Saturday, March 8, 2014

Four Kentucky Teams to Do Battle in Mid-South Conference Tournament Semifinals

The Mid-South Conference Tournament semifinals will tip off this afternoon at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee.

All four remaining teams are from Kentucky with No. 2 University of Pikeville leading the way. The Bears will face St. Catharine College in today's first semifinal game at 3:00 p.m. ET.

In the second game, Georgetown College will do battle against University of the Cumberlands.

Here's a quarterfinal recap:

University of Pikeville 78 Lindsey Wilson College 72

LEBANON, Tenn. – Top-seeded University of Pikeville used a 17-5 run midway through the second half to take a double-digit lead and then hung on for a 78-72 victory over Lindsey Wilson in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K-10K Run-Walk here Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Bears advance to Saturday's semifinals at 2 p.m., facing the winner of St. Catharine College and the University of Rio Grande.

MSC Conference Player of the Year Bruce Reed led all scorers with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Josh Whitaker added 22 points, including 19 in the second half, as the Bears (28-2) were pushed to the limit by the eighth-seeded Blue Raiders, who finished their season 16-15 overall.

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St. Catharine College 91 Rio Grande 74

LEBANON, Tenn. – St. Catharine College forced 27 turnovers, including 16 in the second half, as the fourth-seeded Patriots beat University of Rio Grande 91-74 in a quarterfinal matchup of the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K-10K Run-Walk on Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

The Patriots advance to Saturday's 2 p.m. semifinal matchup against the No. 1 seeded University of Pikeville, who defeated Lindsey Wilson 78-72 in the first game of the day.

Junior Chris Johnson led the way with 20 points off the bench for the Patriots, and was one of five SCC players in double-figures. Raymon Austin added 17 and Omar Skinner notched 16 for the squad.
St. Catharine opened the second half at a blistering pace, outscoring Rio Grande 19-9 headed into the first media break. The Patriots took advantage of seven RedStorm turnovers during the stretch and forced a 3-for-11 shooting performance from the field.

The early second half struggles pushed a seven-point half time deficit to a 60-44 discrepancy at the 11:07 mark, a figure the RedStorm could not overcome. URG put together just a 41.4 percent (24-for-58) shooting percentage in the game, compared to 52.5 percent (31-for-59) from the Patriots.

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Georgetown College 78 Bluefield 74

LEBANON, Tenn. -- Second-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) used an 11-4 run over the final 2:45 to spoil No. 7-seed Bluefield's (Va.) upset bid in the Tigers' 78-74 win in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K-10K Run-Walk on Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

Georgetown (21-9) advances to Saturday's semifinals at 4 p.m. to face the winner of third-seeded Cumberlands (Ky.) and sixth-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.).

Georgetown's Monty Wilson scored seven of the Tigers' 11 points during the decisive run, including hitting a 3-pointer with 19 seconds left in the game to put his team up for good. Wilson ended the game with a game-high 31 points.

Bluefield had one last gasp as Kyle Grisby scored on a layup with 13.7 seconds left to climb with 72-70. But a pair of free throws by Georgetown's Noah Cottrill ultimately sealed the Tigers' 74-70 win.

Bluefield -- who ends its season at 15-12 with today's loss -- played like the nationally ranked team to start the game scoring 21of the game's first 30 points after just seven minutes of play. No. 16-ranked Georgetown turned the tables and by the 5:35 mark of the first half had closed within 29-28. The Tigers would eventually take a 40-38 lead into the break.

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University of the Cumberlands 68 Campbellsville University 60

LEBANON, Tenn. -- It was a tale of two shooting halves in third-seeded Cumberlands' (Ky.) 68-60 win over sixth-seeded Campbellsville (Ky.) in the quarterfinals of the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Championships presented by GoJohnnyGo 5K-10K Run-Walk on Thursday at the Dallas Floyd Recreation Center.

With its win, Cumberlands advances into Saturday's semifinals where it will face No. 2-seed Georgetown (Ky.) at 4 p.m. CT.

It was a sluggish first 20 minutes for Cumberlands as the Patriots shot just over 40 percent from the field and trailed at the break 33-28. While the opening half was a struggle the second 20 minutes was a thing of beauty for the Patriots who blistered the nets after the break shooting 57.1 percent (12-of-21) en route to the comeback win.

While Cumberlands (19-10) turned its fortune, Campbellsville had a reversal of its own.
The Tigers sprinted out to a 13-point first-half lead after making nearly 52 percent (14-of-27) of their shots. Campbellsville could not sustain the red-hot start and managed just 9-of-26 shooting (34.6 percent) after the half on its way to the season-ending loss. The Tigers finish with a 14-15 record.

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UK's Cauley-Stein, Young Discuss Florida and More

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and James Young discuss today's road game at Florida and more:


Coach Cal Talks About Today's Road Game at Florida

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about today's difficult road game at Florida:


Friday, March 7, 2014

Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky Advance in OVC Tournament

Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky both picked up big wins last night to advance to the semifinal round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

The Eagles used a big second half to put away Tennessee Tech and advance to tonight's game against Belmont.

In last night's other quarterfinal, Eastern Kentucky started hot and was never seriously threatened in a big win over Southeast Missouri State.

Morehead State 76 Eastern Kentucky 61

NASHVILLE -- The Morehead State men's basketball team used runs of 13-0 in the first half and 7-0 in the second period en route to a 76-61 win over Tennessee Tech on Thursday evening in the second round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

The fourth-seeded Eagles, who have won 12 of their last 18 games, improve to 20-12 overall.  The fifth-seeded Golden Eagles, who finish the year with victories in seven of their last 10, wrap up at 17-16.

Morehead State runs its record to 78-64 in the all-time series against Tennessee Tech.  The Eagles also end up with two wins in three tries against the Golden Eagles after splitting the regular-season series.





Morehead State, which ends a three-game skid, has secured its first 20-win campaign since 2010-11.  The Eagles finished that year 25-10 and upset fourth-seeded Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.

