Top-ranked Kentucky breezes in opener

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Julius Randle scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead five Kentucky players in double figures and help the top-ranked Wildcats’ highly touted freshman class debut successfully with an 89-57 season-opening rout of UNC Asheville on Friday.

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison (left) vies for a loose ball with UNC Asheville's Andrew Rousey. Harrison scored eight points in the Wildcats' 89-57 season-opening win.  TIMOTHY D. EASLEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
TIMOTHY D. EASLEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kentucky's Andrew Harrison (left) vies for a loose ball with UNC Asheville's Andrew Rousey. Harrison scored eight points in the Wildcats' 89-57 season-opening win.

NO. 4 DUKE 111,

DAVIDSON 77

In Durham, N.C., Jabari Parker scored 22 points in his debut for Duke, and the Blue Devils routed Davidson.

NO. 8 SYRACUSE 82,

CORNELL 60

In Syracuse, N.Y., Trevor Cooney had seven 3-pointers and 27 points, both career highs, and Syracuse beat pesky Cornell.

NO. 10 FLORIDA 77,

NORTH FLORIDA 69

In Gainesville, Fla., Casey Prather scored a career-high 28 points and Michael Frazier II added 19 as Florida beat North Florida.

NO. 12 NORTH CAROLINA,

OAKLAND

In Chapel Hill, N.C., J.P. Tokoto scored a career-high 13 points in his first start, helping North Carolina beat Oakland despite missing two key players.

The Tar Heels played without leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior guard Leslie McDonald because of NCAA eligibility issues.

NO. 18 CONNECTICUT 78, MARYLAND 77

In New York, Shabazz Napier scored 18 points, Niels Giffey had 13 and Connecticut survived Maryland’s second-half surge.

The Huskies nearly blew all of a 17-point lead over the final minutes.

NO. 21 NOTRE DAME 74,

MIAMI (OHIO) 62

In South Bend, Ind., Jerian Grant scored a career-high 26 points to lead Notre Dame over Miami (Ohio).

NO. 24 VIRGINIA 61,

JAMES MADISON 41

In Charlottesville, Va., Anthony Gill scored 13 points in his Virginia debut and the Cavaliers held James Madison scoreless for nearly 7 minutes in the first half on the way to a victory.

OKLAHOMA 82,

ALABAMA 73

In Dallas, Buddy Hield scored 19 points as Oklahoma pulled away in the final six minutes to defeat Alabama.


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