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Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Zags edge Michigan St. on aircraft carrier

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Nov 11, 2022; San Diego, California, US; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Nolan Hickman (11) shoots the ball over Michigan State Spartans guard Trejuan Holloman (5) during the first half at USS Abraham Lincoln. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Timme recorded 22 points and 13 rebounds and No. 2 Gonzaga squeaked out a 64-63 victory over Michigan State on Friday night in the Armed Forces Classic on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego.

Timme split two free throws with 1:51 left to give the Bulldogs the one-point lead. The Spartans had a chance to win it, but Jaden Akins’ 3-pointer bounced off the back of the rim as time expired.

Julian Strawther added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Nolan Hickman added 10 points for the Bulldogs (2-0). Malachi Smith, the ballyhooed transfer from Chattanooga, matched his career best of six steals.

Mady Sissoko had 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out for Michigan State (1-1). A.J. Hoggard had 12 points and three steals, Tyson Walker also scored 12 points and Malik Hall added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans.

No. 1 North Carolina 102, College of Charleston 86

Armando Bacot scored 28 points, 27 in the second half, as the Tar Heels overcame a halftime deficit to top the Cougars in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Bacot also had six boards and three steals. Caleb Love shot just 1-for-9 from behind the arc for North Carolina (2-0), but he made 8 of 11 free throws on his way to tallying 25 points. He added nine rebounds and six assists.

Dalton Bolon scored 16 points to lead Charleston (1-1), Ante Brzovic had 15 points and Pat Robinson III chipped in 14 points.

No. 3 Houston 81, St. Joseph’s 55

Jarace Walker scored 23 points and J’Wan Roberts added 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Cougars rolled past the Hawks in the Veterans Classic at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Tramon Mark added 12 points for the Cougars (2-0), who took charge early and led by 20 points at halftime. St. Joseph’s cut into the lead through the first nine minutes of the second half but never got closer than 14 before Houston pulled away.

Erik Reynolds II scored 17 points for the Hawks (0-1) with Kacper Klaczek pulling down 12 rebounds. Officials considered stopping the game five minutes into the second half and again inside the last four minutes because condensation on the court continually caused players to slip, but they decided to continue after consulting with both coaches.

No. 4 Kentucky 77, Duquesne 52

Antonio Reeves scored a game-high 18 points and Sahvir Wheeler added 11 points and 11 assists to lead the Wildcats past the Dukes in Lexington, Ky.

Reeves shot 5-for-9 from the field, which included 4-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc for Kentucky (2-0). Wheeler hit 4 of 7 from the field and added six rebounds in his season debut after missing the Wildcats’ opening win over Howard on Monday due to an injured right leg.

The Dukes (1-1) were led by Jimmy Clark III, who scored 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting to go along with three rebounds, and Austin Rotroff’s eight points and six boards.

No. 5 Baylor 87, Norfolk State 70

Keyonte George drained six 3-pointers and had 23 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals to lead the Bears past the Spartans at Waco, Texas.

Jalen Bridges added 20 points and Adam Flagler tallied 18 for Baylor (2-0). Flagler made four 3-pointers as the Bears were 15 of 38 from long distance.

Joe Bryant Jr. had 24 points and six rebounds for Norfolk State (2-1). Christian Ings added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

No. 7 Duke 84, USC Upstate 38

Kyle Filipowski’s 15 points led five Duke players in double figures as the Blue Devils rolled past the Spartans in Durham, N.C.

Mark Mitchell had 13 points for Duke (2-0), and highly touted freshman Dereck Lively II scored four in his collegiate debut. The Blue Devils were tuning up in advance of a Tuesday matchup with No. 5 Kansas, the reigning national champion, in Indianapolis.

Justin Bailey had 13 points off the bench for USC Upstate (1-1), which despite a strong opening stretch was overwhelmed for a majority of the game.

No. 8 UCLA 93, Long Beach State 69

Five players scored in double figures for the host Bruins, who used a 28-8 run in the first half to cruise past the Beach in Los Angeles.

The Bruins (2-0) complemented stingy defense — holding Long Beach State to 36.4 percent shooting from the floor — with balanced offense. Tyger Campbell set the pace with 18 points. Jaylen Clark finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Lassina Traore led Long Beach State (1-1) with 14 points and matched a team high with seven rebounds.

No. 10 Arkansas 74, Fordham 48

Ricky Council IV scored 15 points and the Razorbacks forced 30 turnovers while walloping the Rams in Fayetteville, Ark.

Jordan Walsh added 12 points and Anthony Black had 10 for the Razorbacks (2-0), who finished with 13 steals in their second lopsided win. Darius Quisenberry and Elijah Gray scored 10 points each to lead the Rams (1-1).

Both teams struggled with their shooting, especially from beyond the arc. Fordham made 4 of 17 3-pointers (23.5 percent) and Arkansas made 2 of 16 (12.5 percent).

No. 14 TCU 77, Lamar 66

Mike Miles Jr. scored 26 points and the Horned Frogs took the lead for good about eight minutes into the game while beating the Cardinals in Fort Worth, Texas.

Emanuel Miller chipped in with 12 points and Shahada Wells had 10 for the Horned Frogs (2-0). Miller also contributed seven rebounds and six assists.

