The Rebels (6-0), who face Siena in the semifinals on Friday, never trailed but needed a clutch 3-pointer from Abram — who was 2-for-2 behind the arc — and four free throws by Jaemyn Brakefield in the final 30 seconds. Stanford (2-4) was 10 down with less than three minutes to play but James Keefe converted a three-point play and Harrison Ingram scored the next five points to pull the Cardinal within 65-63 with a minute to go.
• In top 25 men’s highlights, Bobby Pettiford Jr. made a twisting reverse layup off a loose rebound — his only points of the game — with 0.2 of a second left in overtime to give No. 3 Kansas a 69-68 win over Wisconsin (4-1) in a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal at 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 will take on No. 22 Tennessee, which beat USC 73-66 in overtime behind Julian Phillips’ season-high 25 points, in the tournament title game Friday.
Pete Nance scored 28 points, Caleb Love added 23 and No. 1 North Carolina (5-0) survived an unexpected test at Portland 89-81 in the opening round of the Phil Knight Invitational. The Tar Heels will face Iowa State in a semifinal game Friday. Portland will play Villanova in a consolation game.
In an opener at the concurrent Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Kyle Filipowski had 19 points and 14 rebounds as No. 8 Duke (5-1) held 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 will face Xavier in a PKL semifinal on Friday, while the Beavers will take on Florida…. Tristen Newton scored 23 points, leading No. 20 UConn (6-0) to an 83-59 win over Oregon (2-3).
• In the women’s Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Eva Hodgson scored 14 of her 21 points during a fourth-quarter flurry of shot-making, and No. 8 North Carolina rallied in the second half and topped No. 18 Oregon 85-79 in the semifinals.
The Tar Heels (5-0) will play No. 5 Iowa State (5-0), which cruised by Michigan State 80-49 in the other semifinal, in Sunday’s final. The Beavers (4-1), who were led by Te-Hina Paopao’s 18 points, will play the Spartans (6-1) in the third-place game.
NBA: The NBA gave Patrick Beverley a three-game suspension two days after the Los Angeles Lakers guard was ejected for shoving Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton from behind.
Tennis: Italy beat the United States in a doubles decider in Malaga, Spain, to advance to the Davis Cup semifinals for the first time in eight years. Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini defeated Tommy Paul and Jack Sock 6-4, 6-4 to secure a 2-1 win for Italy after the teams split the singles matches.
source: San Francisco Chronicle