Saturday, February 20, 2010

Future Hilltopper Scores 17 Consecutive Points; Yates Rolls

Future Western Kentucky guard Brandon Peters exploded for 17-consecutive points tonight as Yates High School rolled to a 132-68 victory over Washington.

Excerpt of article from Chron.com:

During a three-minute stretch in the third period, the Western Kentucky commit went off for 17 straight points to lead USA Today No.2 Yates to its 51st consecutive victory, 132-68.

“We didn’t get a chance to warm up before the game, so I came out sluggish in the first half,” Peters said. “But in the second half, I started to heat up and I guess I had a little run there.”

Peters finished with a game-high 25 points, while Joe Young and Elton Roy added 20 and 17 points, respectively, for the Lions (27-0, 14-0 District 21-4A), which begins post-season play against Sterling at 6 p.m. Monday at Delmar Fieldhouse. Siddiq Smith had 17 points for the Eagles (14-14, 9-5 District 22-4A), who begin their playoff run against Reagan at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barnett Fieldhouse.

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Brescia's Howard is Knocking on the Door of 2,000


Catholic product Howard nearing 2,000 point at Brescia

By Mark Mathis, Messenger-Inquirer
Published: Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:11 AM CST

Image: John Dunham, Messenger-Inquirer

The first time Andrew Howard attended an open gym at Brescia University, he hadn't even gone to his first class there, although he had already decided that's where he would play basketball and go to school.

Brescia coach Joe Pechota was there watching.

"Drew passed up a wide-open look on a 3, and I stopped them right there," Pechota recalled. "I told him 'If you don't take that shot again, or if you pass up an open shot, I will cut you from the team.' I never had to tell him not to shoot it again."

Howard, a 6-foot-3 swing man, has scored nearly 2,000 points in his Brescia career, which is heading into its final month of the regular season.

Howard has averaged 21.5 points a game this season, and he should break that 2,000 mark.

But he has gotten to that lofty standard with a minimum number of shots for a player noted as a scorer.

Howard has averaged 11.5 shots a game. When Howard scored 31 in a game earlier this season, he went 11-for-13.

"He's not a high-volume scorer, where it takes a high number of shots to get him a high number of points," Pechota said. "I feel bad after a game sometimes because I'm saying I need to get him more shots. When I saw him in high school, I said he doesn't shoot enough."

But he has scored plenty for Brescia, and he has gotten significantly better in other aspects of his game over the last four years. His work ethic has been tremendous, Pechota said.

"I've always had it, me and my dad (Tommy) would go to a gym late at night or after church on Sunday, we would get up quite a few shots," Howard said. "When you come to college, you've got to try and expand your game. It's been in the gym working, especially working during my freshman and sophomore year. I always thought of myself as a good shooter, but it's getting in the gym shooting a couple of hundred shots. A lot of it is during the offseason. There's a saying that what you do in the summer shows up in the winter."

And Howard has shown up quite well during the last few winters for Brescia.

"He's one of the top skilled players I've ever coached as head man or assistant," Pechota said. "He's got the natural ability. He was always in the gym, working in the summer, grabbing people before and after practice. He's one of those kids who take full advantage of the skills and ability he has."

Howard went from being a catch-and-shoot player to one who can get to the basket in a variety of ways.

"As he got older and stronger, his game developed and he evolved into a scorer," Pechota said. "He can score from behind the 3-point line. He's very deceptive going to the basket off the dribble, he's got a killer mid-range game to him.

"He's exactly what you want to see going from high school to college with the ability to score. Maybe a handful of times he's taken a bad shot, he's just such an efficient shooter."

Just like when Howard teamed with Jay Ivey and Travis Owsley to form a Big Three for Owensboro Catholic, he has been part of another highly effective trio with Brescia.

Howard, Doug Denton and Anthony Ingram have made a significant impact for the Bearcats over the last four years. When Denton was at Apollo he played against Howard.

"We've grown up together playing basketball," Howard said. "You have that camaraderie with the guys."

Howard knows he will miss the game as he enters the stretch run of a highly successful college basketball career. He will have one more year of school to finish his accounting degree.

"It's boiling down to the end of the year, and it's finally starting to hit, that this will be it," Howard said. "The one thing I've done all my life is basketball, so it will be culture shock after that last game. It will be totally different, especially for my family, because they've had an opportunity to be around, and that's one of the reasons I chose to stay here. I believe I will miss it as soon as the last game is over."

Northern Kentucky Locks Up No. 3 Seed in GLVC Tourney

Northern Kentucky 65
Indianoplis 61

Final from Highland Heights, Kentucky

Game recap by UIndy:


HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky.- Host Northern Kentucky took a 65-61 win over the UIndy men's basketball team Saturday night at the Bank of Kentucky Center in the regular season finale for both teams. The win assured NKU (15-12, 8-10 GLVC) the Great Lakes Valley Conference's third seed in the East division and placed the Hounds (12-15, 6-12) into the division's fourth-seed for the upcoming league tournament.

NKU's David Palmer led all players with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Darius Adams (Decatur, Ill./MacArthur / Lincoln College) led Indianapolis with 17 points while Sergey Struck (Wabash, Ind./Southwood / Danville Area C.C.) and Ryan Sims (Fort Wayne, Ind./Fort Wayne Snider / Bowling Green State) each chipped-in 13 points.

The Greyhounds will travel to Drury University for the first round of the GLVC tournament. UIndy will play Lewis in the first round game Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EST with the winner advancing to face the host Panthers Sunday in the quarterfinal round.

Eagles Lose Tough Road Game at Illinois State

Illinois State 71
Morehead State 62

Final from Normal, Illinois

Game recap by Morehead State:


NORMAL, Ill.—Only four times this season has Morehead State been outrebounded. Three of those, including Saturday’s Bracketbuster at Illinois State, resulted in a loss.

MSU was beat on the glass by seven and surrendered the ball 18 times in a 71-62 non-conference loss to Illinois State Saturday at Redbird Arena. ISU won the rebounding battle 36-29 and forced 18 turnovers, although Morehead State tallied 13 steals and forced 23 Illinois State turnovers.

The biggest disappointment was they outrebounded us by seven,” Morehead State coach Donnie Tyndall said. “We came in with the third best rebounding margin in the country and we got our tails whipped on the glass.”

The Eagles trailed by four at halftime, but ISU opened the second half with a pair of 3-pointers from Alex Rubin and a free throw from Tony Lewis to open up an 11-point lead. Morehead State chipped away at the advantage, thanks to seven points by Brandon Shingles over the next eight minutes, and pulled within two. But the Eagles missed a series of 3-point attempts and the Redbirds used a five-minute Eagle scoring drought to get the lead as high as 12.

They are a very good team and this is a tough place to play and we came up short,” Tyndall said. “We had our chances, Maze [Stallworth] had two good looks at 3-pointers and we didn’t knock them back.”

Triples by Maze Stallworth, Terrance Hill and Demonte Harper cut the Redbird lead to four with 2:06 to play, but Illinois State went 8-for-10 at the line to close out the game and earn the win.

Osiris Eldridge put the Redbirds in the lead in the first half, scoring 18 of his game-high 26 points on four made 3-pointers. His 18 outscored all other ISU players combined in the half. The Redbirds hit 61.9 percent of their shots in the first half. MSU’s Steve Peterson countered Eldridge with a 3-for-3 performance of his own from beyond the arc for 11 first-half points.

Kenneth Faired led the Eagles with 13 points and eight rebounds. Peterson and Harper each finished with 11. Brandon Shingles, who finished with nine points had four assists and four steals.

“I thought our kids played hard, but 18 turnovers on the road is tough,” Tyndall said. “We usually overcome those turnovers by outrebounding them, but we didn’t do that and so we couldn’t overcome the turnovers.”

Rubin joined Eldridge in double figures with 15 points and Justin Clark and Dinma Odiakosa each had 10 points. Odiakosa also had a game-high 11 rebounds and Rubin added five assists.

The Eagles, who are winless in Bracketbuster games, will return home to close out the season with Ohio Valley Conference leader Murray State Thursday and UT Martin Saturday. Morehead State has locked up second place and will be the two seed for the upcoming OVC tournament.

Bob Huggins Has an Idea for College Basketball


West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins has an interesting idea for college basketball - he would like to take the top 110 teams and form NCAA Division 1A. All other current D1 teams would make up NCAA Division 1AA.

Here is an excerpt from an article on TimesWV.com:

What he would like to do is take the top 110 and make them Division-1A, as football does.

“If they want to be Division 1-A, they would have to make the commitment to be big time,” Huggins said.

That includes all the trappings that you find at the schools in the power conferences. No offense, but this is about playing at the highest level of college basketball.

“Division 1-A teams could still play Division 1-AA teams, just like they do in football,” Huggins said. “But they would have have their own tournament.”

And if Huggins has his way, all 110 or so teams would be put into this super NCAA Tournament.


My Thoughts: I always enjoy reading such ideas about college athletics, but this would never happen - not in a million years. If all 110 teams made the postseason tournament, what purpose would the regular season hold? Would all conferences simply scrap their postseason tournaments? Some aspects of this idea are intriguing, but there are too many downsides, in my opinion.

