Maryland Terrapins guard Seth Allen (4) drives to the basket past Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets center Daniel Miller (5) at Comcast Center in College Park on Saturday. (Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)
Nick Faust scored 16 points and the host Terrapins shot 52.6 percent from 3-point range to easily handle the Yellow Jackets 77-61.
Faust hit four 3-pointers for Maryland (10-5, 2-0 ACC), which opened the game with a 12-2 surge in building a 43-29 halftime advantage. Evan Smotrycz added 14 points for the Terrapins, who hit eight of their first 10 shots and shot 51.5 percent in the first half.
Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 11 points to lead Georgia Tech (9-5, 0-1), which played its first game after losing leading rebounder Robert Carter Jr. to a knee injury. The Yellow Jackets came in holding opponents to 32 percent shooting from 3-point range.
All five Maryland starters scored in the game’s first four minutes, Roddy Peters’ layup putting the Terrapins ahead 12-2. Faust, Seth Allen and Smotrycz hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push Maryland’s advantage to 43-28 late in the first half.
Shaquille Cleare and Peters converted three-point plays early in the second half, pushing the Terrapins’ advantage to 49-29 with more than 17 minutes remaining. The Yellow Jackets rallied to within 56-44 on Georges-Hunt’s layup with 11:29 left, but Maryland scored the next eight points to re-establish a 20-point cushion.
Notes: The Terrapins are 16-1 against Georgia Tech in their past 17 home games. … Carter, who averages 10.3 points and an ACC-leading 9.3 rebounds, tore the meniscus in his left knee Sunday at Charlotte and will have surgery Tuesday. … Maryland improved to 3-3 against teams with winning records.
No. 1 Arizona 71,
Nick Johnson scored a game-high 24 points, including five dunks, as the host Wildcats rallied from a six-point second-half deficit to remain undefeated.
Freshman forward Aaron Gordon finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Arizona (15-0, 2-0 Pac-12), which should be No. 1 for a fifth consecutive week when the polls are released on Monday. It was the fifth double-double of the season for Gordon.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington (9-6, 1-1) with 20 points, six rebounds and three assists while Perris Blackwell added 12 points and 12 rebounds. The Huskies fell to 2-28 all-time when facing No. 1 ranked teams.
No. 2 Syracuse 49,
Miami (Fla.) 44
C.J. Fair recorded 15 points and six rebounds as the Orange rallied to edge the visiting Hurricanes in their first-ever ACC game.
Tyler Ennis scored six of his 10 points, including two free throws to seal it with 7.6 seconds left, as Syracuse (14-0, 1-0 ACC) finished the game on a 14-4 run. Ennis added seven assists and Trevor Cooney had 11 points for the Orange, who made 12-of-14 free throws.
Garrius Adams led the way with nine points for Miami (8-6, 0-2), which saw its three-game winning streak come to an end. James Kelly and Manu Lecomte each added eight points for the Hurricanes, who held Syracuse to 36.2 percent shooting and made 7 of 19 from 3-point range.
Lecomte scored five during a 10-2 burst and Miami held Syracuse without a field goal for almost nine minutes to start the second half for a six-point lead. The Miami lead was five before baskets by Rakeem Christmas, Jerami Grant and Fair gave Syracuse the lead for good at 41-40 with just over four minutes left in the game.
No. 3 Ohio State 84,
Amedeo Della Valle led a balanced offense with 15 points off the bench as the Buckeyes pulled away to win their Big Ten home opener.
Marc Loving and Shannon Scott scored 13 while LaQuinton Ross had 11 for Ohio State (15-0, 2-0 Big Ten), which made 54 percent from the field and was 9-of-19 from 3-point range. Amir Williams recorded 10 points and Aaron Craft added nine points, four assists and three steals for the Buckeyes.
Terran Petteway led the way with 15 points for Nebraska (8-6, 0-2), which has dropped its third straight contest. Leslee Smith registered 11 points and 10 rebounds as the Cornhuskers shot 37.5 percent from the field.
No. 4 Michigan State 73, Indiana 56
Gary Harris scored a career-high 26 points to lead the visiting Spartans past the Hoosiers in Big Ten play.
Keith Appling scored all 14 of his points in the second half and Branden Dawson added 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting as Michigan State (13-1, 2-0) won its sixth consecutive game. Harris was 5-of-10 from 3-point range and recorded five of the Spartans’ 12 steals.
Yogi Ferrell scored 17 points and Will Sheehey tallied 11 of his 13 points in the second half for Indiana (10-5, 0-2). Stanford Robinson added a season-best 11 points for the Hoosiers, who have gone 5-5 after winning their first five outings.
No. 12 Iowa State 73, Texas Tech 62
Georges Niang registered 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the visiting Cyclones downed the Red Raiders in the Big 12 opener for both teams.
Melvin Ejim added 16 points for Iowa State (13-0, 1-0 Big 12), which equaled the record for the longest winning streak in school history. DeAndre Kane recorded 15 points, six assists and four steals while Monte Morris netted 11 points in a reserve role for the Cyclones, who finished 24-of-29 from the free-throw line.
Jaye Crockett notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Texas Tech (8-6, 0-1), which fell to 11-13 all-time against Iowa State. Jordan Tolbert scored 11 points and Dusty Hannahs added 16 off the bench for the Red Raiders.
No. 13 Florida 67,
Michael Frazier II scored 18 points and a late 12-0 spurt helped the host Gators survive the Spiders’ upset bid.
Frazier finished 3-for-7 from 3-point range for Florida (11-2), which trailed with less than five minutes left. Patric Young added 15 points, Casey Prather scored 12 points and Dorian Finney-Smith recorded 13 rebounds.
