Nevada players celebrate their victory over Massachusetts in a NCAA college basketball game on Friday, November 23, 2018 in Las…
Nevada players celebrate their victory over Massachusetts in a NCAA college basketball game on Friday, November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / Chase Stevens) Associated Press
By ADAM SOBOLESKI Associated Press
LAS VEGAS (AP) – It appears that Wolf Pack has found its offensive rhythm.
Caleb Martin scored 29 points, Shawn Thurman added 22 points and eight rebounds, and No. 6 Nevada beat Massachusetts 110-87 in the Las Vegas Invitation’s second championship game on Friday at the Orleans Arena.
Martin, named the MVP tournament, ended 9 of 15 from the field and 6 out of 10 from 3-point ranges.
“Offensive we were very good,” said Nevada coach Eric Musselman. “We shared the ball. We tried to create as many unwanted matches as we could.” During the second half, I thought we did a good job of offensive pulling of free throws. We defended better during the second half. It was a good offensive achievement we had. “
Cody Martin had 18 points and seven rebounds for Wolf Pack (6-0), and Jordan Caroline had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Nevada shot 62 percent from the field, including 11 out of 22 from 3-point intervals.
This was Nevada’s highest score after scoring 112 points in November 2009 against Houston.
“Everybody scored,” Caroline said. “We shared the ball, I feel we have so many weapons. We must play better defensively. “UMass played well offensive.”
The tournament contained separate parentheses and crowned two champions. Luwane Pipkins led Minutemen (4-2) with 30 points and seven rebounds, while Keon Clergeot added 12 when five Massachusetts players scored double numbers.
“UMass will hit many people,” said Musselman. “(Pipkins) can score. Their coach (Matt McCall) is intensive. Their bench is enthusiastic as I have seen. “
Massachusetts was tough in the first half because Nevada could only build a five-line lead in the first 13 minutes. Wolf Pack stretched it to 56-49 in half-time and built their biggest lead after The end of the match.
“The talent level they have on the floor is impressive,” McCall said. “We could not get that stopped during the second half to stay there. The shots that Caleb Martin did on top of the key was outstanding. I’m proud of the effort. We learned a lot about our team this week, “We grew in practice.”
Nevada travels to Loyola Chicago on Tuesday in a rematch of their NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen game in March when Wolf Pack lost 69-68.
“Loyola will be ready and we will be ready,” said Musselman. “They are well coached. It will be a tough environment on our way. “
This was the UMass third trip to Las Vegas, last played it in MGM Grand Main Event 2015 and earlier 1997. The game was the first between the teams.
This was also the highest rated team Minutemen has met since 2012 against the NC state.
No. 11 MICHIGAN STATE 78, TEXAS 68
Michigan State dug a deep hole early in Texas. But Joshua Langford, Cassius Winston and the rest of The Spartans did not panic.
With 11 points eight minutes in the Las Vegas Invitational Championship game, the 11th ranked Spartans (5-1) took the lead in the second half and left for a 78-68 victory on Friday.  Langford scored 29 points, while Winston, who had 20 points and 10 assisted, named the MVP tournament.
“We just started throwing it to them,” said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo. “We saw why happen). We learned a good lesson. What was good to play against a team then, Josh to play a second half then and Cassius to play well and the ball screen defense was good. But we had a long way to go. “
Texas (5-1) went ahead 25-6 early, but the spartans score it 44-36 in half-time. Michigan State took its first lead at Langford’s 3-pointers at 15:26 left and went well for a 3 pointer by Winston 1:19 later.
Michigan State, who had the majority of fan support, slowly built it leads to 71-59 with 3:32 left. The Spartans shot 55 percent from the field in the second half.
“Texas threw their blows and their jabs and we ate them, “said Winston.” They made their jump and we said, “We’ll drive it.” We were not ready for that kind of pressure. Thanks to the team, we just did a good job. “
Kerwin Roach II, the hero of Thursday’s upheaval of No. 7 North Carolina, led Longhorns with 15 points and five assistants. Dylan Osetkowski and Matt Coleman III each scored 13 points.
” In the second half we came from who we want to be, “said Texas coach Shaka Smart.” We have to do a better job with who we want to be. When you go down you play with a more ruthless type of approach. I thought the Michigan State did a good job after we had taken the lead. “
Michigan State now heads the Alliance series 6-4 and has won three straight. The Spartans have reached the championship in their last six invitation tournaments, which won three.  NO. 7 NORTH CAROLINA 94, NO. 17 UCLA 78
North Carolina fought most of its game against UCLA, but with a potentially disastrous trip to Las Vegas threatened the seven, Tar Heelsna ranked aggressively offensive – and It paid.
Coby White had 19 points and eight assistants, Luke Maye scored 16 points and eight rebounds, and North Carolina beat No. 17 UCLA 94-78 in the console.
Kenny Williams scored 15 points when five Tar Heels reached double numbers and North Carolina (6-1) settled for a split in his Las Vegas trip after losing to Texas on Thursday.
“We were effective defensive with our intensity,” said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, whose Tar Heel Team had lost three straight in Las Vegas. “We did not have so many sales today, we did not watch the 3-point line as we wanted. It was a big game that we have three teams in the top five or six in our next five games.” Played better today. “
Cameron Johnson and Nassir Little had 14 points for Tar Heels, playing at No. 9 Michigan next Wednesday.
Kris Wilkes led UCLA (4-2) with 22 points when converting 7 out of 10 from the field. Jaylen Hands added 14 points and nine assist while Cody Riley had 11 points and nine rebounds for Bruins, who lost both Las Vegas games.
53 percent shot in the second half, North Carolina took the lead for good, 63-62, on a dunk of Little at 11:58 in the match.
UCLA freshman center Moses Brown fouled out at 7:40 left. He finished with seven points and four rebounds.
“He must learn,” said UCLA coach Steve Alford, whose team lost to Michigan State since Thursday. “He must learn and look at this tape. We need him out there for 22 minutes, not eight minutes.”
Although both teams played two games within 20 hours, they both behaved well from the field, especially from the 3-point range. North Carolina was 30 out of 60, including 11 of 23 from 3-point ranges, while Bruins was 10 out of 22 from 3-point ranges.
White came in trouble and finished his fourth foul at 7:10, but Leaky Black, who had five points, was filled in nicely.
“Delicious was huge for us,” said Williams. “Leaky did some big shots. He still needs more time in court.”
UCLA quickly started and beat their first six shots and never hit in the first half. Bruin’s biggest advantage was 11 by 7:33 left in half. UCLA finished half shooting 52 percent from the field and led 46-41 at break.
“After being banged last night, I thought we were doing really well,” Alford said. “But when Carolina tightened things, we did not manage well. We now have four matches at home and we have to learn to get better.”
Bruins hosted Hawaii next Wednesday.
North Carolina now leads the entire series 9-3 in a game between teams that have combined for 18 national championships.
This is the team’s third meeting in five years. North Carolina defeated UCLA 2015 in Brooklyn, 89-76 and 2014 in the Bahamas, 75-65.
Cameron Johnson scored over 1000 points in Tar Heel’s loss to Texas on Thursday. He is the 77th fat health to reach the mark.
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