Saturday, January 16, 2010
Leading Mr. Basketball candidate Josh Sewell was named the L.J. Butch Charmoli Most Valuable Player Award Winner, his third Most Valuable Player award winner. He finished with 22 points.
Trinity became the first team to claim the King of the Bluegrass, Republic Bank Holiday Classic and Louisville Invitational Tournament championship in the same year. Trinity claimed the 2009 Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass on Dec. 22, 2009 with a 59-42 win over Seneca. The Rocks won the 2009 Republic Bank Holiday Classic after a 60-58 overtime win against host Lexington Catholic on Dec. 30, 2009. The Shamrocks are the only team in history to reach the finals of all three tournaments in the same year, accomplishing the feat in 2004-2005 as well as this year. Trinity won the Republic Bank Holiday Classic (then the Fifth Third Bank Classic) and Louisville Invitational Tournament but suffered a loss in the finals of the King of the Bluegrass.
Recap by Robert Sampson, Trinity SID
SE Missouri 63
Final from Richmond, Kentucky
Game recap from Associated Press:
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Josh Taylor scored 19 points and Eastern Kentucky defeated Southeast Missouri 79-63 on Saturday night.
The Colonels (13-6, 6-5 Ohio Valley Conference) scored 22 points off 10 turnovers by Southeast Missouri in their 18th straight win at home. Eastern Kentucky broke its home winning-streak record set twice, in 1987-88 and 1990-91. It's tied for the eighth-longest active streak in the country.
The Colonels never trailed and led by as many as 23 four times - the latest on Spencer Perrin's layup with 3:42 to play.
Josh Daniel scored 16 points and Papa Oppong added 10 for Eastern Kentucky, which won for the fifth time out of its last six.
The Colonels shot 55.6 percent from the field (30 of 54) and had 20 assists, compared to nine turnovers.
Derek Thompson scored 19 for the Redhawks (5-13, 2-6), Sam Pearson added 12 and Anthony Allison had eight assists.
LA CENTER, KY - The 2010 Ballard Memorial High School boys’ basketball teams and staff will sponsor a recreational basketball league from Jan. 25 to Feb. 20 for boys in kindergarten through sixth grade. There will be eight games, with an emphasis on team play (all players will play for equal time).
Cost is $45 for first child and $40 for each additional child. The fee includes games played on Saturdays, individual instruction on basic basketball skills, and a reversible kelly green/white jersey.
Forms should be completed and returned to your child’s school secretary by Jan. 22. For more information, please contact Coach Trina Middleton at 270-665-8400, ext. 2527, or email email@example.com or Coach Nick Chaykowsky at 270-665-8400, ext. 2533, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern Illinois 51
Final from Morehead, Kentucky
Game recap by Morehead State:
MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State men’s basketball won its eighth straight game, knocking off Eastern Illinois, 73-51 Saturday afternoon in an Ohio Valley Conference game at Johnson Arena.
It marks the first time since the 2002-03 season that the Eagles have won eight consecutive games. Morehead State improved to 12-6 overall and 7-1 in the OVC, where it has won six straight. It also was the second straight game the Eagles established a large lead in the first half taking a 40-27 lead at the intermission.
Kenneth Faried tallied his 12th double-double of the season, scoring a game-high 22 points and 15 rebounds. Maze Stallworth drilled a season-high five 3-pointers to finish with 15, Steve Peterson and Sam Goodman each tallied 10, the second straight game Goodman, a newcomer this season, tallied double digits. Brandon Shingles tallied eight assists.
Tied at four early in the first half, the Eagles opened a big lead with a six-minute, 16-2 run that was the result of a trio of triples from Stallworth. An intentional foul by James Hollowell on a made lay-up resulted in a made free throw for Faried and the ball out of bounds. Harper swished a 3-pointer for a six-point trip down the floor that gave MSU its biggest lead of the half at 17. EIU whittled the first half lead down to nine following a 3-pointer for Curry McKinney, but a pair of 3-pointers, one by Stallworth and one by Hill at the buzzer, gave the Eagles a 13-point advantage heading into the locker room.
“Maze made two threes from the left corner in the first half and really ignited our team,” MSU coach Donnie Tyndall said. “Brandon Shingles makes his teammates better. He has been very good, especially in the last half of the season.”
MSU opened the second half with eight unanswered points, holding the Panthers scoreless for four and a half minutes, opening up a 21-point lead. After trading buckets for the next eight minutes, EIU used a jumper by Shaun Pratl and a pair of freebies from Hollowell to cut the Eagle advantage to 13. That was as close as it got down the stretch however.
Morehead State held EIU to just one player in double-figure scoring. Pratl tallied 15 points. Tyler Laser, a preseason All-OVC selection and the 10th leading scorer in the league was held to eight points, but he dished out five assists. Jeremy Granger pulled down six rebounds for the Panthers, who were outrebounded by 13. Both teams shot 43.9 percent from the field.
“We’re getting better defensively, but we still let them shoot 43 percent. Forty percent is our goal, so it was a little high than we like to see,” Tyndall said.
Final from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Game recap by Associated Press:
PITTSBURGH -- Only Christian Laettner has made Rick Pitino feel so bad after a loss.
Nasir Robinson scored a career-high 26 points, Brad Wanamaker scored 20 and Pittsburgh (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) staged a frantic rally in the final minute of regulation to force overtime, then held off Louisville for an 82-77 victory Saturday that ran its winning streak to eight games.
Pitt (15-2, 5-0 Big East) won its 31st straight at the Petersen Events Center -- the second-longest streak in major college basketball to Kansas' 52 -- despite trailing most of the second half against the confident Cardinals.
The Panthers are 125-10 at their on-campus arena, but Louisville -- the only opponent there with more than one victory -- had won its previous two in Pittsburgh in 2007 and 2008.
This one hurt, too, as the Cardinals (12-6, 3-2) wasted Samardo Samuels' 25 points, six-point leads in each half and a 68-63 lead with 34 seconds remaining, mostly because they couldn't make free throws. They were 1 of 5 at the line in the final minute and 10 of 17 overall after going 39 of 45 during an 92-84 loss to Villanova on Monday.
Pitino could recall only one tougher-to-take loss -- his Kentucky Wildcats' 104-103 overtime defeat to Duke on Laettner's catch-and-shoot play in a 1992 NCAA regional final that is considered one of college basketball's greatest games.
"Outside of Duke and Christian Laettner, this is the worst loss I've experienced, watching a team play so well and put itself in a position to win," Pitino said.
Complete Recap and Box Score
The following article adds that Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be in attendance to observe Knight on Monday.
Here is an excerpt of an article from DaytonDailyNews.com:
With a 3-pointer late in the first quarter, Knight collected his 3,000th career point, a major milestone for the player recruited by all of the nation’s major programs (rumor is that Kentucky coach John Calipari will be here himself on Monday when Pine Crest faces Jefferson).
To put that in perspective, the state record in Ohio is 3,208, held by current Ohio State junior Jon Diebler, who played his prep career at Upper Sandusky. The previous record had been the 2,958 scored by Jay Burson at New Concord John Glenn from 1981-85.
Lee must have thought that he would never be faced with that level of tragedy on the basketball court again, but unfortunately he had to witness a similar occurrence again. Lee was coaching Wesleyan Thursday night when the arena fell silent after a loud thud with four minutes remaining in the game. Southern Indiana big man Jeron Lewis fell hard to the floor and later died tragically due to complications from a heart condition.
