California learned quickly about the downside of the hype that comes from a pre-season ranking. There will be no taking opponents by surprise this year.
The 13th-ranked Golden Bears got off to a shaky start to the season, going on one big second-half run keyed by Patrick Christopher before holding off visiting Murray State 75-70 late Monday night in the 2K Sports Classic.
The Bears (1-0) let the Racers (0-1) cut an 18-point lead to six with 2:31 to go before holding on for the win.
Ivan Aska scored 17 points to lead Murray State and B.J. Jenkins added 16. The Racers were done in by 17 turnovers.
"That's a very good team in a tough environment," Racers Coach Billy Kennedy said. "It's a little early for us to be playing a team that experienced and that well coached. But I was pleased our guys didn't back down."
Berea 108, Boyce 46: Mikah Turner (Mason County) scored 23 points and Rudy Evans scored 20 to go with seven assists in the Mountaineers' home win.
Berea jumped out to a 60-12 lead at halftime and had 32 assists compared to 28 turnovers by Boyce.
Prince Stewart (Henry Clay) added 15 points and five assists for Berea.
Asbury 95, Free Will Baptist 73: Phillip Morrison (Pleasure Ridge Park) scored 27 points as the Eagles pulled away from Free Will Baptist in the second half at Berea.
Morrison hit four threes and was 11-for-16 from the floor. He also led the team with six assists and had five rebounds.
Cory Britt (Harrison County) added 23 points and Brian Johnson (West Jessamine) had 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Around the nation
Arkansas: Five players were been suspended for the Razorbacks' season opener against Alcorn State on Friday night, including three identified in a rape complaint that did not result in charges. The school didn't provide specific reasons Tuesday for the suspensions.
Coach John Pelphrey said guards Courtney Fortson and Stefan Welsh were suspended indefinitely. Guard Marcus Britt was suspended for six games, forward Glenn Bryant two games, and walk-on guard Nick Mason will not dress for games during the fall semester.
Illinois: The NCAA says the oldest son of Michael Jordan must miss the first two games of the season for No. 23 Illinois after playing in an unsanctioned event last summer.