Saturday, November 7, 2015

University of Pikeville Cruises Past Ohio-Chillicothe

University of Pikeville 97
Ohio-Chillicothe 62

Final from Pikeville, Kentucky

Game recap by UPIKE:

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Colt Chapman scored a career-high 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the second-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team past Ohio-Chillicothe 97-62 in the Danny VanHoose Classic on Friday night in the East Ky. Expo Center.

Macari Brooks matched him with 20 points, while Christian Leach and Trey Rakes added 18 and 12 points off the bench, respectively.

It was that kind of depth that helped the Bears avoid a letdown as their bench outscored Chillicothe 48-8.

Before wearing down the Hilltoppers, UPIKE trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half as Chillicothe knocked down seven threes at a 53.8 percent clip.

The second half belonged to UPIKE though as it turned up the heat defensively, limiting the Hilltoppers to 31.6 percent shooting from the field after hitting at 50 percent in the first 20 minutes.

Late in the first half, Chillicothe held a 28-18 lead, but UPIKE rattled off a 13-3 spurt to tie things up with 4:39 on the clock. Two minutes later, the Bears took the lead for good at 35-33 after a steal by K.K. Simmons that he threw ahead to Chapman for the easy two.

Once it regained the lead, UPIKE outscored the Hilltoppers 9-1 the rest of the way to take a 12-point lead into the break.

It was a rough start, but the Bears' trouble ended in the second half as their lead stayed in double digits for the duration. It reached its apex at 37 points when Jacob Freeze made a pair of free throws with just over two minutes to play.

Led by Chapman's 11 boards, the Bears controlled the glass 39-25, including a 12-5 advantage on the offensive glass. Turnovers also became a big issue for Chillicothe in the latter stages of the game, giving up 22 with just six assists. UPIKE, on the other hand, finished with 22 assists and just 11 turnovers.

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UK's Labissiere, Poythress and Willis Talk About Win Over Kentucky State

Kentucky's Skal Labissiere, Alex Poythress and Derek Willis talk about last night's win over Kentucky State:

Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Kentucky State

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's exhibition win over Kentucky State:

John Calipari Talks About Win Over Kentucky State

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about Friday night's exhibition win over Kentucky State:

Kentucky State Coach Praises Kentucky Players and More

Kentucky State head coach Darnell Williams talks about the Kentucky Wildcats and more following last night's exhibition game:

Part 1 - Praises UK players, says Tyler Ulis is the best point guard in the country:

Part 2 - Says Skal Labissiere is the potential No. 1 pick in next year's draft and Jamal Murray might also be a top 10 pick:

Kentucky Blasts Kentucky State in Final Exhibition Game

Kentucky 111
Kentucky State 58

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Skal Labissiere was a non-factor in eight first-half minutes, but Kentucky was up big anyway.

Leading 51-20 behind the potent point-guard duo of Tyler Ulis and Jamal Murray, John Calipari could have chalked the game as a bump in the road for Labissiere and moved on.

He had the opposite reaction.

“You know what I told him at halftime?” Calipari said. “We're throwing it to you every time, I don't care. You can go 1-15 or can you go prove you're the player you are.”

Labissiere responded like the potential No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick he is. The 6-foot-11 freshman bounced back from a scoreless first half to score 22 points after halftime in UK’s dominant 111-58 win in its second and final exhibition at Rupp Arena on Friday night.

“He came and talked to me, told me that they were going to go to me a lot when the second half started,” Labissiere said. “I just had to believe in myself and go out there and just play hard.”

As hard as he played, there was a little more than pure effort that went into Labissiere’s explosion.

The 6-foot-11 Port-au-Prince, Haiti native put on an incredible display of post scoring. Social-media jokes were made about Labissiere needing to wear goggles to complete his Kareem Abdul-Jabbar impression with his jump hooks, while a baseline spin move and lefty finished invoked memories of DeMarcus Cousins.

“We just said, ‘We’ll get you the ball the second half,’ ” said Alex Poythress, who looked much like his pre-injury self with 13 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. “ ’We expect you to score.’ And that’s what he did. We got him the ball in scoring positions and he put the ball in the basket.”

Perhaps the only person among the 21,238 in attendance at Rupp Arena on Friday night was Labissiere himself.

“It’s something that we work on every day at the beginning of practice with the bigs with Coach Kenny Payne,” Labissiere said. “We work on that every single day, worked on it all summer. So I just have to learn how to get more comfortable doing it in games. I was a little bit more comfortable tonight.”

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Western Kentucky Escapes Upset Scare from Kentucky Wesleyan

Western Kentucky 75
Kentucky Wesleyan 68

Exhibition Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU used double-digit scoring runs in each half to help take down Kentucky Wesleyan, the 16th-ranked team in NCAA Division II, and capture a 75-68 exhibition win Friday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU is now 53-4 all-time in preseason exhibition games, and the Hilltoppers have won 21-straight preseason tune-ups dating back to a 2002-03 loss to the Harlem Globetrotters.

Chris Harrison-Docks led all scorers with 21 points and hit 5-of-6 from three-point range. He also added four assists in 27 minutes. Justin Johnson had 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks, and Fredrick Edmond had 13 points, six assists, two blocks and two steals. Nigel Snipes added nine points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes, and Ben Lawson swatted three shots.

Kentucky Wesleyan was led by C.J Blackwell's 18 points and Ken-Jah Bosley's 17 tallies.

