Southern Illinois Kentucky Basketball

Southern Illinois guard Marcus Bartley (3) fouls Kentucky forward Nick Richards on a rebound in Friday's nonconference game in Lexington, Ky. The second-ranked Wildcats won, 71-59. 

Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley each scored 15 points, Nick Richards grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and No. 2 Kentucky rallied in the second half to beat Southern Illinoi, 71-59, in nonconference basketball Friday at Lexington, Ky.

The Wildcats (1-1) bounced back from Tuesday night's 118-84 shellacking by No. 4 Duke, but had to work hard in the second half to overcome the veteran Salukis. They trailed 44-37 before Quade Green (14 points) scored five points during a 10-2 run for a 47-46 lead with 12:19 left.

SIU didn't quit, but the Wildcats slowly extended their lead to 61-52 on consecutive three-point plays by Johnson and Green.

Aaron Cook had 18 points and Kavion Pippen 16 for the Salukis (0-1), who opened against their first ranked team since No. 13 Illinois in 2010. 

FURMAN 60, LOYOLA 58: Matt Rafferty scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and fed Clay Mounce for the go-ahead dunk with 1.6 seconds left to help Furman beat Loyola at Chicago.

The Ramblers (1-1) had their 16-game nonconference home win streak snapped.

Jordan Lyons had 15 points, including four 3-pointers, Noah Gurley scored 11 and Mounce finished with eight points for Furman.

Clayton Custer led Loyola with 19 points, Lucas Williamson had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Townes scored 10.

INDIANA STATE 78, GREEN BAY 74: Jordan Barnes scored eight of his 29 points in the final 1:14, leading Indiana State past host Green Bay.

Barnes made two free throws for a 72-68 lead, and after PJ Pipes sank a 3-pointer to pull Green Bay within a point, Barnes answered with a basket in the lane.

Sophomore Tyreke Key added a career-high 22 points for Indiana State (1-1).

BIG TEN

PENN STATE 87, NORTH FLORIDA 72: Lamar Stevens scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Penn State to a season-opening win over North Florida at State College, Pa.

Josh Reaves added 19 points, Myles Dread chipped in 17 and Rasir Bolton notched 13 for the Nittany Lions (1-0), who unveiled their NIT championship banner before the game. 

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NO. 6 TENNESSEE 87, LA.-LAFAYETTE 65: Grant Williams scored 31 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and showcased his newfound 3-point range as No. 6 Tennessee breezed to victory at Knoxville, Tenn.

Williams shot 3 of 4 from beyond the arc to match his 2017-18 season total for 3-pointers. The 6-foot-7 forward was 3 of 25 on 3-point attempts last season. Admiral Schofield had 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Tennessee (2-0). 

No. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 116, ELON 67: No. 8 North Carolina opened an in-state neighbor's arena by putting up some numbers that will be tough for other teams to surpass.

The Tar Heels(2-0) routed Elon at Elon, N.C., behind 21 points apiece from Cameron Johnson and freshman Nassir Little.

Normal Community High School graduate Tyler Seibring had 10 points for the Phoenix (1-1).

NO. 15 VIRGINIA TECH 87, GARDNER-WEBB 59: Freshman Isaiah Wilkins, the 10th-youngest player in Division 1, scored 21 points as the Hokies fended off an early challenge from Gardner-Webb and went on to win at Blacksburg, Va.

Coach Buzz Williams certainly didn't regret his last-minute decision not to redshirt Wilkins, who came off the bench to play 27 minutes and shot 7 of 10 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

NO. 18 MISSISSIPPI STATE 95, AUSTIN PEAY 67: Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points, Nick Weatherspoon added 19 and No. 18 Mississippi State beat Austin Peay at Starkville, Miss.

Tyson Carter scored 12 points and Abdul Ado added 11 for the Bulldogs. 

 

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