NCAA men's basketball top 25 roundup

Rhode Island's Jeff Dowtin (11) pokes the ball away from Seton Hall's Khadeen Carrington (0) during the first half of Thursday's game in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Rhode Island's Jeff Dowtin (11) pokes the ball away from Seton Hall's Khadeen Carrington (0) during the first half of Thursday's game in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament at New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

No. 1 Duke 99, Portland St. 81

Trevon Duval had 22 points and Duke pulled away for a victory over surprisingly tenacious Portland State on Thursday to open the Phil Knight Invitational at Portland, Ore.

Marvin Bagley III added 18 points, and Grayson Allen had 14 points and nine assists. The Blue Devils (6-0) will face the winner of the Thursday game between Butler and Texas.

Duke trailed by as many as eight points, but took control midway through the second half when Wendell Carter Jr.'s dunk put the Blue Devils in front 67-62. They would go on to lead by as many as 21 points.

It was coach Mike Krzyzewski's 200th victory as coach of a No. 1-ranked team. He's 200-29 when the Blue Devils sit atop the poll.

Deontae North led the Vikings (4-1) with 24 points, including 20 in the first half, but fouled out with 8:39 left in the game.

Dubbed the PK80, the tournament celebrates Nike co-founder Phil Knight's 80th birthday.

No. 5 Villanova 85, Tennessee 76

Jalen Brunson scored 25 points and Villanova overcame a 15-point deficit to beat Tennessee in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.

The Wildcats (5-0) trailed 44-29 with 1:39 left before roaring out of a break with a dominating run. Villanova scored the first 11 points as part of a 23-2 burst.

Mikal Bridges added 21 points for Villanova, which shot 52 percent after halftime and built a 15-point lead with 4:40 left. Grant Williams scored 20 points for Tennessee (3-1).

Villanova will play Northern Iowa on Friday in the championship game. Tennessee will face North Carolina State in the third-place game.

No. 9 North Carolina 102, Portland 78

Luke Maye had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Joel Berry II added 18 points and North Carolina overwhelmed Portland to open the PK80 Invitational.

Kenny Williams added 17 points and Theo Pinson had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Tar Heels (4-0). They have scored at least 90 points in the past three games.

Franklin Porter led the Pilots with 19 points and Marcus Shaver Jr. added 17.

No. 15 Xavier 83, G. Washington 64

Trevon Bluiett scored 20 points to help Xavier beat George Washington in the Las Vegas Invitational.

The Musketeers, who went into the game leading the Big East and ranked fifth nationally in field-goal percentage at 56.8, shot a blistering 62.5 from the field in the second half. Xavier (5-0) finished the game hitting 33 of 57 from the floor, including 5 of 13 from 3-point range.

Rhode Island 75, No. 20 Seton Hall 74

Jared Terrell made a running layup with 5.2 seconds left to give Rhode Island a victory over Seton Hall in the second game of the Preseason NIT.

Terrell finished with 32 points to help the Rams improve to 3-1. Stanford Robinson added 15 points.

Myles Powell led the Pirates (4-1) with 21 points. Angel Delgado had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Khadeen Carrington and Desi Rodriguez had 12 points each.

Following Terrell's layup, Seton Hall inbounded the ball to Carrington, who raced up court but lost his dribble and the Pirates were unable to recover the loose ball before the buzzer sounded.

Trailing by nine at halftime, Seton Hall outscored Rhode Island 27-17 in a 14:06 span to take the lead at 72-71. Carrington made two free throws with 5:54 left to give the Pirates their first lead since his jumper 5:09 into the game.

Defense was both the cause and effect for Seton Hall's turnaround. Specifically, the Pirates played defense in the second half after surrendering 60.7 percent (17 of 28) shooting from the field — including 77.8 percent (7 of 9) from 3-point range — —in the first 20 minutes.

The Rams regained the the lead, 73-72, on Andre Berry's layup with 4:05 left. The lead lasted for 2:02 until Ismael Sanogo's layup gave Seton Hall a one-point advantage.

No. 21 Saint Mary's 89, Harvard 71

Jock Landale scored 26 points and Saint Mary's beat Harvard in the opening game of the Wooden Legacy.

Emmett Naar just missed a triple double, finishing with 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Gaels (5-0). Bryce Aiken led the Crimson (2-3) with 22 points, including 20 in the second half when Harvard outscored Saint Mary's 51-43. Chris Lewis added 18 points.

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