GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — 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.
DJ Laster led the Runnin' Bulldogs with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 6 WICHITA STATE 81, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 63
Morris was 7 of 11 from the floor and part of the Shockers (2-0) dominating the interior. Fellow senior post players Rauno Nurger (16 points) and Darral Willis (14 points) found success inside and helped Wichita State to a 44-27 rebounding advantage.
Grant Riller scored 20 points for College of Charleston (1-1).
No. 10 SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 75, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 65
The Trojans (2-0) twice trailed by 10 points in the first half and were down five in the second half before rallying. They struggled at the free throw line, going 17 of 31.
Cameron Hunter scored 24 points to lead the Bison (0-2), which were better in nearly every category. They held the lead for 20 minutes and 10 seconds, but their shooting went cold in the closing minutes and they turned the ball over.
Hunter hit a 3-pointer to cut USC's lead to 70-65 but it was one of just two field goals the Bison made in the final 3:43.
Chimezie Metu added 14 points for USC.
No. 12 CINCINNATI 102, WESTERN CAROLINA 51
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — Sophomore Jarron Cumberland scored 20 points for the second time in his career, and Cincinnati's full-court pressure forced 22 turnovers as the 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.
No. 13 NOTRE DAME 88, MOUNT ST. MARY'S 62
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Bonzie Colson had 27 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks while Notre Dame shook off a choppy opening half to roll past Mount St. Mary's in the Irish's home opener.
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.
No. 14 MINNESOTA 86, PROVIDENCE 74
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Jordan Murphy had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and Minnesota outlasted Providence.
Murphy scored 15 points in the second half, leading the Gophers back from a three-point 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.
No. 15 XAVIER 101, RIDER 75
CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevon Bluiett had 26 points and nine rebounds to lead Xavier to a victory over Rider in the teams' first-ever meeting.
Jordan Allen and Stevie Jordan had 14 points each for Rider (1-1), which trailed by 19 in the first half before pulling within five early in the second half.
Gates hit a 3-pointer to start a 17-2 run that pulled Xavier out of danger with 13:28 to play. Bluiett contributed eight points in the stretch.
No. 20 NORTHWESTERN 75, SAINT PETER'S 66
The Wildcats placed each of their starters in double figures in their second straight lackluster win to begin the season. Dererk Pardon scored 15 points, Gavin Skelly finished with 14 and Scottie Lindsey had 12 points and six assists.
Northwestern (2-0) made the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time in school history. The Wildcats returned four starters, but they are still looking for a complete effort through two games. They finished with 17 turnovers, helping smaller Saint Peter's stay competitive throughout the night.
Nick Griffin scored 19 points for the Peacocks, who lost 61-40 to La Salle in their season opener on Saturday.
No. 21 SAINT MARY'S 92, NEW MEXICO STATE 74
The Gaels (2-0) trailed by eight points in the first half when Landale was limited by two early fouls. But the senior center scored 12 points in the second half.
Naar, who is second on the Gaels' career assists chart, was a scorer early, providing 13 first-half points. Calvin Hermanson added 16 for the Gaels.
Zach Lofton, a graduate transfer from Texas Southern, followed his 25-point debut against East Central, with 18 points to lead the Aggies (1-1). Al Harris and Eli Chuha contributed 13 points each as New Mexico State shot 7 for 10 on 3-pointers in the first half but just 1 for 9 after the break.
No. 25 BAYLOR 70, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 46
The Bears (2-0) were down 20-19 late in the first half before scoring eight straight points to go ahead to stay. Terry Maston and Lecomte both had two free throws, before Lecomte hit a 3-pointer and Maston a jumper.
Maston finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor, which used a 12-2 run midway through the second half to take control.
Nuni Omot added 12 points for the Bears, punctuating the win with a thunderous one-handed dunk with 2:15 to go that brought the crowd to its feet.
Joseph Kilgore led the Islanders (1-1) with 10 points and 11 rebounds.