Top 25 roundup: Maxey, No. 2 Kentucky downs No. 1 Michigan St.
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Freshman Tyrese Maxey scored 26 points, including a contested 3-pointer with a minute remaining, to help No. 2 Kentucky knock off No. 1 Michigan State 69-62 on Tuesday in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Maxey was 3 of 8 from 3-point range as Kentucky (1-0) was just 6 of 18 from 3-point range. Ashton Hagans scored 11 for the Wildcats and Immanuel Quickley added 10 points.
Cassius Winston scored 21 for Michigan State (0-1). The Spartans were just 5 of 26 from 3-point range.
Kentucky took control late in the first half, closing with an 11-2 run as Michigan State failed to score a basket for the final 6:14. The Wildcats did most of their first-half damage at the free-throw line, going 16 of 20 as Michigan State was called for 15 fouls.
No. 4 Duke 68, No. 3 Kansas 66
Tre Jones scored 15 points, including four free throws in the final 30 seconds, as the Blue Devils came back to defeat the Jayhawks in the season opener for both teams at Madison Square Garden.
Duke, which had a starting lineup that included three freshmen, benefitted from production by players in their debuts. Cassius Stanley scored 13 points, and Matthew Hurt and Vernon Carey Jr. both provided 11 points.
Stanley converted a go-ahead three-point play at the 2:29 mark, and the Blue Devils led the rest of the way.
No. 5 Louisville 87, Miami (Fla.) 74
The visiting Cardinals started slowly but took command midway through the first half and rolled to a victory over the unranked Hurricanes in Coral Gables, Fla.
The Cardinals trailed by seven points early but went on a 17-0 run in winning their 16th consecutive season opener. Five players scored in double figures as Louisville shot 54.0 percent from the floor despite missing seven of its first 10 shots.
Louisville forward Jordan Nwora, the preseason pick for Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, recorded a double-double with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Dwayne Sutton and guard Ryan McMahon added 16 points each.
No. 6 Florida 74, North Florida 59
Kerry Blackshear Jr. made his debut a memorable one, scoring a game-high 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the new-look Gators past the Ospreys in Gainesville, Fla.
Blackshear, a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, added three assists and two steals. He finished 8 of 11 from the floor.
The Gators wasted no time introducing their freshmen, playing five of them. Tre Mann, the only freshman to start, scored 11 points. Scottie Lewis had nine points and Omar Payne six to go with five boards. Sophomore Noah Locke scored 14 points.
No. 7 Maryland 95, Holy Cross 71
The Terrapins had four players score in double figures and opened the season with a win over the visiting Crusaders at College Park, Md.
Jalen Smith led Maryland with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Darryl Morsell came off the bench to spark the Terrapins, scoring 15 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Freshman Drew Louder led Holy Cross with 24 points, including 15 in the second half.
No. 8 Gonzaga 95, Alabama State 64
Corey Kispert scored a career-high 28 points at Spokane, Wash., for the Bulldogs' 31st consecutive win in home openers.
Kispert was 10 of 13 from the field and made 5 of 6 from 3-point range. The junior is the lone returning starter off a 33-4 squad.
Filip Petrusev scored 15 points for Gonzaga, which committed just eight turnovers. Admon Gilder added 12 points, Ryan Woolridge had 11 points and six assists and Drew Timme added 11 points for the Bulldogs.
No. 10 Villanova 97, Army 54
Freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 24 points and 13 rebounds to lift the Wildcats past the Black Knights in the season opener for both schools.
Saddiq Bey scored 22 points, Cole Swider added a career-high 18 and Collin Gillespie had 11 for the Wildcats, who have won two national championships since 2016. Gillespie appeared to injure his wrist late in the game.
Tucker Blackwell tied his career-high with 15 points while Tommy Funk also added 15 for the Black Knights, who played their first-ever game on the Main Line. Funk knocked down six of his 10 shots and also added five assists and five rebounds.
No. 12 Seton Hall 105, Wagner 71
Myles Powell scored 27 points and the Pirates opened the season with a victory over the Seahawks in South Orange, N.J.
The Pirates played the first of two tune-up games before hosting No. 1 Michigan State on Nov. 14. Picked to win the Big East, the Pirates dominated the second half as coach Kevin Willard served the second game of a two-game suspension for an NCAA investigation as assistant Grant Billmeier coached the team.
Powell put on another show in front of a sellout crowd that included former NBA guard J.R. Smith. Powell shot 7 of 13 from the floor, hit four 3-pointers and nine free throws.
No. 13 Texas Tech 80, Eastern Illinois 60
Newcomers Jahmi'us Ramsey and TJ Holyfield combined for 34 points to lead the Red Raiders to victory over the Panthers in Lubbock, Texas.
Ramsey had a game-high 19 points. He made 3 of 4 from 3-point range, contributing to Texas Tech's 8-of-14 performance from beyond the arc. Holyfield scored 15 points while making 7 of 8 shots from the field. He produced six rebounds.
