Corey Walden scored 18 of his game-high 21 points in the second half to help Eastern Kentucky hold off Kennesaw State 68-60 in the Kennesaw (Ga.) State Tournament on Saturday.
Leading 30-26 at the break, Eastern Kentucky (2-0) got off to a sloppy start in the second half, missing eight of its first nine shots and committing five turnovers as Kennesaw State held a 34-32 lead over six minutes into the second period. Then Waldren took over, scoring 12 of the Colonels' next 18 points as EKU opened 50-39 lead with 8:48 remaining.
Georgetown College 102, Miami-Middletown 68: A rocky start was erased with a second half effort as the Tigers stayed undefeated.
The Tigers (4-0) erased an early eight-point deficit and extended a narrow halftime lead for the win over Miami University Middletown.
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"I was very pleased with the second half effort and intensity, and especially the unselfishness," said Georgetown coach Chris Briggs.
No. 11 Ohio St. 89, Morgan St. 50: Shannon Scott scored a career-high 16 points and LaQuinton Ross, also starting for the first time as a junior, had 14 points and a personal-best 11 rebounds for Ohio State. Lenzelle Smith Jr. led the way with 18 points and spurred a first-half spurt for the Buckeyes, who improved to 93-18 in home openers and 89-22 in season debuts.
No. 15 Gonzaga 100, Bryant 76: Sam Dower had 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds to lead host Gonzaga past Bryant on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
The 6-foot-9 senior, making his eighth start for the Bulldogs, shot 8 of 13 from the field and posted his second career double-double.
South Carolina 82, Longwood 44: Tyrone Johnson was excited he made a quick impact for South Carolina. He was even happier it helped the Gamecocks to victory.
Johnson, a Villanova transfer who last played in 2012, was cleared by the NCAA this week and on Saturday scored a career-high 18 points to lead the Gamecocks to victory over Longwood in their 13th straight win in a season opener.
No. 5 Louisville 101, Loyola Chicago 54: Bria Smith scored 16 points and Louisville routed Loyola Chicago in the first round of the Preseason WNIT, spoiling the debut of Ramblers coach Sheryl Swoopes.
Sara Hammond, one of six Louisville players to score in double figures, had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the opener for both teams. Tia Gibbs, who missed last season with a hip injury, added 13 points.
Shoni Schimmel, who scored 11 points, became the school's all-time leader in 3-pointers made with 272.
Georgetown College 78, College of Ozarks 67: The Tigers got 29 points off the bench, including leading scorer Haley Armstrong with 15.
Kourtney Tyra found her rhythm in the second half and finished with 13 points. Lizza Jonas and Devanny King rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12 each. Jonas also added a team-high seven rebounds.