David Henderson's career-high 30 points led sixth-ranked Duke to a 92-86 victory over No. 5 Kansas last night in the championship of the inaugural Big Apple National Invitation Tournament in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Walter Berry scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as 18th-ranked St. John's defeated No. 9 Louisville, 86-79, for third place.
Duke, in running its record to 5-0, also got strong efforts from Mark Alarie, who had 21 points, and Johnny Dawkins, who had 20.
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "Henderson has always been one of our most consistent players. He knew as a sixth man that he would get 30-35 minutes. Now that there has been a change in his role (starting in place of injured Jay Bilas), he has to complement everybody."
Kansas Coach Larry Brown praised Dawkins and Amaker. "The Duke guards showed poise and got the ball to the right man," he said. "They played almost errorless ball in the second half. That was the key."
The Blue Devils' lead was cut to 76-74 on Danny Manning's field goal with less than four minutes remaining, but Duke put the game away with a 10-2 spurt as Alarie and Dawkins each contributed four points for an 86-76 lead with less than a minute to play.
Manning, a 6-foot-11 sophomore, broke out of a season-long slump by leading the Jayhawks (3-1) with 24 points, 20 of them in the second half. Calvin Thompson, who made his first 10 shots in the game and 10 of 12 overall, added 22 points and Ron Kellogg contributed 20.
St. John's (3-1) built a 13-point lead late in the first half and led Louisville, 46-37, at intermission as Willie Glass had 14 points and Berry 11. Milt Wagner and Pervis Ellison each had 16 points for the Cardinals (2-2).
It was St. John's first win over the Cardinals in four meetings. Great Alaska Shootout:
Top-ranked North Carolina got 21 points from Brad Daugherty in a 65-60 come-from-behind victory over 16th-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas in the championship game of the eighth annual tournament in Anchorage.
The taller Tar Heels (5-0) used Daugherty's soft inside touch and Kenny Smith's outside shooting to overcome the quickness of the Runnin' Rebels (4-1). Daugherty was named the tournament's most valuable player.
Depth was a key factor, according to UNLV Coach Jerry Tarkanian. "I've got a couple of kids who have got to play 39 minutes, while they (North Carolina) can get by with 20-25 minutes from their people," he explained.
The teams battled on even terms for the first nine minutes until Anthony Jones of Washington, D.C., scored three straight baskets, two on thundering dunks, to give Nevada-Las Vegas a 24-16 lead.
The lead grew to 10 points with 6:26 in the first half, but evaporated to 34-28 at intermission after a pair of Daughtery dunks. Jones scored 14 points and Freddie Banks 10 for UNLV in the first half.
Strong inside play by Daugherty and 6-10 Joe Wolf whittled the lead, and North Carolina went ahead, 49-47, on a jumper by freshman Jeff Lebo. A back-door layup by Jones tied the score again, but Steve Hale's jumper put North Carolina ahead to stay with 6:37 to go.
Smith finished with 16 points, mostly from long range. Jones had a game-high 24 and Banks 18 for the Runnin' Rebels.
North Carolina won the tournament in 1980. North Carolina State has won two of the eight Shootout titles but was not entered this year.
Todd Mitchell scored 23 points and Troy Lewis 22 to lead Purdue to an 81-74 victory over Arizona and third-place in the tournament. Harold Pressley scored 17 points and Gary Massey added nine as Villanova beat Alaska-Anchorage, 71-59, for fifth place and Dan Bingenheimer hit on nine of 11 field goal attempts and added six free throws to score 24 points and Derrick Chievous added 18 to lead Missouri to an 80-47 rout of University of Texas-San Antonio for seventh place.
*Oklahoma 91, Hawaii-Hilo 68: Darryl Kennedy scored 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the 13th-ranked Sooners (5-0) in Hawaii.