Arizona Remains Spotless
Tucson, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 24 points, Aaron Gordon had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 1 Arizona beat Washington 71-62 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (15-0, 2-0 Pac-12) are off to their best start since 1931-32, when the team set a school record with 16 wins to open the season.
T.J. McConnell added six assists, five rebounds and four steals for Arizona. Teammate Kaleb Tarczewski, of Claremont, N.H., had seven points.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington (9-6, 1-1) with 20 points while Perris Blackwell had 12 points and 12 rebounds.
Arizona trailed by two points at halftime but pulled away as the Huskies shot 10 of 33 in the second half, missing all seven 3-point attempts.
No. 2 Syracuse 49, Miami 44
Syracuse, n.y. — C.J. Fair scored 15 points, including the go-ahead basket with 4:16 to go, and Syracuse rallied late in its Atlantic Coast Conference debut.
Syracuse (14-0, 1-0) struggled against Miami (8-6, 0-2), the reigning conference champion.
Miami, which trailed by four points at halftime, started the second half with a 14-4 run as the Orange missed their first nine shots. Garrius Adams, who led Miami with nine points, and freshman Manu Lecomte hit 3-pointers and Rion Brown hit a jumper from deep in the right corner to stake the Hurricanes to a 35-29 lead with 12:22 left. Two free throws by Davon Reed gave Miami a 40-35 lead with 6:11 left before Rakeem Christmas scored twice inside to start a 10-4 Orange run.
No. 3 Ohio St. 84, Nebraska 53
Columbus, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross scored 11 points, including two 3-pointers as Ohio State pulled away.
Amedeo Della Valle had 15 points, Marc Loving scored a career-high 13, Shannon Scott also had 13 and Amir Williams chipped in with 10 points for Ohio State, which shot 54 percent from the field (27 of 50) and 47 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 19).
Terran Petteway scored 15 points and Leslee Smith had 11 for the Cornhuskers (8-6, 0-2), who have lost 20 consecutive road games to ranked teams since beating No. 22 Texas A&M on Feb. 23, 2008.
No. 5 Michigan St. 73, Indiana 56
Bloomington, Ind. — Gary Harris scored 26 points to lead Michigan State.
Harris had 17 points in the first half for the Spartans (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) and he had a 5-point play midway through the second half.
Michigan State turned 13 Indiana turnovers into 20 points, capitalizing on a problem that has plagued the Hoosiers (10-5, 0-2) all season. They are averaging 16.4 turnovers a game, more than anyone else in the conference.
Kansas St. 74, No. 6 Okla. St. 71
Manhattan, Kan. — Marcus Foster scored 17 points, Nino Williams made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left and Kansas State held off No. 6 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Williams finished with 15 points, none bigger than his two free throws that gave the Wildcats (11-3, 1-0) a three-point lead. Marcus Smart of the Cowboys raced up court and threw up a running 3-point try as the final buzzer sounded, but it clanked harmlessly off the rim and fell to the court.
Notre Dame 79, No. 7 Duke 77
South Bend, Ind. — Eric Atkins scored seven of his 19 points during a decisive 20-4 run to lead Notre Dame to an upset of Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Fighting Irish.
Two weeks after squandering an eight-point lead in the final 50 seconds against No. 3 Ohio State at Madison Square Garden, the Irish (10-4, 1-0) managed to hold on to improve to 13-6 against top 10 teams at home under Mike Brey.
The Irish were able to pull the upset despite being without leading scorer Jerian Grant, who was dismissed from school for an academic violation the day after the Ohio State loss.
No. 12 Florida 67, Richmond 58
Gainesville, Fla. — Michael Frazier II scored 18 points, including three huge 3-pointers in the second half, as Florida rallied.
The Gators trailed 48-45 with about 6 minutes to play before seniors Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather and Pat Young took over.
Wilbekin hit a baseline floater, Prather followed with his first of two spinning layups and then Florida (11-2) went ahead for good on Young’s three-point play.
No. 13 Iowa St. 73, Texas Tech 62
Lubbock, Texas — Georges Niang scored 17 points and Melvin Ejim added 16 to extend Iowa State’s winning streak to a school record-tying 13 games.
DeAndre Kane had 15 points for the Cyclones (13-0, 1-0) in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Jaye Crockett had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Dusty Hannahs added 16 points to lead Texas Tech (8-6, 0-1).
SMU 74, No. 17 UConn 65
Dallas — Nic Moore had 20 points and six assists to lead SMU in the Mustangs’ first game of the season played on campus in refurbished Moody Coliseum.
Nick Russell added 14 points for SMU (11-3, 1-1) in its first conference win as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
Ryan Boatright had 15 points for the Huskies (11-3, 0-2), who lost their second straight, both in conference and both in Texas. Shabazz Napier and Lasan Kroham had 12 points and DeAndre Daniels added 11 for UConn, which lost to Houston on Tuesday.
Cincinnati 69, No. 18 Memphis 53
Memphis, Tenn. — Sean Kilpatrick scored 11 of his 18 points down the stretch and Cincinnati won its sixth straight, while Memphis saw an end to a three-game winning streak.
Justin Jackson finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds and a career high-matching seven blocks for Cincinnati (13-2, 2-0 American Athletic Conference), while Shaquille Thomas had 10 points.
No. 23 UMass 73, Miami (Ohio) 65
Amherst, Mass — Chaz Williams had 18 points and eight assists, leading Massachusetts.
Maxie Esho added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Minutemen (12-1), who host Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday in their Atlantic-10 opener. Cady Lalanne had 12 points and Trey Davis finished with 11.
Will Felder scored 22 points for Miami (4-7), which went 1 for 14 from 3-point range. Geovonie McKnight had 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds.
No. 25 Missouri 69 Long Beach St. 59
Columbia, Mo. — Jabari Brown scored 22 points to lead Missouri over pesky Long Beach State.
Earnest Ross added 16 points and Ryan Rosburg had 11 rebounds for the Tigers (12-1), who open Southeastern Conference play at home against Georgia on Wednesday. Jordan Clarkson, who leads the SEC with a 20-point average, had a season-low 11 points.