GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Dorian Finney-Smith scored 15 points, Michael Frazier II added 12 and No. 7 Florida opened the season with a 68-45 victory against William & Mary on Friday night.
Michigan transfer Jon Horford chipped in 11 points for the Gators, who won their 24th consecutive season opener and improved to 19-0 on opening night under coach Billy Donovan.
Florida dominated every aspect of the game and even played solid defense. Donovan said this week his team wasn’t “remotely close” to deserving its lofty ranking because of defensive inconsistency. He added that the Gators had a “long, long, long way” to go to match last year’s Final Four team on that end of the floor.
Florida lost starters Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young.
Omar Prewitt led the Tribe with 15 points.
DURHAM, N.C. — Preseason All-American Jahlil Okafor scored 19 points in his college debut and No. 4 Duke routed Presbyterian 113-44 on Friday night in the opening round of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
All four members of a heavily hyped freshman class scored in double figures for the Blue Devils (1-0): Greyson Allen had 18, and Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones had 15 apiece.
Duke shot 61 percent, hit 16 3-pointers and had 30 assists — three shy of the school record — in the third-most lopsided victory in school history.
The freshmen effectively ended this one by halftime. Those four had 30 of Duke’s first 40 points and the Blue Devils led 57-19 at the break.
Quinn Cook — the only scholarship senior on Duke’s roster — had 14 points with four 3s and Rasheed Sulaimon scored 12 points.
Saunders shines for No. 25 Harvard in win
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Wesley Saunders had 15 points, 9 rebounds and six assists on Friday night as No. 25 Harvard opened the season with a 73-52 victory against down-river rival MIT.
Siyani Chambers also scored 15, making all four attempts from 3-point range and added four assists for Harvard — the four-time defending Ivy League champion.
Justin Pedley scored 19 points, Tim Butala had 16 and Andrew Acker scored eight with nine rebounds for Division III MIT.
The Engineers led 22-21 midway through the first half before Harvard scored the next eight points on its way to a 39-25 lead. It was 42-27 at the half.
The Crimson opened the season in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in school history. They’re also the first Ivy team to make the AP preseason poll in four decades.