No. 2 Kentucky rebounds after opener
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 seasonopening shellacking by No. 4 Duke, but had to work hard in the second half to overcome the veteran Salukis. They trailed 44-37 before Quade Green (14 points) scored five points during a 10-2 run for a 47-46 lead with 12:19 left.
TENNESSEE 87 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 65
Grant Williams scored 31 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and showcased his newfound 3-point range for the sixth-ranked Volunteers in a rout of the Rajin’ Cajuns in Knoxville, Tenn.
Williams shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, matching his 2017-18 season total for 3-pointers.
NORTH CAROLINA 116 ELON 67
Cameron Johnson and freshman Nassir Little scored 21 points apiece, and the No. 8 Tar Heels dominate the Phoenix in Elon, N.C.
Barry Brown and Makol Mawien each scored 15 points, Dean Waded added 13, and the No. 12 Wildcats stumbled through a seasonopening win over the Owls in Manhattan, Kan.
LSU 97 UNC-GREENSBORO 91
Naz Reid scored 29 points, and Tremont Waters had 21 points and 10 assists as the No. 23 Tigers held off the Spartans in Baton Rouge, La. VIRGINIA TECH 87 GARDNER-WEBB 59
Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Isaiah Wilkins scored 21 points apiece as the No. 15 Hokies defeated the Runnin’ Bulldog in their season opener at Blacksburg, Va.
MISSISSIPPI ST. 95 AUSTIN PEAY 67
Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points, and Nick Weatherspoon added 19 as the Bulldogs beat the Governors in their season opener at Starkville, Miss.
N.C. CENTRAL 51
David Skara scored 16 points, and the 22ndranked Tigers opened a large early lead in cruising to a victory over the visiting Eagles in a matchup of NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago.
AUBURN 88 WASHINGTON 66
Chuma Okeke had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 11 Tigers over the 25th-ranked Huskies in Auburn, Ala.
WEST VIRGINIA 94
CJ Massinburg had 43 points and 14 rebounds as the Bulls upset the No. 13 Mountaineers in overtime at Morgantown, W.Va.
OREGON 81 EASTERN WASHINGTON 47
Freshman Bol Bol had 23 points and 12 rebounds as the No. 14 Ducks rode its stifling defense to a win over the Eagles in Eugene, Ore.
NEVADA 83, PACIFIC 61
Caleb Martin scored all of his 22 points in the second half, and the seventhranked Wolf Pack routed the Tigers in Reno, Nevada.
LONG BEACH ST. 80
Moses Brown had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 21 Bruins beat the visiting 49ers.
Kentucky’s Reid Travis shoots over Southern Illinois guard Armon Fletcher in the second half Friday.