Tyson Walker scored 14 points to help No. 4 Michigan State earn a 74-51 home win over Southern Indiana on Thursday in East Lansing.
Jaden Akins had 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals to help the Spartans rebound from a season-opening upset loss to James Madison on Monday. After going 1-of-20 from 3-point range against James Madison, Michigan State wasn’t much better against Southern Indiana, going 1-of-11 from 3-point territory.
But the Spartans had 10 players make a field goal in the game. Jordan Tillmon scored 10 points for Southern Indiana, which shot 31.7 percent from the field overall (19 of 60) and committed 15 turnovers.
Jordan Tillmon scored 10 points and Jack Mielke came off the bench to score nine points on three made 3-pointers for Southern Indiana, which shot 31.7 percent from the field overall (19 of 60) and committed 15 turnovers.
No. 20 Baylor 96, John Brown 70
Langston Love tied a career high with 20 points as the Bears used their depth to shrug off the fatigue from a quick turnaround and defeat the Golden Eagles in Waco, Texas.
After beginning its season Tuesday with a game in South Dakota, it took until the final five minutes for Baylor to push its lead to 20 points against John Brown, an NAIA school. RayJ Dennis scored 16 points, Jayden Nunn had 15 and Yves Missi contributed 10 for the Bears.
Drew Miller led the Golden Eagles with 19 points, while Malachi Reeves had 17 points on perfect 7-for-7 shooting from the floor.
No. 21 USC 85, Cal State Bakersfield 59
Isaiah Collier put up 19 points to lead five scorers in double figures for the Trojans, who cruised past the Roadrunners in Los Angeles.
USC (2-0) never trailed and opened up a double-digit-point lead before the game’s first media timeout with a hot and balanced offensive start. Four of the five Trojans starters scored in the game’s first four minutes.
Kaleb Higgins matched Collier’s game highs with 19 points and five assists to lead Cal State Bakersfield (1-1). Cameron Wilbon added 10 points for the Roadrunners, and Ugnius Jarusevicius scored six points in the loss.
No. 23 Saint Mary’s 72, New Mexico 58
Aidan Mahaney scored a game-high 25 points and the Gaels never trailed while beating the Lobos in Moraga, Calif.
Mahaney canned 9 of 19 shots and 5 of 10 3-point attempts for Saint Mary’s (2-0), which opened up a double-figure lead just over five minutes into the game while avenging a loss to the Lobos last season. Harry Wessels came off the Saint Mary’s bench to add 12.
Donovan Dent scored 15 points for New Mexico (1-1), and Nelly Junior Joseph chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds. However, Jamal Mashburn Jr., the team’s leading scorer in a Monday win over Texas Southern, converted just 3 of 16 shots from the field and finished with only seven points.
–Field Level Media
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