Top 25 roundup: Anthony's historic debut carries No. 9 UNC
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Freshman point guard Cole Anthony scored 34 points, setting a record for a freshman in a North Carolina debut, and the No. 9 Tar Heels pulled away from Notre Dame for a 76-65 victory Wednesday night in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The game was the season opener and Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
Anthony also led the Tar Heels with 11 rebounds. The last North Carolina freshman with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds was Tyler Hansbrough in 2006. The previous freshman debut scoring school record was 28 points by Rashad McCants in 2002.
Prentiss Hubb scored 22 points for Notre Dame, while T.J. Gibbs poured in 19 points and John Mooney had 10.
No. 11 Virginia 48, Syracuse 34
The Cavaliers began their title defense with a season-opening victory at Syracuse in Atlantic Coast Conference action.
Mamadi Diakite scored 12 points, Jay Huff tallied 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Kihei Clark contributed 10 points, 11 boards and seven assists to lead the Cavaliers. Elijah Hughes led Syracuse with 14 points.
Virginia lost four starters from last year's national champions, but the Cavs showed they can still play the same smothering defense. They improved to 88-2 when holding opponents under 50 points (24-0 under 40 points) during coach Tony Bennett's tenure.
No. 18 Ohio State 64, Cincinnati 56
Junior forward Kyle Young had career highs with 14 points and 13 rebounds to the host Buckeyes over the Bearcats in Columbus, Ohio. Young's previous highs were 12 points and eight rebounds.
The game was the Bearcats' first in Columbus in 98 years.
Jarron Cumberland, who averaged 18.8 points last season, tied teammate Keith Williams with 13 points to lead Cincinnati in the Bearcats coaching debut of John Brannen. He came to Cincinnati from Northern Kentucky to replace Mick Cronin, who left after 13 seasons to become the UCLA coach.
No. 21 Arizona 95, Northern Arizona 52
True freshman Zeke Nnaji scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting as the Wildcats cruised past the visiting Lumberjacks in the season opener for both teams in Tucson, Ariz.
Nnaji, a 6-foot-11 power forward, was one of three freshmen in the starting lineup for Arizona, which is trying to bounce back after a 17-15 season. Point guard Nico Mannion had nine points and four assists with one turnover. Forward Josh Green posted 10 points, six rebounds and two steals.
The Wildcats' defense and superior size hounded the Lumberjacks into 31.5-percent shooting (17 of 54). Northern Arizona had more turnovers (19) than made baskets. Cameron Shelton led the Lumberjacks with 17 points.
No. 23 Purdue 79, Green Bay 57
Graduate transfer guard Jahaad Proctor scored a team-high 26 points in his debut, and junior Matt Haarms added 16 points and a career-high seven blocked shots, lifting the Boilermakers past the Phoenix in West Lafayette, Ind., in the season opener for each team.
Eric Hunter Jr. added 15 points and six assists for the Boilermakers, who pulled away in the second half. Purdue's Nojel Eastern, a preseason All-Big Ten selection, injured his left wrist twice and exited for good the second time.
Kameron Hankerson led Green Bay with 14 points while JayQuan McCloud and Amari Davis finished with 10 each.