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
UCLA Outlasts Brisbane Bullets in Australia, 94-91 - 4 hours ago
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Aaron Holiday (6'1''-G-96) totaled a team-high 17 points to help the UCLA men's basketball team earn a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets before a capacity crowd at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night. Holiday, who made nine of 10 free throws, was one of four Bruins to score in double figures. Bryce Alford (6'3''-G-94) and Isaac Hamilton (6'5''-G-94) each had 16 points, while Ike Ike Anigbogu (6'10''-F/C) registered 13 points and 10 rebounds, including seven offensive bo... [read more]
Aaron Holiday (6'1''-G-96) totaled a team-high 17 points to help the UCLA men's basketball team earn a 94-91 win over the Brisbane Bullets before a capacity crowd at the Logan Metro Indoor Sports Centre on Monday night. Holiday, who made nine of 10 free throws, was one of four Bruins to score in double figures. Bryce Alford (6'3''-G-94) and Isaac Hamilton (6'5''-G-94) each had 16 points, while Ike Ike Anigbogu (6'10''-F/C) registered 13 points and 10 rebounds, including seven offensive boards. Thomas Welsh finished two points shy of a double-double, logging eight points and a team-leading 11 rebounds. Brisbane's Daniel Kickert (6'10''-C/F-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) registered a team-high 17 points for the National Basketball League squad that was playing its first preseason game since resurrecting its organization. The Bullets left the NBL in 2008 and will rejoin the league this season. UCLA's win came after some an interesting final sequence. The Bruins led 94-91 after Holiday made a pair of free throws with five seconds to play. Brisbane inbounded the ball and raced down the court before guard Ryan Vines (5'10''-G-91, college: Co.Georgia) heaved a wild desperation three-point shot, but UCLA's Bryce Alford was whistled for the foul. That sent Vines to the free throw line with a chance to even the score. Vines missed each of his first two free throw attempts and appeared to intentionally miss the final shot before UCLA's Ike Anigbogu grabbed the rebound to seal the victory. With Monday night's win, UCLA closed its three-game trip to Australia with two wins and one loss. "This is what we really needed and wanted in a foreign trip," UCLA head coach Steve Alford said. "Our guys were tested. I'm really glad that we won this last game. Even had we lost, it would have been a really good trip for us. But obviously, I'm glad that our guys got some momentum with this win tonight." Earlier in their overseas trip, the Bruins earned a 123-76 win at Sydney University on Aug. 23 before dropping an 89-84 decision to the Melbourne United of the NBL on Aug. 27. UCLA's three games in Australia will help the team prepare for its preseason practices in October. "We're further ahead with what we want to do offensively and with the basis of what we'd like to do on defense," Coach Alford said. "We'll come home with three games of really good film, particularly with those last two games against Melbourne and Brisbane. Between those two games against pro teams, we will have 80 minutes of really good film to show our guys and break down with one month before our preseason gets started." Monday's victory didn't come easy for UCLA. The host Bullets led throughout much of the first half and entered halftime with a 51-49 cushion, only after Alford nailed a 3-pointer with one second left in the second quarter to trim the gap to two points. In fact, the Bruins trailed by as many as 11 points with 4:18 to pay in the second quarter. The first quarter featured three lead changes before Brisbane claimed a 19-17 lead with 4:46 remaining. The Bullets never trailed until early in the third quarter. Down by a 52-51 margin just 25 seconds into the third quarter, Brisbane used a 6-0 scoring run to lead 57-52 and pushed its cushion to as many as 10 points - 66-56 - with five minutes left in the frame. Ike Anigbogu converted an old-fashioned 3-point play at the 1:07 mark, making the score 71-66 in Brisbane's favor. A basket by Hamilton with one second left in the third followed by another score from Hamilton to open the fourth quarter reduced Brisbane's advantage to 75-73. But the most notable sequence to lift the Bruins came from Bryce Alford and Lonzo Ball. Alford pulled the trigger on a sensational step-back 3-pointer to tie the game, 79-79, with 7:26 remaining and Ball immediately followed with a deep ball of his own, giving UCLA an 82-79 lead. The Bruins never trailed from that point. Brisbane twice tied the contest - at 82-82 and 84-84 - before Ike Anigbogu scored with 4:26 remaining to push UCLA ahead, 86-84. "We didn't play too well in the beginning," Holiday said. "But we started to really dig in during that second half, started to play tougher on defense, and we got going. It's great that we got the win." Holiday's tenacity on both sides of the ball was critical for the Bruins. The sophomore guard stuffed the stat sheet for UCLA, totaling four rebounds, three blocks, two steals and two assists. "I thought that he was a pitbull," Coach Alford said. "He really competed. With Isaac in some foul trouble there in the second half, I thought that Aaron really fought through, having to play some extended minutes. He did some great things for us at both ends of the floor." Monday's win helped the Bruins cap the basketball portion of their 10-day trip abroad. As for Tuesday, the team's final full day in Australia, the surf and sand is on the team's itinerary. Staying at a hotel adjacent to the shores of the Gold Coast, members of the Bruins' travel party will have opportunities to partake in surfing lessons on Tuesday afternoon. As for the chance of a "surf-off" contest between any coaches or players? "Spending the day at Surfer's Paradise, some of us are trying to get a surf-off going between Alec Wulff and Coach Broussard," Coach Alford joked. "And I can't wait to see that." Courtesy of: uclabruins.com
Brescia defeat Santa Clara in test game - 12 hours ago
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Brescia - Santa Clara University 72:68 Brescia continued their preparations for the upcoming season. They faced Santa Clara University in the latest exhibition clash. The Italian team eked out a narrow victory at the end. Lee Moore (193-G-95, college: UTEP) came up with 19 points to pace the winners. Santa Clara jumped to a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. Santa Clara established a 42:35 halftime advantage. The students secured... [read more]
Brescia - Santa Clara University 72:68
Brescia continued their preparations for the upcoming season. They faced Santa Clara University in the latest exhibition clash. The Italian team eked out a narrow victory at the end. Lee Moore (193-G-95, college: UTEP) came up with 19 points to pace the winners. Santa Clara jumped to a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second period. Santa Clara established a 42:35 halftime advantage. The students secured a narrow 56:55 lead heading into the fourth frame. But Brescia stepped on the gas in the final stanza to seal the victory. Michele Vitali (196-G-91) delivered 15 points, while Alessandro Cittadini (207-C-79) added 11 points for the Italian team. KJ Feagin (185-G) responded with 17 points for Santa Clara. Jared Brownridge (190-G) contributed 16 points in the loss.
