Oklahoma State cruises past Memphis 101-80 as Smart nets career-high 39
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Marcus Smart scored a career-high 39 points and No. 7 Oklahoma State raced past No. 11 Memphis for a 101-80 win on Tuesday night in a one-sided matchup of top teams.
Smart, a sophomore who bypassed the NBA draft after last season's early exit from the NCAA tournament, had 26 points in the first half and finished with five 3-pointers.
Smart was 11 of 21 from the floor - easily topping his previous career high of 28 points, which he set last season against Oklahoma.
Markel Brown added 20 points and Brian Williams 15 for Oklahoma State.
Nick King had 23 points for Memphis, and Shaq Goodwin finished with 13. The Tigers (1-1) shot 41.2 percent (28 of 68).
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Perry Ellis scored 21 points, freshman Joel Embiid had 16 points and 13 rebounds in a breakout performance, and No. 2 Kansas used a big late run to bury Iona 86-66 on Tuesday night.
Andrew Wiggins added 13 points and Naadir Tharpe had 10 assists for the Jayhawks (3-0), who got off to a sluggish start after their high-profile triumph against Duke last week.
The Gaels (1-2), using a maddening 2-2-1 zone and pouring in 3-pointers, managed to hang within single digits until midway through the second half. That's when Kansas went on a 19-4 surge fueled by its freshmen to finally put the game away.
A.J. English scored 21 points and David Laury added 13 points and nine rebounds before fouling out for Iona.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Montrezl Harrell had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead No. 3 Louisville to an easy 87-48 win against Hartford in the Hall of Fame Tipoff on Tuesday night.
Russ Smith added 14 points as the Cardinals (4-0) extended their winning streak to 20 games dating to last season's run to the national title. Chris Jones and reserve Chane Behanan added 11 points apiece.
Louisville shot 50 percent from the field, outrebounded Hartford 35-29 and forced 25 turnovers.
Mark Nwakamma scored 16 points for the Hawks (2-3), and reserve Yasin Kolo finished with 12.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- James Young scored 26 points, including five 3-pointers, that helped No. 4 Kentucky put away UT Arlington 105-76 on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats' 6-foot-6 swingman made his first three from long range to jump start an 8-of-14 shooting night and provide Kentucky's third different top scorer in as many games.
Young's hot shooting rubbed off on his talented fellow freshmen teammates. Julius Randle added 22 points with 10 rebounds, Andrew Harrison 15 and Marcus Lee 10 as Kentucky started an all-rookie lineup for the second consecutive game.
Willie Cauley-Stein added 14 points and 10 rebounds as Kentucky (4-1) shot 35 of 69 (51 percent) to win its inaugural matchup against UTA (2-3). The Wildcats also earned their second consecutive win since losing to Michigan State a week ago as the top-ranked team.
Brandon Edwards' 24 points led the Mavericks, who were outrebounded 46-34.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Rodney Hood scored a career-high 30 points on Tuesday night to help sixth-ranked Duke beat East Carolina 83-74 in the NIT Season Tipoff.
Freshman Jabari Parker had 21 points and nine rebounds for the Blue Devils (4-1), who survived a tougher-than-expected fight from the underdog Pirates to improve to 24-2 all-time in the early-season tournament.
Duke led by a single point with about seven minutes left but stayed in front and did enough in the final 2:30 to turn away East Carolina (4-1).
The Blue Devils advanced to next week's semifinals in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Prince Williams scored 15 for the Pirates, who shot 40 percent but helped themselves by hitting the offensive glass for a 16-3 edge in second-chance points.
MADISON, Wis. -- Frank Kaminsky scored a school-record 43 points, and No. 12 Wisconsin shot a blistering 59 percent from the field to beat pesky North Dakota 103-85 on Tuesday night.
Kaminsky, a junior who became a starter this season, got the record with about a minute left after driving the lane and splitting two defenders for an easy layup.
Sam Dekker added 19 for the Badgers (4-0), who overcame a career-high 37 points -- 26 in the first half -- from athletic sharpshooter Troy Huff.
Kaminsky's dunk helped Wisconsin gradually turn its 10-point halftime lead into a 76-59 advantage on North Dakota(1-1) with 10:32 left.
The Badgers came out victorious after Kaminsky and Huff traded buckets much of the night. Kaminsky finished 16 of 19 shooting, hitting all six of his 3s.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Joseph Young scored 20 points and No. 17 Oregon needed a strong second half to polish off Utah Valley 69-54 on Tuesday night.
Johnathan Loyd also had 12 points for the Ducks (3-0), who scored 16 in a row midway through the second half and turned a three-point game into a 20-point lead.
One game after setting a Matthew Knight Arena record with a career-high 36 points against Western Carolina, Young went 8-for-15 from the field with a 3-pointer.
The junior guard came into the game leading the nation in free-throw attempts at 14 per game but went to the line just three times, making each attempt. He is now averaging 26.6 points per game.
Mitch Bruneel had 15 points to lead Utah Valley (2-2), which was playing its second consecutive game against a ranked opponent after losing 93-40 to No. 8 Oklahoma State on Nov. 12.