Kentucky Takes Opener
Lexington, Ky. — Julius Randle scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead five Kentucky players in double figures and help the top-ranked Wildcats and their highly touted freshman class beat UNC-Asheville 89-57 on Friday night.
Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward, grabbed 15 rebounds.
Reserve sophomore forward Alex Poythress added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Reserve Marcus Lee added 17 points, James Young had 11 and Aaron Harrison 10 as Kentucky’s freshmen helped the Wildcats overcome a ragged start.
No. 2 Michigan St. 98
Mcneese St. 56
East Lansing, Mich. — Gary Harris scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 10 rebounds for the Spartans, whose next game is against No. 1 Kentucky.
No. 4 Duke 111, Davidson 77
Durham, n.c. — Jabari Parker scored 22 points in his debut for Duke.
Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood added 22 points in his first game with the Blue Devils.
The ACCfavorites shot 70.4 percent — just the sixth time in school history that Duke was better than 70 percent for a game.
No. 5 Kansas 80
Lawrence, Kan. — Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points in his highly anticipated debut for Kansas.
Andrew White III and Perry Ellis added 12 points each for the youthful Jayhawks, who are replacing all five starters from last season and plays No. 4 Duke on Tuesday night.
Marvin Williams had 19 points and six rebounds for the Warhawks, who won just four games last season. They trailed 47-41 early in the second half before the quicker, more physical Jayhawks finally went on a 15-5 run to seize control.
No. 7 Michigan 69
Ann Arbor, Mich. — Glenn Robinson III scored 15 points and Michigan pulled away in the second half to beat Division I newcomer UMass-Lowell.
Michigan raised its Final Four banner from last season before the game, but the River Hawks led by two points early in the second half. The Wolverines took control by scoring the game’s next 21 points, and that was the end of the upset bid.
No. 8 Oklahoma St. 117
Stillwater, Okla. — Le’Bryan Nash had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead five scorers in double figures for Oklahoma State.
No. 8 Syracuse 82, Cornell 60
Syracuse, n.y. — Trevor Cooney had seven 3-pointers and 27 points, both career highs, for Syracuse.
It was the first game between the teams in three years, but the Big Red, 5-68 all-time against teams ranked in the Top 25, led by as many as 14 in the first half behind sharpshooting Nolan Cressler.
No. 10 Florida 77
N. Florida 69
Gainesville, Fla. — Casey Prather scored a career-high 28 points and Michael Frazier II added 19 for Florida.
The short-handed Gators won their 23rd consecutive opener — a much-needed tuneup before playing at No. 20 Wisconsin on Tuesday night.
No. 14 VCU 96, Illinois St. 58
Richmond, Va. — Juvonte Reddic had 13 points and eight rebounds and VCU used a 33-7 first-half run to take command.
The Rams, ranked to start the season for the first time in program history, led 9-4 when Reddic started the suspense-ending blitz with a dunk off a feed from Rob Brandenburg. The burst included 3-pointers from five Rams.
No. 17 Marquette 63 Southern 56
Milwaukee — Davante Gardner scored 25 points to help Marquette beat Southern.
The senior forward, Marquette’s leading returning scorer and the top sixth man in the Big East last season, was 5 of 7 from the field and made 15 of 20 free throws. He was a point off his career high set last season against Syracuse.
No. 18 UConn 78, Maryland 77
New York — Shabazz Napier scored 18 points, Niels Giffey had 13 and Connecticut survived Maryland’s second-half surge.
The Huskies nearly blew all of a 17-point lead over the final minutes at Barclays Center. Nick Faust scored five straight points on a layup and 3-pointer to bring the Terrapins within two with 2:28 left.
No. 20 Wisconsin 86
St. John’s 75
Sioux Falls, n.d. — Josh Gasser, who missed last season with a knee injury, scored 19 points and Wisconsin opened the season with a victory over St. John’s.
The Badgers, who had five players in double figures, never trailed and took control with an early 11-2 run and then went 11 of 23 from 3-point range.
No. 21 Notre Dame 74
Miami (Ohio) 62
South Bend, Ind. — Jerian Grant scored a career-high 26 points to lead Notre Dame over Miami (Ohio).
Notre Dame jumped out to a 21-6 lead midway through the first half, but Miami kept the game competitive by playing tight man-to-man defense and hustling for rebounds and loose balls.
No. 24 Virginia 61
James Madison 41
Charlottesville, Va. — Anthony Gill scored 13 points in his Virginia debut and the Cavaliers held James Madison scoreless for nearly 7 minutes in the first half.
Mike Tobey added 10 points and Malcolm Brogdon had nine for the Cavaliers. Virginia got only five points from first-team all-ACC guard Joe Harris, but a pair of sophomores led the way.