WKU found itself down 31-21 with just under 5:00 left in the first half, but the Hilltoppers reeled off 12 of the next 14 points to tie the game at 33 with 50 seconds left. An Anton Waters tip-in with 20 seconds left gave WKU a 35-33 lead, which ended up being the score at the half. The Hilltoppers closed the opening 20 minutes on a 14-2 run.

Johnson led all scorers with 10 first-half tallies after going 4-for-4 from the field, and four other Hilltoppers had at least four points in the first half. Kentucky Wesleyan saw eight points apiece from Bosley and Jordan Jacks.

Kentucky Wesleyan led 51-50 with 9:30 left in the game when WKU turned the tide with an 11-0 run while forcing the Panthers to miss six-straight field goals and go 2-for-13 overall with four turnovers during the span.

The Panthers came within five points on a handful of occasions in the final two minutes.

In the game, WKU shot 48.1 percent (25-for-52) overall, went 7-for-16 from distance (.438) and 18-for-23 from the free throw line (.783). The Hilltoppers forced 16 Kentucky Wesleyan turnovers, and the WKU reserves outscored Kentucky Wesleyan's bench 43-16.

With exhibition play in the books, WKU begins its 97th season of basketball next Saturday, Nov. 14, against Campbellsville (Ky.) at 7:00 PM (CT) at E.A. Diddle Arena. The game against Campbellsville is part of the 2015 Gulf Coast Showcase, which includes three games in Florida Thanksgiving week. Season and single-game tickets are on sale through the WKU Ticket Office.

John Calipari Previews Kentucky State Exhibition Game

Kentucky head coach John Calipari previews tonight's exhibition game vs. Kentucky State University:

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2016 Power Forward Harry Giles Commits to Duke

As expected, 2016 power forward Harry Giles has committed to Duke.

Giles, who ranks No. 1 overall on the list for 2016, chose the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Wake Forest and Kansas.

Madisonville-North Hopkins PG Cade Cunningham to Visit Austin Peay

Madisonville-North Hopkins point guard Cade Cunningham will visit Austin Peay over the weekend.

Harry Giles Will Announce College Decision Today

Harry Giles, the top power forward in the class of 2016, will announce his college decision on ESPN's SportsCenter today at Noon.

Giles suffered a partially torn ACL earlier this week and will miss his entire senior season at Oak Hill Academy.

The final four schools on Giles' list are Duke, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Kansas. Most analysts expect Giles to pick Duke.

The 6-foot-10 power forward is ranked No. 1 overall by and No. 2 by

Murray States Drops Exhibition Game to NAIA Opponent Freed-Hardeman

Freed-Hardeman 87
Murray State 85  F/OT

Exhibition Final from Murray, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers dropped an 87-85 exhibition game in overtime Thursday to Freed-Hardeman at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

Bryce Jones and Damarcus Croaker led the Racers each with double-double performances. Jones had 14 points and 10 assists, while Croaker pulled down 10 rebounds to go with his 14 points. Gee McGhee tossed in 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

After leading by as many as 11 points in the first half, the Racers had to settle for a 38-34 lead at the intermission.

Leading by 12 (59-47) with 8:47 remaining, the Racers looked to be in control. However, the Lions chipped away and eventually took the lead on an Orlando Bass 3-pointer with 3:14 left 70-69.

The Racers twice took one point leads on baskets by McGhee and Wayne Langston with 35 seconds left, but the game went into overtime tied 76-76.

In extra time, a Croaker 3-pointer and fast break finish by Langston put the Racers ahead 83-78 with 2:13 left.

Down by two points, McGhee hit a pair of free throws to tie it again at 85-85, before Bass hit a jumper for the win with 1.4 seconds left.

The Racers had a poor shooting night in going 4-of-29 from 3-point range. MSU won the battle of the boards 44-42, forced 22 turnovers and had 13 steals.

The Racers open the program’s 91st season of collegiate basketball Friday (Nov. 13) when they host the Harris-Stowe State Hornets at 7 p.m. The season opener is a women’s and men’s doubleheader at The Bank. The Murray State women host Oakland City at 5 p.m.

Tonight’s game marked the fourth straight season the Racers and Lions have met in an exhibition.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Campbellsville University Earns Second Top 10 Upset of the Week

No. 18 Campbellsville is off to an impressive start following back-to-back wins over two top 10 opponents.

The Tigers overcame some injury problems to knock off No. 8 Evangel 85-68 tonight.

On Saturday, Campbellsville rolled past No. 1 Dalton State 85-73 in the Lou Cunningham Classic.

(18) Campbellsville 85 (8) Evangel 68

Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville men's basketball knocked off another NAIA Top 10 opponent tonight. The Tigers defeated No. 6 Evangel University, 85-68, for CU's third straight win to open the season.

Campbellsville (3-0) was lead by Dii'jon Allen-Jordan's third straight double-double to start the season, recording 23 points and 11 rebounds. He was joined in double-figures with Hagen Tyler (15), Sekour Harris (12) and Ronald Scott (11).

In the first half, Evangel never led by more than seven points. The Tigers were hot on the Crusaders tail right up until halftime and actually took a first half lead by four points, shooting 50 percent (18-36) from the floor.

Elliott Young sparked the Tigers at the 16-minute mark in the second half by picking up a steal and hitting a streaking Scott for a break away layup. On the ensuing possession, Allen-Jordan picked up the defensive board and hit Harris who then assisted in on a deep 3-pointer by Tyler.