Duke's Lands first commitment for 2017 Courtesy of cbssports.com Four-Star Alex O'Connell Becomes Duke's First Commitment of 2017 Alex O'Connell officially committed to Duke University today. The four-star wing became the first member of a potentially loaded mega-class for the Blue Devils in 2017. O'Connell was offered Wednesday night, but has visited the campus many times before and his father, Dave O'Connell, played for Duke in the mid-70s. Alex chose Duke over high-major programs, in... [read more]
Duke's Lands first commitment for 2017
Courtesy of cbssports.com Four-Star Alex O'Connell Becomes Duke's First Commitment of 2017
Alex O'Connell officially committed to Duke University today. The four-star wing became the first member of a potentially loaded mega-class for the Blue Devils in 2017. O'Connell was offered Wednesday night, but has visited the campus many times before and his father, Dave O'Connell, played for Duke in the mid-70s. Alex chose Duke over high-major programs, including Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut, UCLA, Miami, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, and Ole Miss.
6'6" Alex O'Connell is an athletic, three-level scorer, who has been blessed with good genes. Although he's lived in Baltimore and California, he's been raised in Georgia. The junior helped Milton High School reach the state Final Four in Georgia's AAAAAA (largest classification) playoffs. At 22.3 per game, O'Connell, who was a All-Metro Atlanta North Fulton selection, not only lead the team in scoring, but to twenty-five victories. In all likelihood, he will become the all-time leading scorer at Milton, which has won 2 state titles since 2010.
Alex' father, Mike, was a hyper-athletic guard, who suffered knee injuries, while playing for Bill Foster at Duke. The depth of athletic talent in the O'Connell gene pool doesn't end there as Alex' uncles played at Notre Dame and Xavier, while his older brother, Shawn, is a 6'8" forward at Georgia Southern. (Photo: 247Sports)
This AAU season, Alex decided to show what he was capable of on the toughest AAU league, Nike's EYBL circuit. While suiting up for Team United, O'Connell quickly proved he could score on anyone. The confident junior finished in the top 25 in three-pointers made, while easily leading the inexperienced United team in scoring, averaging over fourteen points.
Earlier in the year, O'Connell said of Duke, "It would definitely be a place where I have to see if I fit. I talked to him and he told me how that 2016 class, most of them would either be gone by the time I get there or have one more year left. I think if it comes down to it, I could really see myself fitting in with that class just depending on who commits and who sees themselves playing there too."
(Photo: Andrew Slater, 247Sports)
The four-star wing said earlier of his areas for improvement, "I gotta work on my ball handling. I'm getting a lot better on my ball handling. And then I have to be able to finish through contact. I'm really athletic. I'm really bouncy. Surprisingly though. I can finish above the rim, if necessary." Positionally, the first Duke commit said, "As of now, it doesn't matter, two, three, wing, it's the same thing. So, when it comes to college, I don't think it matters there either. Whether I'm on the left wing or right wing, a lot of coaches tell me there's no distinction between two and three." (Photo: Andrew Slater, 247Sports)
At the time, O'Connell said of the prospect of being a part of a deep, elite recruiting class, "Oh, yeah, absolutely. I think I could do really good things there. I could do just the same thing as Grayson Allen or Luke Kennard does now. I think I could do that too."
Arizona-Texas A&M, Texas-Arkansas doubleheader set for Lone Star Shootout
College basketball is taking on yet another neutral-court early season event.
The Lone Star Shootout has its matchups set. The doubleheader will go down on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Houston's Toyota Center. Arizona will play Texas A&M; Texas will play Arkansas.
So while it's a Texas-themed event, there will be two schools from outside the Lone Star State participating. Arizona has top-10 potential next season, too. Texas and Arkansas are way-back rivals from the days of the Southwest Conference. The Longhorns are expected to be an NCAA Tournament team again under Shaka Smart.
"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in front of our fans at the Toyota Center in Houston," Smart said in a statement. "It is one of the most important areas in this state as it relates to our recruiting and fan base.
Arkansas will have Moses Kingsley, who could be a national breakout player in the SEC, while A&M is fully loaded and should remain a top-three team in the SEC.
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