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Beverly helps NC State top No. 2 Arizona

N.C. State's Braxton Beverly (10) celebrates after scoring during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Bryant in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) From the day he was hired, new North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts promised his team would play an aggressive style that didn't back down from competing with anyone.

The Wolfpack needed all of five games to prove him right in a huge upset.

Freshman Braxton Beverly scored a season-high 20 points and sparked the decisive late run that helped N.C. State stun No. 2 Arizona 90-84 in Wednesday's first round at the Battle 4 Atlantis.


Irish rally past Wichita for Maui title

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) The list of champions at the Maui Invitational includes some of the best programs in college basketball. Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Arizona.

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey believed his team belonged up there, too.


Trump calls LaVar Ball 'ungrateful fool'

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) President Donald Trump started off his first day of Thanksgiving vacation Wednesday by resuming his taunts of the father of a UCLA basketball player detained for shoplifting in China, calling him an "ungrateful fool."

In a series of tweets fired off before dawn, the president complained yet again that LaVar Ball, father of LiAngelo Ball, hasn't given him credit for the release of his son and two other UCLA basketball players after they were accused of shoplifting while in China for a basketball game.


No. 5 Villanova pulls away, beats WKU

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Fifth-ranked Villanova failed to speed up Western Kentucky's controlled tempo and struggled to make shots through the first half of its Battle 4 Atlantis debut.

In the second half, the Wildcats looked far more like the high-scoring bunch that had cracked 100 points in each of their past two games.


No. 8 Kentucky finally gets decisive win

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) How No. 8 Kentucky finally won comfortably pleased coach John Calipari as much as the fact his young team ran away from Fort Wayne.

Nick Richards' breakout performance was among many areas where Calipari praised his young Wildcats.


Walker shaky in return home, Miami wins

READING, Pa. (AP) A line of fans wearing Reading High School state championship sweatshirts had formed more than 90 minutes before tipoff. They were eagerly awaiting a chance to get inside and see the local kid who has brought so much pride to this struggling town.

That Lonnie Walker IV didn't shoot well didn't damper the enthusiasm on a night that was bigger than basketball.


Clark leads No. 12 Cincy to Cayman title

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (AP) Gary Clark scored 17 points, Kyle Washington had his first double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 12 Cincinnati won the inaugural Cayman Islands Classic 78-53 over Wyoming on Wednesday night.

Clark was named the MVP of the three-game event with 49 points, 28 boards and seven assists. Jacob Evans was also on the all-tournament team for the Bearcats.


Vols top No. 18 Purdue in OT in Bahamas

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Tennessee kept attacking the glass and playing aggressive defense on No. 18 Purdue's shooters.

Once Grant Williams got going, the Volunteers had enough scoring punch, too.


No. 10 USC hits 12 3s to ease by Lehigh

LOS ANGELES (AP) Jonah Mathews found out as a freshman that nothing is guaranteed at USC. Starting lineups are decided by performances in practice and scrimmages.

The sophomore impressed in the preseason and is keeping it up now that games count.


PK80 tournament opens with stacked field

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The hometown teams have the toughest paths in the PK80 tournament.

Portland State will face top-ranked Duke on Thanksgiving Day, while the Portland Pilots open the tournament against defending NCAA Tournament champion North Carolina.

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