NEW YORK — Junior guard Jarrod Polson scored 10 points and made the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds to play as No. 3 Kentucky held off a furious second-half rally by Maryland to win 72-69 on Friday.
Kyle Wiltjer led Kentucky with 19 points in the second game of the Barclays Center Classic, the first college basketball games played in the new arena in Brooklyn. Archie Goodwin had 16 points for the defending national champions.
Seven-foot-1 sophomore Alex Len led Maryland with 23 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs. His rare three-point play — he made the first free throw then rebounded his own miss of the second — brought the Terrapins within 70-69 with 8.9 seconds left.
Polson was fouled with 7.7 seconds left and made two free throws for a 72-69 lead.
Maryland's Pe'Shon Howard missed the final shot but it was only a 2-point attempt.
No. 1 Indiana 97, Bryant 54
At Bloomington, Ind., Cody Zeller had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Christian Watford added 15 points and 15 rebounds as Indiana gave Bryant a rude welcome to big-time college basketball
Indiana, which has its first No. 1 ranking in 33 years, has now won 15 consecutive season openers and 28 straight home openers.
No. 5 Michigan 100,Slippery Rock 62
At Ann Arbor, Mich., Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career in Michigan's win over Slippery Rock.
Trey Burke added 21 points for the Wolverines and freshman Glenn Robinson III had 10 points and eight rebounds. Michigan led 44-30 at halftime and had little difficulty in its season opener against a Division II opponent.
No. 6 N.C. State 97,Miami (Ohio) 59
At Raleigh, N.C., Richard Howell had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help North Carolina State beat Miami (Ohio) in the season opener for both teams.
Lorenzo Brown added 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Wolfpack.
No. 7 Kansas 74,SE Missouri State 55
At Lawrence, Kan., Ben McLemore had nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists in his Kansas debut, helping the Jayhawks pulled away from pesky Southeast Missouri State.
No. 8 Duke 74, Georgia State 55
At Durham, N.C., Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Duke to the win over Georgia State.
Seth Curry added 15 points and surprise starter Tyler Thornton had 13 for the Blue Devils.
No. 11 North Carolina 76, Gardner-Webb 59
At Chapel Hill, N.C., James Michael McAdoo set career highs with 26 points and 14 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Gardner-Webb.
McAdoo shot 10 of 20 from the field in the first game of the season for both teams. Dexter Strickland added 13 points for the Tar Heels, who improved to 91-12 in openers.
No. 13 UCLA 86,Indiana State 59
At Los Angeles, Jordan Adams scored 21 points in his college debut and UCLA defeated Indiana State in its season opener shortly after finding out star recruit Shabazz Muhammad was ruled ineligible by the NCAA.
The long-awaited decision about Muhammad overshadowed the first game in new Pauley Pavilion, which opened after an 18-month, $132 million renovation. He watched the game from the bench dressed in a blue UCLA sweat suit along with a crowd of 13,513 — 287 short of a sellout.
Connecticut 66,No. 14 Michigan State 62
At Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Shabazz Napier scored 25 points and UConn upset Michigan State in the Armed Forces Classic, Kevin Ollie's first game as the Huskies' head coach.
UConn led most of the way and by as many as 16 points in the first half of the game, which was played in a hangar at the United States' Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
No. 16 Creighton 71, N. Texas 51
At Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Creighton to a season-opening victory over North Texas.
No. 19 Baylor 99, Lehigh 77
At Waco, Texas, Baylor freshman center Isaiah Austin scored 22 points in 17 minutes before spraining his right ankle, and Corey Jefferson had 26 points for the Baylor in a season-opening victory over Lehigh.
No. 21 Gonzaga 103,Southern Utah 65
At Spokane, Wash., freshman Przemek Karnowski scored 22 points to lead Gonzaga over Southern Utah in the season opener for both teams.
Karnowski, a highly touted 7-foot-1 center from Poland, led six players in double figures. Guy Landry Edi scored a career-high 16 points, Sam Dower had 15, Elias Harris and David Stockton had 12 apiece and Kevin Pangos added 10.
South Alabama 76,No. 25 Florida State 71
At Tallahassee, Fla., Antoine Allen hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead South Alabama to a season-opening upset of Florida State.