Saturday, December 14, 2013

Betsy Layne Upsets Louisville Male in Farm Bureau Classic

Betsy Layne earned a big win for the 15th Region Saturday afternoon as they upset Louisville Male 46-44 in the Farm Bureau Classic in Pikeville.

Male (1-3), which played a high level in a 73-70 loss to No. 1 Ballard Friday night, seemed flat and was never able to gain control of the game.

Betsy Layne improved to 5-0 with the victory.

Game highlights:

Calipari After UNC Loss: We're Not a Good Basketball Team Right Now

Kentucky head coach John Calipari told the media after tonight's game that his team just isn't a good team right now.

Here are his postgame comments:

Western Kentucky Can't Keep Up with Louisville in the Second Half

(6) Louisville 79
Western Kentucky 63

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Russ Smith had 14 points and 10 assists and No. 6 Louisville shot 69 percent from the field in the second half to pull away to a 79-63 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday.

With starting point guard Chris Jones sidelined at least a game with a sprained right wrist, the Cardinals (9-1) got numerous backcourt contributions to beat their in-state rival for the fifth straight time. Freshman Terry Rozier grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds starting in Jones' place while reserve Tim Henderson added career highs of 12 points on four 3-pointers and four assists.

Their efforts helped Louisville pad a 31-28 halftime lead as the Cardinals made 13 of their first 21 attempts from the field after the break to build a 63-44 lead with 6:02 left. They shot 18 of 26 in the second half.

Louisville held the Hilltoppers (5-4) scoreless for nearly 6 minutes.

Mangok Mathiang added a career-high 13 points and Chane Behanan had 11 for Louisville, which shot 30 of 59 overall (51 percent) after hitting just 36 percent in the first half.

T.J. Price's 22 points led WKU, which shot just 36 percent and was outscored 36-14 inside. Brandon Harris, coming off a career-high 30-point game at Southern Illinois, finished with four points.

Louisville improved to 38-39 all-time against WKU in a series that both coaches want to continue even though its programs are headed to new leagues next season. The Cardinals will leave the American Athletic Conference to join the Atlantic Coast Conference while the Hilltoppers will move from the Sun Belt to Conference USA.

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Kentucky Suffers Disappointing Loss in Chapel Hill

(18) North Carolina 82
(11) Kentucky 77

Final from Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Kentucky fell behind early and was never able to recover as North Carolina defeated the Wildcats 82-77 Saturday evening in Chapel Hill.

The Wildcats (8-3) out-rebounded the Tar Heels 44-32 but gave up that advantage by missing 14 (29-for-43) free throws and committing 17 turnovers.

Marcus Paige led North Carolina (7-2) with 23 points. James Michael McAdoo added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. J.P. Tokoto chipped in 15 points.

Aaron Harrison led Kentucky with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Andrew Harrison finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. James Young contributed 16 points and 5 boards.

Julius Randle continued his struggles of late as he only managed 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 turnovers.

Kentucky returns to action next Saturday at noon when they host Belmont.

Box score (click to enlarge):

Kidd-Gilchrist Meets Current Wildcats in Chapel Hill

Former Kentucky star Michael Kidd-Gilchrist met up with the current Cats during their shootaround in Chapel Hill:

UK's James Young and Julius Randle Talk About Playing at North Carolina

Kentucky's Julius Randle and James Young talk about today's game at North Carolina:

John Calipari Talks About North Carolina Game and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari gives his thoughts on today's game at North Carolina and more:

Friday, December 13, 2013

Jim Boeheim To NBA Teams: Julius Randle, Other Freshmen Aren't Worth Tanking For

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim thinks NBA teams are making a mistake if they're tanking the 2013-14 season in hopes of landing one of the top NCAA freshmen in next summer's NBA Draft.

Boeheim doesn't feel that any freshman (Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid or Aaron Gordon) is on the level of a Tim Duncan or LeBron James.

Here are his comments from

“There’s no player that’s out there on the horizon that’s a Tim Duncan or a LeBron James,” the Hall of Fame Syracuse coach told by phone Thursday.

“I’ve seen all these guys play. I think they’re very talented players. They’re not that kind of player. They’re not transcendent players that are gonna make your franchise into a 10-12-15-year winning franchise because you’re there. I don’t see that.”

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2013 Boyd County Roundball Classic Tips Today

The Boyd County Roundball Classic tips off this evening at Boyd County Middle School.

Kentucky recruit Montaque Gill-Caesar and Huntington Prep will be playing in the two feature games against Walnut Hills (tonight) and Pickerington (tomorrow night).

Here's a complete schedule:

John Calipari Discusses Variety of Topics on ESPN Podcast

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was on an ESPN podcast this morning with Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg.

The group talked about several topics including UK basketball, coaching freshmen, Mark Emmert and more (click to play):

Video: Kentucky vs. North Carolina Pump Up Video

Check out this new video from Kentucky Wildcats TV:

Kentucky's Jon Hood Returns to Practice

Kentucky senior Jon Hood is back at practice this week following several weeks off for a concussion.

UKCoachCalipari We got @jonnylightning4 back at practice today. It was great to have him back.

St. Catharine Comes Up Short at No. 9 William Carey

(9) William Carey 84
St. Catharine 70

Final from Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Game recap by SCC:

The St. Catharine Patriots fell to 7-4 on the year last night on the road to #9 William Carey University Crusaders (6-1) 84-70.
After falling behind early in the first half the Patriots went on a 12-3 run, taking the lead 27-22 with just over five minutes to play. With both defenses keeping scorers at bay, the Patriots were able to capitalize on multiple Crusader miscues to make a 7-0 run and take a four point lead with two minutes remaining. However, the Crusaders offense caught fire at the end of the half, scoring the final five points and taking a 38-37 lead to halftime.
Only trailing by two, the Patriots were unable to stop a 13-0 run by the Crusaders early in the second half, placing them down 15. Even with the 16 point performance from Will Bailey (Valley, Ala.), the Patriots could not overcome the deficit and their 23 turnovers.
The Patriots were led by stellar performances from Will Tolefree (Stone Mountain, Ga.) with 14 points and Omar Skinner (New Castle, Del.) with 12 points. The Patriots out rebounded the Crusaders 43-40, led by Will Bailey with nine boards.
The Patriots will continue their Mississippi road trip Saturday when they take on NCAA Division 1 University of Southern Mississippi.  