"When I saw Jeron's legs shaking, I realized those were convulsions just like I saw with Hank. I knew it wouldn't be good," said Lee, who was an assistant at Loyola Marymount two decades go.
Lewis' death sent a dampening shockwave throughout the college basketball world heading into the weekend. It is one of those tragic events that one hopes to never witness and one that can never be forgotten. Kentucky Wesleyan head coach Todd Lee has witnessed it twice and he will never forget.
Source for Quotes
Senior Mr. Basketball candidate Josh Sewell had a game high 28 points, equaling his season high, to lead the Shamrocks. Sewell was playing in his 100th career game.
Trinity will face Eastern in the championship game of the Louisville Invitational Tournament at 8pm tonight at Bellarmine’s Knights Hall.
The Shamrocks advance to the finals of the tournament for the second time in program history. Trinity beat Jeffersontown in the finals of the 2005 event.
Trinity is looking to become the first team to claim the King of the Bluegrass, Republic Bank Holiday Classic and Louisville Invitational Tournament championship in the same year. Trinity claimed the 2009 Canfield Development King of the Bluegrass on Dec. 22, 2009 with a 59-42 win over Seneca. The Rocks won the 2009 Republic Bank Holiday Classic after a 60-58 overtime win against host Lexington Catholic on Dec. 30, 2009. The Shamrocks are the only team in history to reach the finals of all three tournaments in the same year, accomplishing the feat in 2004-2005. Trinity won the Republic Bank Holiday Classic (then the Fifth Third Bank Classic) and Louisville Invitational Tournament but suffered a loss in the finals of the King of the Bluegrass.
After trailing 35-27 at the half, Trinity scored 12 of the first 15 points of the second half to tie the game at 38. After the 38-38 tie, neither team could pull ahead by more than five points before the contest went to overtime.
In the overtime, Ballard opened with a three-pointer by DeVante Parker before the Shamrocks reeled off six straight points by Charles Foster. After taking the lead at 61-60, they Rocks never trailed again.
Article by Robert Sampson, Trinity SID
Final from Jackson, Mississippi
Game recap by Centre College:
In Centre's first road game since Sunday, Dec. 6, the Colonels fell short to Millsaps College, 53-52, on Friday, Jan. 15 in Jackson, Miss. The Colonels dropped to 8-5 on the season and 4-2 in the conference with the loss.
Freshman guard Bryon Ellis (Russell Springs, Ky.) hit a three point basket to give Centre the early 3-0 advantage. The Colonels would hold onto the lead until the 13:37 mark in the first half, when the Majors took over and would build up a double digit lead.
Millsaps would go up by as many as 17 points in the first half and took the 30-15 lead into halftime.
Centre went into the break shooting 28% from the field and 75% from the free throw line. The Majors went 12-24 in the first half from the field and connected on all five of their free throw attempts.
The Colonels continued to cut into the lead during the start of the second half. Ellis would hit a three point basket with 15:05 to go in the game to cut the Millsaps lead down to five points with the score being 31-26.
Millsaps got the lead back up to 10 before the Colonels were able to get the lead down to three points on a three point basket from senior Danny Noll (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) to make the score 46-43 with 4:44 remaining in the game.
The Majors would go up by six points with 3:37 to go in the second half. Centre would chip away at Millsaps lead and would tie the game at 52-52 with six seconds to go in the game after junior Alex Lloyd (Versailles, Ky.) made a layup.
Noll would foul the Majors Blake Martinez with two seconds remaining in the game. Martinez would hit his first of two free throws, but ended up missing the second free throw. Centre was able to rebound on the Martinez miss and call a timeout.
Sophomore Jeff Mullaney (Louisville, Ky.) attempted a three point basket as time expired, but was unable to connect as Millsaps went on to win the game 53-52.
Centre shot 36% from the field and hit 8-10 free throws. Millsaps shot 38% from the field and 78% from the free throw line.
Ellis had a career high 18 points for Centre after hitting six three point baskets. Noll pulled in seven rebounds for the Colonels, while Mullaney had four assists.
Martinez led the Majors in scoring with 15 points and Brian Merkel had seven rebounds.
Centre faces Hendrix College next on Sunday, Jan. 17 in Conway, Ark. The game is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.
Here is an excerpt from the University of Kentucky News site:
The University of Kentucky was the first college basketball team to win 2,000 games. Now, UK hopes to be the first to pack its arena for ESPN’s College GameDay.
To accomplish that feat, UK needs your help.
"I know our fans are the greatest in the world,” said Coach John Calipari. “They have proved that to me from the moment I arrived on campus. But College GameDay provides us a platform to show the rest of the nation what makes University of Kentucky basketball so special. I personally invite all of our fans – from across the Commonwealth and beyond – to join me and members of the Big Blue Nation at Rupp Arena to show everyone that the greatest tradition in college basketball is alive and well in Lexington, Kentucky."
Friday, January 15, 2010
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Final from Louisville, Kentucky
Game recap by Bellarmine:
LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine Knights broke open a tight game during the game’s final six minutes to get a 78-67 victory over the visiting Indianapolis Greyhounds in a men’s basketball Great Lakes Valley Conference contest in Knights Hall tonight.
The Knights (10-6, 3-4 GLVC) were led by junior Justin Benedetti, who was held scoreless in the first half but erupted for 22 points in the second period.
The game was close throughout and featured 11 ties and 15 lead changes. Benedetti gave the Knights the lead to stay with a 3-pointer at the 6:25 mark, which started an 11-0 run for Bellarmine.
“The key for us tonight,” said Bellarmine Head Coach Scott Davenport, “was our team trusting each other. They weren’t just getting it to Justin; they were getting it to the open man. It’s such a luxury to coach a smart group of guys.”
Davenport also was pleased with his team’s late game execution. “We did a great job when we opened up the court late in the game,” he said. “We were getting high quality shots.”
Sophomore guard Braydon Hobbs also stepped up his game in the late in the game, contributing with his rebounding, passing and scoring. In the final two minutes, the New Albany native came up with a big offensive rebound then dished it to Luke Sprague for an uncontested jumper. He then followed that with another assist and two free throws to finish the game with 15 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
The Knights leading scorer on the season, Jeremy Kendle, had another solid performance with 13 points. Sprague also hit double digits, totaling 10 points to go along with his team high seven rebounds.
Bellarmine also did a solid job defensively, limiting to UIndy to just 36.8 percent shooting. The Greyhounds actually shot better from the beyond the arc, where they hit 11 of 28 for 39.3 percent. Nate Blank led the visitors posting game highs 23 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late in the contest. The loss drops UIndy to 9-6 overall and 3-3 in the GLVC.
The Knights return to action on Saturday afternoon at home with a 3:15 p.m. scheduled tip against St. Joseph’s.
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The Colonels (12-6, 5-2 OVC) have won 17 straight home games, equaling a McBrayer Arena record, dating back to December 2008. The winning streak is tied for the eighth longest active streak in the nation. EKU won 17 straight home games in McBrayer Arena on two other occasions – 1987-88 and 1990-91.
Southeast Missouri (5-11, 2-4) has dropped four of its last five games under new head coach Dickey Nutt. The Redhawks committed 27 turnovers in an 80-40 loss at Morehead State Thursday night. The 40 points were a season low for Southeast Missouri. Freshman Derek Thompson (10 points) was the lone SEMO player to reach double figures.
Eastern Kentucky leads the all-time series by a slim margin of 18-17. However, the Colonels have won four of the last five meetings against the Redhawks in McBrayer Arena.