Morehead State Travels to Illinois St. for BracketBuster

NORMAL, Ill.--After a record-setting performance Wednesday, the Eagles take a step out of Ohio Valley Conference play for the Bracketbuster showdown at Illinois State.

But just because the game is non-conference doesn’t mean there’s nothing at stake. The Eagles (19-8) will be shooting for their 20th win this season, which would mark back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. It would also be the first time MSU has garnered 20 regular season wins since the 2002-03 season.

Illinois State is also 19-8 and looking for its 20th victory. Last year Morehead State lost at Illinois State by just six points. The teams have met on four previous occasions, including last season, but MSU has won just one of those meetings. Saturday’s winner will earn a nice non-league victory that could help in postseason seeding.

MSU has won two straight, 15 of its last 17 and have been in every game, win or lose since early December. Kenneth Faried continues to lead the Eagles in points (17.1 ppg) and rebounds (13.5 ppg), but it’s Maze Stallworth and Steve Peterson who’ve been in the spotlight in the last few games. Stallworth, Morehead’s second-leading scorer at 13 points per game has hit 21 3-pointers in the past five games, scoring 20 or more in three of those. Peterson has had two of his best games in the past four, scoring 20 against Tennessee Tech and 15 versus Eastern Kentucky. He’s also become more of a defensive stopper, making key steals.

ISU has three players that average in double figures, led by Osiris Eldridge’s 15.6 points per game. Dinma Odiakosa averaged 13 points and a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game. The Redbirds are outscoring their opponents by a 6.3 margin and outrebounding them by 4.3 boards per game. ISU players OVC schools SEMO and SIU Edwardsville, beating both of them handily. They are on a four-game winning streak and have won five of their last six games.

Morehead State returns home to wrap up OVC play and the regular season with Murray State and UT Martin Thursday and Saturday.

Source: Press release by MSU

Video: Highlights from Terrence Williams' Rookie Season

The Nets have had one of the worst seasons in NBA history but at least they seem to have some talented players for the future. Here is a highlight video of former Louisville star Terrence "T-Will" Williams:

Huggins, Pitino Cross Paths in Bowling Green


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was in Bowling Green Thursday night to watch Purples' big man Chane Behanan in action. About 12 minutes after Pitino entered the arena, rival Big East head coach Bob Huggins followed.

Behanan is a talented 6-7 forward in the 2011 class.

Excerpt of article from BGDailyNews.com:

NCAA rules forbid college coaches from speaking publicly about potential recruits, and Huggins confirmed after BG’s 74-54 win over Daviess County that he could not reveal his reason for being at BGHS Arena.

Pitino, who also watched Behanan and the Purples win at Hart County on Feb. 2, slipped out the back door soon after the final horn sounded. Huggins, however, stuck around to speak with Behanan’s family, Behanan himself and BGHS coach D.G. Sherrill.


Image: Joe Imel, Daily News

Today is ESPNU Bracket Buster Saturday


ESPNU Bracket Buster Schedule

Televised Games:

Fri., 2/19 7 p.m. Old Dominion at No. 22 Northern Iowa ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com
Fri., 2/20 9 p.m. William & Mary at Iona ESPNU
Sat., 2/20 11 a.m. Siena at No. 15 Butler ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com
Sat., 2/20 Noon Morgan State at Murray State ESPNU
Sat., 2/20 1 p.m. Louisiana Tech at Northeastern ESPN2/ ESPN360.com
Sat., 2/20 3 p.m. Nevada at Missouri State ESPN2 / ESPN360.com
Sat., 2/20 4 p.m. Akron at Virginia Commonwealth ESPNU
Sat., 2/20 8 p.m. Coll. of Charleston at George Mason ESPN2 HD / ESPN360.com
Sat., 2/20 8 p.m. Western Carolina at Kent State ESPNU
Sat., 2/20 10 p.m. New Mexico State at Pacific ESPNU
Sat., 2/20 11:59 p.m. Wichita State at Utah State ESPN2 / ESPN360.com

Non-Televised Games:

Drexel (CAA) at Bradley (MVC)
Loyola-Chicago (Horizon) at Creighton (MVC)
Drake (MVC) at Cal State Northridge (Big West)
Illinois-Chicago (Horizon) at Evansville (MVC)
Morehead State (OVC) at Illinois State (MVC)
Indiana State (MVC) at Green Bay (Horizon)
Western Michigan (MAC) at Southern Illinois (MVC)
Oral Roberts (Summit) at Austin Peay (OVC)
Buffalo (MAC) at Saint Peter's (MAAC)
Valparaiso (Horizon) at Bowling Green (MAC)
Winthrop (Big South) at Eastern Kentucky (OVC)
Wright State (Horizon) at Ohio (MAC)
Toledo (MAC) at Cleveland State (Horizon)
UC Santa Barbara (Big West) at Fresno State (WAC)
Fairfield (MAAC) at Vermont (America East)
Eastern Michigan (MAC) at Detroit (Horizon)
Tennessee Tech (OVC) at Appalachian State (Southern)
Niagara (MAAC) at Milwaukee (Horizon)
UNC Wilmington (CAA)at Radford (Big South)
Rider (MAAC) at Hofstra (CAA)
Southeast Missouri (OVC) at Miami-Ohio (MAC)
San Jose State (WAC) at Montana State (Big Sky)
James Madison (CAA) at Canisius (MAAC)
New Hampshire (America East) at Loyola-Md. (MAAC)
Tennessee State (OVC) at Central Michigan (MAC)
Boston University (America East) at Delaware (CAA)
Long Beach State (Big West) at Idaho (WAC)
Northern Illinois (MAC)at Eastern Illinois (OVC)
UC Davis (Big West) at Boise State (WAC)
SIU Edwardsville (OVC) at Cal State Fullerton (Big West)
Cal Poly (Big West) at Hawaii (WAC)
Towson (CAA) at Manhattan (MAAC)
Marist (MAAC) at Cal Irvine (Big West)
Tennessee-Martin (OVC) at Ball State (MAC)
South Carolina State (MEAC) at Georgia State (CAA)
Youngstown State (Horizon) at Cal Riverside (Big West)
Elon (Southern) at Gardner Webb (Big South)
Presbyterian (Big South) at Jacksonville State (OVC)

Suspensions Galore After Fight at Berea Game


A total of 11 players, 6 IU Southeast and 5 from Berea, have been suspended for one game following last night's brawl between the two schools.

The suspensions were handed down by the KIAC.

By rule, the suspended game will be considered a "no contest" and the statistics will not be recorded. The game was ended in the first half following a violent fight.

Berea was leading 28-27 on the scoreboard when the situation occurred. (Source: KIAC)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Berea College Game Cancelled After First Half Brawl


The game between Berea College and IU Southeast was cancelled in the first half after a bench-clearing brawl led to the ejection of all players on both teams.

Excerpt of article RichmondRegister.com:

With 8:52 left in the first half, a bench-clearing brawl erupted which resulted in the ejection of every player from both teams and the cancellation of the game.

The incident, which included fans from both school coming onto the court, began after Berea’s Mikah Turner knocked down an IUSE player while trying to set a screen at the top of the key.

At the time the game was stopped, the Mountaineers (19-9, 8-4 KIAC) had a 28-27 lead on the third-ranked Grenadiers (22-3, 11-0 KIAC).


My Thoughts: Given the importance of this game and the point of the game that this happened, one has to assume that the scene was pretty ugly. If anyone has details on this situation, please contact me.

Wood Selig Leaves WKU for Old Dominion


It has been confirmed that Wood Selig, the Athletic Director at Western Kentucky since 1999, has left to accept the same position at Old Dominion.

Excerpt of article from HamptonRoads.com:

Wood Selig, the athletic director at Western Kentucky University since 1999, is the new AD at Old Dominion University, the school confirmed today.

Selig will succeed Jim Jarrett, who is retiring this summer after more than four decades in the position.

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John Wall Does Not Have a Fractured Foot



The rumors about a potentially serious injury to John Wall's foot are false.

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Kentucky Wesleyan Survives Bellarmine, Ties School

(6) Kentucky Wesleyan 71
Bellarmine University 69

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by KWC:


The Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team closed its regular season with a 71-69 win over Bellarmine on Thursday night at Knights Hall in Louisville.

The sixth-ranked Panthers improved to 27-3, which equaled the school record for wins in the regular season established by the 1999 squad that finished 35-2 and won the national championship.

"With all the great teams and all the great coaches that have been here, it's really an accomplishment our guys should be proud of," KWC coach Todd Lee said.

KWC overcame a difficult night from the field (25-of-63, 39.7 percent) with strong work on the offensive boards (14) and by committing just eight turnovers.

"That put us plus-11 in the possession game," said Lee, who preaches those two components, along with defense, as being the key to success. "We played very good defense in the first half, but we came out flat in the second half."

