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NO. 25 TEXAS A&M 88,

NO. 11 WEST VIRGINIA 65

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Tyler Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds, Admon Gilder scored 23 points and No. 25 Texas A&M overcame a sluggish start to dominate No. 11 West Virginia 88-65 early Saturday in the Armed Forces Classic.

D.J. Hogg added 19 points for the Aggies, who played without suspended forward Robert Williams and point guard J.J. Caldwell. Gilder also had nine rebounds and seven assists.

James "Beetle" Bolden led West Virginia with 19 points. Jevon Carter added 13 and Wes Harris scored 12.

The game was played in a hangar on the sprawling Ramstein Air Base in southwestern Germany and it marked the only matchup among ranked men's teams on the opening day of the college basketball season.

West Virginia had its highest AP preseason ranking since 2009-10. But the Mountaineers struggled mightily after jumping to an early 13-point lead.

West Virginia got sloppy with the ball and committed several turnovers against the Aggies' zone defense late in the first half.

Texas A&M went on a 19-2 run spanning both halves, with Gilder's three-pointer giving the Aggies a 57-40 lead with 15:29 left.

By then, the Mountaineers looked spent and Texas A&M kept pouring it on.

Behind Gilder and Hogg, the Aggies' bench outscored West Virginia's reserves 49-25.

NO. 1 DUKE 97, ELON 68

DURHAM, N.C. -- Marvin Bagley had 25 points and 10 rebounds in his college debut, and No. 1 Duke opened another season of high expectations by routing Elon and moving Hall of Fame Coach Mike Krzyzewski one victory from yet another career milestone.

Grayson Allen added 22 points and made six of the Blue Devils' 12 three-pointers while Gary Trent Jr. added 17 points and 4 more threes.

Duke shot 55 percent -- 71 percent while pulling away in the second half -- and held the Phoenix to less than 40 percent shooting while looking the part of a team beginning a second consecutive season atop the AP Top 25.

NO. 2 MICHIGAN STATE 98, NORTH FLORIDA 66

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Miles Bridges started his sophomore season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, helping Michigan State win a tuneup for its highly anticipated game with No. 1 Duke on Tuesday night in Chicago.

NO. 3 ARIZONA 101, NORTHERN ARIZONA 67

TUCSON, Ariz. — Allonzo Trier scored a career-high 32 points for No. 3 Arizona as it beat its in-state rival.

NO. 4 KANSAS 92, TENNESSEE STATE 56

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Lagerald Vick scored 23 points, Svi Mykhailiuk added 15 and Kansas routed Tennessee State in its only tuneup before facing No. 5 Kentucky in the Champions Classic.

NO. 5 KENTUCKY 73, UTAH VALLEY 63

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Hamidou Diallo scored 13 second-half points, most of them during an 18-0 run, and No. 5 Kentucky shot 59 percent after halftime to rally past Utah Valley in the opener for both schools.

One of Kentucky Coach John Calipari's youngest rosters since arriving in Lexington showed its inexperience by struggling on both ends and trailing 34-25 at halftime. The Wildcats emerged from the break more energetic to make the pivotal run over 3:22 with eight consecutive baskets, including back-to-back transition dunks by Diallo.

The redshirt freshman guard, one of eight Kentucky newcomers, finished with 18 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 13 points, Kevin Knox 12 and Nick Richards 10.

NO. 6 VILLANOVA 75, COLUMBIA 60

PHILADELPHIA — Eric Paschall scored 15 points and Jalen Brunson had 14 to lead Villanova. Villanova, the 2016 national champions, won their 15th consecutive season opener and pulled away in the second half.

NO. 7 WICHITA STATE 109, MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY 57

WICHITA, Kan. — Senior Darral Willis scored 19 points to lead Wichita State. Landry Shamet had 17 points, Shaquille Morris scored 16 and Conner Frankamp added 11 to give the Shockers four starters in double figures.

NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 86, NORTHERN IOWA 69

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Luke Maye had a career-high 26 points to go with 10 rebounds in No. 9 North Carolina's season-opening victory against Northern Iowa.

Freshman Garrison Brooks added 14 points for the reigning national champions, who opened the season without Final Four Most Outstanding Player Joel Berry II and Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson due to injuries.

Regardless, the Tar Heels shot 50 percent and blew open a 14-point halftime lead to as many as 31 points down the stretch.

NO. 10 SOUTHERN CAL 84, CAL STATE FULLERTON 42

LOS ANGELES — Chimezie Metu had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Southern California opened the season with its highest ranking since 1974-75.

NO. 12 CINCINNATI 107, SAVANNAH STATE 77

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Cane Broome scored 17 points during his debut as Cincinnati's point guard, and the 12th-ranked Bearcats pulled away to a victory over Savannah State.

The Bearcats showed the offensive depth that brought them their highest AP preseason ranking since 1999-2000. Gary Clark -- one of three returning starters -- had 13 points and 11 rebounds in their first game at a temporary home arena.

Broome sat out last season after transferring from Sacred Heart. He started the game and had 4 assists and 6 turnovers in Cincinnati's highest-scoring opener since a 108-73 victory over Austin Peay in 1994.

NO. 13 MIAMI 77, GARDNER-WEBB 45

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Sophomore Bruce Brown had 10 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for his second career tirble-double and the third in school history as No. 13 Miami toppled Gardner-Webb.

NO. 15 MINNESOTA 92, SC UPSTATE 77

MINNEAPOLIS — Jordan Murphy scored a career-high 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and Reggie Lynch added 15 points and 10 rebounds as Minnesota beat South Carolina Upstate.

NO. 17 XAVIER 101, MOREHEAD STATE 49

CINCINNATI -- Trevon Bluiett scored 21 of his 25 points during Xavier's blistering first half, and the 17th-ranked Musketeers dominated from the opening tip-off for a victory over Morehead State.