North Carolina Hosting a White Out for the Kentucky Game

The Kentucky Wildcats can expect a tough road environment at North Carolina Saturday evening.

North Carolina will be giving away Nike shirts for a planned "white out":

GoHeels @UNC_Basketball vs UK on @espn (12/14) will be a white out! Look for these @Nike shirts in the Smith Center! #GoHeels

New Highlights of Louisville Commit Jaylen Johnson

Check out these new highlights of 2014 Louisville commit Jaylen Johnson:

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Braydon Hobbs Playing at a High Level in Hungary

Former Bellarmine University star Braydon Hobbs is playing at a high level overseas.

Hobbs currently plays for Alba in Hungary's top-level A League. In 11 league games this season, he's averaging 7.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. In 9 Eurocup games, he's putting in 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.8 steals.

Here are some highlights:

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein Reveals That he has a Sickle Cell Issue

Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein revealed after the Boise State game that he has a sickle cell issue that bothers him from time-to-time.

Cauley-Stein doesn't have Sickle Cell Anemia, but does struggle occasionally with heavy breathing and pain in his chest.

KSTV discusses Cauley-Stein's revelation and what it means in terms of his NBA future:

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UK Signee Trey Lyles Pulls a Good One on Future UK Teammate Devin Booker

Kentucky signee Trey Lyles pulled a good one on future UK teammate Devin Booker earlier today.

Lyles posted this on Twitter:

TreyMambaLyles #BBN @devinbook wants to know if you're in the Christmas spirit???

Booker responded later on his Twitter account:

DevinBook Ok #BBN, @TreyMambaLyles got me today... But I will be getting him back!

Booker spoke about briefly about his relationship with Lyles last weekend at the Marshall County Hoopfest:

Calipari and Pitino to be Featured in CBS Sports' "NCAA Men of March" Series

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Louisville head man Rick Pitino will be featured in an upcoming series by CBS Sports titled "NCAA Men of March."

Here are more details via press release:


Series Features John Calipari, Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo, Rick Pitino, Shaka Smart and Roy Williams

CBS Sports’ Greg Anthony, Bill Raftery and Clark Kellogg Host

CBS Sports is debuting an original series, NCAA MEN OF MARCH, featuring some of the most successful and influential college basketball coaches in today’s game. The series profiles top college coaches, including John Calipari (Kentucky), Billy Donovan (Florida), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Rick Pitino (Louisville), Shaka Smart (VCU) and Roy Williams (North Carolina).

CBS Sports’ lead college basketball analyst Greg Anthony sits down with Pitino and Calipari; lead studio analyst Clark Kellogg visits with Izzo and Smart; and CBS Sports’ Bill Raftery raps with Williams and Donovan. The six half-hour programs are a blend of all-access footage and at-home interviews, each one a unique showcase of the life, philosophy, and style behind some of the best coaches in college basketball.

The series debuts Saturday, Dec. 28 (1:00-1:30 PM, ET) with NCAA MEN OF MARCH: RICK PITINO and NCAA MEN OF MARCH: JOHN CALIPARI (1:30-2:00 PM, ET).

The schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Feb. 8 (12:30-1:00 PM, ET) – NCAA MEN OF MARCH: TOM IZZO
Saturday, Feb. 15 (12:30-1:00 PM, ET) – NCAA MEN OF MARCH: ROY WILLIAMS
Saturday, March 1 (1:00-1:30 PM, ET) – NCAA MEN OF MARCH: SHAKA SMART
Saturday, March 1 (1:30-2:00 PM, ET) – NCAA MEN OF MARCH: BILLY DONOVAN

In addition, CBS Sports Network will air encore presentations of the shows with featuring on-demand video content, profiles of the coaches, fan polling and a look at the men of March as recruiters on

CBS Sports is in its 33rd consecutive season of college basketball and this season will broadcast 40 games, including five Conference Championships.

Enes Kanter Nails a Cameraman with a Bad Pass

Ouch! Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter threw a bad pass and nailed a cameraman a few nights ago.

The cameraman suffered a mild concussion and had to receive three stitches.

Lockedonsports Best wishes to Brian Bunton cameraman who got blitzed by the errant Enes Kanter pass last night. 3 stitches and mild concussion. See u Sat

Isaiah Canaan Named NBA D-League Co-Performer of the Week

Former Murray State Isaiah Canaan was named NBA Development League Co-Performer of the Week earlier this week.

Canaan averaged 25.5 points, 9.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game in 4 games last week.

Here is more from MSU:

Murray State basketball great Isaiah Canaan was named NBA Development League Co-Performer of the Week for games played Dec. 2-8.

Canaan, who finished playing for the Racers in the spring of 2013 as one of only six players to reach 2,000 points, had a great week playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in Hidalgo, Texas.

Canaan was drafted in June by the Houston Rockets and is playing for Rio Grande Valley on assignment from the parent club. Canaan shared the NBAD weekly award with former Baylor star Pierre Jackson who is playing for the Idaho Stampede.

For the week, Canaan helped the Vipers (8-0) to four wins including: 145-116 over the Texas Legends (Dec. 2) and two wins (Dec. 3 & 5 over the Delaware 87ers by scores of 153-109 and 139-126. The Vipers also had a 133-123 win (Dec. 8) over the Iowa Energy. Canaan had season-best 29 points in first game with Delaware.