Davide Moretti, the lone returning starter for Texas Tech, finished with 13 points thanks in part to a 3-of-4 performance from 3-point range. Eastern Illinois guard George Dixon led his team with 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field. His teammates shot a combined 16 of 47 (34.0 percent).
No. 14 Memphis 97, South Carolina St. 64
It was a smashing debut for James Wiseman and the Tigers overwhelmed the Bulldogs at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, thanks to 28 points and 11 rebounds in only 22 minutes in the 7-foot-1 freshman's first college game.
Considered a potential No. 1 overall pick in next year's NBA draft, Wiseman did nothing to slow the hype after sitting out both exhibition games with an ankle injury. He hit 11 of 14 field goals and 6 of 7 at the line while ripping down six offensive boards and blocking three shots.
Another freshman, 6-8 forward Precious Achiuwa, added 14 points and eight rebounds for Memphis. The Tigers didn't play like a team with a rotation comprised almost completely of underclassmen, hitting 54.5 percent of their field-goal attempts and drawing assists on 21 of 36 buckets.
No. 15 Oregon 71, Fresno State 57
Payton Pritchard scored 24 points and the Ducks overcame a sluggish start for a season-opening win over the Bulldogs in Eugene, Oregon.
Pritchard, a senior, recorded his 14th career 20-point game while adding seven assists and seven rebounds as the Ducks pulled away in the second half after taking an 11-point lead into halftime.
Guard Chris Duarte, last season's national junior college player of the year, scored 16 points in 33 minutes in his Oregon debut. Francis Okoro added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks, last season's Pac-12 tournament champions and Sweet 16 participants in the NCAA Tournament.
No. 16 Baylor 105, Central Arkansas 61
Jared Butler scored 30 points on 10-of-14 shooting to pace a balanced offensive attack as Baylor rode a hot start to an easy victory over Central Arkansas in the season opener for both teams in Waco, Texas.
Baylor took any suspense out of the game in the first six minutes, scoring the first 19 points with a series of 3-pointers, dunks and the use of stifling defense. Central Arkansas missed its first eight shots and had three turnovers during that early pivotal stage.
After that initial surge, Central Arkansas played Baylor relatively even, with the score 53-32 at the half. Baylor led by as many as 44 points late in the second half with most of its starters on the bench for the final eight minutes.
No. 17 Utah State 81, Montana State 73
Aggies guard Sam Merrill had 19 of his 28 points in the second half and Justin Bean had his second career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds when the host Aggies held off the Bobcats in both teams' season openers.
Junior college transfer Alphonso Anderson had 13 points and six rebounds and Abel Porter had 10 points when the Aggies used a 10-0 run to break a tie at 66 and pull away from hot-shooting Harald Frey and the Bobcats.
Senior guard Frey had a career-high 34 points and tied a career high with six 3-pointers, Jubrile Belo had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Mychael Paulo had 10 points for the Bobcats in the 119th meeting between the two schools.
No. 19 Xavier 76, Jacksonville 57
Tyrique Jones had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Naji Marshall added 17 points when the host Musketeers beat the Dolphins in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Paul Scruggs scored 12 points and freshman reserve Zach Freemantle had 11 points and five rebounds for the Big East Musketeers, who never trailed while winning their 30th consecutive season opener.
Bryce Workman had 15 points and eight rebounds and Aahmane Santos had 15 points and five assists for the Dolphins of the Atlantic Sun. Workman had 11 points during a 19-6 run when the Dolphins cut the Xavier lead to 64-47, forcing a timeout with 4:31 remaining before Xavier closed it out.
No. 20 Saint Mary's 65, Wisconsin 63, OT
Jordan Ford scored 26 points to lead the Gaels over the Badgers in the season opener for both teams at Sioux Falls, S.D.
Malik Fitts added 16 points and made the decisive shot in overtime for the Gaels.
Nate Reuvers matched his career best of 22 points and also blocked four shots for Wisconsin. Brad Davison added 16 points and D'Mitrik Trice scored 10.
No. 24 Auburn 83, Georgia Southern 74
Guard Samir Doughty scored 20 points, center Austin Wiley was a rebound short of a double-double and the Tigers survived a turnover-plagued night to beat the visiting Eagles.
Wiley, at 6-11 the tallest player on the floor, simply was too much for the Eagles to handle. He made 5 of 7 shots for 13 points, had nine rebounds and blocked a shot despite being limited to just 20 minutes because of fouls.
Guard Ike Smith and forward Isaiah Crawley scored 16 points each to lead the Eagles.
No. 25 VCU 72, St. Francis (Pa.) 58
Marcus Santos-Silva finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds as the Rams rolled past the Red Flash in the season opener for both teams in Richmond, Va.
Santos-Silva made 8 of 11 from the field and helped the Rams take charge early. The 6-foot-7 junior let VCU take command quickly and then broke the game open early in the second half in front of the Rams' 135th straight sellout at home.
De'Riante Jenkins and Marcus Evans, both senior guards, helped Santos-Silva in both scoring an taking charge of the game. Jenkins finished with 16 points while Evans added 12 points and four assists.