No. 18 Vanderbilt beats Bucknell 80-68
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Vanderbilt 80, Bucknell 68
|Coastal Carolina 71, LSU 63
|Elon 58, South Carolina 53
|Ohio State 81, Florida 74
|Kentucky 75, Kansas 65
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Jeffery Taylor scored 14 points in leading five players in double digits, and No. 18 Vanderbilt beat Bucknell 80-68 Tuesday night with two starters out to injuries.
The Commodores (2-1) bounced back after losing to Cleveland State to drop out of the Top 10 from No. 7. John Jenkins, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer last season, tweaked his right ankle in the loss, while senior center Festus Ezeli is out with a sprained knee until at least December.
Brad Tinsley, Lance Goulbourne and Kedren Johnson each added 12 points. Rod Odom had 10.
Vanderbilt plays N.C. State on Saturday in East Rutherford, N.J., in the semifinals of the Legends Classic.
Joe Willman led Bucknell (0-2) with 17 points. Joshea Singleton had 12 and Mike Muscala and Brian Fitzpatrick 10 apiece.
Rebounding helps Coastal Carolina stun LSU 71-63
CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - Sam McLaurin grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds and Coastal Carolina turned a huge rebounding advantage into a 71-63 victory over LSU on Tuesday night.
It was the third victory for the Chanticleers (3-0) in 11 tries against SEC teams, including a win last year over the Tigers in Baton Rouge.
Coastal Carolina dominated the boards primarily in the first half, during a 23-6 run from which the Tigers (2-1) never fully recovered. The Chanticleers finished the game with 53-34 rebounding advantage.
McLaurin, a junior forward, also had 13 points for Coastal Carolina. Anthony Raffa led all scorers with 20 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds.
LSU (2-1) forward Ralston Turner was the Tigers' top scorer, finishing with 15 points.
The game, originally scheduled as a marquee opener for Coastal Carolina's Student Recreation and Convocation Center, was moved back to 1,039-seat Kimbel Arena after Convocation Center construction was delayed.
Elon holds off cold-shooting South Carolina 58-53
ELON, N.C. (AP) - Lucas Troutman scored 16 points and Austin Hamilton added 12 as Elon held off South Carolina 58-53 Tuesday night.
The Phoenix (1-1) never trailed in the second half as Elon upended the first power-conference team to visit Alumni Gym, its on-campus facility.
It took the Gamecocks (1-1) more than 15 minutes to take their only lead and that edge lasted just one possession. South Carolina missed all 12 of its first-half 3-point shots.
Anthony Gill and Malik Cooke scored nine points apiece for South Carolina.
Elon led 34-23 at halftime after Brett Ervin's third 3-pointer. South Carolina closed to within one point twice in the second half.
Buford leads Ohio State to 81-74 win over Florida
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - William Buford scored 21 points and No. 3 Ohio State weathered Florida's fast start to beat the seventh-ranked Gators 81-74 on Tuesday night.
Jared Sullinger added 16 points, Deshaun Thomas had 15 and Aaron Craft 13 points and seven assists for the Buckeyes (2-0), who forced 16 turnovers and hit 27 of 34 free throws to pull away in the second half.
Freshman Bradley Beal had 17 points, Kenny Boynton 15 and Patric Young and Erik Murphy 14 apiece for the Gators (1-1), who have never beaten a top-3 team in a true road game. Down as much as 16 points, they got as close as five with under a minute left before Buford sealed it with two foul shots.
The game matched teams that won their conferences a year ago but were trying to replace three lost starters.
Lamb, Jones lead No. 2 Kentucky past No. 12 Kansas
NEW YORK (AP) - Doron Lamb scored 17 points, Terrence Jones had 15 and No. 2 Kentucky raced to a decisive spurt at the start of the second half, passing an early-season test with a 75-65 victory over No. 12 Kansas on Tuesday night in a matchup between the two winningest programs in college basketball.
Anthony Davis added 14 points and seven blocks for the balanced Wildcats (2-0), an impressive winner at Madison Square Garden in the State Farm Champions Classic. Starting three highly touted freshmen, Kentucky gave John Calipari his first career win against Kansas, a school that brings up both fond and painful memories for the third-year Wildcats coach.
Tyshawn Taylor, who grew up just across the Hudson River in New Jersey, scored 22 points to lead the Jayhawks (1-1). Thomas Robinson added 11 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 3:31 to go.
On almost any other night, a matchup between these two basketball blue bloods in the center of New York City would be the headline act. After all, the last time the two elite coaches squared off, Bill Self led Kansas to a comeback victory over Calipari and Memphis in the 2008 national title game.
But this one was overshadowed by the doubleheader opener, when Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski earned his 903rd career win with a 74-69 victory over Michigan State. With that win, Krzyzewski broke the Division I record held by former mentor Bob Knight, who sat on the other side of the court at the ESPN broadcast table.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds for Kentucky. Fellow freshman Marquis Teague also scored 12.
Calipari improved to 1-3 against Kansas, where he began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant in 1982.
Of course, his most wrenching loss to the Jayhawks came with Memphis in the 2008 NCAA championship game, when Derrick Rose and the Tigers blew a big lead late in regulation and lost 75-68 in overtime.
Still looking for his first national title, Calipari took Kentucky to the round of eight in 2010 and then the Final Four last season. The Wildcats haven't won it all since 1998, but this year's edition has an enviable mix of new talent and tournament experience that makes it a legitimate contender.
With the score tied at 30 a minute into the second half, the Wildcats busted loose for an 11-0 run. Jones flashed a fierce stare right at a television camera following a thunderous dunk. Teague broke into a big grin after a 3-pointer from the left side, then added a floater to give Kentucky a 41-30 lead with about 15:30 remaining.
Two free throws by Taylor -- he was 15 for 17 at the line and 3 of 13 from the field -- stopped the spurt, but Teague had a dunk and Lamb hit consecutive 3s. Moments after an airball, Lamb nailed another 3 to make it 54-37 with 10:05 to play.
Lamb received a big hand from the boisterous Kentucky fans when he came out for a breather, and Darius Miller followed his teammate's lead with a 3-pointer of his own.
Kansas didn't get within single digits again until there were 29 seconds to go. Calipari came out onto the court to lead his players away when there was a brief scuffle on the baseline with 6:11 left.
Kentucky boasts the most wins in Division I with 2,054, while Kansas is second with 2,038.
The Wildcats lead the series 20-6 -- the last meeting came in the second round of the 2007 NCAA tournament, when top-seeded Kansas beat Kentucky 88-76 in Chicago.
Kansas had won three in a row against Kentucky.