J.J. Redick failed to make a three-pointer and missed two free throws. Other than that, Duke's season opener went about as expected in Durham, N.C.

Despite those shooting anomalies, Redick scored 19 points and Shelden Williams added 17 to help the top-ranked Blue Devils hold off pesky Boston University, 64-47, last night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament Season Tip-Off.

The Terriers took an early lead and held it for nearly 12 minutes, running time off the shot clock on nearly every possession to shorten the game. It worked. Duke averaged 112.5 points in two exhibition games but struggled throughout in the opener for both teams.

* KENTUCKY 67, LIPSCOMB 49: Rajon Rondo scored a career-high 19 points to lead the No. 8 Wildcats, at home, in the second round of the Guardians Classic.

A 23-9 run during the final 10 minutes finally allowed Kentucky (2-0) to put away Lipscomb (1-1) and advance to the tournament semifinals next Monday in Kansas City, Mo. The Wildcats will play either Iowa or Colgate, who will meet in a second-round game.

* IOWA 86, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 41: In Ames, Iowa, Jeff Horner and Greg Brunner each scored 16 points to lead the No. 20 Hawkeyes in the first round of the Guardians Classic.

Iowa advanced to play tonight against Colgate, which beat Utah Valley State, 55-42.


Ann Strother scored 19 points, and Charde Houston added 18 as Connecticut cruised to the semifinals of the women's NIT with an 86-43 win over Indiana State in Storrs, Conn.

The ninth-ranked Huskies (2-0) dominated inside and out to put the game away early. Strother had four of U-Conn.'s seven three-pointers in the first half, including three in a 28-3 run that blew the game open.

Duke's Lee Melchionni, left, drives between Boston University's Brendan Sullivan and Shaun Wynn (20) during the first half of their NIT game.