LaMarcus Aldridge made a put-back with 3.6 seconds left and blocked a last-second shot to lift No. 2 Texas to a 76-75 victory over No. 13 West Virginia last night in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic in Kansas City, Mo.
Daniel Gibson hit six three-pointers and scored 20 points to lead Texas (3-0), which will meet either No. 18 Iowa in tonight's championship game. P.J. Tucker added 19 points for the Longhorns and Aldridge finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Texas, which trailed by 10 points early in the second half, went up 72-71 on Kenton Paulino's three-pointer with just over two minutes left.
But Frank Young answered with a basket 25 seconds later and Mike Gansey hit a layup with a minute to go, giving West Virginia a 75-72 lead.
After the Mountaineers' Johannes Herber and Kevin Pittsnogle missed the front ends of one-and-one opportunities, Tucker's follow shot got Texas within 75-74 with 15 seconds remaining. Pittsnogle missed another one-and-one with 15 seconds to go, and Aldridge converted after misses by Paulino and Brad Buckman. "I don't remember anything but getting the basketball and going up," Aldridge said.
Aldridge then blocked a last-second layup attempt by Gansey, who led the Mountaineers (2-1) with 28 points.
* IOWA 67, KENTUCKY 63: Greg Brunner had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and the No. 18 Hawkeyes made a flurry of clutch defensive plays and free throws to beat the No. 7 Wildcats in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic.
Mike Henderson went 7 for 9 from the line and added 15 points for the Hawkeyes (3-0).
Point guard Rajon Rondo had a career-high 19 rebounds, but was held to five points -- 13 below his season average -- for the Wildcats (2-1).
* MICHIGAN ST. 89, CHAMINADE 67: Maurice Ager scored 23 points to lead the 12th-ranked Spartans (1-1) in the opening round of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.
The win came just two days after the then-No. 4 Spartans lost, 84-62, at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. It also moved Michigan State into one of today's semifinals against No. 8 Gonzaga, which defeated No. 23 Maryland.
* ARIZONA 61, KANSAS 49: The ninth-ranked Wildcats had a terrible night shooting and blew a 16-point lead yet prevailed in the in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.
Despite shooting 28.3 percent (17 for 60), Arizona (1-0) advanced to today's semifinals against the winner of the late game between No. 3 Connecticut and Arkansas.
* INDIANA 100, FLORIDA A&M 63: Marshall Strickland scored 18 of his 20 points in the first half, and Roderick Wilmont added 17 points to help the No. 20 Hoosiers cruise at home.
Instead of relying on its strong inside game, Indiana (2-0) was forced to use a three-point barrage to beat the Rattlers (1-1).
* WAKE FOREST 79, UNC ASHEVILLE 63: Justin Gray paced a balanced offense with 16 points, Trent Strickland scored 14 and the No. 24 Demon Deacons (4-1) cruised in Winston-Salem, N.C.
* VIRGINIA TECH 71, MARSHALL 54: Deron Washington scored 17 points to lead the Hokies at home.
Zabian Dowdell added 16 points for Virginia Tech (4-1), and Jamon Gordon had 15.
* OREGON 80, BOWIE ST. 55: Maarty Leunen scored 15 points and Ivan Johnson added 14 to lead the Ducks over the Bulldogs in the Hispanic College Fund Classic in Eugene, Ore.
Bowie State was led by Derick Payne's 21 points. Thomas Hawkins added 14 for the Division II Bulldogs (2-2), who stayed with the Ducks for much of the first half.