Following the Southeast Missouri game, Eastern Kentucky continues its four game homestand Tuesday night in a non-conference contest against Chicago State.
Complete Press Release and Game Preview
Some of the players participating in the January event include Adreian Payne, Brandon Knight, Jelan Kendrick, Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson.
NOTE: 2010 Kentucky recruit Brandon Knight plays for Pine Crest (FL); 2012 Kentucky recruit Michael Avery plays for Montverde Academy (FL)
2010 Flyin' To The Hoop Lineup & Schedule:
Saturday, January 16, 2010
1 11:30 am Marion Franklin (OH) vs. Centennial (GA)
2 1:15 pm Garfield Heights (OH) vs. Winton Woods (OH)
3 3:00 pm Aiken (OH) vs. Miller Grove (GA)
4 4:45 pm Princeton (OH) vs. Pine Crest (FL)
5 6:30 pm Trotwood (OH) vs. Montverde Academy (FL)
6 8:15 pm Findlay Prep (NV) vs. Cleveland Benedictine (OH)
Sunday, January 17, 2010
7 11:30 am Future Academy (NC) vs. Kettering (OH)
8 1:15 pm Huntington Academy (WV) vs. Alter (OH)
9 3:00 pm Cleveland Heights (OH) vs. Roger Bacon (OH)
10 4:45 pm West Jessamine (KY) vs. Centerville (OH)
11 6:30 pm Flora Academy (NC) vs. Thurgood Marshall (OH)
12 8:15 pm Whitney Young (IL) vs. Dunbar (OH)
Monday, January 18, 2010
13 11:30 am Flora Academy (NC) vs. Westerville North (OH)
14 1:15 pm Pine Crest (FL) vs. Jefferson (OH)
15 3:00 pm Wheeler (GA) vs. Lakota East (OH)
16 4:45 pm Centennial (GA) vs. Chaminade Julienne (OH)
17 7:30 pm Miller Grove (GA) vs. Wilmington (OH)
18 8:15 pm Montverde Academy (FL) vs. Wayne (OH)
Players to Watch
Calipari is the master of motivation and he's hoping that UK fans will dig into their pockets and give generously to Haitians in what he's billing Hoops for Haiti.
UK is trying to get NCAA clearance to bring the Wildcats into the studio to help answer telephones.
Calipari is banking on his circle of friends (think LeBron, JayZ) to make Sunday's telethon a success. I'd bet he digs deep into his own wallet to kick things off.
You can watch and give, beginning at noon on Sunday, only on WKYT.
Those are the highlights... Stay tuned.
Friday, January 22nd, 2010 at Morgantown High School, West Virginia
5:00 pm Morgantown (WV) vs. Marion Franklin (OH)
6:30 pm Woodrow Wilson (WV) vs. Chester (PA)
8:00 pm South Charleston (WV) vs. Trenton Catholic (NJ)
9:30 pm Arlington Country Day (FLA) vs. Columbia (GA)
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 at Morgantown High School, WV
8:30 am Mountain State Academy (WV) vs. Oak Ridge Academy (NC)
10:00 am Half Hallows Hills West (NY) vs. Chester (PA)
11:30 am Mt. Lebanon (PA) vs. Quality Education Academy (NC)
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 at WVU Coliseum
5:30 pm South Charleston (WV) vs. Lake Clifton (MD)
7:00 pm Logan (WV) vs. City College (MD)*
8:30 pm Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Columbia (GA)
10:00 pm Westchester (CA)* vs. Rice (NY)
*MD, FLA and CA teams cannot play on Sundays
Daviess County (Ky.) Coroner Bob Howe made that announcement shortly before noon today.
Howe said he found no sign during the autopsy of head trauma from Lewis' fall, but discovered Lewis "had some heart problems."
Howe said the results were preliminary, as further testing still needed to be done.
Break out into an all-too-familiar move to Kentucky hoops fans everywhere: A little fist-pumping move known as the John Wall Dance. So far, he's managed to get it in two episodes of the show.
"I'm a huge Kentucky fan. So when there was a chance to do the John Wall dance, I went into character," said Hopkins, a Kentucky native and son of a former congressman. "Every time anything good happens now, Grayson, my character, does this. I'm trying to get everyone on the show to do it."
His co-star, actress Busy Philipps shoots him a quick look and dramatizes a groan.
"Oh God, he does it all the time on set," she said, laughing.
(6) Pikeville College 57
Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky
Game recap by Pikeville College:
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – No. 21 Campbellsville University opened league play by holding down the home-court advantage and bouncing No. 6 Pikeville College 63-57 Thursday night.
Campbellsville improved to 13-4 on the season with the win, and was the only Mid-South Conference men’s team to win at home on opening night.
Pikeville fell to 12-2 on the season and will need to bounce back quickly; they play host to Lindsey Wilson College Saturday at 4:30. The Raiders opened league play with a 71-58 win at Rio Grande Thursday night.
The game came to a standstill with 14:04 remaining when Pikeville junior Andre Thornton was fouled by Campbellsville junior Leon Hart. The two came up shoving and throwing punches, resulting in the ejection of both for what was termed “flagrant technical fouls.”
At the time the Tigers led 40-38. The two will miss their games on Saturday with the ejections.
Campbellsville had two players lead them to the win. The Tigers were 7-of-27 from the arc, but all seven three’s came from senior point guard T.J. Bishop. Averaging 7.4 points per game, Bishop tossed in 26 points in the win to lead all scorers.
He was helped inside by senior Nestor Colmenares, who finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds. Seven of the rebounds came off the offensive glass to keep the Tigers in possession of the basketball, particularly late in the game when they milked the clock and preserved the lead.
Pikeville was led by senior J.C. Clark, who finished with 23 points and tied for rebounding honors with six for the Bears. Clark was 11-of-12 from the free throw line in the loss.
Senior Anthony Smith followed with 10 points and seven rebounds.
On Tuesday, they performed in Murray, Kentucky to the delight of everyone in attendance. Here is an excerpt from the TheNews.org:
With a whirlwind of basketball feats, comedy acts, acrobatics, dancing, music and a sprinkling of pop culture references, the Harlem Globetrotters entertained the people of Murray Tuesday evening.
Hosting the Harlem Globetrotters in the Regional Special Events Center benefited both the people of Murray and the University, Joseph Santiago, building manager of the RSEC, said.
“We were able to negotiate a rental deal with the Harlem Globetrotters to bring them to Murray State, which both generates revenue for Murray State and in the same breath brings entertainment to Murray,” Santiago said.
The Harlem Globetrotters are currently based out of Phoenix, Ariz., which they have briefly abandoned for their national tour. They last visited Murray two years ago.
“Adults were able to witness the talent these basketball players possess, because the Harlem Globetrotters are not just entertainers but talented athletes,” Santiago said. “The children who came to the show were really able to get into the show, because the show is really geared toward them.”
The Globetrotters will display their great basketball talents Saturday at Freedom Hall in Louisville:
The Harlem Globetrotters will put their forever-and-a-day winning streak and glitzy record of 23,300-plus wins (and counting) against only 345 defeats on the line when they tip off against their traveling opponents, the hapless Washington Generals, at 7 p.m. Saturday in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Since the 1920s, when the Globetrotters were created by Abe Saperstein, the barnstorming “Ambassadors of Goodwill” have lit up audiences' faces with their dribble-drive comedy routines, ball spinning, legendary figure-eight weave offense, hilarious harassment of short-and-pudgy referees, water-bucket gag and roster of famous players.
