Men's Basketball

Tipping off college basketball season: Ex-Cat Wiltjer debuts for Gonzaga with a bang

William & Mary guard Omar Prewitt, a former Montgomery County standout, blocked the shot of Florida's Kasey Hill in the Gators' 68-45 win. Prewitt had a team-high 15 points for the Tribe.
William & Mary guard Omar Prewitt, a former Montgomery County standout, blocked the shot of Florida's Kasey Hill in the Gators' 68-45 win. Prewitt had a team-high 15 points for the Tribe. AP

Frank Kaminsky scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help No. 3 Wisconsin beat Northern Kentucky 62-31 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Sam Dekker added 15 points for the Badgers, while Daniel Camps led the Norse with eight points.

Though the Badgers hit just less than half of their shots overall, they weren't sharp from three-point range. They hit just 4 of 17, good for only 24 percent.

Northern Kentucky, meanwhile, wasn't sharp from anywhere. The Norse shot just 26 percent, including 2 of 16 from long range.

The Badgers return more than 80 percent of their scoring, rebounding and assists from a team that last season averaged 73.5 points a game and reached the Final Four. But they weren't as sharp as they should have been offensively against a physically overmatched team.

The Norse were at a height disadvantage with just two starters listed as taller than 6-foot-4, while the Badgers only had one listed as shorter than that — the 6-3 Traevon Jackson. But Northern Kentucky had some success contesting drives.

The Badgers haven't been afraid to take three-pointers under coach Bo Ryan, averaging 21 a game last season. But they also hit almost 35 percent of them.

No. 4 Duke 113, Presbyterian 44: Preseason All-American Jahlil Okafor scored 19 points in his college debut and the Blue Devils routed the Blue Hose in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.

All four members of a heavily hyped freshman class scored in double figures for Duke (1-0): Greyson Allen had 18, and Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones had 15 apiece.

Duke shot 61 percent, hit 16 three-pointers and had 30 assists — three shy of the school record — in the third most-lopsided victory in school history.

The freshmen effectively ended this one by halftime. Those four had 30 of Duke's first 40 points and the Blue Devils led 57-19 at the break.

Quinn Cook — the only scholarship senior on Duke's roster — had 14 points with four three-pointers and Rasheed Sulaimon scored 12 points. Desean Murray had 14 points for the Blue Hose (0-1).

No. 13 Gonzaga 104, Sacramento State 58: Kyle Wiltjer scored 18 points and No. 13 Gonzaga routed Sacramento State in both teams' season opener.

Kevin Pangos added 16 points, Domantas Sabonis 14, Byron Wesley 12 and Gary Bell Jr. 11 for the Bulldogs (1-0).

Dylan Garrity scored 13 points for Sacramento State (0-1), which returned all five starters and eight of its top nine from last season. But Sacramento State played without leading scorer Mikh McKinney, who averaged 16.6 points a game last season, who sat out for disciplinary reasons.

Gonzaga, with three starters back and a bevy of talented newcomers like Wiltjer (who also had 4 rebounds and 2 blocks), made quick work of the Hornets.

No. 7 Florida 68, William & Mary 45: Dorian Finney-Smith scored 15 points, Michael Frazier II added 12 and the Gators opened the season with a win in Gainesville, Fla.

Michigan transfer Jon Horford chipped in 11 points for Florida, who won their 24th consecutive season opener and improved to 19-0 on opening night under Coach Billy Donovan.

The Gators held William & Mary to 26 percent shooting, including 2-for-22 from behind the three-point line.

Former Montgomery County standout Omar Prewitt led the Tribe with 15 points and five rebounds. Marcus Thornton added 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting. The preseason Colonial Athletic Association player of the year, Thornton missed all five shots from behind the arc.

Jack Whitman, a redshirt freshman out of Lexington Catholic, had four points, two assists and one rebound for William & Mary.

No. 15 VCU 85, Tennessee 69: Melvin Johnson scored 20 of his 23 points in the decisive first half of the Veterans Classic, Treveon Graham had 15 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth spoiled Donnie Tyndall's Tennessee coaching debut.

