Coleman’s jumper lifts Longhorns
ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Former Maury High star Matt Coleman III hit a stepback jumper with 0.1 seconds left to help No. 17 Texas beat No. 14 North Carolina 69-67 on Wednesday to win the relocated Maui Invitational.
Coleman finished with 22 points and was the tournament’s most valuable player for the Longhorns (4-0), who blew a 16-point lead late in the first half and fell behind with about 2½ minutes left. Coleman and Kai Jones both came up big in the critical moments for Texas, securing the Longhorns’ first Maui title in their fifth appearance in the tournament.
Jones had 12 points, including a tying jumper with 2:19 left and then a transition dunk with 41.2 seconds remaining that pushed Texas to a 67-65 lead. UNC’s Leaky Black answered with two free throws with 25.6 seconds left, only to see Coleman make a tough shot against RJ Davis that hit the rim, bounced off the backboard and dropped through the net.
Garrison Brooks had 18 points for the Tar Heels (3-1) despite playing through an ankle injury that sent him to the locker room at least twice. Former Trinity Episcopal standout Armando Bacot recorded 10 points and 12 boards.
The Longhorns— who had locked down on Indiana a day
earlier — asserted control midway through the first half. Texas used a 26-5 run to turn a fivepoint deficit into a 36-20 lead on Greg Brown’s free throws with 3:50 left.
But the Tar Heels roared out of halftime with five straight scoring possessions, the start of an effort that saw them do a better job of getting the ball inside and avoiding turnovers. They clawed to within one five different times before finally tying it on Caleb Love’s free throw with 3:54 left, and then took their first post-halftime lead on Brooks’ contested turnaround with 2:35 to play.
Jones answered a tying jumper of his own on the next play, setting up the deciding final minute.
No. 1 Gonzaga 87, No. 11 West Virginia 82: Joel Ayayi matched his career high with 21 points and Andrew Nembhard and Corey Kispert each had, and the Bulldogs rallied to beat the Mountaineers in the Jimmy V Classic in Indianapolis.
The Bulldogs (3-0) struggled to get in sync early and again after freshman Jalen Suggs injured an ankle in the first half. But Gonzaga used a late 13-4 run to take control and scored six straight points late to seal it.
Derek Culver led West Virginia (3-1) with 18 points and 15 rebounds. Oscar Tshiebwe had 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out with 7:26 to play. The loss snapped a fivegame winning streak.
No. 23 Ohio State 77, Morehead State 44: E.J. Liddell scored 16 points and the host Buckeyes pulled away from the Eagles.
Justice Sueing, C.J. Walker and Duane Washington Jr. had 11 points apiece for Ohio State (3-0). DeVon Cooper scored 13 points for Morehead State (1-3).
Clemson 75, South Carolina State 38: Hunter Tyson had 13 points and six rebounds, freshman Olivier-Maxence Prosper scored 11 points and the Tigers routed the Buldogs.
Clemson (3-0) shot 47% from the field, scored 25 points off 24 turnovers from S.C. State (0-3).
Richmond 65, Navy 49: Claire Holt scored a team-high 14 points and Siobhan Ryan added 13 as the Spiders picked up their first victory of the season against the Midshipmen at the Robins Center.
Former Trinity standout Elaina Chapman recorded 4 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and two blocks for UR (1-1).
Sophie Gatzounas scored a game-high 20 points for Navy (0-2).