Brandon Jenkins and Terrence Williams made sure Taquan Dean's slump wouldn't stop Louisville's domination of the Billy Minardi Classic. Jenkins scored 13 points on...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brandon Jenkins and Terrence Williams made sure Taquan Dean’s slump wouldn’t stop Louisville’s domination of the Billy Minardi Classic.
Jenkins scored 13 points on his way to earning MVP honors and Williams, from Rainier Beach High School, led the 11th-ranked Cardinals with 16 points and eight rebounds in a 78-63 victory over the College of Charleston to win their tournament for the fourth straight time.
Though Dean continued to struggle, going 2 of 11 from the field, the Cardinals (8-1) won their 11th straight game at Freedom Hall behind the steady Jenkins and the high-flying Williams.
After the Cougars (4-4) cut the deficit to 46-42 with 11:20 to play, Jenkins, Williams and Andre McGee combined for 16 points in a frantic 21-5 run that Williams capped with a steal and breakaway dunk.
“I’m happy with the way I played,” Williams said. “It’s the best overall game for this team. I think we played better defense tonight.”
Williams shot 4 of 6 from three-point range while mixing in a handful of acrobatic drives to the basket.
“My teammates were giving me the ball and I was open. It was just like I do in practice,” Williams said. “Coach [Rick] Pitino tells us to shoot. His exact words are ‘Just bust it.’ “
Dontaye Draper led Charleston with 16 points.
Other men’s games
At No. 1 Duke 70, St. John’s 57
J.J. Redick scored 18 points and freshman Josh McRoberts tied a season high with 12 points for the Blue Devils (11-0). Aaron Spears led the Red Storm (5-4) with 14 points. A 26-7 run spanning halftime helped Duke pull away.
No. 6 Illinois 82, Missouri 50
In St. Louis, Dee Brown had 17 points, seven assists and two steals to lead the Illini (12-0), which won by the most lopsided margin in the 25-year history of the neutral-court series. Jimmy McKinney had 11 points for the Tigers (4-4).
No. 10 Michigan St. 98,
at Wis.-Green Bay 69
Shannon Brown scored 26 points as the Spartans (10-2) won their ninth straight.
At No. 20 Nevada 68,
Nick Fazekas scored 20 points as the Wolf Pack (8-1) held off the Bulldogs (7-3). Nevada’s Marcelus Kemp from Garfield High School scored nine points in the final 12 minutes.