Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Kentucky State Drops High-Scoring Battle at Southern Indiana

Southern Indiana 111
Kentucky State 101

Final from Evansville, Indiana

Game recap by KSU:

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Kentucky State men's basketball team battled back and forth with Southern Indiana in a high scoring road contest but saw the Screaming Eagles pull away late for a 111-101 win on Tuesday.

Malcolm Smith scored 21 points to lead the Thorobreds, while Dorian Jordan added 16 points with eight assists. Also reaching double figures for Kentucky State were Tryston Ford with 14 points and William Bryant with 10. Southern Indiana's Jeril Taylor led all players with 33 points.

The Thorobreds trailed for nearly all of the first half after taking a quick 6-2 lead in the opening moments. Though Southern Indiana answered Kentucky State's early lead with a 10-1 run and led by as many as 12 points in the half at 43-31, the Thorobreds were able to close the gap to 55-48 by halftime.

Kentucky State carried its momentum into the second half, quickly cutting the margin to 59-56 after a 3-pointer by Ford. Moments later, the Thorobreds were able to tie the game at 65 on a 3-pointer by Kevin Shaw and take a 67-65 lead on a pair of free throws by Bryant.

Unfortunately for Kentucky State, that brief lead proved to be the high point, as the Eagles immediately responded with an 11-2 run to go in front for good. The Thorobreds pulled back within three at 78-75 when Smith and Teddy Ware Jr. knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, but Southern Indiana again answered with seven straight to push the lead back out to double digits. The Eagles were able to preserve their lead from the free throw line down the stretch.

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Findlay Upsets No. 3 Bellarmine with Late Free Throw

Findlay 70
(3) Bellarmine 69

Final from Findlay, Ohio

Game recap by BU:

FINDLAY, Ohio—Martyce Kimbrough hit a free throw with 1.8 seconds remaining as the host Findlay Oilers escaped with 70-69 victory over the No. 3 Bellarmine Knights tonight in a non-conference game at Croy Gymnasium.

Seconds earlier, Rusty Troutman had tied the score at 69 apiece with a layup on a drive to the basket with just five ticks on the clock. Findlay advanced the ball into their offensive end of the court then got a timeout with three seconds remaining.

Bellarmine's Al Davis then got whistled for his fifth foul of the game as Kimbrough fielded the inbounds pass to set up the game winning free throw.

"It wasn't a one play game," said Bellarmine Coach Scott Davenport in his postgame comments. "We didn't play 40 minutes. We had no answer for them inside. They dominated us inside…we gave up 15 offensive rebounds and turn it over 19 times. The points off turnovers and second chance points beat us without a doubt—no ifs, ands, or buts. When you shoot 50 percent and hold them to 39 (percent) you should win the game…this was very disappointing."

From the outset, the Knights found themselves in a deep deficit, falling behind by 10 less than five minutes into the game as the host Oiler ran out to a quick 14-4 lead. That margin extended to fifteen until late in the half when Brent Bach came off the bench to give the Knights a spark with eight quick points as Bellarmine cut the deficit to just six at the break.

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Louisville's Ralph Willard Talks About Win Over St. Francis Brooklyn

Louisville assistant Ralph Willard fills in for Rick Pitino to discuss the Cards' win over St. Francis Brooklyn:

John Calipari Isn't Worried About Louisville

John Calipari said he isn't worried about Louisville over the holidays. Coach Cal plans to give his player four days off at Christmas even though the Wildcats play Louisville on December 26.

"Because I’m not worried about Louisville," Calipari explained to UK fans after last night's win over Boston. "I’m worried about my family...these kids’ families"

Here are Calipari's comments via Tyler Thompson on Twitter:

Louisville Overwhelms St. Francis Brooklyn

Louisville 85
St. Francis Brooklyn 41

Final from Louisville, Kentucky

Game recap by UL:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Damion Lee scored 21 points as Louisville again blistered an early-season opponent in beating St. Francis Brooklyn 85-41 Tuesday night.

Lee finished 8 of 12 from the floor and scored 15 in the first half. He also added eight rebounds.

The Cardinals (4-0) used their size to dominate inside, scoring 28 of their first 30 points in the paint. St. Francis managed only four points in the post in the first half. Louisville shot 19 of 31 (61 percent) en route to 43-24 halftime lead with 32 points coming in the paint.

