-4) with 17 points.
OHIO STATE 80, #21 TEXAS TECH 73
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Justice Sueing scored 23 of his career-best 33 points in the second half to help Ohio State win Texas Tech in the game for fifth place at the Maui Invitational.
Sueing scored 15 straight points for the Buckeyes in the last 10 minutes to hit back at the Red Raiders every time they threatened to make a run.
Ohio State (5-1) shot 52% from the field, made all 18 of his free throws and never ran back after the first two minutes.
Texas Tech (4-2) earned a career-high 21 points from Daniel Batcho and 19 from Kevin Obanor.
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