"I'm really proud of our players tonight," Head Coach Sean Woods said.  "We had great energy at the beginning of both halves.  We created some breathing room when it was 20-5 and came out  determined in the second half after leading by just five at halftime."

Juniors Angelo Warner and Kareem Storey combined for 40 Morehead State points.  Warner tallied 23 on 7-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line, while Storey added a career-best 17 on 6-of-11 from the floor and 5-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Warner's double-figure scoring performance was his 29th in 32 games this season and his 58th at Morehead State.  The 20-point effort was his 10th this year and his 12th as an Eagle.  Storey's scoring outburst was his best in 30 contests at MSU.
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Eastern Kentucky 84 Southeast Missouri 76

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky led from start to finish in a convincing 84-76 victory over Southeast Missouri Thursday night in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals.

With the win, the third-seeded Colonels (22-9) advance to play Murray State in the semifinals Friday night. That game will be televised by ESPNU beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

Both teams entered the contest riding significant winning streaks. EKU won its final four regular season games while Southeast Missouri (18-14) was riding a five-game winning streak and had won seven of eight overall.

However, it was the Colonels who jumped on top early and never looked back. Eastern scored the first eight points and twice built a lead as large as 20 points in the first half. Senior Orlando Williams came off the bench to post 14 points at halftime, thanks to going 4-for-4 from three-point range. As a team, Eastern Kentucky made 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) of its three-point shots before intermission.

Early in the second half, a pair of Eric Stutz free throws gave the Colonels their largest lead of the contest, 51-29.

EKU maintained a 15-to-20-point cushion until the final five minutes of regulation. A 12-1 Redhawk spurt cut the deficit to 10 points with 4:07 left, 71-61. Two minutes later, Southeast Missouri made one more charge to creep within six points (79-73), but the Colonels made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to preserve the victory.

This is the second straight year Eastern Kentucky has advanced to the OVC tournament semifinals.

Junior Corey Walden paced Eastern with 17 points on 6-of-8 (75 percent) shooting, five rebounds and three steals. Senior Tarius Johnson added 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Williams finished with 14 points while fellow senior Glenn Cosey posted 15 points.

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Morehead State Head Coach Sean Woods Drains a Halfcourt Shot

Morehead State head coach Sean Woods drained a halfcourt shot after today's shoot around in Nashville.

Watch as the former University of Kentucky great puts it in from way down town:


30 For 30 Special About John Calipari Leaving Kentucky

Check out this hilarious "30 For 30" that KSTV put together about John Calipari leaving Kentucky soon:


Kentucky Wesleyan Destroys Trevecca Nazarene in G-MAC Tournament

Kentucky Wesleyan 105
Trevecca Nazarene 56

Final from Philippi, West Virginia

Game recap by KWC:

Before Thursday's game against Trevecca Nazarene, Kentucky Wesleyan College men's basketball coach Happy Osborne said he was looking for a "fantastic effort" from his squad when the conference tournament tipped off.

The first-year KWC coach got that and much more, as senior forward Donovan Johnson's game-high 19 points led seven double-digit scorers, and the Panthers steamrolled Trevecca Nazarene, 105-56, in the first round of the G-MAC Tournament at Rex Pyles Arena in Philippi, W.Va.

Johnson made his presence off the bench known early on, providing energy around the rim in helping KWC to a 54-24 scoring advantage in the paint. He shot 6-of-9 from the field, added five rebounds and made all seven of his free-throw attempts.
 
"We can play with a lot of teams when he plays like that," Osborne said. "I tried to run him until we couldn't run him any more, because we still need him tomorrow."
 
The Panthers (21-8) jumped out to an immediate lead on a pair of free throws from G-MAC freshman of the year Ken-Jah Bosley to open the game and never looked back. KWC took its largest lead of the first half on a layup by Rico Ferguson that put the Panthers up 55-16 with 20 seconds left before halftime.
 
In the process, KWC limited the Trojans (7-19) to just 16 first-half points, the fewest the Panthers have given up in a half since allowing 14 points to Missouri-St. Louis on Feb. 6, 2010.
 
"I felt like our guys came ready to play and ready to work — that's crucial," Osborne said. "We came out and guarded pretty well. I thought our guys played hard."

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Centre College Knocks Off LaGrange in NCAA DIII Tournament

Centre College 78
LaGrange 71

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

Hosting its first NCAA Tournament game since 2009, Centre seized control in the final five minutes to claim a 78-71 win over LaGrange College on Thursday in Danville, Ky.

Senior guard Donovan Whiteside (Knoxville, Tenn.) led all players with 24 points and hit shots at crucial times for the Colonels, including a 3-pointer to put Centre ahead for good with 2:30 to play. Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) scored 15 points while Collin Lopez (Louisville, Ky.) added 14 for Centre.

Nick Mitchell led LaGrange with 23 points while teammates Denzel Robinson and Dustin Baxter each scored 11 points.

Whiteside scored 16 of his points in the second half, nine in the final five minutes and scored many of those when the Colonels needed them most. He knocked down a 3-pointer from well beyond the arc with Centre facing its biggest second half deficit of four points, and he later made another three to go ahead for good.

In a game that had seen 17 lead changes, Centre held on to that lead, picking up a rebound on the other end and getting a free throw from Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) to go up 72-69 with 1:40 left. After a turnover, Whiteside made another jumper to go up by five, then cancelled out a LaGrange bucket with a pair of free throws to go up 76-71 with 21 seconds left. Josh Karsner (Frankfort, Ky.) added another two free throws on the next possession to put the game away.

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Frank Martin Suspended One Game for Inappropriate Verbal Communication

South Carolina has suspended head coach Frank Martin one game because of "inappropriate verbal communication" with one of his players.

Martin was caught on camera during Tuesday's loss to Florida cussing South Carolina guard Duane notice.




