College basketball scores: UConn survives a late scare from Maryland, 78-77

Maddie Meyer

After leading throughout, the No. 18 Huskies needed a last-second stop to defeat the Terrapins.

Maryland's Dez Wells got off a decent shot with three seconds remaining that would have upset No. 18 Connecticut, but it went long and the Huskies held on for a one-point victory in the season opener. Connecticut built a lead early, but Maryland rallied in the closing minutes to bring a little college basketball drama to the Barclays Center.

UConn guard Shabazz Napier led all scorers with 18, hitting all six of his free throws. Five Terrapins reached double figures, led by guard Nick Faust with 17.

Here are the rest of the Top 25 scores from the opening night of the college basketball season:

No. 1 Kentucky 89, UNC-Asheville 57: Four freshmen started for the Wildcats, who put away the Bulldogs in the second half. Julius Randle had a double-double in his debut, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 boards. Alex Poythress also had a double-double for a John Calipari team who is the clear preseason favorite.

No. 2 Michigan St. 98, McNeese St. 56: The Spartans got it done early behind 20 points from Gary Harris. Michigan State outrebounded their overmatched opponents, 66-29, in a dominating performance. Six Spartans got into double figures, and Tom Izzo's team appears ready to face No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday.

No. 4 Duke 111, Davidson 77: Highly-recruited freshman Jabari Parker had 22 in his first game as the Blue Devils ran up the score against Davidson. Four Duke players eclipsed 20 points and the team shot over 70 percent for the game.

No. 5 Kansas 80, UL-Monroe 63: Another elite team breezing past an inferior opponent, the Jayhawks went chalk against the Warhawks. Super frosh Andrew Wiggins led Kansas with 16 points, with Andrew White and Perry Ellis adding 12 each.

No. 6 Arizona 73, Cal Poly 62: Arizona got a strong debut from phenom Aaron Gordon, who grabbed 10 boards to go along with 13 points and four blocks in his college debut. The game was tighter than the Wildcats would like, but Gordon's debut should have their fans excited for a fun season.

No. 7 Michigan 69. Mass-Lowell 42: After a sluggish start, the Wolverines ran away in the second half against Lowell. Glen Robinson III led the way with 15 as Mitch McGary sat with a back issue. Michigan also raised their Final Four banner from last season after making it to the championship game.

No. 8 Syracuse 82, Cornell 60: The Orange were down 14 early, but sophomore guard Trevor Cooney made seven threes to rally his team past their Ivy League opponent. Replacing the departed Brandon Triche, Cooney finished with 27 points. Syracuse played without forward Jerami Grant, serving a one-game suspension for the violation of NCAA rules.

No. 8 Oklahoma St. 117, Mississippi Valley St. 62: Okie State scored 63 points in the first half to roll over Jerry Rice's alma mater. Naismith Player of the Year hopeful Marcus Smart had 11 points, but it was Le'Bryan Nash and Phil Forte who lit up the scoreboard. The pair combined for 43 points in Stillwater.

No. 10 Florida 77, North Florida 69: The first game of a day loaded with ranked teams, the Gators had a little trouble pulling away from North Florida. Down three players due to suspensions and injuries, Billy Donovan's team needed 28 from Casey Prather to win their opener.

No. 12 North Carolina 84, Oakland 61: With P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald left out of the game for off-the-court issues, James Michael McAdoo picked up the slack. The junior forward had 21 points as the Tar Heels won their opener for coach Roy Williams.

No. 14 VCU 96, Illinois St. 58: Four of head coach Shaka Smart's five VCU starters hit double figures as the Rams easily put away Illinois State. Terrance Shannon and Treveon Graham led the way with 14 points apiece.

No. 17 Marquette 63, Southern 56: Marquette had a little trouble putting away Southern, as the Jaguars hung around all game. But 20 points from Todd Mayo was enough for the Golden Eagles to escape with an opening-game victory.

No. 19 Oregon 82, Georgetown 75: Jason Castille and Joseph Young combined to hit all 23 of their free throws as Oregon downed Georgetown on national TV. Joshua Smith was a force for Georgetown with 25 points, but it wasn't enough against their ranked opponent.

No. 20 Wisconsin 86, St. John's 75: A rare shootout for Bo Ryan's Badgers, who got double figures from five players against St. John's. John Gasser led Wisconsin with 19 points, but St. John's guard D'Angelo Harrison led all scorers with 27.

No. 21 Notre Dame 74, Miami (Ohio) 62: Jerian Grant was unstoppable for the Fighting Irish, hitting five threes on his way to 26 points in the opener. The RedHawks held their own for most of the game, getting 22 points from sophomore guard Reggie Johnson.

No. 22 UCLA 72, Drexel 67: Kyle Anderson scored 12 points and pulled down 12 rebounds in the season-opening win for the Bruins, who faced a tough battle from the Dragons.

No. 24 Virginia 61, James Madison 41: Virginia got 13 from Anthony Gill as the Cavaliers held James Madison to 31 percent shooting. UVA's Darion Atkins had eight points to go along with his game-high 11 rebounds.

No. 25 Baylor 72, Colorado 60: Reigning NIT champion Baylor is ready to take the next step, defeating Colorado in a game played in Dallas. Baylor's Kenny Cherry had 14 points, while Colorado missed all nine of their three-point attempts.

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