J.P. Batista scored 23 points, including three straight baskets with the game on the line, and No. 9 Gonzaga beat stubborn Idaho, 69-60, in the season opener for both teams last night in Spokane, Wash.
Gonzaga, riding the highest preseason ranking in its history, extended its home winning streak to 26, the longest in the nation. The Vandals lost their sixth straight against Gonzaga, and have not beaten the Zags since 1998.
Batista shot 10 for 13 from the field and made all three of his free throws. He added nine rebounds. Derek Raivio scored 15 of his 19 in the second half, and Adam Morrison added 15 for Gonzaga.
* FLORIDA 75, SYRACUSE 70: Taurean Green had 23 points and keyed a late second-half run to lead the Gators over the No. 16 Orange in the championship game of the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic at Madison Square Garden.
Florida (4-0) trailed 62-60 with 6 minutes 43 seconds left before it went on a 12-0 run. Green, named MVP of the tournament, had eight points during that span, including a three-pointer with 1:52 left to cap the spurt and give the Gators a 72-62 lead, their biggest of the game.
The defending champion Orange (3-1) were led by Demetrius Nichols, who had a career-high 24 points. He hit five three-pointers and had five rebounds.
* WAKE FOREST 78, TEXAS TECH 73: Justin Gray hit a jumper to force a second overtime and then scored four of his 18 points in the extra session to lift the No. 19 Demon Deacons in the 2K Sports College Hoops consolation game.
Gray sent the game into the second overtime, hitting a 25-footer with 3.7 seconds left to tie it at 66. He also made a tough fall-away baseline jumper with 24 seconds remaining to give Wake Forest (3-1) a 75-70 lead.
After Jarrius Jackson's three-pointer pulled Texas Tech to 75-73, Gray hit two free throws to extend the lead to four. Jackson missed a three-pointer before Trent Strickland's free throw provided the final margin.
* BOSTON COLLEGE 80, DARTMOUTH 61: Craig Smith had 22 points and nine rebounds as the No. 11 Eagles opened their first season in the ACC with a tuneup win against the less-than-formidable Big Green.
Jared Dudley had 12 points and 10 rebounds, Sean Marshall scored 15 and Louis Hinnant 12 for the host Eagles, who received their highest preseason ranking since 1967. BC started the season 20-0 last year and climbed to third in the Associated Press poll.
Boston College scored 12 consecutive points to break a 5-5 tie and Dartmouth never got closer than six points after that.
Smith, BC's first preseason all-America selection ever, was 10 for 11 from the line. Marshall was 3 for 6 from three-point range as the Eagles chucked up 21 attempts from beyond the arc.
* VILLANOVA 78, STONY BROOK 35: Randy Foye scored 21 points and Allan Ray added 16, leading the No. 5 Wildcats to a season-opening victory at home. Mike Nardi scored 13 points for Villanova, which out-rebounded the Seawolves 46-22 and forced 18 turnovers.
Marcus Cox, Bobby Santiago and Tre Cunningham each had seven points for Stony Brook, which shot 16 for 50 and 1 for 11 from the foul line. The loss spoiled the head coaching debut of former George Washington assistant Steve Pikiell.
* INDIANA 99, NICHOLLS STATE 65: Marco Killingsworth had 28 points and 13 rebounds in his Hoosiers debut, and Marshall Strickland added a career-high 25 points to lead No. 23 Indiana at home.
Killingsworth, a fifth-year senior, sat out last season after transferring from Auburn.
Indiana won its eighth straight season opener despite playing without starters A.J. Ratliff and D.J. White. Ratliff is out with a broken right thumb, and White has a broken left foot.
* ILLINOIS 90, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 65: Dee Brown scored 19 points and James Augustine had 18 and 14 rebounds to power the No. 17 Illini at home.
The only two starters remaining from last year's national runner-up carried an often sloppy offense and overcame a stellar performance from Champaign, Ill., native Steve Holdren, who scored 28 points for the Jackrabbits.