WINSTON-SALEM — Devin Thomas scored 23 points and Wake Forest overcame a stern test from Colgate to win its season opener 89-78 on Friday night.
Thomas added six rebounds and Codi Miller-McIntyre added 21 points for the Deacons.
Colgate kept pace for the first 30 minutes and led by as many as eight in the early stages of the second half before sophomore guard Miller-McIntyre took control.
He scored 14 consecutive points for the Deacons, and the defense held the Raiders without a field goal for more than five minutes. Miller-McIntyre punctuated a 19-4 run with two free throws to give his team a 62-55 lead it would not relinquish.
Pat Moore led Colgate with 17 points.
Clemson 71, Stetson 51: K.J. McDaniels scored 20 and Clemson used a 33-5 first-half run to put away visiting Stetson.
McDaniels scored his team’s first 11 points, and the Tigers used a 33-5 run the last 15 minutes of the opening half to lead 46-15 at the break. Stetson rallied in the second half, cutting Clemson’s lead to 65-49 in the final two minutes. But McDaniels connected on his fourth and final 3-pointer on the Tigers next trip down court to surpass his previous best of 17 points, which he last reached this past season against Virginia Tech.
McDaniels also had seven rebounds, tying Josh Smith for the team lead.
Aaron Graham led the Hatters with 11 points, all but one in the opening half.
Point guard Rod Hall added 11 points and Damarcus Harris 10 for the Tigers.
No. 18 Connecticut 78, Maryland 77: Shabazz Napier scored 18, Niels Giffey had 13 and UConn survived Maryland’s second-half surge in New York. The Huskies nearly blew a 17-point lead over the final minutes at Barclays Center in the season opener for both teams.
Maryland’s Nick Faust scored five straight points on a layup and 3-pointer to bring the Terps within two with 2:28 left.
Tyler Olander drilled a 3 for UConn with 2 minutes left to make it 78-73. Napier was whistled for his fifth foul and Dez Wells made two free throws to cut it to 78-75. Wells hit a jumper out of a Maryland timeout and it was a one-point game.
UConn twice missed the front end of 1-and-1s but Maryland misfired from the floor on two potential go-ahead shots.
No. 24 Virginia 61, James Madison 41: Anthony Gill scored 13 in his Virginia debut and the Cavaliers held James Madison scoreless for nearly 7 minutes in the first half at home. Mike Tobey added 10 points and Malcolm Brogdon had nine for the Cavaliers.
Gill, a transfer from South Carolina, shot 5 for 5 from the field. Brogdon, who missed last season after foot surgery, made three 3-pointers in the first half as the Cavaliers built a 19-point cushion.