Musketeers top Tide in tourney
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA, >> Trevon Bluiett scored 15 points, J.P. Macura added 14, and No. 23 Xavier beat Alabama 64-45 in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational on Thursday.
Macura helped the Musketeers (5-0) overcome an early first-half deficit, while Bluiett was part of a second-half surge that gave Xavier a comfortable advantage.
Shannon Hale and Justin Coleman had 10 points each for Alabama (2-2). Dazon Ingram added six points and nine rebounds.
Consecutive long-range jumpers by Myles Davis and Bluiett put Xavier ahead 36-28 early in the second half.
Bluiett had a steal and basket before another 3-pointer by Davis, and James Farr's layup made it 43-28 with 13 minutes to play.
Xavier made 8 of its first 13 second-half shots after shooting just 24.1 percent during the opening half.
Texas A&M 62, Gonzaga 61
Danuel House scored 19 points, and No. 25 Texas A&M edged No. 10 Gonzaga on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Zags' Silas Melson missed a fadeaway jumper at the buzzer as time expired with House contesting the shot.
Tonny Trocha-Morelos added 14 points for the Aggies (6-0).
The game was tight throughout, with 12 ties and seven lead changes.
Gonzaga (3-1) led for much of the game but missed some key free throws down the stretch. After making six 3-pointers in the first half, the Zags connected on just three in the second.
Kyle Wiltjer led Gonzaga with 18 points. Josh Perkins added 15.
SOUTHERN CAL 72, No. 20 WICHITA STATE 69
Freshman Bennie Boatright had a career-high 22 points and USC beat Wichita State at the AdvoCare Invitational.
Wichita State (2-2) played without senior guard Fred VanVleet, who missed his second consecutive game with ankle and hamstring injuries. He twisted his ankle in the season opener Nov. 13 against Charleston Southern and then was limited by hamstring soreness four days later in a game with Tulsa.
USC (5-0) also got 15 points from Jordan McLaughlin. It's the Trojans best start since opening the 2000-01 season 8-0.
Ron Baker had 25 points and Markis McDuffie added 14 for Wichita State.
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