Thursday’s basketball: Western Michigan falls in Nashville

Associated Press

Nashville, Tenn. — Clide Geffrard scored 21 points with nine rebounds — both career highs — to lead Stephen F. Austin to a 79-71 win over Western Michigan on Thursday night in the opening round of the Challenge in the Music City.

Down by 11 at halftime, the Broncos steadily gained, using a 10-2 rally to close within 57-55 on a jumper by Thomas Wilder. But the Lumberjacks pulled away on seven straight points and led by 10 with 34 seconds left.

Wilder led the Broncos (2-3) with 23 points and Tucker Haymond scored 19 with four 3-pointers.

Thomas Walkup had 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and Demetrious Floyd and TJ Holyfield scored 10 apiece for the Lumberjacks (2-2), who face Tulane on Friday.

Geffrard scored seven straight points for a 15-9 lead and the Lumberjacks led 39-28 at halftime, shooting 6-of-11 from long distance and 9-of-9 on free throws.

Big Ten

Dayton 82, Iowa 77: At Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Charles Cooke scored 22 points in the first round of the AdvoCare Invitational. Cooke connected on two free throws to give Dayton a 78-77 lead with 50 seconds left. Scoochie Smith’s layup extended the lead to 80-77 with 11 seconds to go.

Cooke secured the win by hitting two more free throw with 4 seconds remaining. He played the final few minutes of the game with four fouls.

Dayton (4-0) also got 16 points from both Kendall Pollard and Kyle Davis.

Jarrod Uthoff had 18 points for Iowa (3-1)

Tournament games

Texas 82, Washington 70: Eric Davis Jr. had 15 points, Cameron Ridley added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Texas fended off a barrage of rallies to win in the consolation round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Texas (2-2) plays in the fifth-place game Friday against Michigan, a 102-47 winner over Charlotte.

Andrew Andrews scored 20 and Marquese Chriss 15 for the Huskies (3-2), who chipped away at the Longhorns’ 10-point halftime lead for most of the second half, cutting the deficit to as few as three points.

But each time the Longhorns had a response, either knocking down a deflating 3-pointer or getting a timely stop on defense.

Boise State 71, UC Irvine 64: Anthony Drmic scored 21 to lead Boise State in the opener of the Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Calif.

Chandler Hutchinson added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Nick Duncan 14 points for the Broncos (3-2), who will play Michigan State at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Alex Young scored 15 points and Luke Nelson 13 for the Anteaters (4-1), who were off to their best start since the 1982-83 season.