VANDY RULES

Brad Tinsley hit a 15-foot jumper with 4.5 seconds to play and No. 18 Vanderbilt beat Oregon State 64-62 on Monday night in the championship game of the TicketCity Legends Classic at IZOD Center.

John Jenkins, the tournament MVP, finished with 14 points for the Commodores (4-1), who led by eight points with 10:10 to play. Jeffery Taylor added 13 points and Tinsley had nine.

Devon Collier had 19 points for the Beavers (4-1), while Ahmad Starks added 16.

Vanderbilt, especially Taylor, did an outstanding defensive job on Jared Cunningham, who finished with nine points — two in the second half. The junior guard had scored 35 points against Hofstra and 37 in a semifinal win over Texas, but he just couldn’t get open looks against Vanderbilt. That included the game’s final play, when Cunningham drove to the basket as time ran out but Taylor stayed with him and the ball didn’t even hit the rim. The Oregon State bench was yelling for a foul, but replays showed it was a clean play by Taylor.

Oregon State used a 5-0 run to get within 57-56 with 4:37 to play. Steve Tchiengang hit a 3-pointer 13 seconds later.

The Beavers tied the game at 60 on a reverse layup by Joe Burton with 2:13 to go. Taylor, who finished with 10 points, gave the Commodores the lead with 1:42 left after gathering a loose ball under the basket.

Oregon State tied it for the last time on a jumper by Starks with 33 seconds to play.

Tinsley took an inbounds pass in the backcourt, dribbled patiently and then made the winning jumper.

Jenkins, who had 28 points in the semifinal win over North Carolina State, struggled from the field and finished 5 of 13.

Cunningham was 3 for 9 from the field against the defensive effort led by Taylor. Oregon State, which entered the game averaging 90.2 points, was just 2 of 14 from 3-point range, with Cunningham missing both of his attempts.

The Beavers were trying for their first 5-0 start since 1985-86.  In the consolation game, fueled by a dramatic 28-2 run, NC State erased an 18-point second half deficit to outlast Texas at the buzzer 77-74 Monday at the TicketCity Legends Classic.

After a miserable 9-26 shooting performance in the first half, the Wolfpack rebounded to the tune of 11-18  shooting from the field and a 3-of-5 showing from 3-point range.

Three Wolfpack players finished in double figures with C.J. Leslie leading the way thanks to a 17-point outing, going 4-8 and 9-16 from the line. Scott Wood made his return from an ankle injury suffered against Princeton in thrilling fashion, scoring 16. Lorenzo Brown scored 11 and lead the Pack with four assists.

Texas charged out of the locker room to snag a 53-38 lead early in the second half. At the 18:26 mark, the Longhorns had graduated the lead to 65-47. Then, what might have been NC State’s last gasp turned into a mammoth 28-2 run to take command of the game.

The turning point came with 8:16 to go, as Texas head coach was whistled for a technical foul for arguing a call. The Pack made four free throws to trim the Longhorn lead to 65-56. NC State’s next two possessions produced three-pointers from Wood and Alex Johnson to make it 66-62 with 7:00 on the clock.

The Wolfpack tied it up at 67-67, then ran away from the Longhorns, claiming a 75-67 lead to finish the incredible run with 2:58 remaining.

Texas snapped out of its daze coming out of the media timeout, but the Longhorns’ effort would not suffice. Julien Lewis’s buzzer beater three fell short to send the Pack home with a win 77-74.

The Longhorns seized control of the game early with a run to stretch a 9-8 lead to 20-13 in the first 10 minutes. NC State clawed back into the game with a pair of strong finishes by C.J. Williams and Jordan Vandenberg on consecutive plays. Williams capped the tail end of a give-and-go from the wing with an emphatic righthanded dunk over a Texas defender. Vandenberg crashed the offensive boards on the next play with a tip-in to cut the score to 20-17.

The Wolfpack’s run ended there, though, as Texas sustained its lead behind 15-26 first half shooting. By the 4:23 mark, the Longhorns owned their largest lead of the game at 43-30 and held a 43-33 advantage heading to the locker room. –           Associated Press

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