Jakevion Buckley scored 22 points, Chris Pryor added 11 and Terry Anderson had 10 for Lamar (1-1).

No. 15 Auburn 67, South Florida 59

Wendell Green Jr. scored 20 points and Allen Flanigan added 18 as the host Tigers rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bulls.

Flanigan’s 3-pointer from the corner gave the Tigers (2-0) a 39-37 lead with 12:51 to go in the game. Dylan Cardwell, who appeared to injure his leg late in the game, had seven points, two rebounds and five blocked shots.

Keyshawn Bryant led South Florida (0-2) with 10 points, nine rebounds and two assists, and Selton Miguel chipped in 13 points.

Temple 68, No. 16 Villanova 64

Damian Dunn hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift the host Owls to an upset victory over the Wildcats in Philadelphia.

Dunn scored 22 points, including six of the last eight for Temple (1-1), while Khalif Battle added 21 and Jamille Reynolds produced his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Temple’s last win over Villanova came on Dec. 5, 2012.

Villanova (1-1) continued to play without Justin Moore (Achilles) and Cam Whitmore (thumb). Caleb Daniels scored 19 points, Eric Dixon added 18 and Jordan Longino had 11 for the Wildcats.

No. 17 Arizona 95, Southern 78

Junior point guard Kerr Kriisa posted the second triple-double of his career as the Wildcats stayed hot on offense in a victory over the Jaguars in Tucson, Ariz.

Kriisa had 14 points and career highs of 12 assists and 11 rebounds for the 11th triple-double in school history. Arizona (2-0), after shooting a school-record 71.7 percent in a season-opening 117-75 victory over Nicholls, shot 54.5 percent against Southern (0-2).

Bryson Etienne led the Jaguars with 17 points, with Tyrone Lyons adding 13 and Festus Ndumanya contributing 11 points.

No. 18 Virginia 89, Monmouth 42

The Cavaliers overwhelmed the Hawks with depth, defense and long-distance shooting in the blowout in Charlottesville, Va.

Isaac McKneely had 15 points to lead the Cavaliers (2-0), who hit 13 3-pointers and scored 35 points off 21 turnovers by the Hawks (0-2). Ryan Dunn added 13 points for Virginia, whose reserves outscored the Monmouth bench 48-12.

Myles Foster led Monmouth with 10 points, all in the first half.

No. 19 San Diego State 82, BYU 75

Jaedon LeDee scored 23 points, Darrion Trammell netted 21 and the host Aztecs overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat the Cougars.

BYU (1-1) led most of the way and had a chance to pull within one point with 1:23 remaining, but Rudi Williams missed two free throws. The Aztecs (2-0) then scored six straight in the final minute to seal the win.

Nathan Mensah contributed 14 points with 10 rebounds and made a huge defensive play as San Diego State surged past BYU in the latter portion of the second half. Spencer Johnson topped BYU with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Williams finished with 15 points.

No. 20 Alabama 95, Liberty 59

Mark Sears scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Brandon Miller added 20 points and eight rebounds as the Crimson Tide shook off a slow start and rolled to a victory over the Flames in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Rylan Griffen scored 16 points and Jaden Bradley had 10 as the Crimson Tide improved to 2-0 with a pair of games remaining in their home state before a test against Michigan State on Nov. 24 in Portland, Ore.

Shiloh Robinson scored 11 points and Brody Peebles had 10 for Liberty (1-1).

UC Irvine 69, No. 21 Oregon 56

The Anteaters stunned the Ducks in Eugene, Ore., taking control late in the first half and pouring it on in the second on its way to the upset.

UC Irvine (2-0) led by 27 points in the second half before the Ducks made the final score look more respectable. DJ Davis, who led the Anteaters with a career-high 24 points, knocked down six 3-pointers. UC Irvine’s Dawson Baker added 11 points.

N’Faly Dante led the Ducks (1-1) with 20 points and nine rebounds.

No. 22 Michigan 88, Eastern Michigan 83

Hunter Dickinson scored 31 points to lead the Wolverines past the Eagles in Detroit.

Terrance Williams II added 18 points for Michigan (2-0), which shot 5 of 21 (23.8 percent) from 3-point range and 25 of 40 (62.5 percent) from the free-throw line.

Emoni Bates, who played in his first game for Eastern Michigan (1-1) after transferring from Memphis, scored 30 points. The Eagles’ Noah Farrakhan added 19 points before fouling out.

No. 23 Illinois 86, Kansas City 48

Dain Dainja amassed 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lift the Fighting Illini past the Roos in Champaign, Ill. It was the second consecutive double-double for Dainja to open the season.

Terrence Shannon Jr. added 14 points and Jayden Epps contributed 13 for the Illini (2-0).

Shemarri Allen led the Roos (0-3) with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was Kansas City’s lone player to reach double figures.

No. 24 Dayton 74, SMU 62

DaRon Holmes and Mustapha Amzil each scored 20 points and the host Flyers held off a late push by the Mustangs.

The Flyers (2-0) ended the game on an 11-0 run over the final 2:12. Holmes shot 7 of 11 from the field and added seven rebounds and five blocks, while Amzil went 5 of 9 off the bench.

Nutall had 20 points for SMU (1-1), while Samuell Williamson added 14 points and nine rebounds and Zhuric Phelps chipped in 12 points.

–Field Level Media