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Florida strikes Stanford in Battle 4 Atlantis

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – The Last On The Second Day of Battle 4 Atlantis (All Time Local): 8:50 Deaundrae…

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) – The Last On The Second Day of Battle 4 Atlantis (All Time Local):

8:50

Deaundrae Ballard made a career-best 19 points to help Florida beat Stanford 72-49 in Thursday’s consolation at Battle 4 Atlantis.

KeVaughn Allen scored 1

3 points for Gators (3-2), who arrived in the Bahamas with a crime that had not performed coach Mike White expected. Then they scored 60 points in a first round of Oklahoma and left White to say that trust was a problem for his team.

Things went even closer to the cardinal (2-3). Florida shot 52 percent, including making 7 of 15 3-pointers.

The Gators took control early when Stanford’s bruttiing sputtered. Florida led 32-13 of the break, the smallest points allowed for a half during his fourth year coach.

Cormac Ryan scored 12 points for Stanford, making 5 out of 23 shots with 13 turns in an opening half as essentially determined.

Florida plays Friday in fifth place while Stanford plays for seventh.

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5:55

Andre Hunter matched his career high by 23 points to help fourth-rank Virginia hold off Dayton 66-59 on Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal.

Hunter made a 3-pointer with 53.1 seconds left and Virginia protects a 60-56 lead. It proved to provide enough cushion to keep Cavaliers (5-0) in control and send them to the championship on Friday at No. 25 Wisconsin.

Virginia shot 50 percent in the second half.

For Jerome added 15 points for Virginia, and Kyle Guy had 14.

Josh Cunningham led Dayton (4-1) with 15 points. The flyers shot 55 percent in the second half and remained within reach whenever the cavalry threatened to extend the wire in double numbers.

Dayton will meet Oklahoma on Friday in third place.

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4:35 pm

The Mitrik Trice 3-point display broke a Battle 4 Atlantis tournament record and matched almost another.

Trice hit seven 3 pointers in no. 25 Wisconsin 78-58 victory over Oklahoma in Thursday’s semi-finals. It broke the previous single-game record of six, first set by UConns Shabazz Napier in the first event in November 2011.

Syracuse’s Michael Gbinije matched the mark against Charlotte in November 2015.

Trice started 7 for 7 but missed about 6 minutes left to 7 to 8. It prevented him from becoming just the third player to walk 100 percent behind the bow with at least five tries.

Not bad for a guy who missed all five of his 3’s in Wednesday’s first league victory against Stanford, but Trice said, “It was only one day when the shot went in.”

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3:25

Mitrik Trice set career heights by 25 points and a tournament record seven 3 pointers to help No. 25 Wisconsin struck Oklahoma 78-58 in Thursday’s semifinals at Battle 4 Atlantis.

Trice started 7 to 7 behind the bow, the last coming when he pumped a defender and went to his right to bury the shot for a 66-47 lead by 6:22 left. But he finally missed a 3 less than a minute later to finish 7 to 8.

It was also the first missed 3 after half time for Badgers (5-0), who scored 8 out of 9 after half-time and 14 of 22 for the game. Wisconsin shot 59 percent in the second half, with a 10-0 run to blow the game open and earn a trip in Friday’s championship game.

Christian James scored 18 points for Sooners (4-1) who shot 47 percent

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2:15 am

Battle 4 Atlantis resumes with a Thanksgiving Day slate of four games containing semifinal competitions for fourth ranked Virginia and No. 25 Wisconsin in the Bahamas.

Badgers advanced by striking Stanford and playing in Thursday’s first semifinal against Oklahoma, who beat Florida in Wednesday’s first round.

The next semifinal will contain Cavaliers against Dayton. [19659005] The consolation party will include a power-conference matchup between Florida in the South-East Conference and Stanford in Pac-12. There is also a game between Butler and Middle Tennessee.

The tournament is played in the Imperial Arena, a converted ballroom that seats around 3,500 fans. It ends Friday.

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