SHORELINE, Wash. – The 2016 Paradise Jam participants Florida State, Kansas State, Gonzaga, LSU, NC State, and Michigan all qualified
Game No. 1
Saint Joseph’s 71, Loyola 57
The Saint Joseph’s men’s basketball team cruised to a 71-57 victory over Loyola behind a game-high 26 points from Lamarr Kimble. The Hawks forced seven steals and went 22-of-29 from the free throw line to secure their victory over the Ramblers.
After Saint Joseph’s jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, Loyola rattled off a 12-1 run to take their first lead of the game midway through the first half. The Hawks responded with a run of their own and held on to the lead until the final buzzer. Aundre Jackson led Loyola with 22 points.
Game No. 2
Ole Miss 95, Oral Roberts 88
Ole Miss’s Deandre Burnett scored a career-high 41 points, breaking the Paradise Jam tournament record, as the Rebels defeated Oral Roberts, 95-88 in overtime. Burnett knocked down a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining to tie the game at 79 and force an extra period. In overtime the Rebels outscored the Golden Eagles 16-9 to pick up their third win of the season.
Burnett went 12-of-19 from the floor, including 9-of-12 from beyond the arc. The nine 3-pointers from the sophomore guard also broke a 16-year-old tournament record for made three pointers. Oral Roberts had two 20-point performances from Albert Owens (22 points) and Emmanuel Nzekwesi (20 points).
Game No. 3
NC State 85, Montana 72
Three NC State players scored in double figures as the Wolfpack used a strong second half to hand Montana an 85-72 loss. The Griz took a two-point lead into the intermission, but were unable to keep pace with NC State, which shot .615 (16-of-26) from the floor in the second half.
The Wolfpack’s Abu Abdul-Malik scored a game-high 25 points, going 8-of-10 from the floor. Walter Wright scored a team-best 22 points for Montana, including a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe.
Game No. 4
Creighton 103, Washington State 77
Nationally-ranked Creighton cruised to a 103-77 victory over Washington State as the Bluejays took the lead just 17 seconds into the game and never relinquished it. Creighton shot .632 (24-of-38) from the floor in the first half and .667 (10-of-15) from the beyond the arc.
The Cougars were not able to keep pace with the Bluejays hot hand. WSU senior Conor Clifford scored a career-high 29 points, but was unable to counter Creighton’s 14 scorers in the game. Creighton’s Maurice Watson, Jr. dished out a tournament-tying record 13 assists, as the Bluejays tied the Paradise Jam tournament record of 25 assists in a single game.