LEXINGTON, Ky. — Skal Labissiere scored 26, Isaiah Briscoe had a double double and No. 2 Kentucky ran away from New Jersey Institute of Technology 87-57 Saturday night for its second win in as many nights.
Seeking a strong tuneup with Tuesday night's showdown looming against defending national champion and fifth-ranked Duke, the Wildcats succeeded behind a dominant effort by their 6-foot-11 freshman. Labissiere made 10 of 12 shots from the field and all six free throws to nearly triple his scoring from the previous night against Albany.
After missing the opener with a bruised knee, Briscoe, another freshman, debuted with a team-high 12 rebounds along with 11 points. Derek Willis added 11 points and Marcus Lee had 10 as Kentucky won the first meeting between the schools.
NJIT led twice early before being overwhelmed by the taller Wildcats, who dominated the boards 54-23 and held the Highlanders to 31 percent shooting.
The Highlanders made their first six shots and seven of their first nine, taking a 21-15 lead with 13:58 left in the first half.
NJIT shot only 4-of-18 the rest of the half.
NO. 5 DUKE 113, BRYANT 75: Grayson Allen had a career-high 28 points, Matt Jones scored all of his career-best 19 in the first half and the host Blue Devils (2-0) romped for the second straight night in the 2K Classic.
NO. 24 BUTLER 144, CITADEL 71: Kellen Dunham had 24 points to lead seven players in double figures for the host Bulldogs, who set a school scoring record in their season opener. Butler set a school record for a half with 71 points in the first, then scored two more than that in the second. The victory margin was also a program record.
DAVIDSON 90, UCF 85: Jack Gibbs scored 35 to lead the host Wildcats over the Knights in the season opener for both.
TAMPA 78, N. ALABAMA 63: Pat Bacon had 20 points and Zach Hollis 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans (1-1) in the Saint Leo Tournament.
ECKERD 82, W. ALABAMA 78, OT: Jerrick Stevenson had eight of his 22 points in overtime to lead the visiting Tritons (1-1).
SAINT LEO 93, ALA.-HUNTSVILLE 90, OT: Caleb Stewart hit 10 of 10 free throws in overtime and had 29 points for the host Lions (2-0).
LATE FRIDAY: UCLA coach Steve Alford agreed to play Monmouth after the Hawks had already scheduled two other games on their West Coast trip. It got started with a bang after they surprised the Bruins 84-81 in overtime Friday night in the teams' season opener.
"You never think you're coming into UCLA where you're going to win," Monmouth coach King Rice said. "We take these trips because they are great for our kids. To say they got to come into Pauley Pavilion against UCLA on John Wooden Court, they are going to tell their families that forever. And now we've got a win."
GAME NIXED: A game between No. 9 Gonzaga and Pittsburgh in Camp Foster, Japan, was canceled at halftime Saturday morning because of slippery conditions on the court at Foster Field House on Okinawa. The Panthers were leading 37-35.
N.C. STATE: Junior guard Terry Henderson is out at least 6-8 weeks with a right ankle injury.
NO. 9 MARYLAND 102, UMASS-LOWELL 53: Brene Moseley had 24 points and 10 assists for the host Terps in their season opener.
NO. 12 TEXAS 90, UTSA 53: Brooke McCarty hit 4 of 5 3-pointers and scored 16 of her 22 in the first half for the host Longhorns in their season opener.
NO. 21 GW 85, GRAMBLING ST. 58: Caira Washington scored 20 of her 23 in the first half as the host Colonials rolled in their season opener.
ECKERD 54, W. GEORGIA 52: Margaret Sundberg had seven points in the final four minutes, and the Tritons rallied from a seven-point deficit in their season opener in the GSC-SSC Challenge at Darton State College in Albany, Ga.
SAINT LEO 81, PAINE 58: Chachi Guzman had 25 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Lions (1-1) at Florida Southern's SSC/SIAC Challenge in Lakeland.
UNION 59, TAMPA 56: Juliana Cavallaro had 12 points for UT (1-1) in its Spartan Challenge Tournament.