Campbellsville then capped off a quick 7-0 run with another steal in the backcourt and Tyler found Allen-Jordan for another monstrous slam.

The Tigers ended up starting the second half on a 12-4 run forcing the Evangel Crusaders to call a timeout, which brought the Powell Athletic Center crowd to its feet.

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(18) Campbellsville 85 (1) Dalton State 73

Game recap by CU:

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — For the second time in three years, Campbellsville men's basketball knocks off a preseason No. 1 team. The Tigers beat Dalton State, 85-73, Saturday afternoon in the 16th Annual Lou Cunningham Classic.

No. 18 Campbellsville (2-0) was led by Sekou Harris' 24 points on 6-of-8 shooting from behind the 3-point line. CU also picked up double-digit performances from Ronald Scott (16), Roderick Lawrence (15), Dii-jon Allen-Jordan (13) and Dominique Harding (12).

Allen-Jordan recorded his second consecutive double-double with 12 rebounds as well.

The Tigers finished hitting 47.7 percent (31-of-65) from the floor while No. 1 Dalton State (0-2) shot 38.6 percent (27-of-70).

Reigning Most Valuable Player in the NAIA Championship game last season, Jordan Bowling scored 23 points but 10 of those came from the charity stripe. He knocked down all 10 free throws attempts.

Campbellsville lit it up in the first half, hitting seven triples on 16 attempts to take an 18-point lead at the intermission, 48-30.

The second half was a little sloppier, though as Campbellsville settled for long range shots but they weren't falling. The Roadrunners started the period on a 15-9 run and cut the CU lead to 12 at the 11:11 mark.

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Top 2016 Recruit Harry Giles May Be Out for the Season

According to a report on Twitter, 2016 Kentucky recruit Harry Giles has suffered a season-ending knee injury.

It was reported yesterday that the injury didn't seem serious:

For now, let's call this an unconfirmed report.

Giles, a 6-foot-10 power forward, ranks No. 2 overall on the list for 2016.

UPDATE: This report has now been confirmed. Giles will require surgery for a torn ACL.

Bellarmine Ranked No. 4 in NABC/Division II Rankings

Bellarmine is No. 4 in the NABC/Division II Preseason Rankings.

Augustana (SD) is No. 1 with 387 total points and 9 first-place votes. Tarleton State (TX) is No. 2 followed by West Liberty (WV) at No. 3.

Lincoln Memorial (TN) rounds out the top 5.

Kentucky Wesleyan received votes but will start the season outside the top 25.

NABC/Division II Rankings
(Oct. 27, 2015 – Pre-Season Poll)

Record Points Last
1. Augustana, S.D. (9) 31-3 387 2
2. Tarleton State, Texas (2) 31-4 374 7
3. West Liberty, W.Va. (2) 28-4 369 5
4. Bellarmine, Ky. (1) 31-4 357 3
5. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 30-3 300 6
6. Mount Olive, N.C. 31-4 266 9
7. Indiana, Pa. (1) 31-7 244 25
8. Indianapolis, Ind. 25-6 240 15
9. Minnesota State-Moorhead 35-4 227 4
10. Colorado School of Mines 23-5 215 13
11. California Baptist 26-7 189 21
12. Alabama-Huntsville 23-9 185 NR
13. UNC Pembroke 26-6 152 17
14. Northwest Missouri State 25-7 141 NR
15. Western Washington 20-11 131 NR
16. Drury, Mo. 21-9 126 NR
17. Chico State, Calif. 22-8 121 NR
18. Metropolitan State, Colo. 26-6 119 11
19. Southern Connecticut State 24-8 116 NR
20. Montevallo, Ala. 26-9 99 23
21. Western Oregon 23-7 88 NR
22. Midwestern State, Texas 22-9 80 NR
23. Augusta, Ga. 23-7 73 NR
24. Barry, Fla. 25-6 64 12
25. Philadelphia, Pa. 24-8 63 NR

Others receiving votes: Missouri Southern 57, Delta State (Miss.) 39, Florida Southern 36, Bowie State (Md.) 33, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 25, Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) 24, Bridgeport (Conn.) 23, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 18, Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 18, BYU-Hawaii 17, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 15, Lynn (Fla.) 13, Minnesota State 13, Cal Poly Pomona 11, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 11, Angelo State (Texas) 10, Mercyhurst (Pa.) 10, Arkansas-Fort Smith 9, Cal State-San Bernardino 9, Bentley (Mass.) 8, Ferris State (Mich.) 8, Dixie State (Utah) 6, Nebraska-Kearney 6, Kentucky Wesleyan 5, Harding (Ark.) 4, King (Tenn.) 4, Michigan Tech 4, Stonehill (Mass.) 4, Texas A&M-Commerce 4, Benedict (S.C.) 3, East Central (Okla.) 3, Gannon (Pa.) 3, Paine (Ga.) 3, Concordia-St. Paul (Minn.) 2, Queens (N.C.) 2, Southern New Hampshire 2, Arkansas Tech 1, Central Missouri 1, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 1, West Texas A&M 1.

Records are final from the 2014-15 season. Last ranking was from the final poll of last season.  

Kentucky Will Likely Play New Mexico State in 2017-18

According to reports, Kentucky basketball will likely play New Mexico State during the 2017-18 season.

The NMSU football team is playing at Kentucky next season and apparently UK has promised the school a future men’s basketball game. According to the Courier-Journal, that game will occur in 2017-18.

