Bowling Green, Ky. Freshman guard Patrick Sparks had 16 points and nine assists as No. 21 Western Kentucky defeated Evansville 90-64 Tuesday.
Raynardo Curry also had 16 points and Mike Wells added 14 and some timely 3-point shooting as the Hilltoppers (3-0) outscored Evansville 51-32 in the second half.
Clint Cuffle had 22 points for Evansville (1-1) and Ian Hanavan added 19 while missing only two shots from the field.
The Hilltoppers stretched a seven-point halftime lead to 73-57 with 7:43 left on a layup by Chris Marcus and two free throws and a three-pointer from Mike Wells.
A baby hook in the lane by David Boyden extended the lead to 78-59.
Sparks, who had only four points combined in Western's first two games, shot 4-of-5 from the 3-point line and 5-for-8 overall. The combo guard benefited from passes out of the post from All-America center Chris Marcus, who had only eight points on four shots from the field.
Sparks missed the double-double when Caleb Halcomb, who finished with three points, missed a layup off his lob from half-court.
Evansville came out of halftime aggressively and nearly matched Western basket for basket.
Hanavan cut Western's lead to 53-47 with a layup with 13 minutes left in the game, but free throws from Curry and Filip Videnov pushed the Hilltoppers' lead to 56-47, with less than 12 minutes to go.
No. 9 Iowa 75,
No. 12 Memphis 71
Kansas City, Mo. Luke Recker scored 20 points and Reggie Evans 19 as the Hawkeyes held off the Tigers in the semifinals of the Guardians Classic.
Memphis freshman Dajuan Wagner, who was the high school player of the year last season, scored 26 points.
No. 14 Stanford 81, Southern Utah 63
Stanford, Calif. Casey Jacobsen scored 23 points as Stanford defeated Southern Utah for its 14th consecutive victory in home openers. Curtis Borchardt recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cardinal (2-0), who don't return home until Dec. 15.