EASTON, Pa. -- Akeem Johnson scored 15 points and Jalen Cannon (13 points, 13 rebounds) recorded a double-double in St. Francis' (N.Y.) 76-65 win over Lafayette on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
St. Francis led 32-24 at halftime and shot 59.3 percent (16 of 27) from the field in the second half to pull away.
Lafayette made 17-of-30 shots in the second half but could not recover from an 8-for-26 showing in the first half.
The Terriers shot 27.8 percent (5 of 18) from 3-point range and forced 14 Lafayette turnovers in the win.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.
College basketball fans should be excited about next season's Jimmy V Classic, an event that will feature Duke's heralded freshman class.