ATHENS, Ga. — Kendrick Perry scored 23 points to lead Youngstown State to a 68-56 victory over Georgia on Monday night.
Perry was 10 of 11 from the free-throw line and Kamren Belin added 17 points for the Penguins (2-0) in the first round of the Legends Classic.
Youngstown State led throughout, sprinting to an 8-0 lead and putting the game away with an 11-0 run that gave the Penguins a 51-33 lead with 7:48 remaining.
Perry, a preseason all-Horizon League pick after leading the conference in scoring last season, was held to three points on 0 for 9 shooting from the field in Youngstown State’s opener. He added six rebounds and five assists against Georgia.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 27 points to lead Georgia (1-1), despite playing most of the second half with three fouls.
The Bulldogs shot 12.5 percent from the field (3 of 24) in the first half.
“That was a frustrating loss,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said. “They came in here and beat our tail. We set the game back 10 years the way we played offensively in the first half.”
NO. 1 INDIANA 87, NORTH DAKOTA STATE 61
In Bloomington, Ind., Cody Zeller scored 22 points and Remy Abell added a career-high 14 to lead Indiana past pesky North Dakota State.
This was no typical game for the Hoosiers (2-0), whose offense struggled to get in sync against the foul-prone Bison (1-1).
Everything changed early in the second half after the Bison closed to 48-38. Zeller and Abell combined for 15 points in a 23-13 run, finally turning the contest into a rout.
NO. 5 MICHIGAN 91, IUPUI 54
In Ann Arbor, Mich., Trey Burke scored 22 points and Glenn Robinson III added 21, leading Michigan (2-0) over IUPUI (1-1) in the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Purdue transfer John Hart scored 15 points for IUPUI (1-1).
NO. 17 MEMPHIS 81, NORTH FLORIDA 66
In Memphis, Tenn., Tarik Black had 18 points and seven rebounds to lead Memphis over North Florida in its season opener.
Joe Jackson finished with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Antonio Barton, who keyed Memphis’ rally, scored 11 points.
Jerron Granberry led North Florida (1-1) with 17 points.
NO. 20 NOTRE DAME 84, MONMOUTH 57
In South Bend, Ind., Garrick Sherman had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead Notre Dame (2-0) over Monmouth (1-1).
Jack Cooley added 16 points for the Irish (2-0) and Pat Connaughton had 13.
CLEMSON 77, PRESBYTERIAN 44
In Clemson, S.C., Milton Jennings and Devin Booker, the only seniors on Clemson’s roster, combined for 26 points as the Tigers defeated Presbyterian 77-44 in the season opener for both teams.
Jennings hit 6 of 7 from the field and finished with 15 points. Booker was 5 of 7 for 11 points as Clemson shot 53.6 percent from the field, including 7 of 18 from 3-point range.
Freshman Jordan Roper added 11 in his debut as Clemson received 32 points from its bench.
Joshua Clyburn scored 19 points and snagged 13 rebounds for Presbyterian.
Jennings drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer for a 38-21 halftime lead, then Clemson hit its first five shots of the second half to transform a comfortable halftime lead into a cushy one.
K.J. McDaniels and Roper hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 50-23 at 16:23.
Clemson scored the game’s first seven points and led 27-7 at the 6:36 mark.
Clyburn scored Presbyterian’s first points of the season with a move in the lane 4:33 into the game, but the Blue Hose hit one bucket over the next nine minutes.
Presbyterian hit 16 of 53 from the field (30.2 percent) with Clyburn and Ryan McTavish the only players with more than two field goals.
Clemson, which has won 28 straight season openers, had six turnovers and blocked 10 shots. The Tigers have beaten the Blue Hose seven straight times.