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College basketball: Memphis, Wichita St., UConn get victories

Associated Press

No. 13 Memphis 95, Austin Peay 69

Joe Jackson had 16 points and seven assists as six Memphis players scored in double figures and the host Tigers easily defeated Austin Peay on Thursday night.

Memphis (1-0) shot 54 percent from the field and its pressing defense forced 22 turnovers by the Governors (1-1).

Michael Dixon Jr. was 5-of-7 from the field and scored 15 points for Memphis, while Nick King had 13 points and Geron Johnson and Chris Crawford finished with 11 each. Johnson grabbed 10 rebounds.

Ed Dyson scored 11 points to lead the Governors and Zavion Williams and Chris Freeman added 10 each.

Memphis had its own turnover problems with 21 in its uptempo approach, but it wasn’t nearly as damaging as Austin Peay’s. Memphis had 27 points off turnovers, compared to 14 for the Governors.

No. 16 Wichita State 79, William & Mary 62

Fred VanVleet had a career-high 18 points, Cleanthony Early added 14 and host Wichita State pulled away in the second half. Ron Baker added 13 points and Kadeem Coleby had 10 for the Shockers (3-0), who are off to another hot start after their dramatic NCAA Tournament run last season. This one wasn’t easy — the Shockers trailed by a point at halftime. But they took advantage of their superior size and depth in the second half to pull away down the stretch.

Marcus Thornton had 18 points to lead the Tribe (1-2), who were just 11-of-22 from the free-throw line. Tim Rusthoven added 13 points and freshman Omar Prewitt finished with 11.

No. 19 Connecticut 101, University of Detroit 55

Omar Calhoun led six Connecticut players in double figures with 17 points as the host Huskies routed Detroit in the opening round of the 2K Sports Classic.

Niels Giffey tied the career high he set against Yale on Monday with 15 points, all in the first half, for UConn (3-0).

Giffey, who has not scored in the second half of a game this season, entered the game with UConn trailing and hit his first five shots. The Huskies used a 21-2 run to take a 48-26 halftime lead.

Ryan Boatright had 12 points and seven assists for UConn and Shabazz Napier added 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.


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