KWC led 34-25 at halftime. But Bellarmine blistered the nets in the second half (15-of-26, 57.7 percent) to pull ahead 64-63 with 2:35 remaining.

The Panthers, meanwhile, struggled from the field after intermission, hitting just 11-of-28 shots (39.3 percent) and missing all 10 of their 3-point attempts.

"Our shot selection in the second half wasn't good," Lee said.

What KWC did exceptionally well was convert from the foul line down the stretch. Marico Stinson hit two free throws with 1:09 left that pushed the Panthers ahead 65-64, and Desmond Stephens and Andree' Wilson combined to hit 6-of-6 charity tosses in the last 25 seconds to seal the win.

Overall, KWC made 17-of-18 free throws (94.4 percent).

"We are shooting free throws well," Lee said. "Part of it too is we've had leads down the stretch, and then we get it to the right guys."

Wilson continued his strong play for the Panthers, notching team highs with 17 points and seven rebounds.

"He's playing with a lot of energy," Lee said. "We're going to him more now in the post."

KWC, which improved to 16-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, got 16 points from Stephens. Chris Williams chipped in 12.

Bellarmine (18-8, 11-6), which hadn't lost a conference game at home this season, had four players score in double figures. Jeremy Kendle scored a game-high 20 points.

The Knights shot 47.9 percent (23-of-48) from the field -- 7-of-17 (41.2 percent) from 3-point range -- and made 16-of-24 free throws (66.7 percent). They won the boards, 34-33.

"We've got a tough group of guys; they don't get down and they keep battling," Lee said. "Our guys like going on the road and playing, and that says a lot about our mental toughness."

KWC will return to action against an opponent yet to be determined in the second round of the GLVC Tournament at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Sportscenter.

Hilltoppers Roll Over South Alabama on Senior Night

Western Kentucky 99
South Alabama 69

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- AJ Slaughter saved his best performance for last as the senior from Shelbyville, Ky. torched South Alabama (15-13, 7-9 SBC) for a career-high 31 points in his final game played at Diddle Arena. On an emotional senior night in which a crowd of 6,259 Hilltopper fans bid farewell to Slaughter, Jeremy Evans, Anthony Sally, and Nemanja Milosevic, WKU (16-12, 9-6 SBC) routed the Jaguars 99-69.

The win, coupled with losses by Sun Belt East and West Division leaders Middle Tennessee and Arkansas State, moves the Toppers just one game back of five teams tied atop the league standings at 10-5. WKU also extended its winning streak over their rivals to five-straight, the second longest stretch in the 57-game series history.

South Alabama grabbed an early 7-4 lead on a Javier Carter bucket with 17:57 remaining. But two early Sergio Kerusch threes sparked a 19-5 run as WKU took a commanding 23-12 advantage on a Caden Dickerson three-pointer with 12:25 left in the opening half. Kerusch finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, his second double double of the season. Slaughter, who had six points during the spurt, scored 21 points in the first half, and finished 10-of-16 for the game including 6-of-9 from long range and 5-of-5 at the stripe.

Evans entered the game needing only a bucket to reach 1,000 career points, got a lay-up to go 1:47 into the contest off a Slaughter assist to become the 44th member of the WKU 1,000-point club. The duo have combined for an impressive 92-39 record in their four years together on the Hill. Evans also becomes just the second player in WKU Basketball history to amass 1,000 points, 750 rebounds, and 200 blocked shots.

Slaughter, the Sun Belt Conference's Preseason Player of the Year, dished out six of the team's season-high 25 assists while not committing a turnover. Fellow senior Anthony Sally also dished out six helpers while freshman Jamal Crook handed out a career-best seven assists in 18 minutes off the bench.

Allyn Cooks connected on a triple at the 10:04 mark of the first stanza to pull the Jaguars within 10 at 27-17, but WKU delivered the knockout blow early in the form of an 18-4 run as the Toppers drilled six of their first 10 shots from long distance to balloon the spread to 45-21 on a Slaughter fastbreak trey. Seven different players scored in the decisive run for WKU.

After leading 53-30 at the break, Steffphon Pettigrew drained a three-pointer five ticks into the second half and Evans added a dunk, but the Jaguars ripped off a 15-6 run to cut the deficit to 17 at 64-47 on a Carter free throw with 13:31 on the clock. Just as the Jaguars tried to make up significant ground, however, the Hilltoppers rattled off 22 of the next 29 points to claim their largest lead, 86-54, on a Dickerson three-pointer with 7:04 left.

Pettigrew finished with 13 points while Dickerson chipped in nine.

WKU connected on a season-best 14-of-32 three-point attempts, falling just two shy of tying the school record for made threes in a single game. The Hilltoppers shot 53.1 percent from the field, converted 17-of-20 free throw attempts, out rebounded South Alabama 43-24, and had their reserves out score the Jaguars' bench 42-5.

Freshman Jordan Swing scored a career-high 11 points while Cliff Dixon added five points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 20 minutes.

Tim Williams led South Alabama with 23 points while Martino Brock, Gary Redus, and Carter each contributed 11.

WKU returns to the road on Saturday, February 20 when the Hilltoppers travel to Jonesboro, Ark. to take on Sun Belt West Division leading Arkansas State at 7:00 PM.

Brescia Defeats IU East for Win No. 20

Brescia 77
IU East 73

Final from Richmond, Indiana

Game recap by Brescia:


Andrew Howard made a steal and hit two free throws in the waning seconds to seal Brescia University's 77-73 victory over host Indiana University East on Thursday night in Richmond, Ind.

Howard, out of Owensboro Catholic High School, finished with a team-high 25 points and moved within 17 of the 2,000-point mark for his career.

The Bearcats (20-9, 10-3 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) also got a big outing from Anthony Ingram, who produced 23 points and ten rebounds. “The month of February is about floor leadership and toughness”, said Pechota “and tonight we got that from our upper classmen.”

Brescia made 28-of-50 floor shots for 56 percent, including 4-of-11 from 3-point range (36 percent).

The Red Wolves were paced by Tyler Rigby, who poured in a game-best 27 points.

The Bearcats will end their regular season tomorrow afternoon against KIAC opponent Alice Lloyd College. Tip is set for 3pm.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Campbellsville Completes Sweep of Lindsey Wilson

Campbellsville 66
Lindsey Wilson 61

Final from Campbellsville, Kentucky

Game recap by CU:


The last nine years have been rough in the Highway 55 rivalry for Campbellsville University, but the eighth-ranked Tigers started the new decade off strong Thursday, downing the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders, 66-61, in front of a packed Powell Athletic Center crowd. The win completed the first men's and women's basketball regular season sweep in the rivalry for CU since 2003.

Fans called to paint the bleachers in dark maroon for the state-wide televised broadcast on Wazoo Sports, as the student section wore "Maroon the Rival" T-shirts given away at the door.

Campbellsville led the first eight minutes of the game, stretching the lead out to 10-4 early, but the Blue Raiders went on a 19-2 run over the next five minutes for their largest lead of the night, 23-12. Jordan Benock helped answer the run with a lay-up that sparked a 15-2 run by the Tigers, capped by a fast break layup by JaVaughn Espritt to regain the lead, 27-25.

The Raiders quickly stretched the lead out to three, but Espritt tipped in a shot with seconds left in the half to cut Lindsey Wilson's halftime lead down to one, 30-29.

The second half was a different story, as Espritt gave CU its first lead of the half, 38-37, on a dunk less than five minutes in. The next few minutes belonged to senior point guard T.J. Bishop. The Boynton Beach, Fla., native knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers with 13:30 to stretch CU's lead to nine, 46-37, and keep the Tigers on top for good.

Campbellsville maintained its four possession lead the remainder of the way.

CU (21-6, 9-2) will carry its Mid-South Conference lead to St. Catharine College (19-8, 7-4) Saturday at 4 p.m.

Where is the Kentucky Basketball News?


I just received a text asking where the Kentucky basketball news is today, so I thought I would make a quick post for my readers.

For the next 10 days or so, I will be guest-blogging about the Kentucky Wildcats at KentuckySportsRadio.com. Several of the major contributors at KSR are embarking on a project in conjunction with CBS Sports that will have them travelling all over the place for the next 10-11 days so I will be contributing to their site during that time.

You will still receive all the news here, but it will be delivered a little differently. I will notify my readers of all breaking news and will also link to my articles on KSR so that you may enjoy them.

As always, if you have news you want shared on AllKYHoops.com, shoot me a message or call me using the business card at the top of the site. It is a full-time job to cover all the basketball in the state, so if I overlook important news, PLEASE let me know. It is next to impossible to discover all the news, particularly at the high school level, so I invite coaches, ADs, SIDs, players, parents and fans to send me news/events that you would like to have reported.

Now, some UK news:

- A Big Blue Afternoon Update including notes on Jodie Meeks being traded, an opportunity to meet some legendary ex-Wildcats and an update on a good deed by Coach Calipari

- John Wall vs. Evan Turner for National Player of the Year; Who do you take?

