GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Egor Koulechov scored 34 points, hitting 6 of 9 3-pointers in his Florida debut, to lead the eighth-ranked Gators to a 116-74 victory against Gardner-Webb in the team’s season opener Monday night.

Koulechov, a graduate transfer from Rice, broke the school record for points in a debut. Tom Baxley held the previous mark, scoring 32 points against Rick Barry and Miami in 1962. Florida ended up losing that game after Baxley fouled out in overtime.

Koulechov and the Gators had no issues against Gardner-Webb (0-2). Koulechov added five rebounds and five assists.

(12) CINCINNATI 102, WESTERN CAROLINA 51: Sophomore Jarron Cumberland scored 20 points for the second time in his career, and Cincinnati’s full-court pressure forced 22 turnovers as the 12th-ranked Bearcats (2-0) pulled away to a victory over the Catamounts (0-2) in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

(13) NOTRE DAME 88, MOUNT ST. MARY’S 62: Bonzie Colson had 27 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks while the Irish (2-0) shook off a choppy opening half to roll past the Mountaineers (0-2) in South Bend, Indiana.

(15) MINNESOTA 86, PROVIDENCE 74: Jordan Murphy had 23 points and 14 rebounds, and the Gophers (2-0) outlasted the Friars (1-1) in Providence, Rhode Island.

(20) NORTHWESTERN 75, ST. PETERS 66: Bryant McIntosh scored 10 of his 17 points in the second half, and the Wildcats (2-0) held off the Peacocks (0-2) in Rosemont, Illinois.

(25) BAYLOR 70, TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI 46: Manu Lecomte scored 23 points and the Bears (2-0) pulled away from the Islanders (1-1) in Waco, Texas.

POLL: Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ first regular-season poll of 2017-18.

The Blue Devils were No. 1 in the preseason poll and received 34 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in the AP Top 25 after winning their first two games.

No. 2 Michigan State received 13 first-place votes, No. 3 Arizona got 16, and No. 4 Kansas had 2. Duke got 33 first-place votes in the preseason poll.

OLD DOMINION: Former Old Dominion and Fayetteville State coach Jeff Capel Jr. has died, less than two years after being diagnosed with ALS.


(4) SOUTH CAROLINA 94, (15) MARYLAND 86: A’ja Wilson had a career-high 32 points and 12 rebounds, and the defending NCAA champion Gamecocks (2-0) withstood a late charge by the Terrapins (1-1) to escape with a victory in College Park, Maryland.

POLL: UConn continued its run at No. 1 in The Associated Press poll.

The Huskies (1-0) routed then-No. 10 Stanford in the season opener Sunday. UConn once again received all 32 votes from the national media panel.

UConn was followed by Texas, Baylor, South Carolina and Louisville.


ARKANSAS: Quarterback Cole Kelley has been suspended indefinitely following his weekend arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and won’t play Saturday when the Razorbacks host Mississippi State.

WYOMING: Quarterback Josh Allen, who has been viewed as a possible high NFL draft pick next year, injured his right shoulder during the Cowboys’ win over Air Force on Saturday.