No. 3 Michi­gan romps to 10-0 start

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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.

SEC

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.

Big 12

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.

Women

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.

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