Stanford falls to Ole Miss in the men’s basketball tournament

Freshman Amaree Abram scored 26 points in 12-for-18 shooting and Ole Miss defeated Stanford 72-68 at Thursday’s ESPN Events Invitational in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Rebels (6-0), who meet Siena in Friday’s semifinals, were never behind but needed a 3-point grab from Abram – who was 2-2 behind the arc – and four free throws from Jaemyn Brakefield in the final 30 seconds. Stanford (2-4) was 10 minutes short of three minutes to play, but James Keefe converted a three-point game and Harrison Ingram scored the next five points to draw the Cardinal to 65-63 with a minute left.

At that moment, Abram pulled up on the top of the key and hit the backbreaker with a second remaining on the shot clock.

Ingram ended up leading by 24 points for the Cardinals, who play Friday in a consolation game against Florida State. Spencer Jones added 13 points.

• In the top 25 men’s highlights, Bobby Pettiford Jr. made a twisted reverse layup with 0.2 seconds left in overtime after a weak rebound – his only points of the game – to give No. 3 Kansas a 69th :68 win over Wisconsin (4-1) in a semi-final of Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas. Jalen Wilson scored 29 points and had 14 rebounds for the reigning national champion Jayhawks (6-0), and Kevin McCullar Jr. had 18 points and nine rebounds — and a 3 to force overtime. Kansas meets No. 22 Tennessee in Friday’s tournament title game, who defeated USC 73-66 in overtime behind Julian Phillips’ season-high 25 points.

Pete Nance scored 28 points, Caleb Love added 23 and the North Carolina No. 1 (5-0) survived an unexpected Test in Portland 89-81 in the opening round of the Phil Knight Invitational. The Tar Heels take on Iowa State in a semifinal game on Friday. Portland meets Villanova in a consolation game.

In an opening game at the concurrent Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Kyle Filipowski had 19 points and 14 rebounds when No. 8 Duke (5-1) fended off a challenge from Oregon State 54-41. Jordan Pope led the Beavers (3-2) with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. The Blue Devils take on Xavier in a PKL semifinals on Friday while the Beavers take on Florida -3).

• At the women’s Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Eva Hodgson scored 14 of her 21 points during a fourth-quarter shootout and the No. 8 North Carolina bounced back in the second half to edge out the No. 18 85-79 Oregon through the semifinals.

The Tar Heels (5-0) will face No. 5 Iowa State (5-0) in Sunday’s final, who beat Michigan State 80-49 in the other semifinal. The Beavers (4-1), led by Te-Hina Paopao by 18 points, play the Spartans (6-1) in the third-place playoff.

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