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Alabama 70, South Dakota State 67
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Trevor Lacey nailed a 3-point shot at the buzzer to give Alabama a hard-fought, come-from-behind 70-67 victory over South Dakota State in the opener for both teams.
With the contest tied 46-46 with 9:41 left, Alabama built a 60-53 lead, but the Jackrabbits fought back to tie the game 67-67 with 28 seconds left, setting up Lacey's dramatic shot.
Alabama had four double-figure scorers, led by Trevor Releford with 18 points. Cooper added 17, Lacey 15 and Andrew Steele 11.
Nate Wolters fired in a game-high 30 points, including five of six 3-point shots, to lead South Dakota State. Jordan Dykstra had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Jackrabbits.
Wolters, a senior guard who last year was the only player in NCAA Division I to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists a game, was disappointed. "You never want to lose a game like that. He had a tough shot."
The Jackrabbits jumped out to a 13-point lead, 29-16, on a 3-point shot by Brayden Carlson with 4:14 left in the first half. Alabama responded by scoring the last 11 points of the half to cut the lead to 29-27 at intermission.
"This was a great game tonight, a great way to open the season," said Alabama coach Anthony Grant. "We got in a hole. Our effort on the defensive end got us back in the game.
"We were fortunate that we had the ball at the end (to take the last shot)."
A layup by Releford with 11:06 remaining in the game put Alabama ahead 42-41, the Crimson Tide's first lead since being in front 3-2 in the game's opening minute.
"We're not looking for any moral victories," South Dakota State coach Scott Nagy said. "It was very disappointing, quite frankly. .We didn't shoot the ball like we normally do. We just had too many experienced players play like they were inexperienced.
"(Alabama's) pressure bothered us. I didn't think it would bother us as much as it did, but it did. We just completely fell apart and let them back in the basketball game."
The game was part of the 2012 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
IUPUI 67, Utah Valley 54
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - John Hart scored 19 points, leading four IUPUI players in double figures, and the Jaguars won their season opener 67-54 over Utah Valley on Friday.
Mitchell Patton had 15 points and Greg Rice and Donovan Gibbs added 10 points apiece for IUPUI. Gibbs also had nine rebounds to lead the Jaguars.
Holton Hunsaker led the Wolverines with 15 points. Ben Aird had 11 points and 13 rebounds for Utah Valley, which only led after Alfonzo Hubbard scored the game's first basket. Hart then hit a 3-pointer to begin an 8-0 run for IUPUI. The Jaguars led 43-26 at halftime in the first meeting between the schools.
Oakland 96, Albion 62
ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) – Travis Bader scored 27 points, including six 3-pointers, to lead Oakland to a 96-62 victory over Albion on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
Bader was 9 of 15 from the field, including 6 of 10 from 3-point range. He added seven rebounds. Drew Valentine had 13 points and Cory Petros and Ryan Bass scored 12 each for the Golden Grizzlies, who shot 59 percent from the field in the first half and 55 percent for the game. Oakland was 9 of 18 on 3-pointers, scored 26 points off Albion turnovers and never trailed.
Lawrence Ridgell scored 15 points and Adam Zavadil had 14 for the Britons in their first meeting with Oakland since 1973.
Golden Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe, who started his 29th season with Oakland, now needs only nine wins to reach 500 for his career.
Omaha 77, Northern Illinois 64
RALSTON, Neb. (AP) - CJ Carter scored 16 points, helping Omaha break open a close game in the second half and cruise past Northern Illinois 77-64 on Friday in the season opener for both teams.
Carter, who averaged 10.4 points per game as a freshman in 2011-12, made just three field goals but was 10 of 14 at the free-throw line. He added five assists and three steals for the Mavericks, who also got 13 points from Alex Welhouse and 12 each from Justin Simmons and John Karhoff.
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. Northern Illinois pulled back within 48-47 before a 13-3 Mavericks run put the game away. The Huskies never got closer than seven points down after that.
Omaha also won the only other meeting between the schools, 77-72 last season.
North Dakota State 93, Valley City State 47
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Mike Felt scored 23 points, including six 3-point shots, and North Dakota State rolled to a 93-47 victory over Valley City State on Friday night.
North Dakota State jumped out to an early 14-7 lead, and quickly put Valley City State in its rear-view mirror with a 20-0 run.
Taylor Braun scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds for North Dakota State.
Sekani Milligan led Valley City State with 16 points.
North Dakota State had two other players score in double figures -- Chris Kading (11) and Marshall Bjorklund (10).
North Dakota State shot 59 percent from the floor for the game and 91.7 percent from the free-throw line.
Auburn 61, Fort Wayne 50
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn guard Frankie Sullivan scored 26 points to lead the Tigers to a 61-50 win against Fort Wayne on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Tigers center Robb Chubb added 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Forward Allen Payne finished with 12 points for Auburn.
Fort Wayne senior guard Frank Gaines picked up where he left off last year, scoring 32 points to lead the Mastadons. He averaged 21.2 points per game last season, ninth in the country.
Auburn used an 18-4 run late in the second half to turn a five-point deficit into a 55-46 lead with less than two minutes left. Sullivan put an exclamation point on the rally, dunking an offensive rebound- much to the delight of the packed student section.
Fort Wayne led throughout the first half, its largest lead 24-15. Auburn closed the half on an 8-3 spurt and trailed 27-23 at halftime.
The Tigers had nine turnovers and 10 points in the first 10 minutes. Fort Wayne shut off passing lanes to the post and used its speed to get out on the fast break.
In the second half, the Tigers turned to Sullivan. Auburn kept going to its guard throughout the second half, and the senior answered most of the time. Sullivan had 16 of his points in the second. He shot 11 of 20 from the field.
Seton Hall 75, Kansas City 36
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) - Fuquan Edwin scored 16 points and Eugene Teague added 14 in his Seton Hall debut to lead the Pirates to a 75-36 win over Kansas City Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Seton Hall got 13 points from Brian Oliver, a transfer from Georgia Tech. Teague, who transferred from Southern Illinois, scored six straight points during the second half, including a dunk and a free throw.
Brandon Mobley had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates, who outscored Missouri-Kansas City 41-14 in the second half. The Kangaroos of the Summit League returned four starters. It didn't matter.
Seton Hall outscored Missouri-Kansas City 17-2 to open the second half. Estan Tyler led the Kangaroos with 10 points. The game, part of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, was Seton Hall's first regular-season game on campus in Walsh Gym in almost 12 years.