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
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Valparaiso All-American Alec Peters won't follow Bryce Drew to Vanderbilt - May 30, 2016
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Vanderbilt won't be the host for the reunion between head coach Bryce Drew and Valparaiso All-American forward Alec Peters(6'9''-F-95). The 6'8, 225 pound forward won't follow his former coach to Nashville and will instead play his senior season for the Crusaders. Peters was an honorable mention All-American this season after averaging 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Valpo. He also made 46.4 percent of his three-pointers against conference opponents as a junior. He declared for... [read more]
Vanderbilt won't be the host for the reunion between head coach Bryce Drew and Valparaiso All-American forward Alec Peters (6'9''-F-95). The 6'8, 225 pound forward won't follow his former coach to Nashville and will instead play his senior season for the Crusaders. Peters was an honorable mention All-American this season after averaging 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for Valpo. He also made 46.4 percent of his three-pointers against conference opponents as a junior. He declared for the 2016 NBA Draft back in April, but withdrew from consideration last week after failing to earn a first-round grade from league scouts. Vanderbilt had room for the All-Horizon League big man. After losing Damian Jones and Wade Baldwin IV to the Draft and Samir Sehic to Tulane, the Commodores only have 10 scholarship players for the 2016-17 season. Since he's already graduated from Valparaiso, Peters would have been able to play immediately in Nashville. Instead, he'll lead the Crusaders for one final season. Here's what Vanderbilt's depth chart could look like without the rangy forward in black and gold next winter. Courtesy of: anchorofgold.com
Guard Malik Newman to leave Mississippi State - May 30, 2016
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In the aftermath of Malik Newman(6'3''-G-97)'s decision to withdraw his name from the 2016 NBA Draft, there were rumblings that he would not be returning to the Mississippi State program. Monday afternoon it was learned that Newman would transfer, with the news first being reported by CBSSports.com. A top ten prospect in the Class of 2015, Newman was viewed as the crown jewel in Ben Howland's first recruiting class at Mississippi State. Things didn't work out as anticipated however, with... [read more]
In the aftermath of Malik Newman (6'3''-G-97)'s decision to withdraw his name from the 2016 NBA Draft, there were rumblings that he would not be returning to the Mississippi State program. Monday afternoon it was learned that Newman would transfer, with the news first being reported by CBSSports.com. A top ten prospect in the Class of 2015, Newman was viewed as the crown jewel in Ben Howland's first recruiting class at Mississippi State. Things didn't work out as anticipated however, with Newman being hampered some by injuries throughout the course of the season. The Mississippi native averaged 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season, but he did so shooting just 39.1 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three. There's also the question of what Newman's role would be in 2016-17 to consider with regards to this decision. After not having a great amount of depth on the perimeter last season, that won't be the case for the Bulldogs next season. I.J. Ready and Quinndary Weatherspoon are among the returnees, and Mississippi State adds a talented crop of newcomers that includes four-star guards Tyson Carter, Lamar Peters and Eli Wright. Mississippi State also adds highly regarded wing Mario Kegler, and Louisiana Tech transfer Xavian Stapleton will be available after sitting out last season. With all of those additions, a feature role for Newman likely would have been tough to come by in 2016-17. Newman, a player who many thought wouldn't be in college for more than a season, will look for someplace else to call home. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
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