LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith scored 23 points and Peyton Siva added 10 points and 10 assists as No. 2 Louisville pulled away from Manhattan for a season-opening 79-51 victory on Sunday.
Chane Behanan had nine rebounds and eight points for the Cardinals. They won their ninth straight season opener and beat the Jaspers in the first meeting between the schools since 2002.
The Cardinals won despite continuing woes with their 3-point shooting. They went 8 for 30, with Smith making 4 of 13.
Siva, the Most Outstanding Player in last season’s Big East Conference tournament, matched his career high in assists while recording only his second double-double.
Rhamel Brown had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Manhattan. George Beamon, the Jaspers’ top scorer, did not play because of an injured ankle.
No. 4 OHIO STATE 82
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas scored 13 of his 19 points in a 17-2 run to end the half, leading Ohio State to a victory over Albany.
They were supposed to play on Friday night against Marquette in aboard the USS Yorktown but condensation on the court led to that game being canceled.
Thomas, one of the stars of the Buckeyes’ Final Four run last season, hit just one of his first six shots and Ohio State trailed 23-22 late in half. But he asserted himself as the Buckeyes took control.
Aaron Craft had a career-high 20 points to lead the Buckeyes with Lenzelle Smith Jr. adding 18 and LaQuinton Ross 10.
Mike Black had 20 points and Jacob Iati scored 13 for Albany (1-1).
No. 10 FLORIDA 84
ALABAMA STATE 35
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton scored 22 points and Florida cruised past Alabama State.
Florida was supposed to begin the season Friday against Georgetown aboard the USS Bataan, but the game was canceled at halftime because there was moisture on the court.
The Gators led Alabama State 47-9 at halftime, the fewest points Florida has allowed in the first half since the implementation of the shot clock.
Boynton shot 8 of 10 and made all four of his 3-point tries. He also had six rebounds and five assists.
Backup guard Bobby Brown led Alabama State (0-2) with 14 points.
No. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 80
FLORIDA ATLANTIC 56
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — James Michael McAdoo had 19 points and 11 rebounds to help North Carolina beat Florida Atlantic.
Reggie Bullock added 16 for the Tar Heels (2-0), who shot 44 percent from both the field and the foul line. Still, North Carolina led by double figures throughout the second half before blowing the game open in the final 7 minutes.
McAdoo entered the season expected to take the lead for UNC after the loss of four NBA first-round draft picks. The sophomore had 26 points and 14 rebounds in the season-opening win against Gardner-Webb, then followed that with an 8-for-17 shooting performance against the Owls (0-1).
Greg Gantt scored 18 points to lead Florida Atlantic, which shot 28 percent and had no other player reach double figures.
The game was an opening-round contest in the Maui Invitational, though it is separate from the tournament rounds in Hawaii.
No. 12 ARIZONA 82
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 73
TUCSON, Ariz. — Mark Lyons scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half of his debut for Arizona and the Wildcats escaped with a season-opening victory over Charleston Southern.
The senior transfer from Xavier led five Arizona players in double figures. Solomon Hill scored 14, Brandon Ashley and Nick Johnson 12 apiece and Jordin Mayes 10 for the Wildcats.
Arlon Harper scored 20 and Mathiang Muo 16 for Charleston Southern (0-2). Saah Nimley added 11 points and seven assists for the Buccaneers.
Charleston Southern trailed just 59-57 with eight minutes to play. Hill, on the bench much of the game with foul trouble, re-entered the game and sank a 3-pointer that put Arizona up 62-57 and the Wildcats slowly pulled away from there.
No. 19 BAYLOR 78
JACKSON STATE 47
WACO, Texas — Pierre Jackson had 25 points and seven assists for Baylor, and the Bears rolled to a victory over Jackson State.
Jackson, the senior guard named the preseason Big 12 player of the year, scored the game’s first five points — on a free throw, a jumper and a tip-in in the first 3 minutes — and the Bears (2-0) never trailed.
Cory Jefferson added 14 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots for Baylor. Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince, both freshman post players, had 13 points each. Gathers also had 10 rebounds.
Jeff Stubbs had 15 points to lead Jackson State (0-1).
Before the game, Baylor unveiled a banner for its NCAA regional final appearance last season, when Baylor had a school-record 30 wins.
No. 23 WISCONSIN 87
SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 47
MADISON, Wis. — Junior Ben Brust had 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Wisconsin scored the first 19 points in a rout of Southeastern Louisiana.
Jared Berggren led the Badgers with 19 points and fellow senior Mike Bruesewitz added 10 in a 13-minute appearance. Bruesewitz cut his lower right leg during practice Oct. 9 and returned Friday.
Redshirt freshman George Marshall, starting at point guard for Wisconsin with junior Josh Gasser out for the season because of a torn knee, hit a 3-pointer 13 seconds into the game to set the tone.
Dre Evans had 13 points for Southeastern Louisiana, which missed its first five shots and committed four turnovers before Todd Nelson’s 3-pointer 7:21 into the game.
No. 24 CINCINNATI 80
CINCINNATI — Cashmere Wright scored 16 points and Sean Kilpatrick added 14 as No. 24 Cincinnati cruised to a win over Tennessee-Martin.
Eleven different players scored for the Bearcats. Justin Jackson had 11 rebounds and Cincinnati blocked 10 shots.
Titus Rubles, a junior-college transfer making his Bearcats debut, came off the bench to score eight points and grab seven rebounds.
The game drew 5,728. A couple of miles south, the Cincinnati Bengals hosted the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.