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Villa’ vacation

Nova eases by Ga. Tech to NIT title


Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart each scored 13 points to lead No. 8 Villanova to a 6952 win over Georgia Tech (42) on Friday in the NIT Season TipOff championsh­ip game at Barclays Center.

Kris Jenkins had 12 points and the Big East CoPlayer of the Year Ryan Arcidiacon­o added nine as Villanova improved to 60 this season.

Dayton 73, Monmouth 70

In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Scoochie Smith had 19 points as Dayton (50) nearly blew a 16point lead before advancing to the championsh­ip game of the AdvoCare Invitation­al by beating Monmouth.

Justin Robinson tied a careerhigh with 28 points for Monmouth (32), which beat No. 17 Notre Dame 7068 in a firstround game Thursday for the Hawks’ firstever win over a ranked team.

Syracuse 74, Texas A&M 67

In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Michael Gbinije had 20 points, Malachi Richardson added 16 and Syracuse (60) held off No. 25 Texas A&M (61) in the Battle 4 Atlantis championsh­ip game.

Northeaste­rn 78, Miami 77

In Coral Gables, Fla., Quincy Ford made a jumper at the buzzer, sending Northeaste­rn (51) over No. 15 Miami (51).

Michigan St. 77, Boise St. 67

In Fullerton, Calif., Denzel Valentine scored a careerhigh 32 points and No. 3 Michigan State (60) defeated Boise State (33) in the semifinals of the Di

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Kentucky 84, S. Florida 63

In Miami, Jamal Murray had 21 points and No. 1 Kentucky (60) scored the final 15 points of the first half on the way to beating South Florida (15) in the Hoop-Hall Miami Invitation­al.

Gonzaga 73, Connecticu­t 70

In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Kyle Wiltjer scored 17 points and No. 10 Gonzaga (41) held off No. 18 Connecticu­t (42) in the thirdplace game at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Alabama 64, Wichita St. 60

In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Shannon Hale scored 20 points and Riley Norris added 12 as Alabama (32) upset No. 20 Wichita State (23).

Notre Dame 68, Iowa 62

In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., V.J. Beachem scored 16 points, Demetrius Jackson had 12 and No. 17 Notre Dame (41) beat Iowa (32).

Fairfield 82, Columbia 81 (OT)

In Bridgeport, Conn., Marcus Gilbert pumped in a careerhigh 33 points and Tyler Nelson sank the winning free throws to lift Fairfield (33) past Columbia (33).

Albany 74, NJIT 73

In Albany, Peter Hooley split a pair of free throws with one second left, and Albany (33) withstood a late surge to edge NJIT (33).

Army 81, Ark.-Pine Bluff 60

In West Point, N.Y., Kennedy Edwards scored 17 points off the bench as Army (42) defeated ArkansasPi­ne Bluff (15) in the Barclays Center Classic.

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