No. 4 Alabama clocks Middle Tennessee St.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2002

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Erwin Dudley had 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots as No. 4 Alabama beat Middle Tennessee State 80-65 Monday night.

The Crimson Tide (3-0) led by 22 points with 4:20 left before emptying the bench. Mo Williams had 14 points and five assists, while Kenny Walker also scored 14 points.

No. 6 Duke 95, Davidson 80

DURHAM, N.C. -- Chris Duhon matched his career high with 20 points and added 10 assists as Duke needed a strong finish to beat Davidson for the 16th straight time.

Duke (2-0) defeated Army by 48 points to start the season Saturday, but struggled to put away the defending Southern Conference champions in this one, turning the ball over 21 times and shooting 40 percent in the second half.

No. 12 Connecticut 67, George Washington 55

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Tony Robertson scored 21 points and center Emeka Okafor had 12 rebounds and eight blocks as Connecticut held off George Washington.

The game pitted Jim Calhoun, UConn's winningest coach, against his former assistant, Karl Hobbs, now in his second year at George Washington.

No. 19 Indiana 84, Massachusetts 71

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Tom Coverdale scored 20 points and George Leach added career highs of 19 points and 16 rebounds as Indiana beat Massachusetts in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

The Hoosiers (1-0) were playing for the first time since losing to Maryland in last season's NCAA championship game and they looked like they hadn't missed a beat except for some shooting woes over the final eight minutes.

No. 23 Mississippi State 81, McNeese State 65

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Timmy Bowers scored 19 points and Winsome Frazier had 14 as Mississippi State bounced back from a season-opening loss to beat McNeese State.

The Bulldogs (1-1), who were knocked off by Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, played their second game without Mario Austin. The team's leading scorer and rebounder last season is being held out pending an NCAA ruling on his eligibility.

No. 15 Kentucky 82, Arizona St. 65

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Keith Bogans scored 20 points and Kentucky opened its 100th season of basketball with a victory over Arizona State in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

The Wildcats (1-0) opened a 20-point lead in the first half and shot 51 percent for the game to advance to Tuesday's semifinals against Virginia, which beat Chaminade 86-72.

No. 10 Oregon 86, Cal State Northridge 77

EUGENE, Ore. -- Luke Jackson scored 23 points and Luke Ridnour added 19 as Oregon struggled to beat Cal State Northridge in the championship game of the John Thompson Foundation Challenge.

Chris Davis' layup with 3:17 left tied it at 73 for the Matadors (1-2). But the defending Pacific-10 champion Ducks (2-0) answered with a 5-0 run to go up 78-73, capped by Ridnour's driving layup and foul shot.

No. 20 Gonzaga 71, Utah 52

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Ronny Turiaf scored a career-high 24 points in 24 minutes and Gonzaga scored 19 straight points in the first half to take control against Utah in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

The Bulldogs (2-0) advanced to Tuesday's semifinals against No. 19 Indiana, which beat Massachusetts 84-71.



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