East Lansing — Aerial Powers had 20 points with 15 rebounds and No. 14 Michigan State held off Eastern Michigan for a season-opening 69-61 victory on Sunday.
Tori Jankoska added 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Spartans (1-0), who watched a 14-point lead shrink to four with 2:27 left.
Anna Morrissey hit a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to halt the late rally by the Eagles (1-1).
Michigan State was held to 33.3 percent from the field, but had a 55-39 edge in rebounding. They erased a seven-point deficit midway through the first half and closed the half on a 13-4 run to lead 34-28 at the break. The Spartans stretched that lead to 56-42 with 8:29 remaining before Eastern Michigan had a late 16-6 surge.
Janay Morton led the Eagles with 13 points on 4-of-18 shooting and Shannise Heady chipped in 10.
(At) Michigan 68, Bucknell 61: Katelynn Flaherty paced four Wolverines in double-figure scoring with 15 points as Michigan improved to 2-0 on the season.
Cyesha Goree added 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Siera Thompson added 13 points and Nicole Elmblad 12.
Michigan was 7-of-13 from three-point range, including 3-of-5 from Thompson. Bucknell (1-1), meanwhile, was 3-for-14 from long range.
Aubrey Dotson led Bucknell with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Claire DeBoer, a sophomore who played at Grosse Pointe South, scored nine.
Top 25 men
(At) No. 1 Kentucky 71, Buffalo 52: Trey Lyles lifted No. 1 Kentucky out of a funk with five straight points to begin the second half, and Tyler Ulis scored 12 points on four 3-pointers to help the Wildcats rally for a victory.
(At) No. 2 Arizona 86, Cal State Northridge 68: Freshman Stanley Johnson scored 17 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 14 and Arizona (2-0) rolled to a win over Cal State Northridge (1-1).
(At) No. 3 Wisconsin 89, Chattanooga 45: Sam Dekker scored 18 points and No. 3 Wisconsin started out fast, hitting 12 of its first 17 shots in an easy victory. Traevon Jackson finished with 16 for the Badgers (2-0). Nigel Hayes had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Frank Kaminsky had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
(At) No. 6 North Carolina 103, Robert Morris 59: Brice Johnson scored 23 points while Kennedy Meeks had 21 to help North Carolina (2-0) beat Robert Morris (0-2).
(At) No. 9 Virginia 67, Norfolk State 39:Justin Anderson scored 11 points and Virginia (2-0) kept up its sharp shooting from 3-point territory, pulling away early in a victory against Norfolk State (1-1).
(At) No. 10 Texas 85, Alcorn State 53: Isaiah Taylor scored 12 points and freshman Myles Turner had six blocks as Texas (2-0) cruised to a win over Alcorn State (0-2), the Longhorns' second romp through the early rounds of the 2K Classic tournament.
(At) No. 19 Oklahoma 78, Southeastern Louisiana 53: Buddy Hield hit all seven of his 3-point shots and scored 25 points as No. 19 Oklahoma coasted in its season opener.
(At) No. 21 Nebraska 80, Northern Kentucky 61: Terran Petteway scored 25 points, making six 3-pointers, in Nebraska's season-opening victory.
(At) No. 23 Syracuse 65, Hampton 47: Rakeem Christmas had 15 points and 16 rebounds, freshman Chris McCullough added 13 points, and No. 23 Syracuse beat Hampton in the 2K Classic.
Holy Cross 58, No. 25 Harvard 57: In Boston, Justin Burrell scored 16 points to lead Holy Cross (1-0) to the upset over Harvard (1-1).
(At) Purdue 77, IUPUI 57: Vince Edwards and Kendall Stephens combined for 32 first-half points to lead Purdue.
(At) Penn State 73, Fordham 54: D.J. Newbill scored 18 points, and Shep Garner added 12 on four 3-pointers for Penn State (2-0).
(At) Illinois 114, Coppin State 56: Ahmad Starks and Leron Black led with 18 each, while Malcolm Hill added 13 points and nine rebounds as Illinois (1-0) crushed Coppin State in its season opener.
George Washington 70, (at) Rutgers 53: Kethan Savage had 18 points and 11 rebounds and George Washington (1-0) led from start to finish. Rutgers (0-1) opened the season without its top big man Kadeem Jack, who had a sprained thumb, but got 14 points from Myles Mack and 10 from Mike Williams.
(At) Western Michigan 87, Aquinas 57: Austin Richie scored 28 points and David Brown added 20 as Western Michigan earned a season-opening victory over an NAIA opponent.
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Bucknell at Michigan
Tipoff: 8 tonight, Crisler Center, Ann Arbor
Records: No. 24 Michigan 1-0, Bucknell 1-0
Outlook: In the regional round of the Legends Classic, the teams will have their first-ever meeting. Bucknell, from the Patriot League, won its opener over Marist and forward Dom Hoffman had 14 points and nine rebounds, pacing five Bison in double figures.