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Duke survives Belmont scare

DURHAM, N.C. — Seth Curry scored 16 and No. 6 Duke held off Belmont 77-76 Friday night in the first round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational to move coach Mike Krzyzewski within one victory of tying Bob Knight atop the Division I men's career list.

Freshman Austin Rivers added 16 points in his college debut for the Blue Devils (1-0). They shot 43 percent and overcame 19 turnovers to avoid their first nonconference home loss since 2000 and put their Hall of Fame coach one step closer to history.

Krzyzewski started his 37th season as a head coach by improving his record to 901-284. He can tie his college coach and mentor's record today when Duke plays host to Presbyterian.

Belmont, which returns four starters from a team that made its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006, erased most of a 16-point deficit in the second half and pulled to 72-71 on Ian Clark's three-point play with 51 seconds left.

No. 2 Ky. 108, Marist 58: Terrence Jones came off the bench to score eight in the host Wildcats' easy win after the university said he was involved as a passenger in an early morning car accident.

Coach John Calipari said earlier in the day that he would institute a curfew for the Wildcats.

"I felt I was doing a great example on the court. I still believe that way," said Jones, who like the rest of his teammates will be forced to be back in their rooms at 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. "I take blame for being out that late, but I mean, it's just something that happened to cause all that."

Anthony Davis had 23 points and 10 rebounds to join Jones and Sam Bowie as the only freshmen in Kentucky history with 20-10 games in their debuts.

Davis attacked the rim in the opener, finishing 10-of-13 with eight dunks as Kentucky shrugged off a slow start with a dominant second half that turned a single-digit lead into a 50-point blowout in their first game of the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

No. 3 Ohio St. 73, Wright St. 42: Preseason All-American Jared Sullinger scored 19 to go with nine rebounds in leading the host Buckeyes to victory in the Global Sports Shootout. Ohio State faces No. 8 Florida next week. "Florida is obviously a very, very talented basketball team," coach Thad Matta said. "They've got more guys back off of last year's team than us. We'll be able to tell a lot about ourselves coming out of Tuesday night."

No. 4 UConn 70, Columbia 57: Jeremy Lamb scored a career-high 30 and Shabazz Napier added 21 as the host Huskies began defense of their national title with an easy victory. Lamb hit 11 of 17 shots and was 5-of-8 from behind the arc as the Huskies try to replace the scoring and leadership of Kemba Walker.

No. 7 Vandy 78, Oregon 64: John Jenkins scored 24 as the host Commodores pulled away.

No. 9 L'ville 83, Tenn.-Martin 48: Senior Kyle Kuric scored 14 in the first half for the host Cardinals as Rick Pitino earned his 600th college win. Pitino is the 38th coach to reach 600 wins. He is the 15th fastest to the milestone, doing it one game quicker than former Louisville coach Denny Crum.

No. 10 Pitt 89, Albany 56: Travon Woodall scored a career-high 25 and the host Panthers remained unbeaten in nine season debuts under coach Jamie Dixon.

No. 13 Kansas 100, Towson St. 54: Thomas Robinson had a double double of 18 points and 11 rebounds as the host Jayhawks romped in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

No. 14 Xavier 74, Morgan St. 63: Mark Lyons, taking over at point guard for suspended senior Tu Holloway, scored 22 as the host Musketeers rolled.

No. 18 Mich. 59, Ferris St. 33: Stu Douglass scored 14 after making a surprise start at point guard, and the host Wolverines overcame early shooting struggles with 13-2 and 19-0 runs.

No. 19 Alabama 64, N. Fla. 44: JaMychal Green scored 18 for the host Crimson Tide, which held the Ospreys to 13-for-56 shooting (23.2 percent).

No. 22 Marquette 91, Mount St. Mary's 37: Darius Johnson-Odom scored 16 and the host Golden Eagles rolled.

No. 25 Missouri 83, SE Missouri 68: Ricardo Ratliffe and Marcus Denmon had 20 points apiece as the host Tigers won in coach Frank Haith's debut.

Ga. Tech 92, FAMU 59: Brandon Reed scored 16 as the host Yellow Jackets, under new coach Brian Gregory, beat the Rattlers, who got 15 from Avery Moore.

FSU women beat USF

DAYTONA BEACH — Tay'ler Mingo scored a career-high 12 to lead No. 14 Florida State to a 62-49 victory over USF in the Women's Basketball Invitational Tipoff, the season opener for both teams.

FSU's Alexa Deluzio, Cierra Bravard and Chelsea Davis each scored 11, while Natasha Howard had a double double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

"I thought our offensive balance was huge for us," said Seminoles coach Sue Semrau, whose team had a 50-36 rebound advantage.

USF, led by Caitlyn Rowe's game-high 19 points, went ahead 14-7 before FSU went on a 15-0 run.

Michigan 66, UF 66: Florida senior Jordan Jones hit a career-high-tying five three-pointers and scored 21, but the Wolverines toppled the host Gators.

No. 1 Baylor 82, Howard 28: Brittney Griner had 22 points, 13 rebounds and eight blocks as the host Bears scored the first 28 points in a preseason WNIT win.

No. 2 Notre Dame 81, Akron 61: Skylar Diggins scored 21 as the host Irish, who committed 26 turnovers, won a sloppy preseason WNIT opener.

No. 5 Stanford 72 , No. 24 Texas 59: Chiney Ogwumike shrugged off early foul trouble with 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the visiting Cardinal with her rebounding on the offensive end in a season-opening clash of two powerhouse programs.

No. 7 Miami 83, Texas-Pan Am 37: Shenise Johnson finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists, and the Hurricanes got their 25th straight home win, the longest home streak in program history.

No. 8 Duke 61, BYU 55: Chelsea Gray scored 13 of her 15 in the second half and added a career-high six steals to lead the visiting Blue Devils.

No. 10 Georgetown 56, Longwood 45: Sugar Rodgers went only 2-for-10 from the field and managed 13 points as the host Hoyas sputtered through a closer-than-expected win over Longwood.

No. 11 MD. 84, Loyola, Md 46: Alyssa Thomas scored 20 and the host Terrapins never trailed in a season-opening win over the in-state foe Greyhounds.

No. 12 Penn St. 72, Wash. St. 60: Maggie Lucas and Alex Bentley each scored 22 for the host Nittany Lions.

No. 13 Georgia 83, TCU 60: Anne Marie Armstrong scored a career-high 22 as the host Bulldogs rolled.

No. 18 Ky. 96, Morehead St. 60: Kastine Evans scored a career-high 23 and the visiting Wildcats pulled away.

No. 19 DePaul 96, St. Mary's 68: Anna Martin scored 17 as the Blue Demons won their 20th in a row at home. DePaul faces Samford in today's Maggie Dixon Classic title game.

No. 22 UCLA 67, McNeese St. 59: Rhema Gardner scored a career-high 18 as the host Bruins won their preseason WNIT opener.

No. 23 So. Cal 65, Fresno St. 57: Jacki Gemelos had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the host Trojans overcame a sluggish start.

Duke survives Belmont scare 11/11/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 12, 2011 12:38am]

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