EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Xavier Tillman scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help No. 3 Michigan State tune up with a 94-46 win over Charleston Southern on Monday night.
The Spartans (3-1) were without starting forward Aaron Henry, who rolled both ankles in last week’s win over then-No. 12 Seton Hall, in the on-campus game that is part of the Maui Invitational.
Michigan State’s Gabe Brown made his first career start in place of Henry and the sophomore scored a season-high 12 points.
NO. 9 KENTUCKY 82, UTAH VALLEY 74
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Ashton Hagans scored a career-high 26 points, and Kentucky survived another close game against what should have been a lesser opponent in Utah Valley.
The Wildcats (3-1) dropped out of the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press Top 25 after losing at home to Evansville last week, and they had to overcome a late surge to hold off the Wolverines.
OHIO STATE 86,
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kyle Young had a career-high 15 points and Kaleb Wesson added 13 to lead Ohio State past Stetson.
The Buckeyes (4-0), who moved up six spots in the AP Top 25 after beating then-No. 10 Villanova last week, jumped out to a 28-3 lead against the overmatched Hatters (2-2), built a 42-14 halftime advantage and cruised in the second half.
UTAH STATE 82,
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead Utah State past UTSA.
Diogo Brito added 17 points and Brock Miller chipped in 10 for the Aggies. Justin Bean and Alphonso Anderson each had 11 rebounds.
NO. 19 AUBURN 91, COLGATE 62
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Samir Doughty scored 20 points, Austin Wiley had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Auburn rolled past Colgate.
The Tigers improved to 5-0 for the first time in 15 years.
Colgate (1-3) struggled to get anything going against the Tigers’ overwhelming size and suffocating defense. Jordan Burns had 18 points and Rapolas Ivanauskas added 12 for the Raiders.
UC IRVINE 53
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Tyler Bey and McKinley Wright each scored 16 points and Colorado leaned on a strong defensive effort to beat UC Irvine.
Colorado (3-0) pressured Irvine into 22 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Buffaloes, who have won all eight of their meetings with the Anteaters. It was the 17th win in Colorado’s last 19 home games.