ALCORN, Miss. (AP) -- Alcorn State beat Oakwood 85-41 Sunday in the season opener for the Braves.
Oakwood, who plays out of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association, counted the game as an exhibition match.
Alcorn State took a 21-point lead into halftime and continued that pace after the break, outscoring Oakwood 47-24 in the second half.
Alcorn State's lineup boast four starters from last year's team, all which are now seniors. Two of those starters, Ian Francis and Michael Starks, are the Braves' two leading scorers from last season.
The Braves will also look for a spark from sophomore Leantwan Luckett (6'5''-G), who was highly touted out of high school but sat out his entire freshman season.
Prairie View 80, Scheiner 51
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) -- Jourdan Demuynck (6'6''-G) had 17 points, 11 rebounds and five steals as Prairie View A&M defeated Schreiner University 80-51 Sunday.
Josh Eleby also scored 17 points for the Panthers (1-1), Montrael Scott added 14 and Carl Blair had eight assists.
John Whitty (6'0''-G) led Schreiner (0-1), a Division III school, with 17 points.
The Mountaineers led 15-13 midway through the first half before Prairie View went on a 21-2 run. During that span, Eleby had two dunks, Ryan Gesiakowski hit two 3-pointers and the Panthers took advantage of six Schreiner turnovers to make it 34-17.
The Mountaineers finished with 29 turnovers and shot just 31 percent from the field.
Prairie View, which shot 53 percent, led by as many as 28 points in the second half when Mayol Riathin hit a layup with 9:31 remaining
#10 Florida 84, Alabama State 35
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Kenny Boynton scored 22 points and the 10th-ranked Gators cruised past Alabama State on Sunday in their delayed opener. Florida was supposed to begin the season Friday against Georgetown aboard the USS Bataan, but the game was canceled at halftime because there was moisture on the court.
Florida took an 8-0 lead and was ahead by 32 points with 6:24 left in the first half. The Gators led Alabama State 47-9 at halftime, the fewest points Florida has allowed in the first half since the implementation of the shot clock.
The Hornets missed 19 of their first 20 shots and went 2-for-25 overall in the first half. They finished 10 of 53 from the field and committed 19 turnovers.
Four of Florida's starters scored at least 12 points. Nine players logged at least 18 minutes.
Backup guard Bobby Brown (6'6'') led Alabama State with 14 points.
Patric Young (6'9''-C-92) had 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots for the Gators. Erik Murphy added 15 points and Mike Rosario had 14.
#19 Baylor 78, Jackson State 47
WACO, Texas -- Pierre Jackson had 25 points and seven assists while Cory Jefferson added 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots as 19th-ranked Baylor beat Jackson State. Baylor has won all six series games against the Tigers, all coming in the last six seasons. The Bears are 43-0 all-time against SWAC teams.
Jackson scored the game's first five points and the Bears (2-0) never trailed. Willie Readus made a jumper midway through the first half to get Jackson State within 19-10. That's as close as the Tigers would get.
Baylor scored 10 consecutive points, with Jackson's two free throws making it 29-10 with six minutes left before halftime. Baylor led 40-23 at halftime, and had as much as a 34-point lead after that.
Jeff Stubbs had 15 points to lead Jackson State, while Willie Readus had 11 points.
The Bears dominated in the paint scoring 54 of their points inside.
Ball State 78, Grambling 51
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Jesse Berry scored 17 points and Ball State pulled away in the second half to beat Grambling State 78-51 in the Cardinals' opener on Sunday.
Majok Majok had 12 rebounds and 11 points for Ball State. Three other Cardinals scored in double figures, Marcus Posley adding 12 points and Chris Bond and Zach Fields scoring 10 points each.
Grambling was led by Terry Rose with a game-high 22 points. He hit six 3-pointers and was 8 for 14 overall, but the rest of the Tigers were 10 of 32 from the field.
Boise State 81, Texas southern 63
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Derrick Marks had 16 points and eight rebounds as Boise State defeated Texas Southern 81-63 Sunday in the season-opening contest for both schools.
