Friday’s college basketball: MSU, UM women roll in opener

Detroit News staff and wires
Jerrell Moore, son of Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore, takes the court as an honorary sixth man before the team's NCAA college basketball game against Eastern Illinois University.

East Lansing — Alyza Winston scored a career-high 17 points, Taiyier Parks added a career-high 15 off the bench and three others scored 10 apiece as 17th-ranked Michigan State women walloped Detroit Mercy, 110-52, Tuesday night.

The Spartans (2-0) never trailed and outscored the Titans 22-4 in the fourth quarter to win going away, surpassing 100 points for the first time in nearly a year — 102-58 versus Oakland Dec. 5, 2018.

Tory Ozment, Taryn McCutcheon and Kayla Belles each scored 10 points for the Spartans. Belles, Parks and Julia Ayrault each pulled down seven rebounds as Michigan State dominated the boards 52-25.

Nia Hollie picked up a career-best seven assists.

The Spartans also dominated the paint, outscoring Detroit Mercy 54-18 there, and 24-2 on the fast break. Michigan State scored 37 points off turnovers thanks to 19 steals.

The Titans (0-2) went without a field goal for the final 9:40 of the game while the Spartans closed it out on a 22-2 run.

Maxine Moore scored a career-high 13 points in her first game for Detroit Mercy. The Titans were harried into 30 turnovers.

More state women

(At) Michigan 76, Western Michigan 55: Kayla Robbins had a career-high 17 points and eight rebounds. Amy Dilk added 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists for the Wolverines, who started the game with a 10-0 run and led the entire way.

Naz Hillmon scored 10 for Michigan. The Wolverines held Western Michigan to 31 percent (19 of 61) from the field and 10 percent (2 of 21) from the 3-point arc.

Jordan Walker led Western Michigan with 14 points.

Bradley 74, (at) Oakland 58: Kahlaijah Dean scored 16 and Kayla Luchenbach 14 for Oakland.

(At) Eastern Michigan 95, Olivet 38: Courtnie Lewis scored 15, Kiara Johnson 13 and Natalia Pineda 11 for Eastern Michigan (1-1).

(At) Walsh 96, Wayne State 66: Mayci Sales scored 20 for Walsh in the season opener for both teams. Grace George scored 18 for Wayne State.

State men

Delaware 56, Oakland 53: At Kissimmee, Florida, Nate Darling had 22 points. Delaware took a 55-52 lead with 32.8 seconds to go when Ryan Allen drove the lane and found Collin Goss for a layup. Darling added a free throw with 7.1 to go.

Allen finished with 12 points for Delaware (2-0) and Goss grabbed 10 rebounds. Kevin Anderson had six assists. Justyn Mutts, who scored 23 points in the opener, was held to two points on 1-of-13 shooting.

Tray Maddox Jr. had 15 points for the Golden Grizzlies (1-1). Kevin Kangu added 12 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Xavier Hill-Mais had 12 points and eight rebounds.

(At) Eastern Michigan 93, Siena Heights 51: Ty Groce had 15 points to lead six Eastern Michigan players in double figures.

Chris James added 14 points for the Eagles. Boubacar Toure had 13 points and 10 rebounds for his ninth career double-double, Yeikson Montero scored 11 and Noah Morgan added 11 points.

Keith Jordan had 11 points for the Saints.

Ohio Dominican 87, (at) Wayne State 86 (2OT): Ohio Dominican won the opener for both teams on two free throws by Michael Simon after time had expired in the second overtime. Karim Murray scored 25 and Brailen Neely 23 for Wayne State.

Big Ten

Illinois 83, (at) Grand Canyon 71: Kofi Cockburn had 23 points and 14 rebounds, Andres Feliz added 21 points and Illinois pulled away late.

Illinois (2-0) worked the ball inside to Cockburn early and that opened up the rest of the floor. The Illini led by four at halftime and stretched it to 14 with a big run to start the second half.

Riding the energy from one of college basketball’s best home crowds, Grand Canyon (0-2) kept it close in the first half and made a late run to cut the Illini’s lead to four.