- Also, I just learned that Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury claims Kentucky fans have forced him to disconnect his personal phones following a barrage of phone calls

Kenneth Faried is a "Mid-Major Monster"


MidMajority.com states that Morehead State junior Kenneth Faried is already a Mid-Major Monster and he literally rebounds close to 40% of opponents' missed shots.

Here is an excerpt about Faried:

The "It Bears Repeating" Award. The name Kenneth Faried is already synonymous with "mid-major monster." But when you personally rebound very nearly 40 percent of opponents' misses during your minutes at Morehead State, you officially constitute an urgent challenge for player-evaluation geeks. No, the Eagles' opponents are not equivalent to what Faried would face in the NBA. But 40 percent? (OK, 39. You get the idea.) What might that translate to at the proverbial next level?

Brandon Peters Will Bring Athleticism to Western Kentucky

Here is a sample of what Western Kentucky fans have to look forward to from 2010 recruit Brandon "Snap" Peters:

Senior Night at Western Kentucky Will Be Record-Setting


Mark Leevan of Examiner.com writes that tonight's senior night at Western Kentucky University will be a record setting night.

Not only will seniors A.J. Slaughter, Jeremy Evans, Anthony Sally and Nemanja Milosevic be playing their final game at E.A. Diddle Arena, but Evans is likely to top the 1,000-point plateau for his career - he currently sits at 998.

Steffphon Pettigrew has 973 career points and will likely join the elite 1,000-point club before the season ends. When Pettigrew and Evans join Slaughter in the club, it will mark the first time in 91 seasons of WKU basketball that the team will have three simultaneous members of the elite career scoring club.


Ex-Cat Donald Williams Having an Excellent Season


Former Kentucky Wildcat Donald Williams is having a tremendous season at Antelope Valley College (JUCO).

Tonight, Williams led AVC with 30 points in a 95-79 loss to Chaffey.

On the season, he is averaging 16.6 points and 2 rebounds per outing. He is shooting 36.4% (52-143) from beyond the 3-point line on the season.

Williams was a redshirt freshman during Billy Gillispie's final season as head coach at Kentucky.

Louisville Discovers Luck of the Irish in Double Overtime

Louisville 91
Notre Dame 89 F/2OT

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by Louisville:


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)--Samardo Samuels scored a career-high 36 points, going 16 of 19 from the free throw line, as Louisville outlasted Notre Dame 91-89 in double overtime on Wednesday night.

Louisville's Reginald Delk answered the run with a four-point play after he was fouled while knocking down a 3-pointer to key a 6-0 run. Neither team lead by more than a single basket the rest of the way.

Tim Abromaitis scored career-high 29 points for the Irish, who were playing without leading scorer and rebounder Luke Harangody. Ben Hansbrough, who was the only other Notre Dame player in double figures, finished with 21 points.

Jared Swopshire scored 12 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Louisville, while Edgar Sosa added 12 points

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Morehead State Blasts EKU; Clinches Second in OVC

Morehead State 77
Eastern Kentucky 64


Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky - Morehead State clinched a second place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference and tied the team record for OVC wins in a season, defeating rival Eastern Kentucky 77-64 in front of more than 5,000 fans at Johnson Arena on Wednesday night.

“I thought our team played extremely hard, especially in the first half. Our team fed off the fans. We had over 5,000 fans tonight and I’m extremely proud of that,” said coach Donnie Tyndall.

MSU (19-8; 13-3 OVC) recorded 13 conference wins for just the second time in school history, equaling the 13 OVC victories earned by the 2002-03 team. The second-place finish is also the best OVC finish since that 2002-03 team tied for first place. The Eagles are now one win shy of a second consecutive 20-win season, which would mark the first time in school history men's basketball has had back-to-back 20-win seasons.

Morehead led by as many 26 points partway through the second half, and the Eagles dominated the glass in the game 45-28. Kenneth Faried recorded his 20th double-double (15 points, 16 rebounds) of the season and senior Maze Stallworth knocked down four triples in route to a team-high 20 points. Sophomore Steve Peterson just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds, and Junior Demonte Harper finished with 11 points.

“We rebounded the ball so well,” said Tyndall.

MSU jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game, largely thanks to Faried, who nearly had a double-double in the stretch totaling seven points and nine rebounds.

The Colonels (18-10; 10-6 OVC) responded by scoring six of the next eight points to decrease the deficit to 11-8 and force a Tyndall timeout with 13:54 remaining in the half. It was all Eagles from there and led by strong defense the Eagles went on 17-4 run over the next 5:19 to take a 15 point lead. Morehead State held Justin Stommes to four points and Papa Oppong scoreless. Stommes and Oppong average a combined 26 points per game for the Colonels.

“Morehead’s defense threw us out of sync and we never recovered,” said EKU coach Jeff Neubauer.

MSU continued to roll on the offensive end, eventually stretching the lead to 41-20 on a nifty Les Simmons fast break reverse layup with 2:40 remaining in the half. A Simmons three-pointer at the buzzer capped the half and gave MSU a 20-point 45-25 halftime lead.

The Eagles dominated all aspects of the half, outrebounding the Colonels 27-9, shooting 56.3 percent from the field, 58.3 percent from behind the arc and holding EKU to 32.1 percent from the field and just 20.0 percent from three. The Colonels came into the contest averaging 10 treys a game, but were held to just two in the first half.

Spencer Perrin made the opening deuce of the second half to drop the MSU lead to 18 before an old-fashioned three-point play by Harper and Stallworth’s third trey of the game pushed the Eagle lead to 24, 51-27. A Harper longball following a EKU free throw stretched the MSU lead to 54-28, its largest advantage of the game.

It was another strong shooting night for Stallworth, who went 4-for-7 from downtown.

“I feel great. The rim is like an ocean, and all I have to do is throw a rock in it,” said Stallworth. “I give credit to my teammates. All I have to do is stand there at the three-point line, they drive and give the ball to me, so I really owe it to them.”

EKU was able to battle the lead back to 20 several times, but could get no closer until two Dayvon Ellis freebies made the score 64-46 with 7:07 to play in the half. The two rivals largely traded baskets and free throws for the rest of the game before the Colonels strung together some baskets at the end, leading to the 13-point final margin.

EKU’s Josh Taylor led all scorers in the game with 21 points, with four three-pointers. Ellis also scored in double-digits for the Colonels with 13 points.

The Eagles hit the road for the ESPN BracketBuster on Saturday, taking on Illinois State in Normal, Ill. at 5:05 p.m. ET.

Union College Rolls to Senior Night Victory

Union College 97
Montreat College 60

Final from Barbourville, Kentucky

Game recap by Union College:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky.- Union College handled business on Senior Night against visiting Montreat College in Appalachian Athletic Conference play, 97-60.

With the win the Bulldogs improve their record to 17-12 (10-5) while the Cavaliers fall to 3-25 (1-14) in the 2009-10 campaign.

Union dominated the Cavaliers in every facet of the ball game the entire evening. The Bulldogs forced Montreat into 10 turnovers in each half, converting their 20 miscues into 23 Bulldog points. The Bulldogs shot the lights out, going 37-of-62 (59.7 percent) while the Cavaliers only converted on 22-of-61 (36.1 percent) from the field. Union out-rebounded the Cavaliers 44 to 37 and the Bulldogs tallied 27 assists compared to only 11 from Montreat.

Montreat seemed to have found an answer down low through the solid early play of Christina Tonkins and forward Matt Rushing, combining for 14 first half points, but as the Cavaliers pushed, Union never looked back. The Bulldogs added a late field goal from Sophomore Payton Ponzer (Independence, Ky.) at the first half buzzer to take a 22 point lead into the locker room, 54-32.

The Bulldog lead never got lower than 19 points in the second half, thanks in part to Montreats struggles offensively, going 10-for-32 (31.3 percent) from the field in the half and 9-for 24 (37.5 percent) from the free throw line throughout the entire game.

Union was led in scoring in the contest by Senior Kearney Demus (Lexington, Ky.) who netted 16 first half points. Demus finished the evening with 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting and a season high eight assists. Demus did the majority of his scoring damage from the free throw line, converting on 8-of-11 (72.7 percent).

The Bulldogs also received solid contributions from Junior Ihsan Phillips (Philadelphia, Pa.), who notched a double-double with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting (63.6 percent) and 11 rebounds, Payton Ponzer, who netted 14 points on the evening and Junior Josh Hurd (Independence, Ky.) who chipped in 12 points in the conference tilt.

Senior Beau Brown (Athens, Tenn.) had a solid evening on Senior Night, tallying 10 and hauling in five boards to go along with his three steals for the Bulldogs. Senior Clinton Dixon (Irvine, Ky.) also stepped up on Senior Night, amassing nine points and seven rebounds.

The Cavaliers were led in scoring on the evening by Vincent Dembrowski, netting 13 points for Montreat. Matt Rushing also had a solid performance, finishing the evening with 12 points for the Cavaliers.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday as the travel to Waleski, Ga. for a conference battle with Reinhardt College. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spalding University Wins Buzzer-Beater Over Fontbonne

Spalding 63
Fontbonne 62

Final from Spalding University

Game recap by SU:


The Spalding University Golden Eagles Men’s Basketball Team was in action in their last home game of the season on Wednesday, February 17 against Fontbonne University. This was the final home game before the men close their season with two games on the road.

