No. 3 Kentucky 101, Lafayette 49
Kyle Wiltjer hit seven 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Alex Poythress added a career-high 22 and Kentucky routed Lafayette in its home opener Friday night.
The Wildcats (2-1) shot 65 percent from the field, including 11-of-19 from 3-point range, and Wiltjer set the tone by hitting his first two to open the game.
He finished 7-of-11 from behind the arc, including 5 of 8 in the second half.
Poythress followed up his 20-point effort in Tuesday’s 75-68 loss to No. 9 Duke by hitting nine of 10 shots and grabbing five rebounds. That led a good night for Kentucky’s freshman class as Nerlens Noel added 15 points, Willie Cauley-Stein 14 and Archie Goodwin 13.
Tony Johnson scored 13 points for Lafayette (1-2).
No. 6 N.C. State, Umass 76
T.J. Warren had 21 points to lead North Carolina State over UMass at the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
Richard Howell added 19 points and nine rebounds and Lorenzo Brown had 11 points and 10 assists for the Wolfpack (3-0), who had five players score in double figures and shot 8-for-18 from 3-point range.
N.C. State will play Oklahoma State in the championship game of the tournament Sunday.
Jesse Morgan had 15 points for UMass (2-1). Chaz Williams and Terrell Vinson each added 13 points for the Minutemen.
No. 14 Missouri 74, Nicholls State 54
Alex Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Earnest Ross added 16 points and host Missouri defeated Nicholls State.
The Tigers (3-0) put to rest their tendency to start slowly. Senior forward Laurence Bowers had promised to fix the team’s energy problems after Missouri shot 23 percent in the first half Tuesday against Alcorn State. Missouri used a 7-0 run within the first four minutes and wouldn’t relinquish the lead after that.
Missouri shot 22-of-51, including 39.3 percent in the first half, bettering its 31 percent from its first two games. The Tigers also hit 7 of 12 from 3-point range and outrebounded Nicholls State 41-25.
Fred Hunter had 22 points and T.J. Carpenter added 14 for Nicholls State (0-2).
Colorado 60, No. 16 Baylor 58
Askia Booker scored 19 points and Colorado survived some dreadful foul shooting down the stretch to hold off Baylor at the Charleston Classic in South Carolina.
The Buffaloes (3-0) advance to Sunday night’s title game. They also earned a measure of payback for last March, when the Bears (3-1) knocked them out in the NCAA Tournament.
It wasn’t easy for Colorado, though, which went 4-of-18 from the foul line. Andre Roberson missed two free throws with 3.1 seconds left that gave Baylor one final chance.
Isaiah Austin’s catch-and-shoot attempt was off the right rim at the buzzer.
Baylor star Pierre Jackson had just 12 points after scoring 31 in an opening-round win against Boston College.
No. 23 UConn 77, Wake Forest 71
Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright each scored 16 points to lead Connecticut over Wake Forest in the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Napier scored eight of his points during a 10-0 run midway through the second half that gave the Huskies (3-0) a 59-52 advantage with 7:56 left.
Wake Forest (1-1) got to within four (73-69) on a Travis McKie 3-pointer with 53 seconds left. But Napier knocked down four free throws over the final 28 seconds to clinch the win.
Daniels added 12 points for the Huskies and junior center Enosch Wolf added a career-high 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Codi Miller-McIntyre led the Demon Deacons with 21 points, C.J. Harris added 17 and McKie 16.