The Latest: Northern Iowa holds off EKU at Paradise Jam
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The Latest on the Paradise Jam (all times local):
A.J. Green scored 23 points, and Northern Iowa held off a late challenge to beat Eastern Kentucky 90-85 Saturday in the consolation round of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Spencer Halderman added 16 points as five UNI players finished in double figures for the Panthers (2-2), who led from the start at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.
Nick Mayo scored 27 points to lead five players in double figures for the Colonels (2-3), who rallied from a 16-point deficit in the final four minutes.
Northern Iowa led 82-66 with 4:02 left, but Eastern Kentucky cut the margin to one-point twice, the last at 84-83 on Mayo’s 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining.
The Colonels had a chance to take the lead, but Peyton Broughton missed a layup off a steal with 40 seconds left. The Panthers sealed the win with a 6-2 run.
Ahmad Caver scored 14 points, and Old Dominion pulled away early Saturday en route to a 65-47 victory over Kennesaw State in the consolation round of the Paradise Jam tournament.
B.J. Stith had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Monarchs (2-2), who led by as many as 23 points in the second half at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.
Tyler Hooker scored 18 points and Bobby Parker added 13 for the Owls (1-4), who lost their fourth straight.
Kennesaw State led early, scoring six of the first eight points. But Old Dominion, which won this tournament in 2010, rallied to take the lead at 7-6 on Dajour Dickens’ jumper. The Monarchs went on to outscore the Owls 24-8 over the rest of the half, and led 31-14 at the break.
Old Dominion’s biggest lead came with 7:48 remaining in the second half, with Joe Reece’s tipin putting the Monarchs up 56-33.
The Paradise Jam tournament resumes Saturday with a pair of consolation-round games at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.
Old Dominion (1-2) will face Kennesaw State (1-3) in the opening game, while Northern Iowa (1-2) takes on Eastern Kentucky (2-2) in the second game.
The semifinals will be played Sunday, with Oregon State (3-0) playing Missouri (2-1) in the opening game, followed by No. 12 Kansas State (3-0) facing Penn (4-0).
The championship game, as well as the other placement games, will be Monday.