Quotes from WHAS11.com:
“I'll let you in on a little secret, maybe I shouldn't say it,” Pitino said.
“No you can't do that,” Rogers said.
“Okay we are trying, so don't get let down if it doesn't happen, we are trying to get Duke to be the opening game next year in the new arena,” Pitino said.
“Oh, well, that would be fun,” Rogers said.
“We're trying. They actually called us about playing a three year stint,” Pitino said.
He adds that Wall "is a lock as the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft."
DeCourcy's Most Surprising Player at this point in the season is Kentucky's Eric Bledsoe:
Most surprising player
Kentucky G Eric Bledsoe was Scout.com's No. 37 player in the 2009 recruiting class — and he's a better freshman than about 30 guys ranked ahead of him.
Finally, he projects Kentucky to have two Top 10 NBA Draft picks in the 2010 Draft:
1. John Wall, PG, Kentucky.
“He is big (6-4, 195), he is fast, he can handle the ball. He’s a bit like Derrick Rose, only bigger and tougher.”
7. Patrick Patterson, PF, Kentucky.
“His height (6-9 ) might keep him out of the first few picks, but he makes up for it with toughness.”
Southern Indiana player Jeron Lewis died on Thursday night, apparently from a head injury suffered during a game at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He was 21.
Lewis' feet became tangled and he fell to the floor of the Owensboro Sportscenter and hit his head, multiple witnesses told the Evansville Courier & Press. He lay prone as trainers from both teams attended to him. He began convulsing as they tried to secure him.
"The play was under the basket. The ball was rebounded, we were on defense, and the next thing I knew -- most everyone knew -- all of a sudden the officials start blowing whistles, and Jeron was motionless with the trainer from Kentucky Wesleyan," Southern Indiana athletic department spokesman Ray Simmons told The Associated Press. "They started giving him treatment, took him to the medical center. That is where he passed away."
Lewis was taken to Owensboro Mercy Health System, where he was pronounced dead at 9:52 p.m. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday morning.
Complete Article from ESPN.com
When: January 30, 2010
Where: Bowling Green, KY - Bowling Green High School Arena
12:30 p.m. Allen County Scottsville vs Madisonville North Hopkins
2:00 p.m. Cumberland County vs Louisville Doss
3:30 p.m. Greenwood vs Henderson County
5:00 p.m. Franklin Simpson vs Huber Heights Wayne (OH)
6:30 p.m. Bowling Green vs Louisville Male
8:00 p.m. Louisville Eastern vs Trotwood Madison (OH)
Top Players in event:
Travis Trice Jr. – 6’0” Jr Guard from Huber Heights Wayne (OH) 24 ppg
Markus Crider – 6’6” Jr Forward from Huber Heights Wayne (OH) 19 ppg 12 rebs
Remy Abell – 6’3” Jr Guard from Louisville Eastern
Delquan Thomas – 6’1” Sr Guard from Louisville Eastern
D’Carlo Hayes – 5’11” Sr Guard from Louisville Male
Dee Anderson – 6’2” Sr Forward from Greenwood / 22 ppg 13 rebs
Mickie Lewis – 6’3” Sr Guard from Franklin Simpson
Caleb Carver – 6’2” Sr Guard from Allen County Scottsville 19 ppg 9 rebs
Brock Stone – 6’1” Sr Guard from Henderson County
Tickets (entire day) are $6 for adults, $3 for students (K-12) and children under 5 are FREE.
SE Missouri 40
Final from Morehead, Kentucky
Game recap by Morehead State:
MOREHEAD, Ky.— Morehead State men’s basketball was in a defensive mood Thursday night.
The Eagles routed Ohio Valley Conference foe Southeast Missouri State 80-40 at Johnson Arena to win their seventh straight game. It was the fewest points scored by an MSU opponent since the 1983-84 season when Morehead State held Tennessee-Wesleyan to 36 points.
MSU (11-6, 6-1 OVC) forced 20 first-half turnovers out of SEMO, 11 off of steals resulting in 17 points for the Eagles. Morehead State held the Redhawks without a field goal for a 10-minute span in which they scored four points, all at the line and led 40-10 at halftime.
“The final score tonight was not indicative of the difference in these two teams,” Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall said. “We played the best we have all year, and we know to expect a hard-fought, physical game when we travel to Southeast Missouri.”
Five Morehead State players scored in double digits and Kenneth Faried tallied his 11th double-double (12 points, 16 rebounds). Senior Maze Stallworth led the Eagles with 13 and junior Sam Goodman, a transfer, added a career-high 12 points, his best in an MSU uniform. Junior Demonte Harper and sophomore Steve Peterson each tallied 12. Brandon Shingles dished out seven assists for MSU.
MSU shot 47 percent from the field, collected 15 steals and 17 assists.
“We had 17 assists on 31 field goals,” Tyndall said. “I thought our team really played unselfishly and shared the basketball well.”
The Eagles opened the game with junior Kenneth Faried scoring four points before SEMO was able to get a shot off. Sam Pearson broke through with a jumper at 16:38 to cut the MSU lead to two, and answered a lay-up by Marshall with a lay-up from Rae-Vonn Banks. The well then went dry for the Redhawks. The next SEMO field goal came on a lay-up by LaQuentin Miles with 4:45 left, their third and final field goal of the first half.
Southeast Missouri (5-11, 2-4 OVC) was led by Derek Thompson’s 10 points and LaMont Russell’s eight rebounds. SEMO improved in the second half, shooting 25.8 percent to score 30 points. The Redhawks finished with 27 turnovers.
A 12-2 run at the start of the second half extended the MSU advantage to 40 points early in the second half. The Eagles held that lead for the remainder of the contest.
Morehead State will host Eastern Illinois at 4:30 pm on Saturday at Johnson Arena.
Florida Atlantic 72
Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky
Game recap by Associated Press
A.J. Slaughter scored 25 points and Steffphon Pettigrew added 21 to help Western Kentucky beat Florida Atlantic 79-72 on Thursday night.
Slaughter scored 21 points in the second half for the Hilltoppers (10-5, 3-1 Sun Belt Conference), including 14 of their 16 midway through the half.
Western Kentucky shot 54.5 percent in the second half (12 of 22) after trailing 34-33 at halftime.
The Hilltoppers led for most of the first half, until Raymond Taylor had three-point play to give the Owls (7-10, 2-3) a 29-28 lead with 3 minutes left until halftime.
Western Kentucky, which trailed by as many as four, cut the halftime deficit to one on Caden Dickerson’s 3 with 28 seconds left.
Greg Gantt scored 23 points for Florida Atlantic, including 17 in the second half. Jordan McCoy added 13 and Taylor had 11 points and nine assists for the Owls.
My Thoughts: I ask that everyone that reads this please pray for this team and this young man's family. It doesn't always make sense, but find comfort in knowing that God has a plan for all of us.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Eastern Illinois 59
Final from Richmond, Kentucky
Game recap by Associated Press:
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Papa Oppong scored 18 points and Eastern Kentucky beat Eastern Illinois 67-59 on Thursday night, extending the Colonels' home winning streak to 17 games.
Josh Taylor had 12 points and Dayvon Ellis added 11 for Eastern Kentucky (12-6, 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference), which has the ninth longest winning streak in the nation.
The Colonels also tied the school's longest home court winning streak in McBrayer Arena, which had been accomplished on two other occasions -- 1987-88 and 1990-91.
