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Two newcomers pace LSU victory

The Associated Press

Junior college transfer Marcus Thornton and freshman Anthony Randolph combined for 46 points as LSU opened its season with a 72-62 victory against Southeastern Louisiana on Monday.

Thornton made eight of 14 field goals, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range, en route to 27 points. Randolph was seven of 11 from the floor and finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Southeastern Louisiana stayed close to LSU through the game’s first 25 minutes until a 3-pointer by Thornton, with 15:14 remaining, gave the Tigers a 42-39 lead. That basket started a string of 14 consecutive points for LSU.

South Carolina 103, The Citadel 42: Devan Downey tied his career high with 11 assists and set career bests with eight rebounds and six steals to help lead South Carolina to a victory over The Citadel.

The performance came just four days after Downey tied a career-high with 24 points in the opener for the Gamecocks (2-0). Downey sat out last season after transferring from Cincinnati.

Top 25

No. 8 Indiana 99, Chattanooga 79: Eric Gordon was worth the wait for Indiana fans.

The highly touted guard set his first school record by scoring 33 points in his college debut, and D.J. White added 17 points to help the eighth-ranked Hoosiers beat Chattanooga.

No. 10 Marquette 66, Utah Valley 55: Dominic James scored 13 points, including the 1,000th of his career, and No. 10 Marquette shook off a halftime deficit to beat Utah Valley.

No. 13 Duke 86, New Mexico State 61: Jon Scheyer scored 22 points to lead Duke to its second straight rout of an outmanned nonconference opponent.

No. 16 Texas 58, Texas-San Antonio 37: D.J. Augustin scored 19 points and the Longhorns overcame first-game shooting struggles with stout second-half defense to pull away from the Roadrunners.

Alabama (1-0) at Mercer (1-0)

Tipoff: Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the University Center in Macon, Ga.

TV/radio: The game will not be broadcast on television while radio coverage will be handled by AM-730, AM-770, AM-1400, FM-93.9 and FM-92.5.

Alabama lineup: F Alonzo Gee, 6-6, Jr., 6.0 ppg., 12.0 rpg.; F Richard Hendrix, 6-8, Jr., 22.0 ppg., 23.0 rpg.; F Demetrius Jemison, 6-7, So., 15.0 ppg., 10.0 rpg.; G Mikhail Torrance, 6-5, So., 4.0 ppg., 2.0 assists.; G Mykal Riley, 6-6, Jr.,11.0 ppg., 1.0 rpg.

Mercer lineup: F Calvin Henry, 6-6, Jr., 14.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.; F BeJay Corley, 6-6, So., 4.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg.; F Brian Pfohl, 6-7, Sr., 12.0 ppg. 9.0 rpg.; G James Florence, 6-1, So., 30.0 ppg, 3.0 assists.; Shaddean Aaron, 6-5, Sr., 13.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg.

Noteworthy: Alabama’s trip to Mercer is the first time the Tide will play the Bears on the road. ... Alabama is 4-1 against Mercer in a series that began in 1923. ... Alabama freshman guard Senario Hillman is from Irwinton, Ga., which rests about 30 miles from Macon. ... Richard Hendrix’s 23 rebounds in the season opener were the highest for Alabama since Reggie King hauled in 23 against Oklahoma State in 1976. ... Mercer pulled off one of the season’s biggest upsets so far by defeating No. 18 Southern California 96-81 on the road.

Josh Cooper, Daily Sports Writer

Kennesaw St. (0-1) at Auburn (0-1)

Tipoff: Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum in Auburn.

TV/radio: No TV, and the radio broadcast can be heard on FM-106.1, FM-95.9 and AM-1230.

Kennesaw State lineup: F Shaun Stegall, 6-7, Sr., 13 ppg., 9 rpg.; F Jon-Michael Nickerson, 6-6, So., 4 ppg., 4 rpg.; G Zach Berry, 6-1, So., 3 rpg.; G Ronell Wooten, 6-4, Sr., 5 ppg.; G Keonte Keith, 6-5, So., 11 ppg., 6 rpg.; F Jonathan Whipple, 6-7, So., 10 rpg.

Auburn lineup: F Korvotney Barber, 6-7, Jr., 11 ppg., 10 rpg.; G Frank Tolbert, 6-4, Sr., 10 ppg., 4 rpg.; G DeWayne Reed, 6-1, So., 11 ppg.; G Rasheem Barrett, 6-5, Jr., 16 ppg., 3 rpg.; G Quantez Robertson, 6-3, Jr., 7 ppg.; F Lucas Hargrove, 6-6, So., 2 ppg., 6 rpg.

Noteworthy: Auburn has won 17 straight home openers. The Tigers last loss a home opener to UAB in 1989. ... The Tigers are trying to avoid their first 0-2 start since losing their first five games of the 1989-90 season. ... Auburn lost 77-62 in the season opener at Tulane on Friday. ... Kennesaw State and Auburn have never met. ... Kennesaw State plays in the Atlantic Sun Conference. ... Auburn is 26-17 against teams from the Atlantic Sun. Kennesaw State swept conference opponent Gardner-Webb last season. Garnder-Webb beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Wednesday. ... Kennesaw State finished last season 13-18 and 9-9 in conference play.

Ross Dellenger, DAILY Sports Writer

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