LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Devin Booker scored 19 points for his second career best in as many games, Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 with 11 rebounds, and No. 1 Kentucky had no trouble with Texas-Arlington in Tuesday night’s 92-44 blowout.
The Wildcats (6-0) concluded a busy season-opening stretch of six games in 11 days with a complete effort on both ends. Besides shooting 57 percent from the field, Kentucky held the Mavericks (3-2) to 27 percent shooting.
Booker followed Sunday’s 18-point effort by shooting 7 of 8, including five 3-pointers. Towns added three blocks and four assists for Kentucky, which led 55-12 at halftime and rarely let UTA get within 40 points afterward in ending the Mavericks’ two-game winning streak.
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Dakari Johnson scored all 12 of his points on free throws, and twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison each had 11 points for the Wildcats.
No. 3 ARIZONA 72, KANSAS STATE 68
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) – Kaleb Tarczewski scored 18 points, Gabe York added 15 and Arizona held off Kansas State in the Maui Invitational semifinals to win its first close game of the season.
Arizona (5-0) rolled through its first four games despite some slow starts and shot 53 percent against Kansas State, yet couldn’t shake the scrappy Wildcats.
Trailing by nine in the second half, Kansas State (3-2) whittled the lead down to a single possession in the final minute.
Arizona went up 69-64 after three free throws by Stanley Johnson and York, but Marcus Foster cut the lead to two on a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finally helped Arizona secure a spot in Wednesday night’s championship game by hitting two free throws with 4 seconds left.
Johnson finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Foster scored 23 points and went 6 for 9 from 3-point range for Kansas State.
No. 7 TEXAS 78, ST. FRANCIS (PA) 46
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Freshman forward Myles Turner had 25 points and 10 rebounds, leading Texas over Saint Francis for its first 5-0 start since 2009.
Turner, one of the top recruits in the country, had been quiet in Texas’ two previous wins, but showed a deft shooting touch and his typical tough defense against Saint Francis, stepping out for three 3-pointers while also blocking three shots. Turner was 11 of 12 from the field.
Cam Ridley scored 16 points for the Longhorns.
Texas point guard Isaiah Taylor was on the bench with his left arm in a sling. Coach Rick Barnes said Taylor is out indefinitely with a broken wrist but should return later this season. Texas also played without Taylor’s top backup, junior Javan Felix, who sat out with a sore left foot.
Malik Harmon scored 15 for Saint Francis (2-3).
No. 8 VIRGINIA 79, TENNESSEE STATE 36
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – Justin Anderson was 7 for 7 from the field and scored 20 points, and Virginia had a 32-point run spanning halftime to beat Tennessee State.
Anderson made five 3-pointers and Mike Tobey added 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Cavaliers (5-0), off to their best start since the 2007-08 team also won its first five.
Tennessee State (2-3), which has only one returning player and 12 newcomers in coach Dana Ford’s first season, trailed 19-2 after 7 minutes and 42-17 at halftime. The Tigers remained stuck on 17 until just 12:29 remained when Xavier Richards ended a scoring drought that stretched 10 minutes, 21 seconds.
Anthony Gill added 16 points for Virginia and also was perfect from the field, going 6 for 6.
No. 14 VCU 77, OREGON 63
NEW YORK (AP) – Melvin Johnson scored 19 points and Treveon Graham had 13 to lead Virginia Commonwealth past Oregon.
The Rams (4-1) led by as many as 14 and never trailed in the Legends Classic consolation game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
They bounced back from their first loss of the season with a 12-0 run that opened the game against the Ducks (3-2). Johnson hit three of VCU’s six 3-pointers, and the Rams held a 40-31 edge on the boards.
Jordan Burgess scored 12 points, Briante Weber had 11 and Mo Alie-Cox 10 to put all five starters in double figures.
Dillon Brooks scored 15 points for Oregon. Joseph Young, who had averaged 24.5 points, missed 11 of 13 shots and had only nine points.
No. 23 CREIGHTON 75, EASTERN ILLINOIS 53
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Reserve center Geoffrey Groselle scored a career-high 15 points, and Creighton beat Eastern Illinois in the Emerald Coast Classic.
The Bluejays celebrated coach Greg McDermott’s 50th birthday with a victory in their first game as a ranked team this season.
The 7-foot Groselle made his first five shots and finished 7 of 8 from the field. Toby Hegner added 13 points for Creighton (5-0), which led by as many as 33 points.
Chris Olivier and Trae Anderson scored nine points apiece for Eastern Illinois (1-4).
No. 25 ARKANSAS 78, SMU 72
DALLAS (AP) – Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Arkansas won its first game as a ranked team in seven years, beating previously ranked SMU.
The Razorbacks never trailed after Portis made a 3-pointer for the game’s first basket. They are 4-0 for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
SMU, coached by Larry Brown, was No. 22 in the AP Top 25 before consecutive road losses last week against No. 10 Gonzaga and Indiana. The Mustangs (2-3) dropped out of the poll Monday, the same day the Razorbacks got ranked for the first time since November 2007.
Yanick Moreira led SMU with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Keith Frazier added 16 points.
Michael Qualls had 13 points for the Razorbacks.
After trailing by as many as 19 in the second half, the Mustangs pulled to 73-68 with 37 seconds left. That was as close as they got.