Video: Terrence Jones Destroys Tobias Harris with Sick Crossover

Check out this incredible crossover by former Kentucky star Terrence Jones:


Kentucky State Advances to Semifinals of SIAC Tournament

Kentucky State 73
Albany State 62

Final from Birmingham, Alabama

Game recap by KSU:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- For the second tournament game in a row, the Kentucky State men's basketball team got revenge on a team that had beaten them in the regular season. The Kentucky State University Thorobreds defeated the Albany State University Golden Rams, 73-62, in the quarterfinal round of the SIAC Basketball Championship Tournament on Thursday evening at the Bill Harris Arena.

As a team the Thorobreds shot a solid 46% from the floor while holding ASU to just 35%, the second lowest by an opponent this season. The Thorobreds spread the load offensively, with five players finishing in double figures.
                                                                           
#2E Albany State built up a 9-0 lead early in the first half before a 3-pointer from Ulysses Thomas III gave KSU its first bucket of the game.

Kentucky State took its first lead of the game when Darrien Wilkins converted a fast-break layup to put KSU ahead, 16-15, with 10:11 left in the first period.

With Kentucky State trailing by three towards the end of the first period, KSU senior guard Antonio Sullivan scored his first seven points of the game in a period of one minute and four seconds to put Kentucky State ahead 29-25 with 1:37 left. Sullivan was a major key for KSU, dropping in a team-high 15 points, going 6-of-10 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.

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Omar Prewitt Named CAA Rookie of the Year

Former Montgomery County High School star Omar Prewitt has been named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year.

Excerpt from the league's press release:

Prewitt is just the third William & Mary player to receive Rookie of the Year honors and the first since 2004. The freshman guard/forward led all CAA rookies in scoring with 11.8 points per game and tallied double figures 19 of the Tribe’s 29 contests. He was also second among all conference freshmen in rebounding with 4.7 per game. Prewitt ranked among the top 15 in the league in assists (1.9 apg/15th), free throw percentage (77.2%/4th), 3-point FG percentage (37.6%/7th) and 3-pointers per game (1.6/13th).

CAA Awards

2013-14 CAA Player of the Year – Jerrelle Benimon, Towson
2013-14 CAA Coach of the Year – Monte’ Ross, Delaware
2013-14 CAA Rookie of the Year – Omar Prewitt, William & Mary
2013-14 CAA Defensive Player of the Year – Scott Eatherton, Northeastern
2013-14 Dean Ehlers Leadership Award – Tim Rusthoven, William & Mary

CAA All-Rookie Team

Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
Canyon Barry, Coll. of Charleston Fr. G 6-6 195 Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain
Omar Prewitt, William & Mary Fr. G/F 6-6 180 Mount Sterling, Ky./Montgomery County
Jamall Robinson, Hofstra Fr. G/F 6-5 210 Cheltenham, Md./Paul VI
Rodney Williams, Drexel Fr. F 6-7 220 Richmond, Va./St. Christopher’s
T.J. Williams, Northeastern Fr. G 6-3 190 Pflugerville, Texas/Pflugerville

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Condoleezza Rice Visits Kentucky and John Calipari

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Lexington today and visited head coach John Calipari.

Coach Cal posted about the visit on his Facebook page:

John Calipari with Condoleezza Rice at Joe Craft Center - UK Campus Look who stopped by the office today. (Thanks to @reynsoul for the photo.)

Mid-South Conference Announces Honors, Bruce Reed Named Player of the Year

The Mid-South Conference released its men's basketball honors for the 2013-14 season on Wednesday.

University of Pikeville senior Bruce Reed, a transfer from Morehead State, was named conference Player of the Year.

Reed averaged 18.5 points and a league-best 1.9 blocks per game this season.

UPIKE head coach Kelly Wells was  named Coach of the Year. Wells  has led the Bears to a 27-2 record and a No. 2 national ranking heading into this week's Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Campbellsville's Miles Rice was named Freshman of the Year. Rice put in 12.6 points and pulled down 2.9 rebounds per game for the Tigers.

2013-14 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Individual Awards
Award
Name
School
Player of the Year
Bruce Reed
Pikeville (Ky.)
Freshman of the Year
Miles Rice
Campbellsville (Ky.)
Coach of the Year
Kelly Wells
Pikeville (Ky.)
Champions of Character
TBA
TBA



2013-14 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball First Team
Name
School
Pos.
Yr.
Hometown
Chris Cantino
Pikeville (Ky.)
F
Jr.
Philadelphia, Pa.
Daronte' Clark
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
G
Sr.
Gallatin, Tenn.
Eric Gaines
Campbellsville (Ky.)
F
Jr.
Chicago, Ill.
Elisha Justice
Pikeville (Ky.)
G
Sr.
Dorton, Ky.
Keala King
Pikeville (Ky.)
G
Sr.
Compton, Calif.
Kearsten Marion
Bluefield (Va.)
G
Sr.
Houston, Texas
Josh Reagan
Rio Grande (Ohio)
F
Jr.
Cleveland, Ohio
Bruce Reed
Pikeville (Ky.)
F
Sr.
Olathe, Kan.
R.J. Scott
Cumberlands (Ky.)
G
Sr.
Slidell, La.
William Tolefree
St. Catharine (Ky.)
F
Sr.
Stone Mountain, Ga.
Monty Wilson
Georgetown (Ky.)
G
Sr.
Decatur, Ill.



2013-14 Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Second Team
Name
School
Pos.
Yr.
Hometown
Raymon Austin
St. Catharine (Ky.)
F
Jr.
Cleveland, Ohio
Trevor Banks
Shawnee State (Ohio)
G
Sr.
Fort Pierce, Fla.
Tony Bradley
Cumberlands (Ky.)
G
Jr.
Alton, Ill.
Darius Clement
Campbellsville (Ky.)
G
Jr.
Bowling Green, Ky.
D'on Hall
Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)
G
Jr.
San Bernardino, Calif.
Deondre McWhorter
Georgetown (Ky.)
F
So.
Louisville, Ky.
Josh Nesbit
Bluefield (Va.)
F
Sr.
Harlem, N.Y.
Omar Skinner
St. Catharine (Ky.)
G
Sr.
New Castle, Del.
Jermaine Warmack
Rio Grande (Ohio)
G
Sr.
Orange, N.J.
Josh Whitaker
Pikeville (Ky.)
G
Sr.
Hazard, Ky.