He was an amazing 20-of-31 from 3-point range in the four games and had 25.5 points, 9.3 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Rio Grande Valley is 8-0 and Canaan is second on the team in scoring at 21.7 which ranks him 10th in the NBAD League. He is shooting 46 percent from 3-point range making 26-of-57. He was always a good free throw shooter at Murray State ranking eighth all time with a percentage of .803 and so far as a professional, Canaan is shooting 80 percent on 28-of-35.

Canaan and the Vipers play in Austin, Texas Thursday (Dec. 12) against the Austin Toros.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Bellarmine Hammers West Virginia Tech, Keisten Jones Scores 1,000th Point

(2) Bellarmine 86
West Virginia Tech 51

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The No. 2 Bellarmine University Knights cruised to an 86-51 victory over the visiting Golden Bears of West Virginia Tech tonight in a non-conference game in Knights Hall.

Junior forward Jake Thelen set a career high with 23 points to lead four Knights in double digit scoring. Senior Keisten Jones became the 35th member of the Bellarmine 1,000 point club as he picked up the first basket of the game just 10 seconds into the contest.

Thelen, who entered the game as the third best shooter in the country, improved on his season average by hitting 10 of 11 shots.  The Edgewood, Ky. native also hauled in nine rebounds to share game high honors with teammate Vance Hall.

"We practiced great all week, so I'm not surprised," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport.  "I'm very proud of our defensive effort, and equally as proud at having 33 baskets on 26 assists.  It was great tonight to be able to play everybody," Davenport added, indicating that it was finals week for the players and, therefore, a tough time to play.

The Knights' defense limited the Golden Bears (8-7) to just 30 percent shooting, and they bottled up their leading scorer Brandon Burgraff to just four points.

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Tyler Ulis Explodes at Chicago Elite Classic

Check out these new highlights of Kentucky signee Tyler Ulis at the Chicago Elite Classic:

Special Ticket Offer for Morehead State vs. Tennessee

There is a special ticket offer for Morehead State's game at Tennessee on Monday, December 23.

Here are details:

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- A special ticket offer is available for the Morehead State at Tennessee men's basketball game on Monday, Dec. 23.  Tip-off from Thompson-Boling Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET.

The seats in Section 311 are just $7 apiece, plus a $1.50 convenience fee and $3 order charge.  Eagle fans traveling to Knoxville can access the special deal by following these instructions:

- Visit
- Click on the "Vols Tickets" tab at the top of the screen
- Select "Promotional Code"
- Enter EAGLESBB13 in the box
- Click on the Morehead State Men's Basketball link

Questions regarding tickets for the Dec. 23 contest can be directed to Rich Meharey at 865-974-9659 or  Less than 100 tickets were available at the special price as of Dec. 11.

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Patrick Patterson Would Love to Play on an All-Kentucky Team in the NBA

Former UK stars Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes were introduced by the Toronto Raptors this afternoon.

One comment from Patterson is that he thinks we need an entire NBA team made up of former Kentucky players.

stackmack Patterson: “We need to have an NBA team full of Kentucky players and why not start here in Toronto. That’d be great.”

stackmack Patterson: My agent is calling…he tells about the trade…I’m like, “Yo, I’ll call you back in about 2.5 hours, I’m taking my mom to a movie."

stackmack Chuck Hayes on his reaction to news of the trade: Call all my loved ones like: "Do you guys have your passports ... and jackets?"

stackmack Hayes: I'm a competitor…I take it personally if a guy wants to score on me. We're in front of 16,000 people & you're trying to embarrass me.

Who would you like to see on the all-Kentucky team? Have to pick 15 off this list:

- Brandon Knight
- John Wall
- Rajon Rondo
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Eric Bledsoe
- Patrick Patterson
- Terrence Jones
- Chuck Hayes
- Nerlens Noel
- Josh Harrellson
- Nazr Mohammed
- Marquis Teague
- Tayshaun Prince
- Darius Miller
- Jodie Meeks
- Doron Lamb
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
- Anthony Davis
- Enes Kanter
- Archie Goodwin
- Keith Bogans
- Daniel Orton

DeMarcus Cousins Plays the Role of "Santa Cuz"

Former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins played the role of "Santa Cuz" this week as he took some 100 kids on a Christmas shopping spree.

Georgetown, Pikeville in Top 3 of New NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll

Two of the top three teams in the new NAIA Division I Coaches' Top 25 Poll are Kentucky teams from the Mid-South Conference.

The defending national champions from Georgetown College are ranked No. 2 in the nation in the new poll that was released on Tuesday.

University of Pikeville comes in at No. 3 this week.

St. Catharine College is just outside the top 25 but did receive 29 votes.

2013 – 14 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll – Dec. 10

1 4 Columbia (Mo.) (8) 8-0 249
2 1 Georgetown (Ky.) (1) 9-1 235
T3 7 Pikeville (Ky.) (1) 7-1 233
T3 5 SAGU (Texas) 5-1 233
5 9 Evangel (Mo.) 9-1 219
6 16 Arizona Christian 8-0 205
7 14 John Brown (Ark.) 10-0 202
8 12 Cal State San Marcos 9-1 193
9 T10 William Carey (Miss.) 4-1 188
10 17 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 9-2 176
11 NR Talladega (Ala.) 13-2 165
12 6 Concordia (Calif.) 8-2 157
13 25 Benedictine (Kan.) 8-1 153
14 NR Philander Smith (Ark.) 7-2 131
15 NR Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 6-0 126
16 T24 Montana State-Northern 10-2 114
17 13 Faulkner (Ala.) 7-3 113
18 18 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 8-1 110
19 NR St. Gregory's (Okla.) 8-1 103
T20 23 Life (Ga.) 8-5 102
T20 NR Wiley (Texas) 6-1 102
22 NR Hope International (Calif.) 7-1 94
23 NR Cumberland (Tenn.) 7-0 92
24 22 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 7-3 59
25 19 Xavier (La.) 7-3 54

Others receiving votes: Emmanuel (Ga.) 36; Montana Western 34; St. Catharine (Ky.) 29; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 28; Mid-America Christian (Okla.) 23; Southern-New Orleans (La.) 10; Graceland (Iowa) 7; Vanguard (Calif.) 4; Westminster (Utah) 3; Southern Wesleyan (S.C.) 3; Wayland Baptist (Texas) 3.