Here are details:

According to the Courier-Journal, as part of the NMSU football team playing at Kentucky next season, UK has promised NMSU a future men’s basketball game. According to the Courier-Journal, a date for the game has not been finalized, but a contract obtained by the Courier-Journal through a open records request reveals it will occur prior to the end of the 2017-18 season.

According to the Courier-Journal, if the basketball game is scheduled in time for the 2017-18 season, UK will pay the Aggies $120,000 in addition to the $1.3 million Kentucky is paying NMSU for the football game. If the game is not scheduled in time for the 2017-18 season, a separate contract would be agreed upon to manage any payment for that game, the Courier-Journal reported.

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Kyle Kuric Scheduled for Brain Surgery Today in Barcelona

Former Louisville guard Kyle Kuric is scheduled to undergo brain surgery today in Barcelona, Spain.

Here are details from UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kyle Kuric, a former University of Louisville guard/forward who as a senior helped lead the Cardinals to the 2012 NCAA Final Four, will have brain surgery on Thursday in Barcelona, Spain.

The Kuric family has been overwhelmed with messages, thoughts and prayers and are extremely grateful. Individuals wishing to send cards or notes of support can send to this address and they will be forwarded to Kyle:

Kyle Kuric
c/o Dr. Kuric
4001 Kresge Way, Suite 238
Louisville Ky. 40207

Yesterday, CB Gran Canaria released information that former Kuric was diagnosed with a brain tumor. That announcement from his current professional team can be found at this link:

"We've had some pretty big disappointments in the past few months, but nothing compares to this," UofL men's basketball coach Rick Pitino said yesterday. "Our prayers and good wishes go out for a healthy and speedy recovery for Kyle. He's one of the finest young men that I have had the privilege to coach and our Louisville family's prayers are with him."

The family sincerely appreciates the incredible outpouring of love, prayers and support. They cannot respond to everyone personally, but all should know that they are very grateful and it means more than they can express. Continued prayers for Kyle, the Kuric family, and the surgical team are appreciated.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Louisville Fan Goes All Out to Show Support for Rick Pitino

This has to be Rick Pitino's No. 1 fan:

University of the Cumberlands Opens Season with Win Over IU-Southeast

University of the Cumberlands 85
IU Southeast 70

Final from Williamsburg, Kentucky

Game recap by UC:

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Men’s Basketball team hosted their season opener on Tuesday in the O. Wayne Rollins Center against the Grenadiers of Indiana University-Southeast (IUSE). With many new faces and a ton of skill and ability, the Patriots would show a heavy push in the 2nd half to come away with a 15 point win, 85-70.


· Xavier Owens (Tampa, FL) led the Patriots on the night with 21 points and 8 rebounds.
· Kaashif English (Orlando, FL) was a big presence off the bench with 16 points and 7 rebounds.
· Tre Boutilier (Dartmouth, Canada) chipped in his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
· D’Lando Carter (Danville, IL) also added 12 points in the victory.
· The Patriots shot 27-38 (71.1%) from the free throw line while outrebounding the Grenadiers 44-26.


The Patriots next game will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on November 10th as they take on Carver Bible College. Tipoff is set for 6 pm.


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Donnie Tyndall Says 99% of What Has Been Said, Written About Him is False

Former college basketball coach Donnie Tyndall appeared on The Johnny "Ballpark" Franks Show on Nashville Sports Radio yesterday.

Tyndall said that 99% of the things that have been written and said about him over the last year are false and he is awaiting his opportunity to explain things to the NCAA. Tyndall, who is currently serving as volunteer assistant AD at Tennessee Wesleyan, expects to coach again in the future.

Additionally, Tyndall talked college basketball on the show and had high praise for Kevin Stallings and John Calipari. He also discusses new rule changes in college basketball and how he expects those changes to impact the game.

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Tai Wynyard Enrolled at Kentucky, Will Sign in November

New Zealand big man Tai Wynyard has enrolled at the University of Kentucky for the Spring semester and is expected to sign with the basketball program this month.

Here's more from

Auckland (New Zealand) Rangitoto College 4-star power forward and Kentucky commit Tai Wynyard has enrolled for the spring semester, is currently working on his student visa application and plans on signing with the Wildcats this month, his mother, Kamryn Wynyard, told Tuesday.

Wynyard told New Zealand sports site in September he was "50-50" on whether he would play for the Wildcats this season or redshirt.

His mother says it's too early to tell.

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According to NZHoops, Wynyard has been playing well in the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam in Auckland:

In preparation for his stint there – where it is unknown whether he will redshirt the first season or not – Wynyard has been getting some game-time in at the Mexicali Fresh Summer Jam in Auckland.

The Secondary School Champion winning centre put up 29 points and 17 rebounds in the first clash of the Summer season of hoops, impressively doing so against a team which had Casey Frank matching up against him.

Thomas More Comes Up Short in Exhibition Game at Division I Austin Peay

Austin Peay 85
Thomas More 64

Exhibition Final from Clarksville, Tennessee

Game recap by TMC:

(CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.) – The Thomas More College men's basketball team fell, 85-64, to NCAA Division I-member Austin Peay University tonight (Monday, November 2, 2015) in an exhibition game at the Winfield Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tennessee.

