NCAA basketball scores: Defending champion Louisville holds off Charleston, 70-48

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After a sluggish start, the Cardinals pulled away in the finals minutes behind Russ Smith's 21 points.

Last season's NCAA champion Louisville got off to a shaky start, but the Cardinals eventually breezed past Charleston 70-48. Russ Smith had 21 for Louisville, including 11 points in the final seven minutes to close out the Cougars.

Canyon Berry was the only Charleston scorer in double figures, notching 10 points on four of nine shooting. For Louisville, junior college transfer Chris Jones scored 12 points and tallied five assists in his turn as the starting point guard.

The Cardinals shot just 38 percent in the game, including 22 percent from the three-point line.  They were playing without their best shooter, Luke Hancock, who sat with a nagging Achilles injury.

No. 11 Ohio St. 89, Morgan State 50: The Buckeyes put the game out of reach early behind three quick three-pointers by Shannon Scott. The junior guard would finish with 16 points, including four triples. Ohio State poured it on as Lenzelle Smith Jr. nailed four threes on the day, leading all scorers with 18. Morgan State shot just 17 percent from three and 31 percent overall on the game.

No. 16 Wichita St. 93, Emporia St. 50: In yet another game that got out of hand early, Wichita St. picked up right where they left off after last season's Final Four run. Cleanthony Early lead them with 21 points while Fred VanVleet stuffed the stat sheet, totaling six rebounds, six assists and four steals to go along with 12 points.

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