Gonzaga will have its hands full with every matchup against an athletic OR squad in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals Thursday, but senior point guard Payton Pritchard leads the Ducks in scoring (18.3) and assists (5.7). Isaiah Livers finished with 12 points and four rebounds, while David DeJulius added 11 points and two assists.
John Petty Jr. finished with 34 points for Alabama to finish with the tournament's No. 2 scoring total.
Iowa State: The Cyclones are off to a bad start from 3-point range this season.
"It's like the Whack A-Mole game at the show", said Oats. Central, where they will play the victor of the Southern Mississippi-Seton Hall game in-progress at the time of publication. "We've figured out the defense against North Carolina, we cannot bounce back".
"I bet out of the 16 misses, probably a third of them were bad (shots)", Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. "You have to deal with them a little better".
The West Virginia graduate transfer hit four second-half 3s that helped spark the run that finally put the game away for Alabama on a night when the Crimson Tide (3-4) didn't miss much.
Pritchard has been lights out for OR this season, leading the Ducks in points, assists and steals with an average of 19.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game.
Haliburton started with a 3 when he was fouled by James Bolden, and Bolton added his own 3 shortly thereafter. The Wolverines' mark was above their season average of 0.161, while the Cyclones' was below their season average of 0.191. That came after the junior had 23 points and seven 3-points in the UNC defeat. Michigan's 0.250 free throw rate was their biggest strength over Iowa State, who had a rate of 0.159. The Crimson Tide (2-4) fall into the seventh-place game against the loser the Pirates-Golden Eagles game.
The Cyclones (4-2), who went on a huge run over the final six minutes of the first half, move on to a Friday matchup against the victor of the late losers-bracket contest between Seton Hall and Southern Miss.