The Latest: Whitt hits winner with 4.4 seconds left for SMU

Published 11-22-2018

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CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - The Latest on the Cancun Challenge (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

Jimmy Whitt Jr. made a go-ahead baseline jumper with 4.4 seconds left, Jahmal McMurray hit a season-high seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points, setting a Cancun Challenge record, and SMU rallied past Wright State 77-76 on Wednesday night.

SMU trailed for the majority of the game. After a SMU turnover, Loudon Love rebounded his own miss and put it back to give Wright State a 74-73 lead with 30.5 seconds left. Whitt answered with a drive to the baseline, spinning his defender and hitting a fade-away jumper to retake the lead.

Mark Hughes was fouled going for a loose ball and made two free throws to give the lead back to Wright State with 10.7 seconds to go. But Whitt went coast-to-coast and sank a shot from about the same spot seconds earlier and Cole Gentry's runner wasn't close at the buzzer.

McMurray set a tournament scoring record with 98 total points over his three games. He opened with 34 points by making 14 of 17 shots and added 18 in a second-round loss to Southern Miss.

Whitt finished with 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting for SMU (3-3). Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Wright State (3-3).

The teams combined for just 11 free-throw attempts in the first 36 minutes and finished with 16.

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6 p.m.

Jamall Gregory dunked it for a late three-point lead and Jacksonville State made six straight free throws in the last 36 seconds to edge North Florida 83-78 Wednesday in the title game of the Mayan Division of the Cancun Challenge.

Maurice Dunlap made two free throws with 1.7 seconds left - one on either side of a North Florida timeout - to ice the game.

The win was

Whitt finished with 18 points on 9-of-10 shooting for SMU (3-3). Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Wright State (3-3).

The teams combined for just 11 free-throw attempts in the first 36 minutes and finished with 16.

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6 p.m.

Jamall Gregory dunked it for a late three-point lead and Jacksonville State made six straight free throws in the last 36 seconds to edge North Florida 83-78 Wednesday in the title game of the Mayan Division of the Cancun Challenge.

Maurice Dunlap made two free throws with 1.7 seconds left - one on either side of a North Florida timeout - to ice the game.

The win was the second straight for the Gamecocks, who opened the season 0-3. Jason Burnell led Jacksonville State with a season-high 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Gregory was named the divisional MVP after scoring 16.

J.T. Escobar led North Florida with 24 points coming via eight 3-pointers, including two in the final 26 seconds to keep the Ospreys close. His shot from behind the arc with 2.6 seconds on the clock cut the gap to 81-78.

Wajid Aminu added 15 points and Noah Horchler 14 with nine boards for the Ospreys.

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2:30 p.m.

Tyree Griffin scored 18 points, Cortez Edwards added 17 and Southern Miss beat Western Carolina 68-63 on Wednesday for third place in the

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6 p.m.

Jamall Gregory dunked it for a late three-point lead and Jacksonville State made six straight free throws in the last 36 seconds to edge North Florida 83-78 Wednesday in the title game of the Mayan Division of the Cancun Challenge.

Maurice Dunlap made two free throws with 1.7 seconds left - one on either side of a North Florida timeout - to ice the game.

The win was the second straight for the Gamecocks, who opened the season 0-3. Jason Burnell led Jacksonville State with a season-high 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Gregory was named the divisional MVP after scoring 16.

J.T. Escobar led North Florida with 24 points coming via eight 3-pointers, including two in the final 26 seconds to keep the Ospreys close. His shot from behind the arc with 2.6 seconds on the clock cut the gap to 81-78.

Wajid Aminu added 15 points and Noah Horchler 14 with nine boards for the Ospreys.

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2:30 p.m.

Tyree Griffin scored 18 points, Cortez Edwards added 17 and Southern Miss beat Western Carolina 68-63 on Wednesday for third place in the Mayan Division of the Cancun Challenge.

Western Carolina took its first lead, 59-57, since the early going with 5:49 remaining, but that was the Catamounts' final field goal of the game. Matt Halvorsen made two free throws with 1:40 left to pull WCU to 65-63, but after both teams missed shots, Griffin sealed it by making 3 of 4 free throws in the final 29 seconds.

Dominic Magee scored 15 points and LaDavius Draine had 13 for Southern Miss (4-1). Edwards had 12 points in the first half as Southern Miss led 42-37.

Onno Steger, Carlos Dotson and Kameron Gibson each scored 10 points for Western Carolina (1-5). The Catamounts shot a season-best 60.9 percent from the field in the opening half, but turned it over 19 times.

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