Top 25 Capsules
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nick Johnson scored 23 points and freshman Aaron Gordon added 16 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 6 Arizona to a 69-60 victory over San Diego State on Thursday night.
JJ O’Brien and Xavier Thames had 19 points each for the Aztecs (1-1), who had won two of the last three meetings with Arizona (3-0), the loss coming in the final seconds of last year’s Diamond Head Classic.
Arizona had a 14-point lead midway through the second half, but San Diego State rallied, closing within four points on Thames’ layup with less than 2 minutes remaining.
Gordon then had a soaring dunk off an inbounds pass to put away the Aztecs in the game played at Viejas Arena.
No. 13 MEMPHIS 95, AUSTIN PEAY 69
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Joe Jackson had 16 points and seven assists as six Memphis players scored in double figures.
Memphis (1-0) shot 54 percent from the field and its pressing defense forced 22 turnovers by the Governors (1-1).
Michael Dixon Jr. was 5 of 7 from the field and scored 15 points for Memphis, while Nick King had 13 points and Geron Johnson and Chris Crawford finished with 11 each. Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds.
Ed Dyson scored 11 points to lead the Governors and Zavion Williams and Chris Freeman added 10 each.
Memphis had its own turnover problems with 21 in its uptempo approach, but it wasn’t nearly as damaging as Austin Peay’s. Memphis had 27 points off turnovers, compared to 14 for the Governors.
Memphis outrebounded the Governors 50-27. The 29 turnovers by Austin Peay, included four steals each from Dixon and Crawford.
No. 16 WICHITA ST. 79, WILLIAM & MARY 62
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Fred VanVleet had a career-high 18 points and Cleanthony Early added 14 for Wichita State.
Ron Baker added 13 points and Kadeem Coleby had 10 for the Shockers (3-0), who have won 20 straight non-conference games at home by an average of 22 points.
Marcus Thornton had 18 points to lead the Tribe (1-2), who were just 11 of 22 from the free throw line. Tim Rusthoven added 13 points and freshman Omar Prewitt finished with 11.
The Tribe rolled to a 13-3 lead in the opening minutes, and never trailed in the first half. Rusthoven had 10 points in the first 20 minutes, dominating in the post.
Early — one of the breakout stars of last year’s Final Four — hit a long 3-pointer that got Wichita State within 39-38 at halftime.
Mired in foul trouble, William & Mary began to let the game slip away in the second half. Wichita State took its first lead on Coleby’s dunk to start the second half, and then pushed the lead to 53-43 on a 3-pointer by VanVleet a few minutes later.
No. 19 CONNECTICUT 101, DETROIT 55
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Omar Calhoun led six Connecticut players in double figures with 17 points in the opening round of the 2K Sports Classic.
Niels Giffey tied the career high he set against Yale on Monday with 15 points, all in the first half, for UConn (3-0). The Huskies used a 21-2 run to take a 48-26 halftime lead.
Ryan Boatright had 12 points and seven assists for UConn and Shabazz Napier added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, three days after recording the second triple-double of his career.
All 14 Huskies played, and 13 scored.
Matthew Grant led Detroit (1-2) with 15 points. Juwan Howard Jr., the son of former NBA player and current Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard, added 14.
UConn scored 100 points for the first time since March 2009, when it put up 103 on Chattanooga.