The Panthers (10-7, 4-3), who had their three-game winning streak snapped, were led by Tyler Laser's 21 points.
Eastern Kentucky trailed only twice, pushing its lead to 18 points on Ellis' 3-pointer with 1:36 left in the first half.
The Colonels shot 56.3 percent from the floor (27-for-48) for the game. The Panthers shot 41.5 percent from field (22-for-53).
Along with last year’s inductee Willie Jackson, the three were a part of the “Birmingham Four,” four players who came to Morehead State from Birmingham, Ala. to play basketball. They were among the first of a group of talented players to come from outside of MSU’s general service region.
“The contributions made by Howard, Bruce and Lamar to Morehead State basketball are immeasurable,” said MSU Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson. “They were a force to be reckoned with on the court, helping to further the regional and national recognition of Eagle basketball and Morehead State University.”
Smith joined MSU in 1963-64, playing on the freshman team. He was elevated to the varsity team as a sophomore. Smith earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Morehead State and a certificate in Advanced Study in Education from UAB and Doctoral Studies at the University of Houston. In addition to playing basketball for the Eagles, he also played in the military (Special Forces for Seventh Army Division) and for the American Basketball Association (Kentucky Colonels) He also was a member of the famed exhibition team the Harlem Globetrotters. Smith was active military for 3 years (served in Desert Shield / Desert Storm) and Army Reservist for 19 years.
King followed Smith by a semester, joining the Eagle freshman team in the second half of the 1963-64 season. He was elevated to varsity once he became eligible in 1964-65. MSU’s rebounding leader in 1965 and 1966, he ranks 13th all-time in rebounding at Morehead State. King was a physical education major and member of the Aquila club (Gamma Theta Lambda). His shot-blocking and ball-stealing abilities made him a feared and respected opponent to Morehead’s adversaries.
Green who came to Morehead on the urging of Smith and King, was named to the All-OVC teams of 1967-68 and 1968-69. He still ranks fourth all-time at MSU in rebounding with 914 (one rebound ahead of current Eagle Kenneth Faried). With Green leading the way, the Eagles had their best record in eight years in 1968-69, receiving the title of OVC Co-Champions with an 18-9 overall record. They averaged 88.6 points a game, which was the highest in the OVC and among the top ten offensive efforts in the country. Green was drafted by the Phoenix Suns in the third round (fourth pick, 33rd overall) of the 1969 NBA draft. He played for the Suns from 1970-1975. He also was picked in the ABA draft by the Oakland Oaks, where he played for the 1974-75 season.
Established in 1985, the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame honors former Eagles whose achievements both in athletics and as MSU ambassadors have had a profound impact on Morehead State. The Hall of Fame contains 117 members, including 29 men’s basketball players with the addition of Smith, King and Green.
Source: Press release by Morehead State
Jim Nestheide '82 - Men's Basketball (1978-82)
One the top assists men in Thomas More men's basketball history, Nestheide ranks first in school history in career assists with 454.He also ranks first in single season assists with 162 during the 1980-81 season, seventh with 136 in 1979-80 and ninth with 134 in 1978-79.When he wasn't dishing out assists, Jim was scoring as his 1,110 career points ranks 20th in school history.When not on the hardwood, Nestheide was earning Dean List honors in the classroom all four years.
Nestheide and his wife, Mary have two children: Katie and Matt.He is the Regional President of the Great Lakes Region for Travelers.
Steve Butcher '89 - Men's Basketball (1985-89)
Butcher is one of the top scorers and rebounders in Thomas More history.He ranks fifth in career scoring with 1,466 points and seventh in career rebounds with 803.Steve also blocked 50 shots in his career at Thomas More and ranks eighth all-time in that category. He is also fifth in career field goals made with 567 and eighth in career field goal attempts with 1,054. At the free-throw line, Butcher is ranked 10th in career attempts with 384 and 10th in career makes with 272.
Butcher is currently a manager at Fed Ex Freight in Fairfield, Ohio.
Ross recently de-committed from Maryland and reopened his recruitment. He lists Maryland, Kentucky, Kansas and Duke as potential destinations.
I heard after the Maryland news broke that Ross would be a name to keep an eye on during the upcoming weeks, and he has confirmed that the Wildcats want him.
Ross is a 6-5 shooting guard that plays for Montrose Christian (Md.). He is ranked #43 on the Rivals150 List for 2010.
Here is an excerpt:
HSH: So Duke, Kansas and Kentucky have all offered?
HSH: You mentioned that things are hectic, so when do you see yourself wrapping this up?
TR: Probably in the spring. I want to make sure I’m 100 percent sure about where I want to go.
HSH: I’ve heard that your coach won’t allow visits to campuses during your season?
TR: That’s right.
HSH: So when is your season over?
TR: If we go to the national tournament it’s over in April. If not, it ends in March.
HSH: So you’re going to setup visits after that?
HSH: So how often are you in contact with these coaches?
TR: Well, my mom handles that because I’m focusing on school, but she’ll text me and tell me that she just talked to a coach. She probably does that about four or five times a week.
On the anniversary of his historic 54-point performance against Tennessee, former Kentucky sharpshooter Jodie Meeks established his new NBA career high for points in a game.
Paine College 55
Game recap by KSU:
Kentucky State trusted its team defense, Tony Johnson trusted Jarrod Gay’s offense and the Thorobreds ended a tough week of basketball on a high note, defeating Paine College 60-55 Saturday night at the Exum Center.
K-State relied on defense to help pull out the win in the final seven minutes – forcing six turnovers and holding the Lions without a field goal after the four-minute mark.
Trailing 47-37, William Marsh sparked the Breds with a pair of back-to-back baskets off steals. Marsh’s jolt turned into an 11-1 KSU run that knotted the game 48-48.
With the game tied 55-55 and under a minute to go, Johnson dribbled into the lane, drew in the defense and kicked the ball out to a wide-open Gay at the top of the key. Gay’s shot swished through the net, giving KSU a 58-55 lead with 31 seconds on the clock.
“I know where Jarrod is going to be,” Johnson, who scored a game-high 21 points, said. “He’s always at the 3-point line, that’s where he stays, and I knew he was going to make that shot.”
A hurried attempt by Paine to tie the game was off the mark and Marsh iced it with free throws, giving K-State a much needed win after two road losses earlier in the week by a total of five points.
“This is one that we really needed to get,” KSU coach Clarence Moore said. “Paine beat us by 20-plus at their place, so we were looking for a little revenge. I’m glad that guys played well and finished the game strong.”
K-State (2-6, 2-6) slogged through the first half and much of the second against Paine (4-7, 4-4) as both teams hovered around 30 percent shooting for the game, but the Thorobreds found life in the second half by dominating the boards and getting to the free throw line.
After getting outrebounded in the first half, KSU pulled down 29 boards to Paine’s 16 in the second. Parysh Munroe led all glass cleaners with 16 rebounds to go along with eight points.
“He was a big force in the paint,” Johnson said. “That’s what we needed.”
Kentucky State shot 15-of-20 from the free throw line in the second half and 25-of-35 for the game. Paine, in comparison, finished 13-of-23.
Julian English paced the Lions with 15 points, while Geno Green added 13.
Paine led 29-22 at halftime as the Lions put up twice as many shots in the first 20 minutes of the game as the Thorobreds.
Neither team could connect from the floor, however, as they both went into halftime shooting 29 percent.
KSU hit only two field goals in the first ten minutes of the game, but trailed only 14-7.