Glen Sanabria and Tyreek Jewell each scored 11 points for St. Francis (1-3).

Louisville played five players 6-9 or taller while the Terriers' tallest starter, 6-7 Amdy Fall, fouled out without scoring. The Cardinals finished with a 56-12 advantage on points in the paint.

Louisville's 6-foot-10 freshman Ray Spalding followed up his breakout performance against North Florida, when he scored 18 points and had 12 rebounds, with 12 points, eight coming in the first half.

The Cardinals extended their lead with a 9-0 run to start the second half before two Jewell 3s made it 52-30 with 15:40 to play. A Gunnar Olafsson layup again cut the lead to 22 with 12:55 left before Louisville scored six straight in the paint to start an 11-0 run.

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Western Kentucky Rebounds with Big Win Over Central Michigan

Western Kentucky 88
Central Michigan 60

Final from Estero, Florida

Game recap by WKU:

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Fredrick Edmond scored 16 points and Justin Johnson added 13 on 6-of-8 shooting to lead WKU past Central Michigan 88-60 Tuesday.

Rayshawn Simmons made a bucket to pull Central Michigan within two, 17-15, midway through the first half but back-to-back layups by Johnson sparked a 19-4 WKU run to close the half.

The Hilltoppers (3-2) led by as many as 36 in the second half.

Central Michigan (2-2) made just 8 of 34 (23.5 percent) field goals, including 2 of 15 from 3-point range, in the first half. The Chippewas didn't score after a dunk by DaRohn Scott with 5:59 left before the break.

Braylon Rayson scored 13, on 5-of-20 shooting, and Austin Stewart added 10 points for Central Michigan, which was without injured guard Chris Fowler - the program's all-time assist leader.

WKU recorded 21 assists on 31 field goals while shooting 53 percent overall.

UK's Labissiere, Murray and Poythress Talk About Boston University Game

Kentucky's Skal Labissiere, Jamal Murray and Alex Poythress talk about last night's win over Boston University:

Boston University's Joe Jones Discusses Loss at Kentucky

Boston University head coach Joe Jones discusses his team's loss at No. 1 Kentucky:

John Calipari Talks About Win Over Boston University

John Calipari gives his thoughts and comments after Kentucky's win over Boston University:

Highlights from Kentucky's Win Over Boston University

Check out all the highlights from Kentucky's 82-62 win over Boston University:

No. 1 Kentucky Pulls Away from Boston University in Second Half

(1) Kentucky 82
Boston University 62

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Freshman center Skal Labissiere scored 16 points to lead top-ranked Kentucky past Boston University 82-62 on Tuesday night.

The Wildcats (5-0) used a big second half to overcome Boston U. in their season debut at No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. One day after taking over the top spot, Kentucky struggled to put away the Terriers early but outscored them 42-29 in the second half.

Labissiere finished 7 of 13 from the field and grabbed seven rebounds. Tyler Ulis added 15 points, and Alex Poythress had 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for his second straight double-double.

Jamal Murray scored 12 points and Isaiah Briscoe had 11. Kentucky, which spent all of last season ranked No. 1, scored 58 points in the paint and closed with a 22-9 run.

Boston University (2-3) got 15 points from John Papale. Nathan Dieudonne and Kyle Foreman scored 11 apiece.

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Murray State Clips Pepperdine to Advance to Championship Game of Gulf Coast Showcase

Murray State 59
Pepperdine 55

Final from Estero, Florida

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers have a date in the Gulf Coast Showcase championship game after they posted a 59-55 victory Tuesday over the Pepperdine Waves in Estero, Fla., at Germain Arena.

The Racers will meet the Weber State Wildcats in Wednesday's title tilt starting at 7:30 p.m. Central Time. Weber State defeated Drake in the other semifinals 74-58

Trailing 53-51 with 2:45 left, the Racers came up with the key plays to push their record to 4-1.

