PSU wins opener vs. North Florida

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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.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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