Bow­den helps No. 3 Ten­nessee pound Ge­or­gia

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Ten­nessee 96 Ge­or­gia 50

KNOXVILLE, TENN. (AP) — Jor­dan Bow­den scored 20 points and No. 3 Ten­nessee opened South­east­ern Con­fer­ence play by trounc­ing Ge­or­gia

96-50 on Satur­day for its eighth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Ten­nessee recorded the most lop­sided tri­umph in the se­ries’ 156-game his­tory, sur­pass­ing a 105-69 Vol­un­teers vic­tory on Feb.

1, 1975.

The Vols (12-1, 1-0) were one point away from match­ing their most de­ci­sive win over any SEC op­po­nent. Ten­nessee beat Mis­sis­sippi

102-55 on Jan. 8, 1966. Grant Wil­liams and Ad­mi­ral Schofield scored 18 points each for Ten­nessee. Kyle Alexan­der had

12 points and 14 re­bounds, and Jor­dan Bone added 11 points.

Derek Og­beide scored 17 points for Ge­or­gia (8-5, 0-1), which had won three in a row. No. 4 Vir­ginia 65, No. 9 Florida St. 52 CHAR­LOTTESVILLE, VA. (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 21 points and Vir­ginia lim­ited Florida State to just 15 field goals.

Guy scored 18 in the first half as the Cav­a­liers (13-0,

1-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) opened a 42-23 lead.

Brax­ton Key had 20 points for Vir­ginia, which is off to its best start since the

2014-15 team won its first 19 games.

Phil Cofer scored nine points for the Semi­noles (12-2,

0-1), who shot just 34 per­cent

(15 for 44) from the field. Iowa St. 77, No. 5 Kansas 60 AMES, IOWA (AP) — Mar­ial Shayok scored 24 points, and Iowa State routed Kansas for its fifth straight win.

Fresh­man Tyrese Hal­ibur­ton had 14 points for the Cy­clones (12-2, 2-0), who opened Big 12 play with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2015.

Quentin Grimes scored 19 points for Kansas, and Dedric Law­son had 13 points and 12 re­bounds. The Jay­hawks (12-2, 1-1) com­mit­ted a sea­son-high 24 turnovers.

Kansas played without big man Udoka Azubuike, who was hit on the right wrist dur­ing Fri­day’s prac­tice. Coach Bill Self said about an hour be­fore tip-off that X-rays on Azubuike’s wrist were neg­a­tive, but he was in too much pain to play.

No. 8 Michi­gan St. 86,

No. 14 Ohio St. 77 COLUM­BUS, OHIO (AP) — Cas­sius Win­ston scored 25 points, Nick Ward added 21 and Michi­gan State earned its eighth straight win.

The sec­ond half was tied six times be­fore the Spar­tans (13-2, 4-0 Big Ten) took the lead on a Ward foul shot, and a layup by Kenny Goins put them up by three with 3:28 left.

A Kyle Ahrens put-back at the 2:35 mark, a turnover by Ohio State’s Keyshawn Woods and a pair of Aaron Henry foul shots all but sealed it for Michi­gan State.

Kaleb Wes­son scored 25 points for Ohio State, and Luther Muhammed had 12. The Buck­eyes (12-2, 2-1) had won six in a row.

No. 10 Vir­ginia Tech 77,

Bos­ton Col­lege 66 BLACKS­BURG, VA. (AP) — Nick­eil Alexan­der-Walker scored

25 points to lead Vir­ginia Tech to its eighth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Alexan­der-Walker went 9 of 14 from the floor for the Hok­ies (13-1, 2-0 ACC), who shot 55.6 per­cent (15 of 27) in the sec­ond half.

Bos­ton Col­lege (9-4, 0-1) led early in the sec­ond half, but Vir­ginia Tech grabbed con­trol with an 11-0 run.

Jor­dan Chat­man paced the Ea­gles with 18 points. Bos­ton Col­lege shot just 39.6 per­cent (19 of 48).

No. 11 Texas Tech 63,

Kansas St. 57 LUBBOCK, TEXAS (AP) — Da­vide Moretti scored 19 points and Matt Mooney added 14 to help Texas Tech hold off Kansas State.

Barry Brown led the Wild­cats with 16 points and Cartier Diarra added 11 on a day when they shot just 33 per­cent (19 of 57) from the field.

Kansas State (10-4, 0-2 Big

12) trailed 34-19 at half­time, but Brown knocked down a

3-pointer with 6:55 to go that pulled the Wild­cats within one.

But Texas Tech (13-1,

2-0) found some of­fen­sive rhythm to pull away, de­spite some strug­gles at the freethrow line in the sec­ond half.

Alabama 77, No. 13 Ken­tucky 75 TUSCALOOSA, ALA. (AP) — Tevin Mack scored 22 points, and Alabama topped Ken­tucky in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence opener for both teams.

Da­zon In­gram scored all 11 of his points af­ter half­time, in­clud­ing some key free throws in the Crim­son Tide’s fifth con­sec­u­tive win.

PJ Wash­ing­ton scored on a dunk with 5 sec­onds to play and Ken­tucky (10-3) quickly fouled John Petty, who made one of two from the line.

Tyler Herro’s 3-point try for the win at the buzzer bounced off the rim.

Kira Lewis Jr. had 12 points for the Tide (10-3, 1-0).

Wash­ing­ton led the Wild­cats (10-3, 0-1) with 15 points.

No. 15 North Carolina 85,

Pitts­burgh 60 PITTS­BURGH (AP) — Cam John­son scored 15 points in his home­com­ing, and North Carolina rolled to the road win.

John­son, a grad­u­ate trans­fer from the Pitts­burgh suburbs who left the Pan­thers in the spring of 2017, shook off the boos and hit his first three shots as the Tar Heels (11-3, 1-0 At­lantic Coast Con­fer­ence) pro­vided the re­build­ing Pan­thers a re­minder of how far they still have to go un­der first-year coach Jeff Capel.

John­son grabbed a sea­son-high nine re­bounds for North Carolina. Coby White led the Tar Heels with 22 points.

Trey McGowens scored

17 points for Pitts­burgh (104, 0-1), which lost its 23rd straight reg­u­lar-sea­son ACC game.

No. 23 Ok­la­homa 74,

Ok­la­homa St. 64 NOR­MAN, OKLA. (AP) — Kris­tian Doolit­tle had 16 points and eight re­bounds, help­ing Ok­la­homa beat Ok­la­homa State.

Brady Manek scored 15 points and Chris­tian James added 14 points and 11 re­bounds for the Soon­ers (122, 1-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 70-63 loss at No.

5 Kansas on Wed­nes­day. It was an­other stel­lar de­fen­sive ef­fort for Ok­la­homa. Ok­la­homa State, which en­tered the day lead­ing the Big 12 in 3-point per­cent­age at 39 per­cent, went 6 of 26 from long range. The Cow­boys shot just 34 per­cent over­all.

Thomas Dzi­agwa scored

16 points and Michael Weathers added 13 for Ok­la­homa State (6-8, 0-2).

AP PHOTO

Ten­nessee guard Lu­cas Camp­bell looks for an open man while Ge­or­gia de­fends in the sec­ond half Satur­day in Knoxville, Tenn. Ten­nessee won 96-50.

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