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UConn unveils championship banner, opens title defense with 95-52 rout of N. Arizona

Mon, Nov 6, 2023

UConn unveils championship banner, opens title defense with 95-52 rout of N. Arizona

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Alex Karaban scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures and defending national champion UConn opened the season on Monday with a 95-52 rout of Northern Arizona.

Tristen Newton scored 14 points, Donovan Clingan and Stephon Castle each had 12 and Samson Johnson added 11 for No. 6 UConn, which unveiled the school's latest championship banner in a pregame ceremony.

The Huskies shot 56% (32 of 57) from the floor and held the Lumberjacks to 34% (20 of 59).

Liam Lloyd led Northern Arizona with 15 points.

UConn opened the game with a 14-5 run and led 47-30 at the half.

The Huskies are seeking to become the first program to repeat as national champions since Florida did it in 2006 and 2007.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Zach Edey opened the season by scoring 16 points and grabbing 11 rebounds and Camden Heide had 13 points as No. 3 Purdue beat Samford.

Braden Smith and Fletchers Loyer each had 12 points and combined for half of the Boilermakers 16 3-pointers. Purdue tied a school record with its 25th consecutive regular season win over a non-conference foe.

Edey, the defending national player of the year, posted his 40th career double-double.

Jaden Campbell scored 11 points and Rylan Jones added eight to lead Samford.

Purdue scored the first 11 points and took a 51-17 halftime lead.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dalton Knecht scored 17 points and No. 9 Tennessee's defense was in midseason form as the Volunteers opened the season by beating Tennessee Tech.

Knecht, a Northern Colorado grad transfer, scored 14 points in the first half. Josiah-Jordan James added 15 points and Jordan Gainey 11.

Josiah Davis led Tennessee Tech with 13 points.

Tennessee Tech was limited to 22% shooting. The Golden Eagles turned the ball over 16 times and had eight shots blocked, four by Jonas Aidoo.

No. 13 MIAMI 101, NJIT 60

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Wooga Poplar scored 21 points, Norchad Omier had 20 points and 10 rebounds and No. 13 Miami beat New Jersey Institute of Technology in the opener for both teams.

Poplar shot 8 of 16, including 5 of 9 from beyond the arc.

Coming off their first Final Four appearance, the Hurricanes also had double-figure scoring from Florida State transfer Matthew Cleveland, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Adam Hess scored 14 points for the Highlanders in the debut of coach Grant Billmeier.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Armando Bacot scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the best season opener of his career, helping No. 19 North Carolina beat Radford.

RJ Davis and Cormac Ryan both scored 13 points, and Harrison Ingram had 12 points for the Tar Heels.

North Carolina won its 19th straight season opener.

Bacot's 25 points in an opener beat the 16 points he had last year against UNC Wilmington.

DaQuan Smith and Kenyon Giles both scored 18 points for Radford, which was seeking its second victory against a ranked team in program history.


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