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No. 11 Louisville Cruise Past No. 18 SMU in AAC Battle

(11) Louisville 84
(18) Southern Methodist 71

Final from Dallas, Texas

Game recap by UL:

DALLAS (AP) - Louisville leading scorer Russ Smith was still feeling light-headed and dizzy after Wednesday night's game. He had felt that way pretty much all day.

Smith overcame his stomach illness, and a rough first half, by hitting all six of his 3-point attempts after halftime as the 11th-ranked Cardinals rallied from a big early deficit to become the first opponent to win in SMU's renovated home. They beat the 18th-ranked Mustangs 84-71.

"He just came through in a big way," Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "That was a Michael Jordan-type performance in terms of being sick and gutting it out."

Smith scored 22 of his 26 points after halftime. He hit three straight 3s right after his alley-oop pass on the go-ahead dunk by Montrezl Harrell midway through the second half for the American Athletic Conference-leading and defending national champion Cardinals (25-5, 14-3 AAC).

After making only one of his five shots before halftime, none from 3-point range, Smith took six 3-point attempts after halftime. He made them all, including those 3 in a 72-second span after the go-ahead dunk and later on consecutive possessions with defenders in his face.

Just because he was making all those shots didn't mean he was suddenly feeling better physically.
"That was crazy. It was happening right when we were in the huddle. You know you get that nasty little belch and then after that I just had to excuse myself," Smith said. "I was trying to play through it. But I realized we had a pretty decent lead so I didn't want to force the issue to make things worse."

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Hood, Polson and Johnson Talk About Win Over Alabama and More

Kentucky's Jon Hood, Jarrod Polson and Dakari Johnson talk about last night's win over Alabama and more:


Highlights: Kentucky Gets Past Alabama on Senior Night

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's 55-48 win over Alabama on Senior Night:


Coach Cal Happy to Get a Win, Isn't Sure He Can Outrun Alan Cutler

Coach Cal was apparently happy to get back on the winning track last night against Alabama.

Check out his postgame press conference where he joked about being chased by Alan Cutler and much more:


Kentucky Gets Much Needed Senior Night Win Over Alabama

(25) Kentucky 55
Alabama 48

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky players looked unsure of themselves much of the time against Alabama, a nervousness resulting in a stat sheet and game film not worth looking at.

In spite of everything the 25th-ranked Wildcats won Tuesday night, an outcome that was beginning to look doubtful.

Julius Randle had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Kentucky rallied past the Crimson Tide 55-48 to end a two-game losing streak.

Needing a bounce after Saturday's loss at South Carolina and with a huge hurdle looming this weekend at No. 1 Florida, the Wildcats (22-8, 12-5 Southeastern Conference) used a 15-2 second-half run to build a 43-34 lead. They added several smaller runs to hold off the stubborn Crimson Tide (12-18, 6-11) in their regular season home finale.

Kentucky avoided its first three-game losing streak under coach John Calipari and clinched second place in the conference.

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Box Score (click to enlarge):

Kentucky State Advances to Quarterfinals for SIAC Tournament

Kentucky State 76
Claflin 55

Final from Birmingham, Alabama

Game recap by KSU:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Kentucky State men's basketball team defeated the Claflin University Panthers, 76-55, in the opening round of the SIAC Basketball Championship Tournament on Tuesday evening at the Bill Harris Arena.

In the first half, Claflin jumped out to take the early lead, going up 12-7 with just under 14 minutes left in the first half. Kentucky State then went on a huge 20-1 run to take a commanding 27-13 lead with 4:42 left in the half.

In the final seconds of the first period Claflin guard Brandon Curry missed a contested layup with just a few second left. After securing the rebound, Ulysses Thomas III quickly pushed the ball too a streaking Darquell Pulliam who rushed down the floor and got off an off-balance 3-point attempt. The ball fell through the basket as time expired to send the Thorobreds into the locker room with a 35-25 lead.

In the second half, the Panthers were able to chip away at the Kentucky State advantage, cutting the lead to seven early in the half. With 8:59 left in the game, Claflin's Adolph Caldwell, who finished with a game-high 21 points, hit a 3-pointer to cut the KSU lead to 11 at 60-49. From there, the Thorobreds outscored CU, 16-6, to close out the game.

Senior forward/center Brandon Darrett anchored the Thorobreds on both ends of the floor picking up his tenth double-double of the season after finishing with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.

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2014 SIAC Basketball Tournament Schedule:

FIRST ROUND- Monday, March 3, 2014
Game 1#5E Claflin def. #4W LeMoyne-Owen (Women)71-65
Game 2#5W Miles def. #4E Clark Atlanta  (Men)76-74
Game 3#4E Fort Valley St. def. #5W Miles (Women)71-69
Game 4#5E Benedict def. #4W LeMoyne-Owen  (Men)64-61
FIRST ROUND- Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Game 5#3E Paine v. #6W Lane (Men)12:00 p.m.
Game 6#3E Clark Atlanta v. #6W Lane (Women)2:15 p.m.
Game 7#3W Kentucky State v. #6E Claflin (Men)4:30 p.m.
Game 8#3W Stillman v. #6E Paine (Women)6:45 p.m.
Game 9#2E Albany St. v. #7E Morehouse (Men)9:00 p.m.
Quarterfinals-Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Game 10#1E Albany St. v. Winner of Game 1 (Women)1:00 p.m.
Game 11#1E Fort Valley St. v. Winner of Game 4 (Men)3:15 p.m.
Game 12#1W Tuskegee v. Winner of Game 3 (Women)5:30 p.m.
Game 13#1W Tuskegee v. Winner of Game 2(Men)7:45 p.m.
Quarterfinals-Thursday, March 6, 2014
Game 14#2W Kentucky State v. Winner of Game 6 (Women)1:00 p.m.
Game 15#2W Stillman v. Winner of Game 5 (Men)3:15 p.m.
Game 16#2E Benedict v. Winner of Game 8 (Women)5:30 p.m.
Game 17Winner of Game 7 v. Winner of Game 9 (Men)7:45 p.m.


