Omaha 68, Northern Illinois 66
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) - CJ Carter scored on a 3-point play Friday night to help Omaha take the lead in the final seconds and hold on to a narrow 68-66 victory over Northern Illinois.
Carter drove for a layup with 13.3 seconds remaining in the game, hitting the basket and drawing a foul. He sank his free throw to give Omaha a 67-65 lead after trailing and a back-and-forth tie with the Huskies. Carter led the Mavericks with 18 points, and had six rebounds and four assists.
Northern Illinois responded as Travon Baker drew a foul from Devin Patterson with nine seconds remaining. He missed his first free throw, but hit his second to make the score 67-66.
Caleb Steffensmeier hit his second free throw on the other end of the court for his only score and the final point of the game. The Mavericks made 84.4 percent of their free throws.
North Dakota State 93, Viterbo 49
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Mike Felt was 8 of 13 from the floor, nailing 7 of 11 three pointers, to score 23 points and lead North Dakota State to an easy 93-49 victory over Viterbo Friday.
The whole North Dakota team was hot as the Bison hit 58% of their shots in the first half and 35 of 66 shots for the game.
Kary Brown hit a iump shot to open the scoring for North Dakota State, but Viterbo came back to take the lead 9-8 on a Cole Lewis jumper with 13:53 remaining in the first half. Felt scored less than a minute later to put the Bison out front 13-11. They never looked back as they opened up a 43-16 lead at the half.
Taylor Braun had 16 points and 5 rebounds for North Dakota State.
Cole Lewis led Viterbo with 12 points.
Utah Valley 74, IUPUI 69
OREM, Utah (AP) - Zach Nelson scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double on Friday night to help Utah Valley beat IUPUI 74-66.
Holton Hunsaker led the Wolverines with 18 points, including a pair of first-half free throws that gave Utah Valley a 12-11 lead that they never relinquished despite numerous comeback efforts by the Jaguars. Keawe Enos added 14 points, including a 3-pointer, and was 4 of 6 from the field.
Mitch Patton paced IUPUI with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Ian Chiles scored 14 points and Marcellus Barksdale added 10.
The Jaguars narrowed the lead to four points on four occasions but their comeback efforts were answered by buckets by Wolverines, including free throws by Nelson and Hunsaker in the stretch. Utah Valley hit 25 of 28 free throws, while IUPUI was 19 of 27.
San Diego 74, South Dakota State 70
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Johnny Dee scored 27 points and made a 3-pointer to start a game-ending 8-0 run that lifted San Diego to a 74-70 victory over South Dakota State in their season openers Friday night.
Trailing 70-66 with 1:50 remaining, Dee hit his sixth 3-pointer of the night to pull the Toreros within one.
South Dakota State's next two possessions resulted in a missed 3 by Brayden Carlson and a turnover. Duda Sanadze hit the go-ahead basket to give the Toreros a 71-70 lead with 1 minute left. The Jackrabbits missed another shot with 32 seconds left before sending USD to the line to end the game.
Sanadze finished with 14 points.
Jake Bittle made all three of his 3-point attempts for South Dakota State and finished with 18 points.