An 8-2 run to the finish started with a pair of free throws from Bryce Jones with 1:59 remaining to tie the score. After Pepperdine hit two from the line, Chad Culbreath hit a layup to tie it again with 1:30 left. Pepperdine gave the ball back to MSU on a turnover, which led to Wayne Langston hitting two of his 17 points to give the Racers the lead for good with 53 seconds left. The Waves missed a 3-point try and fouled Jeffery Moss who hit both free throws with 11 seconds left to seal the win.

Langston tied for game honors with a career high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Moss scored 12 points for MSU's only other double-digit scorer.

The Racers' defense again saved the day on what was a slow shooting game with the team hitting 40 percent on 22-of-51 shots. MSU locked Pepperdine down in the final five minutes holding the Waves to 1-of-6 including three misses from the 3-point line. The Racers held the Waves to 37 percent for the game on 20-of-54 from the field.

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Morehead State Dismantles Marshall in Rivalry Game

Morehead State 85
Marshall 61

Final from Morehead, Kentucky

Game recap by MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - A very balanced offensive attack led the Morehead State men's basketball team past the Marshall Thundering Herd on Tuesday night in Johnson Arena, by a final score of 85-61.

The Eagles advance to 3-1 on the season while the Herd fell to 0-2. It marked the third straight win for MSU over Marshall in the long running series.

"This team worried us a little going into the game, the way that they played so well against Tennessee. But, I'm so proud of our guys, we stepped up and we were solid defensively. We didn't allow them to get a lot of threes. We didn't allow dribble penetration, we stayed home and we were disciplined," said head coach Sean Woods.

The Eagles took a 38-27 lead into the locker room, after big first halves from junior Ty'Quan Bitting and senior Lyonell Gaines off the bench. The Eagles quickly extended that lead as junior DeJuan Marrero scored six straight points out of the locker room, adding a block on the defensive end. This was all part of an 8-0 run for the Eagles to start the second half.

Morehead State finished the game shooting 53 percent from the field and holding Marshall to 36 percent accuracy. The Eagles connected on 18 of their 25 free throws and handed out 21 assists.

Morehead State outrebounded the Herd, 45-27, led by Marrero's eight boards. He also added eight points.

Every Eagle on the roster got in on the scoring by night's end.

"We got contributions out of everybody tonight," said Woods. "I couldn't be more ecstatic from a team standpoint that everyone was able to contribute to a big-time win like this."

Junior Corban Collins finished the game with a team-high 15 points to go along with his eight assists. He shot 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Gaines racked up nine points, junior guard Xavier Moon added nine as well, while Bitting finished with eight points, all in the first half. Sophomore guard Miguel Dicent also contributed seven points.

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Eastern Kentucky Rolls in @EKUHoops Classic

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels rolled through the @EKUHoops Classic over the weekend.

The Colonels (4-1) earned wins over Ball State, South Carolina State and Longwood during the three-day event.

Day 1

Eastern Kentucky 89 Ball State 81

Veterans Jonathan Hood, Ja'Mill Powell and Jaylen Babb-Harrison combined for 48 points off the bench to help propel the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team to a come-from-behind 89-81 win over Ball State on Friday night in the @EKUHoops Classic at McBrayer Arena.

EKU's bench outscored Ball State's bench, 53-21, on the night.

After the Colonels fell behind 13-0 in the opening minutes, head coach Dan McHale checked in five new players, and those five reserves turned the tide of the game.

Hood was the star of the show. His three-pointer finally got EKU on the board and sparked an 11-0 run to pull the Colonels back into the game. The senior from Durham, North Carolina finished with a career-high 21 points. His previous career high was eight points. He connected on 5-of-7 three-pointers and 7-of-9 shots overall.

Junior JaVontae Hawkins was the only starter to reach double figures for the Colonels, scoring 20 points to go along with four rebounds, two steals and an assist.

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South Carolina State 83 Longwood 77

Gabe McCray scored 23 points to lead the Bulldogs past the Lancers. Ed Stephens added 12 points and Greg Mortimer chipped in 10.

Lotanna Nwogbo led Longwood with 27 points and 15 rebounds.

Day 2

Eastern Kentucky 92 South Carolina State 82

The Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team rallied behind a hot-shooting night from freshman Nick Mayo to beat South Carolina State, 92-82, in the @EKUHoops Classic on Saturday afternoon in McBrayer Arena.

