John Grant Jr. opened with a 3-pointer, but Christian Turner's go-ahead 3 sparked a 9-2 run and the Bulldogs led 28-8 after scoring 15 straight. Laster scored 10 points and Gardner-Webb led 49-29 at halftime after outscoring the Tigers 32-8 in the paint
Johnson's opening layup sparked an 8-3 run and the Bulldogs pulled away to a 33-point second-half lead on Laster's jumper with seven minutes left.
No. 2 Kansas readies for visit from No. 20 Colorado
Scrubbing all combinations involving two big men in the Kansas basketball lineup would be almost disingenuous to coach Bill Self, because the strategy contradicts presumed roster strengths.
No. 25 Utah State back home, ready for Fresno State
No. 25-ranked Utah State heads home Saturday for its first Mountain West Conference game at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, hosting Fresno State in Logan, Utah.
Battle-tested No. 13 Oregon hosts Hawaii
Coming off a good showing in the Battle 4 Atlantis nonconference tournament in the Bahamas over Thanksgiving week, the Oregon Ducks take the court for a game for the first time in eight days when they host Hawaii on Saturday in Eugene.