LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Archie Goodwin scored a career-high 28 points, and Alex Poythress added 20 to help No. 8 Kentucky rally past stubborn Morehead State, 81-70 on Wednesday night.
Their biggest contributions came at the foul line as the much-hyped freshmen combined to convert 20 of 25 free throws to help the Wildcats (3-1) fight back several times against the Eagles (3-2) before steadily pulling away in the second half.
Julius Mays added 11 points, and freshmen forward Nerlens Noel and Kyle Wiltjer each had nine. Noel also had 11 rebounds and three blocks.
Milton Chavis scored 23 points for Morehead State, which had runs of 16-0 in the first half and 11-4 to start the second. Maurice Lewis-Briggs added 13 points, and Drew Kelly had 10.
The Eagles committed 32 fouls, while the Wildcats - 31 of 41 from the line - had 12.
No. 4 MICHIGAN 67, PITTSBURGH 62
NEW YORK (AP) - Trey Burke scored 17 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. had 16 points and Michigan shut down Pittsburgh defensively in the second half to reach the championship of the NIT Season Tipoff.
Pittsburgh's Tray Woodall made a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to make it a one-possession game, and Pittsburgh (4-1) pressed after a timeout. But Michigan (4-0) made eight straight free throws to close it out.
James Robinson made a layup and was fouled with 3.5 seconds left, but missed the free throw and Michigan had the arrow for a jump ball that followed on the rebound. Pittsburgh fouled on the inbounds and Burke made the free throws.
Lamar Patterson led the Panthers with 14 points.
No. 6 SYRACUSE 73, PRINCETON 53
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - James Southerland scored a career-high 22 points and nabbed five steals, Michael Carter-Williams added 10 points and nine assists, and Syracuse beat Princeton.
Syracuse (3-0) won its 24th straight game in the Carrier Dome and boosted its record to 31-0 against the Ivy League in the Dome. The Orange also has won 35 in a row at home against nonconference foes and six in a row in the series with Princeton (1-3), which lost its third straight.
C.J. Fair had 12 points and Brandon Triche and Rakeem Christmas each had 10 as Christmas matched his career high.
Clay Wilson led Princeton with 15 points, Brandon Connolly had 11, and Ian Hummer had 10.
Syracuse had 19 steals, three off the school record, as the Orange forced the Tigers into 24 turnovers.
No. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 112, CHAMINADE 70
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - James Michael McAdoo scored 18 points to lead five North Carolina players in double figures and the Tar Heels routed Division II Chaminade.
It was the first time this season that the Tar Heels (5-1) have topped the century mark. They put up 62 points in the first half after being held to 18 points in the first half in Tuesday's loss to Butler.
Tournament host Chaminade (3-3) scored consecutive baskets just three times.
North Carolina (5-1) flies home Thursday before facing top-ranked Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge next week.
No. 25 SAN DIEGO STATE 79, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 43
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jamaal Franklin had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Chase Tapley added 15 points to lead San Diego State to a victory against cold-shooting Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Freshman Skylar Spencer had 12 points while DeShawn Stephens added 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Aztecs (3-1), whose schedule gets tougher. They play at Southern California on Sunday night and then face No. 11 UCLA for the first time since 1991, in the Wooden Classic at Anaheim on Dec. 1.
This was the fourth of 11 straight away games for the Golden Lions (1-3) to start the season. They don't play a home game until January, when they start conference play.
San Diego State led 36-14 at halftime. It was the fewest points the Aztecs allowed in the opening 20 minutes since holding Wyoming to 13 on Jan. 19, 2008.