Chris Rodgers tied his career high with 20 points, and Ivan Radenovic and Salim Stoudamire had 16 each to help No. 14 Arizona dispatch stubborn Richmond 84-71 last night in the...
TUCSON, Ariz. — Chris Rodgers tied his career high with 20 points, and Ivan Radenovic and Salim Stoudamire had 16 each to help No. 14 Arizona dispatch stubborn Richmond 84-71 last night in the championship game of the Fiesta Bowl Classic.
The Wildcats improved to 39-1 in their holiday tournament, where they beat Richmond 95-68 in the first round 10 years ago — the only previous meeting between the teams.
Eastern Washington beat Butler 67-62 for the consolation title.
Radenovic had nine rebounds — one short of his career high — in 24 minutes, leading Arizona (10-2) to a 40-36 edge on the glass. Channing Frye had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Rodgers tied his season high with six rebounds.
Jamaal Scott had 16 points for Richmond (5-5). Courtney Nelson, the hero of the Spiders’ win over Butler two nights earlier, had 14 in the second half, and Daon Merritt scored 11.
The Spiders shot a season-high 64 percent against Butler in a one-point victory, but Arizona’s athletic defenders proved too much, limiting Richmond to 38.6 percent.
Arizona shot only 44.3 percent but made 13 three-pointers, had 14 steals and forced 24 turnovers.
St. John’s upsets Wolfpack
NEW YORK — St. John’s, going through its worst two years, had fans thinking of the glory days with a 63-45 thrashing of No. 17 North Carolina State in the championship game of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.
It was St. John’s 39th appearance in the annual tournament, and this was its 13th title — the last coming in 1996.
This win was as dominant as any in the days of Sonny Dove, Chris Mullin or Malik Sealy. The Red Storm (6-4) led 27-10 at halftime and pulled away by holding the Wolfpack (10-2) without a field goal for a 14-minute stretch.
Julius Hodge finished with 19 points on 7-for-21 shooting for the Wolfpack.
No. 1 Illinois 69, Northwest State 51
Luther Head scored 18 points and shot 5 for 9 from three-point range as the Illini (13-0) won at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.
At No. 4 North Carolina 107,
Cleveland St. 64
Raymond Felton ran his streak of consecutive three-pointers to 12 and finished with 13 points and eight assists as the Tar Heels (11-1) routed the Vikings (3-5).
At No. 5 Wake Forest 98,
North Carolina A&T 76
Justin Gray scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half and Eric Williams added 19 points for the Demon Deacons (11-1), who won their sixth straight. Sean Booker scored 18 points for the overmatched Aggies (1-11).
At No. 7 Syracuse 80, Hofstra 75
Hakim Warrick scored 29 points, Terrence Roberts had a career-high 20 and the Orange (13-1) rallied late to beat the previously unbeaten Pride (9-1).
At No. 11 Connecticut 123, Quinnipiac 71
Josh Boone had a career-high 22 points and eight blocks as the Huskies (8-1) routed the Bobcats (4-5).
At No. 19 Louisville 78, E. Kentucky 63
Francisco Garcia scored 23 points and went over 1,000 for his career to lead the Cardinals (10-2). Michael Haney scored 22 points for Eastern Kentucky (8-3).
No. 21 Mississippi State 71,
Virginia Tech 65
In New Orleans, Lawrence Roberts scored 25 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as the Bulldogs (12-2) rallied to beat the Hokies (6-5) in the Sugar Bowl Classic.
No. 22 Cincinnati 95, Longwood 69
Jason Maxiell had 30 points and eight rebounds and Eric Hicks added 17 points as the Bearcats (11-0) beat the Lancers (1-15) at the Las Vegas Holiday Classic.