The first half began with Spalding getting out to a quick start. The Golden Eagles were able to build a 9-0 lead in the first 3 ½ minutes of the half. Fontbonne quickly responded with a 9-2 run of their own and Spalding’s lead was cut to 2. The teams then traded baskets for the rest of the first half. Dewhon Mcafee had a big first half for Spalding scoring 14 points on 6-9 shooting. Jametrius Brasher also had a good half scoring 8 points and bringing down 3 rebounds. Spalding was able to head to the locker room at halftime with a two point lead. The score at the half was Spalding 31 Fontbonne 29.

The second half started with both teams trading baskets back and forth. With 13 minutes remaining in the game Spalding was up by 1 point. Fontbonne would take the lead in the next 5 minures. Fontbonne was able to hold the lead at about 5 points until there was only 1 minute remaining in the game. Spalding cut the Fontbonne lead down to 1 point. After Fontbonne was able to make a 3 pointer and go back up by four Spalding could have given up with 30 seconds left. Spalding fought hard to get the lead back down to 2 points with 9 seconds left in the game. After Fontbonne missed the front end of a one and one, Spalding called a timeout to set up a play. One could have assumed that Dewhon Mcafee would take the final shot considering he had scored 27 points in the game. Mcafee received the ball off of the inbound. He then dribbled to his right and kicked the ball to the top of the key to Chad Rogers. Rogers fired a 3 pointer for the win and made it with only 0.8 seconds left on the clock and for his only points of the game. Fontbonne was unable to get a shot off in the final second and Spalding earned an exciting victory in their last home game of the season.

The Golden Eagles’ final 2 games of the season will be played on the road. They will play Blackburn College on Friday, February 19, and they will play Webster University on Saturday, February 20. If Spalding can manage to win both of these games, they will qualify for the USCAA tournament. Good luck to our Golden Eagles during the rest of the season, and thanks to those who supported them at home this year.

Thomas More Clinches Share of Conference Title

Thomas More 103
Thiel College 94

Final from Greenville, Pennsylvania

Game recap by TMC:

(GREENVILLE, Pa.) - The Thomas More College men's rallied from a 22-point first half deficit to defeat Thiel College, 103-94, tonight (Wednesday, February 17, 2010) in Greenville, Pennsylvania to clinch at least a share of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) regular season title.

With the win, the Saints improve to 18-6 overall and 9-3 in the PAC and with the loss, the Tomcats fall to 14-10 overall and 7-5 in the PAC.

Thiel opened the game on a 37-15 run capped by a layup by Sean Devinney with 9:02 to play in the first half. Thomas More responded with a 24-9 run to cut the lead to 46-39 when senior power forward Daniel McKeehan (Maineville, Ohio/Little Miami) made a three-pointer with 1:34 to play in the opening half. Devinney would then make two free-throws with 44-seconds to play in the half to extend the Tomcats' lead to 48-39 at halftime.

Thomas More opened the second half on a 16-6 run capped by a free-throw by McKeehan to take a 55-54 lead with 16:40 to play in the game. The Tomcats answered with a 14-8 run to retake the lead at 68-63 when Lance Randall made one-of-two free-throws at the 11:10 mark of the second half. The Saints responded with a 16-2 run take a 79-70 lead with 8:34 to play in the game when sophomore shooting guard Daniel Neeley (Warsaw, Ky./Owen County) made a three-pointer. Thiel came right back with a 19-13 run capped by a three-pointer by Devinney to cut the lead to 92-89 with 3:26 to play in the game. Thomas More answered with an 11-3 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 103-92 when Neeley made two free-throws with 35-seconds left in the game. Thiel would make two free-throws in the final seconds for the final score of 103-94.

Six Saints reached double-figure scoring led by McKeehan with 18. Joining him in double-figures were junior forward Aaron Miller (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) with 17, senior point guard Romell Salone (Cincinnati, Ohio/Walnut Hills) with 15, Neeley with 14, junior shooting guard Kurt Bovard (Villa Hills, Ky./Covington Catholic) with 11 and junior forward Eddie Brown (Hamilton, Ohio/Stephen T. Badin) with 10. Miller led the team on the boards with nine rebounds, while McKeehan led the team in steals with four.

The Saints will close out the regular season on Saturday (February 20) when they travel to Latrobe, Pennsylvania for a 4 p.m. game with Saint Vincent College.

More Records Fall as Yates Destroys Another Opponent

Yates High School, which features Western Kentucky signee Brandon Peters, steamrolled another helpless opponent tonight and broke the state record for most consecutive 100-point games.

Playing subs for the majority of the game, Yates rolled to a 127-26 victory over Davis High School.

Excerpt of article from Chron.com:

With 1:59 left in the third quarter Yates guard Gary Jackson stole the ball and flushed in a layup on the other end of the floor to give the Lions its eighth straight 100-point game, breaking the state record of seven straight set by Hardin-Jefferson in 1991-92.

Led by senior Chris Hill’s game-high 22 points, Yates’ cadre of reserves steamrolled over Davis in rout to a 127-26 win to close out the regular season with its undefeated streak at 50.
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Peters played limited minutes in the lopsided victory.

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan on ESPN First Take

Tonight is a Critical Game for the Louisville Cardinals

USA Today's Tim Gardner says that tonight is a critical game for Louisville if they wish to solidify their spot in the the NCAA Tournament field.

Here are Gardner's thoughts:

Notre Dame at Louisville, 7, ESPN2

Almost a must-win situation for Notre Dame with Pittsburgh and Georgetown looming next on the schedule. For Louisville, the Cardinals can solidify the spot they basically stole from Florida with their upset of Syracuse on Sunday.

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Marquis Teague Scores 25 as Pitino Watches


Louisville 2011 recruit Marquis Teague scored 25 points on 8-10 shooting as Rick Pitino looked on.

Teague is also being recruited heavily by Kentucky and has a list that includes: the Wildcats and Cardinals, Ohio State, Indiana, Cincinnati and Purdue.

Here is an excerpt of an article from IndyStar.com:

Trailing 34-17 midway through the third quarter, it appeared Pike was on its way to a blowout loss. But junior Marquis Teague -- with Louisville coach Rick Pitino in attendance -- ignited a rally, scoring 21 of his game-high 25 points in the second half. Source

Teague is a 6-2 point guard that is ranked #2 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

Mississippi State AD Releases Statement Concerning Fans

Mississippi State athletic director Greg Byrne has released the following statements concerning recent MSU fan behavior:

GREAT ATMOSPHERE OVERSHADOWED BY JUST A FEW

ESPN color analyst Jimmy Dykes said the university received a “black eye” last night, following our overtime loss to Kentucky. Because of the actions of a few, we embarrassed ourselves on national television and damaged the university’s name.

The post-game events, in which some of our fans threw items on the playing floor, were totally unacceptable. It is our goal - one of our five defining principles as an athletic department - that we will act in a first-class manner as we compete for championships. We will never truly be considered winners - or champions - no matter the outcome of a game, if we do not act with class and integrity.

No matter what transpires on the court or the field, there is never justification for fans throwing debris, or acting in any other similar way, to demonstrate displeasure. It puts everyone in jeopardy of injury, and is just not the spirit of intercollegiate athletics. Thus, I am asking anyone who saw an individual throw debris on the court to come forward. Please contact me directly at byrne@athletics.msstate.edu. It is our intent to always act with class.

Our lack of sportsmanship started earlier in the week when some of our fans gained access to a Kentucky basketball player’s cell phone number. According to the player, some of our folks bombarded his cell phone with calls and text messages, some of which may have been highly objectionable. We have asked University of Kentucky officials to provide us with the phone numbers associated with any objectionable messages.

In both cases, we will do our best to track down those individuals responsible and take appropriate disciplinary measures, which could include denial of future ticket privileges.

We have great fans. They are motivated, they cheer loudly, and they are passionate about their Bulldogs. I thank the vast majority of you who display great sportsmanship by supporting our university. But, we can’t risk the reputation of the university and all the ideals we aspire to by the actions of just a few in a short period of time after a tough, close loss.

In the end, a great game between two great institutions and their basketball teams was ruined by a handful of individuals. Our Bulldogs, playing short-handed, competed at the highest level last night and it is unfortunate that our attention can’t be focused on that fact.

We have shared our concerns with President Dr. Mark Keenum. Here are his thoughts:

“I was upset and disappointed that the ill-advised actions of just a few of our fans overshadowed a tremendous performance by our basketball team against the Kentucky Wildcats Tuesday night. This was an embarrassment for our university. That kind of behavior is totally unacceptable and far removed from the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that exists on the Mississippi State University campus. I have directed Athletic Director Greg Byrne to investigate the matter fully and to review security procedures to prevent this from ever happening again in Humphrey Coliseum. I have called University of Kentucky President Dr. Lee Todd to offer an official apology to the university, its basketball team and fans for this unfortunate incident.”

