LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Julius Randle scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead five Kentucky players in double figures and help the top-ranked Wildcats and their highly touted freshman class beat UNC-Asheville 89-57 on Friday night.
Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward, grabbed 15 rebounds.
Reserve sophomore forward Alex Poythress added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Reserve Marcus Lee added 17 points, James Young had 11 and Aaron Harrison 10 as Kentucky's freshmen helped the Wildcats overcome a ragged start.
Kentucky shot 17 of 30 in the second half to finish 28 of 59 (47.5 percent).
Will Weeks' 19 points led UNC-Asheville in the debut of Nick McDevitt as the Bulldogs' head coach.
No. 2 MICHIGAN ST. 98, McNEESE ST. 56
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Gary Harris scored 15 of his 20 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 10 rebounds for the Spartans, whose next game is against No. 1 Kentucky.
Michigan State scored 10 straight points after trailing 13-12 early in the game and opened the second half with an 11-0 run to take a 63-25 lead.
No. 4 DUKE 111, DAVIDSON 77
DURHAM, N.C. -- Jabari Parker scored 22 points in his debut for Duke.
Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood added 22 points in his first game with the Blue Devils.
The Atlantic Coast Conference favorites shot 70.4 percent -- just the sixth time in school history that Duke was better than 70 percent for a game.
They effectively ended this one after a first half in which they shot 71 percent, held the Wildcats to one offensive rebound and scored 59 points -- more than they had in any half in 2012-13.
Southern Conference preseason player of the year De'Mon Brooks led Davidson with 24 points.
No. 5 KANSAS 80, LOUISANA-MONROE 63
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points in his highly anticipated debut for Kansas.
Marvin Williams had 19 points and six rebounds for the Warhawks, who won just four games last season. They trailed 47-41 early in the second half before the quicker, more physical Jayhawks finally went on a 15-5 run to seize control.
The Jayhawks started three freshmen in Wiggins, Selden and Frank Mason, who got the nod at point guard with junior Naadir Tharpe serving a one-game suspension for playing in an unauthorized summer league game. Senior transfer Tarik Black also was in the starting lineup.
No. 7 MICHIGAN 69, MASS.-LOWELL 42
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Glenn Robinson III scored 15 points and Michigan pulled away in the second half to beat Division I newcomer UMass-Lowell.
Michigan raised its Final Four banner from last season before the game, but the River Hawks led by two points early in the second half. The Wolverines took control by scoring the game's next 21 points, and that was the end of the upset bid.
Michigan was without star big man Mitch McGary, who missed the game because of a lingering back problem.
Akeem Williams scored 16 points for UMass-Lowell, which was making its Division I debut. The River Hawks aren't eligible for the America East or NCAA tournaments until 2017-18.
No. 8 OKLAHOMA ST. 117, MVSU 62
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Le'Bryan Nash had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead five scorers in double figures for Oklahoma State.
Phil Forte had 22 points, shooting 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and OSU went 12 of 21 from beyond the arc. Markel Brown and Brian Williams scored 14 apiece. Marcus Smart, the preseason Big 12 player of the year, had 11.
The Cowboys outscored MVSU 34-10 over the final 9:07 of the first half to lead 63-29. Smart's driving layup put the Cowboys up 100-47 with 7:02 remaining.
No. 8 SYRACUSE 82, CORNELL 60
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Trevor Cooney had seven 3-pointers and 27 points, both career highs, for Syracuse.
Syracuse, playing its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, leads the all-time series against Cornell 88-31 and has won 34 straight against the Big Red.
It was the first game between the teams in three years, but the Big Red, 5-68 all-time against teams ranked in the Top 25, led by as many as 14 in the first half behind sharpshooting Nolan Cressler.
Syracuse turned the tables with an 18-5 run early in the second to take control. Cooney scored eight points in the surge that put the Orange up 60-48 with 11:38 to go and they steadily pulled away.
C.J. Fair finished with 19 points for Syracuse.
Cressler finished with a career-high 23 points but managed just three in the second half.
No. 10 FLORIDA 77, NORTH FLORIDA 69
The short-handed Gators won their 23rd consecutive opener -- a much-needed tuneup before playing at No. 20 Wisconsin on Tuesday night.
