Pryor’s 22 points lead Robert Morris past Louisiana-Monroe
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Rodney Pryor was 4 of 4 from 3-point range and scored 22 points to help Robert Morris beat Louisiana-Monroe, 71-54, in the teams’ final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday.
Lucky Jones scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and David Appolon added 11 points for Robert Morris (2-4).
Robert Morris opened the game with a 10-2 run and never trailed. The Colonials scored 17 of the final 27 in the first half to take a 37-26 lead into halftime.
Louisiana-Monroe (2-3) committed 15 turnovers, which were converted into 25 points and was outrebounded 39-26.
Both teams shot about 42 percent from the floor, but Robert Morris outshot Louisiana-Monroe from behind the arc (6 of 13 compared to 4 of 17) and from the free-throw line (17 of 20 to 8 of 14).
Marvin Williams scored 14, and Justin Roberson added 12 for Louisiana-Monroe.
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No. 2 Wisconsin 68, Georgetown 65 — In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Sam Dekker scored 17 points, Nigel Hayes’ acrobatic tip-in with 20 seconds left capped his 15-point day, and Wisconsin needed to rally in the second half to beat Georgetown in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals.
The Badgers hadn’t trailed in the second half this season, but found themselves down 53-44 with 11:36 left. A 22-6 run put Wisconsin (5-0) up for good, and the Badgers could finally exhale when D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s 3-pointer rimmed out as time expired.
Smith-Rivera, who was 5 for 5 from beyond the arc until the game’s final shot, led all scorers with 29 for Georgetown (4-1).
No. 11 Kansas 76, Rhode Island 60 — In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Perry Ellis scored 17 points to help Kansas beat Rhode Island in the opening round of the Orlando Classic.
Ellis had 11 points in the opening 20 minutes to help Kansas (3-1) cruise to a 43-25 halftime lead.
Frank Mason III added 12 points for Kansas, which has a pair of victories since a 72-40 loss to No. 1 Kentucky on Nov. 18. E.C. Matthews scored 20 points for Rhode Island (3-1), which was coming off a 66-62 overtime victory over then-No. 21 Nebraska on Saturday. Gilvydas Biruta had 16 points and seven rebounds.
No. 20 Michigan State 77, Rider 45 — In Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Denzel Valentine had a career-high 19 points, Bryn Forbes added 15, and No. 20 Michigan State rolled past Rider 77-45 Thursday night in the first round of the Orlando Classic.
Valentine hit two long-range jumpers and Forbes added a third that extended the Spartans advantage to 43-15 early in the second half. Another 3-pointer by Valentine made it 76-41 with 4 minutes left.
Travis Trice had eight of his 10 points in the first half to help Michigan State go up 32-11 at halftime.
Michigan State (4-1) also got 10 points from Gavin Schilling.