Friday's college basketball: Western Michigan thunders past Central Michigan in MAC opener
Kalamazoo — Greg Lee had 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Western Michigan to a 76-61 win over Central Michigan on Friday.
The game marked the first Mid-American Conference matchup of the season for both teams.
B. Artis White had 16 points for Western Michigan (2-4, 1-0 Mid-American Conference). Patrick Emilien added 10 points.
Meikkel Murray had 18 points and eight rebounds for the Chippewas (3-4, 0-1). Devontae Lane added 13 points and five steals. Travon Broadway Jr. had 13 points.
Western Michigan plays Ball St. at home on Tuesday. Central Michigan plays Olivet College at home on Sunday.
►(At) Michigan State 79, Central Michigan 70: Nia Clouden scored 21 on 7 of 11 shooting while Alyza Winston added 19 and Taiyier Parks 11 as the Spartans (5-0) went on a 19-8 run in the final 10 minutes to remain undefeated. Micaela Kelly had a game-high 26 points to lead Central (3-2. CMU's Kyra Bussell chipped in with 14 while Molly Davis and Jahari Smith each had 11.
(At) No. 8 West Virginia 70, Iowa State 65: Miles McBride scored 18 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 21 seconds left, to send West Virginia past Iowa State.
Derek Culver had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Mountaineers (7-1, 1-0 Big 12), who scored the final six points. They overcame poor shooting in their conference opener by making 14 of 16 free throws over the final six minutes.
Rasir Bolton scored a season-high 25 points for Iowa State (1-4, 0-2), which couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers.
► No. 10 Tennessee 103, Tennessee Tech 49: Jaden Springer scored 21 points to lead Tennessee over Tennessee Tech.
The 6-foot-4 freshman also had six rebounds and six assists and was one of six Volunteers (4-0) in double figures. Josiah-Jordan James and Victor Bailey Jr. scored 15 points each, John Fulkerson had 13 points and six rebounds, Keon Johnson scored 13 points and Yves Pons had 10 points and two blocks.
The Golden Eagles (0-8) were led by Jr. Clay with 13 points. Keishawn Davidson added 12 points.
►No. 18 BYU 72, (at) San Diego State 62: Alex Barcello scored 22 and Brandon Averette hit a huge 3-pointer with 51 seconds left for BYU, which blew a 17-point lead before beating No. 18 San Diego State despite Matt Mitchell’s career-high 35 points.
Mitchell was remarkable in scoring 26 points in the second half. He spurred a 14-0 run with three 3-pointers and then had a steal and dunk that tied it 61.
But BYU (7-2) regained control and handed San Diego State (5-1) its first loss. The Aztecs won their first 26 games last season and were the nation’s last undefeated team en route to a 30-2 record.
After Matt Haarms made a baseline jumper for a 63-61 BYU lead, Mitchell made one of two free throws. Averette then hit a 3 from straight on to put BYU up 66-62 with 51 seconds left.
Barcello made four free throws in the last 35 seconds, sandwiched around a missed 3 by Mitchell, and Connor Harding made two free throws for the Cougars, who had a 40-26 rebounding edge.
Haarms and Averette scored 10 points apiece.