LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith scored 23 points and Peyton Siva added 10 points and 10 assists as No. 2 Louisville pulled away from Manhattan for a season-opening 79-51 victory on Sunday.
Chane Behanan had nine rebounds and eight points for the Cardinals. They won their ninth straight season opener and beat the Jaspers in the first meeting between the schools since 2002.
The Cardinals won despite continuing woes with their 3-point shooting. They went 8 for 30, with Smith making 4 of 13.
Siva, the Most Outstanding Player in last season's Big East Conference tournament, matched his career high in assists while recording only his second double-double. Rhamel Brown had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Manhattan. George Beamon, the Jaspers' top scorer, did not play because of an injured ankle.
No. 4 Ohio State 82, Albany 60
At Columbus, Ohio, Deshaun Thomas scored 13 of his 19 points in a 17-2 run to end the half, leading Ohio State to a victory over Albany.
They were supposed to play on Friday night against Marquette in aboard the USS Yorktown but condensation on the court led to that game being canceled.
Thomas, one of the stars of the Buckeyes' Final Four run last season, hit just one of his first six shots and Ohio State trailed 23-22 late in half. But he asserted himself as the Buckeyes took control.
No. 9 Syracuse 62, No. 20 San Diego State 49
At San Diego, C.J. Fair and Michael Carter-Williams each scored 17 points and No. 9 Syracuse blew past No. 20 San Diego State on the flight deck of the decommissioned USS Midway.
No. 10 Florida 84, Alabama State 35
At Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 22 points and No. 10 Florida cruised past Alabama State in a late opener for the Gators, who had little trouble in their victory.