Matt Coleman III scored 14 points, Jericho Sims had 12 points and nine rebounds and No. 22 Texas beat Cal 62-45 on Friday night in the 2K Empire Classic consolation game at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Cal (4-2) was held to a season-low in points against a team that had given up a season-high 82 points in a loss to Georgetown the night before. On Thursday, the Bears were crushed 87-52 by No. 1 Duke at the Garden.
“I would say that to play two nationally ranked teams this early in a season where we’re rebuilding is probably an earlier test than maybe would be ideal,” first-year Cal coach Mark Fox said. “But we’ll use it hopefully as a great lesson in how we have to grow and change and improve.”
Texas (5-1) did not trail, with Cal tying it just once at 21-21 on Matt Bradley’s free throws. Bradley had 22 points to lead Cal, which was 1-for-8 from 3-point range.
Santa Clara 78, Idaho St. 65: Guglielmo Caruso and Jaden Bediako each scored a dozen points and the Broncos (5-1) stayed unbeaten at home by holding off the Bengals (2-3).
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#1 Duke 81, Georgetown 73: Mike Krzyzewski set the record for wins coaching a No. 1 team as the Blue Devils (6-0) got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Vernon Carey Jr. to beat the Hoyas (4-2) in New York to win the 2K Empire Classic. Krzyzewski is 218-34 when the Blue Devils hold the top spot. John Wooden went 217-11 while UCLA was No. 1.
#6 Maryland 86, George Mason 63: Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 16 points, Jalen Smith had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the host Terrapins (5-0) overwhelmed the previously unbeaten Patriots (5-1).
#9 Kentucky 82, Mount St. Mary’s 62: Immanuel Quickley had eight of his 13 second-half points during an 18-3 run that helped the host Wildcats (4-1) pull away from the Mountaineers (1-5).
#10 Ohio State 85, Purdue Fort Wayne 46: Kaleb Wesson had 15 points and seven rebounds as the host Buckeyes (5-0) routed Purdue Fort Wayne (2-5).
#11 Oregon 78, Houston 66: Anthony Mathis kept up his accurate shooting with 18 points and the host Ducks (5-0) followed along for a victory over the Cougars (2-2).
#15 Utah State 80, LSU 78: Sam Merrill made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 57 seconds left and the Aggies (6-0) overcame a 19-point deficit to beat the Tigers (3-2) in the Jamaica Classic in Montego Bay.
#17 Villanova 83, Mississippi St. 76: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 22 points and Collin Gillespie added 18 to lead the Wildcats (4-1) over the Bulldogs (5-1) and into the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Invitational final. Villanova will play No. 24 Baylor in the championship game Sunday.
#24 Baylor 77, Coastal Carolina 65: MaCio Teague scored 21 points to lead the Bears (4-1) to the Myrtle Beach Invitational final.
Missouri St. 71, Santa Clara 64: The visiting Broncos (3-2) led at the half but the Bears (5-1) surged late with a 17-7 advantage at the free-throw line. Despite not hitting a field goal over the final 2:53, Missouri State knocked down six free throws in that time to hang on to the lead. Addi Walters led Santa Clara with 19 points.
UC Davis 79, USF 67: Katie Toole scored 25 points to lead the host Aggies (1-4) past the Dons (2-3). Ioanna Krimili led USF with 22 points.
#11 UCLA 92, Northern Colorado 58: Natalie Chou was 7-of-9 shooting with three 3-pointers and Japreece Dean added 18 points and seven assists as the host Bruins (4-0) beat the Bears (2-4).