Davidson tops Mountaineers
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Chris Czerapowicz had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead Davidson past West Virginia 63-60 in a semifinal game Friday at the Old Spice Classic.
De'Mon Brooks added 12 points for Davidson (3-2), which advanced to Sunday night's championship game.
West Virginia (1-2) got 15 points from Juwan Staten and Gary Browne added 11.
After Staten scored after a steal to get West Virginia within one point with 1 minute left, Czerapowicz made a 3-pointer on Davidson's next possession to put the Wildcats up 61-57.
The Mountaineers cut the deficit to 61-60 on Terry Henderson's long-range jumper with 13.6 seconds left. Nik Cochran made two late free throws for Davidson's three-point advantage.
Davidson opened the second half with a 9-0 run, including four points by Jake Cohen and Clint Mann's 3-pointer, to take a 39-32 lead.
After Czerapowicz hit a 3-pointer and added a free throw, Cohen had a basket to make it 49-38 midway through the second half.
Cohen, who fouled out late, had 11 points.
West Virginia center Aaric Murray, who picked up his fourth foul six minutes into the second and fouled out with 1:56 remaining, finished with six points and eight rebounds.
Jabarie Hinds and Staten both had eight points to help West Virginia take a 32-30 halftime lead.
Czerapowicz connected on a 3-pointer during Davidson's 8-0 run that tied it at 30-all one minute before the break.
OHIO STATE 91, UMKC 45: Urban Meyer and the football seniors got the longest ovation on the eve of "The Game."
The rest of the night belonged to a No. 3 Ohio State men's basketball team that was getting prepared for one of its biggest games of the season.
Deshaun Thomas scored 15 of his 21 points as the Buckeyes rolled to a huge first-half lead on the way to a 91-45 victory against overmatched Missouri-Kansas City on Friday night.
The game was the final tuneup for the Buckeyes (4-0) before their ACC/Big Ten Showdown matchup against No. 5 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night.
NO. 8 KENTUCKY 104, LIU-BROOKLYN 75: Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin each scored 22 points and the No. 8 Wildcats ran away from winless LIU-Brooklyn 104-75 on Friday night.
Goodwin added nine rebounds and nine assists. Poythress also had nine rebounds as the Wildcats (4-1) won their third in a row.
Fellow freshman forward Nerlens Noel added 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists for Kentucky. Julius Mays had 15 points and six assists and rookie center Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 for hot-shooting Kentucky, which finished 42 of 62 from the field (68 percent).
The Wildcats outrebounded the Blackbirds 41-24.