Shabazz Napier is fairly confident that if Connecticut gets its running game going, nobody can keep up with the Huskies.
No. 14 Michigan State couldn’t, falling 66-62 in the Armed Forces Classic Friday in a hangar on the U.S. Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
Napier led all scorers with 25 points.
Kevin Ollie’s first game as the Huskies’ head coach was watched by former coach Jim Calhoun, who worked as play-by-play commentator.
Keith Appling scored 17 points and Branden Dawson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State.
Bucknell 70, Purdue 65: Cameron Ayers scored 18 points to help Bucknell upset Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind.
Mike Muscala had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Bryson Johnson added 14 points for the Bison. Donnie Hale scored 15 points for Purdue.
Bucknell led 68-65 in the closing seconds, and D.J. Byrd missed an open, potential game-tying 3-pointer.
No. 1 Indiana 97, Bryant 54: Cody Zeller and Christian Watford gave Bryant a rude welcome to big-time college basketball in Bloomington, Ind.
The 7-foot center had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Watford added 15 points and 15 rebounds.
Iowa 86, Texas-Pan American 55: Aaron White led all scorers with 16 points on 6-for-9 shooting, helping the Hawkeyes cruise in Iowa City, Iowa.
Iowa led 45-24 at the half and finished 7-for-16 from beyond the arc.
No. 5 Michigan 100, Slippery Rock 62: Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points, surpassing 1,000 for his career at Michigan in a rout of Division-II Slippery Rock in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Trey Burke added 21 points for the Wolverines.
Penn State 65, St. Francis 58: Tim Frazier scored 16 of his 23 points for Penn State in the second half in State College, Pa.
Minnesota 72, American 36: Austin Hollins scored 15 of his career-high 20 points in the first half as Minnesota jumped all over American in Minneapolis.
Nebraska-Omaha 77, Northern Illinois 64: CJ Carter scored 16 points, helping the Mavericks break open a close game in Ralston, Neb.
Aksel Bolin had 11 points to lead the Huskies, who led 36-33 early in the second half before UNO went on a 15-2 run to take control.
Bradley 76, Eastern Illinois 53: The Braves were in control at the half, up 38-22 at Carver Arena in Peoria.
DePaul 91, California-Riverside 59: Thirteen Blue Demons scored in a season-opening rout for DePaul at the McGrath-Phillips Arena in Chicago.
Brandon Young and Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 20 and 16 points, respectively.
Loyola-Chicago 62, Toledo 50: Ben Averkamp scored 15 points and added nine rebounds for the Ramblers at the Joseph J. Gentile Center in Chicago.
No. 3 Kentucky 72, Maryland 69: Junior guard Jarrod Polson scored 10 points – three more than he had in his career at Kentucky – and made the clinching free throws for the defending national champs with 7.7 seconds to play in New York.
Kyle Wiltjer, a sophomore, led the defending national champion Wildcats with 19 points. Seven-foot-1 sophomore Alex Len led Maryland with 23 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs. His rare three-point play – he made the first free throw then rebounded his own miss of the second – brought the Terrapins within 70-69 with 8.9 seconds left.
South Alabama 76, No. 24 Florida State 71: Antoine Allen hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to help spring a season-opening upset in Tallahassee, Fla.
Augustine Rubit added 12 points and Mychal Ammons had 11 points and 11 rebounds for South Alabama, which shot 9-for-15 from 3-point range.
Terry Whisnant and Montay Brandon had 11 points apiece for the Seminoles, the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions.