Quincy Diggs scored 19 points to lead Akron to a 68-58 victory over host Mississippi State on Wednesday night.
Akron (1-0) shot 48.4 percent (30 of 62) from the field and confused the Bulldogs on defense all night. The Zips forced 19 turnovers, had six steals and blocked eight shots.
Mississippi State (1-1) led early, but Akron finished the first half on an 18-8 run and led 37-29 at halftime. MSU never led in the second half.
The Bulldogs shot 34.5 percent from the field (19 of 55) and were 2 of 13 from 3-point range.
Zeke Marshall controlled the paint for Akron, finishing with five blocks and 10 points before fouling out.
Morehead St. 89, St. Catharine 54 (Exh.): The Eagles used a 16-0 second-half run to break open a close game and cruise to victory at home.
St. Catharine jumped out to a 17-7 advantage at the 13:37 mark of the first half, but Morehead State responded with a 33-17 spurt to close the opening period.
Senior Terrance Hill and freshman Angelo Warner scored 10 points apiece in the first half for MSU, while senior Ty Proffitt and junior Milton Chavis tallied eight points each.
No. 12 Texas A&M 81, Liberty 59: Ray Turner scored a career-high 20 points and No. 20 Texas A&M cruised past visiting Liberty in the season opener for both teams.
The Aggies played without first-year coach Billy Kennedy, on leave following his recent diagnosis of an early stage of Parkinson's disease. Texas A&M associate head coach Glynn Cyprien has run the team in Kennedy's absence.
Kennedy has visited the arena daily over the past week and Cyprien has said Kennedy is expected back full-time "soon."
St. John's 78, Lehigh 73: God'sgift Achiuwa had 21 points and eight rebounds and host St. John's rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat Lehigh and give coach Steve Lavin a win in his return to the bench a month after prostate cancer surgery.
The Red Storm were down 60-46 with 11:09 to play, then turned on the defensive intensity in holding the Mountain Hawks scoreless for almost 6 minutes to get back in the game. St. John's then kept it up over the final minutes to take control and give Lavin the victory.
Lavin made a surprising and understated return, walking out to the court just minutes after the Red Storm came out for pregame warmups. The students behind both baskets erupted into cheers and started chanting, "We love Lavin!"
Around the nation
Tennessee: The Volunteers have signed Derek Reese and D'Montre Edwards to its 2012 incoming class.
Reese is a 6-foot-7, 205-pound native of Charleston, S.C. Vols coach Cuonzo Martin says Reese is a versatile wing who both shoots the ball well from the perimeter but can play around the basket.
As a junior last year at Olympia High School, Reese averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Edwards is currently attending Brevard Community College in Cocoa, Fla., and will have two years of eligibility left when he enrolls at Tennessee.
Oklahoma: Oklahoma paid former basketball coach Jeff Capel $1.75 million in addition to his monthly salary after firing him in March following back-to-back losing seasons.
According to documents released Wednesday to The Associated Press in response to an open records request, Oklahoma continued to pay Capel his monthly salary through the end of June, under the terms of his contract. In addition to that, the documents show that Capel also received $500,000 extra at the end of May and a $1.25 million lump sum at the end of June.