LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Eron Harris scored 15 points and Terry Henderson added 14 to lead West Virginia past Marist 87-44 in the first round of the Old Spice Classic on Thursday.
Mountaineers center Aaric Murray came in off the bench in the second half and finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Henderson had all his points in the first half to help West Virginia (1-1) take a 51-19 halftime lead. The Mountaineers made 22 of 39 shots during the opening half, while Marist went 5 for 20.
Marist (1-3) got 10 points from Isaiah Morton. Adam Kemp had six points and nine rebounds.
West Virginia’s margin of victory was the largest at the Old Spice Classic. The previous mark was set in 2010 when Texas A&M beat Iona 74-55.
Juwan Staten converted a pair of free throws midway through the second as West Virginia went up 65-26. Harris’ layup made it 81-36 with four minutes to play.
Henderson had a slam dunk and then hit a 3-pointer as West Virginia took a 24-9 advantage eight minutes before intermission. Harris had a 3-point play, slam and layup to extend the Mountaineers lead to 37-14.
Humphrey finished with 10 points and teammate Jabarie Hinds had 11.
Murray played only 15 minutes Thursday after recently being late to practice.
No. 5 Duke 89
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Seth Curry scored 25 points and Mason Plumlee added 20 points and a career-high-matching 17 rebounds as No. 5 Duke’s starters scored all but two of the Blue Devils’ points in a victory over Minnesota in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Sophomore point guard Quinn Cook had a career-high 17 points for the Blue Devils who extended their regular-season tournament winning streak to 21 games, a run that stretches to the championship game of the 2006 CBE Classic.
Duke (4-0) will face the winner of the first-round game between No. 19 Memphis and VCU in Friday’s semifinals.
Rodney Williams had 16 points for the Golden Gophers (4-1).
No. 13 Missouri 78
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Laurence Bowers scored 19 points, as usual most were in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 13 Missouri beat Stanford in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Bowers, who had 13 points in the second half Thursday, has scored more points after halftime in every game this season for the Tigers (4-0). He came in averaging 15.5 points per game, 14 in the second half.
Missouri will face the winner of the first-round game between No. 2 Louisville and Northern Iowa in Friday's semifinals.
Phil Pressey had 18 points and eight assists for Missouri, which had three field goals over the final 9:10 — all grouped in a 1:57 span starting with 2:12 to play. It didn't matter as the Tigers were 10 of 11 from the free throw line in that stretch.. They were 22 for 25 for the game.