Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Adam Miller scored 18 points, KJ Williams grabbed 14 rebounds and 13 points, and LSU opened the season with a victory on Wednesday night, giving Matt McMahon a 74-63 win in his Tigers coaching debut.
Justice Hill added 13 points and seven assists to the Tigers.
McMahon traveled from Murray State, bringing players Hill, Williams and Tray Hannibal with him, and lured back Miller, Mwani Wilkinson, and referee Williams, who entered the transfer portal as he rebuilt the lineup, which at some point after he was hired. there were no players fellows.
New Kansas City coach Marvin Menzies is still looking for his first victory with the Roos (0-2) after they lost to Division II Lincoln (Missouri) in the first leg.
Senior quarterback Shemarri Allen scored 19 points, while UIC transfer Ray Quondis Mitchell added 15 points to lead Kansas City with three transfers and 11 rookies. Roo were 4 out of 25 from the arc.
Wilkinson hit a 3-pointer to open the game and LSU led to the end, though did not have a double-digit lead until the start of the second half after Miller’s 3-pointer. A 7-0 spurt brought Roos back within nine minutes at mid-half and they were within five with 5.5 minutes to go. But Derek Fontaine hit a couple of free throws and added a dunk, and Hill added two more free throws and a bucket to secure the win.
CHAPEL HILL, NC — Alyssa Oustby scored 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, Kennedy Todd-Williams scored 20 points and took nine boards, and NC No. 12 beat Jackson State 91-59 on Wednesday night at season opener for both teams. .
Paulina Paris and Eva Hodgson each added 13 points for the Tar Heels, who shot 58% from the field, while the Lady Tigers capped shooting to 34% and scored 22 points from Jackson State’s 20 losses, including 16 interceptions in North Carolina.
The teams tied midway through the first quarter before North Carolina ended the period 15–4. The Tar Heels took the last 12 points in the second quarter with 31 points and were 53-20 ahead at halftime. UNC’s biggest lead was 41 in the third quarter.
Jariah Covington led Jackson State with 19 points.
Both teams played in the NCAA Tournament last season, with UNC reaching the Sweet 16 and Jackson State narrowly losing to LSU in the first round.
Ann Arbor, Michigan. Laila Felia scored a career-high 20 points, Emily Kiser added 15 points, and Michigan’s No. 25 opened their season with an 83-30 victory over Delaware State on Wednesday night.
The Wolverines have amassed 18 straight wins at the Chrysler Center, the fifth-longest active streak in the country.
Michigan scored the first 14 points of the game while Delaware State turned it over seven times and missed three shots. The Wolverines led 40–18 at halftime after holding the Hornets to 5 of 24 shots. Deyonce Thompson hit the first four field goals in Delaware State and scored 13 of 18 points in the first half.
Michigan used a 28-0 run spanning the third quarter break to build a 47-point lead as Delaware State missed 11 straight shots.
Felia and Kiser are two of the top four scorers returning from last year’s 25-7 team. Felia hit 8 of 11 shots, including four 3-pointers, while Kiser had six rebounds and five assists.
Thompson finished with 15 points for Delaware State (0-2), which lost to Michigan State 86-37 on Monday.
Michigan plays St. Francis (Pennsylvania) on Friday. Before the game, the Wolverines will raise their 2022 Elite Eight banner.
WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut. Coach John Gallagher resigned less than two years after leading the Hartford men’s basketball team to its first NCAA Tournament.
Gallagher, who was named head coach in 2010, sent his resignation letter to university president Greg Woodward ahead of the first game of the season, which will be the school’s last at the Division I level.
In his letter, Gallagher said that the school had consistently undermined the program “to the point where the safety and well-being of the players has been compromised.” He cited a pre-season skirmish at Dartmouth in late October when one of his players was injured and not treated immediately because the school did not send a sports coach with the team.
The university disputed Gallagher’s claims, saying in a statement that they were “full of inaccuracies”.
“The safety of our students is always our top priority,” the statement said. “In regards to the recent Dartmouth skirmish he was referring to, the university has confirmed that there will be athletic training onsite to help both UHart and Dartmouth’s student-athletes. This is an institution with highly qualified medical personnel and equipment. In addition, our other employees always had a university-sponsored credit card for planned meals and expenses. We are confident that these unfounded claims and attacks will be refuted in court.”
