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No. 3 Kansas prevails against North Carolina State on Self’s return

First-year guard Gradey Dick scored a season-high 25 points to help No. 3 Kansas beat North Carolina State 80-74 in Wednesday’s Battle 4 Atlantis opener, beating coach Bill Self after a suspension from made a successful return to the bench in four games.

Dick had 18 on six 3-pointers in the first half before going off the field 1 for 8 after the half. Jalen Wilson added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the reigning national champions Jayhawks (5-0), who annihilated an eight-point lead at halftime and a nine-point lead in the second half before ending in the final minutes .

Casey Morsell scored 21 points and led the Wolfpack (4-1) while Terquavion Smith added 19 points.

NC State played a fast pace, taking full court and staying within reach of Kansas all the way, but couldn’t take a lead even after five second-half ties, the last one coming at 63-all on Jack Clark’s jumper at 7: 14 left.

#7 BAYLOR 89, MCNEESE STATE 60

WACO, Texas (AP) — True freshman Keyonte George scored 17 points, Adam Flagler added 13 with nine assists and Baylor retired from McNeese State.

LJ Cryer had 16 points for the Bears (5-1) to chasing three straight 20-point games that earned him Big 12 Player of the Week honors. Three days after a career-high 28 points in a win over then-No. 8 UCLA, Cryer had two 3-pointers and a jumper to put the Bears to a quick 10-2 lead.

Jonathan Massie and Zach Scott each had 12 points for McNeese State (2-4). All of Scott’s points came on four 3-pointers.

#14 ARIZONA 81, #10 CREIGHTON 79

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Oumar Ballo dominated inside with 30 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona, which held off Creighton and won the Maui Invitational for a third time.

The combination of the unstoppable 7-foot, 260-pound Ballo and his speedy, talented supporting cast was just enough for the Wildcats (6-0) to remain undefeated. Kerr Kriisa added 13 points and nine assists, Azuolas Tubelis had 12 points and Courtney Ramey had 10. Arizona had its last points with 2:21 but was able to hold.

Ryan Nembhard scored 20 points for Creighton (6-1), who was attempting to beat a ranked opponent for the third straight day. Ryan Kalkbrenner added 16 points, Trey Alexander had 15, and Baylor Scheierman had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

#11 INDIANA 87, LITTLE ROCK 68

BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (AP) — Race Thompson posted a season-high 20 points and had eight rebounds, though it was bloody in the first half, leading Indiana past Little Rock.

Freshman Malik Reneau had 10 points and six rebounds in his starting debut and Xavier Johnson finished with nine points and 10 assists for the undermanned Hoosiers, who are starting 5-0 for the second straight season. Preseason All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis sat with a sore back.

Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week Myron Gardner had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Trojans. DJ Smith scored 20 points to lead Little Rock (2-4), who have lost all three in the series and are 3-13 against Big Ten opponents.

#15 KENTUCKY 96, NORTH FLORIDA 56

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Jacob Toppin scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds to help Kentucky drive off North Florida.

The Wildcats (4-2) easily recovered from an 88-72 loss at No. 6 Gonzaga Sunday to win their 23rd straight home game against an unranked opponent.

Jarius Hicklen led the Ospreys (1-4) with 17 points.

OHIO STATE 80, #21 TEXAS TECH 73

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Justice Sueing scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the second half to help Ohio State win Texas Tech in the game for fifth place at the Maui Invitational.

Sueing scored 15 straight points for the Buckeyes in the last 10 minutes to hit back at the Red Raiders every time they threatened to make a run.

Ohio State (5-1) shot 52% from the field, made all 18 of his free throws and never ran back after the first two minutes.

Texas Tech (4-2) earned a career-high 21 points from Daniel Batcho and 19 from Kevin Obanor.

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