Semifinals-Friday, March 7, 2014
Game 18Winner of Game 10 v. Winner of Game 14 (Women)1:00 p.m.
Game 19Winner of Game 11 v. Winner of Game 15 (Men)3:15 p.m.
Game 20Winner of Game 12 v. Winner of Game 16 (Women)5:30 p.m.
Game 21Winner of Game 13 v. Winner of Game 17 (Men)7:45 p.m.

SIAC Championship, Saturday, March 8, 2014
Game 22Winner of Game 18 v. Winner of Game 205:00 p.m.
Game 23Winner of Game 19 v. Winner of Game 218:00 p.m.

Mid-Continent's Season Comes to an End in AMC Tournament

Harris-Stowe 68
Mid-Continent 66

Final from Mayfield, Kentucky

Mid-Continent's season came to an end with a 68-66 loss to Harris-Stowe in the first round of the American Midwest Conference tournament.

Joe Henderson led Harris-Stowe with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Demonte Hobbs added 12 points and James Kenner chipped in 10.

Mid-Continent (6-25) got 23 points from Joe Gilmore. Justin Wright finished with 16 points and 12 boards. Garrett Rice added 12 points.

The game was highly contested but the Cougars couldn't overcome 20 turnovers.

Harris-Stowe (6-25) advances to take on second-seeded Freed-Hardeman in the quarterfinals.

2013-14 AMC Tournament Schedule
All games will be hosted by the highest seed in the contest
March 4th, 2014                                                                                                         
G1 - William Woods 94, Missouri Baptist 75                         
G2 - Benedictine-Springfield 71, Hannibal-LaGrange 59                            
G3 - Harris-Stowe 68, Mid-Continent 66                                                                       
March 6th, 2014        
G4 - William Woods @ Columbia - 7 p.m.  
G5 - Harris-Stowe @ Freed-Hardeman - 7 p.m.
G6 - Benedictine-Springfield @ Lyon- 7 p.m.                                                               
G7 - Williaims Baptist @ Park - 7 p.m.  
March 8th, 2014
G8 - W of G4 vs. W of G7 - 4 p.m.    
G9 - W of G5 vs. W of G6 - 4 p.m.
March 11th, 2014                  
G10 - W of G8 vs. W of G9 - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dan Patrick Believes John Calipari is Done at Kentucky After this Season

Dan Patrick says he talked to a good source and his feeling after that conversation is that John Calipari is leaving Kentucky after this season:


Ken-Jah Bosley Named G-MAC Freshman of the Year

Former Madison Central High School star Ken-Jah Bosley has been named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.

As a freshman at Kentucky Wesleyan, Bosley averaged 16.7 points.

Bosley is also on the All-Conference First Team. Kentucky Wesleyan's Lonnie Hayes and Dominique Dawson are on the All-Conference Second Team. Devin Langford earned Honorable Mention.

Here's a release from the G-MAC:


Great Midwest Athletic Conference: Men's Freshman of the Year
KEN-JAH BOSLEY - Guard

Freshman - Kentucky Wesleyan College

Ken-Jah Bosley, who was named G-MAC Athlete of the Week on December 9, averaged 16.7 points per game this season, which ranked seventh in the league and led all freshman. He actually averaged more points than any sophomore as well, as the conference was guided by the experience of its student-athletes.

Bosley helped Kentucky Wesleyan turn around a rough start to the season. The Panthers started the season 1-6, but concluded the season going 19-2, including a 12-2 conference mark in the team's first year with the G-MAC, finishing as the #2 seed in the G-MAC Championship tournament.

Bosley, who hit the game-winning shot in the Kentucky High School State title game a year ago, began his college career averaging only 12.5 points per game over the first six games. At the end of November, he scored 24 points against Wilberforce, beginning a stretch of five-straight games of scoring 20 or more points per game - averaging 23.6 points per game. He had nine games in which he scored 20 or more points. He led the team in scoring 12 times this season, the team was 10-2 in those contests.

Great Midwest Athletic Conference: All-Conference First Team
ADAM KLINE                           Alderson Broaddus University        Center            Senior
KEN-JAH BOSLEY                 Kentucky Wesleyan College            Guard             Freshman
LeDONTE BODY                    Central State University                    Guard             Junior
DEVIN MILLER                       Davis & Elkins College                     Guard             Senior
MALCOLM TATUM                   Alderson Broaddus University        Guard             Sophomore

Great Midwest Athletic Conference: All-Conference Second Team
WALTER BROCK                    Salem International University        Forward         Senior
MARCUS REINEKE                Cedarville University                         Guard             Junior
LONNIE HAYES                       Kentucky Wesleyan College           Guard             Senior
SEQUAN LAWRENCE           Ohio Valley University                        Forward         Senior
DOMINIQUE DAWSON          Kentucky Wesleyan College            Center            Senior

Great Midwest Athletic Conference: All-Conference Honorable Mention
RICHARD LEMON                  Alderson Broaddus University         Forward         Sophomore
THYLAS PERKINS                  Alderson Broaddus University         Forward         Sophomore
DEVIN LANGFORD                 Kentucky Wesleyan College            Forward         Sophomore
ANTHONY ADAMS-RULE      Central State University                     Forward         Junior
DAVID WOODWARD               Trevecca Nazarene University         Guard             Junior
MASCEO HARMON                 Central State University                     Guard             Junior
 

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Bellarmine Advances to Quarterfinals of 2014 GLVC Tournament

Bellarmine  82
William Jewell 69

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—The Bellarmine University men's basketball team opened postseason play today with an 82-69 victory over the William Jewell Cardinals in an opening round game of the Deaconess Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament this afternoon at Knights Hall.

The seventh-seeded Knights looked like they were going to cruise to an easy victory as their lead swelled to 20 in the early minutes of the second half, but the Cardinals stormed back to knot the score at 65 with 6:28 left in the game.  Bellarmine repelled the comeback attempt, however, by closing with a 17-4 run to secure the victory.