Florida let North Florida hang around most of the game, backing up coach Billy Donovan's assertion that there's no way his team should be ranked 10th.
The Osprey, who hit nine of their final 15 3-pointers, made it a seven-point game with 19.2 seconds remaining. But the Gators closed it out from the free throw line. Florida finished 27 of 32 from the line.
No. 14 VCU 96, ILLINOIS ST. 58
RICHMOND, Va. -- Juvonte Reddic had 13 points and eight rebounds and VCU used a 33-7 first-half run to take command.
The Rams, ranked to start the season for the first time in program history, led 9-4 when Reddic started the suspense-ending blitz with a dunk off a feed from Rob Brandenburg. The burst included 3-pointers from five Rams, including three in a span of just 47 seconds by Melvin Johnson.
The Redbirds, with 10 new players and only two on the roster with any Division I experience, looked very much like a team still getting familiar with each other. They committed a 10-second violation on their first possession, missed 15 of their first 16 shots and trailed 48-12 after 17 minutes.
Zach Lofton led Illinois State with 12 points.
No. 17 MARQUETTE 63, SOUTHERN 56
MILWAUKEE -- Davante Gardner scored 25 points to help Marquette beat Southern in the season opener for both teams.
The senior forward, Marquette's leading returning scorer and the top sixth man in the Big East last season, was 5 of 7 from the field and made 15 of 20 free throws. He was a point off his career high set last season against Syracuse.
Todd Mayo added 20 points for Marquette. The Golden Eagles won their 26th straight home game, the second-longest current streak in the NCAA. Marquette also won its opener for the 13th year in a row.
Malcolm Miller led Southern with 14 points.
No. 18 UCONN 78, MARYLAND 77
The Huskies nearly blew all of a 17-point lead over the final minutes at Barclays Center. Nick Faust scored five straight points on a layup and 3-pointer to bring the Terrapins within two with 2:28 left.
Tyler Olander drilled a 3 for UConn with 2 minutes left to make it 78-73. Napier was whistled for his fifth foul and Dez Wells made two free throws to cut it to 78-75. Wells hit a jumper out of a Maryland timeout and it was a one-point game.
UConn twice missed the front end of 1-and-1s but Maryland misfired from the floor on two potential go-ahead shots. Faust led the Terps with 17 points.
With former coach Jim Calhoun in attendance, UConn won the opener under second-year coach Kevin Ollie. The Huskies went 20-10 last season, but failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament because of poor academic progress rates that predated anyone on the current roster.
No. 20 WISCONSIN 86, ST. JOHN'S 75
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Josh Gasser, who missed last season with a knee injury, scored 19 points and Wisconsin opened the season with a victory over St. John's.
The Badgers, who had five players in double figures, never trailed and took control with an early 11-2 run and then went 11 of 23 from 3-point range.
The game was played in the 3,250-seat Sanford Pentagon.
Sam Dekker had 16 points for Wisconsin, which opened away from home for the first time in eight years.
D'Angelo Harrison had 27 points for the Red Storm and JaKarr Sampson added 21 points and seven rebounds. St. John's was outscored 33-6 from beyond the arc.
Wisconsin led by as many as 18 in the first half. St. John's pulled to 58-54 with about 8 minutes left before the Badgers hit consecutive 3-pointers.
No. 21 NOTRE DAME 74, MIAMI (OHIO) 62
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jerian Grant scored a career-high 26 points to lead Notre Dame over Miami (Ohio).
Notre Dame jumped out to a 21-6 lead midway through the first half, but Miami kept the game competitive by playing tight man-to-man defense and hustling for rebounds and loose balls.
Sophomore guard Reggie Johnson led the Redhawks with 22 points.
No. 24 VIRGINIA 61, JAMES MADISON 41
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Anthony Gill scored 13 points in his Virginia debut and the Cavaliers held James Madison scoreless for nearly 7 minutes in the first half.
Gill, a transfer from South Carolina, shot 5 for 5 from the field. Brogdon, who missed last season following foot surgery, hit a trio of 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes as Virginia built a 19-point cushion.
Tom Vodanovich had 11 points and four rebounds for the Dukes.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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