Huskies no match for No. 11 Aubrun

AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn Tigers gave a sellout crowd plenty to cheer, from a huge early lead over a ranked nonconference team, to the return of Austin Wiley to the court, to a lopsided victory.

Chuma Okeke had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Samir Doughty scored 18 to lead No. 11 Auburn to an 88-66 victory over No. 25 Washington on Friday night.

The Tigers (2-0) raced to an 18-point halftime lead and pushed it to 30 in their first home win over a ranked nonconference team in nearly 48 years.

“Historic night at Auburn Arena,” Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. “SEC vs. Pac-12. Washington’s a really good team.”

Not nearly good enough this time against a team that coasted, even with two of its stars having off shooting nights.

Jared Harper and Bryce Brown both scored 13 points for the Tigers despite going a combined 6 of 22 from the floor. Harper also had five assists.

Wiley, the 6-foot-11 center and former prized recruit, saw his first action in more than a season, scoring five points in 13 minutes. Wiley, who was forced to sit out last season as part of a federal probe into corruption in college basketball, missed the opener with a left foot injury. He entered with 16:56 left in the first half to a huge ovation at Auburn Arena.

Jaylen Nowell had 16 points for Washington on 7-of-9 shooting. Nahziah Carter also scored 16 off the bench.

“Auburn’s a great team,” Washington coach Mike Hopkins said. “They’re very aggressive. It’s like the Fourth of July. The environment’s great. What a great college basketball environment.

Also Friday:

No. 21 UCLA 91, Long Beach St. 80: LOS ANGELES — Moses Brown had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and UCLA pulled away in the second half. It was the freshman’s second straight double-double for the Bruins (2-0). Kris Wilkes added 17 points.

Stanford 72, UNC Wilmington 59: WILMINGTON, N.C. — Sophomore K.Z. Okpala had 23 points and Stanford scored 17 unanswered first-half points to take control of the game. Cormac Ryan added 14 for the Cardinal (2-0), who trailed by eight but held the Seahawks without a basket for the final 7½ minutes before halftime to take a 39-25 lead at the break.

Arizona St. 80, McNeese St. 52: TEMPE, Ariz. — Freshman guard Luguentz Dort scored 25 points to lead Arizona State. Dort followed up his 28-point college debut on Tuesday with another big offensive performance. Senior Zylan Cheatham added 16 points and 12 rebounds and Kimani Lawrence scored 16 for the Sun Devils (2-0).

No. 2 Kentucky 71, Southern Illinois 59: LEXINGTON, Ky. — Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley each scored 15 points, Nick Richards grabbed 19 rebounds and Kentucky rallied in the second half for the win. The Wildcats (1-1) bounced back from Tuesday night’s 118-84 shellacking by No. 4 Duke, but had to work hard in the second half to overcome the veteran Salukis.

No. 8 North Carolina 116, Elon 67: ELON, N.C. — Cameron Johnson and freshman Nassir Little scored 21 points apiece in North Carolina’s (2-0) rout.

No. 12 Kansas St. 56, Kennesaw St. 41: MANHATTAN, Kan. — Barry Brown and Makol Mawien each scored 15 points, Dean Waded added 13 and Kansas State (1-0) stumbled through a season-opening win. The Wildcats won their 24th consecutive non-conference game at Bramlage Coliseum despite playing without Xavier Sneed, who tweaked an ankle in practice Thursday and coach Bruce Weber held him out as a precaution.

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