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
Coastal Carolina cruises to 91-81 win over Wyoming in Game 1 of CBI Championship - 1 hour ago
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Coastal Carolina is one step closer to a CBI Championship after earning a 91-81 Game 1 win over Wyoming at the HTC Center. The Sun Belt squad has been impressive this postseason, winning the first three games this tournament by an average margin of 12 points per game. The offense was dominant once again to take an early advantage in the best-of-three-game final. Coastal Carolina used some quality balance to light up the scoreboard, finishing with six players in double figures in the win.... [read more]
Coastal Carolina is one step closer to a CBI Championship after earning a 91-81 Game 1 win over Wyoming at the HTC Center. The Sun Belt squad has been impressive this postseason, winning the first three games this tournament by an average margin of 12 points per game. The offense was dominant once again to take an early advantage in the best-of-three-game final. Coastal Carolina used some quality balance to light up the scoreboard, finishing with six players in double figures in the win. Jaylen Shaw (6'1''-G) didn't have his best shooting night at 6-of-15 but helped the team by filling up the stat sheet. He ended the game with 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and only one turnover. Jason McManamen (6'5''-G-94) had a game-high 19 points for Wyoming before fouling out. Alan Herndon (6'9''-F-94) also played a big role, especially on the defensive end with five blocks. His work in the post was key in helping the Cowboys stay competitive in the second half. However, 15 turnovers and a 46-34 rebounding deficit helped contribute to the loss. On the plus side, the next two contests will be at Wyoming as the squad tries to bring home a CBI title. Coastal Carolina took full advantage of the home court in the early going, taking a 18-6 lead in the first six minutes and continuing to build distance going into halftime. This late three for Wyoming helped prevent the score from being double digits after the first half. As it was, the Chanticleers were still up 44-35 through 20 minutes of game time. The second half was more of the same with the home team consistently making shots to stay ahead. Although Wyoming was able to cut the lead down to six a few times, a 9-2 run helped the Chanticleers pull away. They weren't flawless down the stretch, but they made enough free throws to hold on for the 10-point victory. The teams will face off again in Game 2 Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET in Wyoming. If necessary, a third game will be played as a tiebreaker Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. In order for there to be a third game, however, the Cowboys will have to play much better defense next time out. Courtesy of: bleacherreport.com
Akron's Keith Dambrot taking Duquesne coaching job - 2 hours ago
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Duquesne has agreed to a seven-year deal with Akron head coach Keith Dambrot , multiple sources told ESPN. Dambrot, 58, has been the head coach at Akron since 2004 -- and has taken the Zips to the NCAA tournament four times and to the NIT on five occasions. Dambrot's departure was officially announced by Akron, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions'' and saying "we wish him well as he moves along.'' Dambrot will replace Jim Ferry, who was 60-... [read more]
Duquesne has agreed to a seven-year deal with Akron head coach Keith Dambrot , multiple sources told ESPN. Dambrot, 58, has been the head coach at Akron since 2004 -- and has taken the Zips to the NCAA tournament four times and to the NIT on five occasions. Dambrot's departure was officially announced by Akron, which released a statement Monday night thanking him "for the enormous contributions'' and saying "we wish him well as he moves along.'' Dambrot will replace Jim Ferry, who was 60-97 in five seasons at Duquesne. Dambrot coached LeBron James during his first two seasons at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. After losing to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, the Cavaliers star got the news that his former coach was leaving Akron. "I support everything that Coach D do. He's paid more dues than any other coach in Akron history," James said. "He got a seven-year deal? He probably got a pay raise, too. He's going to have to take me to lunch when I get back." Dambrot spent 13 seasons at Akron, compiling a 305-139 record. He has turned down other coaching jobs in the past to stay at Akron. Akron said it will immediately launch a national search for a new coach. Courtesy of: espn.com
Quinnipiac to name Baker Dunleavy new men's basketball coach - 18 hours ago
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Quinnipiac will hire Baker Dunleavy as its next head coach, according to multiple sources. Dunleavy has spent the past four seasons as associate head coach at Villanova. He helped the Wildcats win a national championship in 2016 under head coach Jay Wright . Dunleavy replaces Tom Moore, who was fired earlier in the month after 10 seasons at the helm. Dunleavy, 34, is the son of former longtime NBA head coach and current Tulane head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. He played at Villanova in the ea... [read more]
Quinnipiac will hire Baker Dunleavy as its next head coach, according to multiple sources. Dunleavy has spent the past four seasons as associate head coach at Villanova. He helped the Wildcats win a national championship in 2016 under head coach Jay Wright . Dunleavy replaces Tom Moore, who was fired earlier in the month after 10 seasons at the helm. Dunleavy, 34, is the son of former longtime NBA head coach and current Tulane head coach Mike Dunleavy, Sr. He played at Villanova in the early 2000s alongside stars such as Allan Ray, Randy Foye and Jason Fraser, helping the team to the Sweet 16 as a junior. After graduating from Villanova in 2006, Dunleavy worked for Merrill Lynch before joining the Villanova staff as director of basketball operations. He was later elevated to assistant coach, then associate head coach. In the latter role, Dunleavy's responsibilities included on-court teaching, player development and recruiting. Dunleavy, who interviewed for the position on March 19, gets the job over a group of candidates that included former Quinnipiac star guard Jared Grasso, who's now associate head coach at Iona and Hamden native, former Quinnipiac assistant and current Southern Connecticut head coach Scott Burrell. Others believed to be targeted by Quinnipiac included Vermont head coach John Becker, Xavier associate head coach Travis Steele, Robert Morris head coach Andrew Toole and Albany head man Will Brown. A press conference is expected to officially introduce Dunleavy on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon. Dunleavy brings national championship pedigree and experience under one of the more respected head coaches in the game, not to mention a name that carries plenty of weight in the basketball world. He has no head coaching experience, of course. And while he inherits a strong, young roster that is slated to bring back its top three scorers from a year ago (including MAAC rookie of the year Mikey Dixon), Dunleavy may have to work hard to keep those players with the program. Grasso, a talented recruiter who has already secured a commitment from Hamden's own C.J. Seaforth for next season, was an assistant at the school for one season and is in its athletics Hall of Fame. He would have jumped at the opportunity to land what would have been a dream job. Same with Burrell, whose interview was this past Thursday, March 23. Burrell may have been hurt by his ties to Moore, for whom he was an assistant for eight years, but he has established himself as the head coach at SCSU, taking the Owls to the NCAA Division II tournament the past two seasons. Courtesy of: nhregister.com
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