PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Bobby Pettiford Jr. pulled off a twisted reverse layup after a loose rebound with 0.2 seconds left in overtime to give No. 3 Kansas a 69-68 win over Wisconsin on Thursday in a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals to bring.
Pettiford’s layup marked his only points of the game, capping a thrill that saw Wisconsin recover from 15 down early in the second half.
Pettiford landed on the ground after the basket as he watched the ball go through the net, then stretched out his fists in front of him and screamed as he began to sit up.
Getting to his feet, he had a big smile on his face while his teammates began hugging him near the baseline corner and rallying with him to celebrate.
The team left the court to chants of “Bobby! Bobby!” as they headed to Friday’s championship game.
Jalen Wilson scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds for the reigning national champion Jayhawks (6-0), and Kevin McCullar Jr. had 18 points and nine rebounds — and a 3 to force overtime.
Tyler Wahl led the Badgers (4-1) with 23 points and 10 rebounds.
(1) NORTH CAROLINA 89, PORTLAND 81: Pete Nance scored 28 points, Caleb Love added 23 and the Tar Heels (5-0) survived an unexpected test by the Pilots (4-3) in the opening round of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon.
It took the Tar Heels a late 14-3 run to eventually break away from one of the tournament’s host schools.
Love wore them in the first half with 16 points and hit the 1,000-point mark in his career, becoming the 80th North Carolina player to reach that mark. North Carolina has the most 1,000 point scorers of any school in the country.
(8) DUKE 54, OREGON STATE 51: Kyle Filipowski had 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Blue Devils (5-1) held off a challenge from the Beavers (3-2) in the opening game of the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament in Portland, Oregon.
Ryan Young added 11 points and 15 rebounds from the bench and was the only other Blue Devils player to hit in double digits.
Jordan Pope led the Beavers (3-2) with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
(22) TENNESSEE 73, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 66: Julian Phillips scored a season-high 25 points to help the Volunteers (4-1) fend off the Trojans (4-2) in overtime in the semifinals at Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas.
The freshman forward made 7 of 13 shots and 10 of 12 free throws with eight rebounds for the Volunteers, with four of those free throws coming in the OT.
Santiago Vescovi overcame a hard shooter to hit the 3-pointer with 1:45 left in overtime and Zakai Zeigler went to the line 4 to 4 in the final 23.7 seconds of overtime to seal the win.
MICHIGAN STATE: fOrward Malik Hall will be sidelined for about three weeks with a stress reaction in his left foot, the school said.
Hall was uncomfortable with his foot after Michigan State’s win over Villanova last week, and further testing revealed the injury. No surgery is required, according to the school.
(12) LSU 80, GEORGE MASON 52: Angel Reese scored 21 points and grabbed 19 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double as the Tigers (6-0) defeated the Patriots (3-4) in Bimini, Bahamas.
LSU’s streak of five straight 100-point games was coming to an end.
The game was never in doubt as the Tigers scored the first eight points and made 10 of 15 shots and 7 of 8 free throws to lead 27-9 after a quarter. Reese had 10 points.
LSU tied the 1998-99 UConn Huskies and 2013-14 Oregon Ducks with five straight 100-point games, but fell short of what is believed to be the NCAA record of six straight Louisiana Tech century games midway through the 1981-82 season. This team won the first-ever NCAA women’s basketball championship with current LSU coach Kim Mulkey as point guard.
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