Mike Ringgold and Novar Gadson scored 21 points each, and Rider pulled off the first big upset of the season by beating No. 18 Mississippi State 88-74 on Friday night in Starkville, Miss.
The Broncs drove to the basket relentlessly and hit 62.5 percent of their three-point shots to knock off lifeless Mississippi State.
Rider, which will play Kentucky on Nov. 21, used a 15-5 run near the end of the first half to take a 47-45 halftime advantage and never relinquished it. Ryan Thompson scored 16 for Rider (1-0), Justin Robinson had 15 and Gadson added 11 rebounds.
Jarvis Varnado led the Bulldogs with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots, but Mississippi State managed just 10 field goals in the second half.
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Arkansas 130, Alcorn State 68: Rotnei Clarke set a Southeastern Conference record with 13 three-pointers, part of a scintillating 51-point performance in Arkansas' victory over visiting Alcorn State on Friday night. Clarke also broke the school scoring record, eclipsing Martin Terry's mark of 47 points.
No. 12 Connecticut 75, William & Mary 66: Jerome Dyson scored 27 points and Connecticut opened its season with a win in Storrs, Conn. William & Mary kept the game close by hitting 13 shots from three-point range, and got within four in the second half.
No. 1 Kansas 101, Hofstra 65: Freshman Xavier Henry hit five three-pointers and scored 27 points to set a school freshman record, and the top-ranked Jayhawks wore down overmatched Hofstra in Lawrence, Kan.
No. 2 Michigan State 97, Florida Gulf Coast 58: Durrell Summers scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half, Kalin Lucas scored 21 and Michigan State rolled at home.
No. 9 Duke 96, UNC-Greensboro 62: Kyle Singler scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half for host Duke.
No. 10 Tennessee 83, Austin Peay 54: Scotty Hopson (University Heights) scored 16 points, Cameron Tatum had 15 off the bench, and Tennessee won its opener.
No. 25 Minnesota 87, Tennessee Tech 50: Tubby Smith's Gophers started the season with a home win, led by Lawrence Westbrook's 22 points.
South Carolina 88, Alabama A&M 50: Devan Downey scored 23 points and South Carolina opened its season with a win at home. Downey made his first five shots from the field, including three three-pointers.
Georgia 67, New Orleans 59: Trey Thompkins scored 25 points, Ricky McPhee hit a huge three-pointer and host Georgia pulled out a win in Mark Fox's coaching debut.
Mississippi 92, Arkansas-Little Rock 64: Daundre Cranston scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds for host Mississippi.
Miami (Ohio) 82, Towson 71: Calvin Lee scored a game-high 25 points to lead host Towson past Miami (Ohio), Kentucky's next opponent.
The RedHawks were led by Kenny Hayes, who scored 17 points to go with six assists. Former Scott County star Rodney Haddix added five points and four steals.
Monmouth 99, FIorida International 70: Isiah Thomas failed for the second straight time to earn his first college coaching win when Florida International was trounced by host Monmouth.
Indiana 83, Howard 60: Freshmen Maurice Creek (17), Christian Watford (14)and Derek Elston (14) all scored in double figures for the host Hoosiers.
Xavier 83, Youngstown St. 57: Jordan Crawford, a transfer from Indiana and brother of former Kentucky guard Joe Crawford, scored 14 points in his debut for host Xavier.
Asbury 85, Mt. Vernon 84 (OT): Phillip Morrison (Pleasure Ridge Park) scored 36 points, including the game-winning three with 5 seconds left, for visiting Asbury.
North Carolina A&T 92, Brevard 63: Highlands grad Nic Simpson hit five three-pointers and had 21 points to lead the Aggies at home. Thomas Coleman (Jeffersontown) added 11 points and 14 rebounds.
VMI 93, Army 86: Michael Sparks (Tates Creek) scored 18 points in the Keydets' win in Lexington, Va.
Belmont 74, Portland State 67: Keaton Belcher (Pendleton Co.) scored 16 points in Belmont's road victory.
McKendree 79, East-West 49: Harry Statham won his 1,000th game, toppling yet another milestone in a 44-year career at McKendree (Ill.). The 72-year-old Statham is 1,000-381 at the NAIA school, about a half-hour drive east of St. Louis.
Top recruit picks Tar Heels
Harrison Barnes, a 6-foot-7 forward from Iowa widely regarded as the top player in the Class of 2010, picked North Carolina over Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA and his hometown school, Iowa State.
Dayton 77, No. 10 Michigan State 74: Kristin Daugherty scored 17 points and Dayton upset visiting Michigan State. The Flyers also got five points and four rebounds from De'Sarae Chambers (Mason County) and four points from Kayla Moses (Scott County).