Top 25 Men’s Basketball Roundup for Nov. 16
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Christian Watford scored 24 points to help No. 1 Indiana defeat Sam Houston State 99-45 on Thursday night in the Progressive Legends Classic.
Will Sheehey scored 18 points, Victor Oladipo had 14 and Jordan Hulls 10 for the Hoosiers (3-0), who shot 57 percent from the field and made 9 of 21 3-pointers.
Paul Baxter scored nine points and Marquel McKinney had eight for Sam Houston State (1-2).
No. 2 Louisville 80, Samford 54
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith scored a game-high 18 points, Chane Behanan grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and added 12 points and No. 2 Louisville routed Samford 80-54 on Thursday night.
Behanan reached his career best in the first half with 13, outrebounding the Bulldogs (1-2) by himself – the visitors had 12.
Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and 13 rebounds while Wayne Blackshear added 13 points with five rebounds as the Cardinals (2-0) won the opener of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament that continues next week in the Bahamas.
No. 6 NC State 72, Penn State 55
BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — T.J. Warren had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 6 North Carolina State to a win over Penn State in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff.
C.J. Leslie had 14 points and Rodney Purvis added 12 points for the Wolfpack (2-0). Purvis was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and N.C. State shot 8 for 16 from beyond the arc. Tim Frazier led the Nittany Lions (1-1) with 23 points.
No. 16 Baylor 84, Boston College 74
CHARLESTON — Pierre Jackson had a season-high 31 points, Isaiah Austin had 16 and the Bears rallied in the second half to beat the Eagles (1-1) in the Charleston Classic.
The Bears (3-0) will face Colorado today for a spot in Sunday night’s championship final.
Jackson led the way for Baylor with six of his team’s 12 3-pointers.
Still, the Bears trailed 52-47 with about 15 minutes to go when Jackson and Austin fueled a 10-0 run to gain control. Austin had two inside baskets, and Jackson two 3-pointers to put Baylor ahead for good.
Boston College (1-1) got 25 points from sophomore Ryan Anderson. The Eagles will play Dayton on Friday.