“This was one of those games where we didn’t have an offensive rhythm, but guys still made shots down the stretch and kept us close during the game,” Moore said.
K-State hosts Benedict Monday at 7:30 p.m.
The Colonels opened the game with a 7-0 run and wouldn't look back. Sewanee picked up their first points of the game two minutes and 11 seconds into the game.
Centre went on several runs in the first half and led at halftime 36-8 over the Tigers.
Centre shot 54% from the field in the first half and 63% from the free throw line, while Sewanee was held to only 7% shooting in the first half on 2-27 shooting and 80% from the free throw line, as they hit four of five.
Sophomore guard Jeff Mullaney (Louisville, Ky.) hit a three point basket to start the second half and to put the Colonels up 39-8.
The closest Sewanee was able to get in the second half was 33 points, which was late in the game, as Centre was able to dominate the second half to pull out the 71-36 win.
The Colonels shot 50% from the floor for the game and shot 63% from the free throw line. Sewanee was able to improve on their shooting in the second half as they shot 20% from the floor for the game, while their free throw shooting fell to 75%.
Mullaney led Centre in scoring with 18 points and he also had four assists, while junior center Alex Lloyd (Versailles, Ky.) recorded nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Senior Danny Noll (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) had four steals and four assists on the afternoon.
Centre currently has an 8-4 overall record and a 4-1 record in the SCAC.
Centre will travel to Jackson, Miss. for their next competition against Millsaps College on Friday, Jan. 15. The game will start at 9:00 p.m.
Source: Press Release by Centre College
Mt. St. Joseph 63
Final from Lexington, Kentucky
Game recap by Transylvania:
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Transylvania freshman guard Barrett Meyer scored a career-high 33 points Wednesday and smashed the school record for three-point baskets in a game, leading the Pioneers to a 92-63 win over Mt. St. Joseph in men's Heartland Conference basketball action at the Beck Center.
Transy is 9-6 overall, and 5-2 in HCAC play, while the Lions are 7-7, 2-4 HCAC.
Meyer had seven threes and topped his previous career-high with 21 points in the first half, then shattered the old record of nine threes in a game set by Rod Runyon in 1990 with four more in the second period, helping Transy build leads of as many as 36 points over the overmatched Lions.
Meyer's 11 triples are also an HCAC record for a single game, breaking the old mark of nine, previously held by three players.
After tying the record with a trey at the 5:57 mark, Meyer broke the mark with a pair of long-distance heaves from beyond NBA distance on the right side. His 10th triple made it 85-52 with 4:16 to play, then he hit again from a step further out for his 11th and final bucket at the 3:54 mark, pushing the lead to 88-55.
Meyer was 11 of 15 overall and 11 of 12 from long-range. He also had six rebounds, one assist, and two steals, helping Transy shoot 64.8 percent (35 of 54) for the game, including 16 of 23 treys. Senior Tim Tierney added 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds while freshman Brandon Rash contributed 12 points.
Michael Romes led the Lions with 20 points. The Lions shot 44.4 percent from the field and made six of 19 threes but it wasn't enough as Transy established a season scoring high with its 92 points.
With Meyer hitting all seven of his three-point attempts and seven of 10 shots overall, the Frankfort freshman surpassed his career scoring high with 21 first-half points, boosting Transy to a 49-31 lead at intermission. The Pioneers led by as many as 26 in the opening period behind blazing shooting, canning 18 of 26 for over 69 percent.
Mt. St. Joseph, which fell behind 25-6 nine minutes into the contest, hit 55.6 percent for the half but trailed by double digits for all but 3:39 of the period. Romes led the Lions with seven first-half points.
Tierney had seven points and five assists in the first half and Chris Owens added six points. Transy also had a 22-9 edge in points off turnovers in the first half. With his 14 points, Tierney moved to 965 for his career.
Meyer's previous career high was 19 points against Hanover. He also surpassed his previous career records for field goals in a game (six) and treys in a game (six), also set against Hanover. Runyon's nine threes came on Dec. 1, 1990, against Central State.
The Pioneers are back in HCAC action on Saturday, traveling to Manchester to take on the Spartans at 8 p.m.
Bethany College 88
Final from Bethany, West Virginia
Game recap by Thomas More:
(BETHANY, W.Va.) - Senior power forward Daniel McKeehan (Maineville, Ohio/Little Miami) made the game-winning put-back at the buzzer as the Thomas More College men's basketball team rallied from a 21-point second half deficit to defeat Bethany College, 90-88, tonight (Wednesday, January 13, 2009) in a Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) game at Hummel Field House in Bethany, West Virginia.
With the win the Saints improve to 11-4 overall and 4-1 in the PAC as they take over sole possession of the PAC. With the loss the Bison fall to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in the PAC.
Bethany jumped out to an 11-2 lead when Joe Testa made a layup with 15:33 to play in the opening half. Thomas More then went on a 7-2 run capped by two free-throws by junior forward Eddie Brown (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) to cut the lead to 13-9 at the 13:36 mark of the first half. The Bison answered with a 19-11 run to extend the lead to 32-20 when Jay Lyonett made a layup at the 6:24 mark of the half. The Saints came right back and used a 9-1 run to cut the lead to 33-29 with 5:08 left in the half when sophomore shooting guard Daniel Neeley (Warsaw, Ky./Owen County) made a jumper. Bethany then closed out the first half on a 15-6 run to take a 48-34 lead into the locker room at halftime when Testa converted an old fashion three-point play with 30-seconds to play in the half.
Bethany opened the second half on a 7-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 55-34 when Dustin Opalka made a jumper with 18:10 to play in the game. The Saints answered with a 34-17 run to cut the lead to 72-68 with 8:26 to play when sophomore center Colt Stafford (Groveport, Ohio/Bishop Hartley) converted an old fashion three-point play. Jonas Ankrom answered with a three-pointer at the other end of floor to extend the lead to 75-68 with 8:19 to play in the game. Thomas More then went on a 12-5 run to tie the game at 80-80 when junior forward Aaron Miller (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) made one-of-two free-throws with 4:55 to play in the game. Bethany answered with an 8-5 run to take an 88-82 lead with 2:51 to play in the game when Nick Thomas made a three-pointer. Undaunted the Saints went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 88-88 with 1:13 to play in the game when sophomore point guard Daniel Whelan (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) made one-of-two free-throws. Thomas More then ended up with the last possession of the game and Brown's jumper with three-seconds to play in the game was off the mark, but McKeehan put-back the missed shot at the buzzer and the Saints won the game, 90-88.
McKeehan and Stafford led five Saints in double-figures with 17 points each. Rounding out the Saints' double-figure scores were Whelan with 12, Miller with 11 and Brown with 10. Stafford and Miller led the team on the boards with six rebounds each.
The Saints will return home on Saturday (January 16) and open a three-game homestand when they host Thiel College at 3 p.m. at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
Alice Lloyd 67
Final from Pippa Passes, Kentucky
Game recap by ALC:
The Brescia Bearcats connected on 59 percent from the field and defeated the home standing Alice Lloyd Eagles 78-67 in a match up held Wednesday night.
In the first half, the Bearcats shot a blistering 63 percent from the field. But ALC connected on 6 of 10 from downtown and trailed by only 5 (39-34) at intermission.
In the second half, BU hit six 3's of their own to stretch their lead to double-digits. The Eagles fought back, but when forced to foul, the Bearcats hit 10-13 free throws to seal the victory.
