No. 3 Michigan romps to 10-0 start
Trey Burke had 19 points and freshman Nik Stauskas scored 12 to lead No. 3 Michigan to a 67-39 victory over visiting Binghamton on Tuesday night.
The Wolverines (10-0) are off to their best start since their national title season of 1988-89, and this win was every bit the mismatch it looked like before the opening tip. The Bearcats (2-9) were coming off a 22-point loss to Bryant. They led Michigan 10-8 before the Wolverines went on a 19-2 run. It was 34-14 at halftime.
“That’s a great team — a team that could win a national championship — so coming into their building was taking an awfully big bite at the apple,” Binghamton coach Tommy Dempsey said. “I’m not sure that I thought it was realistic for us to come in here and beat Michigan, but I thought we were com- petitive, and at this stage of our program, that’s a great step in the right direction.”
It may have been more lopsided if Michigan hadn’t shot a season-low 44 percent from the field.
No. 10 Illinois 65, Norfolk St. 54: Brandon Paul scored 14 points and D.J. Richardson overcame a shoulder injury to score 11 to lead the host Fighting Illini (11-0) past the Spartans (6-6). Illinois was coming off a win at Gonzaga on Saturday that helped move it into the top 10. Illinois was shooting 46 percent from the field coming in but was just 35 percent (21 for 60) against the Spartans. Rashid Gaston had 12 points and Pendarvis Williams scored 11 for Norfolk State, which led for much of the first half.
No. 13 Minnesota 70, North Dakota State 57: Rodney Williams scored a season-high 19 points, including a 360-degree dunk off a fast break, and Trevor Mbakwe grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the host Gophers (11-1) past the Bison (83). Mbakwe added 14 points and Andre Hollins had 11 for the Gophers, who have won 16 straight games in this series, last losing in 1936. Lawrence Alexander led the Bison with 19 points.
LSU 80, Chattanooga 67: Andre Stringer and Johnny O’Bryant III each scored 18 points to lift the Eagles (6-0) past the visiting Mocs (2-7). O’Bryant III also had 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double. The last time the Tigers opened the season 6-0 was during the 2008-09 season when they won their last SEC regular-season championship.
Auburn 92, Grambling State 42: Chris Denson scored 13 points in his first appearance this season to lead the host Tigers (3-5) past the Tigers (0-7). The win snapped Auburn’s four-game losing streak. A junior guard, Denson missed the first seven games because he was academically ineligible. Last season, he averaged 8.7 points per game. Grambling State was led by guard Derron Hobbs’ 11 points.
Duquesne 60, West Virginia 56: Jeremiah Jones had 16 points and Derrick Colter added 12 points and seven assists as the host Dukes (6-4) rallied to beat the Mountaineers (4-4). Marvin Binney scored 10 points off the bench for the Dukes, who beat the Mountaineers for the first time since 2003.
No. 10 Maryland 88, Towson 43: Alyssa Thomas had 23 points and 13 rebounds, and Katie Rutan added a seasonhigh 16 points to lead the host Terrapins (7-2) past the Tigers (4-4). Check out photos from the game and get more Longhorns coverage at
The Longhorns were fortunate that Monroe had trouble finding the rim. The Warhawks had an awful night from the field, hitting 14 of their 57 shots (24.6 percent), and were almost as bad from the foul line, connecting on 20 of 41 (48.8 percent).
At the midway point of the half, Texas and Monroe were a combined 5 for 32 from the field. With both teams unable to find a rhythm during a chorus of whistles from the officials, the game turned into a circus of mistakes.
“Let them play!” several fans screamed after the action was repeatedly stopped by a flood of fouls.
The Longhorns can turn their attention to Sunday’s home game against No. 13 Tennessee. It will be the first time Texas will play the Lady Vols since iconic coach Pat Summitt resigned in the spring.
“I know this is a really big game, especially for our fans, and a lot of high school coaches come to this game,” UT coach Karen Aston said. “But more than anything else, I just want us to play better basketball.”
At one point Tuesday, Aston counted four freshmen on the floor at the same time. “They might not know it, but (playing now) is really good for them,” she said.
Aston said she is uncertain when Fussell and Bass will be back.
Until then, Sanders and a large group of first-year Horns will have to carry on without them.
Louisiana-Monroe’s Shantrell Pierson drives against Chelsea Bass in the first half of the Horns’ 77-49 victory.