For one half, William and Mary looked capable of winning a road game against a team that reach the Final Four last season.
In the second half, though, No. 16 Wichita State wore down the Tribe and gained a 79-62 triumph Thursday in Kansas.
Marcus Thornton had 18 points for the Tribe (1-2) despite heavy defensive attention. W&M took a 13-3 lead, but the Shockers gradually closed it to 39-38 by halftime.
The Tribe could have come closer if it had shot free throws better — the Tribe missed half of the 22 it tried. Tim Rusthoven added 13 points and freshman Omar Prewitt 11 for W&M.
For Wichita State (3-0), Fred VanVleet scored a career-high 18 and Cleanthony Early had 14 points. The Shockers have won 20 consecutive non-conference home games, with an average winning margin of 22.
Towson lived up to its billing as the Colonial Athletic Association favorite, defeating visiting Temple 75-69 behind conference Preseason Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon’s 32 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers, playing in a new arena, are 3-0 for the first time since 1972.
The Owls (1-2), who led by got 20 points from Anthony Lee, led by as many as eight. But a 9-0 spurt that gave Towson a 66-60 edge with 3:04 left proved decisive. ...
East Carolina (2-0) hammered Division II Chowan 95-45 behind freshman Brandan Stith’s 15 rebounds and 11 points. Akeem Richmond added 15 points for the Pirates by sinking five 3-pointers.
Coming off Monday’s victory at Old Dominion, Virginia Tech (3-0) continued to show its improvement with a 71-59 home win against Florida (2-1), which was receiving votes in the latest national coaches’ poll.
Newcomer Vanessa Panousis scored 24 for the Hokies, who have reached at least 71 points in the last three games after averaging 49.3 last year.
At halftime, the Hokies led 39-15. Panousis, with 18 points, had outscored the Gators to that stage.
Ohio State beat visiting VCU 83-71, though Robyn Parks had 26 points and seven rebounds for the Rams. ...
Janaa Pickard had 21 points and 21 rebounds to guide George Mason (2-1) past Utah Valley 82-64. ...
Haley Peters had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds as No. 2 Duke routed USC Upstate 123-40. Elizabeth Williams of Virginia Beach had 17 points for the Blue Devils.