Johnson went 9 for 17 from the floor, hit five three-pointers and had three assists to help the Rams win their 10th straight season opener.

The Volunteers were called for 34 fouls, and the Rams took advantage by going 24 for 40 at the line.

No. 25 Harvard 73, MIT 52: Wesley Saunders had 15 points, 9 rebounds and six assists for the Crimson against down-river rival MIT.

Siyani Chambers also scored 15, making all four attempts from three-point range, and added four assists for Harvard — the four-time defending Ivy League champion.

Georgia Tech 80, Georgia 73: Quinton Stephens scored a career-high 22 points while making six three-pointers to give Tech its first four-game winning streak in the state rivalry in 51 years.

Charles Mitchell, a transfer from Maryland, had 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds in his debut for the Yellow Jackets.

Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia with 18 points. Marcus Thornton had 12.

Eastern Ky. 76, Savannah St. 53: The Colonels, which ranked second in the nation in turnover margin last season, forced 33 while committing just 14.

Corey Walden, a senior, had eight of Eastern's 17 steals to go along with 20 points and five assists.

Wright St. 73, Belmont 70: Chrishawn Hopkins had 21 points and five rebounds in the Raiders' win.

Taylor Barnette (Lexington Christian) had 14 points, one of four Bruins who reached double-digit scoring in the loss.

Georgia St. 115, Tennessee Temple 55: Former Kentucky Wildcat Ryan Harrow had 25 points, six assists and no turnovers for the Panthers in the rout.

Curtis Washington, a former Elizabethtown standout, had 13 points for the winners while Kevin Ware, a Louisville transfer, added 12.

Purdue 80, Samford 40: Vince Edwards and Rapheal Davis paced the Boilermakers with 13 each.

It was the head coaching debut for Samford head man Scott Padgett, a former standout at Kentucky.


No. 12 Louisville 89, IUPUI 69: Mariya Moore scored 22 points in her collegiate debut and Louisville won in Indianapolis. Bria Smith added 15 points and another true freshman, Myisha Hines-Allen, scored 11 for the Cardinals, who reached the Elite Eight last season before joining the ACC. Sara Hammond (Rockcastle County) grabbed 10 rebounds.

IUPUI, which won a school-record 23 games last season, was led by Shaquira Scott with 16 points. Akilah Sims added 12, Mikale Rogers 11 and Martha Burse 10. The Jaguars were hurt by 26 turnovers.

Louisville built a 41-20 halftime lead behind Moore's 16 points. The Cardinals made nine of their 16 steals and scored 21 points off turnovers in the first half.

Morehead St. 83, Norfolk St. 66: Freshman Eriel McKee had a team-high 20 points and the Eagles outscored the hosts 48-27 in the second half.

Morehead moved to 3-0 all-time versus Norfolk State in coach Greg Todd's debut. Todd was the head coach at Transylvania the previous eight seasons.

Western Kentucky 93, Central Arkansas 57: WKU used its high scoring offense and deep bench to wear down Central Arkansas to claim a win over the Sugar Bears in the opening round of the 2014 Preseason Women's NIT on Friday evening in E.A. Diddle Arena.

Sophomore Bria Gaines came off the bench to post a career high 22 points in just 18 minutes of play to help lead the Lady Toppers to victory and advance to the quarterfinals of the Preseason Women's NIT. It bested her 21 point performance in last season's regular season road finale at Georgia State.

No. 8 Baylor 101, Oral Roberts 60: Nina Davis had 22 points and 10 rebounds, Khadijiah Cave scored 19 and No. 8 Baylor rolled over Oral Roberts.

The Lady Bears, playing without either Brittney Griner or Odyssey Sims for the first time in more than five years, took a 12-0 lead and were up by double digits for good with 14 minutes left in the first half.

Imani Wright had three of Baylor's four 3-pointers and finished with 18 points, while freshman Kristy Wallace from Australia debuted with 11 points and three steals.

The Lady Bears face Kentucky on Monday.