John Thompson III beat up on kid brother Ronny Thompson on Monday, guiding No. 18 Georgetown to a 69-54 victory over Ball State in the first meeting between the sons of the Hall of Fame coach.
John Thompson Jr. objected when the game was scheduled and during a radio show Monday afternoon told Ronny the idea was "stupid." Later, the Hall of Famer watched from a courtside seat wearing a black baseball cap with a gray letter "T" on the front.
"This is Thompson. That means it doesn't have to be Ball State or Georgetown," he said. "This is what you call personal branding."
After the game, the brothers hugged at midcourt.
The Hoyas (4-1) never trailed. DaJuan Summers made a 3-pointer, layup and free throw during a 13-4 run that made it 33-19. Ball State did not get within single digits from there.
NO. 8 MARQUETTE 65, VAL-PARAISO 62: Dominic James' 3-pointer with three seconds left lifted the visiting Golden Eagles. James scored 15 of his 22 in the final 6:23, including a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left that put Marquette (7-0) up 62-59. Jarryd Loyd's 3-pointer over James tied it with 21 seconds left.
NO. 15 SYRACUSE 72, HOLY CROSS 64: Demetris Nichols scored 21 as the host Orange held on. Syracuse (7-0) led 23-7 and by double digits until late. Two free throws by Colin Cunningham cut it to 68-64 with 17.4 seconds left. But Nichols and Eric Devendorf made two free throws to help seal it.
NOTRE DAME 93, LEHIGH 87: Rob Kurz scored 25 for the host Irish. The lead changed hands seven times in the second before the Irish (4-1) went ahead for good 5:09 in. Later, Kurz scored nine in a row to extend the lead to double digits.
SETON HALL 80, ST. PETER'S 60: Paul Gause had a three-point play and 3-pointer during a late 19-2 run for the host Pirates (3-1).
N.C. STATE 74, MICHIGAN 67: Brandon Costner had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the host Wolfpack in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge opener. N.C. State (5-0) trailed 14-4 when it lost Engin Atsu, its second-leading scorer at 17.3 per game, to a left hamstring injury. But it outscored Michigan (7-1) 31-14 for the rest of the half then opened the second with a 20-6 run for a 55-34 lead.
S.C. 74, CITADEL 59: Dominique Archie scored 16 for the visiting Gamecocks (4-1), who led 47-43 seven minutes into the second before a 9-2 run.
TENN. 77, LA.-LAFAYETTE 67: Chris Lofton scored 31, including seven 3-pointers, for the visiting Vols (5-2). Lofton made three straight baskets after the Ragin' Cajuns cut a 17-point lead to two with 4:24 left.
NO. 9 TEXAS A&M 75, ARKANSAS.-LITTLE ROCK 35: Acie Law scored 17 for the host Aggies (6-0), who ended the first half with a 14-4 run for a 43-17 lead.
UCF 99, J'VILLE 62: Josh Peppers scored 24 for the host Knights (5-0), who made their first six shots of the second half for a 25-4 run and 35-point lead.
GEORGE MASON 65, FIU 39: Dre Smith scored 20 for the host Patriots. The Panthers (3-4) trailed 33-17 after the first and 45-23 early in the second.
B-CC 80, WARNER SOUTHERN 72: Dewayne Pettus scored 20 for the host Wildcats (2-1), who trailed 15-3 early but ended the first half with a 30-8 run.
MISSOURI 98, COPPIN ST. 77: Marshall Brown scored 16 of his 21 in the first and Matt Lawrence 19 of his 20 in the second for the host Tigers (7-0). Lawrence, Stefhon Hannah and Brown combined for five 3-pointers to put Missouri up by 19 early in the second half.
BAYLOR 90, ALCORN ST. 59: Aaron Bruce made 6 of 9 3-pointers and scored 17 of his 20 in the second half for the host Bears (4-1), whose 7-0 run to start the half put them up 52-27.
NEBRASKA 71, ARKANSAS.-PINE BLUFF 42: The host Cornhuskers (4-0) scored 11 in 1:15 on Marcus Perry's consecutive 3-pointers, Ryan Anderson's layup and Charles Richardson's 3-pointer for a 19-4 lead.
UCLA moves to top
UCLA is No. 1 in the AP poll for the 129th week, most all-time and 19 more than second-place Duke. The Bruins, No. 5 last week and last No. 1 after their national title in April 1995, beat then-No. 20 Kentucky and then-No. 19 Georgia Tech to win the Maui Invitational. Previous No. 1 Florida, which lost to then-No. 10 Kansas in overtime Saturday, fell to No. 4. North Carolina, which lost to Gonzaga in Wednesday's NIT semifinals, fell to No. 7.
NO. 9 LSU 65, NEW ORLEANS 45: Sylvia Fowles had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Tigers (8-1). Consecutive layups by Fowles, who scored 14 in the first half, put LSU up 32-15.
FSU 60, TULSA 43: Tanae Davis-Cain scored 22 for the host Seminoles (6-0). FSU's 9-0 run helped it take a 33-18 halftime lead, and it led by double digits from there.
FLORIDA 86, MOREHEAD ST. 54: Depree Bowden scored a career-high 19 for the host Gators (3-4). Florida ended the first half with a 24-5 run.
NO. 14 ARIZONA ST.: Jordan Johnson, 15, brother of senior forward Aubree Johnson, died from an enlarged heart, a medical examiner said. He died in his sleep after traveling to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands to watch his sister play in the weekend's Paradise Jam tournament.