Illinois kept the Antelopes at arm’s length from there to open a two-game trip to the desert with a win before facing No. 21 Arizona on Sunday.

Illinois scored 15 second-chance points on 20 offensive rebounds and had a 44-32 advantage in the paint.

Isiah Brown led Grand Canyon with 18 points and Jovan Blacksher Jr. added 14.

(At) Iowa 87, SIE-Edwardsville 60: Luka Garza started the season with a double-double and Iowa pulled away in the second half. 

Garza, Iowa’s leading returning scorer from a team that reached the second round of the NCAA tournament last season, had 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawkeyes won their season opener. It was the sixth double-double of Garza’s career.

Joe Wieskamp had 16 points for the Hawkeyes.

Kenyon Duling and Cam Williams each had 10 points for SIUE (1-1).

Merrimack 71, (at) Northwestern 61: Devin Jensen had 23 points and Juvaris Hayes had 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, lifting Merrimack in just its second game as a Division I team. Merrimack (1-1) trailed 55-50 with 9½ minutes remaining before taking command with a 17-4 run to open a 67-59 advantage with just under a minute to go.

Merrimack lost 84-64 in its opener Wednesday at Maine.

Pete Nance had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Northwestern in its season opener.

Northwestern lost its top three scorers from last season and played three freshman and two redshirt freshmen on Friday. The Wildcats struggled to find any consistency on offense.

Northwestern scored just 26 points on 10-for-30 shooting in the second half.

(At) Wisconsin 65, Eastern Illinois 52: Kobe King scored a game-high 18 points, Nate Reuvers added 14 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks in their home opener.  Wisconsin forward Aleem Ford had 11 points before fouling out, as the Badgers (1-1) bounced back from their season-opening overtime loss to No. 20 Saint Mary’s.

Marvin Johnson led Eastern Illinois with 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and George Dixon added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Panthers.

But the night belonged to Wisconsin assistant coach Howard Moore.

Before the game, Wisconsin had a video tribute and a moment of silence for Moore and his family. The Moore family was involved in a fatal accident in May. Moore’s wife, Jen, and 9-year-old daughter, Jaidyn, were killed, as was the driver of the vehicle that collided with the Moore family’s SUV.

Moore suffered serious burns and his 13-year-old son, Jerell, escaped with minor injuries. Moore had plans on returning to coaching this season. But a month after the accident, Moore was back in the hospital after being found unconscious in his home. He is on medical leave.

Moore’s parents spoke to the crowd before the game, and Jerell was introduced as an honorary member of the Badgers’ starting lineup. Jerell wore No. 34, the jersey number his father donned for Wisconsin in the 1990s.

Top 25

(At) No. 2 Kentucky 91, Eastern Kentucky 49: Nick Richards had 21 points and 10 rebounds, Immanuel Quickley added 16 and No. 2 Kentucky scored the game’s first 14 points.

Seeking to follow up Tuesday NIGHT’s victory over top-ranked Michigan State, the Wildcats (2-0) made six of their first 10 shots, including a couple of baskets by Richards. The Colonels, meanwhile, missed their first nine attempts before Darius Hicks’ three-point play with 12:57 remaining in the first half.

Kentucky had some sloppy stretches that allowed Eastern Kentucky (1-1) to get to 37-23 before regrouping to lead 46-25 at the break. Michael Moreno had 14 points for the Colonels.

(At) No. 3 Kansas 74, UNC Greensboro 62: Devon Dotson had 22 points and six assists and Udoka Azubuike added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas.

After leading by four points at the half, the Jayhawks (1-1) shot 41.7% from beyond the arc in the second half to pull away. Kansas shot 45.8% from the field overall and outrebounded the Spartans 42 to 35.

Isaiah Miller led Greensboro with 19 points, and Kaleb Hunter had 17 points.

A late 9-0 run brought the Spartans within 10 points.

(At) No. 4 Duke 89, Colorado State 55: Tre Jones had 15 points and eight assists and Duke routed Colorado State.

Alex O’Connell had 14 points, while three freshmen also reached double figures — Cassius Stanley led the way with 19 points, Vernon Carey had 11 before fouling out, and Wendell Moore Jr. finished with 10.

