Ejim leads Iowa State to upset of No. 7 Michigan; Kentucky wins big
AMES, Iowa -- Melvin Ejim scored 22 points and Iowa State beat No. 7 Michigan 77-70 on Sunday, spoiling Wolverines star Mitch McGary's season debut.
Naz Long added 16 for the Cyclones (3-0), who held McGary to just one point in the second half while notching one of their biggest wins under head coach Fred Hoiberg.
McGary, a preseason first-team All-American who missed two games with a lower back injury, finished with nine points and six rebounds.
Nik Stauskas led Michigan (2-1) with 20 points and Derrick Walton Jr. had 13. Glenn Robinson III was held to 12 points on 4 of 14 shooting.
Ejim, who also played for the first time after missing two games with a hyperextended left knee, added nine rebounds as Iowa State closed the game on a 23-10 run.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Aaron Harrison scored 19 of his 28 points in the first half and No. 1 Kentucky started all freshmen for the first time in rolling to an 87-49 victory against Robert Morris on Sunday night.
After three games of starting four freshmen around sophomore 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein, head coach John Calipari rolled out a rookie lineup of Harrison and twin brother Andrew, James Young, Marcus Lee and Julius Randle. That look lasted just 51 seconds as Cauley-Stein replaced Lee, but the Wildcats (3-1) used other combinations of highly touted recruits.
Harrison ended up grabbing the spotlight instead of leading scorer Randle, shooting 7 of 12 from the field and making all 10 free throws. He also had four rebounds and three assists.
Randle added 10 points and 15 rebounds and Young had 10 points in the rematch of last spring's NIT game won by Robert Morris.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- J.J. Mann hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.1 seconds left to help Belmont upset No. 12 North Carolina 83-80 on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff.
Mann finished with a career-best 28 points. His last basket gave the Bruins (3-1) an 81-80 lead. The Tar Heels (2-1) had rallied from 11 down in the second half to lead by eight with about four minutes left. After Mann's basket, UNC's J.P. Tokoto missed a shot for the lead from near the top of the key. Drew Windler grabbed the loose rebound and threw it ahead to Caleb Chowbay, who scored on a breakaway layup with 0.2 seconds left to seal a stunning win.
When the horn sounded, Belmont's players spilled off the bench to celebrate near midcourt.
Mann hit five 3-pointers and added nine rebounds to lead the Bruins, who hit 15 of 37 3s.
Windler scored 16 points and hit four 3s of his own for the Bruins, who shot 45 percent for the game and hit 20 of 22 free throws to steal back a game that looked to be slipping away late.
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Kevin Pangos scored 21 points, making five 3-pointers, to give No. 15 Gonzaga an 82-67 win against short-handed Oakland on Sunday night.
Sam Dower added 15 points, Gary Bell Jr. scored 14 and Przemek Karnowski had 12 for Gonzaga (3-0).
Travis Bader scored 22 for Oakland (0-4), Tommy McCune had 17, and Mitch Baenziger added 11 before fouling out with three minutes left. Oakland only had eight players because Dante Williams and Duke Mondy were suspended and sent back to Michigan.
Oakland went on a mini 6-2 run to cut the lead to 41-36 with 18:27 remaining. But a Dower breakaway dunk sparked the Gonzaga crowd, only to be silenced when Pangos remained on the ground, holding his head, after his steal. He went to the bench for a short stint to be looked at by a trainer but re-entered the game soon thereafter.
Pangos made two of Gonzaga's three consecutive 3-pointers to extend its lead to 59-47 with just a little more than 10 minutes remaining.
STORRS, Conn. -- DeAndre Daniels broke out of his scoring slump to help No. 19 Connecticut stay unbeaten.
Daniels, who had scored a total of 19 points in the Huskies first three games, had 24 to lead UConn to a 77-60 victory against Boston University on Sunday in the 2K Sports Classic.
Ryan Boatright added 16 points and Napier had 12 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for UConn (4-0), which blew a 19-point first-half lead before pulling away again in the second half.
D.J. Irving had 17 points for Boston (2-1), which had a one-point lead with 17 1/2 minutes to play. Dom Morris added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Maurice Watson Jr. also scored 13 for the Terriers.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- After seeing a 10-point halftime lead evaporate into a second-half deficit, Indiana State sophomore swingman Khristian Smith recalls thinking one thing.
''We've just got to fight back,'' Smith said Sunday after the Sycamores upset 21st-ranked Notre Dame, 83-70. ''Runs are going to happen.''
For the Sycamores, it was an ensuing run of their own that determined the outcome. After falling behind 45-44 with 15:07 remaining, Indiana State produced a spurt in which it outscored the Irish 18-3 to take control of the game. The Sycamores improved to 2-1 while the Irish dropped to 2-1.
Five Sycamores scored in double figures, led by Justin Gant's 17 points and Smith's 15. Manny Arop chipped in 13 while Jake Odum and Devonte Brown each added 10.
Notre Dame was led by Eric Atkins' 18 points while Jerian Grant added 17 and Pat Connaughton 16. No other Irish player scored more than six points. Notre Dame shot 37 percent (28 of 58) from the floor, and committed 16 turnovers, many of them in the first nine minutes of the game.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Cameron Bairstow scored a career-high 29 points to lead No. 22 New Mexico to a 109-93 win against Charleston Southern on Sunday.
Alex Kirk added 24 points and 13 rebounds for the Lobos (2-0) while Kendall Williams had 20 points and 10 assists.
Charleston Southern led 21-19 following a 3-pointer from Arlon Harper to cap an 11-4 run. But Bairstow started a 9-0 burst with a dunk. The Lobos were up 35-29 with seven minutes left in the first half before using a 15-3 run that included five points from Bairstow to take control of the game.
They never let the lead dip below double figures the rest of the game.
Saah Nimley scored 24 points to lead the Buccaneers (2-2).
WACO, Texas -- Kenny Chery scored 20 points and had four assists, helping lead No. 23 Baylor to an 87-68 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette at home Sunday in an opening-round game of the Maui Invitational.
Chery's 3-pointer capped an early 15-5 run that put the Bears (3-0) ahead to stay after their sluggish start. Also in the spurt, he had a jumper and an assist on the first of several impressive slam dunks by Cory Jefferson.
Brady Heslip added 19 points in his 22 minutes while Jefferson finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Isaiah Austin had eight points on just 3 of 9 shooting, but had six rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Elfrid Payton had 20 points and Shawn Long 16 to lead the Ragin' Cajuns (2-2). Both came in averaging more than 21 a game.