Kentucky hammers South Carolina

Kentucky 79, South Carolina 64

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Terrence Jones hit his first eight shots to finish with 20 points and No. 2 Kentucky beat South Carolina 79-64 on Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Kentucky's Terrence Jones shoots over South Carolina's Damontre Harris. Jones started fast and finished with 20 points as the Wildcats cruised past the Gamecocks.  James Crisp/Associated Press
James Crisp/Associated Press
Kentucky's Terrence Jones shoots over South Carolina's Damontre Harris. Jones started fast and finished with 20 points as the Wildcats cruised past the Gamecocks.

The Wildcats (15-1, 1-0) have won seven in a row. They used an 11-0 run to end the first half to take a comfortable lead against South Carolina (8-7, 0-1).

NO. 1 SYRACUSE 73, NO. 20 MARQUETTE 66

In Syracuse, N.Y., Kris Joseph scored 17 points, Brandon Triche added 16, and top-ranked Syracuse remained unbeaten.

Syracuse (17-0, 4-0 Big East) is two wins away from matching the school’s best start, established a decade ago.

Marquette (12-4, 1-2) entered the game 1-7 against the top-ranked teams.

NO. 4 BAYLOR 73, TEXAS TECH 60

In Lubbock, Texas, Pierre Jackson scored 19 points and Baylor beat Texas Tech.

Brady Heslip had 16 points and Quincy Miller scored 15 for the Bears (15-0, 2-0 Big 12), who are off the best start in school history.

Baylor held off the Red Raiders (7-7, 0-2) after building an 11-point lead midway through the second half.

NO. 6 OHIO STATE 76, IOWA 47

In Iowa City, Iowa, Jared Sullinger scored a season-high 28 points and Ohio State (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) pounded Iowa (10-7, 2-2).

Deshaun Thomas added 10 points for the Buckeyes, who won for the second time on the road.

RUTGERS 67, NO. 8 CONNECTICUT 60

In Piscataway, N.J., freshman Eli Carter continued his scoring streak with 19 points and Rutgers (9-7, 1-2 Big East) beat a Top Ten team for the second time this season, defeating No. 8 Connecticut in coach Jim Calhoun’s return from a three-game NCAA suspension.

Freshman Myles Mack added 14 points for the Scarlet Knights.

NO. 23 KANSAS STATE 75, NO. 7 MISSOURI 59

In Manhattan, Kan., Rodney McGruder scored 20 points to lead Kansas State (12-2, 1-1 Big 12) past Missouri.

Missouri (14-1, 1-1) entered the day as one the nation’s four remaining unbeaten teams but never threatened in the final 30 minutes.

WEST VIRGINIA 74, NO. 9 GEORGETOWN 62

In Morgantown, W.Va., Truck Bryant scored 25 points and West Virginia ended Georgetown’s 11-game winning streak.

Kevin Jones added 22 points and 16 rebounds for his 11th double-double of the season for the Mountaineers (12-4, 3-1 Big East).

NO. 14 KANSAS 72, OKLAHOMA 61

In Norman, Okla., Travis Releford scored 28 points and Kansas used a big surge just after halftime to beat Oklahoma (10-4, 0-2 Big 12).

The Jayhawks (12-3, 2-0) scored the first seven points of the second half to take the lead, then never gave it back.

NOTRE DAME 67, NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 65 (2OT)

In Louisville, Ky., Eric Atkins scored six points in the second overtime Saturday, propelling Notre Dame past Louisville.

Notre Dame (10-6, 2-1 Big East) notched its first road win of the season and held the Cardinals (13-3, 1-2) without a field goal in the second overtime until Rakeem Buckles’ tip in at the buzzer.

NO. 19 MURRAY STATE 87, AUSTIN PEAY 75

In Clarksville, Tenn., Isaiah Canaan scored 35 points to keep Murray State (16-0, 4-0 Ohio Valley) unbeaten with a victory over Austin Peay (3-13, 0-3) .

NO. 22 HARVARD 63, DARTMOUTH 47

In Cambridge, Mass., Oliver McNally scored 17 points and Harvard pulled away with a dominant second half to beat Dartmouth (3-13, 0-1) in their Ivy League opener.

Kyle Casey and Keith Wright scored 10 apiece for Harvard (13-2, 1-0).

NO. 25 GONZAGA 80, SANTA CLARA 58

In Spokane, Wash., Sam Dower scored 17 points and Gonzaga (13-2, 3-0 West Coast Conference) beat Santa Clara (8-7, 0-2) for the Bulldogs’ eighth consecutive win.

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