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Kentucky rolls past Lafayette in home opener


February 19. 2013 5:47PM
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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kyle Wiltjer hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Alex Poythress added a career-high 22 and No. 3 Kentucky routed Lafayette 101-49 in its home opener Friday night.


The Wildcats (2-1) shot 65 percent from the field, including 11-of-19 shooting from 3-point range, and Wiltjer set the tone by hitting his first two to open the game. He finished 7 of 11 from behind the arc, including 5 of 8 in the second half.


Poythress followed up his 20-point effort in Tuesday night's 75-68 loss to No. 9 Duke by hitting nine of 10 shots and grabbing five rebounds. That led a good night for Kentucky's heralded freshmen class as Nerlens Noel added 15 points, Willie Cauley-Stein 14 and Archie Goodwin 13.


Tony Johnson scored 13 points for Lafayette (1-2).


NC State 94, UMass 76

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — T.J. Warren had 21 points to lead No. 6 North Carolina State to a win over UMass at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.


Richard Howell added 19 points and nine rebounds and Lorenzo Brown had 11 points and 10 assists for the Wolfpack (3-0), who had five players score in double figures and shot 8 for 18 from 3-point range.


N.C. State will play Oklahoma State in the championship game of the tournament on Sunday.


Jesse Morgan had 15 points for UMass (2-1). Chaz Williams and Terrell Vinson each added 13 points for the Minutemen.


Scott Wood hit four 3-pointers for the Wolfpack in the first half, the first capping a 12-2 run for North Carolina State to start the game.


Maxie Esho's dunk cut the deficit to 16-14 for the Minutemen with 13:43 left, but North Carolina State opened up a lead again and Wood hit his other 3s in a 12-4 run that closed the half and put the Wolfpack up 48-32.


Colorado 60, Baylor 58

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Askia Booker scored 19 points and Colorado survived some dreadful foul shooting down the stretch to hold off No. 16 Baylor at the Charleston Classic.


The Buffaloes (3-0) advance to Sunday night's championship game. They also earned a measure of payback for last March, when the Bears (3-1) knocked them out in the NCAA tournament's third round.


It wasn't easy for Colorado, though, which went 4 of 18 from the foul line. Andre Roberson missed two free throws with 3.1 seconds left that gave Baylor one final chance.


But Isaiah Austin's catch-and-shoot attempt was off the right rim as the buzzer sounded.


Baylor star Pierre Jackson had just 12 points after scoring 31 in an opening-round win here against Boston College.


Connecticut 77, Wake Forest 71

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands — Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright each scored 16 points to lead No. 23 Connecticut to a victory over Wake Forest in the Paradise Jam.


Napier scored eight of his points during a 10-0 run midway through the second half that gave the Huskies (3-0) a 59-52 adcantage with 7:56 left.




WOMEN
Stanford 71, Baylor 69

HONOLULU — Stanford snapped defending national champion Baylor's 42-game winning streak Friday, winning when player of the year Brittney Griner missed a short turnaround at the buzzer.


Griner scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, helping the Lady Bears rally from a 14-point deficit in the first half. Her shot at the buzzer bounced off the rim and Stanford celebrated the victory. It was the Lady Bears' first defeat since losing to Texas A&M in the regional finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament. Baylor went 40-0 last year.



Georgia 62, South Carolina St. 46

ATHENS, Ga. — Anne Marie Armstrong scored 14 points and Erika Ford added 10 to lead No. 10 Georgia to a win over South Carolina State.


Georgia (3-0) forced 29 turnovers by South Carolina State (1-1) and won the rebounding battle 51-33.





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