UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Trey Murphy III scored 21 points a day after learning he was cleared to play and fellow transfer Sam Hauser added 19 points as No. 4 Virginia opened the season Wednesday with an 89-54 rout of Towson.
Jay Huff added 14 points for the Cavaliers, who never trailed and led by 23 points at halftime.
Nicolas Timberlake scored 19 points for Towson, which was a late replacement after Maine withdrew from the game Tuesday.
The game was the first in an 11-day event dubbed “Bubbleville,” which includes several tournaments and individual games being played inside the Mohegan Sun resort casino in Connecticut.
Murphy’s first points, one of his six 3-pointers, gave Virginia its first 20-point lead at 33-13. Murphy, a transfer from Rice, learned on Tuesday he’d received a waiver from the NCAA to play this season.
NO. 5 IOWA 97, N. CAROLINA CENTRAL 67
IOWA CITY, Iowa — Luka Garza had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Iowa beat North Carolina Central.
Garza, the Big Ten player of the year last season and the lone unanimous selection on the preseason AP All-America team, had his 17th consecutive game of 20 points or more.
The senior center had four points in the first 10 1/2 minutes before the Hawkeyes took control with a 20-2 run near the end of the first half. He had six of Iowa’s final nine points in the run.
NO. 8 ILLINOIS 122, N. CAROLINA AT&T 60
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Ayo Dosunmu scored a career-high 28 points, freshman Adam Miller also scored 28 and Illinois beat North Carolina A&T.
Kofi Cockburn added 18 points and 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double in 32 games. Dosunmu had 10 rebounds for his second career double-double.
Miller shot 10 of 12 from the field, including 6 of 8 from 3-point range, as Illinois fell five points short of its record scoring total.
NO. 10 KENTUCKY 81, MOREHEAD STATE 45
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Brandon Boston Jr. had 15 points and seven rebounds, Devin Askew and Terrence Clarke each added 12 points and Kentucky cruised past Morehead State.
Starting with 10 new faces, including seven highly-regarded freshmen and two transfers, the Wildcats were surprisingly solid in their first real action together. They never trailed and steadily built a double-digit lead that reached 34 points with about five minutes left.
NO. 13 MICHIGAN STATE 83, EASTERN MICHIGAN 67
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Foster Loyer made a career-high six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points to lead Michigan State past Eastern Michigan.
The Spartans closed the first half with a 26-8 run after trailing the Eagles by two points midway through the first half.
Joey Hauser, a transfer from Marquette, had 15 points and nine rebounds in his debut with the Spartans.
Eastern Michigan’s Yeikson Montero scored 16 points and Ty Groce had 14.
NO. 14 TEXAS TECH 101, NORTHWESTERN STATE 58
LUBBOCK, Texas — Mac McClung scored 20 points in his Texas Tech debut, fellow transfer Marcus Santos-Silva had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and the Red Raiders opened the season with a lopsided win over Northwestern State.
True freshman Micah Peavy had 14 points, including the opening basket of a game in which Texas Tech never trailed. Five players scored in double figures for the Red Raiders.
Jamaure Gregg was the only starter in double figures for Northwestern State with 11 points.
NO. 15 WEST VIRGINIA 79, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 71
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Miles McBride scored a career-high 23 points and West Virginia held off South Dakota State in the Bad Boys Mowers Crossover Classic.
Sean McNeil added a career-best 16 points for the Mountaineers.
Summit League player of the year Douglas Wilson led South Dakota State with 17 points. Noah Freidel had 16.
NO. 16 NORTH CAROLINA 79, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 60
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Freshman Caleb Love scored 17 points and North Carolina ran off 17 straight second-half points to beat College of Charleston in a largely empty arena.
Fellow rookie Day’Ron Sharpe added 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who shot just 39.4% but dominated the boards after halftime to finally pull away.
The Tar Heels are coming off a 14-19 season, marking the first losing record of Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams’ career. They’re hoping for a quick turnaround with a deep frontcourt and a roster boosted by the arrival of 247sports’ No. 2-ranked recruiting class.
NO. 17 HOUSTON 89, LAMAR 45
HOUSTON — Marcus Sasser scored 25 points, Tramon Mark added 22 points and eight rebounds and Houston beat Lamar.
Sasser shot 9 of 11, including 7 of 9 on 3-pointers. DeJon Jarreau had nine points and eight rebounds.
The Cougars, who entered the season ranked for the first time since starting the 1983-84 season at No. 3, shot 42% from the field. Houston finished 13 of 33 on 3-pointers and outrebounded the Cardinals 49-34.
NO. 18 ARIZONA STATE 94, RHODE ISLAND 88
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Remy Martin scored 26 points and freshman Marcus Bagley made three key free throws in the final minute to lead Arizona State over Rhode Island in the Empire Classic.
Bagley added 16 points while Taeshon Cherry, Josh Christopher and Holland Woods scored 11 apiece in a game that featured 81 free throws, 55 fouls and two technicals.
NO. 19 TEXAS 91, TEXAS-RIO GRANDE VALLEY 55
AUSTIN, Texas — Courtney Ramey had 20 points and six assists, and Texas opened the season with a victory over Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
Matt Coleman scored 17 points and Kai Jones had 14 as the Longhorns shot 57.4%. Greg Brown, a highly recruited freshman, added 11 points and 10 rebounds.
NO. 23 OHIO STATE 94, ILLINOIS STATE 67
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Justice Sueing scored 19 points and Ohio State scored the first 22 points en route to a win over Illinois State.
Sueing, making his Ohio State debut after transferring from California and sitting out a year, had seven points in the team’s opening surge. He was 8 of 9 from the floor in his first game action since leaving Cal, where he averaged 14 points and six rebounds as a sophomore in 2018-19.
NO. 24 RUTGERS 86, SACRED HEART 63
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Freshman center Cliff Omouryi had 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting and added 11 rebounds to help Rutgers beat Sacred Heart in their season opener.
Ron Harper Jr. scored 18 points and Montez Mathis added 17 for Rutgers, ranked in the AP preseason poll for the first time in 41 years.
NO. 25 MICHIGAN 96, BOWLING GREEN 82
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Chaundee Brown scored 18 of his 19 points in the second half of his Michigan debut, and the Wolverines beat Bowling Green.
Isaiah Livers added 17 points and Mike Smith contributed 16 for Michigan. The Wolverines never trailed, although it took until the latter part of the second half for them to really put the Falcons away.