UCF, SDSU stay perfect to start year
Top 25: Knights, Aztecs stay among ranks of unbeaten with wins
The Associated Press
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Malcolm Thomas had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Kawhi Leonard added 14 points and 11 rebounds and the duo also keyed a game-turning run after halftime as sixth-ranked San Diego State stretched its season-opening winning streak to 16 in a row with a 66-53 victory against TCU on Wednesday night.
In their Mountain West opener, the undefeated Aztecs did pretty much the same thing they have been doing to non-conference opponents. They put the game out of reach with a strong second half, including yet another extended scoring run.
Leonard had six points and Thomas five in a 13-0 run early in the second half that pushed the Aztecs to a 49-31 lead over TCU (9-7).
San Diego State’s 16-game winning streak is the second-longest in the country, trailing only the 24 wins in a row by defending national champion Duke.
No. 19 UCF 65, Marshall 58 -- Box Score
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Marcus Jordan had 26 points and five assists and No. 19 UCF remained unbeaten with a 65-58 win against Marshall on Wednesday night.
Jordan, son of NBA star Michael Jordan, had 17 points in the second half when UCF used a 10-0 run to take control of the game.
Keith Clanton added 14 points and Isaac Sosa 13 for the Knights (14-0, 1-0 in Conference USA).
Shaquille Johnson led Marshall with 15 points. Tirrell Baines added 14 for the Thundering Herd (10-4, 0-1.)
The Knights led by as many as eight, but didn't clinch the win until Clanton's two free throws with 15 seconds left.
No. 1 Duke 85, UAB 64 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.C. -- Nolan Smith scored a career-high 33 points to help No. 1 Duke beat UAB 85-64 on Wednesday night.
Kyle Singler added 15 points and scored his 2,000th career point during a game-opening 26-4 run that took the drama out of this one early. The Blue Devils (14-0) never let the Blazers (10-3) closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Duke has won 24 consecutive games dating back to last season's run to the Atlantic Coast Conference and NCAA tournament championships, and 32 of 33 overall.
UAB's Jamarr Sanders hit a 3-pointer on the game's first possession only to see the Blue Devils answer with 16 straight points to blow the game open.
Duke has won all but two games by double-digit margins as it heads into the heart of its ACC schedule. The Blue Devils face Maryland at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday, and still have one more nonconference game against Temple here in late February.
The Blue Devils are still waiting to learn when -- or if -- star freshman point guard Kyrie Irving will be back, but Smith has more than filled in at the helm of the offense.
He had 10 points during Duke's 16-0 run, making a pair of 3s in the first four minutes before driving past Aaron Johnson for an easy layup to cap the spurt.
It was just the start of another huge performance for the senior while Irving sits out indefinitely with an injured right big toe. Smith had 20 points in the first half, then hit a free throw with 9:36 left to tie his previous career high of 29 set against Baylor in last year's NCAA regional final.
He certainly scored his personal-record basket in style, blowing past a defender near the 3-point arc and soaring into the lane for an emphatic one-handed dunk to make it 76-56 with 5:55 left.
Smith finished 11 for 22 from the field to go with seven rebounds and five assists. He's scored at least 22 points in five consecutive games.
No. 3 Kansas 99, UMKC 52 -- Box Score
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Josh Selby had 16 points to lead six Kansas players in double figures and the No. 3 Jayhawks defeated UMKC 99-52 Wednesday night.
Kansas (14-0) scored the game's first 15 points and extended the nation's longest homecourt winning streak to 68 games.
Tyshawn Taylor added 15 points for Kansas. Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson had 13 each for the Jayhawks, while Jay Couisnard and Bakari Lewis each scored 16 points for UMKC (8-7).
Five Jayhawks scored in the opening run, which Releford capped in style. When UMKC's Trinity Hall went up for a dunk, Releford blocked it to start a fast break, which he completed with a layup for a 15-0 lead with 14:28 remaining.
Roos coach Matt Brown called a timeout, one of four he used in the first half.
UMKC responded with six straight points, including Reggie Chamberlain's 3-pointer with 13:23 remaining in the half that gave the Roos their first field goal.
