ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Tyler Zeller scored 27 points to help North Carolina fight off UNC Asheville 91-75 Sunday in the debut of the Bulldogs' new Kimmel Arena.
Less than 48 hours after beating Michigan State on the deck of the USS Carl Vinson in San Diego, the Tar Heels (2-0) shot 59 percent from the field and overcame some early turnover troubles to win a rare in-state, nonconference game in coach Roy Williams' hometown.
CLEVELAND ST. 71, No. 7 VANDERBILT 58: At Nashville, Tenn., D'Aundray Brown scored 18 points and Cleveland State opened its season by upsetting No. 7 Vanderbilt. Cleveland State scored first on a 3-pointer by Trevon Harmon and never trailed.
No. 9 LOUISVILLE, 68, LAMAR 48: At Louisville, Ky., freshman Chane Behanan had 10 points and 13 rebounds for a second straight double-double to start his college career.
No. 10 PITTSBURGH 86, RIDER 78: At Pittsburgh, Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points, including the clinching 3-pointer with a minute remaining. Nasir Robinson added 22 points and six rebounds for the Panthers (2-0), who trailed by as many as six in the second half but ended the game on a 16-5 run.
No. 12 BAYLOR 92, JACKSON ST. 59: At Waco, Texas., freshman Quincy Miller scored 17 points, leading 12th-ranked Baylor in scoring again. Quincy Acy had 14 points, while Cory Jefferson had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Bears (2-0). Anthony Jones had 11 points.
No. 16 ARIZONA 73, BALL ST. 63: At Tucson, Ariz., Kyle Fogg scored 21 points, and Solomon Hill added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jarrod Jones matched his career high with 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Cardinals, who in their season opener dominated the game until the Wildcats clamped on a tight defense in the second half.
No. 20 TEXAS A&M 83, SOUTHERN 58: At College Station, Texas., junior forward Ray Turner scored 20 points and No. 20 Texas A&M won in coach Billy Kennedy's return to the Aggies' sideline. Derick Beltran scored 19 points for Southern (1-1).
No. 21 CINCINNATI 65, ALABAMA ST. 40: At Cincinnati, Yancy Gates scored 15 points in his 14th career double-double. Gates, a 6-foot-9 senior, finished with 11 rebounds to help the Bearcats improve to 18-2 in season openers at home.