NCAA top 25 basketball roundup

Men

No. 13 Missouri 68, VCU 65

Laurence Bowers had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Phil Pressey had 11 points and eight assists, leading Missouri to a victory over Virginia Commonwealth Saturday in the third-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Pressey gave the Tigers (5-1) the lead for good with a 3-pointer with 1:17 to play. That capped a run of five straight possessions where the teams exchanged the lead.

The Rams (3-3) turned the ball over with 57 seconds left. The Tigers called a timeout with 10 seconds left on the shot clock. Pressey took the inbounds, dribbled off a few seconds then made a move to the basket where he ducked under a VCU player and hit a flip shot as the shot clock hit zero.

No. 19 Memphis 52, Northern Iowa 47

Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson, two of Memphis' better players who had been struggling, scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, and the Tigers avoided losing all three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Memphis (3-2) was one of four ranked team in the regular-season tournament, but it was the only one not to reach the semifinals and things didn't look so great late in the first half against the Panthers, who led 26-12 with 4:34 to play.

Crawford, who had 12 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run that closed the half and Jackson ended the spurt with another 3 to make it 26-22.

Women

No. 6 Penn State 85, Cal State Northridge 73

Maggie Lucas scored 23 points and Nikki Greene added 21 points and a career best-tying 20 rebounds and Penn State overcame a 17-point first-half deficit to win the Cal State Northridge tournament.

Lucas scored 14 points in the first half and Greene made 11 of 12 free throws in the final 4 minutes, 52 seconds to help the Lady Lions (5-0) overcome a 67-63 deficit.

Penn State held Northridge (3-2) scoreless for a 6:30 span over both halves to turn a 41-26 deficit into a 43-41 lead with 16:32 to play. The Matadors had gone on a 25-10 run to take a 33-16 lead with 5:52 to play.

Alex Bentley scored 19 points for Penn State.

No. 11 California 72, Georgetown 56

Layshia Clarendon scored 20 points and Gennifer Brandon added 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead California to a 7victory against Georgetown for the Cal Classic title.

Talia Caldwell had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Golden Bears (5-0), who shot 50 percent (27 of 54) from the floor en route to winning their own tournament for the eighth time in the last 10 years.

Sugar Rodgers scored 20 points and Andrea White 15 for the Hoyas (4-2).

Clarendon, the tournament MVP, and Eliza Pierre hit 3-pointers to spark a 15-4 run over a 4:32 second-half stretch that gave the Golden Bears a 53-41 lead with 11:26 remaining. Georgetown got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Pierre had 10 points.

No. 13 Oklahoma 100, Oregon 61

Aaryn Ellenberg scored 27 points and Oklahoma raced to a win over Oregon in the Rainbow Wahine Showdown.

Nicole Kornet had 15 points and Morgan Hook scored 12 for the Sooners (4-1). Maddie Manning added 11 points and Portia Durrett had 10 points for Oklahoma, which opened up a 55-35 lead. Ellenberg made 7 of 12 shots from 3-point range and was 10 of 18 overall. The Sooners made 17 3-pointers in 38 tries.

Amanda Delgado scored 16 points to lead the Ducks (0-4) in the first meeting between the teams. Jillian Alleyne grabbed 23 rebounds for Oregon.

Florida State 73, No. 17 Vanderbilt 59

Leonor Rodriguez led five players in double figures with 16 points as Florida State defeated Vanderbilt at the San Juan Shootout.

The Seminoles are 5-0 for the third time in four years. The 14-point margin of victory was Florida State's smallest this year, having beaten four straight opponents by at least 30 points for the first time in program history to begin the year.

The loss was the third straight for the Commodores (3-3), all coming at the hands of unranked foes.

No. 25 North Carolina 85, La Salle 55

Waltiea Rolle got 15 points and 12 rebounds and North Carolina scored the first 16 points of the second half on the way to a rout of La Salle in a nonconference game.

Xylina McDaniel opened the second half with a jumper for the Tar Heels (5-0), who trailed 32-31 at halftime, then added a 3-pointer after a steal by Brittany Rountree. Krista Gross added a jumper and Rountree sank a 3-pointer for a 40-32 lead.

Rolle made a free throw and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt made two, then Danielle Butts, Gross and Rolle hit jumpers to put North Carolina ahead 51-36. The Explorers (1-4) never got closer than 12 points after that.

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