Student body President Blake Jeter had this to say:

“It is unfortunate that the actions of a handful of fans could stain what would have otherwise been one of the best game atmospheres in many years at Mississippi State. It is certainly not a reflection on the outstanding character that our university community holds and is committed to maintaining; however, last night’s events should not be tolerated.

“The student community here will be absolutely committed to ensuring that events like last night will not happen again in the future. We commend our basketball team for playing with Mississippi State spirit, and we as a student body will be committed to playing our part as well.”

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We appreciate what you do for Mississippi State Athletics and want to encourage you to get others involved. There are three things you can do to help Mississippi State reach its desired goals -

1. Buy Season Tickets
2. Financially Support the Bulldog Club
3. Get Others To Do The Same

Thanks for taking the time to read this update.

Go Dawgs!

Greg Byrne
byrne@athletics.msstate.edu
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Murray State Basketball Earns OVC Team Academic Award

The Murray State men's basketball program received the Ohio Valley Conference Team Academic Achievement Award trophy before they hosted Southeast Missouri State Feb. 16 at the Regional Special Events Center.

The Racers were named the top academic team in their sport among conference members for the 2008-09 school year as co-winners with Austin Peay.

OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche was on hand to present the award to Racers head coach Billy Kennedy.

"I am very proud of the success our players are having in the classroom," Kennedy said. "Our team worked very hard and Matt Kelly and his support team are doing a great job. "

Murray State's commitment to making sure that the student in student-athlete comes first is line with the ideals fostered in the wide array of awards given by the OVC. In addition to the team awards, the OVC also gives recognition by the OVC Medal of Honor, Scholar Athlete Award and the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll.

The OVC gives the Team Academic Achievement Awards and the end of each school year and are awarded to the member institution's team with the greatest percentage of its student-athletes named to the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll. The Racers placed three players on the OVC Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2008-09: Tyler Holloway, Jarad Key and Picasso Simmons.

John Calipari Talks to Media After MSU Game

Calipari discusses the win over Mississippi State:



Calipari's thoughts on fan incidents:



Videos courtesy of BlueNationBlog.com

A Turn-er of Events in Race for NCAA Player of the Year?


Ohio State's Evan Turner has overtaken Kentucky's John Wall in the AnnArbor.com College Basketball Player of the Year prediction poll.

The site takes votes from 49 panelists (that actually vote on the Player of the Year award) and uses it to predict the eventual winner.

In the first two polls, Wall was the overall leader but this time, Evan Turner moves into the first place with a 110-97 point advantage.

Maybe Terrence Williams Should Have Been in Dunk Contest

Check out Terrence Williams at #3:

IU Southeast Runs Away from Alice Lloyd

Let me point out an impressive display of good sportsmanship by Alice Lloyd College and head coach J.R. Hammond. ALC allowed IU Southeast to win the opening tip and then allowed senior Clay Ryan, who suffered a season-ending knee injury a few weeks ago, to score an uncontested layup for the game's first two points.

IU Southeast then allowed Alice Lloyd to score a free basket. Ryan was subbed out of the game and left to a standing ovation from the home fans on Senior Night. The actual game started with a 2-2 score.

(3) IU Southeast 122
Alice Lloyd 80

Final from New Albany, Indiana

Excerpt of game recap by IU Southeast:


The No. 3-ranked Grenadiers (NAIA Division II) jumped out of the gate early and dominated throughout much of the contest in a highly emotional game.

The Grenadiers also clinched sole possession of first place in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 11-0 record against KIAC opponents. The Grenadiers, KIAC Regular Season Champions, have also earned the No. 1-seed in next week's KIAC Basketball Tournament. This is the third consecutive KIAC Regular Season title for the IU Southeast men's basketball program.

The Grenadiers will host the No. 8-seed at home in New Albany next Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. The KIAC Semifinals and Finals will be held in Frankfort, Ky. on Feb. 26-27. Game times will be announced later this week at KIACsports.com

IU Southeast (22-3, 11-0 KIAC) was led by senior Craig Bryant (Louisville, Ky.) with 23 points, four rebounds and two assists. Senior George White (Louisville, Ky.) scored a season-high 20 points with two rebounds and two assists. Senior Alex Gravelle (Louisville, Ky.) scored 19 points with three rebounds.

Senior DeJon Gary (Indianapolis, Ind.), who was celebrating his 22nd birthday on Tuesday, recorded a season-first triple-double with 12 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Senior Josh Lowery (Jeffersonville, Ind.) added a season-high 15 points and four assists for IU Southeast. Senior Carlos Mitchell (Louisville, Ky.) rounded out double-digit scorers for IU Southeast with 11 points and eight rebounds.

IU Southeast led by 26 points at halftime, 63-37.

The Grenadiers shot 60-percent from field goal range (45-of-75) and 51-percent from behind the 3-pt. arc (23-of-45). IU Southeast connected on nine of its 11 total free-throw attempts (82-percent).

Alice Lloyd College (7-18 / 2-9 KIAC) was led by Daniel Combs with 17 points and nine rebounds. Brandon Hayes added 14 points for the visiting Eagles. Van Ferguson and Will Jones rounded out double-digit scores for Alice Lloyd with 13 and 11 points respectively.

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Mississippi State Fans Overshadow Team's Performance


Unfortunately for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, their excellent performance against a more-talented Kentucky team was hidden in the shadows of the shenanigans of some seriously classless MSU fans.

Pat Forde of ESPN.com writes:

There is no excuse for throwing what appeared to be a full water bottle at official Mike Kitts. There is no excuse for throwing empty bottles. There is no excuse for throwing anything on the floor during a basketball game. Source

I agree 100% with Forde and I will add that it is unacceptable to harass a college athlete via cell phone, social networking tools or any other means of direct communication. It is bad enough to attack a student-athlete on message boards and other "third party" tools, but directly calling/texting someone is taking it to a whole new level.

MSU moves up this week in the loser fans rankings:

1. Mississippi State: No excuse; if you have some, keep them to yourselves
2. West Virginia: Throwing objects on the court; screaming obscenities; Jesco White
3. New Mexico: Avoid this place at all costs (unless you are in the conference)

DeMarcus Cousins Proves He Is SEC's Best Big Man

DeMarcus Cousins has proven to be the best big man in the Southeastern Conference.

His final challenge came last night at Mississippi State where he battled head-to-head with Bulldog big man Jarvis Varnado.

Here are the numbers:

DeMarcus Cousins: 30 MIN 7-11 FG 0-1 3PT 5-8 FT 14 REB 3 AST 0 STL 1 BLK 3 TO 19 PTS

Jarvis Varnado: 23 MIN 4-8 FG 0-0 3PT 2-3 FT 5 REB 1 AST 0 STL 2 BLK 10 PTS

Other considerations:

- Varnado fouled out and only managed about 5 minutes of second half playing time
- Cousins pulled down his SEC-leading 16th double-double (Varnado has 15)

Final consideration:



My statement: DeMarcus Cousins is clearly the best big man in the SEC and is earning consideration as the best big man in all of college basketball.

Kentucky Overcomes Incredible Adversity at Starkville


(2) Kentucky 81
Mississippi State 75 F/OT

Final from Starkville, Mississippi

Game recap by UK:


STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - John Wall scored 18 points, including five in overtime, and came within two assists of a triple-double to lead No. 2 Kentucky to an 81-75 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.

Wall's three-point play opened the scoring in overtime, then he added two free throws and blocked Dee Bost's layup attempt with 36 seconds left to push the Wildcats (25-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) to their sixth straight win and snap a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs (18-8, 6-5).

DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson both scored 19 points. Wall had 10 rebounds and eight assists. Cousins had 14 rebounds.

Kentucky trailed 67-60 with 3 minutes left, but scored the final seven points of regulation, the last two on Patterson's 15-foot jumper that tied it at 72.

Bost scored 22 points for Mississippi State, which was without suspended leading scorer Ravern Johnson.

The final minute of the game was marred when fans in the student section of a the record crowd of 10,788 threw bottles onto the court, almost hitting official Mike Kitts and coming close to Wall as he stood near the Kentucky bench.

"We made plays. We made shots. We made blocks. We did enough to win the game and now we're going to get out of here," Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

Mississippi State used a 13-2 run to take its biggest lead, 67-60, with 3 minutes left. Jarvis Varnado, one of the nation's leading shot blockers, fouled out midway through the run at 5:08, but that didn't seem to slow down the Bulldogs. They outscored the Wildcats 6-2 over the next 2 minutes before Kentucky clamped down.

Eric Bledsoe hit a 3-pointer, then converted Cousins' block of Romero Osby into a layup in transition before Patterson tied it at 72.

Mississippi State's Barry Stewart missed the rim on a 3-point attempt as the shot clock expired with 6.2 seconds left and DeAndre Liggins' jump shot from the baseline as time expired bounced off the rim.

Cousins, playing with four fouls, grabbed one of his seven offensive rebounds and hit a putback to give Kentucky a 72-70 lead with 3:02 left, but Osby answered with a leaning layup.

