Hasheem Thabeet and the second-ranked Connecticut Huskies overpowered Miami in the Paradise Jam semifinals last night at Charlotte Amalie in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Thabeet, 7 feet 3, had 19 points on 8-for-11 shooting and added 14 rebounds in 32 minutes in the Huskies' 76-63 victory over the No. 17 Hurricanes.
"It's not about me hitting the first shot or the last shot," Thabeet said. "I give credit to my teammates and my coaches for executing the plays."
No. 3 Louisville 81, South Alabama 54: : Freshman Samardo Samuels scored 24 to lead the Cardinals (2-0) to an easy victory over the visiting Jaguars (3-1) in the final of the Billy Minardi Classic.
No. 10 Duke 78, Montana 58: : Nolan Smith scored 12 of his 14 during a 30-9 first-half run on the Grizzlies (2-2) that led the host Blue Devils (6-0) to their third win in four days.
Xavier 63, No. 13 Memphis 58:: Terrell Holloway made 10 free throws and scored 13 points in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off championship game.
No. 15 Arizona State 61, Pepperdine 40: : James Harden scored 33 and had 12 rebounds as the host Sun Devils (3-0) beat the Waves (1-4).
Missouri 83, No. 19 Southern California 72: : DeMarre Carroll had 29 points and 11 rebounds as the Tigers (4-1) outscored the Trojans (3-2) by 17 in the second half in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in San Juan.
No. 25 Wisconsin 64, San Diego 49: : Trevon Hughes had 22 points to help Wisconsin beat San Diego in the Paradise Jam at the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Badgers (4-0) shot 48.8 percent, while holding the Toreros (2-2) to 34.5 percent, and had a 22-16 advantage in points in the paint. The Badgers (4-0) will face No. 2 Connecticut today in the championship game in the eight-team tournament.
No. 4 North Carolina 80, No. 2 Oklahoma 79: : Jessica Breland scored a career-high 31 points - including two key baskets in the final two minutes - in the title game of the Women's Preseason National Invitation Tournament in Norman, Okla.
No. 5 Tennessee 94, Louisiana Tech 59:: Vicki Baugh, in her second game back after knee surgery, scored 13 and grabbed 12 rebounds as the host Lady Vols (3-1) beat the Lady Techsters (1-2).
No. 8 Stanford 81, No. 3 Rutgers 47: : Jayne Appel had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the host Cardinal (3-1) earned its fourth straight win over the Scarlet Knights (2-2).
No. 10 Baylor 83, Rice 58: : Rachel Allison scored 16 points to lead the Bears (4-0) over the host Owls (2-1).
Michigan 50, No. 13 Vanderbilt 42: : Jessica Minnfield scored 14 for the host Wolverines (2-2), who beat a ranked foe for the first time since 2004.
No. 20 Auburn 87, No. 17 Ohio State 80, OT: : Sherell Hobbs scored six of her 23 in overtime to lift the host Tigers (4-0) over the Buckeyes (3-1).
Florida 72, No. 22 Florida State 57: : Sha Brooks scored 24 for the visiting Gators (3-1), who led by as many as 16 in beating the Seminoles (3-1).