STARKVILLE, Miss. — Craig Sword scored 18 points, Roquez Johnson added 14 and Mississippi State edged South Carolina 56-54 on Wednesday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Mississippi State (6-7) first-year coach Rick Ray won his SEC debut. Sword shot 6 of 11 from the field and had a dunk with 26 seconds left that provided enough separation for the victory.
South Carolina's Bruce Ellington and Brian Richardson both missed 3-pointers in the final seconds. The Gamecocks (10-4) couldn't overcome 24 turnovers. Richardson led South Carolina with 20 points.
• (At) No. 20 N.C. State 83, Georgia Tech 70 | Lorenzo Brown had 21 points and 10 assists and North Carolina State pulled away late to beat Georgia Tech for its ninth straight win.
Scott Wood added 20 points and C.J. Leslie had 19 in his 10th straight game in double figures for the Wolfpack (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
• Boston College 86, (at) Virginia Tech 75 | Ryan Anderson had 26 points and nine rebounds and Boston College won for the sixth time in seven games, beating undermanned Virginia Tech 8in the Hokies’ ACC home opener.
Lonnie Jackson added 22 points and Olivier Hanlan 17 for the Eagles (9-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who bounced back from a 5-point loss at North Carolina State at home on Saturday.
• Florida State 65, (at) Maryland 62 | Okaro White scored 15 consecutive points for Florida State to fuel a second-half comeback that lifted the Seminoles past Maryland, ending the Terrapins' 13-game winning streak.
Florida State (10-5, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied from a 12-point deficit to defeat the cold-shooting Terrapins, who went 10 for 32 from the floor in the second half.
• (At) No. 11 Florida 77, Georgia 44 | Mike Rosario scored 19 points, Erik Murphy added 11 despite playing with a broken rib and Florida opened Southeastern Conference play with a victory over Georgia.
The Gators improved to 12-5 in league openers under Donovan, including 7-0 at home. They also extended their recent dominance against the Bulldogs, winning for 16th time in the last 19 meetings.
• Mississippi 92, (at) Tennessee 74 | Marshall Henderson scored a career-high 32 points as Mississippi defeated Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams, giving the Rebels their first road victory over the Volunteers in 22 years.
Mississippi (12-2) had lost 11 straight times to Tennessee in Knoxville since a 93-88 triumph on Feb. 27, 1991.
• (At) Gardner-Webb 78, UNC-Asheville 71 | Tashan Newsome scored 19 points to lead Gardner-Webb past UNC Asheville in a Big South Conference matchup.
Donta Harper and Max Landis added 13 points apiece, and Jerome Hill finished with 12 points and nine rebounds to help Gardner-Webb (9-7, 1-1) beat UNC Asheville for the first time since joining the Big South in 2008.
• (At) Radford 59, High Point 54 | Blake Smith scored 15 points, including five straight to break a second-half tie, to lead Radford to a victory over High Point in a Big South Conference game.
The Highlanders (7-9, 1-1), who had lost six of their previous seven games, were tied 45-45 with 4:16 left. But Smith hit two free throws and then a 3-pointer to trigger an 8-0 run. Radford outscored High Point 14-9 down the stretch.
(At) VMI 82, Liberty 69 | Stan Okoye scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double to lead Virginia Military Institute to a victory over Liberty in Big South Conference play.
The Keydets (7-7, 2-0) took a 25-17 lead, led 38-28 at halftime and easily held off Liberty (4-12, 0-2) in the second half for the win. All five VMI starters scored in double figures.
(At) No. 2 Michigan 62, Nebraska 47 | Glenn Robinson III had 14 points, including a pair of crucial dunks in the second half, and Michigan equaled its best start to a season with a victory over Nebraska.
The Wolverines (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) overcame their shakiest shooting performance in a while, holding the lead for the entire second half. The only other Michigan team to start 16-0 was the 1985-86 edition that went on to win the Big Ten title. Ray Gallegos scored 19 points for Nebraska (9-7, 0-3), which held the Wolverines to a 39 percent mark from the field. Michigan, which beat its first two conference opponents by 28 points apiece, went 3 of 17 from 3-point range.
• No. 3 Louisville 73, (at) Seton Hall 58 | Gorgui Dieng had 16 points and 14 rebounds – both season highs – to lead Louisville to its ninth straight win with a victory over Seton Hall.
Freshman Montrezl Harrell, starting in place of injured Chane Behanan, tied his career best with 14 points, and Luke Hancock hit two 3-pointers in a late, game-breaking 12-2 run that gave the Cardinals (14-1, 2-0 Big East) the win.
• (At) No. 6 Kansas 97, Iowa State 89 (OT) | Freshman Ben McLemore had a career-high 33 points, including a tying 3-pointer with a second left in regulation, and Kansas rallied to beat Iowa State in overtime.
McLemore was 10 of 12 from the field and perfect on six 3-pointers for the Jayhawks (13-1, 1-0 Big 12), who scored the first nine points of overtime to wrap up their 12th straight win.
• No. 7 Syracuse 72, (at) Providence 66 | C.J. Fair scored 23 with 11 rebounds, and Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 with six assists as Syracuse rallied from a nine-point, first-half deficit to beat Providence.
Rakeem Christmas scored 15 with eight rebounds for the Orange (15-1, 3-0 Big East), who won their fifth consecutive game since a Dec. 22 loss to Temple at Madison Square Garden that is their only defeat of the season.
• No. 14 Butler 72, (at) Saint Joseph’s 66 | Rotnei Clarke scored 28 points and Andrew Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Butler to a win over Saint Joseph’s.
Clarke made six 3-pointers to help the Bulldogs (13-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10) win their 10th straight game. Butler made its A-10 debut after leaving the Horizon League.
Women’s Top 25
• (At) No. 1 Baylor 67, No. 25 Iowa State 39 | Brittney Griner scored the game's first five points and finished with 23 as Baylor led throughout in its first game since taking back the No. 1 spot, defeating Iowa State.
Griner already had 11 points as Baylor (13-1, 3-0 Big 12) jumped out to a 16-3 lead in just over 8 minutes.
• No. 3 Connecticut 75, (at) Georgetown 48 | Kelly Faris scored 15 points and Connecticut survived a round of sloppy-ball, bouncing back from a rare conference-opening loss to beat Georgetown in a game that included 45 turnovers.
Faris also had five steals and four assists and four turnovers on a night when the ball flew everywhere except where it was supposed to. It hardly mattered as far as the outcome, with the Huskies overmatched talent-wise against for a Big East foe they have beaten 28 consecutive times.