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RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State threw the clamps on the Miami (Ohio) offense, surrendering just one field goal over the final nine minutes of the first half, to cruise to a 97-59 victory on opening night at PNC Arena, Friday.
The Wolfpack (1-0) boasted six scorers in double figures, led by freshman Rodney Purvis and senior Richard Howell who eached chipped in 16. Howell scored his on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, and added 10 rebounds to notch a double-double.
Junior Lorenzo Brown finished the night with 15 points, seven assists, and six rebounds in 26 minutes of play. Brown looked as though he was on his way to a triple-double with eight points, five assists, and five rebounds at the half. Junior C.J. Leslie produced 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting with eight rebounds. Senior Scott Wood started hot, making two of his first three from beyond the arc, to finish with 10. Sophomore Thomas de Thaey tallied 10 on a 4-of-6 clip, burying back-to-back three pointers down the stretch.
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke wasn't anywhere near its best in the season opener. What the eighth-ranked Blue Devils did have was Mason Plumlee, and that was enough to beat Georgia State.
Yet - despite the Panthers' coach's strong opinions - the Blue Devils know they'll need to do much more to win their upcoming battle of bluebloods.
Plumlee had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Duke to a 74-55 win over Georgia State on Friday night.
"It was OK. It wasn't an efficient game - a lot of turnovers, some things I should have finished," Plumlee said. "But it's the first game of the season. We aren't supposed to be peaking right now. I'll be alright, and I'll be better the next game."
CHAPEL HILL - James Michael McAdoo set career highs with 26 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 11 North Carolina beat Gardner-Webb 76-59 on Friday night.
McAdoo shot 10 of 20 from the field in the first game of the season for both teams. Dexter Strickland dded 13 points for the Tar Heels, who improved to 91-12 in openers.
North Carolina overcame 18 turnovers, 1-of-12 shooting from 3-point range and a 9-of-19 mark at the free throw line to win for the 80th time in its last 82 home openers.
ATLANTA (AP) - Kammeon Holsey, who didn't start due to an ankle injury, scored 18 points and Georgia Tech opened its season by beating Tulane 79-61 on Friday night.
Georgia Tech opened its new McCamish Pavilion, built on the site of the Yellow Jackets' old Alexander-Memorial Coliseum.
Josh Davis led Tulane (0-1) with a career-high 27 points. Ricky Tarrant had 18.
Holsey, a junior forward, came off the bench less than 5 minutes into the game and immediately assumed a lead scoring role for Georgia Tech (1-0), which returns all five starters.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Six Wake Forest players scored in double figures led by C.J. Harris' 19 points as the Demon Deacons took down Radford 79-67 in their season opener Friday at Joel Coliseum.
The Deacons (1-0) shot 63.6 percent (28-of-44) from the floor - the 14th-best shooting mark in school history and the best since shooting 64.2 percent in a win over Georgia Tech in the 2007 ACC Tournament - to vanquish the Highlanders (0-1) who went only 37.9 percent from the field.
"This was a hard fought game obviously and we expected that," said head coach Jeff Bzdelik. "To shoot the percentage that we did, to have six players in double digits, to have some really good efforts from some of our younger players was good. We will build on that and move forward."
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Reggie Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Miami held off Stetson 87-79 on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
Kenny Kadji finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, which trailed by seven late in the first half, then wasted most of a 13-point second-half lead before hanging on in the final minutes. Trey McKinney Jones scored 14 points, Shane Larkin added 13 and Rion Brown had 10 for Miami.
Adam Pegg scored 22 points, Aaron Graham added 21 and Chris Perez finished with 12 for Stetson, which shot 13 for 31 from 3-point range.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Junior guard Jarrod Polson scored 10 points - three more than he had in his career at Kentucky - and made the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds to play as the third-ranked Wildcats held off a furious second-half rally by Maryland for a 72-69 victory Friday night.
Kyle Wiltjer, a sophomore, led Kentucky with 19 points in the second game of the Barclays Center Classic, the first college basketball games played in the new arena in Brooklyn. Archie Goodwin, the only one of the four freshmen in Kentucky's heralded recruiting class to score in double figures, had 16 points for the defending national champions.
Seven-foot-1 sophomore Alex Len led Maryland with 23 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs. His rare three-point play - he made the first free throw then rebounded his own miss of the second - brought the Terrapins within 70-69 with 8.9 seconds left.
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Bryon Allen hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining, then sank two free throws to seal George Mason's 63-59 victory over Virginia on Friday.
Allen's 3-pointer just beat the shot block buzzer and gave the Patriots a 60-57 advantage with 1:02 remaining. The junior's foul shots with 2.1 seconds left ended the Cavaliers' 14-game winning streak in season openers and gave George Mason its first win in the series in eight tries.
"I didn't have a good look at all, I just tried to put it up there," Allen said of his go-ahead basket. "Honestly, I'm just trying to get it up. It felt good, and once it got halfway there, I knew it was going in."
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida State raised its Atlantic Coast Conference championship banner before its season opener. Then the Seminoles took the floor and struggled in every way.
Antoine Allen hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead South Alabama to a 76-71 season-opening upset of No. 25 Florida State on Friday night.
Augustine Rubit added 12 points and Mychal Ammons had 11 points and 11 rebounds for South Alabama, which shot 9 of 15 from 3-point range.
"They were a little tougher than we were," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "They played with a lot more maturity. They executed their game plan better than we did."