Yale, Brown Cruise in Nonleague Affairs; KU Chalks a Win
New Haven, Conn. (ap) — Javier Duren and Nick Victor each scored 16 points and all five starters reached double-figure scoring for Yale, which won its home opener Tuesday night with an 80-65 defeat of Sacred Heart.
The balanced scoring for the Bulldogs (2-2) was augmented with 13 points from Justin Sears, 11 from Armani Cotton and 10 from Brandon Sherrod. Sears added nine rebounds and Duren four assists.
Brown 87 UMass-Lowell 76
Lowell, Mass. — Dockery Walker scored 17 points and Brown took down Massachusetts-Lowell in the first meeting between the schools.
After trading baskets early, Brown (3-1) took a 13-10 lead over Massachusetts Lowell (0-4) midway through the first half on a 3-pointer from Norman Hobbie and never gave up the lead, holding a double-digit advantage for most of the game.
The Bears held a 57-32 advantage in rebounds, including 22-8 on the offensive boards. Rafael Maia led Brown with 14 rebounds, Leland King pulled down 12 and Walker grabbed nine.
No. 2 Kansas 86, Iona 66
Lawrence, Kan. — Perry Ellis scored 21 points, freshman Joel Embiid had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a breakout performance, and No. 2 Kansas used a big late run to bury Iona.
Andrew Wiggins added 13 points and Naadir Tharpe had 10 assists for the Jayhawks (3-0), who got off to a sluggish start after their high-profile triumph over Duke last week.
The Gaels (1-2), using a maddening 2-2-1 zone and pouring in 3-pointers, managed to hang within single digits until midway through the second half. That’s when Kansas went on a 19-4 surge fueled by its freshmen to finally put the game away.
No. 3 Louisville 87 Hartford 48
Louisville, Ky. — Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Louisville to the win in the Hall of Fame Tipoff.
Russ Smith added 14 points as the Cardinals (4-0) extended their winning streak to 20 games dating to last season’s run to the national title.
Chris Jones and reserve Chane Behanan added 11 points apiece.
No. 4 Kentucky 105 UT-Arlington 76
Lexington, Ky. — James Young scored 26 points, Julius Randle had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Kentucky cruised to the victory.
Young was 5-for-10 from 3-point range and 8-for-14 from the field overall to provide Kentucky’s third different top scorer in as many outings.
No. 6 Duke 83 East Carolina 74
Durham, n.c. — Rodney Hood scored a career-high 30 points to help Duke get the win in the NIT Season Tipoff.
Freshman Jabari Parker had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (4-1), who survived a tougher-than-expected fight from the underdog Pirates to improve to 24-2 all-time in the early season tournament.
No. 7 Oklahoma State 101 No. 11 Memphis 80
Stillwater, Okla. — Marcus Smart scored a career-high 39 points and Oklahoma State raced past Memphis in a one-sided matchup of top teams.
Smart, who bypassed the NBA draft after last season’s early exit from the NCAA tournament, had 26 points in the first half and finished with five 3-pointers.
No. 12 Wisconsin 103 North Dakota 85
Madison, Wis. — Frank Kaminsky scored a school-record 43 points, and Wisconsin shot a blistering 59 percent from the field.
Kaminsky, a junior who became a starter this season, got the record with about a minute left after driving the lane and splitting two defenders for an easy layup.
Sam Dekker added 19 for the Badgers (4-0), who overcame a career-high 37 points — 26 in the first half — from athletic sharpshooter Troy Huff.
Kaminsky’s dunk helped Wisconsin gradually turn its 10-point halftime lead into a 76-59 advantage on North Dakota (1-1) with 10:32 left.
The Badgers came out victorious after Kaminsky and Huff traded buckets much of the night. Kaminsky finished 16 of 19 shooting, hitting all six of his 3s.
Huff was 15 of 22 from the field, and added nine rebounds.