NCAA Hoops Roundup: Illini roll in season opener

NCAA Hoops Roundup: Illini roll in season opener
November 8, 2013, 9:45 pm
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CHAMPAIGN -- Rayvonte Rice scored 22 points and had nine rebounds in his debut to lead Illinois to a season-opening 80-63 win over Alabama State on Friday.

Rice is a Champaign native but spent two seasons at Drake before transferring to Illinois (1-0).

The hometown kid made the most of his chance Friday.

He scored seven points over a three-minute span early in the second half to push Illinois' lead to a commanding 54-37.

Nnanna Egwu had a double-double for Illinois with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Joseph Bertrand scored 14.

Jamel Waters led Alabama State (0-1) with 27 points. He was 5-of-6 from 3-point range.

The Illini host Jacksonville State on Sunday. The Hornets will travel across Illinois to face Bradley.

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Grant leads Notre Dame past Miami (Ohio)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Jerian Grant scored a career-high 26 points to lead No. 21 Notre Dame to a 74-62 win over Miami (Ohio) in the season opener for both squads Friday night.

Notre Dame jumped out to a big lead early, going up 21-6 midway through the first half on a baseline jumper by sophomore forward Zach Auguste.

But Miami kept the game competitive by playing tight man-to-man defense and hustling for rebounds and loose balls.

Sophomore guard Reggie Johnson led the Redhawks with 22 points. His jumper with 3:39 left in the first half cut the Irish lead to 32-27. After Notre Dame regained some momentum, Johnson's 3 with 36 seconds left in the half cut the lead to 39-32 at the break.

Grant was 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

Notre Dame, running a perimeter-focused offense this season, was outrebounded 30-27. But Miami shot just 43 percent shooting from the field, including 27 percent from 3-point range.

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VCU routs Illinois State

RICHMOND, Va. -- Briante Weber didn't even have to think about it before he had an answer.

"The whole second half was wrong," he said Friday night after No. 14 VCU beat Illinois State 96-58, coasting through the second half after a near-perfect opening 20 minutes that sent them to the locker room with a 52-22 lead.

The Rams won the second half, too, 44-30, but "let up a little bit," the point guard said.

It was still never much of a game, causing Illinois State coach Dan Muller to apologize.

"Honestly I feel bad that we didn't give them much more of a game," he said, crediting Rams coach Shaka Smart and his staff for having his team, ranked to start the season for the first time, ready. "We didn't do much for his team's preparation."

Transfer Terrance Shannon and Treveon Graham led VCU with 14 points each, Juvonte Reddic had 13 and eight rebounds and the Rams used a 33-7 first-half run to take command in the season opener for both teams.

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Hoosiers roll past Chicago State

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Jeremy Hollowell scored 16 points, and Noah Vonleh finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds in his college debut Friday as Indiana overwhelmed Chicago State 100-72.

The Hoosiers (1-0) won their 16th consecutive season-opener and their 29th straight home opener, though this time they did it with a completely revamped lineup. After losing four 1,000-point scorers from last season, coach Tom Crean started two freshmen, two sophomores and senior Will Sheehey.

Indiana took control by ending the first half on an 8-0 run and starting the second half on an 8-1 spurt to make it 55-29.

The Cougars (0-1), playing their first season in the Western Athletic Conference, were led by Clarke Rosenberg with 27 points and Eddie Denard with 10.

Indiana set a school record by making 45 free throws.

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Bradley eases past Jacksonville State

PEORIA -- Tyshon Pickett had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds as Bradley eased past Jacksonville State 72-65 Friday.

Jacksonville State jumped out to an early lead but Bradley erased that on a Walt Lemon jumper, free throws made by Auston Barnes and Omari Grier to tie the score at 9 with 12:28 remaining in the first half. A Barnes jumper in the paint put the Braves ahead 11-9. They never trailed again, extending their lead to 43-33 midway of the second half.

The Gamecocks were not finished as they closed the gap to 52-51 on a Brian Williams jumper with 7:28 remaining in the game. They could get no closer as Bradley held on for the win.

Pickett shot 7 of 10 from the floor for his 15. Grier led all scorers with 17 points. Walt Lemon added 16 for Bradley.

Grant White had 16 points for Jacksonville State.

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Omaha beats Northern Illinois in final seconds

DEKALB -- CJ Carter scored on a 3-point play Friday night to help Omaha take the lead in the final seconds and hold on to a narrow 68-66 victory over Northern Illinois.

Carter drove for a layup with 13.3 seconds remaining in the game, hitting the basket and drawing a foul. He sank his free throw to give Omaha a 67-65 lead after trailing and a back-and-forth tie with the Huskies. Carter led the Mavericks with 18 points, and had six rebounds and four assists.

Northern Illinois responded as Travon Baker drew a foul from Devin Patterson with nine seconds remaining. He missed his first free throw, but hit his second to make the score 67-66.

Caleb Steffensmeier hit his second free throw on the other end of the court for his only score and the final point of the game. The Mavericks made 84.4 percent of their free throws.

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