The university said it would announce an interim coach for the men’s basketball program.
Gallagher’s departure comes as the university prepares to move to Division III after this season. In May 2021, the university announced a decision to relocate to save money and focus more on academics.
The men’s basketball program competed in the America East Conference and won the 2021 tournament to automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The team is competing as an independent this year and will become a member of the Division III Commonwealth Coast Conference starting in 2023-24.
COLUMBUS, Ohio. Taylor Mixell scored 20 of her 25 points in the second half, leading No. 14 Ohio State to an 87-75 victory over No. 5 Tennessee Tuesday night in the season opener.
Ohio State erased Tennessee’s halftime lead 41-33 and surpassed the Volunteers 30-13 in the third quarter. Mixell helped lift the Buckeyes as they finished third with a 12-0 win and she scored 10 points in that time.
The Volunteers reduced the lead to eight points with 5:43 left, but the Bakkei didn’t let them get close.
Defending Big Ten regular season champion Ohio State had 29 turnovers, leading to 37 points. The Buckeyes shot 51% from the field, including 63.3% in the second half.
Mixell went 4 of 10 on his 3-point attempts. Jaycee Sheldon threw a career-high eight steals and scored 14 points as five players hit double figures at Ohio State.
Jordan Horston led Tennessee with 20 points and Jasmine Powell scored 10. The Volunteers scored 48% and maintained a 40-30 lead on points.
THE BIG PICTURE
Tennessee: Powell, who switched after three seasons in Minnesota, scored 7 of 12. She is one of four players who have switched to Tennessee, and three of whom have received all-conference honors in their previous programs.
Ohio State: Mikesell’s three 3-pointers in the second half helped the Buckeyes overcome a 1-of-10 start from behind the arc. She led Ohio State in three points as the team hit 37.6% from threes last season, finishing second in the Big Ten.
Tennessee: Hosted by the University of Massachusetts on Tuesday.
Ohio State: Goes to Boston College on Sunday.
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina. The No. 1 North Carolina players recalled that it was just the beginning of Monday night.
Caleb Love and R.J. Davis each scored 17 points, and the Tar Heels began a season of high expectations, pulling ahead of UNC Wilmington with a 69-56 victory on Monday night.
“I think we’re all a bit rusty,” senior striker Armando Bakot said. “It’s not easy to win games. I’m glad it’s the first game and not the next game of the season.”
Backot added 16 points and nine rebounds for the Tar Heels, arguably his most impressive defensively. UNCW only shot 29.8% from the field.
The Tar Heels, who finished second in the NCAA Tournament in April, started the new season with a first-place finish for the first time in seven years. This marks the record 10th time North Carolina has taken the top spot at the start of the season – one more than rival Duke.
“Last year we didn’t hit it until January or February,” forward Leaky Black said. “This is victory. It’s Day 1, literally. I am delighted with the potential we have. Rome was not built in a day.”
Trasarien White scored 19 points for UNCW, who faced the top ranked team for the first time in the program’s history. Skykeme Phillips scored 11 points and Donovan Newby added 10. The Seahawks went 4 of 16 on threes.
“It’s important for us to stick to the process,” said UNCW coach Takayo Siddle. “I think that’s something to build on.”
After an incredible NCAA tournament for the Tar Heels last spring, sophomore coach Hubert Davis realizes it will take time to bounce back.
“It gives us a really good foundation on which to work and improve,” Coach Davis said. “I hope it was anxiety and nervousness before the first game.”
North Carolina led 32-21 at halftime behind Davis with 11 points, but it wasn’t easy.
“We were in a hurry and took bad shots,” Bakot said. “This is a marathon, not a sprint. This is the first game.”
The score was 17-17 with six minutes left in the first half, and then the Tar Heels missed 10 of their first 14 shots before the 12-2 run.
The Tar Heels won their first game of the season in 18 consecutive years. North Carolina has won 21 consecutive Smith Center openings.
The North Carolina reserves scored just six points. UNCW held a 37-32 rebounding lead.
“They held me to nine rebounds,” said Bakot, a preseason All-American. “I’d say it’s probably a bad game for me.”
North Carolina was credited with four assists, the lowest total since a double loss to Texas A&M in overtime at the 1980 NCAA Tournament.
“We pride ourselves on giving up good shots in order to get great shots,” Coach Davis said. “It just didn’t happen.
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