Jerry Meyer Thinks Kentucky Lands Rashad Vaughn

Jerry Meyer of 247Sports thinks 2014 star Rashad Vaughn will pick Kentucky.

Vaughn, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard at Findlay Prep (Nev.), ranks No. 7 overall on the list for 2014.

Here is an excerpt of Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader:

247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer updated his Crystal Ball page Monday and moved five-star shooting guard Rashad Vaughn back into the UK category.

Meyer was predicting Vaughn to Kentucky earlier this year, but he took that pick back and later predicted UNLV when it appeared that Vaughn was no longer considering the Wildcats. The player’s coach/mentor, Pete Kaffey, said last week that UK is still recruiting Vaughn, who was visited recently by assistant coach Orlando Antigua.

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Mid-Continent University Falls to 0-9 on the Season

Bethel University 95
Mid-Continent 58

Final from McKenzie, Tennessee

Game recap by MCU:

McKENZIE, Tenn. - After an eight-day layoff due to the weekend's winter storm, the Mid-Continent University men's basketball team returned to the floor on Tuesday evening, renewing an old rivalry with Bethel University (Tenn.) in what was the first ever non-conference meeting between the two teams. Entering Tuesday night's tilt, the Wildcats held a slim 12-10 edge in the all-time series, and they ensured from the start that Mid-Continent would not close that gap.

Bethel (8-3) opened the contest with a 14-0 run that saw all five starters get in the scorebook, and they ensured that Mid-Continent (0-9) would not be able to come back by conrolling the boards as they claimed the win, 95-58.

Each of Bethel's starters scored before any of them scored a second time during the Wildcats' opening 14-0 run, but for the remainder of the half, the Cougars hung with Bethel. Bethel put together a short 6-0 run to push their lead to 35-16 with 4:58 to play in the half, but Mid-Continent responded with an 8-0 run moments later to climb back to within 12 at 38-26. Bethel answered the run in the final two minutes of the period, however, scoring the half's final four points and at intermission, the Cougars trailed 42-26.

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Young, Randle and Cauley-Stein Talk About Win Over Boise State

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, James Young and Julius Randle talk about last night's win over Boise State:

John Calipari Talks About the Win Over Boise State

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about last night's win over Boise State:

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No. 11 Kentucky Rebounds With Home Win Over Boise State

(11) Kentucky 70
Boise State 55

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

The Kentucky Wildcats (8-2) got back on the winning track with a 70-55 victory over Boise State Tuesday night at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky extended out to a 10-point lead late in the first half and never looked back. The Wildcats shot 27-for-51 (52.9%) from the field and out-rebounded the Broncos 43-27.

James Young led Kentucky with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Julius Randle got back to his double-double ways with 17 points and 11 boards. Twin brothers Andrew and Aaaron Harrison chipped in 13 points each.

Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds and 9 blocked shots.

Anthony Drmic led Boise State (8-1) with 18 points and 4 rebounds. Derrick Marks finished with 14 points.

Kentucky heads to Chapel Hill for a battle with No. 18 North Carolina on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ET.

Game highlights:

Box score (click to enlarge):

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

UK Says Jon Hood and Marcus Lee Will Both Miss Tonight's Game

The University of Kentucky is reporting that both Marcus Lee and Jon Hood are out for tonight's game against Boise State.

CoachCalDotCom From UK: Marcus Lee is out for tonight's game with a stomach illness.

CoachCalDotCom Jon Hood will also miss again tonight wtih a head injury he suffered a couple of weeks ago. He remains day-to-day.

John Calipari Sits Down with Fox Sports

Check out Fox Sports' lengthy interview with Kentucky head coach John Calipari:

University of the Cumberlands Earns Big Win Over Life University

University of the Cumberlands 107
Life University 96

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s Basketball team put on an exciting show for their home crowd on Monday night, as they battled the talented squad of Life University for the second time this season. With sharp-shooting from behind the three-point line and strong defensive play, the Patriots were able to cruise past the Running Eagles for the second time this season with a 107-96 victory. With the win, the Patriots move to 7-3 overall on the season.

The evening started off in the Patriots’ favor, with the men jumping out to a quick lead off speedy transition baskets and three-point daggers. Although at times the Running Eagles were able to jump ahead and make quick attempts to derail the Patriots, Cumberlands was able to sustain their energy with multiple impressive drives to the hoop and tough rebounding in the paint. Out-rebounding the Running Eagles 35-23, the Patriots eliminated Life’s opportunity for second-chance points, taking advantage of their size in the paint. While Cumberlands was able to use their size in the post to take the lead, it was their outside game which sustained it, as the Patriots shot a combined 61% from behind the three-point line on 11 of 18 shooting.

The Patriots exhibited an overall team victory, with 6 players easily reaching double-digit figures. James Archie (Jackson, MS) led the way for Cumberlands with 27 points and 6 rebounds on a perfect 6 for 6 night behind the three-point line. Steve Goins (Chicago, IL) posted his second double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while the freshman duo of Taylor Gover (Somerset, KY) and Michael Dow (Melbourne, Australia) each added 13 points of their own. Point guard Shaquille Lowery (East Moline, IL) posted another well-rounded stat line for the evening, finishing with 11 points, 10 assists, and 2 rebounds, while R.J. Scott (Slidell, LA) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists.

The Patriots will look to keep things rolling as they host Union College on Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is set for 2:00 pm.

