The Latest: USC routs Missouri State in Hall of Fame Classic
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the Hall of Fame Classic (all times local):
Bennie Boatwright scored 22 points, Jonah Mathews added 21 and Southern California romped to a 99-80 victory over Missouri State on Tuesday night to take third place in the Hall of Fame Classic.
Kevin Porter Jr. added 14 points, Derryck Thornton had 12 and Nick Rakocevic scored 10 for the Trojans (3-2), who bounced back easily from a turnover-laden semifinal loss to Texas Tech. USC made 17 3-pointers — its most since 2000.
USC used first-half runs of 13-0 and 16-0 to take control, pushed the lead to 44-27 by halftime and coasted down the stretch with the only question whether the Trojans would top 100 points.
Ryan Kreklow hit six 3-pointers and had 23 points to lead the Bears (3-2). Keandre Cook added 21 points and Kansas City native Jarred Dixon hit five 3s and finish with 17.
The Red Raiders and Huskers faced each other for the title later Tuesday night.
Texas Tech and Nebraska are meeting in the Hall of Fame Classic title game in an old-school Big 12 rematch at the Sprint Center, where the league still holds its postseason tournament.
The meeting Tuesday night is the first for the Red Raiders and Huskers since 2011, when they were still in the same league. The Huskers left for the Big Ten after that season.
Texas Tech advanced to the finals by beating Southern California in the semifinals on Monday night, while Nebraska routed Missouri State in its semifinal matchup.
The Trojans and Bears are tipping off in the third-place game before the championship matchup.
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