BU's Vance Hall tied his career high with 28 points to lead all scorers, and Jake Thelen posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.  Dwight Sistruck led the Cardinals with 24.

"It's the greatest league in the country, nobody quits," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport. "At halftime, we  told them to defend the three-point shot and eliminate the second shot. The last two segments of the game we outrebounded them, and they didn't get one offensive rebound, and that was the difference in the game."

The Bellarmine coach also credited the two seniors with helping the Knights advance.  "Vance Hall came up huge, and Keisten (Jones) came up huge, and those are your two seniors striving not to play their last game in a Bellarmine uniform" Davenport said.

Bellarmine never trailed in the game, starting the game with a 13-5 run in the game's first 4:18. With Hall netting 18 of his 28 in the first half, the Knights ran out to a lead as large as 18, before settling for a 46-31 halftime advantage.

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GLVC Tournament Bracket (click to enlarge):

Jodie Meeks Dunks All Over Nicolas Batum

Watch as former Kentucky star Jodie Meeks dunks all over Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers:



Meeks finished with 21 points and 3 rebounds in the Lakers' 107-106 victory.

Anthony Davis Swats Sweater Vests in New Foot Locker Commercial

Watch as former Kentucky star Anthony Davis rejects sweater vests in his new Foot Locker commercial:


John Wall Named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week

Former Kentucky star John Wall was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Wall averaged 25.0 points. 10.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game last week.

Here is a release from NBA.com:

Washington, D.C. - The NBA announced today that Wizards guard John Wall has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, February 24, through Sunday, March 2.
 
Wall averaged 25.0 points, 10.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting .592 from the field, .813 from the free throw line and .444 from three-point range in leading the Wizards to a 3-0 record during the week.

The 2014 All-Star was the only player in the NBA to average 25.0 points and 10.0 assists during the week while being tied for first among all NBA players in assists per game at 10.7. Wall tallied 27 points, seven assists and five rebounds in a 115-106 win vs. Orlando on 2/25. He then tallied one of his seven 30+ point games on the season, with 31 points and nine assists in a 134-129 triple overtime win in Toronto on 2/27. In the team’s final game of the week, the fourth-year guard tallied 17 points and a career high-tying 16 assists in the team’s 122-103 win at Philadelphia. In that game, Wall became the second player in franchise history (Kevin Porter, 1980) to have at least 17 points and 16 assists in less than 30 minutes of play and the first player in the NBA to do so since Damon Stoudamire in 2007. Wall is the first Wizards player to win the award twice in the same season since Gilbert Arenas was a three-time Player of the Week award winner in 2006-07. Wall is the first Wizards player to win the award twice in the same season since Gilbert Arenas was a three-time Player of the Week award winner in 2006-07.

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John Wall and Kevin Seraphin Play $25,000 Pyramid

Former Kentucky star John Wall and Washington Wizards teammate Kevin Seraphin teamed up to play $25,000 Pyramid recently.

The outcome is an awesome video (click to play):

SEC Fines South Carolina $25,000 For Celebration Following Win Over UK

South Carolina has been fined $25,000 for violating the SEC's institutional rule that prohibits fans from entering the playing surface of football, basketball or baseball venues.

After the Gamecocks defeated Kentucky on Saturday, fans rushed the court to celebrate.


John Calipari Talks Alabama and More on SEC Basketball Teleconference

Check out John Calipari's comments on Monday's SEC Basketball Teleconference:


Augusta Scoring Machine Brent Bach Earns Two New Offers

Augusta sharp-shooter Brent Bach has added offers from University of Charleston and Campbellsville University.

BachBoy15 Just got an offer this morning from the University Of Charleston.

BachBoy15 Just picked up another offer from Campbellsville University.

Bach recently scored 48 of Augusta's 61 points in a stunning 61-60 district tournament win over Mason County.

Louisville Gets Commitment from 7-foot-2 Center Anas Osama Mahmoud

The Louisville Cardinals picked up a commitment form 7-foot-2 center Anas Osama Mahmoud on Monday.

Mahmoud, a native of Egypt, is now at West Oaks Academy (Fl.). He is currently rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.

Here is more from CBSSports.com:

The Cardinals added another big man for next season, picking up a commitment from 7-foot-2 Egypt native Anas Osama Mahmoud.

The news was first reported by Jody Demling of Louisville's Scout.com site, and confirmed to CBSSports.com by multiple sources.

Mahmoud is now at West Oaks Academy (Fl.), and was one of the best remaining prospects on the board in the class of 2014. Minnesota, Florida, Georgia Tech and others were all in the mix for him.

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Photo: Rivals.com

Anthony Grant Still Impressed with Kentucky Despite Tough Losses

Alabama head coach Anthony Grant is still impressed by Kentucky even though they are coming off two tough losses.

Check out Grant's comments on yesterday's SEC Basketball Teleconference:


Monday, March 3, 2014

Siri Likes the Underdog, She is Cheering for Kentucky

If you have an iPhone, ask Siri, "what is your favorite college basketball team?"

Her answer: "I always like to root for the underdog. I guess that makes me a fan of Kentucky right now."

A conspiracy by the iPhone folks?

Relax, several people have stated that Siri is programmed to give the same response and plug in the 25th ranked team for that week. Kentucky happens to be No. 25 in the latest college basketball poll.

Calipari Takes Responsibility for Kentucky's Problems

Here are comments from Kentucky head coach John Calipari as he tries to get his team back on track tomorrow night against Alabama:


Funny Exchange Between John Calipari and Jerry Tipton

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader had an interesting (funny) exchange during today's press conference at UK.

Tipton: “John, they seemed to play well at South Carolina when Coach Robic was, uh, calmer”

Cal: “He’s a better coach than me. He’s a better coach than me, Jerry. He’s a better coach than me. He's a better coach. Should let him be the coach.”

Tipton: “So when are you resigning?”

Cal: “Soon as you retire.”

Jerry: “We’re stuck with each other.”

I love the friendly back-and-forth between Cal and Jerry.

