Tubby Smith has 526 wins in his illustrious coaching career, and now he has one over his eldest son after leading Texas Tech to a 71-59 victory over Loyola Maryland in a season opener on Friday night at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock.
Freshman forward Norense Odiase had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Texas Tech (1-0). Junior guard Toddrick Gotcher (10 points) and freshmen guards Devaugntah Williams (13 points) and Keenan Evans(10 points) also scored in double figures.
Freshman guard Andre Walker scored 17 points off the bench to lead Loyola (0-1). Junior guard Eric Laster had 15 points and six rebounds.
The game featured of father-son coaching matchup pitting the legendary Smith, now in his second season at Texas Tech, against his son, G.G. Smith, who is starting his second season at Loyola.
Junior guard Tyler Hubbard made two 3-pointers in the first three minutes to help the Greyhounds jump out to a 12-2 lead, but the Red Raiders battled back. They mounted a 13-5 run to reduce the deficit to four on a 3-pointer by Williams and a 7-2 spurt to cut Loyola's lead to one with 8:32 to go in the opening half.
The Greyhounds extended their lead to four on a 3-pointer by Hubbard moments later, but the Red Raiders tied the score on a layup by sophomore guard Randy Onwuasor and took a 30-29 lead on a free throw by Evans with 3:43 remaining.
Loyola briefly reclaimed the lead on two free throws by Walker, but Texas Tech led 35-33 at halftime.
Texas Tech stretched the advantage to 42-35 on a 3-pointer by Onwuasor early in the second half. Loyola closed within four on a couple of occasions in the first three minutes, but the Red Raiders gradually pulled away to a double-digit lead.
Oregon 107, Coppin State 65: Joseph Young had 25 of his game-high 32 points in the first half and the host Ducks coasted to the win on opening night.
Young, just one of three returning scholarship players for Oregon, sparked a 28-0 run helping the Ducks blow open a 27-26 lead in the final 10 minutes of the first half. Young knocked down 9-of-12 shots as Oregon led 60-27 at the break and he finished 11-for-14 from the field with eight assists.
Arnold Fripp paced Coppin State with 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting. Jahvari Josiah added 11 points for the Eagles, who made a dozen 3-pointers.
Coppin State raced out to an 11-2 lead but soon after the wheels came off. The Eagles turned the ball over 11 times, were outrebounded 28-16, and watched Young nail five 3-pointers, all before the break.
Freshman Casey Benson hit his first five shots and finished with 13 points off the bench for the Ducks, which had three players dismissed from the team in May for their part in an alleged sexual assault. Elgin Cook had 15 points and Dillon Brooks added 14 for Oregon, which was picked eighth in the preseason Pac-12 poll.
No. 2 Arizona 78, Mount St. Mary's 55: Brandon Ashley had 21 points, six rebounds and two steals in a triumphant return to the lineup, and the Wildcats cruised past the visiting Mountaineers in the season opener for both teams.
Ashley, an emotional leader for Arizona, suffered a foot injury on Feb. 1 that required surgery and forced him to miss the Wildcats' run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Fueled by an inspirational home crowd, he made the most of his first game back, hitting 9-of-10 shots from the field as the Wildcats led 40-25 at the half and never looked back.
Byron Ashe had 12 points, four rebounds and one assist while Kristijan Krajina scored 13 for Mount St. Mary's (0-1), which made seven 3-pointers but shot just 38.5 percent from the field overall. Coach Jamion Christian, whose Mountaineers recovered from an 0-5 start last season, tried several different lineup combinations but had no answers for the Wildcats, who outrebounded the visitors, 35-28.
Kaleb Tarczewski had 10 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson added 15 points and three steals as Arizona, which opened last season with 21 consecutive victories, committed just eight turnovers en route to the win. T.J. McConnell, the senior starting point guard and general of Arizona's uptempo offense, had seven of the Wildcats' 17 assists.
A lot will fall on McConnell and Ashley this season, as Arizona looks to top last season's 33 wins and shoot for that elusive national title. The Wildcats lost forward Aaron Gordon and guard Nick Johnson to the NBA, but coach Sean Miller easily has one of the deepest rosters in the nation, and he was able to flex that versus the Mountaineers, getting nine players into the scoring column.
Alabama 82, Towson 54: Levi Randolph scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds for his first career double-double as the host Crimson Tide turned away the Tigers in the season opener for both teams.
Randolph also matched a career best with four steals for Alabama (1-0), which forced 22 turnovers. Rodney Cooper tallied 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting for the Crimson Tide, who swatted away nine Tiger shots, led by four blocks from Jimmie Taylor, who tied his career best.
