College Basketball: No. 2 Kentucky Earns First Win

  • Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard (32) goes up for a shot next to Harvard's Jadyn Bush (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

  • Kentucky forward Nick Richards (4) looks for help as Southern Illinois guard Marcus Bartley (3) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. Kentucky won 71-59. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

  • Notre Dame's Jessica Shepard (32) goes up for a shot next to Harvard's Jadyn Bush (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

Friday, November 09, 2018

Lexington, Ky. — Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley each scored 15 points, Nick Richards grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and No. 2 Kentucky rallied in the second half to beat Southern Illinois, 71-59, on Friday night.

The Wildcats (1-1) bounced back from Tuesday night’s 118-84 shellacking by No. 4 Duke, but had to work hard in the second half to overcome the veteran Salukis.

Richards’ rebounding provided the biggest lift as Kentucky dominated SIU 48-19 on the glass.

No. 6 Tennessee 87La.-Lafayette 65

Knoxville, Tenn. — Grant Williams scored 31 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and showcased his newfound 3-point range for Tennessee.

Williams shot 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, matching his 2017-18 season total for 3-pointers.

No. 8 UNC 116, Elon 67

Elon, n.c. — Cameron Johnson and freshman Nassir Little scored 21 points apiece in North Carolina’s rout.

Freshman Coby White added 14 points to help the Tar Heels (2-0) sweep their two-game, season-opening barnstorming tour of regional mid-majors.

No. 12 Kansas State 56Kennesaw State 41

Manhattan, Kan. — Barry Brown and Makol Mawien each scored 15 points, Dean Waded added 13 and Kansas State stumbled through a season-opening victory over Kennesaw State.

Austin Trice added 12 rebounds in his debut for the Wildcats, who led just 31-27 at halftime.

No. 18 Mississippi State 95 Austin Peay 67

Starkville, Miss. — Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points, Nick Weatherspoon added 19 and Mississippi State beat Austin Peay in its season opener. Quinndary Weatherspoon shot 10 of 15 from the field during the first game of his senior season and also grabbed five rebounds.

No. 22 Clemson 71N.C. Central 51

Clemson, s.c. — David Skara scored 16 points and Clemson opened with two straight wins for the 17th time in 18 years.

Aamir Simms had 14 points and Shelton Mitchell 11 for Clemson. The team’s leading scorer last season, Marcquise Reed, was held to six points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Vermont 78, Boston U 72

Boston — Anthony Lamb scored 19 points, grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked four shots and made big plays down the stretch to lead Vermont over Boston University in the Catamounts’ season opener.


No. 1 Notre Dame 103Harvard 58

South Bend, Ind. — Arike Ogunbowale scored 30 points in three quarters as top-ranked Notre Dame opened its national title defense with a victory over Harvard.

Ogunbowale, who hit a pair of buzzer-beaters in the Women’s Final Four last spring, made 10 of 21 field goals and all nine free throws in 25 minutes.

Sydney Skinner, whose 3-pointer in the first minute gave Harvard its only lead, led the Crimson (0-1) with 15 points, all from long distance.

No. 5 Louisville 75Chattanooga 49

Chattanooga, Tenn. — Asia Durr scored 24 points as No. 5 Louisville used a third-quarter burst to pull away.

No. 6 Mississippi State 72 Virginia 44

Charlottesville, Va. — Teaira McCowan had 12 points and 12 rebounds and No. 6 Mississippi State spoiled Tina Thompson’s debut as Virginia’s coach.

No. 9 Maryland 93Coppin State 36

College Park, Md. — Taylor Mikesell scored 18 points, Stephanie Jones had 17 and Maryland routed Coppin State in its season opener.

No. 14 Georgia 67St. Bonaventure 40

Athens, Ga. — Caliya Robinson had 15 points and nine rebounds and No. 14 Georgia played strong defense in the Bulldogs’ season opener.

No. 22 South Florida 74Albany 37

Tampa, Fla. — Laura Ferreira had 21 points, six rebounds and four assists to help South Florida beat Albany.

No. 25 Miami 81Stephen F. Austin 60

Coral Gables, Fla. — Mykea Gray scored 25 points with five 3-pointers, as Miami won a preseason women’s NIT opener.