For ALC (4-10), three players finished in double figures. Junior Daniel Combs led the way with 17. Sophomore Brandon Hayes and junior Will Jones added 12 and 10, respectively.
For BU (13-6), they were paced by the duo of Anthony Ingram and Aaron Tandy with 19 and 18.
The Eagles return to the hardwood on Saturday, January 16th as they travel to Cincinnati to face the Cincinnati Christian University Eagles.
Excerpt of article from SundayGazetteMail.com:
At 4, Westside meets Braxton County, then SC plays Perry. The nightcap features the Huntington Prep Express against Christian Faith of Raleigh, N.C.
Prep Express is led by Justin Coleman, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard-small forward from Richmond, Va., who has been nominated for the McDonald's All-American Game.
Tickets are priced at $10 for the entire day of games
New head coach John Calipari has guided the Cats to a 17-0 start and a #2 ranking in the nation. Kentucky probably is the home of three-fifths of the SEC All-Freshman Team and has two (or possibly even three) All-America candidates. John Wall has a National Player of the Year potential and the Cats have regained a swagger that I have not witnessed in over a decade.
With a high-level of success, particularly when the Kentucky Wildcats and/or John Calipari are involved, there is guaranteed to be a high-level of negativity from other fans, media and well-known troublemakers.
Here are a couple of links and excerpts from two such articles today:
Pity the Poor University of Kentucky Wildcats Fan
Any Wildcat loss—I don't care if it's an exhibition game—is devastating to a Kentucky fan. But we don't stop there. A win by too few points is an “almost-loss” and we find that pretty depressing, too. This is a perfect fit for John Calipari. He recently reported that, despite the team's 16-0 record, they were 9-7 by his count.
We refuse to enjoy seven of our first 16 wins because we didn't win by enough. Calipari would argue that we didn't play well enough, but I don't see the difference; I assume if we had played better we would have won by more.
I would list John Calipari as another reason UK is hated, but let's be honest, Kentucky basketball had haters decades before Cal came along. (Billie Gillispie is the only Kentucky coach that opposing fans truly loved.)
Pete Carroll Leaving USC Should Be an Eye Opener for Kentucky Fans
And we should also enjoy the coaching of John Calipari while we can.
Pete Carroll and John Calipari have two things in common: They both have very large egos and neither had what you would call stellar coaching stints in the pros.
Pete Carroll was successful in college football and an NFL team is going to give him a second chance. How long will it be before an NBA team gives John Calipari his?
It appears now that Traynham has had a change of heart. Rivals.com is reporting that the 5-8 guard is now favoring the Masschusetts Minutemen.
He will make an official visit to UMass the last weekend of January.
It is known that UMass and Western Kentucky are his final two schools. ESPN.com ranks him as the 61st highest point guard among high school seniors. Rivals.com has him at No. 27 among point guards and the No. 110 overall player.
Excerpt of article from Sun-Sentinel.com:
Knight poured in 40 points as the two-time defending Class 3A state champion Panthers dominated the Mavericks in an 89-48 victory.
The win was just what Knight said his team needed as it prepares to play in Ohio this weekend.
"This is part of wanting to finish strong no matter who we play," Knight said. "We have some big games coming up and we really wanted the momentum."
From the start, the outcome of the game was never in question.
Pine Crest (13-2) opened with a 9-0 run and never looked back.
Do some research on the recruiting classes
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Final from Barbourville, Kentucky
Game recap by Union College:
BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Four Bulldogs hit double figures to help Union College halt its three-game losing streak with a 79-70 victory over visiting Covenant (Ga.) College Wednesday.
Union improves to 9-10 overall, while Covenant falls to 3-10 on the year.
Newcomer Curtis Stephens (Detroit, Mich.) had a solid, all-around game with a team-high 16 points, six rebounds and four assists. Darrel Jackson (Jonesboro, Ark.) chipped in 14 points with Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) and Payton Ponzer (Independence, Ky.) helping out with 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Bulldogs burned the nets in the first half to seize control of the game. Union connected on 15-fo-21 shots (71.4 percent) in the opening period in building a 44-33 halftime lead. Down 18-17 at the 10:43 mark, Union used a 15-4 rally to grab a 32-22 advantage with 6:46 to go.
Union led by as much as 13 in the first half en route to the 44-33 halftime margin.
Covenant never really threatened in the second half although the Scots cut the margin to seven four times. Yet, Union maintained a double-digit lead for much of the final 20 minutes, leading by as much as 71-56 on its way to the nine-point victory.
The Bulldogs finished the game making 55.8 percent (24-of-43 shots) of their shots from the field and went 6-for-13 (46.2 percent) from 3-point range. Conversely, Covenant made 44.8 percent (30-of-67 shots) of its shots.
Union netted nearly a third of its points at the foul line as it made 25-of-35 free throws (71.4 percent). That dwarfed the Scots' output at the foul line as they attempted just four free throws, making three.
Callum Sears paced Covenant with 17 points, while Zarome Lackey followed with 16. Damien Chaney recorded 14 points to go along with a game-high nine rebounds, and C.J. Robinson knocked in 10 points.
The Bulldogs return to Appalachian Athletic Conference play Saturday when they pay Montreat (N.C.) College a visit. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Ricardo Ratliffe, the top-rated JUCO player in the nation, was in attendance last night to watch the Kentucky Wildcats battle the Florida Gators.
He announced his plans on Facebook yesterday morning:
Ricardo Ratliffe Ill be in Gainesville tonight watching the game.... Kentucky or Florida tonight?.. Who gone win?..
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Press release from Morehead State:
MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has announced the addition of Drew Kelly to the Eagle basketball team. A transfer from Miami University (Ohio), Kelly will be eligible to play next December after sitting out for a season per NCAA transfer rules.
“We are very excited to add Drew to our basketball family,” Tyndall said. “We recruited him very hard out of high school. We’re glad he made the decision to be an Eagle at this point in his career.”
A 6-7, 253-pound forward from Franklin, Tenn., Kelly was being red-shirted by the Redhawks this season. He was an all-star standout at Centennial High School in Tennessee was named 2009 Mr. Basketball in Tennessee. Kelly averaged 31.0 points per game and 15.0 rebounds per game his senior season for the Cougars. A two-time, all-state selection, he was district MVP all four years. He led his team to two 20 win seasons his sophomore and junior years and scored a career high 67 points against Dorsey High School on Dec. 20, 2008. He was named team captain all four years and was also a four-year letter winner. Kelly also lettered four years in football and one year in track and field.
“I’m very eager to play for coach Tyndall and to be an Eagle,” Kelly said. “I hope to help Morehead State continue to compete for OVC Championships and NCAA berths.”
Kelly has a strong basketball tradition in his family. His father Brian Kelly is the head varsity boys basketball coach at nearby Fleming County High School. His grandfather, the late Lake Kelly, was a long-time high school and collegiate coach, including serving as head coach at Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay for several years. Lake Kelly also coached at Oral Roberts. In addition, Drew Kelly’s uncle, Chad Clifton, is a left tackle for the Green Bay Packers.
“Not only is Drew a great player, but he’s an outstanding student with tremendous basketball bloodlines,” Tyndall said. “We are thrilled he’s chosen to bring that into the Morehead State family.”
Morehead State is 10-6 overall and 5-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference and will host Southeast Missouri State Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Excerpt of Katz's article about the Wildcats:
And that's it. Kentucky has the talent to win the title. That's not breaking news. But what was clear Tuesday was (1) just how quick the Cats can get from end-to-end with Bledsoe and Wall, (2) just how large the big three of Cousins, Patterson and Orton can play to outmuscle teams, and (3) just how many options Calipari has with his role players when he's looking for a defender, a quick 3-pointer or someone to facilitate ball movement.