Four McGlynn led the way for Towson (0-1), scoring 15 points and grabbing five rebounds. Alex Gavrilovic contributed 14 points and John Davis added 10 to go with a game-high 12 rebounds for the Tigers, who shot just 36 percent from the field.
Towson kept it close in the early going, using a McGlynn 3-pointer to pull to within 26-25 with just under five minutes left. Randolph paced the offense early for the Crimson Tide, notching nine points and five rebounds by halftime as Alabama hit the break up 39-30.
The Crimson Tide came out of the locker room after halftime on a 16-7 run to build a more comfortable lead, and after A.J. Astroth split a pair of free throws to pull the Tigers to within 57-42 just past the halfway mark of the final frame, Randolph capped eight unanswered points with an emphatic dunk to thwart any chance of a comeback. Randolph added another bucket minutes later and Devin Mitchell followed by connecting from beyond the arc to cement the outcome as Alabama coasted to the final buzzer.
Penn State 61, Morgan State 48: D.J. Newbill banked 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists as the host Nittany Lions held off the upset-minded Bears.
Shep Garner had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and contributed a pair of three-pointers for Penn State (1-0). Geno Thorpe came off the bench to score 11 points and John Johnson had six as part of a 21-point effort from the Nittany Lion reserves.
Cedric Blossom scored 10 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked two shots for Morgan State (0-1). Blake Bozeman had nine points but struggled from long distance with six misses.
Poor shooting by the Nittany Lions in the early goings of the first period allowed Morgan State to creep out in front 16-8, but a 13-2 spurt propelled Penn State to a six-point edge at the 3:19 mark. The Bears got 11 points from their bench and stayed within striking distance, trailing 31-25 at intermission.
Garner capped off a 12-2 run in the second frame with his second three-pointer on the night and Ross Travis added a layup to make it 48-35 inside of nine minutes remaining, but Morgan State would not go away so easily. The Bears trimmed the deficit to 53-43 with 4:30 to go, but Newbill chipped in three free throws and Thorpe tacked on a 3 in the final minutes to seal it for Penn State.
Virginia Tech 71, UMES: Justin Bibbs and Malik Muller each scored 15 points to lead the host Hokies to an easy win over the Hawks in Buzz Williams' first game as coach of Virginia Tech.
Muller had a perfect shooting night from the field, going 5-for-5, including 2-of-2 from 3-point range, for Virginia Tech (1-0). The Hokies shot 52.2 percent as a team, as Ahmed Hill chipped in with 11 points.
Ryan Andino scored 11 points to lead Maryland-Eastern Shore (0-1), which outrebounded Virginia Tech 35-33. Mike Myers had nine points, 10 rebounds and three assists for the Hawks, while Devin Martin added nine points before fouling out.
The Hokies jumped out quick, scoring the first seven points of the game and opening up a 22-9 advantage with under nine minutes to play in the first half. Virginia Tech cooled off a bit though, scoring just six points in the final eight minutes of the session, settling for a 10-point halftime advantage.
Bibbs scored six of the Hokies' first eight points of the second half, and the lead ballooned to 19 on Adam Smith's 3-pointer with 12:41 to play. The lead was 22 when the Hawks went on a scoring drought of 4:33 that ended all doubt about the game's outcome.
Akron 74, UMBC 57: Jake Kretzer scored a game-high 13 points as the Zips rallied from a slow start and defeated the visiting Retrievers.
UMBC started quickly, making eight of its first 10 shots from the field. Rodney Elliott sparked a 10-point run with eight of his nine points that gave the Retrievers an 18-10 lead.
But the Zips quickly turned things around. Akron went on a 20-2 run and never trailed again.
UMBC didn't help itself with problems at the free-throw line. The Retrievers made only 14 of 28 free throws, missing several chances to pull closer after the Zips had taken the lead.
Akron also hurt UMBC with its long-range shooting. The Zips made 12 of 30 3-pointers (40 percent), repeatedly hurting the Retrievers with baskets from behind the arc.
Cody Joyce, a junior transfer, made his Maryland-Baltimore County debut and scored a team-high 13 points. He was the lone UMBC player to score in double figures.
In addition to Elliott's nine points, Devarick Houston added nine of his own plus seven rebounds for the Retrievers.
Kretzer made 3 of 4 3-pointers and scored 11 of his game-high 13 in the second half as Akron pulled away. The balanced Zips had 10 different players score in the victory.
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