Friday night featured 157 games, including the season opener for Kentucky and its platoon system, the debut of Jahlil Okafor at Duke and a wild finish in Oxford, Mississippi with Charleston Southern handing the SEC one of its four losses of the night with a buzzer-beating dunk.
Lost in the shuffle was the Outriggers Hotels Rainbow Classic. High Point and Cal State Bakersfield capped off a four-overtime game with a crazy finish of its own. The Panthers, trailing 99-98, forced the Roadrunners’ in-bounds pass to the corner, Brian Richardson came away with the steal, and found Tarique Thompson hanging right in front of the basket for the game-winning bucket.
High Point guard Devante Wallace scored a game-high 32 points. The Panthers were without the services of top player John Brown.
On Saturday, High Point had enough legs to pick up its second win of the season in a 74-62 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The season will continue to be unusual, as the Panthers’ next game is Tuesday against Hawaii at 5 a.m.