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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Before the fifth-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt told backup Zachery Peacock that he would need to contribute two 3-pointers against Boston University.
Peacock delivered without a hitch, going 2 for 2 beyond the arc. The senior forward also led the No. 21 Yellow Jackets with 22 points in an 85-67 victory over the Terriers on Sunday.
"I'm thinking about raising the stakes next time," Hewitt said Sunday, nodding at Peacock, who started every game last year.
Boston coach Patrick Chambers certainly wasn't prepared for Peacock's performance, which included 10 of 11 from the field and three rebounds.
"Peacock was unbelievable," Chambers said. "I give that kid a lot of credit."
The big Georgia Tech frontcourt player acknowledged that he "felt a little different" on Sunday after two quiet performances earlier in San Juan. "I took what the defense gave me," he said, helping give Georgia Tech 32 points off the bench.
Georgia Tech lost 63-59 to No. 18 Dayton in the first round on Thursday before beating George Mason 70-62 in Friday's second round.
Gani Lawal added 17 points and 13 rebounds, and Mfon Udofia scored 15 for the Yellow Jackets (3-1), who led 42-40 at the half. But the Terriers' inability to take care of the basketball and stifling defense by Georgia Tech eventually took its toll.
John Holland scored a game-high 23 points for Boston (1-4). Corey Lowe added 17.
The Yellow Jackets' size was too much for the smaller Boston squad, which was outscored 40-18 in the paint. They also grabbed 45 rebounds to 29 for the Terriers.
Boston University was the unanimous preseason pick to win the America East Conference by the league's coaches, but has not beaten a ranked opponent since a 62-55 victory over then-No. 18 Navy on March 13, 1959.
Chambers said Georgia Tech's size wore his team down at the end.
"They battled to the best of their ability against a Top 25 team," Chambers said. "For 30 minutes, I thought we did a pretty good job. We were right there.'"
NO. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 90, VALPARAISO 60:
Chris Allen scored 22 points, Kalin Lucas added 15 and Michigan State routed Valparaiso 90-60 on Sunday to move coach Tom Izzo into a tie with Jud Heathcote for most career wins with the Spartans.
Both coaches have won 340 games at Michigan State. The timing was especially fitting with Heathcote set to be inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday.
The game was a regional matchup in the Legends Classic. The Spartans (4-0) head to Atlantic City, N.J., for a game Friday against Florida in the tournament semifinals.
Brandon Wood had 24 points to lead Valparaiso (1-3).
No. 5 Villanova 79, Mississippi 67
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Scottie Reynolds scored 21 points, Corey Stokes added 18 and Villanova beat Mississippi to win the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
Antonio Pena added 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Wildcats (5-0), who did nothing to diminish their status as favorites in the Big East during their trip to the Caribbean.
Villanova used an 8-0 run in the opening minutes Sunday night and led 27-23 at halftime, holding the Rebels (4-1) to only 29.6 percent shooting from the field.
Chris Warren led Mississippi with a game-high 24 points.
No. 7 Purdue 85, St. Joseph's 60
St. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- JaJuan Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Purdue to a win over St. Joseph's in the Paradise Jam.
Ryne Smith added 16 points while E'Twaun Moore and Mark Wohlford each scored 11 for the Boilermakers (3-0), who play No. 10 Tennessee in the championship game Monday night.
Trailing by nine in the first half, Purdue rallied and used a 23-3 run to start the second half and put the game away.
Garrett Williamson led St. Joseph's (3-1) with 12 points. The Hawks will play DePaul in the consolation game.
No. 10 Tennessee 57, DePaul 53
ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands -- Tyler Smith made two free throws with 13.7 seconds left, and the Vols held on to reach the title game of the Paradise Jam.
DePaul closed to 55-53 on Mac Koshwal's layup with 44.5 seconds left, but the Vols (4-0) ran off nearly 30 seconds before Jeremiah Kelly finally fouled Smith. He made both ends of the 1-and-1 and finished with 14 points.
Koshwal and Will Walker each had 14 points for DePaul (2-1). Eric Wallace added 10.
Kansas State 83, No. 18 Dayton 75
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Jacob Pullen scored 26 points and Denis Clemente added 21 to lead Kansas State to third place in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The scrappy Wildcats (4-1) built an early lead and had enough to hang on at the finish to beat the Flyers, who defeated No. 21 Georgia Tech in the first round of the tournament.
Kansas State led by as many as 10 in the first half and had a 35-28 edge at the break.
Chris Johnson led the Flyers (2-2) with 16 points and six rebounds.
No. 20 Louisville 90, Morgan State 81
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Samardo Samuels had 23 points and 12 rebounds, Preston Knowles added 13 points and the Cardinals struggled to put away the Bears at Freedom Hall.
The Cardinals (3-0) held on behind solid free-throw shooting. Louisville made 33 of 41 from the line, while Morgan State (3-1) went just 18 of 24.
DeWayne Jackson led the defending MEAC champions with 21 points, and Kevin Thompson had 16 points and 15 rebounds.