The Latest: Boston College wins inaugural Fort Myers Tip-Off
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Fort Myers Tip-Off (all times local):
Jordan Chatman matched a season-best with 20 points and Boston College beat Loyola Chicago 78-66 on Wednesday night in the championship game of the inaugural Fort Myers Tip-Off.
Boston College built a 16-point lead in the second half before Loyola used a 13-2 run, highlighted by consecutive 3s from Lucas Williamson and another from Marques Townes, to pull to 58-53 with 6:20 remaining. But the Ramblers didn’t get closer as the Eagles answered with a 13-4 surge to pull away.
Chatman rebounded from 2-of-13 shooting performance Monday against Wyoming, making 7 of 13 shots, including three 3-pointers.
Nik Popovic scored 14 points and Jairus Hamilton added 11 off the bench for the Eagles. Ky Bowman, a starting guard averaging 24.3 points, had two fouls early and sat out most of the first half but finished with 12 points in 29 minutes.
Clayton Custer scored 17 points and Cameron Krutwig added 14 to lead Loyola (4-2). Williamson finished with 13 points and Townes had 10.
The Ramblers shot just 1 of 11 from long range in the first half and missed their first two 3-point attempts in the second half but then made 6 of 11.
Justin James scored a season-best 29 points, including the game-winning shot and Austin Mueller blocked Nick Sherod’s final try in the waning seconds as Wyoming rallied past Richmond 68-66 Wednesday for third place at the Fort Myers Tip-Off.
James scored 19 of his 29 points after halftime — including a 3 to tie at 66 and a jumper to win it — as Wyoming heated up with 47-percent shooting in the second half. Hunter Maldonado added 15 points, nine in the second half, with eight rebounds and Jake Hendricks scored 10 for the Cowboys (2-4).
Grant Golden led Richmond (2-3) with a career-high 33 points and nine rebounds, Jake Wojcik added 15 points and Sherod nine points, nine boards and a career-best seven assists.
Trailing by 11 early in the second half, Wyoming launched a 15-2 run for a 52-50 lead. Richmond scored five in a row to lead 66-61 with less than three minutes to go, but the Cowboys scored the next seven for the win.