While Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was celebrating his 65th birthday . . .
AROUND THE PAC-10
– Senior guard Dwight Lewis scored 22 points and USC beat UC Riverside 77-67 in new coach Kevin O’Neill’s debut with the Trojans.
– There has been an Eric Boating sighting in Tempe. The senior center had 21 points and 12 rebounds, leading Arizona State (3-0) to a 52-49 win over Texas Christian.
– Washington State signed Faisal Aiden, a 6-4 shooting guard from Hillsborough CC in Tampa, Fla. Aiden, who averaged 20.4 ppg last season as a freshman ar Hillsborough, was born in Somalia, grew up in San Diego, then played high school ball in Texas. He originally committed to New Mexico State in January 2008, but wound up at the JC instead.
THE NATIONAL SCENE
– No. 1 Kansas (1-0) opened its season and closed out ESPN’s 24 hours of basketball with a 57-55 win over Memphis. All-America center Cole Aldrich had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots, and the Jayhawks needed every bit of it to survive . . . No. 2 Michigan State (2-0) came from 13 points behind to get past Gonzaga (1-1), led by 40 points from its backcourt of Durrell Summers (21) and Kalin Lucas (19) . . . No. 10 Tennessee (2-0) made 16 3-pointers and forced 29 turnovers in a 124-49 harpooning of UNC-Asheville . . . In the night’s ugliest game, No. 19 Georgetown (2-0) beat Temple 46-45 despite having more turnovers (16) than baskets (15) . . . Four nights after scoring 51 points, Rotnei Clarke managed just 16 for Arkansas, which lost 96-66 to No. 20 Louisville (1-0) . . . You didn’t think Duke (3-0) was going to lose to Charlotte, did you? Nah. The Blue Devils breezed 101-59, led by a career-high 24 points from Nolan Smith.
– De La Salle HS grad Kyle Roemer scored 18 points, but Colgate stayed winless after a 65-55 loss to Yale . . . One-time St. Mary’s HS-Berkeley star Larry Gurganious had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for UC Riverside in its loss to USC . . . Oakland HS grad Damian Lillard scored 16 points in Weber State’s 68-57 loss to UC Santa Barbara.