The Musketeers return the core of their Elite Eight team and put their depth on display. They scored 62 points in the first half, their most since they had 68 during the opening half of a 117-75 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2012 season opener.

Xavier's senior guard tandem of Bluiett and J.P. Macura had their way. Macura scored Xavier's first eight points on a layup, a three-pointer and a three-point play, sparking an 18-1 run. He finished with 18 points.

NO. 18 GONZAGA 97, TEXAS SOUTHERN 69

SPOKANE, Wash. — Josh Perkins scored 20 points, hitting 6 three-pointers, as Gonzaga rolled over Texas Southern.

NO. 19 NORTHWESTERN 79, LOYOLA (MD.) 75

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Scottie Lindsey scored 26 points and Derek Pardon added 16 for Northwestern as it scraped by Loyola. Northwestern (1-0) won despite blowing a 17-point lead in the second half. Loyola had two chances in the final 90 seconds but couldn’t tie the game.

NO. 20 PURDUE 115, SIU-EDWARDSVILLE 74

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Dakota Mathias scored 15 points in the first half for Purdue as it beat Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

NO. 23 SETON HALL 90, FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 68

NEWARK, N.J. -- Desi Rodriguez scored 17 points, 13 in the first half, leading No. 23 Seton Hall to an easy victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in the NIT Season Tip-Off first-round game.

Myles Cale scored 12 points in his first college game and Myles Powell added 10 points for the Pirates, who dominated the glass by a 44-27 margin. Angel Delgado, who last season led the nation in rebounding, collected 10 points and 10 boards for the Pirates.

Mike Holloway Jr. and Darnell Edge paced the Knights with 13 points each.

MISSISSIPPI STATE 96,

ALABAMA STATE 68

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Aric Holman scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, Quinndary Weatherspoon added 17 points and Mississippi State beat Alabama State.

The 6-foot-10 Holman had 17 points in the first half while Weatherspoon -- who was the team's leading scorer last season -- shot 8 of 9 from the field. Six Bulldogs finished with at least 10 points.

Mississippi State jumped out to a 30-9 lead midway through the first half and cruised to a 58-31 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs shot 18 of 32 (56.3 percent) from the field before the break.

ALABAMA 82, MEMPHIS 70

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Dazon Ingram scored 20 points, and short-handed Alabama used long-range shooting to beat Memphis in their season opener at the Veterans Classic.

Donta Hall had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Crimson Tide, who outscored Memphis 44-34 in the second half after committing 20 fouls and 10 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes.

Alabama went 11 for 27 from three-point range; the Tigers were 2 for 17. Herbert Jones and John Petty each connected twice from beyond the arc for the Crimson Tide during a 16-4 run that turned a 2-point deficit into a 57-47 lead.

TENNESSEE 88, PRESBYTERIAN 53

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Admiral Schofield scored 22 points to match a career high as Tennessee went on a 28-0 run early in the game and breezed to a season-opening victory over Presbyterian.

Presbyterian took a 2-0 lead on Davon Bell's driving basket with 18:26 left in the first half, but the Blue Hose wouldn't score again for 9 minutes, 45 seconds. Tennessee led 28-2 by the time J.C. Younger ended the Presbyterian drought.

Jordan Bowden scored 12 points during the 28-0 spurt, including seven consecutive to break a 2-2 tie and put Tennessee ahead for good. Bowden's flurry included a three-pointer and a conversion of his own offensive rebound after a Kyle Alexander missed free throw.

GEORGIA 79, BRYANT 54

ATHENS, Ga. -- Yante Maten scored 21 points, freshman Rayshaun Hammonds added 17 and Georgia rolled to an easy victory over Bryant in the season opener for each team.

Maten had game-high totals of 12 rebounds and four blocks.

Hammonds, celebrating his 19th birthday, became the first freshman to start Georgia's opener since Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, now with the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, in 2011.

LSU 99, ALCORN STATE 59

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Freshman Tremont Waters scored 27 points to help LSU beat Alcorn State in the season opener for both teams.

Waters made nine of his 13 field-goal attempts, including 4-of-6 three-pointers. Waters also had 6 assists, 5 steals and 5 rebounds.

The Tigers scored the first nine points and never trailed. A 13-0 run late in the first half made it 48-27 and LSU led by double figures the rest of the way.

AUBURN 102, NORFOLK STATE 74

AUBURN, Ala. -- Bryce Brown scored a career-high 31 points and Auburn opened the season with a victory over Norfolk State in a matchup of teams missing two of their top players.

The Tigers weathered the absence of center Austin Wiley and forward Danjel Purifoy with the help of Brown's 23-point first half. It came after a troubling couple of months leading up to the season.

Auburn is holding the two sophomores out indefinitely citing eligibility issues. Former associate head coach Chuck Person has been indicted on federal charges after allegedly taking $91,500 in money to steer players to a financial advisor when they turn pro. He indicated some of that money went to the families of two recruits, according to a federal complaint.

SOUTH CAROLINA 73, WOFFORD 52

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Maik Kotsar had 13 points and Frank Booker added 12 off three-pointers in a rout of Wofford -- the Gamecocks' 17th consecutive opening-game victory.

South Carolina spoiled the debut of Wofford's glittering Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, a 3,400-seat arena funded by Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers and a Wofford alumnus.

Wofford kept things tight most of the first half and trailed 25-22 on Derrick Brooks' jumper with 3:15 left in the opening half. That's when the Gamecocks took control with a 20-2 run that spanned both periods. Booker and fellow first-year player Wesley Myers had threes in the run. When Hassani Gravett closed the surge with one more three, South Carolina led 45-24.

Sports on 11/11/2017

Print Headline: A&M starts out slow but topples W. Va.

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