Sears, No. 18 Alabama, leads No. 1 North Carolina in 4 OTs

Mark Sears had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists, and No. 18 Alabama sent North Carolina to a second straight loss with a 103-101 win in a four-time overtime thriller in Sunday’s game for third place, at the invitation of Phil Knight.

Jahvon Quinerly scored 21 points for the Crimson Tide (6-1), who defeated the top-ranked team for the first time since defeating Stanford in the 2004 NCAA tournament. Charles Bediako had 14 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks.

North Carolina (5-2) wasted a big game for Caleb Love, who had 34 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Armando Bacot finished the second four-overtime game in North Carolina history with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and RJ Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds. The other was a win over Tulane in 1976.

Alabama forward Noah Clowney fell badly while trying to dunk four minutes into the first half and had to be carried off the field. He didn’t come back.

NO. 24 PURDUE 75, NO. 8 DUKE 56

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Zach Edey had 21 points and 12 rebounds and helped Purdue beat Duke in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy Men’s Tournament.

Fletcher Loyer scored 18 points for Purdue (6-0) and reserve Caleb Furst finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The 7-foot-4 Edey was 7 for 13 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line. He was named MVP of the tournament.

Duke (6-2) shot 36.2% (21 to 58) from the field. Tire Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 14.

Ethan Morton had a steal and a dunk to help Purdue open a 58-41 lead with a 15:37 second-half lead.


AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Wendell Green Jr. scored 22 points and Auburn reeled off 11 straight points in the final minutes.

The Tigers (7-0) rebounded from a five-point deficit in the last five minutes, starting with back-to-back drives from KD Johnson and ending with Green’s bullet shot in traffic.

The Billikens (5-2) missed six straight shots before Yuri Collins shot by 20 seconds. Then Jaylin Williams turned it around with a flawed inbounds pass.

But Gibson Jimerson missed a long jump for Saint Louis and Green went 1 for 2 at the line.

Auburn ended the game on a 12-2 run.


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