CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Freshman Cole Anthony had 34 points and 11 rebounds in his college debut, leading No. 9 North Carolina past Notre Dame 76-65 in their opener Wednesday night.
With his father — former UNLV and NBA guard Greg Anthony — in the stands, the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason freshman of the year broke Rashad McCants’ 17-year-old scoring record by a freshman in his first game and finished 12 of 24 from the field with six 3-pointers.
Anthony scored 15 points during a 29-13 second-half run that put the Tar Heels in control.
Prentiss Hubb scored a career-high 22 points, T.J. Gibbs added 19 and John Mooney finished with 10 for the Fighting Irish. They led 37-32 just under 2 minutes into the second half.
That’s when Anthony took over. He started the run with a runner, reeled off seven straight points for his team and hit three 3s in a 4-minute span, the last of which gave the Tar Heels their first double-figure lead at 61-50 with 9 minutes remaining.
No. 23 Purdue 79, Green Bay 57: Graduate transfer Jahaad Proctor scored 26 points and Eric Hunter Jr. added 15 to help the Boilermakers beat the Phoenix,
The Boilermakers have won seven straight season openers, 18 in a row at Mackey Arena and 20 consecutive home games against nonconference foes. Proctor spent the last two seasons at High Point.
Kameron Hankerson led the Phoenix with 15 points.
James Madison 79, Charlotte 74: Matt Lewis scored 22 points, Deshon Parker added 17, and the Dukes narrowly beat the 49ers in Harrisonburg.
James Madison took the lead for good, 49-48, on a driving layup by Parker with 12:40 remaining in the second half. Zach Jacobs (Trinity Episcopal) hit a 3-pointer for a 9-point JMU lead with 3 minutes left.
Jacobs finished with 15 points and Darius Banks scored 10 for the Dukes.
No. 2 Kentucky 69, No. 1 Michigan State 62: Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky’s latest freshman star, scored 26 points and the second-ranked Wildcats opened the season with a victory against the No. 1 Spartans on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.
The Nos. 1 and 2 teams opened their seasons against each other for the first time since 1975 and the Wildcats made their case to be top-ranked next week.
Michigan State entered the season as the No. 1 team in the country for the first time, but aside from All-American Cassius Winston, the Spartans struggled to score. Winston had 21 points.
After Winston cut the lead to three on a 3-point play with 1:27 left, Maxey hit a 3 from way behind the line to make it 65-60 with 59 seconds left.
The Spartans couldn’t find the range from 3, going 5 for 26.
No. 14 N.C. State 80, North Carolina A&T 44: Former Appomattox Regional GS star Jada Boyd had a double-double in her first collegiate game, Jakia Brown-Turner scored 14 points and the Wolfpack rolled to a win over the Aggies in the season opener for both teams Wednesday night.
Boyd scored 18 points on 5-of-7 shooting, plus 8-of-9 shooting from the foul line, and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kayla Jones also had 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and all 11 Wolfpack players scored.
With their 17th straight season-opening win and 30th straight non-conference home win, the Wolfpack gave coach Wes Moore his 699th career victory, 141 at N.C. State.
N.C. State led 30-14 at the half as N.C. A&T shot 19 percent, then Boyd scored all of her points in the second half.
Deja Winters led the Aggies with 17 points off the bench, C’Coriea Foy added 11 and Alexus Lessears had 12 rebounds.
James Madison 93, Longwood 53: Kamiah Smalls scored a game-high 25 points to help the Dukes defeat the Lancers. Kiki Jefferson added 17 points and Lexie Barrier scored 13 for the Dukes (1-0).
The Dukes shot 49% from the field while limiting the Lancers (0-1) to just 33%.
Kyla McMakin had a team-high 17 points for Longwood. Dayna Rouse (13) and Tra’dayja Smith (11) were the other Lancers to reach double-digits.