The Jayhawks answered with a 22-4 run, highlighted by two Johnson 3-pointers and his slam off an alley-oop from Selby.
The Jayhawks stifled the Roos' offense. Through 14 minutes, UMKC had more turnovers (12) than points (10) and trailed by 27.
Kansas pushed the lead to as many as 31 in the half and led 52-24 at halftime. The Jayhawks led by 40 as Marcus Morris made it 73-32 with 13:45 remaining.
The Roos had 26 turnovers and four assists while Kansas had 26 assists and 15 turnovers. The Jayhawks had 18 steals and shot 56 percent for the game.
It was the Jayhawks' sixth victory by 30 points or more this season, but the first since November.
No. 9 Missouri 98, North Alabama 58 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kim English scored a season-high 20 points in the first half alone to lead seven players in double figures as No. 9 Missouri romped Division II North Alabama 98-58 on Wednesday night.
The junior guard connected on six of seven 3-pointers in the first half for Missouri (14-1), off to its best start in 21 years. Justin Safford and Laurence Bowers added 16 points each for the Tigers.
Beaumont Beasley scored 13 points for North Alabama (6-9).
English was Missouri’s leading scorer as a sophomore but entered the game fifth in scoring this season on a more balanced team. He missed his only three shots in the second half as coach Mike Anderson cleared his bench.
Missouri had a 61-33 rebounding edge over the smaller Lions in its first regular-season game against a Division II opponent since 1996. The Gulf South Conference team had just one player taller than 6-foot-6.
No. 11 Purdue 83, Penn State 68 -- Box Score
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- JaJuan Johnson had 15 points and 15 rebounds, and No. 11 Purdue's defense clamped down on Big Ten-leading scorer Talor Battle in an 83-68 win Wednesday night.
Ryne Smith added 20 points before fouling out to help the Boilermakers (14-1, 3-0) overcome an off night for star guard E'Twaun Moore (four points) and win their ninth consecutive game.
Battle finished with 18 points, but shot just 6-of-22 from the field and was 2-of-9 from the 3-point arc. The Nittany Lions (8-6, 1-2), starting a stretch of five consecutive against ranked foes, lost its 10th in a row to a Top 25 team.
Kelsey Barlow's jumper at 12:50 of the second half capped a 16-8 run to push a four-point halftime lead to 47-35. Johnson scored 11 points in the half.
Two free throws by Johnson extended the lead to 15 with 8:52 left.
No. 15 BYU 89, No. 25 UNLV 77 -- Box Score
LAS VEGAS -- Jimmer Fredette scored 39 points to lead No. 15 Brigham Young to an 89-77 win against 25th-ranked UNLV on Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener.
He hit seven 3-pointers for the Cougars (15-1, 1-0), who ended an eight-game losing streak against UNLV at the Thomas & Mack Center dating back to Feb. 5, 2005.
Jackson Emery had 22 points, while Brandon Davies added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars, who led 38-35 at halftime.
Anthony Marshall led the Rebels (12-3, 0-1) with a career high 26 points. Tre'Von Willis added 14 points and seven rebounds while Brice Massamba and Oscar Bellfield each had 10 points for UNLV, which had two 10-point first-half leads.
Tennessee 104, No. 21 Memphis 84 -- Box Score
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tobias Harris scored 17 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Tennessee got its third win over a ranked opponent this season with a 104-84 rout of No. 21 Memphis on Wednesday night
Tennessee (10-4) came out hot, hitting three early 3-pointers. Trae Golden passed to Scotty Hopson for an alley-oop dunk that got the crowd loud and launched a 14-2 run that gave the Vols a 28-12 lead with 10:41 in the first half.
The Vols grabbed nine more rebounds than the Tigers in the first half by dominating the offensive boards and pushed their lead to 23 points on an underhanded layup by Jeronne Maymon with 4:45 before halftime.
Memphis (11-3) went on a 12-0 run that stretched from the end of the first half to the beginning of the second to cut Tennessee's lead to 10, but it was as close as the Tigers would get.
Will Coleman led Memphis with 17 points.