College basketball roundup: Connecticut upsets No. 14 Michigan State
By Staff and Wire Reports
Published: Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:14 p.m.
Updated: Saturday, November 10, 2012
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany — Shabazz Napier scored 25 points and Connecticut beat No. 14 Michigan State, 66-62, in the Armed Forces Classic on Friday, Kevin Ollie's first game as the Huskies' head coach.
UConn led most of the way and by as many as 16 points in the first half of the game, which was played in a hangar at the United States' Ramstein Air Base.
Keith Appling scored 17 points and Branden Dawson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State.
Gary Harris scored to pull the Spartans to 62-60, but Denzel Valentine and Appling each missed a shot in the last minute that would have tied the game, forcing Michigan State to foul.
Napier hit four free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal the win.
Ryan Boatright had 13 points despite rolling his ankle in the second half, and DeAndre Daniels added 12 for the Huskies.
No. 1 Indiana 97, Bryant 54 — In Bloomington, Ind., Cody Zeller had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Christian Watford had a career-high 15 boards leading Indiana to a rout of Bryant in the season opener.
No. 3 Kentucky 72, Maryland 69 — In New York, Junior guard Jarrod Polson scored 10 points — three more than he had in his career at Kentucky — and made the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds to play as the Wildcats held off a furious second-half rally by Maryland.
Kyle Wiltjer, a sophomore, led Kentucky with 19 points in the second game of the Barclays Center Classic.
No. 5 Michigan 100, Slippery Rock 62 — In Ann Arbor, Mich., Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career in Michigan's win over Slippery Rock. In an odd arrangement, the game counted toward Michigan's record but was considered an exhibition for Slippery Rock. Devin Taylor led the visitors with 14 points.
No. 6 N.C. State 97, Miami (Ohio) 59 – In Raleigh, N.C., Richard Howell had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help North Carolina State beat Miami (Ohio).
No. 7 Kansas 75, SE Missouri State 55 — In Lawrence, Kan., Ben McLemore had nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists in his Kansas debut, and the Jayhawks pulled away from pesky Southeast Missouri State.
No. 8 Duke 74, Georgia State 55 – In Durham, N.C., Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Duke past Georgia State.
No. 11 North Carolina 76, Gardner-Webb 59 — In Chapel Hill, N.C., James Michael McAdoo set career highs with 26 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 11 North Carolina beat Gardner-Webb.
No. 16 Creighton 71, N. Texas 51 — In Lincoln, Neb., Doug McDermott had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Creighton to a 71-51 season-opening victory over North Texas.
No. 19 Baylor 99, Lehigh 77 – In Waco, Texas, Baylor freshman center Isaiah Austin scored 22 points in 17 minutes before spraining his right ankle, and Corey Jefferson had 26 points with nine dunks for the Bears Lehigh. Preseason AP All-American C.J. McCollum had 36 points for the Mountain Hawks, who play Robert Morris on Monday in the NIT Season Tip-off at Petersen Events Center.
No. 21 Gonzaga 103, Southern Utah 65 — In Spokane, Wash., freshman Przemek Karnowski scored 22 points to lead Gonzaga to a win over Southern Utah.
South Alabama 76, No. 25 Florida State 71 — In Tallahassee, Antoine Allen hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead South Alabama to a season-opening upset of Florida State.
No. 10 Florida vs. Georgetown canceled — In Jacksonville, Fla., the game between Florida and Georgetown on the deck of a ship was called off at halftime Friday night because the court became too wet.
Penn State 65, St. Francis (Pa.) 58 — In State College, Tim Frazier scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half and Penn State defeated St. Francis (Pa.) in the season opener for both teams. D.J. Newbill, a transfer from Southern Mississippi, added 16 points for the Nittany Lions.
Rider 79, Robert Morris 54 — In Lawrenceville, N.J., Nurideen Lindsey scored 26 points to go along with five assists to lead Rider past Robert Morris. Karvel Anderson led the Colonials in scoring with 11 points off the bench.
No. 17 West Virginia 76, UNC Wilmington 47 – In Morgantown, W. Va., Christal Caldwell scored 21 points and Ayana Dunning recorded a double-double to lead West Virginia to a rout of UNC Wilmington in the season opener for both teams.
Dunning scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who won their 13th straight home opener.
Youngstown State 64, Pitt 50 — Pitt went scoreless for a nine-minute stretch of the second half and lost to Youngstown State.
The Panthers led, 33-21, at halftime, but missed 10 of their first 12 shots of the second half. Pitt went 6 of 27 from the field (22.2 percent) in the second half to lose its 17th consecutive game dating last season.
Sophomore forward Cora McManus scored a career-high 16 points for the Panthers.
Duquesne 63, Liberty 46 — April Robinson and Belma Nurkic combined for 29 points and head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio recorded her 100th career win as the Duquesne defeated Liberty in the first round of the Preseason WNIT. The Dukes will advance to play at North Carolina on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Nurkic scored 15 points and Robinson added 14. Orsi Szecsi recorded seven rebounds and Jocelyn Floyd had a game-high seven steals.
Niagara 63, Robert Morris 59 – Junior forward Artemis Spanou had 30 points and 14 rebounds, but Robert Morris fell to Niagara in its season opener. Jessica Flamm led the Purple Eagles with 14 points.