Late Night Snacks: No. 2 Duke rolls, freshmen step up for Florida State, Georgetown

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GAME OF THE DAY: Delaware State 77, Penn 75 (OT)

Just one game went to overtime Saturday and this was it, with the Hornets forcing the extra session after trailing by eight with 6:30 remaining in regulation. DeAndre Haywood finished the game with a team-high 23 points for Delaware State, and he also accounted for five rebounds, four assists and four steals on the afternoon. Tony Hicks paced the Quakers with 31 points, but Penn failed to win their home opener despite rebounding 47.7% of their missed shots.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES:

1. No. 2 Duke 109, Fairfield 59

One night after ripping apart Presbyterian, Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils did the same to a Fairfield team that hung around for most of the first half. Justise Winslow led the way for Duke with 18 points, and in total four starters scored in double figures for the Blue Devils. Duke shot 64.5% from the field and 55 percent of their made field goals were assisted.

2. Florida State 81, Manhattan 66

The Seminoles got off to a slow start against the defending MAAC tournament champions, but thanks in large part to the boost provided by their freshmen took control of things late in the first half. Freshmen Robbie Berwick (11 points) and Phil Cofer (four points, six rebounds) and sophomore Dayshawn Watkins (three points, three steals) factored into a 19-1 run that turned a four-point deficit into a 14-point lead for the home team. Six players finished the game in double figures for Florida State, which limited Manhattan to 28.6% shooting from the field.

3. Georgetown 83, St. Francis-Brooklyn 62

The big development in this win was the play of freshman L.J. Peak, who shot 9-for-9 from the field and finished with a game-high 23 points. D’Vanutes Smith-Rivera scored just eight points, but the preseason Big East Player of the Year dished out six assists with just one turnover.

STARRED:

1. L.J. Peak (Georgetown) 

23 points (9-for-9 FG) and three assists in the Hoyas’ 83-62 win over St. Francis-Brooklyn.

2. Obi Egemano (Oral Roberts) 

26 points, seven rebounds and four assists in ORU’s 77-68 win over Tulsa.

3. Jordan Mickey (LSU)

21 points (9-for-11 FG), six rebounds and six assists in the Tigers’ 93-82 win over Gardner-Webb.

STRUGGLED:

1. Ashton Moore (The Citadel) 

Shot 4-for-19 (1-for-11 3PT) from the field, scoring ten points in the Bulldogs’ 68-55 loss to Air Force.

2. Frank Eaves (Appalachian State)

Six points on 2-for-12 shooting to go along with five rebounds and four turnovers in the Mountaineers’ 73-47 loss at Ohio.

3. Carlton Allen (Manhattan)

Allen played just five minutes in the Jaspers’ 81-66 loss at Florida State, accounting for three rebounds and five fouls during his time on the court.

NOTABLES:

  • Derrick Walton Jr. scored 22 points, Zak Irvin 21 and Caris LeVert 20 to lead No. 24 Michigan to a 92-68 win over Hillsdale.
  • Year two at USC for Andy Enfield didn’t get off to the best of starts, as the Trojans fell 76-68 at home to Portland State.
  • John Brown returned to the court for High Point, scoring 19 points in a 74-62 win over UAPB at the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.
  • Newcomer Stanton Kidd scored 19 points on just eight shots from the field in Colorado State’s 83-66 win over Montana.
  • Tyler Harris scored 23 points and LaDontae Henton added 21 to lead Providence to a 64-60 home win over Albany.
  • Butler shot a school-record 71.9% from the field in their 99-57 win over Maine. Roosevelt Jones was all over the stats sheet, accounting for 14 points, nine assists, four rebounds and two steals.
  • Chris Jans picked up a win in his regular season debut, leading Bowling Green to a 77-58 win at Drake. Jehvon Clarke scored 16 off the bench to lead the Falcons.
  • Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin scored 21 points apiece in LSU’s 93-82 win over Gardner-Webb. Also of note: newcomer guards Josh Gray and Keith Hornsby combined to score 35 points.