From there Wall took over. He wasn't a huge factor in the second half, but he was the difference in overtime. He beat Stewart for the three-point play, then hit one of two free throws in two trips to the line to give the Wildcats a 78-75 lead and just enough cushion for the win.

Bost had a chance at a layup to cut the lead to one, but he lost the ball in traffic.

"We made the plays we had to make," Calipari said. "It's hard to win on the road anywhere in college basketball."

Mississippi State dropped to 0-7 against No. 2-ranked teams and 2-15 against top five teams under coach Rick Stansbury, who was denied his 250th career victory.

The Bulldogs were vulnerable without Varnado, who picked up his third and fourth fouls in a 5-second span early in the second half. That left Stansbury with no option to but to go with a smaller lineup.

Cousins thrived with Varnado out, scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds after halftime. He pushed his SEC-leading double-double mark to 16, snapping a tie with Varnado, who had just five points, three rebounds and two blocks.

Former Cat Pleads Not Guilty to Four Felony Charges


Former Kentucky player and Oklahoma State head coach Sean Sutton has given a "not guilty" plea to four drug-related felony charges.

Excerpt of article from ESPN.com:

The attorney for former Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton entered a not guilty plea to four felony drug-related charges Tuesday and said his client is in a treatment center.

Prosecutors have charged Sutton with four felonies -- obtaining a controlled dangerous substance (oxycodone) by fraud, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (oxycodone) without a prescription, attempted possession of controlled dangerous substances (clonazepam and Adderall) and use of a communications device to facilitate a felony.

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Isaiah Canaan Hits Shot of the Year in College Basketball

Wow...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mikah Turner Leads Berea Over Asbury

Berea 96
Asbury 83

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by Asbury College:


Wilmore, Ky. – The Eagles simply couldn’t overcome the size of Berea in a Senior Day loss 96-83 on Tuesday night. Berea won the battle on the boards by 20 and outscored the Eagles 19-2 in second chance points.

Asbury (14-15, 6-6 KIAC) was led by senior Cory Britt’s (Cynthiana, Ky.) 26 point performance off the bench. Britt knocked down nine-of-13 from the field and connected on five-of-seven from beyond the arc. Adam Delph (Louisville, Ky.) added 21 including seven-of-eight from the foul line. He also grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots. Phillip Morrison (Louisville, Ky.) added 18 on six-of-12 shooting.

Asbury knocked down 10-of-26 from downtown but struggled to combat the size and muscle of the Mountaineers all night long. Berea had two players, Mikah Turner and Chase Wofford, grab 10 or more rebounds. Despite giving up 20 offensive rebounds Asbury had their chance down the stretch but back to back turnovers doomed the Eagles and Berea added free throws and a couple of run outs to bring the final margin to 13.

The Eagles shot 45% from the floor and 39% from three while Berea was 51% from the floor and 28% from three. Both teams turned the ball over 15 times. Berea scored 60 of their points in the paint. Jamal Morris and Brian Johnson added six rebounds each to lead the Eagles. Mikah Turner from Berea, who was just named NAIA DII Player of the Week and leads the country in scoring, added 10 rebounds to go along with his 28 points.

Asbury will close the season at Cincinnati Christian on Friday at 7:30 pm. Asbury currently holds the 4th spot in the KIAC with a half game lead over Indiana-East at 5-6. The top four teams in the KIAC will host the Opening Round game on Tuesday February 23rd.

Kentucky Leads Mississippi State at the Half


(2) Kentucky 32
Mississippi St. 29

Halftime in Starkville, MS

Kentucky has withstood a rabid crowd and first half foul problems to take a 32-29 lead into the halftime locker room at Mississippi State.

John Wall leads Kentucky with 11 points and 7 rebounds in the first half. Patrick Patterson added 9 points and 5 rebounds.

DeMarcus Cousins, fresh off a week of cell phone harassment from Mississippi State fans, put in 7 points and 5 rebounds in limited action due to foul problems.

Kentucky was only 1-12 from beyond the 3-point line in the first half but holds a 28-11 rebounding advantage.

Dee Bost leads Mississippi State with 9 points at the half.

Source Says Big East School Wants Billy Gillispie


This morning, I passed along an article that discussed Billy Gillispie's desire to return to coaching. Tonight, I'm posting an article that cites a source as stating that the DePaul Blue Demons are interested in hiring the former Kentucky head coach.

Here is an excerpt:

Former Kentucky Wildcats basketball coach Billy Gillispie is under consideration as a possible new head coach for the DePaul Blue Demons, sources tell Monsters & Money in the Morning co-host Mike North.

North says his sources in Chicago are hearing Gillispie, who was fired as head coach at the University of Kentucky a year ago, as a likely candidate for DePaul
.

Complete Article

Terrence Ross Will Seek Eligibility at Jefferson

Kentucky recruit Terrence Ross has decided to seek eligibility at Jefferson (Or.) High School after transferring mid-season from Montrose Christian Academy (Md.).

Ross currently lists the Wildcats, Oregon, Washington, Oklahoma and Kansas (which is eerily similar to current Jefferson star Terrence Jones).

Here is an excerpt of an article from OregonLive.com:

Jefferson athletic director Mitch Whitehurst said the school is waiting for Ross' transcripts to arrive from Montrose. Jefferson then will submit paperwork to the Portland Interscholastic League's eligibility committee, requesting a hardship waiver to the Oregon School Activities Association's eligibility rule.

The OSAA does not allow athletic eligibility for midyear transfer students unless a hardship waiver has been approved.

If Ross' transcript from Montrose arrives by Wednesday, it's possible a decision could be made by week's end, Whitehurst said.


Complete Article

Selby Says He's Down to Four; Source Says Two

We learned yesterday from Scout.com that UK 2010 recruit Josh Selby has trimmed his final list to four schools: Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona and Connecticut.

ZagsBlog.com cites a source as saying that he is actually likely to choose between two: Kansas or Arizona.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

A source close to the situation says Selby will end up at one of these two schools: “Kansas and Arizona.” Source

My Thoughts:

This is either really good or really bad news for Kentucky fans, depending on how you look at it. Does this mean that UK is likely to land top target Brandon Knight or does this mean that the Cats are going to miss both top point guard targets for 2010?

Wall and Cousins are Finalists for Oscar Robertson Trophy


Kentucky teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the USBWA's Player of the Year.

The presentation of this year's award will take place on Friday, April 2 at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast at the Columbia Club in Indianapolis in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four. The breakfast will also honor the winner of the Henry Iba Award, the association's coach of the year.

2010 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY FINALISTS

Pos. No. Player, School Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown

F 45 Cole Aldrich, Kansas 6-11 245 Jr. Bloomington, Minn.
G 23 James Anderson, Oklahoma State 6-6 210 Jr. Junction City, Ark.
G 4 Sherron Collins, Kansas 5-11 205 Sr. Chicago, Ill.
F 15 DeMarcus Cousins, Kentucky 6-11 260 Fr. Mobile, Ala.
G 2 Devan Downey, South Carolina 5-9 170 Sr. Chester, S.C.
G 32 Jimmer Fredette, BYU 6-2 195 Jr. Glens Falls, N.Y.
F 44 Luke Harangody, Notre Dame 6-8 246 Sr. Schererville, Ind.
F 4 Robbie Hummel, Purdue 6-8 208 Jr. Valparaiso, Ind.
G/F 5 Damion James, Texas 6-7 225 Sr. Nacogdoches, Texas
F 4 Wesley Johnson, Syracuse 6-7 205 Jr. Corsicana, Texas
G 20 Dominique Jones, South Florida 6-4 215 Jr. Lake Wales, Fla.
C 10 Greg Monroe, Georgetown 6-11 247 So. New Orleans, La.
G 1 Scottie Reynolds, Villanova 6-2 190 Se. Herndon, Va.
G 30 Jon Scheyer, Duke 6-5 190 Sr. Northbrook, Ill.
G/F 21 Evan Turner, Ohio State 6-7 205 So. Chicago, Ill.
G 11 John Wall, Kentucky 6-4 195 Fr. Raleigh, N.C.

Tyndall Sends a Challenge to Morehead State Fans

Morehead State men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has challenged MSU fans, both students and in the community, to pack Johnson Arena for Wednesday’s regionally televised game against arch-rival Eastern Kentucky.

“They had 5,600 fans in attendance when we played them in Richmond, and a good portion of those were our fans,” Tyndall said. “So I have every confidence in the world that our fans can do the same or better Wednesday at Johnson Arena.

The game, which tips at 7:07 p.m. will air on Wazoo Sports Television. The Eagles are currently in second place in the OVC race at 18-8 overall and 12-3 in league play and are fighting to finish in the top two. Eastern Kentucky is battling for a home game in the OVC Tournament first round and is currently in third place just behind MSU.

Source: MSUEagles.com

Kentucky Wesleyan Spanks No. 2 Southern Indiana

(8) Kentucky Wesleyan 86
(2) Southern Indiana 68

Game recap by KWC:


The Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball team avenged an earlier loss with an impressive 86-68 win over No. 2 University of Southern Indiana on Monday night.