The Saints jumped out to an 8-2 lead with 17:45 to play in the first half when sophomore guard Daniel Williams (Louisville, Ky./Jeffersontown) made a jumper. The Governors answered with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to 10-9 on a Chris Horton lay-up with 15:08 to play in the opening half. Thomas More responded with a 6-0 run capped by a three-pointer by sophomore guard Jacob Hall (Bowling Green, Ky./Warren Central) to extend the lead to 16-9 with 14:19 to play in the first half. Austin Peay's Jared Savage converted an old fashion three-point play with 10:11 to play in the half to tie the game at 19-19. Sophomore guard Corey Howard (Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) made a three-pointer with 7:35 to play in the first half to cap the Saints' 6-2 run and give Thomas More a 25-21 lead. Austin Peay closed out the half on an 18-9 run to take a 39-34 lead at halftime when Savage made two free-throws with 29-seconds to play in the half.

The Governors controlled the second half as they out-scored Thomas More 46-30 and won the game, 85-64.

Williams led the Saints in scoring with 19 points, while junior forward center Simon Clifford (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) added 10 points. Clifford and freshman guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) each had five rebounds to lead the team. King led the team in assists with three.

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No. 6 Georgetown College Moves to 3-0 with Tough Road Win

(6) Georgetown College 94
Washington Adventist 86

Final from Takoma Park, Maryland

Game recap by GC:

Georgetown College men's basketball team improved to 3-0 to start the season with a solid 94-86 road victory. The No. 6 Tigers saw their two All-Americans shine at different points to help overwhelm host Washington Adventist University.

Deondre McWhorter had the hot hand early, scoring 16 of his game-tying high 24 points. However, the post fouled out late in the second half calling upon Noah Cottrill to step up. The senior scored 23 points, 14 of which came in the final nine minutes of the game. Eight of those were inside the final minute and part of his 15-of-15 from the foul line.

All nine Tigers scored as Raymond Baldwin, 15, and Chris Coffey, 11, also tallied double digits.

"This was a great road test for us. Washington Adventist is a very talented and athletic team that looks ready for a great season," said GC coach Chris Briggs. "I was very proud of our guys for the toughness they showed and their ability to finish the game. Everyone contributed. We did a lot of things well and we still have room for improvement. It sure was a fun game to be a part of. We had a great trip and we are looking forward to getting back to Georgetown."

Darion Burns led with five of the teams 15 assists.

Coffey added 10 rebounds for his first double-double for Georgetown. McWhorter was a rebound shy of a double-double.

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No. 2 Pikeville Hammers Montreat and Ohio-Eastern

University of Pikeville is now 2-0 on the young season following lopsided wins over Ohio-Eastern and Montreat.

Here are recaps from UPIKE:

(2) Pikeville 113 Ohio-Eastern 45

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Michael Lewis and Uzonna Akazi delivered a pair of double-doubles off the bench to lead the University of Pikeville men's basketball team past Ohio-Eastern 113-45 on Saturday night at the East Ky. Expo Center.

Lewis posted 18 points and 18 rebounds, while Akazi, playing in his first game for the Bears, finished with 17 points and 12 boards to lead seven Bears who finished in double figures scoring. Macari Brooks tallied 15 points, Jackson Hussey had 12, Marshall Bennett tallied 11 and Dmitri Reaves and Christian Leach both finished with 10.

The Bears (2-0) shot 58.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent (7-21) from beyond the arc as the Panthers connected on just 27.9 percent of their shots and were outrebounded 67-16.

Cody Schau was the only Ohio-Eastern player to reach double figures scoring with 16 points on 7-of-20 shooting from the field.

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(2) Pikeville 104 Montreat 71

PIKEVILLE, Ky. -- Macari Brooks poured in 28 points to help the 2nd-ranked University of Pikeville men's basketball team improve its home winning streak to 44 games with a 104-71 win over visiting Montreat on Tuesday night in the East Ky. Expo Center.

While Brooks shined with the high point total and K.K. Simmons chipped in with 20 points and four 3-pointers, credit the Cavaliers for giving the Bears their first true challenge of the season as it was only a 3-point game with a minute left in the first half.

Eventually the tide started to turn in the Bears' favor once they wore Montreat down with depth and athleticism, pushing ahead by 19 points 10 minutes into the second half on a three from Brooks, one of two he hit on the night.

The lead was still 19 with just under four minutes to play at 89-70, but the Cavaliers started having real trouble taking care of the ball, allowing UPIKE to go on a 15-1 run to end up at the final 33-point margin.

Montreat got 18 points from Amir Davis and 15 from Ryan Bethoney to lead the upset effort as the team stayed in the game with five 3-pointers in the first half.

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Morehead State Thumps Asbury in Exhibition Game

Morehead State 107
Asbury Unviersity 57

Exhibition Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - The Morehead State men's basketball team downed the Asbury Eagles, 107-57, in their season opening exhibition game on Tuesday night at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles were led by senior guard Brent Arrington, who finished with 20 points, three assists, and five rebounds. The pre-season All-OVC selection dominated every aspect of the game, shooting 9-for-12 from the field and knocking down two of his four three-point attempts.

"For the first game, going against someone else I was very pleased," said head coach Sean Woods. "I thought we were very efficient, I thought we shot and moved the ball very well. We still have to continue to rebound a little better."

The Eagles started the game on a 7-0 run and never looked back from there. They then went into the locker room with a 49-28 lead at the half thanks to shooting 61-percent from the floor.

Eleven different players scored for the Eagles, including six in double figures. Junior Corban Collins had 12 points to go along with seven assists, while sophomore Miguel Dicent finished with 10 points. Senior Lyonell Gaines finished with 13 points and freshman Lamontray Harris came off the bench to add 13 of his own. Junior Xavier Moon added 10 points in his first game as an Eagle.

