Gonzaga starts season with an easy victory
Freshman Przemek Karnowski scored 22 points to lead No. 21 Gonzaga to a 103-65 win over Southern Utah on Friday night in the season opener...
SPOKANE — Freshman Przemek Karnowski scored 22 points to lead No. 21 Gonzaga to a 103-65 win over Southern Utah on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Karnowski, a touted 7-foot-1 center from Poland, led six players in double figures. Guy Landry Edi scored a career-high 16 points, Sam Dower had 15, Elias Harris and David Stockton had 12 apiece, and Kevin Pangos added 10.
Jackson Stevenett led Southern Utah with 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting.
Gonzaga, which was never threatened after halftime, opened the second half with a 12-2 run and allowed only one Southern Utah field goal in the first five minutes of the half. A free throw by Gary Bell Jr. gave the Bulldogs their biggest lead of the night at 83-45 with 7:47 left.
Muhammad ineligible for UCLA
No. 13 UCLA took a loss before its season even began
The NCAA ruled freshman Shabazz Muhammad is ineligible to play basketball after violating amateurism rules, leaving the Bruins without their touted recruit to start the season.
The NCAA didn't give a timetable for Muhammad's ineligibility in its statement.
The Bruins didn't need Muhammad on Friday as they opened with a 86-59 victory over Indiana State behind Jordan Adams' 21 points in the first game in new Pauley Pavilion, which opened after an 18-month, $132 million renovation.
Federal authorities have dropped their investigation into one of the sexual abuse claims that cost a Syracuse assistant basketball coach his job and threw a top-ranked team into turmoil.
After a probe spanning nearly a year, U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian said Friday there was not enough evidence to support a claim that Bernie Fine had molested a boy in a Pittsburgh hotel room in 2002.
It's unclear whether Fine, 66, could get his job back.
At Oregon State 102, Niagara 82
Roberto Nelson scored 22 points and the Beavers opened the season with a victory in the 2K Sports Classic on Friday night.
At Colorado 74, Wofford 59
Freshman Josh Scott scored 14 points, leading the Buffaloes to a win in the season opener for both teams.
At Utah 104, Willamette 47
Freshman Jordan Loveridge scored 18 points as the Utes crushed their Division III opponent in their season opener.
At USC 87, Coppin State 73.
Byron Wesley scored 17 points, leading the Trojans to a victory n the season opener for both schools. Omar Oraby, who transferred to USC in September after setting a school record at Rice last season with 54 blocked shots, had 16 points a day after his hardship waiver petition was approved by the NCAA — making him eligible to play immediately.
San Francisco 62
Dwight Powell scored 27 as the Cardinal beat the Dons in the opener for both teams in Oakland, Calif. Powell left the game with an apparent left knee injury with 1:35 remaining.
Cole Dickerson, who played at Federal Way High School, had 11 points and 18 rebounds for USF.
No. 3 Kentucky 72,
Junior guard Jarrod Polson scored 10 points — three more than he had in his career at Kentucky — and made the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds remaining as the third-ranked Wildcats held off the Terrapins in New York.
In other season openers for top-10 teams, No. 1 Indiana beat Bryant 97-54; No. 5 Michigan defeated Slippery Rock 100-62; No. 6 North Carolina State defeated Miami (Ohio) 97-59; No. 7 Kansas beat Southeast Missouri State 74-55; and No. 8 Duke defeated Georgia State 74-55.
• The game between No. 4 Ohio State and Marquette aboard the USS Yorktown at the Carrier Classic in Mount Pleasant, S.C., was canceled because of unsafe conditions on the court. The game between No. 10 Florida and Georgetown on the USS Bataan in Jacksonville, Fla., was stopped at halftime because the court became too wet. Florida led 27-23 at the break.