Kenny Buckner scored 12 points and Anthony Drmic (6'6''-G/F-92) and Ryan Watkins added 11 apiece for the Broncos.
Raymond Penn scored 25 points and Omar Strong added 11 for Texas Southern in the first game as Tigers' coach for Mike Davis, the former head man at Indiana and Alabama-Birmingham.
Boise State used a 21-4 spurt over a six-minute span of the first half to take a 20-point lead. Marks began the run with two free throws, and a three-point play by Buckner boosted the Broncos' lead to 33-19. A three-point play by Watkins completed the surge and made it 41-21 with 3:33 remaining in the half.
The Broncos led 49-30 at halftime and led comfortably the rest of the contest. Boise State's lead topped out at 26 points.
Nebraska 66, Southern 55
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Brandon Ubel had 17 of his 21 points in the second half Sunday as Nebraska opened the season with a 66-55 win over Southern in Tim Miles' coaching debut with the Cornhuskers.
Dylan Talley (6'5''-G-89) added 17 points and Ray Gallegos had 16 for Nebraska. Ubel also had 12 rebounds.
Derick Beltran led Southern (0-2) with 17 points, and Yondarius Johnson had 13.
Nebraska never trailed, opening up a 9-0 lead in the first five minutes en route to a 31-25 halftime lead.
Southern cut the lead to three on Beltran's 3-pointer to open the second half. Then Ubel took over, scoring seven straight to put Nebraska up 38-28 with his three-point play with 17:35 remaining. Ubel had another three-point play on a layup that gave Nebraska a 16-point lead, its largest of the game, with 9:02 remaining.
Hawaii 81, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 54
HONOLULU -- The University of Hawaii used a strong second half to blow open a close game with Arkansas-Pine Bluff. After leading by just six points at halftime (33-27), the Rainbow Warriors outscored UAPB 48-27 in the second half to pull away.
Guard Lazabian Jackson (6'3''-G) led the Golden Lions with 12 points. DaVon Haynes added 11 points, while Terrell Kennedy tallied 10 points.
For the game, UAPB hit 17-of-65 shots for 26 percent. The Lions also struggled from the freethrow line, making 16-of-23 for 69.6 percent. Meanwhile, Hawaii made 49 percent (28-of-57) from the field. The Warriors also knocked down 11-of-24 shots from 3-point range. Courtesy of: Courtesy: SWAC.org
Courtesy of cbssports Addition of 4-star '16 prospect Markell Johnson gives NC State a top-10 class The guard provides depth on an NC State team ranked on the edge of CBS Sports' Top 25 (and one) The late addition of Markell Johnson gives NC State a top-10 class for 2016. 247Sports The twists and turns of NC State's offseason have included transfers, NBA Draft declarations, the return of Abdul-Malik Abu after transfer talks and the addition of two potential contributors for 2016-17. M... [read more]
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Addition of 4-star '16 prospect Markell Johnson gives NC State a top-10 class The guard provides depth on an NC State team ranked on the edge of CBS Sports' Top 25 (and one)
The late addition of Markell Johnson gives NC State a top-10 class for 2016. 247Sports
The twists and turns of NC State's offseason have included transfers, NBA Draft declarations, the return of Abdul-Malik Abu after transfer talks and the addition of two potential contributors for 2016-17.
Mark Gottfried had to put in some work with his roster in flux, but the dust has settled and NC State has a roster with more and depth and talent than it did a year ago. In late May, when Gary Parrish put together his post-NBA Draft deadline Top 25 (and one), the Wolfpack made an appearance at No. 26.
The commitment of Turkish star Omer Yurtseven provided plenty of excitement for NC State fans looking for a good recruiting win, and now Gottfried has a late addition to the class with four-star guard Markell Johnson. Johnson, Yurtseven, five-star guard Dennis Smith (an early enrollee in January) and three-star Darius Hicks now give the Wolfpack the No. 7 recruiting class in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Johnson, a 6-foot-1 guard from Cleveland ranked as the No. 58 prospect in the country, recently reclassified and chose the Pack over Louisville, Xavier and others. He made the announcement official on Twitter this week.
