LA Tech, FIU start season at 3-0
RUSTON, La. — Mubarak Muhammed scored a careerhigh 17 points off the bench and Anthony Duruji scored 16 and Louisiana Tech beat Division II Harding 89-58 on Tuesday night.
Mu ha m med also grabbed eight rebounds in just 17 minutes of play. Louisiana Tech is off to a 3-0 start for the third time in the last four seasons.
Louisiana Tech used its size and outscored Harding 54-16 in the paint, 16-0 on second-chance points and had a 46-23 rebound advantage.
Ra’Shawn Langston scored 11 points, Exavian Christon and JaColby Pemberton each scored 10 for Louisiana Tech. In off the bench, Langston hit a 3 and had a 3-point play to spark a 13-0 run. The Bulldogs led 51-26 at halftime and connected on 51 percent of its shots (22 of 43) in the first half.
FIU 86, MILWAUKEE 83: Osasumwen Osaghae drove for a layup to break a tie with 11 seconds remaining, converted the 3-point play after getting fouled and Florida International survived an attempted 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Milwaukee 86-83 on Tuesday night.
Osaghae finished with 10 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and scored the game-winning points after FIU (3-0) called a timeout when Milwaukee tied the game 83-83 with a half-minute remaining.
Vance Johnson scored on a drive for the tying bucket after DeAndre Abram rebounded an FIU miss. The teams swapped the lead eight times and the game was tied a half-dozen times.
Brian Beard Jr. scored 19 points to lead five Golden Panthers into double figure scoring, and added seven assists. Devon Andrews scored 17 points, Marcus Burwell 12 and Willy Nunez Jr. 11.
No. 13 IOWA 104, WESTERN KENTUCKY 67: Megan Gustafson scored 29 points, making all 13 of her shots, Makenzie Meyer made five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points and No. 13 Iowa beat Western Kentucky 104-67 on Tuesday night.
Gustafson became the second player in program history to surpass 1,000 career rebounds with six boards in the first half. She scored 12 straight Iowa points spanning the third-quarter break.
Hannah Stewart added 14 points for Iowa (3-0), which has its highest ranking since the Feb. 16, 2016.
The Hilltoppers were held to just 10 points in the third quarter, and trailed 79-46. Raneem Elgedawy and Alexis Brewer each scored 14 points — with 26 coming in the first half — for Western Kentucky (0-3).
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No. 22 LSU 85, MEMPHIS 76: Skylar Mays scored 19 points, transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams added a career-high 14, and No. 22 LSU held off a relentless effort by first-year coach Penny Hardaway’s Memphis squad, 85-76 on Tuesday night.
Each of LSU’s three freshmen starters — Naz Reid, Ja’Vonte Smart and Emmitt Williams — scored 11 points. Williams also grabbed 10 rebounds for the Tigers (3-0), who trailed briefly with about 13 minutes to go before surging ahead for good with a pivotal 12-1 run that included back-to-back 3s by Mays and Reid.