Ken­tucky bounces back, beats South­ern Illi­nois

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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 shel­lack­ing by No. 4 Duke, but had to work hard in the sec­ond half to over­come the vet­eran Salukis.

Richards’ re­bound­ing pro­vided the big­gest lift as Ken­tucky dom­i­nated SIU 4819 on the glass. He had as many boards as the (0-1) Salukis’ com­bined to­tal, sur­pass­ing his pre­vi­ous best of 15 last sea­son against Fort Wayne. The Wild­cats also shot 47 per­cent af­ter half­time and lim­ited SIU to 1 of 7 shoot­ing from long range.

(6) TEN­NESSEE 87, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE 65 >> Grant Wil­liams scored 31 points, pulled down 10 re­bounds and show­cased his new­found 3-point range for Ten­nessee (2-0).

Wil­liams shot 3 of 4 from be­yond the arc, match­ing his 2017-18 sea­son to­tal for 3-point­ers. He shot 11 of 15 over­all and led five Ten­nessee play­ers in dou­ble fig­ures.

(8) NORTH CAROLINA 116, ELON 67 >> 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 two-game, sea­son-open­ing barn­storm­ing tour of re­gional mid-ma­jors

(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 win.

The Wild­cats won their 24th con­sec­u­tive non-con­fer­ence game at Bram­lage Coli­seum de­spite play­ing with­out Xavier Sneed, who tweaked an an­kle in prac­tice Thurs­day and coach Bruce Weber held him out as a pre­cau­tion.

(15) VIR­GINIA TECH 87, GARD­NER-WEBB

59>> Nick­eil Alexan­der-Walker and Isa­iah Wilkins scored 21 points apiece as Vir­ginia Tech won its opener.

(18) MIS­SIS­SIPPI STATE 95, AUSTIN PEAY

67>> Quin­ndary Weather­spoon scored

21 points, Nick Weather­spoon added

19 as Mis­sis­sippi State won its opener. 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.

(22) CLEM­SON 71, N.C. CEN­TRAL 51 >> David Skara scored 16 points and Clem­son opened with two straight wins for the 17th time in 18 years.

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.

(23) LSU 97, UNC-GREENS­BORO 91 >> Naz Reid scored 29 points and Tre­mont Wa­ters had 21 points and 10 as­sists for LSU

(2-0) in the win.

TI­MOTHY D. EASLEY — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ken­tucky’s Nick Richards, left, and Kel­don John­son, right, put the squeeze on South­ern Illi­nois’s Kavion Pip­pen in Lex­ing­ton, Ky., Fri­day.

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