Wall is the closer. He didn't cramp up in a big game for the first time this season. Maybe it was the nine bananas he said he ate earlier in the day to avoid cramping.
Wall made the right diet choice Tuesday and the Wildcats continue to make the right calls when the games matter most.
There is something special going on here that everyone needs to notice. It's pretty clear UK has moved to another level. There is a separation now, with Kentucky, Kansas and Texas as the three favorites to win the national title. It's not an exclusive group and there are no guarantees, but it's clear the Wildcats are talented enough, poised enough and even mature enough to be a real contender. Sure, the group can expand beyond these three teams, but we may not know the others in this class until March.
Excerpt of article from WKYT.com:
Mid South Conference rival Campbellsville University – currently ranked No. 21 in the NAIA poll – is a fitting foe for our (No. 13) Tiger men at this historic Renaming & Dedication of Davis-Reid Alumni Gym. The ceremony will take place at halftime of that game, which tips off at 4 p.m. (The women’s team will also take on Campbellsville at 2.) Fans are invited to a reception afterwards in the George H.W. Bush Center for Fitness next door. As a courtesy, please try to RSVP by noon Thursday (Jan. 14) to 502-863-8041 or (toll free) 877-640-0107.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize two coaches who coached for a combined 43 years. Thousands of students attended Georgetown College during these years and remember the quality of both the basketball program and the basketball coach,” said Dan Miller '82 Vice President for Institutional Advancement, who witnessed some of the Reid Years (1973-96) and sees Bob Davis (1953-73) at many a GC event to this day.
“Very few colleges in the country are fortunate enough to have the caliber of scholar athletes and coaches like those that have been a part of the Georgetown family,” Miller continued. “Their winning records are impressive but the number of lives they touched and changed is what matters most. I am proud of the fact that Coach Davis and Coach Reid are both alumni of Georgetown College and came back to their alma mater to lead the men’s basketball program.”
Posted by John Calipari on Twitter:
UKCoachCalipari http://twitpic.com/xvr5l - We had a special visitor to our locker room after the game.
NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Rankings
(Updated January 12, 2010)
1. Augusta State, Ga. (8) 13-0
2. Arkansas Tech 14-0
3. Kutztown, Pa. 12-0
4. Minnesota State 14-0
5. Southern Indiana 15-0
6. Fort Hays State, Kan. 13-1
7. Midwestern State, Texas 14-0
8. Central Missouri 13-1
9. Florida Southern 13-1
10. Kentucky Wesleyan 16-1
11. Valdosta State, Ga. 14-2 12. Indiana, Pa. 11-1 13. Montevallo, Ala. 12-0 14. Quincy, Ill. 14-0 15. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 11-2 16. Southwest Baptist, Mo. 14-3 17. Bentley, Mass. 12-2 18. Augustana, S.D. 13-1 19. Western Washington 14-2 20. Cal Poly Pomona 7-2 21. Mesa State, Colo. 12-1 22. Drury, Mo. 11-3 23. Rollins, Fla. 10-3 24. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 13-0 25. West Virginia State 9-1
Final from Gainesville, Florida
Game recap Associated Press:
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Attention, Southeastern Conference. Kentucky has a freshman point guard capable of beating teams in a variety of ways.
And it's not John Wall.
Eric Bledsoe scored a career-high 25 points, getting to the rim, hitting 3-pointers and making just about everything in between to help the second-ranked Wildcats stay unbeaten with an 89-77 victory over Florida on Tuesday night.
"He's as good as any point guard in the country," Gators coach Billy Donovan said. "He's faster than John Wall and probably shoots it a little bit better."
Wall was no slouch, either. He finished with 19 points despite missing six of seven from 3-point range. Patrick Patterson added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats (17-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who ended the game with a 17-5 run and snapped a five-game losing streak in Gainesville.
Erving Walker led Florida with 20 points, and Alex Tyus added 17. But the Gators (11-5, 0-2) are off to their worst start in conference play since 1996 -- the year before coach Billy Donovan took over.
Florida made this one close in the second half.
Kentucky built a 55-40 lead, but couldn't close it out -- something that's starting to become a trend for coach John Calipari's team.
Kentucky watched a double-digit lead slip away Saturday against Georgia. This time, Walker did most of the damage. He hit two 3-pointers and two free throws, then Kenny Boynton got loose on a fast break that whittled Kentucky's lead to 61-54 with about 12 minutes to play. Clearly feeling it, Walker hit two more 3s -- on consecutive possessions -- a few minutes later. Vernon Macklin rattled home a layup that made it 68-66 with 7:59 remaining.
The Gators tied the game at 72 on Macklin's putback with 5:13 left.
Patterson put the Cats back ahead with a turnaround jumper in the lane. He failed to convert the three-point play, but DeMarcus Cousins gathered the rebound. Darnell Dodson then hit a 3. Bledsoe added to the pain with another 3 on the next possession that put Kentucky ahead 80-73 with 3:58 to play.
The Gators never recovered.
"It was real big," Patterson said. "It shows our maturity level, it shows how far we've come. We're a tough team, we have a will to win and we want to battle."
Kentucky shot 51 percent from the field and made 7 of 18 from 3-point range. Florida was much less effective. Donovan's squad shot 38 percent from the floor and hit 8 of 27 from behind the arc. The Gators struggled even more on the defensive end.
Bledsoe, Wall and Patterson proved to be the toughest matchups. Bledsoe was 10 of 13 shooting and added seven rebounds and five assists. Wall torched the Gators on the break and finished with six assists. Patterson was 7 of 11 shooting and had seven boards.
Florida paid extra attention to Wall and Patterson, and Bledsoe took advantage.
"When Eric goes off, you just have to keep feeding him the ball," Patterson said. "We all know what he's capable of."
Kentucky dominated the first half after Florida scored the first seven points. Macklin dropped in a hook shot in the lane, Boynton made a layup and then Tyus drained the first 3-pointer of his career. It was all Kentucky the rest of the way.
The Wildcats scored at will in the paint, were bigger and faster on the perimeter, and would have had a double-digit lead if not for a few improbable shots from the Gators. Tyus, who had taken just one 3 in his first 87 college games, hit another one from behind the arc and then Boynton banked in a 3.
"We had looks, but they just made more shots than us in the end," said Walker, who had four of Florida's eight 3-pointers.
The nationally televised game drew plenty of interest. Florida football coach Urban Meyer and his wife, Shelley, watched the first half. Meyer, who is taking a leave of absence, spent several minutes chatting with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who had courtside seats for the best performance of Bledsoe's career.
"Big plus to Eric," Wall said. "He stepped up big time for us. Every time I drove, they weren't leaving me. They were leaving him open, and he was making shots. That helped us."
- This is UK's best start since the 1965-66 season (23-0)
- Eric Bledsoe scored a career-high 25 points
- John Wall did not have his best game, but still ended up with 19 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds
- DeMarcus Cousins played good and Daniel Orton played even better
- Darnell Dodson came in to hit several critical 3-pointers
- It was nice to see improvement from Darius Miller
- Orton's blocked shot in the second half was #7 on SportsCenter's Top 10 tonight
- Patrick Patterson quietly totalled 15 points and 7 rebounds
- UK was 7-18 (38.9%) from the 3-point line
- UK won the rebounding battle 38-32
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