Centre College to Host First Round NCAA DIII Tournament Game

The Centre Colonels (23-4) have been selected as a host site for a first round NCAA Division III Tournament game.

The Colonels will host LaGrange (18-10) on March 6 of 7 in Danville. The winner of that first round game will travel to Emory (17-8) in the second round on March 8.

Centre was regular season and tournament champions in the Southern Athletic Association.

NCAA Division III Tournament Bracket



March Madness is in Full Swing: Schedule for the Week

It's March in the Bluegrass state and the madness is already here. Several conference tournaments have just wrapped up and several more take place this week.

Here is a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, March 3

No Games

Tuesday, March 4

4:30 p.m. Kentucky State University vs. Claflin (SIAC Tournament)
8:00 p.m. Harris-Stowe at Mid-Continent University (AMC Tournament)
9:00 p.m. Alabama at University of Kentucky*

Wednesday, March 5

7:00 p.m. University of Louisville at SMU*

Thursday, March 6

2:00 p.m. University of Pikeville vs. Lindsey Wilson College (MSC Tournament)
2:30 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College vs. Trevecca Nazarene (G-MAC Tournament)
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College vs. Rio Grande (MSC Tournament)
6:00 p.m. Georgetown College vs. Bluefield (MSC Tournament)
7:00 p.m. Morehead State University vs. SIUE/TnTech (OVC Tournament)
7:45 p.m. Kentucky State/Claflin vs. TBA (SIAC Tournament)
8:00 p.m. Mid-Continent/Harris-Stowe vs. Freed-Hardeman (AMC Tournament)
8:00 p.m. UL-Lafayette at Western Kentucky University*
8:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Campbellsville University (MSC Tournament)
9:00 p.m. Eastern Kentucky University vs. SEMO/EIU (OVC Tournament)

Friday, March 7

5:00 p.m. G-MAC Tournament Semifinals
7:45 p.m. SIAC Tournament Semifinals
8:00 p.m. Belmont vs. TBA (OVC Tournament Semifinals)
9:30 p.m. Bellarmine University vs. Indianapolis (GLVC Tournament)
10:00 p.m. Murray State University vs. TBA (OVC Tournament Semifinals)

Saturday, March 8

12:00 p.m. University of Kentucky at Florida*
2:00 p.m. MSC Tournament Semifinals
2:00 p.m. Connecticut at University of Louisville*
2:00 p.m. G-MAC Tournament Championship
2:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University at Georgia State*
4:00 p.m. MSC Tournament Semifinals
5:00 p.m. AMC Tournament Semifinals
7:00 p.m. OVC Tournament Championship
8:00 p.m. SIAC Tournament Championship
9:30 p.m. GLVC Tournament Semifinals

Sunday, March 9

1:00 p.m. MSC Tournament Championship
4:30 p.m. GLVC Tournament Championship

* Conference Game

Centre College Wins SAA Championship in Dramatic, Overtime Fashion

Centre College 76
Oglethorpe 75 F/OT

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Centre College used some late game heroics to defeat Oglethorpe and win the Southern Athletic Association tournament championship Sunday afternoon in Danville.

Trailing 65-62 with just under 20 seconds remaining in regulation, senior Collin Lopez pulled up from 25-feet and drained a game-tying three-pointer. Oglethorpe failed to get the win in the closing seconds and the game went to overtime.

Lopez struck early in the overtime period with another clutch three-pointer. Matt Gump then nailed a long distance bomb to beat the shot clock buzzer and give the Colonels a 71-65 lead.

Oglethorpe answered with a three-pointer of their own but Centre made decisive free throws down the stretch to survive. Oglethorpe's Tyler Courson nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to set the final score at 76-75 in favor of the Colonels (23-4). 

Big man Blake Scinta led Centre with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Lopez added 16 points. Donovan Whiteside finished with an outstanding line of 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Josh Karsner came off the bench to contribute 11 points.

Oglethorpe (21-7) got 21 points from Courson, including 5-for-8 from long range. Alex Davis chipped in 17 points.

Center shot 25-for-49 (53.1%) from the field and an outstanding 15-for-18 (83.3%) from the free throw line.

The Colonels will now for the NCAA Tournament selection show at 12:30 p.m. on Monday.

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A few pictures:


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Pat Forde Hammers John Calipari in Wake of USC Loss

Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports has slammed Kentucky head coach John Calipari following last night's inexplicable loss at South Carolina.

"When the going got tough, Cal got out," Forde states in reference to Calipari sending assistant John Robic out to meet the media after the game.

Here is an excerpt:

As his program crash-landed at rock bottom Saturday at South Carolina, John Calipari excused himself from the proceedings. He got himself tossed by the officials, and then blew off the press conference after his Kentucky Wildcats lost to a team ranked No. 178 in America according to the RPI.

When the going got tough, Cal got out.

It was a nostalgic flashback to December, when Calipari made a four-minute postgame interview appearance after losing to Baylor, then abruptly got up and left when the first question was directed toward one of his players. His freshmen sat there and answered the rest of the queries without him.

Had Calipari shown up to answer questions Saturday after the worst defeat of his Kentucky tenure, instead of sending assistant John Robic and two freshmen to the interview room, here are the questions Calipari should have been asked.

Q: Your preseason No. 1 team should by all rights fall out of the top 25 this week. What has happened to the squad that had you dancing in the car on the way to the office in October?

Q: The season is not lost, but it's headed that direction at a high rate of speed. What are you going to do about it?

Q: Is it still Ryan Harrow's fault? That poor kid – who you recruited – was the scapegoat last year. He was the point guard who didn't run the team the way you wanted, and thus was run off to Georgia State. Archie Goodwin went pro with minimum lamentation. Kyle Wiltjer transferred, and nobody blinked. They all left under a cloud of blame that accompanied a trip to the NIT and a humiliating first-round loss to Robert Morris.

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John Calipari's Comments Following Loss at South Carolina

Kentucky head coach John Calipari was not available to the media following last night's loss at South Carolina but UK released the following quotes from Coach Cal after the game:

On getting ejected from the game...

