SPOKANE, Wash. — Brandon Paul scored 35 points to lead No. 13 Illinois over No. 10 Gonzaga 85-74 on Saturday in a matchup of unbeaten teams.
Tracy Abrams added 14 points for Illinois (10-0) and new coach John Groce is off to the best debut for an Illinois coach in the team’s modern history.
Kelly Olynyk scored 16 points to lead Gonzaga (9-1).
Myke Henry’s basket gave Illinois its first lead of the game at 44-43 in the opening seconds of the second half, and the Illini pushed that to 54-49 by making all five of their field goals to open the half.
Henry’s 3-pointer gave Illinois a 59-51 lead. Two baskets by Przemek Karnowski cut Illinois’ lead to 61-58.
But shooting woes hurt Gonzaga in the second half, and D.J. Richardson’s 3-pointer gave the Illini a 68-59 lead.
Also on Saturday:
No. 1 Indiana 100
Central Conn. State 69
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Christian Watford scored 21 points and Cody Zeller had 19 points and a career-high 19 rebounds as the Hoosiers (9-0) used suffocating defense to win easily.
No. 2 Duke 90
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Seth Curry scored 23 points, big men Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly had double-doubles and Duke got the win at the Izod Center. Plumlee finished with 16 points and 14 rebounds, while Kelly had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Duke (9-0).
No. 3 Michigan 80
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jordan Morgan scored a season-high 12 points and matched a season high with 10 rebounds to help Michigan (9-0) remain undefeated.
No. 4 Syracuse 108
Monmouth (N.J.) 56
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Michael-Carter Williams had 15 points and a career-high 16 assists, C.J. Fair finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Syracuse (8-0) rolled.
No. 5 Louisville 99
Missouri-Kansas City 47
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith scored a career-high 31 points, powering Louisville (8-1) to the easy victory.
No. 7 Ohio State 89
Long Beach State 55
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Deshaun Thomas had 18 points, including a 3-pointer in an 11-point run in the first half, and Ohio State (6-1) cruised.
No. 8 Arizona 66
CLEMSON, S.C. — Mark Lyons scored 20 points and Arizona used a late second-half run to improve to 7-0 for the first time in 14 years.
No. 9 Kansas 90
LAWRENCE, Kan. — Ben McLemore scored 24 points, Kevin Young added 16 points and eight rebounds and Kansas (7-1) routed former Big 12 member Colorado.
No. 11 Cincinnati 92
Maryland-Eastern Shore 60
CINCINNATI — Cashmere Wright set a career high with six 3-pointers, and Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half, keeping Cincinnati (9-0) unbeaten.
No. 12 Missouri 68
Tennessee State 38
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Stefan Jankovic scored all 14 of his points in the second half, helping Missouri (8-1) overcome a sloppy start.
No. 14 Minnesota 71
Southern California 57
LOS ANGELES — Andre Hollins scored 14 points and Minnesota defeated Southern California, giving coach Tubby Smith his 500th career victory.
No. 15 Georgetown 46
WASHINGTON — Georgetown held Towson scoreless over the final 4½ minutes, and the Hoyas (7-1) won their second home clankfest in a row, recovering from a 17-point first half.
No. 18 New Mexico 65
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Alex Kirk scored 11 of his 12 points in the second half and New Mexico (10-0) overcame a sluggish start.
No. 19 Michigan State 73
Loyola of Chicago 61
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Gary Harris scored 20 points and the Spartans (8-2) pulled away in the second half.
No. 20 North Carolina 78
East Tennessee State 55
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Leslie McDonald scored 14 points and North Carolina (7-2) held East Tennessee State to 12 points in the first half.
No. 22 Notre Dame 84
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Freshman Cameron Bied- scheid had a career-high 17 points to lift Notre Dame (8-1) to the win.
No. 23 Oklahoma State 62 Missouri State 42
STILLWATER, Okla. — Markel Brown scored 15 points, Michael Cobbins and Le’Bryan Nash added 10 apiece and the Cowboys (7-1) beat the Bears.
No. 24 Wichita State 80
Northern Colorado 54
WICHITA, Kan. — Cleanthony Early scored 16 points and Wichita State (9-0) got off to a fast start on its way to an easy win.
No. 25 N.C. State 80
Cleveland State 63
RALEIGH, N.C. — Richard Howell had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wolfpack (6-2) beat the Vikings in their annual return to Reynolds Coliseum.
SEATTLE — Deonte Burton scored 29 points and had a career-high six steals to help Nevada (5-4) beat Washington. C.J. Wilcox scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Washington (4-4).
Arizona State 87
CS Northridge 76
TEMPE, Ariz. — Jordan Bachynski had a school-record 12 blocked shots en route to the first triple-double in Arizona State history. Bachynski finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Sun Devils (8-1).
HOUSTON — Jordan Adams scored 18 points and UCLA (6-3) closed the game on a 13-2 run to defeat Texas.
PROVO, Utah — Matt Carlino scored 19 points to rally BYU past Utah. Jordan Loveridge scored 14 points for the Utes (6-3), who have lost 11 of the past 12 games in the series.