A.J. Slaughter scored a career-high 30 points to lead Western Kentucky to a 69-65 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Monday night in Baton Rouge, La.
The former Shelby County star scored 17 of his points in the second half of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Tipoff. He was 10-for-16 from the field, including 5-for-10 on three-pointers, and now has 1,016 career points. Sergio Kerusch and Elizabethtown graduate Steffphon Pettigrew scored 13 points each for the Hilltoppers (1-0).
Western Kentucky, which trailed by six early in the second half, used a 7-0 run to pull ahead 42-41. After nine lead changes, the Hilltoppers led 58-57 with 5:45 remaining.
WKU will next play host Louisiana State, which beat Indiana State 56-45 behind 14 points and 12 rebounds from sophomore Storm Warren.
Morehead St. 86, Brescia 51: Kenneth Faried scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, leading host Morehead to an 86-51 win over Brescia on Monday night.
Faried also had three steals, two assists and a block for the Eagles (1-1). He finished 9-for-17 from the field. The Eagles led by just three points with 6:47 to play in the first half but went on a 19-0 run to take a 47-25 halftime lead.
Missouri State 73, Auburn 62: Led by Adam Leonard's 14 points, three Missouri State players scored in double figures in Missouri State's win in Springfield, Mo.
Auburn (1-1) was led by Lucas Hargrove, who had 24.
The Tigers, who trailed 36-31 at halftime, were unable to catch up in the second half after making only two of nine shots in the first nine minutes, including a 5:15 stretch without a field goal.
South Carolina 90, Georgia Southern 66: Dominique Archie scored 18 points, and Devan Downey added 14 for the Gamecocks (2-0). South Carolina took control with 21 unanswered points against the Eagles (1-1), who were picked to finish sixth in the Southern Division of the Southern Conference. Georgia Southern had a seven-point lead in the first half, but South Carolina scored the final five points of the first half to take a 43-36 lead at the break.
Rider 86, Lehigh 71: Novar Gadson scored 20 points and the host Broncs (2-0) made a school-record 16 three-pointers, including their first five en route to a 19-3 lead. Rider, which attempted 29 three-point shots, broke its previous record of 15 set in a 102-51 win over Canisius on Jan. 6, 2008. Kentucky will host Rider at 1 p.m. Saturday.
No. 5 Villanova 103, Penn 65: Maalik Wayns scored 16 points; Corey Stokes, Scottie Reynolds and Taylor King each added 14, and Villanova had no trouble at home. Corey Fisher scored 13 and Antonio Pena contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for the balanced Wildcats (2-0).
No. 9 Duke 74, Coastal Carolina 49: Kyle Singler had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Duke won at home in the first round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Freshman Andre Dawkins had 13 points, and Jon Scheyer and Miles Plumlee added 10 apiece for Duke (2-0).
Western Kentucky 61, Ball State 58: Arnika Brown scored 13 points and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds, Amy McNear added 12 points and nine assists, and the visiting Lady Hilltoppers (2-0) held off several rallies.