Connecticut blows past Sacred Heart

Posted: Sunday, November 23, 2003

HARTFORD, Conn. Top-ranked Connecticut got a strong game from its big three of Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor and Denham Brown in a 111-64 victory Saturday over Sacred Heart.

No 2. Duke 67, Detroit 56

DURHAM, N.C. Luol Deng scored 21 points and J.J. Redick had 19 to help Duke rally and improve to 22-2 in season openers under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

No. 19 Wake Forest 97, Elon 55

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Eric Williams scored 16 points to lead Wake Forest to its 15th home-opening victory in a row.

No. 22 Pittsburgh 90, St. Francis, Pa. 69

PITTSBURGH Chevy Troutman and freshman Chris Taft wore down St. Francis inside.

Troutman made all eight shots from the floor and 18 points. Taft added 12 points and eight rebounds for Pitt.

No. 18 Cincinnati 88, Akron 66

CINCINNATI Reserve Tony Bobbitt scored 21 points, and Cincinnati won its 38th consecutive home opener.

Nick Williams added 14 points for Cincinnati.

No. 9 North Carolina 90, Old Dominion 64

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Perennial power North Carolina which lost a combined 36 games the last two seasons looked like a different team under new coach Roy Williams.

No. 12 Illinois 94, W. Illinois 66

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. Dee Brown had 23 points and five assists to lead depleted Illinois to victory in its season opener.

No. 23 Marquette 75, Valparaiso 70

MILWAUKEE Travis Diener scored 26 points, including a key driving layup with 23 seconds left, and Marquette rallied to win the Blue & Gold Classic.

No. 20 Stanford 77, Sacramento St. 59

STANFORD, Calif. Justin Davis had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help Stanford win its 16th consecutive season opener.

Matt Lottich added 13 points and Rob Little had 12 for the Cardinal, who shot 50 percent.

Jameel Pugh, a transfer from Massachusetts, scored 18 points for the Hornets, looking for their first winning season since 1988-89. They lost their third straight season opener.

No. 14 Oklahoma 84, Oral Roberts 68

NORMAN, Okla. Lawrence McKenzie had 19 points and fellow freshman Drew Lavender 16, and Oklahoma won the Sooner Invitational tournament.

McKenzie had 14 of his points in the second half for Oklahoma (2-0). Tournament MVP DeAngelo Alexander added 17 points.

All-tournament selection Ken Tutt led Oral Roberts (1-1) with 17 points. Schuyler Thomas finished with 16 for the Golden Eagles.

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