The Latest: No. 12 Kansas St. beats Penn in Paradise Jam
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) — The Latest on the Paradise Jam (all times local):
Dean Wade scored 17 points, and No. 12 Kansas State overcame an early deficit to beat Penn 64-48 Sunday night in the second semifinal at the Paradise Jam tournament.
Kamau Stokes added 16 points and Xavier Sneed had 11 for the Wildcats (4-0), who will face Missouri in Monday night’s championship game at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.
Devon Goodman scored 18 points and Michael Wang added 14 for the Quakers (4-1), who led by as many as eight points in the first half.
As Kansas State struggled, missing 18 of its first 22 shots, Penn was able to pull ahead 19-11 on Wang’s layup with 7:16 remaining in the first half.
But the Wildcats scored 17 of the next 19 points to lead 28-21 at the half. Austin Trice’s tipin with 2:46 left tied the game at 21, and Wade’s 3-point play at 1:35 put Kansas State ahead 24-21.
Jordan Geist scored 18 of his season-high 21 points in the second half, and Missouri used a late run to pull away from Oregon State 69-63 Sunday in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Kevin Puryear added 17 points for the Tigers (3-1), who advance to Monday night’s championship game at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Sports and Fitness Center.
Tres Tinkle scored 17 points, Stephen Thompson Jr. added 15 and Alfred Hollins 12 for the Beavers (3-1).
Missouri led by as many as 10 points in the first half and were ahead 32-28 at the halftime break. But Oregon State rallied in the second half to tie the game three times, the last at 48 on Tinkle’s layup with 9:57 remaining.
However, Geist hit a short jumper 23 seconds later, kicking off a 13-point run by the Tigers capped by Xavier Pinson’s floater in the lane for a 61-48 lead.
The Paradise Jam resumes Sunday with four teams playing to reach the championship game.
Oregon State meets Missouri in the day’s first semifinal. Then, Penn faces No. 12 Kansas State. The winners advance to Monday’s title game.
Two games were held in Saturday’s consolation bracket. Old Dominion beat Kennesaw State, while Northern Iowa beat Eastern Kentucky. Teams in the consolation bracket are off Sunday.
ODU and Northern Iowa will meet in Monday’s fifth-place game, while Kennesaw State and Eastern Kentucky will meet in the seventh-place game.