The Latest: Creighton wins 2nd annual Cayman Islands Classic
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) — The Latest on the Cayman Islands Classic (all times local):
Sophomore Ty-Shon Alexander made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 36 points to lead Creighton past No. 16 Clemson 87-82 on Wednesday night in the championship game of the second annual Cayman Islands Classic.
Alexander, who was named the most outstanding player of the tournament, was 9-of-16 shooting, missing just five from distance, and made all 11 of his free throws.
Clemson’s Marcquise Reed completed a 3-point play with 28 seconds left and Elijah Thomas forced a turnover on an inbound play, leading to Shelton Mitchell’s shot inside to pull to 83-80. Davion Mintz answered with two free throws at the other end, and after Reed was off on a 3-pointer, Mintz sealed it with a dunk.
Creighton (5-1) has back-to-back home games against Montana and No. 3 Gonzaga, which upset top-ranked Duke 89-87 earlier Wednesday in Maui.
Reed was 11 of 22 from the floor and scored 27 points for Clemson (5-1), reaching 1,001 points with the team. David Skara had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who play in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Monday against Nebraska.
Malik Benlevi made eight 3-pointers and had 24 points and seven rebounds, helping Georgia State beat Georgia 91-67 on Wednesday for third place in the Cayman Islands Classic.
It was Georgia State’s third win in the eight-game series, after back-to-back victories in 2000 and 2001.
D’Marcus Simonds, entering with a 22.6 scoring average, and Damon Wilson scored 17 points apiece for Georgia State (4-2), which had a 19-point lead at the break after making 8 of 16 3-pointers. Kane Williams had 14 points and seven assists, and Jeff Thomas made four 3s and scored 12 points.
Derek Ogbeide had 14 points and eight rebounds for Georgia (3-3), moving within eight boards of the top 15 in program history. Sophomore Rayshaun Hammonds, who scored a career-high 31 on Monday, added 12 points against the Panthers, and Teshaun Hightower had 11 points on his 21st birthday.
Milik Yarbrough had 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead Illinois State over short-handed Boise State 73-70 on Wednesday for fifth place in the Cayman Islands Classic.
Yarbrough gave Illinois State a 69-60 lead with 3:59 remaining, but the Redbirds didn’t make another field goal the rest of the game. He made just enough free throws (4 of 7) down the stretch to hold off the Broncos, the last coming with 4.1 seconds left for a three-point lead.
Josh Jefferson added 12 points and Phil Fayne 10 for Illinois State (4-2). The Redbirds used a 12-0 run in the first half to take a 35-30 lead, and they started the second half on a 16-7 spurt for a 52-42 advantage.
Pat Dembley led Boise State (2-3) with 17 points. Justinian Jessup had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Derrick Alston added 11 points and seven boards.
The Broncos were without leading scorer RJ Williams, 17.5 points per game, who had 27 points in a tournament opener.
Daniel Utomi sank six 3-pointers and had 22 points and nine rebounds, leading Akron past St. Bonaventure 61-49 on Wednesday for seventh place at the Cayman Islands Classic.
Utomi made all five of his 3-point attempts in the first half as Akron built a 30-23 lead. The Zips held St. Bonaventure to just one field goal over a nine-minute stretch in the second half and used a 14-2 run for a 46-29 lead.
Deng Riak added 10 points with three blocks for Akron (4-2). Loren Cristian Jackson, who dropped a career-high 25 points against No. 16 Clemson in a tournament opener, scored nine points with five assists.
Nelson Kaputo scored 14 points, Kyle Lofton added 13 and Tshiefu Ngalakulondi had 11 points and 12 rebounds for St. Bonaventure (1-5). Jalen Poyser, the Bonnies’ leading scorer coming in at 20.4 points per game, was held to four points on 1-of-7 shooting. The Bonnies shot just 39 percent, including 2 of 11 from 3-point range.