NEW YORK » Texas’ two young frontcourt players had impressive numbers last night. When it came to overtime, though, the senior man up front made sure the Longhorns took the lead for good.
Sophomore Jordan Hamilton had 25 points on 9-for-17 shooting and freshman Tristan Thompson had 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting, four assists and five blocks for Texas for a their 90-84 victory over No. 13 Illinois in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic.
"They were terrific; those guys have done a good job for us," Texas coach Rick Barnes said of Hamilton and Thompson. "You don’t understand how hard (Illinois’ Demetri) McCamey is to guard and we went after him all night long. … There’s little subtle games that went on in the game that won’t show up in the stat sheet that were huge."
No. 3 Kansas State 76, Presbyterian 67
Jacob Pullen scored 15 points, leading the Wildcats (3-0) to a tough victory over the Blue Hose (0-2).
No. 5 Pittsburgh 79, Maryland 70
Freshman Talib Zanna had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Panthers (4-0) over the Terrapins (3-1) in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic.
No. 8 North Carolina 107, Hofstra 63
Harrison Barnes scored 19 points for the Tar Heels (2-0) against the Pride (1-1) in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
No. 9 Florida 105, N. Carolina A&T 55
Chandler Parsons and Kenny Boynton led eight players in double figures with 16 points apiece, and the Gators (2-1) beat the Aggies (1-3).
No. 15 Missouri 66, W. Illinois 61
Laurence Bowers had nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and the Tigers (1-0) held off the Leathernecks (2-1).
No. 17 Baylor 63, Jackson St. 49
Star freshman Perry Jones had 20 points and eight rebounds, helping the Bears (3-0) beat the Tigers (0-3).
No. 20 Georgetown 80, Coastal Carolina 61
Jason Clark hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to lead the Hoyas (3-0) over the Chanticleers (2-2).
Arizona 83, New Mexico State 57
Derrick Williams had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and the Wildcats (2-0) overcame some sloppy stretches to pull away for a win over the Aggies (2-1).