PSU wins opener vs. North Florida
STATE COLLEGE — Lamar Stevens scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Penn State to a season- opening 87- 72 win over North Florida on Friday night.
Josh Reaves added 19 points, Myles Dread chipped in 17 and Rasir Bolton notched 13 for the Nittany Lions ( 1- 0), who unveiled their NIT championship banner before the game.
Stevens didn’t wait to pick up where he finished last season.
The forward, who averaged 19.2 points per game over the final five postseason games in the spring, scored 18 in the first half with eight over the final 9: 14 to give Penn State a 40- 28 halftime lead.
Garrett Sams led the Ospreys ( 0- 2) with 16 points, while Noah Horchler and Ezekiel Balogun scored 10 apiece for North Florida, which cut Penn State’s lead to eight early in the second half but trailed by 18 with 5: 45 left.
Lycoming 99, psU- schuylkill 86
WILLIAMSPORT — Junior Khari Thompson had 22 points and nine rebounds for Penn State Schuylkill’s men’s basketball team, which opened its season with a semifinal loss to host Lycoming College in the annual Dutch Burch Tip- Off Tournament.
With the loss, Penn State Schuylkill will oppose New Rochelle at 1 p. m. today in the consolation game. New Rochelle lost to Marywood 89- 84 in Friday night’s second semifinal game. PSU- Schuylkill, which competed in the event in 2014- 16 before skipping last year’s tournament, will attempt to avoid its fourth straight fourth- place finish in the event.
In Friday’s game, PSU- Schuylkill and Lycoming were tied 73- 73 with 5: 31 remaining in the game before Lycoming, an NCAA Division III Tournament qualifier last year, pulled away, finishing with 60 second- half points.
William Santiago had 18 points for PSUSchuylkill, while freshman Justin Alverez tallied 16 and Price Szeliga added 12.
Darius James led five double- figure scorers for Lycoming with 25 points.
no. 2 Kentucky 71, so. illinois 59
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.
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.
no. 6 tennessee 87, La. Lafayette 65
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Grant Williams scored 31 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and showcased his newfound 3- point range for Tennessee.
no. 8 north Carolina 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 twogame, season- opening barnstorming tour of regional mid- majors
no. 12 Kansas state 56
Kennesaw 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 win.
no. 18 Mississippi state 95
Austin peay 67
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points, Nick Weatherspoon added 19 as Mississippi State won its opener.
no. 22 Clemson 71, n. 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.
Southern Illinois guard Marcus Bartley ( 3) fouls Kentucky forward Nick Richards ( 4) on a rebound during the second half of Friday’s game. Kentucky won 71- 59.