Junior Dejuan Marrero led the rebounding charge with 16 to go along with his eight points.

Morehead State shot 61-percent for the game, shooting 9-for-21 from deep, and 18-for-25 from the line. They finished with a huge advantage on the glass, out-rebounding Asbury to the tune of 51-22.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Murray State Sophomore Kedrick Flomo Will Miss 2015-16 Season After Heart Surgery

Murray State sophomore Kedrick Flomo will miss the 2015-16 season following emergency heart surgery on Monday. 

My thoughts and prayers are with Flomo and the Murray State family. 

Here are details from MSU:

Murray State men's basketball student-athlete Kedrick Flomo underwent emergency heart surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday.
Doctors expect Flomo to make a full recovery, but he will not play in the 2015-16 season for the Racers.
"We are very thankful for the outstanding medical care Kedrick has received, both here in Murray and at Vanderbilt," said Head Coach Matt McMahon. "Our number one priority is Kedrick's health and him making a full recovery from yesterday's surgery.  We will be here to support him every step of the way.  On behalf of his teammates and coaches, we continue to send our thoughts and love to Kedrick and his family." 
"I had the opportunity to see Kedrick this morning and he's doing incredibly well," said Director of Athletics Allen Ward. "They've moved him out of ICU and he's alert and eating. He's an amazing young man, with an outstanding family. They have our complete support as Kedrick continues his recovery. Our prayers remain with them as does the support of the entire Racer Nation."

Former Louisville Player Kyle Kuric Will Undergo Emergency Surgery for Brain Tumor

Former Louisville guard Kyle Kuric will soon undergo emergency surgery to have a brain tumor removed.

The tumor was discovered after Kuric went to a hospital in Spain with a migraine.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino released the following statement:

“We’ve had some pretty big disappointments in the past few months, but nothing compares to this. Our prayers and good wishes go out for a healthy and speedy recovery for Kyle. He’s one of the finest young men that I have had the privilege to coach and our Louisville family’s prayers are with him.”

I would like to ask everyone to say a prayer for Kyle Kuric and his young family.


Spanish team Gran Canaria announced that American player Kyle Kuric will have surgery to remove a brain tumor. The player will have surgery in the next few days. Our thoughts and prayers are with him. Good luck, Kyle.

Rick Pitino Talks About Exhibition Win Over Bellarmine

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino talks about Sunday's exhibition win over Bellarmine:

Peyton Siva Acquired by Delaware 87ers

The rights to former Louisville point guard Peyton Siva have been acquired by the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.

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They then dealt returning big man John Bohannon and the rights to point guard Peyton Siva to Delaware for the rights to point guard Myck Kabongo, the 87ers' second-round pick, and guard D.J. Seeley, who led Delaware in scoring last season.

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Siva is currently playing for Pasta Reggia Juvecaserta in Italy's top-level Serie A league.

Louisville Pulls Away from Bellarmine in Exhibition Game

Louisville 71
Bellarmine 55

Exhibition Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jaylen Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Louisville cruised past Bellarmine 71-55 Sunday in its exhibition opener.

The Cardinals led just 32-26 at halftime behind 33 percent shooting but began the second 7 of 16 from the field to shoot 13 of 27 overall in the final 20 minutes and pull away from the NCAA Division II Knights, their crosstown neighbors. Guard Trey Lewis, a graduate transfer, scored the first seven points of the second half to finish with 10 and propel Louisville toward its 30th straight exhibition win.

Johnson, a sophomore forward, made 6 of 8 from the field in 22 minutes. Guard Quentin Snider had eight assists while Damion Lee, another graduate transfer, and freshman Donovan Mitchell each had nine points.

Josh Derksen scored a game-high 20 for Bellarmine, which shot 32 percent overall. Rusty Troutman and George Suggs each had 11 for the Knights.

Chuck Hayes Will Continue Playing Basketball After All

Former Kentucky forward Chuck Hayes will continue playing basketball after all.

The Houston Rockets have signed Hayes, who was recently but by the Clippers and seemingly headed for a career in coaching.

Here is a release from

HOUSTON – Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed free agent center Chuck Hayes. He will wear #44.

Hayes (6-6, 240) was not selected in the 2005 NBA Draft but signed with Houston during 2005-06 and spent his first six seasons with the Rockets. He then played two-plus seasons with Sacramento until being traded to Toronto in December of 2013. Hayes appeared in 29 games for the Raptors last season and was with the L.A. Clippers in training camp and preseason this year.

In 642 career games with 244 starts across 10 NBA seasons, Hayes has averaged 3.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.4 minutes per game while shooting 49.8% from the floor.

Ottawa Coach Aaron Siebenthall Compares Kentucky Game to Taking a Really Hard Test in College

Ottawa head coach Aaron Siebenthall talks about the experience of playing the Kentucky Wildcats in Rupp Arena:

Western Kentucky Holds Off Lindsey Wilson in Exhibition Opener

Western Kentucky 84
Lindsey Wilson 71

Exhibition Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- WKU defeated Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) College in an exhibition game Monday night at E.A. Diddle Arena, 84-71, behind 22 points from Aaron Cosby and two other players finishing in double figures.

WKU has now won 20-straight preseason games dating back to a 2002-03 loss to the Harlem Globetrotters and moves to 52-4 all-time in exhibition games.