The eighth-ranked Panthers made their last 19 free throws and were in control nearly the entire second half. They were 29-of-33 overall from the line for 87.9 percent and an incredible 22-of-24 in the second half.

"We wanted to win, and it was a total team effort to get that win," said Jay Ivey, who had a tough defensive assignment keeping up with Mohamed Ntubma, USI's center.

The Panthers (26-3, 15-2 in Great Lakes Valley Conference) also were very good defensively on USI star Jamar Smith, who scored 10 points on 4-of-15 shooting from the floor, including 1-of-8 from 3-point range.

"The reason it was tough for us to execute was because of the way they guarded Jamar Smith," USI coach Rodney Watson said. "That was beautiful work."

Most of it was done by Kwan Waller, Willie Richardson and Marico Stinson, who all rotated on Smith, who came into the contest averaging 22 points a game.

"Mainly we were trying to deny him the ball," Waller said. "We were trying to make him dribble instead of stand out there and shoot. We wanted mainly to make him feel uncomfortable. It was a tough assignment, but we made him drive."

Tyrone Bradshaw led USI with 24 points, but KWC got more contributions from across the lineup in front of a sellout crowd of 2,700 at the PAC Arena.

It was believed that there would be a lot of emotion on the USI side because the team was remembering Jamar Lewis, who collapsed on the court at the Sportscenter and later died after USI beat the Panthers 74-69 on Jan 14.

The Screaming Eagles were also trying to finish the season undefeated, but were handed their first loss in 24 games by KWC. They are ineligible to compete in the postseason in the wake of an ongoing NCAA investigation.

"I knew they would be emotional, because they wanted to go undefeated," KWC coach Todd Lee said. "There was enough emotion in this game because of the two teams and how good they both are."

The Panthers were led by Richardson's 18 points, including 4-of-4 on 3-point shooting.

"It was like throwing a rock in the ocean," Richardson said. "We were more physical all around."

Desmond Stephens added 17 points and was one of three KWC players to finish with four fouls. Andree' Wilson notched a double-double against a taller, physical USI frontcourt with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

KWC took command early in the second half, getting consecutive 3-point jumpers from Chris Williams, Richardson and Stephens to take a 44-32 advantage. The Screaming Eagles never got the lead under 10 points the rest of the way.

* USI recognized the support and recognition given by KWC fans and administrators following Lewis' death.

USI athletic director Jon Mark Hall thanked what he called USI's friends from KWC during a brief statement before tipoff.

"We are very grateful for the support that was shown by all the fans and family from Kentucky Wesleyan," Hall said. "We thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

KWC players recognized their fallen competitor by wearing red warm-up shirts with Lewis' number 40 on the back.

Billy Gillispie is Ready to Coach Basketball Again

There is an excellent article on Star-Telegram.com this morning that discusses former Kentucky basketball head coach Billy Gillispie. It is a fairly long (4 pages), in-depth article that is highly recommended if you are interested in catching up with Gillispie.

Here is an excerpt that discusses Gillispie's desire to return to coaching:

Gillispie admits a tempered, yet burning desire to return to the game he loves.

"Even though I might sound desperate, I'm not," he said. "But I am totally excited about the future. I am excited about building another program, about working within a university family and getting back to the NCAA Tournament."

His belief is that recent contemplation will make him a better coach and motivator, a difference-maker in both players' lives and the fortunes of a college program willing to take what some will describe as a large gamble.

"I hope that as a result [of recent months] I have a greater understanding of exercising balance," Gillispie said, "without a loss of desire or passion."

He has not been idle.

Since separating from Lucas' after-care program in November, he's traveled extensively, watching games and practices and seeing how other coaches work -- including Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops.


How does Gillispie feel about John Calipari's Wildcats?

Billy Gillispie began to receive calls and text messages not long after then-No. 1 Kentucky lost its first game of the season at South Carolina three weeks ago. All were in the same context, speculating that Gillispie was snickering that the team from the university that had fired him less than a year ago had tumbled from its perch as the top-ranked team in college basketball. Gillispie was surprised at the perception.

"I'm not like that at all," he said recently. "I'm pulling for them.

"To be able to do what they have done so quickly, no one has more respect for that than me, because I have been part of that [at UT-El Paso and Texas A&M]. I think they made a smart move [in hiring John Calipari].

Complete Article (very good read)

2011 Point Guard Kedren Johnson Holds Louisville Offer


Kedren Johnson, a 6-4 point guard from Marshall County (Tn.) High School, has an offer on the table from the Louisville Cardinals.

Tennessean.com reports:

Louisville's Rick Pitino, Tennessee's Bruce Pearl, Vanderbilt's Kevin Stallings and Alabama's Anthony Grant are among the coaches who have seen Johnson play this season. He has offers from all four. Source

Johnson is averaging 21.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists for Marshall County this season. He is known for his smooth ball-handling and ability to penetrate opposing defenses.

Rivals.com ranks Johnson #85 of its Rivals150 List for 2011. Rivals also lists an offer from the Memphis Tigers.

Image: MemphisRoar.com

2010 Recruit Josh Selby Down to Four Schools


Josh Selby’s list is now down to four schools.

Indiana and Syracuse have been eliminated and the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Selby is only considering Arizona, UConn, Kansas and Kentucky, according to a report by Scout.com.


Image: Rivals.com

NOTE: The article was erroneously titled "2010 Recruit Doron Lamb Down to Four Schools" when originally posted; the title was wrong, the information was accurate; correction made

Cumberlands Debuts; Campbellsville Holds in NAIA Rankings

Campbellsville University holds on to its #8 ranking this week in the NAIA DI men's basketball rankings.

Georgetown College moves up five spots to #13 and University of the Cumberlands debuts at #21.

Pikeville College had a difficult week and dropped out of the top 25. St. Catharine and Mid-Continent also received votes, but did not make the top 25.

2009-2010 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll

(Rating #8 – Feb. 15)

1 Mountain State University (W.Va.) (12) 22-0 312
2 Oklahoma Baptist University 24-1 302
3 Concordia University (Calif.) 23-2 292
4 Biola University (Calif.) 23-2 277
5 Southern Nazarene University (Okla.) 22-4 271
6 Louisiana State University-Shreveport 23-3 260
7 Westminster College (Utah) 20-5 250
8 Campbellsville University (Ky.) 20-6 241
9 McKendree University (Ill.) 20-6 230
10 Union University (Tenn.) 20-6 229
11 Southern Polytechnic State University (Ga.) 20-4 202 12 Central Methodist University (Mo.) 20-6 200 13 Georgetown College (Ky.) 19-6 179 14 Olivet Nazarene University (Ill.) 17-7 175 15 Lee University (Tenn.) 20-6 165 16 Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) 17-8 137 17 Oklahoma City University 13-7 115 18 William Carey University (Miss.) 21-4 112 19 Texas Wesleyan University 18-7 100 20 Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) 16-8 92 21 University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) 17-8 91 22 Montana State University-Northern 19-7 81 23 Belhaven University (Miss.) 20-6 80 24 Park University (Mo.) 17-7 79 25 Fresno Pacific University (Calif.) 20-5 75

Monday, February 15, 2010

Bellarmine Takes Care of Indianapolis on the Road

Bellarmine 88
Indianapolis 80

Final from Indianapolis, Indiana

Game recap by Bellarmine:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.--Braydon Hobbs led five Bellarmine players in double figures with 18 points, as the Knights got an important road win tonight by defeating the University of Indianapolis 88-80 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game in Nicoson Hall.

The win, Bellarmine's ninth in its last 10 games, improves the Knights overall record to 18-7, 11-5 GLVC. The Greyhounds slip to 12-14, 6-11.

"It's a road win against a very talented team," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport, who pointed to limiting offensive rebounds and making free throws as major keys to the victory.

"We only gave up three offensive rebounds in each half--that won us the game," he said. "And, we hit 29 of 34 free throws."

The Knights led for the majority of the game, taking the lead for good at the 14:31 mark of the first half on a Justin Benedetti 3-pointer. Bellarmine was able to carve out a 12-point lead at halftime after Hobbs drew a foul while shooting a trey and sank all three free throws as time expired in the opening period.

The Greyhounds didn't go quietly, however. Sparked by Darius Adams' 26 second half points and aided by Bellarmine turnovers, UIndy whittled the Bellarmine lead to just three with 42 seconds remaining. The Knights put the game away by going 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the last 39 seconds.

Freshman Chris Dowe came off the bench to score a career high 16 points to match the point production of Jeremy Kendle. Benedetti added 15, and Luke Sprague pitched in 12.

The Knights also continued to get production from junior Nick Holmes, who is battling back from surgery in December. The Cincinnati junior contributed six points, two rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot in just nine minutes of action.

Game high scoring honors went to Adams of Indianapolis, who pumped in 26--all in the second half.

Bellarmine now looks ahead to home dates with No. 8 Kentucky Wesleyan on Thursday and No. 2 Southern Indiana on Saturday.

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