For more information on the Patriot's Men's Basketball program as well as other Patriot athletics, please visit

Bellarmine Holds On to No. 2 in the NABC/Division II Coaches Poll

Bellarmine University (4-0) is still No. 2 this week in the new NABC/Division II Coaches Poll.

The Knights are just behind West Liberty (W.Va.). Drury, Florida Southern and Western Washington round out the top 5.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 10, 2013 – Poll #4)
                                                                                                 Record                   Points              Pvs
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (13 first place votes)                        7-0                          394                   1
2. Bellarmine, Ky. (2 first place votes)                                  4-0                          378                   2
3. Drury, Mo.                                                                              7-0                          363                   3
4. Florida Southern (1 first place vote)                                 9-0                          345                   4
5. Western Washington                                                           6-0                          340                   5
6. Metropolitan State, Colo.                                                    4-1                          325                   6
7. Indiana, Pa.                                                                           7-0                          301                   7
8. Dixie State, Utah                                                                  6-0                          289                  10
9. Southern Indiana                                                                 5-0                          264                  11
10. Montevallo, Ala.                                                                 7-0                          235                  12
11. Tarleton State, Texas                                                        7-0                          228                  14
12. East Stroudsburg, Pa.                                                       8-0                          196                  17
13. Livingstone, N.C.                                                               5-0                          174                  13
14. Seattle Pacific, Wash.                                                       9-2                          165                  16
15. Findlay, Ohio                                                                      4-1                          156                   8
16. Arkansas-Fort Smith                                                         6-0                          140                  18
17. Minnesota State                                                                 8-2                          125                   9
18. Colorado School of Mines                                               6-0                          100                  19
19. Midwestern State, Texas                                                  6-2                           97                   20
20. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.                                                  6-1                           79                   23
21. Georgia Southwestern                                                      9-0                           77                   24
22. North Carolina-Pembroke                                               7-0                           45                   NR
23. Indianapolis, Ind.                                                               6-0                           44                   NR
24. Franklin Pierce, N.H.                                                        10-1                         35                   NR
25. North Alabama                                                                   6-2                           30                   NR

Dropped out: Fort Hays State (15), Bentley (21), Washburn (22), Texas A&M-Commerce (25).
Others receiving votes: Alaska-Anchorage 26, Angelo State (Texas) 26, Central Missouri 25, Chico State (Calif.) 20, Valdosta State (Ga.) 20, Cal State-San Bernardino 19, Lewis (Ill.) 18, Northeastern State (Okla.) 17, Delta State (Miss.) 12, South Carolina Aiken 11, Walsh (Ohio) 10, Florida Tech 9, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 8, St. Mary’s (Texas) 7, Shepherd (W.Va.) 7, Bloomsburg (Pa.) 6, California Baptist 6, Winona State (Minn.) 6, Cal State-L.A. 5, Missouri Southern 5, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 4, Missouri Western 4, Washburn (Kan.) 3, Dominican (N.Y.) 1.

Willie Cauley-Stein is Now Simon Phoenix

Apparently, Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein is now blonde. Interesting...

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NattyLOUD Willie Cauley-Stein's new look... Very interesting

UK's James Young, E.J. Floreal Preview Boise State and More

Kentucky's James Young and E.J. Floreal preview tonight's game against Boise State:

Campbellsville's Eric Gaines Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

Campbellsville University's Eric Gaines was named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Here is a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Campbellsville (Ky.) junior Eric Gaines is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

The weekly honor is the first of the season for Gaines.

Gaines averaged 28 points and 11.5 rebounds per game last week in two Campbellsville losses.
The Chicago, Ill., forward opened the week with a season-high 31 points in a 97-90 road loss to Lindenwood-Belleville (Mo.) on Wednesday. Gaines hit 10 of his 14 field goal attempts and 11-for-15 from the free throw line in the loss. He narrowly missed a double-double with nine rebounds.

On Saturday, Gaines recorded his first double-double of the season with 25 points and 14 rebounds in a 111-103 loss to No. 23-ranked Life (Ga.). Gaines added four assists and four steals while shooting 7-for-14 from the field and 11-for-15 from the free throw line.

Gaines concluded the week shooting 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the field and 73.3 percent (22-of-30) from the charity stripe. He added 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game during the week.

Gaines ranks third in the Mid-South this season averaging 16.3 points per game. He is fourth in the conference and 28th in the NAIA rebounding (8.2) per game this season.

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Former WKU Star A.J. Slaughter Picked for France's ProA All-Star Game

Former Western Kentucky University star A.J. Slaughter has been chosen to play in France's ProA All-Star game.

Slaughter, who leads the top-level league in scoring average, will be playing on the "Foreigners Team" in the upcoming game.

The former Hilltopper guard is averaging 19.0 points, 3.7 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game for Chalon (5-5).

Foreigners Team:

Taurean Green (184-PG-85) of Limoges CSP Elite
A.J. Slaughter (191-PG-87) of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone
Austin Nichols (200-SF-82) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82) of Limoges CSP Elite
Randal Falker (201-F-85) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
Trenton Meacham (190-G-85) of JSF Nanterre
Kyle McAlarney (185-PG-87) of Entente Orleans 45
David Lighty (195-G/F-88) of JSF Nanterre
Anthony Dobbins (193-G-81) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne
Brian Greene (204-F-81) of Entente Orleans 45
Lamayn Wilson (203-F-80) of Cholet Basket
Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez

Philippe Herve of Entente Orleans 45
Germain Castano of SO Maritime Boulogne

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Kentucky's John Calipari Talks to the Media About Boise State and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks to the media about tonight's game against Boise State and more:

Marshall's Elijah Pittman Has Been Suspended Indefinitely

Marshall University senior Elijah Pittman has been suspended indefinitely and will miss this weekend's rivalry game against West Virginia.