Wearing gray uniforms trimmed in gold to honor Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski — who led the U.S. national team to three consecutive Olympic gold medals from 2008-16 — the Blue Devils (2-0) pulled away by closing the first half on a 10-0 run, then outscored the Rams 47-29 in the final 20 minutes.

Isaiah Stevens and David Roddy had 12 points apiece for the Rams (1-1).

No. 9 North Carolina 78, (at) UNC Wilmington 62: Freshman star Cole Anthony had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead North Carolina.

Justin Pierce had 18 points and 12 rebounds to offset a bad shooting night for Anthony, who had 34 points in his college debut against Notre Dame on Wednesday night to set an Atlantic Coast Conference record for points by a freshman in a college debut.

This time, Anthony made just 7 of 24 shots. He had three assists and four made 3-pointers for the Tar Heels (2-0).

North Carolina was making its first trip to the coastal instate school, the product of the Seahawks being coached by longtime Roy Williams assistant C.B. McGrath. Shykeim Phillips and Jaylen Sims each scored 12 points for the Seahawks (1-1).

(At) No. 14 Memphis 92, Illinois-Chicago 46: James Wiseman had 17 points and nine rebounds hours after getting a temporary restraining order to play amid an NCAA ineligibility ruling to lead Memphis.

Wiseman started and Memphis (2-0) immediately took a double-digit lead leaving the only doubt of the night the status of the 7-foot freshman who could be the top pick in next summer in the NBA Draft.

With all of the attention on Wiseman, Boogie Ellis — another freshman among coach Penny Hardaway’s highly touted class — scored 22 points. He made eight of his 11 shots, going 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and helped Memphis shoot 59% for the game.

Brian Taylor led Illinois-Chicago (1-1) with 11 points.

(At) No. 17 Utah State 89, Weber State 34: Justin Bean had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Sam Merrill added 14 points, six rebounds and six assists and Utah State routed Weber State.

Abel Porter added 10 points and 10 assists for his first career double-double. Diogo Brito scored 12 points. The Aggies (2-0) beat the Wildcats for the second straight season.

Weber State (0-1) scored the fewest points by an opponent in Logan since 2013. Donatas Kupsas scored 10 points to lead the Wildcats.

(At) No. 19 Xavier 81, Siena 63: Tyrique Jones and Naji Marshall each scored 20 points for Xavier.

Jason Carter just missed reaching double figures in his first career start for Xavier (2-0). He finished with a career-high nine points. The Musketeers led by as many as 27 points in the second half.

Elijah Burns scored 19 points and Jalen Pickett added 18 for Siena (1-1).

(At) No. 22 LSU 77, Bowling Green 79: Javonte Smart and Emmitt Williams each scored 21 points LSU opened its season with a victory over Bowling Green 88-79 on Friday night.

Smart, replacing two-year starter Tremont Waters at point guard, reached 20 points for just the second time in his career. Skylar Mays, the only returning starter in the Tigers’ lineup, had 18 points and eight rebounds. Darius Days had 13 points, and freshman Trendon Watford scored 10 points.

Justin Turner had 26 points for Bowling Green (1-1).

No. 24 Auburn 76, Davidson 66: Isaac Okoro scored 17 points, Danjel Purifoy had 14 and Auburn eased past cold-shooting Davidson in the opener of the Veterans Classic.

Returning two starters from a team that reached the Final Four last season, Auburn (2-0) never trailed against the Wildcats (0-1). After letting a 13-point lead dwindle to 37-35 at halftime, the Tigers took control with a 12-1 run at the outset of the second half.

Luke Frampton and Carter Collins each had 18 points for Davidson.

(At) No. 25 VCU 59, North Texas 56: Mike’L Simms hit a pair of 3-pointers in the final 2:07 for his only baskets of the game and VCU held off North Texas.

Marcus Evans led VCU (2-0) with 13 points and De’Riante Jenkins had 12, including two free throws with 10.5 seconds left.

The Mean Green (1-1) had a chance to tie it but never got off a shot against the Rams’ tight defense.