NEW YORK (AP) — Freshman Malik Monk scored 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting from 3-point range, and Isaiah Briscoe added 21 to lead No. 2 Kentucky to a 69-48 victory over No. 13 Michigan State on Tuesday night in the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Wildcats (3-0) averaged 90 points in their first two games but this time it was defense that did it as the Spartans (0-2) shot 32.8 percent from the field (20 of 61) including 5 for 26 (19.2 percent) from beyond the arc.
No. 4 OREGON 49
WACO, Texas (AP) — Johnathan Motley scored 17 points in his season debut and Baylor got a big early-season victory over the Oregon team playing without its preseason All-American.
The Ducks (1-1) are missing Dillon Brooks, their 6-foot-7 junior forward who was their leading scorer last season but is still recovering from foot surgery during the offseason.
No. 5 NORTH CAROLINA 93, LONG BEACH STATE 67
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Joel Berry II scored 23 points and North Carolina shot 53 percent to beat Long Beach State.
Kennedy Meeks added 15 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who scored the game’s first 14 points and led by 23 points by halftime. That dominating start was enough to erase any doubt about the outcome, though Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams was aggravated enough at one sloppy second-half stretch that he angrily punched a clipboard to the court during a timeout.
No. 8 VIRGINIA 72, ST. FRANCIS BROOKYLN 32
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Austin Nichols scored 11 points in his Virginia debut and the Cavaliers beat St. Francis Brooklyn.
The Cavaliers (2-0) held the Terriers scoreless for a stretch of more than 10 minutes in the first half and scored 20 consecutive points to open a 35-11 lead.
No. 22 CREIGHTON 79, No. 9 WISCONSIN 67
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Khyri Thomas scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half, breaking open a close game with a three-point play and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions, and Creighton defeated Wisconsin.
Maurice Watson Jr. had 17 points and 10 assists and Marcus Foster added 15 points for the Bluejays (2-0).
Bronson Koenig scored 21 points and Nigel Hayes had 16 points to lead the Badgers (1-1), who made only 3 of 26 3-pointers after starting 8 of 13 from beyond the arc.
No. 18 SYRACUSE 90, HOLY CROSS 46
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Andrew White scored 19 points, Tyler Lydon had 17, and Syracuse went on a 14-0 run in the first half to take control and overpower Holy Cross.
Syracuse (2-0) shot 61 percent from the field and was 13 for 23 on 3-pointers. White, a fifth-year transfer from Nebraska, went 5 of 12 from beyond the arc after going 2 of 7 in the Orange’s season opener against Colgate.
Tyus Battle was 3 of 5 from long range, while John Gillon made two while adding 15 points, nine assists and just one turnover off the bench.
Anthony Thompson had 12 points, while Robert Champion and Malachi Alexander had eight apiece for the Crusaders (0-2). The Crusaders shot just 31 percent for the game.