Kemba Walker scored 18 points and Alex Oriakhi added 11 with 18 rebounds last night in Storrs as Connecticut won its season opener, 79-52, over Stony Brook and former UConn assistant Steve Pikiell.
The Huskies received 12 points from Shabazz Napier and 11 from Jeremy Lamb, two of the five Husky freshmen who saw action.
UConn dominated the boards, outrebounding Stony Brook, 59-33. A 12-0 run early in the second half gave the Huskies a 51-33 lead and put the game out of reach.
Bryan Dougher had 19 points for Stony Brook, which hit just 17 of its 63 shots, and had just five baskets in the second half.
Michigan St. 96, E. Michigan 66 — Kalin Lucas scored 15 of his 18 points in the first half, helping the No. 2 Spartans rout the Eagles in East Lansing, Mich.
Lucas looked fully recovered from surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles’ tendon.
Brandon Bowdry had a career-high 32 points and 15 rebounds for Eastern Michigan.
Kansas St. 75, James Madison 61 — Jacob Pullen scored 20 points and the No. 3 Wildcats overcame a sluggish start and awful free throw shooting to beat the Dukes in Manhattan, Kan.
Pullen was 7 of 11 from the free throw line while his teammates went a combined 10 of 21.
Ohio State 102, North Carolina A&T 61 — Deshaun Thomas stole the spotlight in his college debut, coming off the bench to score 24 points and lead the No. 4 Buckeyes at the Global Sports Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.
Villanova 68, Bucknell 52 — Corey Fisher scored 24 points and Maalik Wayns had 15 to lead the No. 6 Wildcats in Villanova, Pa. Darryl Shazier led the Bison with 12 points.
Kansas 113, Longwood 75 — Markieff Morris had 14 points and 15 rebounds and four other players finished in double figures, leading the No. 7 Jayhawks to their 39th consecutive home-opening victory.
Marcus Morris, Markieff’s twin brother, added 18 points as Kansas stretched its home winning streak to 60, the longest current streak in the nation.
North Carolina 80, Lipscomb 66 — Harrison Barnes scored 14 points in his debut to lead the No. 8 Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Tyler Zeller scored 15 points to lead North Carolina, which didn’t have the easiest time before winning its opener for the 78th time in 80 years.
Josh Slater scored 21 points for Lipscomb, which fell to 0-4 against ranked opponents.
Florida 77, UNC Wilmington 60 — Chandler Parsons scored 16 points and Alex Tyus added 13 to lead the No. 9 Gators in Gainesville, Fla.
Syracuse 68, Northern Iowa 46 — Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph scored 14 points each, and the No. 10 Orange recovered from a slow start to beat the visiting Panthers.
It was the 830th career victory for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, tying him with Jim Phelan of Mount St. Mary’s for fifth all-time in Division 1.
Kentucky 88, East Tennessee St. 65 — Terrence Jones had 25 points and 12 rebounds as the No. 11 Wildcats won in Lexington, Ky.
Gonzaga 117, Southern 72 — Steven Gray scored 25 points and had nine assists to lead the No. 12 Bulldogs in Spokane, Wash.
Baylor 87, Grambling St. 52 — Quincy Acy had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Anthony Jones added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the No. 16 Bears in Waco, Texas.
Memphis 104, Centenary 40 — Antonio Barton scored 17 points and Chris Crawford added 16 as the No. 19 Tigers routed the Gents in Memphis.
Georgetown 62, Old Dominion 59 — Chris Wright scored 19 points, Jason Clark had 18, and Austin Freeman 17 as the 20th-ranked Hoyas rallied and then held off the Monarchs in Norfolk, Va.
Virginia Tech 70, Campbell 60 — Malcolm Delaney scored 20 points to lead the No. 21 Hokies in Blacksburg, Va.
Temple 62, Seton Hall 56 — Ramone Moore scored 14 points and the No. 22 Owls held off the Pirates in Philadelphia.
Jeremy Hazell scored 17 points for Seton Hall, which lost in the debut of coach Kevin Willard.
Tennessee 82, Chattanooga 62 — Tobias Harris scored 18 points in his first collegiate game and the No. 23 Vols cruised in Knoxville, Tenn. Keegan Bell had 20 points for Mocs.
BYU 83, Fresno St. 56 — Jimmer Fredette scored 24 points and reserve Noah Hartsock added 21 to lead the No. 24 Cougars in Provo, Utah.
After unfurling their 2010 NCAA Final Four banner during a pregame ceremony, Baylor scored the first 18 points and never looked back.
Tennessee 63, Louisville 50 — Freshman Meighan Simmons scored 22 points and a record crowd in Louisville saw the No. 4 Lady Vols beat the Cardinals in the first regular-season game at the new KFC Yum! Center.
The game set a Big East women’s attendance mark of 22,124. That topped the 19,123 that UConn drew in a visit to Freedom Hall Jan. 12, 2008.
Xavier 84, South Carolina 65 — Amber Harris scored 21 points to lead the No. 5 Muskateers in Columbia, S.C.
Ta’Shia Phillips added 19 points and Tyeasha Moss had 17 for Xavier.
Ohio State 84, Temple 75 — Jantel Lavender had a career-high 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 7 Buckeyes over the Owls in Philadelphia.
Qwedia Wallace had a career-high 32 points to lead Temple.
Kentucky 82, Morehead State 48 — Victoria Dunlap and A’Dia Mathies scored 18 points apiece in helping the No. 9 Wildcats romp in Lexington, Ky.
Notre Dame 99, New Hampshire 48 — Devereaux Peters had 23 points and eight rebounds in only 14 minutes as the No. 12 Fighting Irish cruised past the Wildcats in South Bend, Ind.
On a day when Notre Dame honored former star Ruth Riley, retiring her 00 jersey, the Fighting Irish set school records by making 36 steals and forcing 48 turnovers.
George Mason 60, UMass 55 — Taleia Moton had 19 points and four steals to lead the Patriots over the Minutewomen in Amherst.
Cerie Mosgrove led UMass with 17 points. Megan Zullo set a Mullins Center record with 13 assists, the second-best total in team history, trailing only her aunt, Christel Zullo, and her school record of 15 against Temple in 1986.
Yale 74, Holy Cross 71 — Amy Lepley’s 18 points and 11 rebounds weren’t enough for the Crusaders in Worcester. Megan Vasquez had 17 points for the Bulldogs.