An encore would be nice for Wake Forest, but the Demon Deacons won't put too much emphasis on their first result. Next comes a Friday night game against visiting Longwood in Winston-Salem, N.C. "I think it was a little bit of a sense of relief that we got here," first-year coach Steve Forbes said of launching the season.
Marquette didn't seem to miss the school's all-time leading scorer in the opener against Arkansas Pine-Bluff on Wednesday. Markus Howard averaged a nation-best 27.8 points last season, but Marquette (1-0) didn't seem to care that the sharpshooter graduated, jumping to a 50-18 halftime advantage Wednesday and cruising to a 99-57 home victory. Six players scored in double figures, led by 6-foot-11 freshman Dawson Garcia, a McDonald's All-American who finished with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Oregon State is hoping newcomer Warith Alatishe's second impression is as good as his first when the Beavers host Northwest University of Washington in a nonconference game Friday afternoon. The clubs were supposed to meet on Wednesday on the first day of a four-team, two-day event, but the schedule had to be reworked when Colorado State was forced to withdraw because of COVID-19 issues. Instead, Northwest made its season debut Thursday in an 86-61 loss to California (1-1) on Oregon State's home court in Corvallis, Ore.