Villanova is making a case to get back into the Top 25.
Collin Gillespie had 17 points, including two key late free throws, and the Wildcats won the AdvoCare Invitational by beating No. 14 Florida State 66-60 non Saturday.
“He loves the competition,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said. “I’m just glad he’s on our side.”
Gillespie made it 64-60 by connecting on a pair of free throws with 11.2 seconds to play in what was a tight second half.
Eric Paschall had 15 points and Phil Booth chipped in 12 for the defending national champions (5-2). Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Villanova went from No. 8 to out of the Top 25 — the first time since December 2013 — in last Monday’s poll after losing to Michigan 73-46 in a rematch of last season’s championship game and losing 76-68 in overtime to Furman.
Florida State (5-1) got 11 points from both Mfiondu Kabengele and Trent Forrest.
“They did a much better job of playing to their strengths than we did ours,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “I thought our guys gave good effort. I think that we’re a team that has a chance to develop into a pretty good basketball team.”
The Seminoles’ next game is Wednesday night against No. 24 Purdue.
“You only find out some of those areas that you need to work on when you play against great teams, high-caliber teams like we faced today,” Hamilton said.
Villanova’s Mikal Bridges, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Omari Spellman were all taken in the NBA draft after last year’s championship run.
“We’ve grown so much,” Wright said. “This whole season we’ve got to have a growth mindset.”
Gillespie had nine points to help Villanova take a 26-25 halftime lead. The Wildcats (eight) and Florida State (nine).
OKLAHOMA STATE 90, NO. 19 LSU 77
LSU’s stay in the Top 25 appears over.
Cameron McGriff had 28 points. Lindy Waters added 16, and Oklahoma State won the third-place game.
Skylar Mays scored 20 points for the Tigers, who were coming off a 79-76 overtime loss to No. 14 Florida State on Friday.
“Not a lot to say, we got whipped,” LSU coach Will Wade said. “I didn’t have us prepared. We got beat in every facet. It was a rough, rough afternoon for us.”
Oklahoma State (4-2) beat Memphis 84-64 and lost to defending national champion Villanova 77-58 earlier in the invitational.
“Today wasn’t just about winning third place, that was on the line, but this is a game that I think will have a long lasting effect on our resume for postseason hopes,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton said. “It’s something that we can certainly build on and look to as that something that we can be proud of.”
McGriff hit a 3 and Waters made three free throws during a second-half opening 15-2 run that put Oklahoma State ahead 57-39 with 13 minutes to play.
LSU missed 12 of its 13 shots during the Cowboys’ surge.
“I’m ready to get back to work,” Mays said. “Obviously, the way we performed this week it’s not up to par.”
McGriff had 13 points as Oklahoma State grabbed a 42-37 halftime advantage. The Cowboys lead by 13 points 5 ½ minutes into the game.
CHARLESTON 78, MEMPHIS 75
Orlando-area native Grant Riller scored 32 points and added a career-high nine assists, Jarrell Brantley had 19 points, and Charleston won the fifth-place game.
Former Orlando Magic star and first-year Memphis coach Penny Hardway saw his team drop two of three at the invitational.
“I’m growing as a coach,” Hardaway said. “I want to compete. I don’t want to be a laughingstock and then talk about moral victories. We’re trying to build a culture, and the guys here, we’re all going to have to step up and push toward that culture.”
Riller had 33 points, the second-highest total ever at the invitational, in Friday’s 74-51 win over UAB.
Tyler Harris had 25 points for Memphis (3-3).
Brantley made two free throws as Charleston (5-2) went ahead 76-75 with 31.3 seconds remaining.
Riller helped secure the win with a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play. Jeremiah Martin’s lay up put Memphis up 75-74 with 1:02 left. He finished with 11 points to became the 52nd player in school history to reach 1,000 points.
Harris had 16 points as Memphis took a 42-40 lead at the half.
Riller and Brevin Galloway scored 15 apiece during the opening 20 minutes.
UAB 68, CANISIUS 58
Zack Bryant had 26 points, seven steals and four assists as UAB rallied from an early 15-point deficit to beat Canisius 68-58 in the seventh-place game.
Jeremiah Bell scored 15 for UAB (4-2), which had previously lost to No. 14 Florida State and Charleston at the invitational.
“We showed a lot of heart and fight, and I think our team really grew up today,” UAB coach Robert Ehsan said. “As a young team facing adversity, to be down a third straight day and not quit shows a huge resilience.”
After Canisius got within two late, Bell hit a three and Bryant had a lay up during a 7-0 run that made it 65-56.
Takal Molson had 15 points and Scott Hitchon added 13 for Canisius (1-5).
Bryant had 14 first-half points as UAB used a 20-5 run to tie it at 31-31 with just under a minute to go in the first half.
Canisius led 35-31 at the break.
Source: The Associated Press