"I wish I didn't get thrown out of the game, so that I could fight with our team."

On getting prepared for the upcoming game against Alabama...

" We have a short turnaround to prepare for Alabama so we have to get back in the gym Sunday and start working on getting better."

On his team's effort at South Carolina...

"Proud of the guys for not giving up but we all have to figure out what do we each have to do to get this team right."

On moving forward...

"We have to continue to believe in ourselves and each other and I know our fans are fighting with us."

Union College Rolls to AAC Tournament Title

(1) Union College 74
(6) Virginia Intermont 63

Final from Kingsport, Tennessee

Game recap by UC:

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - Union College guard DeAntray Stevens led the way once again with 24 points, as the top-seeded and No. 24 Bulldogs pulled away from sixth-seeded Virginia Intermont, 74-63, to capture the 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Saturday at the MeadowView Convention Center.

With the win, the Bulldogs recorded their 28th victory of the season to break the record for most in a campaign that was set by the 1967-68 Bulldogs (27). This is also Union's second AAC Tournament Championship in program history (2011 the last), and the first time since 1971-72 that the Bulldogs captured both a Regular Season and Tournament Championship in the same year (both were in the KIAC).

"It feels great to win this Tournament," said head coach Kevin Burton. "Our team has developed so much through this whole process, we've come so far. We're at that phase where we are developing into genuine winners, in pressure situations, they know what to do. It's an easy team to coach, it's been great.

"They really, really wanted to win [The AAC Tournament], and I thought our mentality all day was to attack and take the game, and we did that."

In the game's outset, Union took the early 9-2 lead, capped by Gerard Newby jumper in the lane at the 18-minute mark. This would be one of the bigger leads the Bulldogs had in the period, as VI kept within striking distance the whole half.

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Photo: Union College

Spalding Comes Up Short in SLIAC Championship Game

(2) Webster 55
(1) Spalding 51

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by SU:

The Golden Eagles competed for back-to-back SLAIC Men’s Basketball Championships, but came up short. On Saturday afternoon, in Derek Smith Gymnasium, the No. 1 seed Spalding was defeated 55-51 by the No. 2 seeded Webster University.

Guard Dominique Sangester led the Golden Eagles with 12 points and 5 rebounds in his last game for Spalding and teammate Brandon Gabriel added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the Spalding loss. Both Sangester and Gabriel were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Gorloks of Webster were led by Kevin Miller who finished the game recording a double-double, scoring 19 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.

With six minutes off the clock, the Golden Eagles led Webster 16-7; this nine point lead would be the largest for either team. The Gorloks would soon find themselves back in the game, as they chipped away Spalding’s lead and were able to tie the game at 18-18 with 6:35 to play in the half. Spalding and Webster matched buckets for buckets as the first half came to an end; with 18 seconds remaining in the half the game was tied 27-27, but; two last second free-throws gave the Gorloks a 29-27 halftime advantage.

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Kentucky's James Young, Aaron Harrison After Loss at South Carolina

Kentucky's James Young and Aaron Harrison talk about last night's loss at South Carolina:


UK's John Robic Talks to the Media After Loss at South Carolina

Kentucky assistant coach John Robic talks to the media after last night's loss at South Carolina:


Calipari Dejected and Ejected as South Carolina Stuns No. 17 Kentucky

South Carolina 72
(17) Kentucky 67

Final from Columbia, South Carolina

Game recap by UK:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Brenton Williams scored 24 points for South Carolina, and Kentucky coach John Calipari was ejected midway through the second half as the Gamecocks held off the 17th-ranked Wildcats 72-67 on Saturday night.

South Carolina (11-18, 4-12 Southeastern Conference) led by three at halftime and hit six of its first eight shots in the second half to go up 48-32 with 14:13 left. Kentucky made a furious charge after Calipari was tossed, but came up short.

The Wildcats (21-8, 11-5) couldn't make a basket, going 15:38 with only one field goal - on a goaltending call. Calipari was ejected with his team down 12 after getting a second technical with 10:21 left. He walked out of the arena with his suit coat buttoned but his shirttail out. Kentucky assistant John Robic took over for Calipari, leading a team for the first time since he was fired from Youngstown State in 2005.

Calipari's team responded with a 28-17 run and, after a three-point play by Julius Randle, Kentucky trailed 68-67 with 22 seconds left. But freshman Sindarius Thornwell hit two free throws for South Carolina, and Alex Poythress' attempt at a tying 3-pointer fell short.

It was South Carolina's first win over a top 25 team in more than three years and pulled the Gamecocks out of last place in the SEC. Students ignored repeated warnings and stormed the court, likely incurring a hefty fine from the league.

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Box Score (click to enlarge):


Late 3-Pointer Sends Centre College to SAA Championship Game

Centre 64
Rhodes 61

Final from Danville, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

Donovan Whiteside buried a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left to help the Centre men's basketball team survive a scare from Rhodes and advance to the Southern Athletic Association championship game with a 64-61 victory Saturday in Danville, Ky.

The Colonels had beaten the Lynx by margins of 32 and 18 points in two previous meetings and looked to be on the way to another victory when they opened the game on a 15-5 run. Late in the half, Centre put together another 8-0 surge to go up by as many as 15 points before taking a 31-20 lead to the break.

However, things wouldn't come so easily for the Colonels as Rhodes knocked down a pair of 3-pointers coming out of halftime and climbed back into the game by shooting 60 percent from outside in the second half. The Lynx gradually chipped away at the Colonels' lead, cutting it to 37-35 at the 14:44 mark after a 7-0 run, and eventually taking their first lead when a Patrick McGrail 3-pointer put them up 53-52 with four minutes left.

The lead changed hands six more times as the teams traded baskets down the stretch with Centre going ahead 61-59 after a Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) free throw with a minute left. Rhodes' Johnny Dunavant tied the score at 61 with 45 seconds left, only to see Whiteside (Knoxville, Tenn.) bury the game winner from the left wing on the ensuing possession.

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