Kalamazoo, Mich. — Michael Flowers scored 24 points and B. Artis White added 20 points as Western Michigan defeated McNeese State 75-65 in a season opener on Wednesday night.
Flowers hit 4 of 6 3-pointers and went 10 for 10 from the foul line.
Western Michigan led by 20 early in the second half before McNeese rallied, drawing within eight points with 6:50 remaining. A.J. Lawson made a fast-break layup and the Colonels were within six with 2:06 to go but they finished 0-for-5 from the field.
Brandon Johnson had eight rebounds for Western Michigan. Jason Whitens added six rebounds.
A.J. Lawson had 21 points for the Cowboys. Shamarkus Kennedy added 15 points and 13 rebounds. Dru Kuxhausen had 10 points.
Western Michigan plays at Milwaukee on Saturday. McNeese State plays at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
(At) No. 18 Ohio State 64, Cincinnati 56: Kyle Young had a career-high 14 points and 13 rebounds in the opener for both teams. Young, a junior forward, made 6 of 7 shots from the floor and the Buckeyes rallied in the second half to spoil John Brannen’s Cincinnati coaching debut.
D.J. Carton added nine points and five rebounds for Ohio State, and Kaleb Wesson had eight points and 11 rebounds. Jarron Cumberland and Keith Williams each had 13 points to lead Cincinnati.
Cincinnati led 26-19 after a slow, rough first half. Ohio State failed to score for the first 7:45 until Young got a breakaway jam off Carton’s outlet pass. Up to that point, Ohio State had missed its first seven shots from the floor as well as its first four free throws while committing five turnovers.
Ohio State tied it at 15 on an Andre Wesson rebound basket. But Cincinnati closed the half on an 11-4 run, with Williams hitting a pair of wide open 3s.
Ohio State went on a 14-3 run to start the second half, with Kaleb Wesson stepping out to hit a pair of 3s. They surged ahead 33-29 with 13:16 left.
Carton had a reverse layup and hit a 3 from the left wing for a 49-43 lead with 7:35 left. A 3 by Luther Muhammad made it 52-43 with 7:11 left. Cincinnati twice got the lead down to two.
But Buckeyes freshman E.J. Liddell scored off a feed from Duane Washington Jr., and Carton hit a pair of free throws to make it 59-53 with 2:16 left.
Cincinnati’s Chris McNeal had a three-point play to cut it to 60-56 with 52 seconds left, and Ohio State’s Washington and C.J. Walker each hit a pair of free throws to help the Buckeyes ride it out.
(At) No. 23 Purdue 79, Green Bay 57: Graduate transfer Jahaad Proctor scored 26 points and Eric Hunter Jr. added 15. The Boilermakers have won seven straight season openers, 18 in a row at Mackey Arena and 20 consecutive home games against non-conference foes.
Kameron Hankerson led the Phoenix with 15 points. Freshman Amari Davis and JayQuan McCloud each scored 10 for Green Bay (0-1) as coach Linc Darner returned to his alma mater.
Proctor, who spent the last two seasons at High Point, and Hunter, who made only one start as a freshman, spent most of the night finding lanes to the basket. Eventually it opened things up for their teammates.
And it didn’t take long for the defending Big Ten regular-season co-champs to assert themselves.
Purdue scored the first eight points, took a 14-2 lead less than six minutes into the game and never lost control. When Green Bay answered with eight straight points to cut the deficit to 14-10, Purdue scored another eight in a row to rebuild a 22-10 lead.
The only real scare came when starting guard Nojel Eastern injured his left wrist when he was fouled with 5:30 left in the first half. Following a brief delay, Eastern walked straight to the locker room but returned before halftime with the wrist taped.
Purdue finally sealed the victory with a late 8-0 run that made it 69-49 with 4:32 to play.
(At) No. 9 North Carolina 76, Notre Dame 65: Freshman Cole Anthony had 34 points and 11 rebounds in his college debut, leading No. 9 North Carolina past Notre Dame 76-65 in their opener Wednesday night.
With his father – former UNLV and NBA guard Greg Anthony – in the stands, the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason freshman of the year broke Rashad McCants’ 17-year-old scoring record by a freshman in his first game and finished 12 of 24 from the field with six 3-pointers. Anthony scored 15 points during a 29-13 second-half run that put the Tar Heels in control.
Prentiss Hubb scored a career-high 22 points, and T.J. Gibbs added 19 for the Fighting Irish.
No. 11 Virginia 48, (at) Syracuse 35: Mamadi Diakite scored 12 points, Jay Huff added 11 points and 12 rebounds and Virginia shut down Syracuse.
The Cavaliers became the first NCAA champion to start the next season with a true road game since UCLA in 1967-68 at Purdue. The Cavaliers have a 12-game winning streak in ACC openers and are 11-0 in ACC openers under head coach Tony Bennett.
Elijah Hughes had 14 points for Syracuse.
(At) No. 21 Arizona 91, Northern Arizona 52: Zeke Nnaji scored 20 points in his college debut for Arizona.
Stone Gettings added 13 points and Nnaji hit 9 of 12 shots. The Wildcats led by 22 at halftime, shot 54% and had a 42-14 advantage in the paint.
Cameron Shelton led Northern Arizona with 17 points.
Green Bay 111, (at) Central Michigan 105: Karly Murphy scored 30 amd Frankie Wurtz 18 for Green Bay in the opener for both teams. Kyra Bussell scored 29 and Micaela Kelly 20 for Central.