College basketball roundup: Frazier injured in Penn State loss
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — McKeesport native Zeke Marshall had 17 points and six blocks, and Akron beat Penn State, 85-60, in the fifth-place game at the Puerto Rico Tip-off on Sunday.
D.J. Newbill had 20 points for the Nittany Lions (2-2), who played the final 34 minutes without their best player, Tim Frazier, after the senior suffered what a team spokesman called a lower left leg injury.
Frazier walked out of the arena on his own. He will be re-evaluated when the team returns Monday to University Park.
Penn State trailed by four at halftime before getting outscored, 53-24, in the final 20 minutes.
“I felt like we played a great first 20 minutes, but when you lose a player of the caliber of a Tim Frazier, and he's your point guard as well, it's very difficult,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “He's a high-production player, and we just couldn't sustain it in the second half.”
Frazier didn't score in six minutes of play.
Carmelo Betancourt and Demetrius Treadwell had 10 points each for the Zips. Marshall scored six points during a 13-3 run to open the second half that put Akron up for good.
“We came out with more energy. It felt like practice, honestly,” Marshall said. “I'm pumped for the regular season.”
Eleven of his 17 points came from the foul line. Marshall set a tournament record with 13 total blocks.
Ross Travis had 11 points and 10 rebounds but shot just 1 of 10 from the floor for Penn State.
Newbill, a transfer from Southern Miss, tried to pick up the slack in the backcourt when Frazier went down. The sophomore shot 8 of 17 from the field and added six rebounds and five assists.
“We tried to keep it together,” Chambers said. “We have to pick up the pieces and continue to get better. We have to figure out how we are going to play and compete with the group we have for as long as we may not have Tim.”
Top 25 men
No. 2 Louisville 80, Miami (Ohio) 39 — In Louisville, Ky., Russ Smith had a game-high 23 points, and Wayne Blackshear added 14 points and six rebounds to lead Louisville (3-0).
Louisville's defense held Miami (1-2) to 30 percent shooting and forced 19 turnovers.
No. 4 Ohio State 77, Washington 66 — In Uncasville, Conn., Deshaun Thomas tied a career high with 31 points and led Ohio State (3-0) to the Hall of Fame Tip Off tournament title.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington (2-2) with 18 points.
Oklahoma State 76, No. 6 N.C. State 56 — In Bayamon, Le'Bryan Nash has 23 points, Marcus Smart added 20 and Oklahoma State (4-0) claimed the Puerto Rico Tip-off title.
Rodney Purvis had 16 points for the Wolfpack (3-1), who shot only 28.6 percent from the field.
No. 8 Syracuse 88, Wagner 57 — In Syracuse, N.Y., Brandon Triche had 21 points and seven rebounds, and James Southerland added 15 points and three blocks and spark Syracuse (2-0).
Jonathon Williams led Wagner (0-2) with 14 points.
No. 9 Duke 88, Florida Gulf Coast 67 — In Durham, N.C., Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 28 points, and Duke routed Florida Gulf Coast for its school-record 96th straight nonconference win at home.
No. 10 Florida 66, Middle Tennessee 45 — In Tampa, Fla., Kenny Boynton had 20 points, and Will Yeguete scored 11 and grabbed 13 rebounds to help Florida (3-0) pull away.
Marcos Knight led Middle Tennessee (2-1) with 12 points.
No. 15 Creighton 87, Presbyterian 58 — In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half to lead Creighton (3-0).
Jordan Downing led Presbyterian (0-3) with a career-high 25 points.
No. 16 Baylor 97, St. John's 78 — In Charleston, S.C., Brady Heslip had a career-high 29 points on eight 3-pointers, Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson had double-doubles and Baylor (4-1) bounced back from its first loss.
Phil Greene had 24 points for St. John's (2-2).
No. 19 Gonzaga 96, South Dakota 58 — In Spokane, Wash., Elias Harris scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Gonzaga (3-0).
Freshman Casey Kasperbauer scored 17 points South Dakota (1-3).
No. 21 Michigan State 69, Texas Southern 41 — In East Lansing, Mich., Gary Harris made his home debut at Michigan State (2-1) one to remember, scoring 19 points, including 14 in the lopsided first half.
Fred Sturdivant had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Texas Southern (1-3).
No. 22 Wisconsin 73, Cornell 40 — In Madison, Wis., Jared Berggren and Ben Brust each scored 18 points to lead Wisconsin (2-1).
Devin Cherry led Cornell (1-3) with 13 points.
No. 24 Cincinnati 93, North Carolina A&T 39 — In Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick scored a career-high 29 points, hitting eight shots from behind the arc, and Cincinnati (3-0) dominated from the outset.
No. 9 Penn State 75, Lafayette 34 — University Park, Maggie Lucas and Mia Nickson each scored 12 points, and Penn State (3-0) dominated the paint to build a big lead.
Emily Homan had 11 points to lead Lafayette (1-3), which shot 19 percent.