NCAA basketball roundup
No. 13 Missouri 78, Stanford 70
Laurence Bowers scored 19 points, as usual most were in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds as Missouri beat Stanford in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis Thursday at Paradies Island, Bahamas.
Bowers, who had 13 points in the second half Thursday, has scored more points after halftime in every game this season for the Tigers (4-0). He came in averaging 15.5 points per game,14.0 in the second half.
Phil Pressey had 18 points and eight assists for Missouri, which had just three field goals over the final 9:10 and they were all grouped in a 1:57 span starting with 2:12 to play. It didn't matter as the Tigers were 10 of 11 from the free throw line over that span. They were 22 for 25 for the game.
No. 5 Duke 89, Minnesota 71
Seth Curry scored 25 points and Mason Plumlee added 20 points and a career-high-matching 17 rebounds as Duke's starters scored all but two of the Blue Devils' points in a victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Plumlee was coming off a career-high 28 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the field, 10 of 11 from the free throw line and had nine rebounds in the Blue Devils' previous game, an 88-67 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
Sophomore point guard Quinn Cook had a career-high 17 points for the Blue Devils who extended their regular-season tournament winning streak to 21 games, a run that stretches to the championship game of the 2006 CBE Classic.
Rodney Williams had 16 points for the Golden Gophers (4-1), who just couldn't cut into the Blue Devils' lead in the second half.
Duke's lead ranged from 10 to 13 points throughout most of the second half. Minnesota, a team known for its toughness and defense, met its match in the Blue Devils, who were just as physical as the Gophers, and were more so through the last 5 minutes when Duke pulled away.
Ryan Kelly had 14 points for Duke and freshman Rasheed Sulaimon, the fifth starter, added 11. The only points scored by a non-starter were the two from Amile Jefferson.
VCU 78, No. 19 Memphis 65
Treveon Graham scored 26 points and Rob Brandenberg added 15, including two late 3-pointers, and Virginia Commonwealth beat Memphis in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The Rams used their frenetic style of play to take a 16-point lead in the first half only to see the Tigers get to 63-61 with 4:05 to play. VCU then went on an 11-0 run with all the points scored by Graham and Brandenberg. Brandenberg hit two 3s in the run and Graham one as the Rams finished 13 for 22 from behind the arc.
No. 14 Purdue 71, Marist 51
KK Houser scored 17 points and Courtney Moses added 14 to help Purdue rout Marist in the Paradise Jam at St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Purdue (4-0) led 16-13 midway through the first half before going on a 23-6 run to close the period and take control of the game. Houser had five points during the burst as the Boilermakers led 39-19 at the half.
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