Murray State used a strong defensive effort to win its season opener against East Tennessee State 50-39 on Monday night at the CFSB Center in Murray. It was the 21st straight victory in home openers for the Racers.
Murray missed its first eight shots before settling in to take care of ETSU.
B.J. Jenkins led the way with 14 points and three rebounds. Ivan Aska was the team's rebounding leader with seven.
Western Ky. 83, Alabama A&M 61: Juan Pattillo, a transfer from Oklahoma, scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers to a victory in E.A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green. Pattillo also had three steals.
Steffphon Pettigrew, an Elizabethtown graduate, added 19 points and six rebounds, and freshman Brandon Peters had 11 points and four assists.
Sergio Kerush, the pre-season Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, came off the bench for the second straight game and had nine points and six rebounds.
No. 7 Kansas 79, Valparaiso 44: Twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris each had double-doubles and Kansas cruised to its 61st consecutive home victory.
Marcus Morris, one inch shorter than his 6-foot-10 sibling, had 11 rebounds and 22 points. Markieff Morris, who had a double-double against Longwood in the season opener, added 12 points and 13 rebounds.
Valparaiso (1-1), picked fourth in the Horizon League, had one lead — at 2-1. Cory Johnson and Kevin Van Wijk each had 10 points for the Crusaders and Brandon Wood had nine.
Tyrel Reed scored eight points, including two three-pointers, and Mario Little added seven in a 27-10 first-half run that put the Jayhawks firmly in control.
After Howard Little — Mario's cousin — made a bucket to draw the Crusaders to 14-11, Reed drilled the Jayhawks' fifth three-pointer, Little blocked a shot and Travis Releford converted on the other end.
No. 20 Georgetown 69, Tulane 53: Austin Freeman scored 23 points as host Georgetown built a big early lead then needed another run to put away Tulane. Vee Sanford (Lexington Catholic) added 10 points and two assists for the Hoyas.
Austin Peay 70, Chattanooga 67: Caleb Brown hit a three-pointer with two-tenths of a second left, and Austin Peay defeated host Chattanooga. Josh Terry (Henderson County) led the Governors with 17 points. Tyshwan Edmondson (University Heights) came off the bench to score 14 points for Austin Peay.
Minnesota 76, Siena 69: Freshman Austin Hollins scored 12 points in his first collegiate start and Trevor Mbakwe added a double-double as Minnesota rallied for a victory over visiting Siena .
Mbakwe finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, Blake Hoffarber added 14 points and Ralph Sampson III scored 12 for the Golden Gophers (2-0).
Minnesota fell behind by as many as 11 points in the first half and trailed by six early in the second.
Alabama 79, Troy 60: JaMychal Green scored 17 points to lead four Alabama players in double figures in a win over visiting Troy.
Centre 76, Maryville 75: Sayre graduate Alex Lloyd had 16 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots to help Centre edge host Maryville. Josh Crawford (Corbin) scored a team-high 18 points.
Jones top SEC freshman
Kentucky forward Terrence Jones was picked as the Southeastern Conference's freshman of the week. The 6-foot-9, 244-pounder from Portland, Ore., scored 25 points and collected 12 rebounds in a season-opening win over East Tennessee State. Jones is the first Kentucky freshman to begin his career with a double-double since Jules Camara in the 1998-99 season.
No. 12 Notre Dame 91, Morehead State 28: Lexington Catholic graduate Natalie Novosel scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in the Irish's rout of visiting Morehead State. Chyna Bozeman led the Eagles with 12 points and four steals.
The Irish are Kentucky's next opponent at 1 p.m. Sunday in Memorial Coliseum.
No. 4 Tennessee 103, Chattanooga 43: Meighan Simmons led four players in double-digit scoring with 26 points as host Tennessee hit a school-record 15 three-pointers.
The freshman, who was rewarded for her 22-point performance in her first game as a Lady Vol with a starting role against Chattanooga, got things rolling with a three-pointer 9 seconds into the game. The Lady Vols (2-0) never let up as they hit four more threes during their opening 19-0 run.
Chattanooga (0-2) didn't score until 14:22 in the first, when Alex Black fought for a jump shot to make it 19-2. Simmons immediately answered with yet another three-point shot, and the Lady Mocs went through another 4-minute scoring drought.
Murray St. 76, Mid-Continent 54: Rachael Isom scored 13 points and Mallory Schwab had 12 in the Racers' home victory. Mariah Robinson (Ohio Co.) had a game-high 10 rebounds to go with her eight points.
No. 25 Michigan St. 74, Dayton 62: Kalisha Keane scored 23 points, leading Michigan State past visiting Dayton. Brittany Wilson (Manual) led the Flyers with 16 points and four rebounds.
Centre 52, Maryville 51: Maggie Prewitt (Montgomery County) scored 19 points in Centre's road win.
Texas Tech 58, Samford 42: Emily London (Lexington Christian) had 13 points and six rebounds in Samford's loss.