KeithMorehouse Marshall's leading scorer Elijah Pittman suspended indefinitely

KeithMorehouse Marshall will go without him Saturday against West Virginia

KeithMorehouse @A_Ray12 release didn't go into details

KeithMorehouse@gingEER13 good scorer but has had issues this Marshall win this year over Western Kentucky and he didn't play

Pittman is Marshall's leading scorer with 21.4 points per game. He is also averaging 4.4 rebounds.

While Pittman has been impressive on the court, he's also had his fair share of problems. Most recently, he was ejected against Western Kentucky after elbowing an opposing player in the throat.

Enes "Kanter Klaus" Kanter Makes Big Christmas Donation to Kids

Former Kentucky big man Enes Kanter made a big Christmas donation for kids in the Salt Lake City area on Monday.

Kanter donated more than 200 stuffed animals, Jazz basketballs and toys to the Toys for Tots Program.

Here is more from

“I’m the Turkey Santa today,” Kanter said with a big smile.

The Turkish citizen doesn’t personally celebrate Christmas as a Muslim, but he appreciates the Christian holiday and wanted to spread joy to children.

“It’s really important. I’ve been living in the United States for four or five years now. I understand the culture,” Kanter said. “Americans and kids really like Christmas, so I just wanted to give a gift and get them toys …

“It’s a special day for them,” he added, “and it’s a really good feeling to put a smile on their face so they can have a good day.”

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Monday, December 9, 2013

Rex Chapman Finds Footage of a Young(er) Jimmy Dykes

I didn't realize that ESPN announcer Jimmy Dykes was once an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky.

Former Kentucky star Rex Chapman dug up some footage of Dykes and posted it on YouTube.

#RimRun #TheNail

rexchapman My guy @JimmyDykesLive ! Found this nugget in the vault 2nite! Young Jimmy Dykes - An Analyst Was Born:  

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Boise State Having Trouble Getting to Kentucky

The Boise State men's basketball team is having a difficult time getting to Kentucky. Their flight from Chicago to Lexington was cancelled, forcing the team to travel by bus.

BroncoSportsMBB With our flight from Chicago to Lexington canceled, we've got a nice little bus ride ahead of us. #AdversityTraining #MentallyTough

BroncoSportsMBB And we're off!

BroncoSportsMBB Bus ride movie choice: He Got Game. #JesusShuttlesworth

Game Rescheduled After Pike Central Player Shatters the Backboard

Pike Country Central big man Ethan Blackburn shattered a backboard during pregame tonight.

The game had to be rescheduled for tomorrow night.

ChadPugh_NOB At Pike Central-Allen Central basketball game and a PC player shattered the backboard in warm ups

ChadPugh_NOB the kid that dunked it weighs Around 260.

ChadPugh_NOB The Pike Central vs Allen Central game has been postponed and rescheduled for tomorrow night at 6:30

The End of the Semester is Upon Us: Schedule for the Week

The end of the semester is here for many colleges around Kentucky and that means a light basketball schedule.

Here's the complete schedule for the week:

Monday, December 9

7:00 p.m. West Virginia Tech at Bellarmine University
7:00 p.m. Life University at University of the Cumberlands

Tuesday, December 10

9:00 p.m. Boise State at University of Kentucky
9:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Bethel University

Wednesday, December 11

No Games

Thursday, December 12

8:30 p.m. St. Catharine College at William Carey University

Friday, December 13

7:00 p.m. Indiana University East at Berea College*
7:00 p.m. Ohio Christian College at Campbellsville University
7:00 p.m. Clearwater Christian at University of Pikeville
7:30 p.m. Virginia Union at Bellarmine University

Saturday, December 14

Noon Western Kentucky University at University of Louisville
1:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University at Wisconsin
1:00 p.m. Georgetown College at Martin Methodist
2:00 p.m. Union College at University of the Cumberlands
3:00 p.m. Transylvania University at Defiance College*
3:00 p.m. Brescia University at Point Park University*
4:00 p.m. Asbury University at Hiwassee College
4:00 p.m. Indiana University East at Alice Lloyd College*
5:00 p.m. Mid-Continent University at Tennessee Temple
5:15 p.m. University of Kentucky at North Carolina
7:00 p.m. Philander Smith at Campbellsville University
7:30 p.m. Ohio Valley University at Bellarmine University

Sunday, December 15

Noon Chattanooga at Northern Kentucky University
2:00 p.m. Berea College at Shawnee State University
2:00 p.m. Bowling Green at Morehead State University
3:00 p.m. Philander Smith at Lindsey Wilson College
4:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at University of Pikeville

* Conference Game

Kentucky Wesleyan's Ken-Jah Bosley Named G-MAC Athlete of the Week

Kentucky Wesleyan College's Ken-Jah Bosley was named Great Midwest Conference Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Bosley averaged 23 points per game in two wins last week.

Here is a release from the G-MAC:

Kentucky Wesleyan's Ken-Jah Bosley has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Athlete of the Week after leading his team to a perfect 3-0 week while averaging a team-high 23 points per game.

Bosley, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound, freshman from Richmond, Ky. (Madison Central HS), raised his overall scoring average to 17.5 point per game, which ranks fourth in the league this season.

He has scored 193 points this season, third most in the conference, but at the same time but has made most of his impact off the bench, starting just five of the teams 11 games.

This past week, Bosley came off the bench in wins over Illinois-Springfield and Ohio Valley. He scored a game-high 20 points in 31 minutes against Illinois-Springfield, and a game-high 24 points to go with six rebounds, two assists, and two steals in only 24 minutes against OVU in the team's first-even men's G-MAC game.

Bosley helped KWC move to 2-0 in the conference and 3-0 last week with a start against Salem International. In 30 minutes of action he scored a game and tied his career high with 25 points. He shot 10-12 from the free throw line and added three long range buckets.

The Panthers are off this week with final exams. KWC (6-5, 2-0 G-MAC) plays host to Saint Joseph's on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 CT.

