Jackson leads Duke past Penn State

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Freshman Frank Jackson scored 17 points and top-ranked Duke beat Penn State 78-68 on Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

Amile Jefferson added 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Blue Devils (3-1), and Matt Jones and Luke Kennard each had 15 points.

Duke lost forward Chase Jeter to injury early in the game. The 6-foot-10 sophomore rolled his left ankle in the first half and did not return.

Tony Carr had 20 points, and Shep Garner added 15 to lead Penn State (2-2).

Duke will play Rhode Island in the title game Sunday.

No. 21 Rhode Island 76, No. 24 Cincinnati 71

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — E.C. Matthews hit two late 3-pointers and finished with 18 points in Rhode Island’s comeback victory over Cincinnati in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.

Kuren Iverson added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Jared Terrell and Hassan Martin each scored 14 points for the Rams (4-0).

Jacob Evans scored 25 points and Kyle Washington had 23 for Cincinnati (2-1).

No. 17 St. Mary’s 61, Dayton 57

DAYTON, Ohio — Jock Landale scored 15 points off moves to the basket and Calvin Hermanson had 16 points from the perimeter, forming an inside-outside attack for St. Mary’s.

The Gaels (3-0) led the whole way, pulling ahead by 20 points midway through the second half and holding off a late Dayton rally.

The Flyers (2-1) took advantage of the Gaels’ sloppiness and went on a 14-1 run, cutting it to 59-57 on Charles Cooke’s jumper with 25 seconds left. Emmett Naar hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to clinch it, leaving the Flyers 1-2 against Top 25 teams over the last two seasons. Cooke led the Flyers with 19 points.

By Paul Wager

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