Shabazz Napier scored 25 points and Connecticut upset No. 14 Michigan State, 66-62, Friday night in the Armed Forces Classic at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. It was Kevin Ollie’s first game as Huskies coach.
UConn led most of the way and by as many as 16 points in the first half of the game, which was played in a hangar at the United States’ air base.
Keith Appling scored 17 points and Branden Dawson had 15 points and seven rebounds for Michigan State.
Gary Harris scored to pull the Spartans within 62-60, but Denzel Valentine and Appling each missed a shot in the last minute that would have tied the game, forcing Michigan State to foul.
Napier hit four free throws in the final 13 seconds to seal the win.
Ryan Boatright finished with 13 points despite rolling his ankle in the second half, and DeAndre Daniels added 12 for the Huskies.
The Spartans hit just one of their first eight shots, while Connecticut made nine of its first 10 and raced out to a 20-6 lead on a 3-pointer from Napier.
A steal by Napier and a lob to Boatright made it 32-18 for the Huskies, who stretched that to 16. The Spartans closed the half on a 10-2 run, but trailed, 40-33, at intermission.
Boatright rolled his left ankle less than three minutes into the second half and was hobbled the rest of the game.
The Huskies, who shot 46 percent while holding the Spartans to 40 percent, won despite being outrebounded, 34-25.
Ollie took over the program after Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun retired in September. He has been given only a one-year contract with a team that returns just five players who saw significant playing time last season.
Indiana 97, Bryant 54 — Cody Zeller and Christian Watford gave Bryant a rude welcome to big-time college basketball
Zeller had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Watford added 15 points and 15 rebounds to lead the No. 1 Hoosiers past the Bulldogs in Bloomington, Ind.
Before the game, Indiana announced an extension for coach Tom Crean that keeps him around through the 2019-20 season. Crean’s base salary will go from approximately $2.52 million per year to $3.16 million.
Kentucky 72, Maryland 69 — Junior guard Jarrod Polson scored 10 points and made the clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds to play as the No. 3 Wildcats held off a furious second-half rally by the Terrapins.
Michigan 100, Slippery Rock 62 — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career in the No. 5 Wolverines’ victory over the Rock in Ann Arbor, Mich.
N.C. State 97, Miami (Ohio) 59 — Richard Howell had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help the No. 6 Wolfpack beat the RedHawks in the season opener in Raleigh, N.C.
Kansas 74, SE Missouri State 55 — Ben McLemore had 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 assists in his debut, helping the No. 7 Jayhawks pull away from the pesky Redhawks in Lawrence, Kan.
Duke 74, Georgia State 55 — Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the No. 8 Blue Devils over the Panthers in Durham, N.C.
North Carolina 76, Gardner-Webb 59 — James Michael McAdoo set career highs with 26 points and 14 rebounds to help the No. 11 Tar Heels beat the Bulldogs in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Harvard 69, MIT 54 — Wesley Saunders scored 11 points and Jonah Travis added 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench to help the Crimson beat the Engineers in Cambridge.
Saunders scored 8 points in the first half to help Harvard take a 31-26 lead into halftime.
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The game between No. 10 Florida and Georgetown on the deck of a ship was called off at halftime Friday night because the court became too wet. Florida led, 27-23, at the break in the Navy-Marine Corps Classic when the game aboard the USS Bataan was stopped by condensation on the court. Earlier in the evening, the game between No. 4 Ohio State and Marquette on the USS Yorktown in South Carolina was canceled before it began for the same reason.
Baylor 80, Lamar 34 — Brittney Griner scored 24 points and the top-ranked Lady Bears opened defense of their national championship with their 41st consecutive victory, dropping the Cardinals in Waco, Texas.
BU 52, BC 46 — Chantell Alford had a game-high 17 points and Terriers coach Kelly Greenberg got her 150th victory as BU defeated the Eagles in the season opener. Alford also had seven rebounds and Rashidat Agboola added 12 points and five rebounds. Kerry Shields led BC with 11 points and Katie Zenevitch had a game-high 15 rebounds for the Eagles.
North Dakota State 81, Harvard 72 — Dani Degagne had 19 points, Katie Birkel had 14, and the host Bison used a late run to defeat the Crimson in Fargo, N.D. Christine Clark led Harvard with 15 points and Victoria Lippert and Temi Fagbenle had 12 each.
Holy Cross 87, Yale 71 — Brisje Malone had a game-high 23 points, along with 4 steals and 3 assists as the Crusaders opened their season with a home victory over the Bulldogs, ending Yale’s four-game winning streak in the series. Emily Parker had 18 points and Alex Smith added 17 for the Crusaders. Nyasha Sarju led the Bulldogs with 18 points and Sarah Halejian added 15. Zenab Keita scored 12.