MADISON, Wis. — Ryan Evans scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Wisconsin held off Penn State 60-51 Thursday night in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams.
Penn State (8-5, 0-1 Big Ten) trailed 50-49 with under 3 minutes left. But the Badgers (10-4, 1-0) finished the game on an 11-2 run, finally finding their shooting touch from the free-throw line. They hit just 9 of their first 20 from the line but converted 4 of 6 in the final minutes.
Ben Brust and Jared Berggren also scored 13 points apiece for Wisconsin.
Jermaine Marshall scored 19 points for Penn State, while D.J. Newbill added 12.
Burke, Hardaway lead Michigan past Wildcats, 94-66
EVANSTON, Ill. — Trey Burke scored 23 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 and No. 2 Michigan pounded Northwestern to remain unbeaten.
Off to their best start since they opened the 1985-86 season with 16 wins, the Wolverines (14-0, 1-0) had no trouble in the Big Ten opener after breezing through the non-conference portion of their schedule.
They built a 21-point halftime lead with Burke and Hardaway Jr. leading the way and were never challenged by Northwestern (9-5, 0-1).
Jared Swopshire and Kale Abrahamson each scored 11 points for Northwestern, but the Wildcats gave up the most points they have allowed this season.
TUCSON, Ariz. — Kevin Parrom scored five of his 16 points in overtime after No. 3 Arizona staged an improbable late rally in regulation and the Wildcats escaped with a victory over Colorado in their Pac-12 opener.
Colorado's Sabatino Chen banked in a 3-pointer at the end of regulation but officials waved it off after reviewing the video, saying the ball was on his fingertips as the backboard lights went on to show time had expired.
Arizona (13-0, 1-0) outscored the Buffaloes 10-2 over the final 1:35 of regulation to force the overtime. The Wildcats were down by 17 points in the first half and 16 with 12:40 to go in regulation.
It was the third close win for the Wildcats, who beat Florida 65-64 and San Diego State 68-67.
Askia Booker led Colorado (10-3, 0-1) with 18 points.
STATE COLLEGE — Dara Taylor had a layup with 1:26 left and No. 9 Penn State converted a late turnover into another key bucket to beat Northwestern.
After Taylor skipped around a defender for the bucket and a 66-65 lead, Penn State (11-2, 1-0 Big Ten) double-teamed the Wildcats' Kelly Roser at midcourt. She lost the ball and Ariel Edwards hit a layup on the ensuing possession for a 68-65 lead with 52 seconds left.
Penn State held on from there, despite getting outrebounded 50-36 by the Wildcats (8-6, 0-1).
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Haley Peters had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help third-ranked Duke beat North Carolina State 67-57 on Thursday night.
Chelsea Gray added 20 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who had to fight into the final minutes to put away the Wolfpack.
Duke led by just one with 8 minutes left before going on a 12-3 spurt, with Peters scoring on an offensive rebound and knocking down a 3-pointer during that flurry.
LEXINGTON, Ky. — A'dia Mathies scored 20 points and Jennifer O'Neill had 12 of her 17 in the second half and No. 6 Kentucky topped Florida in the teams' Southeastern Conference opener.
DeNesha Stallworth added 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Wildcats (13-1) won their school-record 12th straight game.
Last season's regular-season conference champions had to work hard and often for their sixth straight win over Florida.
Kentucky trailed just once, but had to withstand several rallies from Florida.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Brittany Rountree scored 13 points and No. 15 North Carolina held on to beat No. 8 Maryland.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt also had 13 points and Waltiea Rolle added 12 for the Tar Heels (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They blew most of an 11-point second-half lead and were just 1 of 7 from the free-throw line in the final minute but won their seventh straight.
Alyssa Thomas scored 11 of her 15 points in the final 5 1/2 minutes for Maryland (10-3, 1-1), and her drive with 14 seconds left pulled the Terrapins to 59-57.
ATHENS, Ga. — Jasmine James scored 16 points to help No. 10 Georgia beat Missouri in the Tigers' first Southeastern Conference game.
Khaalidah Miller and Marjorie Butler added 11 points apiece for Georgia (13-1, 1-0).
ATLANTA — Leonor Rodriguez scored 23 points while Natasha Howard and Morgan Toles recorded double-doubles to lead No. 19 Florida State over Georgia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
AUBURN, Ala. — Tyrese Tanner scored 10 of her 15 points in a second-half spurt as Auburn built a double-digit lead, then held on to beat cold-shooting No. 23 Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.