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Freshman center propels No. 1 Kentucky in romp

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman center Skal Labissiere scored 16 points to lead top-ranked Kentucky past Boston University 82-62 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (5-0) used a big second half to overcome Boston U. in their season debut at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. One day after taking over the top spot, Kentucky struggled to put away the Terriers early but outscored them 42-29 in the second half.

Labissiere finished 7 of 13 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Tyler Ulis added 15 points, and Alex Poythress had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his second straight double-double.

Jamal Murray scored 12 points and Isaiah Briscoe had 11. Kentucky, which spent all of last season ranked No. 1, scored 58 points in the paint and closed with a 22-9 run.

Boston University (2-3) got 15 points from John Papale.

No. 2 MARYLAND 77, ILLINOIS STATE 66: At Puerto Aventuras, Mexico, Rasheed Sulaimon scored 16 points and Melo Trimble added 15 for Maryland in the Cancun Challenge. With the game tied at 62, back-to-back 3-pointers by Jared Nickens and Sulaimon gave the Terrapins (4-0) a six-point cushion with 3:45 left.

No. 5 KANSAS 92, UCLA 73: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Perry Ellis scored 24 points on 9 of 12 shooting and Kansas had another easy win on the way to the Maui Jim Maui Invitational championship game. The Jayhawks (3-1) will play No. 19 Vanderbilt for the title tonight. Vanderbilt won here in 1986, and Kansas won in 1996.

No. 7 OKLAHOMA 96, INCARNATE WORD 63: At Norman, Okla., Buddy Hield scored 22 points to help Oklahoma. Hield shot 7 of 12 from the field and had six rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes. The preseason first-team All-American is averaging 25.3 points through three games.

No. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 80, KANSAS STATE 70: At Kansas City, Mo., Justin Jackson scored 22 points, Kennedy Meeks added 15 and North Carolina used a 21-3 finishing run to beat Kansas State in the CBE Classic title game. Theo Pinson scored 11 and Brice Johnson had 10 points for the Tar Heels (5-1), who trailed 67-59 with just more than 4 minutes remaining.

No. 13 INDIANA 83, ST. JOHN'S 73: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Yogi Ferrell had 22 points and seven assists to lead Indiana in the consolation round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Freshman center Thomas Bryant had a career-high 19 points on 7 of 9 shooting for the Hoosiers (4-1).

N.C. STATE 83, No. 22 LSU 72, OT: At New York, Anthony Barber scored 20 points and North Carolina State needed overtime to beat LSU. Five players reached double figures for N.C. State (3-2), which led by 12 early in the second half. LSU star freshman Ben Simmons fouled out early in overtime but had his fourth double-double with 14 rebounds and 10 assists.

No. 19 VANDERBILT 86, WAKE FOREST 64: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Wade Baldwin IV and Damian Jones both scored 17 points, and Vanderbilt easily handled Wake Forest in the semifinals of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational. Jones, who grabbed 10 rebounds, was 6-for-10 from the field and Baldwin was 6-for-8.

No. 24 CINCINNATI 64, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 49: At Cincinnati, Troy Caupain and Jacob Evans III scored 15 points apiece, and Cincinnati overcame low-percentage shooting to beat Southeastern Louisiana.