Ken­tucky ral­lies past South­ern Illi­nois

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

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.

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.

SIU didn’t quit, but the Wild­cats slowly ex­tended their lead to 61-52 on con­sec­u­tive three-point plays by John­son and Green.

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

No. 6 Ten­nessee 87, Louisiana-Lafayette 65: Grant Wil­liams scored 31 points, pulled down 10 re­bounds and show­cased his new­found 3-point range as Ten­nessee breezed to a vic­tory over Louisiana-Lafayette.

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

The 6-foot-7 for­ward was 3 of 25 on 3-point at­tempts last sea­son, though he still av­er­aged 15.2 points and was se­lected by South­east­ern Con­fer­ence coaches as the league’s player of the year.

He shot 11 of 15 over­all to lead five Ten­nessee play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures.

No. 8 North Carolina 116, Elon 67: Cameron John­son and fresh­man Nas­sir Lit­tle scored 21 points apiece as North Carolina routed Elon.

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. They beat Wof­ford 78-67 on Tues­day night in Spar­tan­burg, South Carolina, be­fore hav­ing a much eas­ier time against the Phoenix, who chris­tened their new $40 mil­lion on-cam­pus arena.

Lit­tle was 9 of 13 while John­son fin­ished 7 of 11.

Ster­ling Man­ley added 11 points and Luke Maye fin­ished with 10 re­bounds for North Carolina, which shot 52 per­cent – in­clud­ing 56 per­cent dur­ing a de­fenseop­tional first half that ended with the Tar Heels lead­ing 63-45.

They fin­ished with a 60-31 re­bound­ing edge and outscored Elon 56-22 in the paint, push­ing their lead into the 20s for good on White’s 3-pointer barely a minute into the sec­ond half and go­ing up by 30 on Lit­tle’s dunk with less than 14 min­utes to play.

No. 12 Kansas State 56, Ken­ne­saw State 41: 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 3127 at half­time be­fore lean­ing on their stingy de­fense to em­bark on a late run for a com­fort­able fi­nal mar­gin.

The Wild­cats won their 24th con­sec­u­tive non-con­fer­ence game at Bram­lage Coli­seum de­spite play­ing with­out Xavier Sneed, one of the he­roes of the Elite Eight run last sea­son. Sneed tweaked an an­kle in prac­tice Thurs­day and coach Bruce We­ber held him out as a pre­cau­tion.

Kosta Jankovic had 10 points to lead the Owls (1-1).

No. 15 Vir­ginia Tech 87, Gard­nerWebb 59: Nick­eil Alexan­der-Walker and Isa­iah Wilkins scored 21 points apiece, and Vir­ginia Tech opened its sea­son with a win over Gard­ner-Webb.

Kerry Black­s­hear Jr. added 12 points for the Hok­ies, who al­lowed Gard­nerWebb to keep it close un­til after half­time.

Nate John­son scored 17 points to lead the Run­nin’ Bull­dogs (0-2), who crept within four points less than five min­utes into the sec­ond half. Vir­ginia Tech re­sponded with an 8-0 run and then pulled away.

No. 18 Mis­sis­sippi State 95, Austin Peay 67: 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. He’s been the Bull­dogs’ best all-around player the past three years and now has 1,404 ca­reer points, which is 16th in school his­tory.

Tyson Carter scored 12 points and Ab­dul Ado added 11. Aric Hol­man had 10 points and 10 re­bounds. Mis­sis­sippi State shot nearly 58 per­cent from the field.

Austin Peay was com­pet­i­tive for most of the night and pulled to 60-50 after a 3-pointer with 13:59 left. But the Bull­dogs re­sponded with an 11-3 run to put the game away.

Mis­sis­sippi State (1-0) never trailed, jump­ing out to a 22-13 lead after nine min­utes. The Bull­dogs pulled ahead 5034 by half­time thanks to 56 per­cent shoot­ing from the field. Quin­ndary Weather­spoon led all scor­ers with 13 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shoot­ing.

No. 22 Clem­son 71, N.C. Cen­tral 51: David Skara scored 16 points and Clem­son opened a large early lead in cruis­ing to a vic­tory over North Carolina Cen­tral.

It was a matchup of NCAA Tour­na­ment teams from a year ago. While the Tigers reached the Sweet 16, Mid-East­ern Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Tour­na­ment cham­pion North Carolina Cen­tral lost to Texas South­ern in a First Four matchup.

Skara, a Val­paraiso trans­fer in his sec­ond and fi­nal sea­son with the Tigers, has reached dou­ble fig­ures in both games as Clem­son opened 2-0 for the 17th time in 18 years. He scored in dou­ble dig­its only once last sea­son.

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.

Not that it mat­tered much. Clem­son started the game by hit­ting its first eight shots against the Ea­gles (0-1).

No. 23 LSU 97, UNC-Greens­boro 91: Naz Reid scored 29 points and Tre­mont Wa­ters had 21 points and 10 as­sists as LSU beat North Carolina-Greens­boro.

The Tigers (2-0) led by 16 points with seven min­utes re­main­ing in the game, but they needed to with­stand a late rally by the Spar­tans. UNC-Greens­boro went on a 22-11 run to pull to 93-88 with 13 sec­onds to play.

Sky­lar Mays and Wa­ters each made a pair of foul shots in the fi­nal sec­onds to pre­serve the vic­tory for LSU. The Tigers made 28 of 31 foul shots in the game. Ja’vonte Smart joined Reid and Wa­ters in dou­ble fig­ures for the Tigers with 13 points.

Women’s Top 10

No. 1 Notre Dame 103, Har­vard 58: Arike Ogun­bowale scored 30 points in three quar­ters as top-ranked Notre Dame opened its na­tional ti­tle de­fense with a vic­tory over Har­vard.

No. 5 Louisville 75, Chat­tanooga 49: Asia Durr scored 24 points as Louisville used an­other third-quar­ter burst to pull away and beat Chat­tanooga.

No. 6 Mis­sis­sippi St. 72, Vir­ginia 44: Teaira McCowan had 12 points and 12 re­bounds and Mis­sis­sippi State spoiled Tina Thomp­son’s de­but as Vir­ginia’s coach.

No. 9 Mary­land 93, Cop­pin State 36: Tay­lor Mike­sell scored 18 points, Stephanie Jones had 17 and Mary­land beat Cop­pin State.

Ken­tucky guard Quade Green shoots the ball against South­ern Illi­nois guard Dar­ius Beane on Fri­day at Rupp Arena.

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