One Writer Dropped Kentucky Completely Off His Top 25 Ballot

Aaron Brenner of the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier dropped Kentucky completely off his top 25 ballot in The Associated Press media poll.

Brenner says Kentucky has not beaten anyone of consequence.

Here is more from Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader:

"More than anything else with Kentucky, they're all very young," Brenner said Monday. "They're going to have to go out and earn it."

Brenner also said he trusted UK Coach John Calipari to make Kentucky a Top 25-worthy team.

Kentucky fell to 7-2 when it lost Friday to Baylor, 67-62, in Dallas.

"Not a terrible loss," Brenner said. "But it was one you'd expect a No. 4 team to win." Complete Article

Video: Trey Lyles Has Huge Day at Marshall County Hoopfest

Check out these highlights of 2014 Kentucky signee Trey Lyles at the Marshall County Hoopfest:

Holmes, Cordia to Highlight 2013 Farm Bureau Classic Saturday

The 2013 Farm Bureau Classic tips off Friday night at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville with a pair of girls' games.

The boys take the court on Saturday with five games beginning at 1:30 p.m. The event will be headlined by an intriguing matchup between Covington Holmes and Cordia at 6:45 p.m.

Other games include Wesley Christian vs. KACHEA (Tn.), Betsy Layne vs. Louisville Male, East Ridge vs. Louisville Central and Pikeville vs. Oldham County.

Here is a complete schedule:


(Girls) 7:30pm Shelby Valley vs. Gate City, VA

(Girls) 9:00pm Pikeville vs. Elliott County


1:30pm Wesley Christian vs. KACHEA Kingsport, TN

3:15pm Betsy Lanye vs. Louisville Male

5:00pm East Ridge vs. Louisville Central

6:45pm Cordia vs. Holmes

8:30pm Pikeville vs. Oldham County

Video: Devin Booker Goes for 40 in Front of John Calipari at Marshall County Hoopfest

Watch as Kentucky signee Devin Booker goes for 40 points in front of John Calipari at the 2013 Marshall County Hoopfest:

Kentucky Drops to 10/11 in College Basketball Polls

Kentucky has fallen all the way to No. 11 in the AP Top 25 and No. 10 in the USA Today Coaches Poll this week following a tough loss to Baylor on Friday night.

Louisville is up to No. 4 in the coaches poll and No. 6 in the media rankings this week.

AP Top 25

1 Arizona (63) 9-0 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 9-0 1,522
3 Ohio State 8-0 1,453
4 Wisconsin 10-0 1,318
5 Michigan State 7-1 1,311
6 Louisville 8-1 1,262
7 Oklahoma State 8-1 1,160
8 Duke 7-2 1,040
9 Connecticut 9-0 981
10 Villanova 9-0 938
11 Kentucky 7-2 926 12 Wichita State 9-0 884 13 Kansas 6-2 862 14 Baylor 8-1 843 15 Oregon 8-0 831 16 Memphis 6-1 768 17 Iowa State 7-0 606 18 North Carolina 6-2 450 19 Florida 6-2 434 20 Gonzaga 8-1 365 21 Colorado 9-1 330 22 Massachusetts 8-0 326 23 Iowa 9-1 207 24 Missouri 9-0 203 25 San Diego State 7-1 159

Others receiving votes: UCLA 104, New Mexico 62, Pittsburgh 47, Boise State 34, Michigan 26, Virginia Commonwealth 17, Dayton 11, Cincinnati 5, Harvard 5, Saint Mary's 3, Indiana 3, George Washington 2, Creighton 2, Oklahoma 1, Toledo 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Arizona (30) 9-0 797
2 Ohio State (1) 8-0 749
3 Syracuse (1) 9-0 746
4 Louisville 8-1 684
5 Michigan State 7-1 655
6 Wisconsin 10-0 600
7 Duke 7-2 562
8 Wichita State 9-0 542
9 Oklahoma State 8-1 518
10 Kentucky 7-2 491
11 Oregon 8-0 462 12 Connecticut 9-0 455 13 Kansas 6-2 445 14 Villanova 9-0 333 15 Memphis 6-1 323 16 Iowa State 7-0 298 16 Gonzaga 8-1 298 18 Baylor 8-1 278 19 Florida 6-2 258 20 Massachusetts 8-0 192 21 North Carolina 6-2 172 22 Iowa 9-1 103 23 UCLA 8-1 86 24 San Diego State 7-1 65 25 Michigan 6-3 50

Others receiving votes: Missouri 46, Colorado 42, Pittsburgh 38, New Mexico 28, Boise State 19, Saint Mary's 18, Indiana 15, Virginia Commonwealth 13, Creighton 8, Virginia 5, Saint Louis 5, George Washington 1

Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes are Headed to Canada

Former Kentucky stars Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson have been sent to the Toronto Raptors as part of a multi-player trade that will send Rudy Gay to Sacramento.

Here's a breakdown from

The Raptors will get Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes, with only Hayes ($5.9 million) and Salmons (a $1-million buyout on his $7 million guaranteed) on the books next season. Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy are also headed to Sacramento as the new management team continues to follow through on plans to aggressively pursue deals, so aggressive that the Kings just countered two moves made in the five months since Pete D’Alessandro was hired as general manager.

The Kings got Vasquez from New Orleans as part of the three-team deal that sent Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans in a sign-and-trade, started him at point guard, and now traded him 18 games into the season, returning Isaiah Thomas to the opening lineup. And, the Kings traded for Derrick Williams on Nov. 26, said they were committed to him as the starter at small forward, and now bring in Gay four games later, unless they have another immediate deal in place for Gay.

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No. 7 Louisville Destroys Louisiana-Lafayette

(7) Louisville 113
UL-Lafayette 74

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Louisville used a burst of sustained energy to wear down Louisiana-Lafayette.