Cedrick Lindsay scored all 19 of his points in the second half for Richmond (10-5), hitting five 3-pointers, and Kendall Anthony added 15 points. The Spiders did not score for a 3-minute, 51-second span in the final minutes, seeing a one-point lead turn into an 11-point deficit.
Southern Methodist 74,
No. 15 Connecticut 65
Nic Moore matched a career high with 20 points and handed out six assists as the host Mustangs dealt the Huskies their second straight surprising loss in the state of Texas.
Nick Russell added 14 points and seven rebounds for SMU (11-3, 1-1 AAC), which won for the sixth time in seven games. The Mustangs, who entered Saturday ranked third in the country in field-goal percentage defense, held Connecticut (11-3, 0-2) to 36.7 percent.
No. 18 Memphis 53
Sean Kilpatrick broke out of a shooting slump, finishing with 18 points as the visiting Bearcats pulled away late to end the Tigers’ 19-game home winning streak.
Kilpatrick, who came in shooting 5-for-25 from the field over his previous two games, went 5-for-11 Saturday while knocking down 7 of 9 free throws to lead Cincinnati (13-2, 2-0 AAC). Justin Jackson had 13 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks while Shaquille Thomas added 10 points and three steals.
Joe Jackson’s 13 points paced the Tigers (10-3, 1-1), who shot 33.3 percent from the field while hitting 2 of 17 attempts from 3-point range. Michael Dixon Jr. (12) was the only other Memphis player to reach double figures.
Illinois 75, Penn State 55
Rayvonte Rice led the way with 15 points and seven rebounds as the Fighting Illini knocked off the visiting Nittany Lions for their second straight win in Big Ten play.
Tracy Abrams added 12 points and a game-high five assists for Illinois (13-2, 2-0), which improved to 6-1 in its last seven games. Jon Ekey and Joseph Bertrand each contributed 11 points and combined for 15 rebounds for the Illni, who enjoyed a 44-33 edge on the glass.
John Johnson turned in a game-high 18 points for Penn State (9-6, 0-2), before fouling out late. Tim Frazier finished with 10 points as the only other Nittany Lion in double figures, as leading scorer D.J. Newbill was thrown out of the game in the second half after an altercation with Illinois’ Kendrick Nunn.
Marquette 66, DePaul 56
Davante Gardner scored a career-high 28 points as the Golden Eagles rallied for a Big East win over the visiting Blue Demons.
Gardner, who went over 1,000 career points in the opening minutes of the second half, was 9-of-14 from the field and 10-of-11 from the foul line for the Golden Eagles (9-6, 1-1 Big East). Jamil Wilson had 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists while Todd Mayo added 10 points.
Cleveland Melvin finished with 22 points after scoring 15 in the first half for the Blue Demons (8-7, 0-2), who led by 10 with 15 minutes remaining. Billy Garrett Jr. provided 10 points and Durrell McDonald chipped in with nine.
Xavier 79, Butler 68
Semaj Christon scored 20 points and dished out eight assists as the Musketeers pulled away late to earn a home Big East win over the Bulldogs. Matt Stainbrook had 17 points and seven boards for Xavier (12-3, 2-0 Big East), which hit 20 of 24 from the free-throw line. Justin Martin finished with 13 points and seven rebounds while Dee Davis added 12.
Khyle Marshall paced Butler (10-4, 0-2) with 14 points while Kellen Dunham added 11 points. Elijah Brown contributed 10 points off the bench and Andrew Chrabascz added nine points in a reserve role.
St. John’s 60
D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored a season-best 31 points and made a career-high six 3-pointers as the Hoyas routed the visiting Red Storm in the 100th meeting between the longtime Big East rivals.
Smith-Rivera was 9 of 12 from the field — including 6 of 7 from 3-point range — while scoring 25 or more points for the fourth time this season. Markel Starks scored 12 points and Joshua Smith grabbed six rebounds for Georgetown (10-3, 2-0), which shot 56.1 percent from the field and was 9-of-14 from 3-point range while beating St. John’s for the sixth consecutive time.
Max Hooper scored 13 points and Sir’Dominic Pointer added 11 to lead the Red Storm (9-5, 0-2), who shot 39.7 percent from the field and missed 10 of 20 free-throw attempts. Leading scorer D’Angelo Harrison had just four points on 1-of-12 shooting.
N.C. State 62
Lamar Patterson had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists to help the visiting Panthers rally in their first ACC game. Talib Zanna added 15 points and nine rebounds for Pittsburgh (13-1, 1-0), which trailed by 15 early. Michael Young added a career-high 13 points, and the Panthers held the Wolfpack to 29.6 percent shooting in the second half.
T.J. Warren led North Carolina State (10-4, 0-1) with 23 points and eight rebounds. Ralston Turner was the only other Wolfpack player in double figures, adding 11 points off the bench.
Jordan McRae’s 19 points led six scorers in double figures for the host Volunteers in a blowout of the Pioneers. Jeronne Maymon, who hit his first seven field-goal attempts, had 16 points for Tennessee (9-4), which posted its scoring high for the season, while Antonio Barton added a season-high 14 points. Jarnell Stokes tallied 10 points, a game-high eight rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots with D’Montre Edwards coming off the bench for a career-high 12 points and reserve John Richardson notching 10 points.
Darius Carter’s 22 points led Div. II Tusculum in what was an exhibition game for the Pioneers, who are 1-11 in games that count against their record. Addison Flynn, Tusculum’s leading scorer this season, was held to 10 points — seven points below his season average — for Tusculum, which shot 26.4 percent from the floor.