In his debut in the Red and White, Cosby went 7-for-13 from the field en route to the game-high 22 points. He hit four three-pointers and added three assists. Chris Harrison-Docks followed with 15 points, and Fredrick Edmond added 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Freshman Chris McNeal also had seven rebounds for the Hilltoppers, who topped the Blue Raiders 43-27 on the glass.

Ben Lawson blocked five shots for WKU. Lindsey Wilson was led by Brian Wallace and Kevin Windley's 19 points apiece.

WKU led 46-27 at halftime after shooting 48.5 percent (16-for-33) from the floor and 7-for-17 from three-point range. Ten Hilltoppers played in the opening 20 minutes, and Cosby led the way with 15 first-half tallies thanks in part to three three-pointers. Harrison-Docks added 11 in the first half, and Edmond contributed nine. The Blue Raiders were 12-for-29 from the field (.414) but 0-for-9 from distance.

The Hilltoppers had 12 assists on their 16 first-half baskets.

Lindsey Wilson got no closer than within 12 points in the second half, which came twice in the final 40 seconds of the game.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

UK's Lee, Briscoe and Murray Discuss Exhibition Win Over Ottawa

Kentucky's Marcus Lee, Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray talk about the Wildcats easy exhibition win over Ottawa:

John Calipari Talks About Win Over Ottawa and More

Kentucky head coach John Calipari talks about tonight's win over Ottawa and more:

Highlights: Kentucky Destroys Ottawa

Check out the highlights from Kentucky's 117-58 victory over Ottawa:

Kentucky Dismantles Ottawa in First Exhibition Game

Kentucky 117
Ottawa 58

Exhibition Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky overwhelmed tiny Ottawa University 117-58 in exhibition action at Rupp Arena Monday night.

Freshman Jamal Murray led the Wildcats with 22 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals. Skal Labissiere added 18 points. Tyler Ulis finished with 17 points and 10 assists.

Marshon Norfleet led Ottawa with 20 points. Logan Bullinger came off the bench to chip in 10.

Kentucky was an impressive 12-for-22 (54.5%) from the three-point line. Ulis was 4-for-5 from long range. Murray finished 4-for-8.

The Wildcats return to action Friday evening with an exhibition game against Kentucky State University at Rupp Arena.

Box Score (click to enlarge):

There's a Full Week of College Basketball Action Around Kentucky

The college basketball action around Kentucky really picks up this week with games on every day except Wednesday.

Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, November 2

7:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Austin Peay (Exhibition)
7:00 p.m. Ottawa at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College Purple/White Game
8:00 p.m. Lindsey Wilson College at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition)

Tuesday, November 3

7:00 p.m. Boyce College at Brescia University
7:00 p.m. IU Southeast at University of the Cumberlands
7:00 p.m. Montreat at University of Pikeville
7:00 p.m. Asbury University at Morehead State University (Exhibition)
7:30 p.m. Kentucky Christian University at Alice Lloyd College
7:30 p.m. Ohio Christian at Union College
TBA Georgetown College at Washington Adventist University

Wednesday, November 4

No Games

Thursday, November 5

7:00 p.m. Milligan College at Alice Lloyd College
7:00 p.m. Evangel University at Campbellsville University
7:00 p.m. Martin Methodist at St. Catharine College
8:00 p.m. Freed-Hardeman at Murray State University (Exhibition)

Friday, November 6

6:00 p.m. Kentucky State University at University of Kentucky (Exhibition)
6:00 p.m. Asbury University vs. Taylor University (at Rio Grande)
8:00 p.m. Point University at Kentucky Christian University
8:00 p.m. Ohio-Chillicothe at University of Pikeville
8:00 p.m. Kentucky Wesleyan College at Western Kentucky University (Exhibition)
9:00 p.m. Union College at Indiana Wesleyan

Saturday, November 7

1:00 p.m. Ohio Northern at Northern Kentucky University (Exhibition)
2:00 p.m. Union College vs. IU East (at Indiana Wesleyan)
2:00 p.m. Asbury University vs. Miami-Middletown (at Rio Grande)
3:00 p.m. Brescia University vs. Calumet College (at Marian University)
3:00 p.m. Lindenwood University at Kentucky Christian University
4:00 p.m. Cincinnati-Clermont at University of Pikeville
5:00 p.m. Ohio State-Mansfield at Lindsey Wilson College
6:00 p.m. West Virginia Tech at Georgetown College
TBA Bellarmine University at Cincinnati (Exhibition)

Sunday, November 8

2:00 p.m. Brescia University at Marian University
4:00 p.m. Ohio State-Mansfield at University of Pikeville (UPIKE Gym)
4:30 p.m. Union College at Eastern Kentucky University (Exhibition)

IU East, Brescia University Picked to Top KIAC in 2015-16

IU East is the preseason pick to win the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. East captured 6 first-place votes and totaled 137 points in the Preseason Coaches' Poll that was released last week.

Brescia is picked second with 3 first-place votes and 130 total points. The Bearcats are also favored to win the league's Capital Division. Asbury University is second in the Capital Division and No. 5 overall.

Alice Lloyd College is tied for fourth in the Capital Division and No. 9 overall.

