Alabama appeared to be in control of the game. The Crimson Tide was hitting three-pointers and forcing turnovers while building a 15-point...
NEW YORK — Alabama appeared to be in control of the game. The Crimson Tide was hitting three-pointers and forcing turnovers while building a 15-point lead over Oregon State.
Things changed in a hurry as the cushion started to disappear and the Beavers suddenly started taking care of the ball.
Even though Oregon State was able to tie the game with 43 seconds left, Alabama had one last big play left and it turned into a 65-62 victory Thursday night in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Rodney Cooper hit a three-pointer from right in front of the Alabama bench with 12.2 seconds left to give the Crimson Tide (3-0) the win.
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Alabama led 52-37 with 12:31 to play on a three-pointer by Trevor Lacey, who led the Crimson Tide with 20 points.
The Beavers (2-1) stopped turning the ball over and took advantage of a shooting slump by Alabama to tie the score at 62 when Devon Collier made two free throws with 43 seconds to play.
After Cooper’s shot, Oregon State turned the ball over with 3.6 seconds left. Cooper missed the front end of a one-and-one with 3.1 seconds to go, but Oregon State’s final shot by Roberto Nelson at the buzzer was challenged and off the mark.
Collier scored 21 points for Oregon State while Angus Brandt had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Moreland added six points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
At No. 12 Arizona 72, Texas-El Paso 51
Mark Lyons scored 17 points, Solomon Hill added 10 and Arizona overcame some sloppy ballhandling to beat Texas-El Paso. Arizona (2-0) had 19 turnovers against the Miners (1-1).
At No. 13 UCLA 100, James Madison 70
Norman Powell scored a career-high 27 points and Jordan Adams added 25 as UCLA routed James Madison in regional play of the Legends Classic. The Bruins (3-0) next play Georgetown on Monday in Brooklyn, N.Y.
At Stanford 69,
Alcorn State 51
Josh Huestis scored a career-high 18 points, leading Stanford (3-0) over Alcorn State.
Colorado 67, Dayton 57
Askia Booker scored 16 points and Colorado (2-0) used a 13-0 run in the second half to hold off Dayton at the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.
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At No. 1 Indiana 99,
Sam Houston State 45
Christian Watford scored 23 points to help Indiana (3-0) roll past Sam Houston State.
At No. 2 Louisville 80,
Russ Smith scored a game-high 18 points, Chane Behanan grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and added 12 points and the Cardinals (2-0) routed the Bulldogs.
No. 6 N.C. State 72,
Penn State 55
T.J. Warren had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead the Wolfpack (2-0) over the Nittany Lions (1-1) in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff in Bayamon.
At No. 7 Kansas 69, Chattanooga 55
Freshman guard Ben McLemore had 25 points and eight rebounds, Elijah Johnson added 18 points and the Jayhawks (2-1) used a big second-half charge to beat the Mocs.
At No. 12 California 89, Saint Mary’s 41
Afure Jemerigbe scored 15 points and Gennifer Brandon added 14 points and 14 rebounds as California defeated Saint Mary’s. Talia Caldwell also scored 14 for the Golden Bears (2-0).
In another game, Portland State beat host Oregon 87-85 in double overtime.
• Oregon said the NCAA ruled that Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi is eligible to play for the Ducks this season. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 12.1 points and 10.2 rebounds last season.