Koule­chov shines in de­but with Florida

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Egor Koule­chov scored 34 points, hit­ting six 3-point­ers in his Florida de­but, to lead the eighth-ranked Ga­tors to a 116-74 vic­tory against Gard­ner-Webb in the team’s sea­son opener Mon­day night.

Koule­chov, a grad­u­ate trans­fer from Rice, broke the school record for most points in a de­but. Tom Bax­ley held the pre­vi­ous mark, scor­ing

32 points against Rick Barry and Mi­ami in 1962. Florida ended up los­ing that game af­ter Bax­ley fouled out in over­time.

Koule­chov and the Ga­tors had no is­sues against Gard­ner-Webb (0-2). Koule­chov added five re­bounds and five as­sists.

Florida hit 10 3-point­ers in the first half, in­clud­ing five by Koule­chov. He drained con­sec­u­tive treys from the cor­ner to put the Ga­tors up

34-19 early. The new­comer nick­named “Three­gor” had 23 points at the break.

Koule­chov is a key ad­di­tion in coach Mike White’s third sea­son, one that be­gan with high ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter the Ga­tors fin­ished one vic­tory short of mak­ing the Fi­nal Four in March.

Koule­chov, KeVaughn Allen, se­nior Chris Chiozza and Vir­ginia Tech trans­fer Jalen Hud­son give the Ga­tors their deep­est back­court in years — and enough out­side shoot­ing to make them a threat ev­ery game.

Chiozza, who sprained his left shoul­der in an ex­hi­bi­tion game 11 days ago, came off the bench Mon­day night and looked far from rusty.

Hud­son chipped in 16 points, and fresh­man Mike Okauru added 13.

DJ Laster led the Run­nin’ Bull­dogs with 19 points and 10 re­bounds.

The Ga­tors dom­i­nated ev­ery as­pect of the game and opened up a 40-point lead mid­way through the sec­ond half.

Florida coasted from there and won its 27th con­sec­u­tive opener.

12-Cincin­nati 102, Western Carolina 51

HIGH­LAND HEIGHTS, Ky. — Sopho­more Jar­ron Cum­ber­land scored 20 points for the sec­ond time in his ca­reer, and Cincin­nati’s full­court pres­sure forced 22 turnovers Mon­day night as the 12th-ranked Bearcats pulled away to a vic­tory over Western Carolina.

Cincin­nati (2-0) won its 28th straight home game — a streak that spans two are­nas — with the type of de­fense that’s been the pro­gram’s hall­mark. The Bearcats al­lowed 77 points dur­ing an open­ing win over Sa­van­nah State, mak­ing de­fense a point of em­pha­sis.

Western Carolina (0-2) rarely got an un­con­tested shot and had trou­ble get­ting the ball up the court against Cincin­nati’s trap­ping de­fense, which had 11 steals.

Kyle Washington added 14 points and seven re­bounds for Cincin­nati, which had four play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures. Matt Halvorsen led Western Carolina with 15 points.

The Bearcats are play­ing this sea­son at BB&T Arena at North­ern Ken­tucky Univer­sity while their on-cam­pus arena is ren­o­vated. They went 18-0 at Fifth Third Arena last sea­son.

13-Notre Dame 88, Mount St. Mary’s 62

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Bonzie Col­son had 27 points, 11 re­bounds and three blocks while No.

13 Notre Dame shook off a choppy open­ing half to roll past Mount St. Mary’s in the Ir­ish’s home opener Mon­day night.

It was the 25th ca­reer dou­ble-dou­ble of his ca­reer. Rex Pflueger added his first with 14 points and 10 re­bounds.

Matt Far­rell chipped in 12 points and five as­sists as ND im­proved to 18-0 in home de­buts un­der coach Mike Brey.

Col­son, an Associated Press pre­sea­son All-Amer­i­can, went 11-of-15 from the field and

4-of-4 at the line.

Ju­nior Robin­son, the Moun­taineers’ 5-foot-5 se­nior guard, led the vis­i­tors with 14 points, but had just two af­ter half­time. Fresh­man Bobby Planutis added 11 points and seven boards.

The Ir­ish led just 40-32 at the in­ter­mis­sion, but scored the first 14 points of the sec­ond half to seize con­trol. They trailed 23-20 be­fore go­ing

on an 11-0 run ig­nited by Col­son’s of­fen­sive-re­bound slam at the 5:56 mark.

Plueger added back-to-back steals for bas­kets as part of the spurt and Notre Dame never re­lin­quished the lead.

14-Min­nesota 86 Prov­i­dence 74

PROV­I­DENCE, R.I. — Jordan Mur­phy had 23 points and 14 re­bounds, and No 15 Min­nesota out­lasted Prov­i­dence 86-74 on Mon­day night.

Mur­phy scored 15 points in the sec­ond half, lead­ing the Go­phers back from a three­p­oint half­time deficit. Nate Mason added 17 points and Amir Cof­fey fin­ished with 15.

The Go­phers tied it up 55-55 in the sec­ond half, then used a 23-11 run to take con­trol.

Min­nesota had just six as­sists on 30 made bas­kets, but they made up for it by dom­i­nat­ing on the in­side. The Go­phers outscored Prov­i­dence

40-26 in the paint and held a

38-31 re­bound­ing edge. Ky­ron Cartwright and Nate Wat­son led the Fri­ars with 12 points apiece.

The Associated Press

NOT TO­DAY: Gard­ner-Webb guard David Efi­anayi (11) has his shot blocked by Florida cen­ter Gor­jok Gak (12) dur­ing the first half of Mon­day’s game in Gainesville, Fla..

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