Friday's roundup: Badgers win Battle 4 Atlantis title
Paradise Island, Bahamas — Frank Kaminsky's trip to the Bahamas was going from bad to worse.
That is, until the big moments arrived.
Kaminsky scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half on the way to tournament MVP honors, Duje Dukan and Traevon Jackson each added 13 and the second-ranked Badgers beat Oklahoma, 69-56, on Friday to win the Battle 4 Atlantis championship.
"I was a little frustrated, to be honest," said Kaminsky, who was 1-for-8 in Thursday's semifinals and limited to 6 minutes in the first half Friday because of foul trouble. "But I realized that it was a close game and I needed to be the best player that I can be for our team to win the game."
Sam Dekker scored 11 and Nigel Hayes finished with 10 for Wisconsin (7-0), which trailed by one late in the first half before a 10-0 run put it on top for good.
Kaminsky grabbed eight rebounds and Jackson had eight assists for the Badgers, who had five players take at least seven shots but no one try more than 12.
"I've been pretty fortunate over my career having players who understand the points-per-possession, because we do it every day at practice," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "They understand that there's not a trip up and down the floor where we're not trying to do the right thing. And I think our guys stay in the moment at practice, which then kind of goes over into the games."
Dinjiyl Walker scored 10 for Oklahoma (4-2), which got nine-point efforts from Isaiah Cousins and native Bahamian Buddy Hield. But Cousins and Hield combined to shoot 5-for-22.
"We know so much more about our club right now than we did three days ago, the goods, bads, everything in between," Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said. "That's the value of playing in a quality tournament like this."
When it was over, the Badgers put on new championship T-shirts and hats at midcourt, then Dukan carried the trophy back to the locker room — stopping to dance a bit along the way. Meanwhile, the Sooners watched the on-court celebration in silence from one of the baselines, most with their hands on their hips or folded across their chests.
"It's a fun deal," Hield said. "We just came up short."
The Sooners were offensively inconsistent, either sizzling or freezing, and switching gears almost without warning.
■They started 2-for-10.
■Then they went 7-for-7.
■Then they went 2-for-14 over a 10-minute stretch overlapping halftime.
■And then they went 5-for-6, getting within 57-48 on a jumper by Ryan Spangler with 9:56 left.
The margin was still nine 21/2 minutes later, when Kaminsky lined up a 3-pointer from the top of the key, watched it fall and strutted back to the other end with an animated, confident look.
"See, that's out of my control," said Kaminsky, who added that he didn't remember his reaction as the room broke into laughter. "Those things kind of just come over me. I kind of black out for a couple seconds and then that happens. I'm not responsible for anything I do after a play like that."
Top 25 men
No. 5 North Carolina 75, No. 18 Florida 64: Kennedy Meeks scored 18 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds, Marcus Paige added 16 points and No. 5 North Carolina built a big early lead in the fifth-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Justin Jackson had 12 points for the Tar Heels (5-1), who scored the first 12 points. J.P. Tokoto and Brice Johnson added 10 apiece for North Carolina.
Kasey Hill led all scorers with 20 points and Michael Frazier II added 17 for the Gators (3-3), who struggled again offensively. Florida shot 33 percent from the field, 22 percent from 3-point range and still hasn't reached the 70-point mark in any game this season.
No. 8 Virginia 64, LaSalle 56: Malcolm Brogdon scored a career-high 20 points to lead Virginia in the second semifinal of the Barclays Center Classic in New York.
Anthony Gill added 16 for Virginia, which improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season.
Jordan Price had 20 for LaSalle (4-1).
No. 10 Gonzaga 73, St. John's 66: Domantas Sabonis had 14 points and eight rebounds to help Gonzaga beat St. John's in the NIT Season Tip-Off championship game in New York.
Gary Bell Jr. added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (6-0).
Phil Greene IV led St. John's (4-1) with 20 points. Rysheed Jordan had 18 points and D'Angelo Harrison added 15.
