Top-Ranked Indiana Dominates
Bloomington, Ind. — Christian Watford scored 21 points, Cody Zeller had 19 points and 19 rebounds, and No. 1 Indiana routed Central Connecticut State 100-69 yesterday.
The Hoosiers (9-0) dominated on both ends of the floor.
They opened the game by making 15 of their first 21 shots and finished at 54.2 percent for the game.
Indiana was even more impressive on defense, holding Kyle Vinales, the nation’s No. 1 scorer at 25.9 points, to just 3-of-15 shooting and seven points. Matt Hunter led the Blue Devils (4-4) with 40 points.
No. 2 Duke 90, Temple 67
East Rutherford, n.j. — Seth Curry scored 23 points, big men Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly had double-doubles and Duke beat Temple in a matchup of unbeatens.
Plumlee finished with 16 points — the first time he was below 19 this season — and 14 rebounds. Kelly had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Duke (9-0) while Quinn Cook added 14 points and made three 3s.
No. 3 Michigan 80 Arkansas 67
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Jordan Morgan scored a season-high 12 points and matched a season high with 10 rebounds to help No. 3 Michigan beat Arkansas.
The Wolverines (9-0) are off to their best start since they won the first 11 games of the 1988-89 season.
No. 5 Louisville 99
Louisville, Ky. — Russ Smith scored a career-high 31 points and No. 5 Louisville cruised past Missouri-Kansas City.
Smith was 12 of 18 from the field and 3 of 5 from 3-point range in surpassing his previous high of 30 last year against Kentucky.
No. 7 Ohio St. 89
Long Beach St. 55
Columbus, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas had 18 points, including a 3-pointer in an 11-point run in the first half, to lead No. 7 Ohio State past Long Beach State.
LaQuinton Ross had 16 points in a reserve role, Lenzelle Smith Jr. added 14, and Sam Thompson had 13 for the Buckeyes (6-1).
No. 9 Kansas 90 Colorado 54
Lawrence, Kan. — Ben McLemore scored 24 points, Kevin Young added 16 points and eight rebounds and ninth-ranked Kansas rolled over former Big 12 member Colorado.
Elijah Johnson hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, and Travis Releford added 10 points and six assists for the Jayhawks (7-1).
No. 11 Cincinnati 92
Md.-Eastern Shore 60
Cincinnati — Point guard Cashmere Wright set a career high with six 3-pointers, and Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half Saturday, keeping No. 11 Cincinnati unbeaten.
The Bearcats (9-0) have opened the season with nine wins for only the 10th time in school history. They also did it in during the 2010-11 season, winning their first 15 games.
No. 12 Missouri 68 Tennessee St. 38
Columbia, Mo. — Stefan Jankovic scored all 14 of his points in the second half, helping No. 12 Missouri overcome a sloppy first half.
Laurence Bowers had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Alex Oriakhi added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Missouri (8-1).
No. 15 Georgetown 46 Towson 40
Washington — Georgetown held Towson scoreless over the final 4½ minutes, and the Hoyas won their second home clankfest in a row, recovering from a 17-point first half to beat Towson.
Greg Whittington scored 11 points, and Mikael Hopkins and Otto Porter had 10 apiece for the Hoyas (7-1), who shot 17 percent in the first half and 29 percent for the game.
No. 19 Michigan St. 73 Loyola of Chicago 61
East Lansing, Mich. — Gary Harris scored 20 points and Michigan State broke away in the second half to beat Loyola of Chicago.
Adreian Payne added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State (8-2).
No. 23 Oklahoma St. 62 Missouri St. 42
Stillwater, Okla. — Markel Brown scored 15 points, Michael Cobbins and Le’Bryan Nash added 10 apiece and Oklahoma State beat Missouri State. The Cowboys (7-1) scored 14 of the game’s first 16 points.
After a dreadful first half, Missouri State (2-7) came out of the break hot and used a 10-0 run to claw back.
No. 25 N.C. State 80 Cleveland State 63
Raleigh, n.c. — Richard Howell had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help North Carolina State beat Cleveland State in its annual return to Reynolds Coliseum.
Reynolds was the Wolfpack’s home for 50 years before the program moved off campus to PNC Arena for the 1999-2000 season. But the school has typically played at least one game a year at Reynolds for the past decade as a nod to the program’s tradition.