SEATTLE — Returning Pac-10 freshman of the year Isaiah Thomas scored 18 points, though he and No. 14 Washington looked ragged throughout much of a 77-48 exhibition victory over Division II Central Washington on Wednesday night.
Quincy Pondexter, Washington’s only senior and the replacement for departed star Jon Brockman as team leader, added 15 points and seven rebounds. The defending Pac-10 champions, who open Nov. 13 against Wright State, shot 38 percent from the field despite constant open looks against an overmatched defense. They made just 18 of 37 free throws and had 15 turnovers.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Evan Turner had 15 points, 14 rebounds and six assists and No. 16 Ohio State shot 63 percent from the field in beating Walsh 86-48 in an exhibition game Wednesday night. Eleven players scored for the Buckeyes, who open their season on Monday against Alcorn State in the 2K Sports Classic. William Buford added 15 points, David Lighty had 11 and Jeremie Simmons and Jon Diebler had 10 apiece for the Buckeyes, who went 22-11 and lost to Siena in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season. Lighty played his first game since breaking a bone in his foot early last season.
Ricky Jackson led Walsh with 14 points. Kyle Madsen started at center for Ohio State in place of Dallas Lauderdale, out with a broken finger
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Samardo Samuels had 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 19 Louisville to an 88-65 victory over Bellarmine in an exhibition game on Wednesday night. Preston Knowles added 15 points and Edgar Sosa had 12 points and four assists for the Cardinals, who shot 50 percent and had little trouble with the Knights, an NCAA Division II school located in Louisville. Justin Benedetti led Bellarmine with 21 points. The Knights are coached by former Louisville assistant Scott Davenport. The Cardinals never trailed, though Bellarmine briefly pulled within 10 points midway through the second half. Freshman guard Peyton Siva kickstarted a late Louisville surge with a spectacular reverse dunk as the Cardinals pulled away.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Sophomore guard Scotty Hopson scored 20 points in 18 minutes Wednesday night to lead No. 10 Tennessee to a 97-58 exhibition victory over Lincoln Memorial. Tennessee senior forwards Tyler Smith and Wayne Chism added 11 points each in similarly reduced minutes, and Chism had eight rebounds. The Volunteers started sloppily while coach Bruce Pearl tinkered with lineup combinations, and they were 1 of 10 from 3-point range until freshman guard Skylar McBee made two to give them a 53-31 halftime lead. Tennessee improved from long range in the second half and finished 9 of 26 for the game. Junior forward D’Mario Curry had 24 points and eight rebounds for Lincoln Memorial, an NCAA Division II program from Northeastern Tennessee.
Jerome Dyson and Donnell Beverly were on the bench, freshman Jamal Coombs-McDaniel was in the stands and Ater Majok wasn’t eligible in UConn’s exhibition game against American International College last night. Coombs-McDaniel, who bounced around to a few high schools, still hasn’t been cleared by the NCAA. Dyson and Beverly were sitting out “pending evaluation of recently submitted paperwork pertaining to their annual eligibility certification”, according to the school. Majok, who is expected to start at power forward, won’t be eligible until the end of the first semester. UConn was led by Kemba Walker (28 points), Stanley Robinson (25 points) and freshman big man Alex Oriakhi (16 points, 16 rebounds). Oriakhi’s competition for the starting spot in the middle, Charles Okwandu, finished with two points and one rebound in 18 minutes.
Hopson was a top recruit that you don’t hear much about, he had a decent freshmen year and it would appear he may be primed to break out.
Samardo Samules loves exhibition games. That rebounding must carry over this year.
Uconn’s fontline, depth wise, should be a bit shaky until January. And I do not think Majok is any type of savior.
Evan Turner will do just fine playing PG.
Losing John Brockman hurts more than people think. Similar to Dante Cunnigham’s impact at ‘Nova.