(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

KIAC Colonial Division

1. IU East (10) 70
2. Rio Grande (Ohio) (2) 58
3. Point Park (Pa.) 46
4. WVU Tech 38
5. Ohio Christian 26
6. Carlow (Pa.) 14

KIAC Capital Division

1. Brescia (Ky.) (11) 71
2. Asbury (Ky.) 48
3. Cincinnati Christian 44
T4. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (1) 37
T4. IU Southeast 37
6. IU Kokomo 15

KIAC Overall Poll

1. IU East (6) 137
2. Brescia (Ky.) (3) 130
3. Rio Grande (Ohio) (2) 117
4. Point Park (Pa.) 88
5. Asbury (Ky.) 86
6. Cincinnati Christian 79
7. WVU Tech 77
8. IU Southeast 70
9. Alice Lloyd (Ky.) (1) 68
10. Ohio Christian 39
11. IU Kokomo 31
12. Carlow 14

Spalding University Picked to Finish Second in SLIAC

Spalding University is picked to finish second in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this season.

Here's a release from the SLIAC:

Webster University edged out Spalding University as favorites in the 2015-16 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Preseason Poll while a total of four teams received first-place votes.

Webster, coached by Chris Bunch, received 71 total points including four first-place votes to grab the top spot in the poll. They return three starters and 8 of their 10 top ten players from last year's team that tied for the SLIAC regular season title, going 17-9 overall. The Gorloks will have to replace the program's second all-time leading scorer, Ahmad Smith, but the continued development of forward Hunter Ward should offset the scoring loss. Ward, a junior forward, averaged 13.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season while earning All-Conference honors. Junior guard C.J. Moore will also be counted on to increase his scoring output after shooting 53-percent from the field and averaging 9.3 points per game last year. The Gorloks will rely on the size of junior forward Joe Henry who showed signs of success as an inside presence last year, shooting 55-percent from the field. The Gorloks bring in several newcomers including junior transfers Xavier Dortch (8.8 points and 4.1 assists per game) and Davian Joseph as well as freshman Jahmad Wilburn.

Spalding, who has won at least a share of the last three SLIAC regular season titles and won the conference tournament title last year, received 70 total points and four first-place votes in the poll. Head Coach Kevin Gray returns just two starters and four players from last year's squad that went 18-10 overall. Leading the way is senior guard Brandon Goeing, a First Team All-Conference performer, who averaged a team high 15.1 points per game while leading the conference in three-point field goals with 72. Also returning is starting guard James Turner, who averaged 8.7 points per game while hitting on 43-percent of his three-point shots. Senior guard Victor Cosby is also back after seeing time in 19 games last year, starting five. The Golden Eagles will count on newcomers Nick Trisko, a junior forward; Jalen Bradley, a freshman swingman; and Domonique Ellis, a freshman guard; to provide minutes in the rotation.

Complete Release

School Total Points (1st Place Votes)

Webster 71 (4)
Spalding 70 (4)
Fontbonne 64 (1)
MacMurray 63
Greenville 43 (1)
Westminster 38
Iowa Wesleyan 36
Eureka 24
Principia 20
Blackburn 14

Ottawa vs. Kentucky Will Be Aired on Internet and Radio Only

Tonight's exhibition game between Ottawa and the Kentucky Wildcats will not be aired on television.

The game will be on Internet stream and radio only.

Here are details on how to watch/listen:

Kentucky Wildcats vs Ottawa Braves
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
TV: This game will not be broadcast on national television
Online Stream: You can watch the game online via SEC Network + on Watch ESPN and the Watch ESPN App
Announcers: Dave Baker (PxP), Ravi Moss (Analyst) and Matt Jones (Sideline)
Radio: 98.1 FM and 630 AM in Lexington. Go here for a list of radio affiliates based on where you live.

Brescia Falls to Purdue North Central in Season's First Game

Purdue North Central 80
Brescia University 77

Final from Owensboro, Kentucky

Purdue North Central knocked off Brescia University 80-77 in the season-opener for both teams Saturday in Owensboro.

Junior Trey Howard led the way for Brescia with 19 points on 7-for-11 field goal shooting. Austin Morris added 18 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. Jermain Langley chipped in 15 points.

Brescia (0-1) returns to action Tuesday night with a home game against Boyce College.

Asbury University Opens Season with Two Wins in Nashville

Asbury University opened the 2015-16 season with wins over Welch College and Fisk University in Nashville.

Asbury 87 Welch 54

* Recap by AU

NASHVILLE - It's always tough to get out of the gate with a season opening win, and historically even tougher for Asbury University's men's basketball to do it on the road. But the Eagles captured their fourth straight season opener Friday evening in Nashville, taking down the host Flames of Welch College by a score of 87-54.

The win was also the second straight on the road to open the season. Prior to last season the Eagles had opened the season at home five straights times, going 4-1 in that stretch.

It wasn't all peaches and cream for the Eagles (1-0) from the start. They actually trailed the Flames 24-22 with 7:55 left in the first half. A big turnaround and 22-7 run over the next eight minutes, though, put the Eagles up 44-31 at the half and they cruised the rest of the way.

Led by Daulton Peters and his 13 points Asbury outscored the hosts 40-23 in the second half and sealed the win. Kristian Svendsen added 11 points for the Eagles and Kyle Lamb, returning for the first time since a season-ending injury near the end of last season, pitched in 10 points.

A full box score was not yet available and will be added to when it is complete.

The Eagles stay in Nashville to go up against Fisk University at 5 p.m. EST on Saturday. That game will be preceded by the Asbury women playing Fisk at 3 p.m. EST. Last season Asbury beat Fisk 95-72 in the Luce Center on January 20.

Asbury 87 Fisk 69

The Eagles (2-0) will face Morehead State in an exhibition game Tuesday night in Morehead.

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