After Cat Barber went pro, Cody and Caleb Martin transferred and the frontcourt duo of Abu and Beejay Anya were eyeing the door, things looked bleak for the beginning of the Dennis Smith era at NC State. Now the frontcourt is not only back, but beefed up (as long as Yurtseven is cleared by the NCAA) and Smith has a talented backup in Johnson.
Former Minnesota forward Buggs headed to USC - 1 day ago
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With Nikola Jovanovic turning pro and Darion Clark and Malik Martin both transferring out, USC entered the summer in a position where they could afford to add another front court option to help with depth. Thursday afternoon the Trojans did just that, as former Minnesota forward Charles Buggs (6'9''-F-93) has decided to join Andy Enfield 's program. As a graduate student Buggs will be eligible to compete immediately for the Trojans, who return rising sophomores Bennie Boatwright and Chime... [read more]
With Nikola Jovanovic turning pro and Darion Clark and Malik Martin both transferring out, USC entered the summer in a position where they could afford to add another front court option to help with depth. Thursday afternoon the Trojans did just that, as former Minnesota forward Charles Buggs (6'9''-F-93) has decided to join Andy Enfield 's program. As a graduate student Buggs will be eligible to compete immediately for the Trojans, who return rising sophomores Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu from last season's front court rotation. News of Buggs' decision was first reported by CBSSports.com. Last season the 6-foot-9 Buggs averaged 5.9 points and 2.9 rebounds per game for Minnesota, shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 3.19 percent from beyond the arc. His best scoring output came in a win over Clemson in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, scoring 15 points, and from a rebounding standpoint his season high of ten came in a loss to Temple in mid-November. With USC having the aforementioned Boatwright and Metu, not to mention highly regarded incoming freshman Harrison Henderson and another newcomer in Nick Rakocevic, Buggs will simply have to fit into the rotation as opposed to being asked to play a starring role. He gives USC some additional experience in the front court, something they lost with the departures of Jovanovic and Clark. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
Late rally helps University of Idaho top Japan - 5 days ago
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A dominant performance in the fourth quarter was enough to get Idaho back to its winning ways at the Atlas Challenge, as the Vandals took down Japan 74-64 on Saturday evening. The Vandals trailed by as many as nine points in the third quarter, but closed the quarter strong and carried that momentum into the fourth. Idaho would go on a 12-0 run to reclaim a lead it would not relinquish. Idaho outscored Japan, 30-13, in the fourth. Head coach Don Verlin went with a young lineup on Saturday,... [read more]
A dominant performance in the fourth quarter was enough to get Idaho back to its winning ways at the Atlas Challenge, as the Vandals took down Japan 74-64 on Saturday evening. The Vandals trailed by as many as nine points in the third quarter, but closed the quarter strong and carried that momentum into the fourth. Idaho would go on a 12-0 run to reclaim a lead it would not relinquish. Idaho outscored Japan, 30-13, in the fourth. Head coach Don Verlin went with a young lineup on Saturday, starting Nick Blair (6'5''-SF), Tyler Brimhall (6'4''-G), Jake Straughan (6'1''-G-96), Trevon Allen and Ty Egbert. Allen had a solid day, leading the team with three assists while connecting on 2-of-3 3-point attempts and picking up four rebounds and a pair of steals. Blair led the way for the Vandals with 16 points and seven boards. Blair shot 7-of-9 (77.8%) from the field and 2-of-3 (66.7%) from beyond the arc. Victor Sanders (6'5''-G-95) also went into double figures, finishing with 14 points. Idaho found its shot on Saturday, going 25-of-60 (41.7%) from the floor and 10-of-24 (41.7%) from beyond the arc. Next up, the Vandals close out play in the Atlas Challenge against Macedonia. Idaho fell in the first meeting, 69-67, after going cold in the closing minutes. Courtesy of: govandals.com
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