Freshman powers No. 14 Cal past Sam Houston
BERKELEY, Calif. — Freshman forward Jaylen Brown had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyrone Wallace helped key a big first-half run that led No. 14 California to its fourth straight win to open the season, 89-63 over Sam Houston State on Monday night.
Jordan Mathews added 18 points and Wallace had 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Golden Bears (4-0), who now prepare to get tested for the first time this season later this week.
After opening with four relatively easy opponents, the Bears will play San Diego State on Thursday night in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Invitational and then either West Virginia or Richmond on Friday. That should provide a truer test of where they stand.
Dakarai Henderson scored 13 points and Jamal Williams added 12 for the Bearkats (1-3), who made just 37 percent of their shots.
NO. 3 MICHIGAN STATE 89, EASTERN MICHIGAN 65: At East Lansing, Mich., Javon Bess scored nine of his 13 points in the first half and matched a season high with six rebounds to help Michigan State. The Spartans (4-0) led 40-25 at halftime and were ahead by 28 midway through the second half. Michigan State's Denzel Valentine had 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
NO. 4 IOWA STATE 83, CHATTANOOGA 63: At Ames, Iowa, Naz Mitrou-Long scored 24 points, Georges Niang added 19 and Iowa State beat Chattanooga for its third straight win. Monte Morris had 14 points and 10 assists for his second career double-double with the Cyclones (3-0).
NO. 5 KANSAS 123, CHAMINADE 72: At Lahina, Hawaii, Wayne Selden Jr. and Sviatoslav Mykhaliuk both scored 18 points to lead seven Kansas players in double figures and the Jayhawks cruised past Chaminade in the opening round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Devonte Graham had 15 points for the Jayhawks, who shot 64.4 percent.
NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 80, NORTHWESTERN 69: At Kansas City, Mo., Justin Jackson had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead a balanced effort for North Carolina in the CBE Classic semifinals. Kennedy Meeks and Joel Berry II added 12 points apiece for the Tar Heels (4-1), who tumbled from No. 1 earlier in the day a loss at Northern Iowa.
WAKE FOREST 82, NO. 13 INDIANA 78: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Bryant Crawford's driving layup with 3.2 seconds to play gave Wake Forest the lead and the Demon Deacons beat Indiana in the opening round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Crawford, at the top of the key, put his head down and drove to the basket to give Wake Forest (3-1) the lead for good.
NO. 19 VANDERBILT 92, ST. JOHN'S 55: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Jeff Roberson had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Vanderbilt, which opened the game with a 27-4 run en route to a victory over St. John's in the opening round of the Maui Invitational. The Commodores (4-0) will meet Wake Forest, who beat No. 13 Indiana 82-78, in the semifinals today.
MARQUETTE 81, No. 22 LSU 80: At New York, Jajuan Johnson hit the winning free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining and Marquette survived a frenetic finish to defeat LSU in the semifinals of the Legends Classic. Marquette faces Arizona State today. LSU (2-1) freshman Ben Simmons collected 21 points and 20 rebounds in front of 51 NBA scouts.
NO. 23 XAVIER 78, NORTHERN KENTUCKY 66: At Cincinnati, Trevon Bluiett had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for his second career double-double, and Xavier — playing as a ranked team for the first time in four years — pulled away. The Musketeers (4-0) jumped into the Top 25 with lopsided wins over Missouri and Michigan.