No. 11 Kansas 82, Tennessee 67: Perry Ellis scored 24 points, Cliff Alexander added 16 and Kansas won an Orlando Classic semifinal in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Frank Mason III had 11 points and seven assists for Kansas (4-1). The Jayhawks will face No. 20 Michigan State in the championship game Sunday.
Josh Richardson led Tennessee (2-2) with 16 points, and Kevin Punter had 14.
(At) No. 17 Miami 87, South Alabama 75: Sheldon McClellan scored 17 and Miami (7-0) scored the first 23 points.
No. 22 UCLA 88, Alabama-Birmingham 76: Isaac Hamilton scored 21 points and UCLA (5-2) salvaged one win out of its trip to the Bahamas in the seventh-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis. Nick Norton and C.J. Washington each scored 17 points for UAB (2-5).
Mississippi 75, No. 23 Creighton 68: Jarvis Summers scored 23 points and Mississippi (4-1) closed with a 12-3 run to beat No. 23 Creighton in the Emerald Coast Classic. Isaiah Zierden led Creighton (5-1) with 18 points.
(At) No. 25 Arkansas 89, North Texas 73: Michael Qualls scored a career-high 22 points and Arkansas improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2006.
(At) No. 16 Ohio State 73, James Madison 56: D'Angelo Russell scored 14 and Sam Thompson 13 for Ohio State (5-0).
Minnesota 66, Georgia 62: Joey King's 15 points led Minnesota (4-2) in the NIT Season Tip-Off in New York City.
Penn State 88, (at) Bucknell 80: D.J. Newbill scored 28 for Penn State (6-1).
(At) Maryland 61, Monmouth 56: Freshman Melo Trimble scored 13 of his 24 in the second half for Maryland (6-0).
The Terrapins were playing their first game without leading scorer Dez Wells, who will be sidelined for at least four weeks because of a broken bone in his right wrist. Maryland did get a boost with the return of Evan Smotrycz, a transfer from Michigan who missed the early part of the season with a broken left foot.
(At) Nebraska 75, Tennessee-Martin 64: Walter Pitchford scored 19 points, Terran Petteway added 18 with eight assists, and Nebraska held off Tennessee-Martin after taking a 13-point lead to halftime.
Western Michigan 79, San Jose State 60: Tucker Haymond had 20 points with eight rebounds and Connar Tava added 16 points as Western Michigan defeated San Jose State in the consolation bracket of the Wooden Legacy Tournament.
The Broncos (4-2) shot 55.1 percent from the field and went 10-of-14 on 3-pointers. David Brown scored 11 points and Austin Richie contributed 10.
Frank Rogers paced the Spartans (1-5) with 17 points, but was the only player in double figures for San Jose State.
Michigan 76, Washington State 64: At the San Juan Shootout in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, Michigan (4-1) jumped out to a 15-0 lead and advanced to today's game against San Diego State.
Shannon Smith scored 17, Cyesha Goree 15, Siera Thompson 13 ands Nicole Elmblad 10 for the Wolverines.
Eastern Michigan 78, Cal State-Fullerton 74: Cha Sweeney scored 21 and Jamaica Bucknor 16 for Eastern (3-2) at the Hotel Encanto Thanksgiving Classic in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Eastern faces Weber State today.
Oakland 65, Miami (Ohio) 51: Olivia Nash scored 13 points with nine rebounds and Peyton Apsey recorded 11 points, seven boards and eight assists for the Golden Grizzlies (2-3).
Jessica Rupright scored 14 for the Redhawks (1-2).
Nicholls State at Michigan
Tip-off: 4 Saturday, Crisler Center, Ann Arbor
Records: No. 19 Michigan 4-1, Nicholls State 0-3
TV/radio: BTN Plus/WWJ
Outlook: UM looks to bounce back after a last-second loss to No. 12 Villanova in the title game of the Legends Classic on Tuesday. ... Michigan will be one of eight teams competing in the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.