Athleticism has been a staple for the defending national champions, but the Cardinals never let up offensively even after taking control. The intensity also helped their defense take another small step in their development, resulting in their highest output in several years. Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points and seventh-ranked Louisville beat the Ragin' Cajuns 113-74 on Saturday.

"Our goal tonight because we weren't playing very good defense," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said, "was just to try and fatigue them so they would shoot a lower percentage and I think the guys did a good job of that. Keep the pace up, keep it going, take advantage of their foul trouble and pick-and-roll them to death."

What looked like a challenge midway through the first half for the Cardinals (8-1) ended with them achieving a season high for points and the most ever in their three-year-old arena. In fact, Louisville scored its most in a game since drilling Western Kentucky - its next opponent - 114-82 nearly three years ago.

The Cardinals were helped by 38-of-62 shooting from the field (61 percent). The Ragin' Cajuns (6-3) rallied from an 18-9 deficit to grab the last of several small leads at 41-39 before Louisville turned up the intensity on both ends.

The Ragin' Cajuns cooled off from 61 percent in the first half to shoot 7 of 31 in the second half.

Harrell was 9 of 10 from the field with eight rebounds in leading six Cardinals in double figures. Chris Jones added 19 points, Russ Smith 16, Wayne Blackshear 15, Terry Rozier 11 and Luke Hancock 10 to reach 1,000 in his career.

Complete Recap

Western Kentucky Picks Up a Road Win at Southern Illinois

Western Kentucky 69
Southern Illinois 60

Final from Carbondale, Illinois

Game recap by WKU:
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - Brandon Harris scored a career-high 30 points as Western Kentucky defeated Southern Illinois 69-60 on Saturday.

Harris went 8 of 17 from the field, 6 of 6 from the line and sank eight 3-pointers. George Fant had 19 points with five rebounds for the Hilltoppers (5-3). Aaron Adeoye chipped in with 11 points and a team-high eight rebounds, with two assists, one steal and four blocks.

Tied 34-34 at the break, the Salukis (2-7) took an early second period lead that lasted until 11:22 when Harris sank three 3-pointers within two minutes to put the Hilltoppers back on top 52-46. The Salukis' Anthony Beane made a pair of back-to-back 3-pointers and Jalen Pendleton hit a layup to close the gap to three with six minutes remaining. But it wasn't enough as Western Kentucky went on a 12-6 run to finish.

Beane led Southern Illinois with 20 points and three rebounds.

Complete Recap

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Devin Booker Talks About Playing in Kentucky for the First Time, Says Quentin Snider is a Rival Now

Kentucky signee Devin Booker spoke to some members of the media at the Marshall County Hoopfest Saturday after Moss Point's game.

Booker talked about his first time taking the court in the state of Kentucky and much more, including his thoughts on Ballard star Quentin Snider, who is headed to Louisville.

"He's a good player...I've seen him around the AAU circuit plenty of times," Booker said of Snider. "I respect his game but, you know, he's a rival now. He's going to we can't be friends on the court."

Kentucky Coaches Watch Future Wildcats at Marshall County Hoopfest

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was at the Marshall County Hoopfest Saturday night to watch future Wildcats Devin Booker and Trey Lyles in action.

Calipari, along with UK assistants Kenny Payne and Orlando Antigua, sat on the baseline for both games, alternating between watching basketball and signing autographs and posing for pictures with Kentucky fans.

Hoopfest organizers literally rolled out the blue tablecloth for the UK coaching staff.

Calipari and crew looked on as Booker dropped 40 points in a loss to Louisville Ballard in the first game. After the game, Calipari walked over and gave Booker a hug and chatted with his future shooting guard.

In the next game, Lyles and Arsenal Tech picked up a solid win over Huntington Prep and Kentucky recruit Montaque Gill-Caesar. Lyles finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.

EKU Takes Care of Longwood for Neubauer's 150th Win

Eastern Kentucky 76
Longwood 67

Final from Farmville, Virginia

Game recap by WKU:

FARMVILLE, Va. – Eastern Kentucky University's men's basketball team took advantage of 12 second half turnovers and two Longwood University scoring droughts to earn a 76-67 victory on Saturday, head coach Jeff Neubauer's 150th win on the Colonel bench.

Eastern (7-3) led by just two after a basket by Longwood's Jeylani Dublin with 12:42 left in the game. However, the Lancers made just three free throws over the next 5:23. Glenn Cosey, Corey Walden and Orlando Williams each hit a three-pointer during the 16-3 run. Two free throws by Williams capped it and put Eastern in front by 15, 64-49. Longwood's next field goal didn't come until the 7:19 mark.

The Lancers closed to within eight, 69-61, on a three-pointer by Tristan Carey before another drought doomed the home team. After Carey's basket at the 4:12 mark, Longwood did not score again until 59 seconds remained in the game. Walden's free throw polished off seven unanswered for the Colonels and put the visitors in front by 14, 76-62.

Longwood shot 59 percent in the second half, but was limited to only 17 attempts because of the 12 turnovers.

Cosey led EKU with 24 points, hitting 6-of-12 from behind the arc. Williams added 20 points, making 6-of-10 from the field, 4-of-8 from deep and 4-of-5 from the stripe. He also had four rebounds and three assists.

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UK Signee Trey Lyles Breaks Arsenal Tech Scoring Record

Kentucky signee Trey Lyles broke the all-time scoring record at Arsenal Tech (Ind.) yesterday at the Marshall County Hoopfest.

Lyles combined for 55 points and 33 rebounds in wins over Louisville Ballard and Huntington Prep. He was named MVP in both games.

Here is the record-breaking basket that came early in the day against Ballard:

Ballard's Kelan Martin Throws Down Hard on Arsenal Tech

If you missed it yesterday, make sure you check out Louisville Ballard's Kelan Martin getting nasty on Arsenal Tech (Ind.):

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