Davis’ 27 points not enough as Tulane falls to Georgia Tech

ATLANTA — Kammeon Holsey, who didn’t start because of an ankle injury, scored 18 points and Georgia Tech opened its season by beating Tulane 79-61 on Friday night.

Georgia Tech opened its new McCamish Pavilion, built on the site of the Yellow Jackets’ old Alexander-Memorial Coliseum.

Josh Davis led Tulane (0-1) with a career-high 27 points. Ricky Tarrant had 18.

Holsey, a junior forward, came off the bench less than 5 minutes into the game and immediately assumed a lead scoring role for Georgia Tech (1-0), which returns all five starters.

Brian Gregory opened his second season as Georgia Tech’s coach by starting freshmen forwards Marcus Georges-Hunt, who had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Robert Carter, Jr., who had nine points and seven rebounds. Another freshman, Chris Bolden, made two 3-pointers and had 10 points.

McNEESE STATE 72, LOUISIANA COLLEGE 54: In Lake Charles, Dontae Cannon led four McNeese State players in double-figures with 21 points — one short of his career-high — as the Cowboys picked up a win in their season opener.

Cannon, a preseason all-Southland Conference selection, knocked down 8 of 12 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free-throw line as McNeese sank 52.6 percent (30 for 57) from the field for the game.

Jeremie Mitchell added 14 points, Adrian Fields 11 and Kevin Hardy 10, including two second-half dunks.

Romanaski Williams led LC with 12 points.

Women

No. 25 DePAUL 87, NICHOLLS STATE 57: In Chicago, KK Babin led four Colonels in double figures, finishing with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting, while Alisha Allen added 12 points and LiAnn McCarthy and Jenny Nash tacked on 10 each in the Maggie Dixon Classic.

Nicholls (0-1) will continue play Saturday at 5 p.m. against Mississippi Valley, which lost to Dayton, 93-59.

Early on, Babin scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers, with her second tying the game at 12-all.

Allen scoredto tie the game at 14, but DePaul answered with a 10-0 run before extending its lead to 32-18 on a Brittany Hrykno 3-pointer. DePaul led 48-27 at halftime.

In the second half, McCarthy drained back-to-back 3-pointers, making the score 49-37. But Nicholls never got any closer.

Hrykno led all scorers with 18 points and added six assists.

Ole Miss 95, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 85: In Oxford, Miss., Southeastern Louisiana guard Elizabeth Styles scored a career-high 21 points to lead four Lady Lions in double figures, but Ole Miss thwarted Southeastern’s upset bid.

Southeastern (0-1) was led by Diara Moore’s game-high 25 points.

Southeastern head coach Lori Davis Jones was pleased with his team’s effort, but also saw areas that needed work.

“This was a starting point for us and we immediately see some positive things, but also some areas we must improve on,” Jones said.

STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 80, UL-MONROE 55: In Nacogdoches, Texas, four Ladyjacks scored in double figures, led by 17 points from Kali Jerrell, as SFA won its fifth straight in the all-time series with ULM.

Jasmine Shaw led the way for ULM (0-1) with 12 points.

At halftime, ULM led 33-29, but the Ladyjacks used a 15-10 run to grab a 44-39 lead on a three-point play from Porsha Roberts at the 13-minute mark.

Antoinette Carter finished another three-point play to extend SFA’s lead 54-46 with 10:40 to play, and two Ladyjack free throws pushed the lead to double-digits.

The Warhawk deficit ballooned to 63-46 with 8:35 remaining.