Less than 24 hours after being held scoreless by Ball State, Mayo went 9-of-11 from the field to finish with a career-high 20 points. He also pulled down five rebounds. Junior JaVontae Hawkins was right behind him with 19 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Senior Jarelle Reischel accounted for 18 points and seven rebounds.

The Colonels (3-1) wasted little time, opening the game on an 18-5 run that was capped by a K.J. Bluford three-pointer with 13:57 on the clock. The Bulldogs regrouped, though, and eventually tied the game at 24-24 when Ed Stephens knocked down a three-pointer at the 8:27 mark.

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Ball State 78 Longwood 67

The Cardinals pulled away in the second half to earn their first win of the weekend.

Ryan Weber led the way for Ball State with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Franko House added 14 points and 6 boards.

Kanayo Obi-Rapu scored 21 points to lead Longwood. Khris Lane finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds.

Day 3

Eastern Kentucky 110 Longwood 97

Senior Jarelle Reischel and sophomore Paul Jackson both recorded double-doubles as the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team picked up its third win in as many days with an impressive 110-97 victory over Longwood on Sunday, the final day of the 2015 @EKUHoops Classic at McBrayer Arena.

Reischel finished with a career-high 37 points and 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the year. His 37 points were the most by a Colonel since Shawn Fields scored 36 in a game at Morehead State on February 15, 2003.

Jackson, meanwhile, logged his first career double-double with 14 points and 13 assists.

Reischel and Jackson's double-doubles marked the first time Colonel teammates posted double-doubles in the same game since Michael Haney and Mike Scott against Savannah State on December 20, 2003.

Junior JaVontae Hawkins added 26 points, five assists and two blocks for the Colonels.

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Ball State 72 South Carolina State 60

Bo Calhoun had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds to lead Ball State over South Carolina State in the final game of the weekend. Franko House scored 18 points.

Ty Soloman, Eric Eaves and Gabe McCray each scored 11 to pace South Carolina State.

Final Standings

Eastern Kentucky 3-0
Ball State 2-0
South Carolina State 1-2
Longwood 0-3

Notes and Thoughts:

- EKU is probably a little better than I thought. They have some work to do defensively but once they put it all together they are going to be a tough out in the Ohio Valley Conference.

- The Colonels are as athletic as any EKU team I can remember.

- I'll post more on him later, but Longwood has a big man named Lotanna Nwogbo who is going to be an absolute force in the Big South Conference. He is a beast in the paint.

- EKU vs. Longwood featured a battle of former Kentucky players. Adam Williams, who played at UK before transferring to Marshall, is an assistant at Longwood. Former UK and Villanova big man Michael Bradley is an assistant at EKU.

- I personally love events like the @EKUHoops Classic. It's a great opportunity to check out some quality mid-major basketball. If you ever have the opportunity, attend one of these events and enjoy some good basketball.

- I am impressed by the upgrades to EKU's arena. The new video board is outstanding (check out my Snapchat picture). I like the new court look and the other various upgrades.

- It was great to see my man Tee Commodore Sunday. He is now working at EKU as Video Coordinator/Director of Player Personnel.

- Special shout out the EKU pep band. They do a great job with music and entertainment during games. No basketball atmosphere is complete without a good pep band.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bellarmine Ranked No. 1/3 in National Polls This Week

Bellarmine University is No. 1 in the NCAA Division II Media Poll this week. The Knights come in at No. 3 in the NABC/Division II Rankings.

Kentucky Wesleyan earned one vote in the NABC poll.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Bellarmine Knights are ranked No. 1 for the second straight week in the National Media Poll sponsored by D2SIDA and No. 3 in in the first regular season NABC Division II Coaches Poll of the season. Both polls were released Tuesday afternoon.

The top four are the same in both polls: Bellarmine, Tarleton State, California Baptist and West Liberty with Tarleton getting the top nod in the NABC poll.

Bellarmine fans will recognize several teams in the rankings as future opponents. Tops on that list are Friday's opponent, the Midwestern State Mustangs, who check in at No. 5 in the media poll and 11th in the NABC. Occupying the No. 5 spot in the NABC poll is Great Lakes Valley Conference rival Drury, who is seventh in the media poll. Lincoln Memorial, who will visit Bellarmine on Jan. 2, is ranked No. 17 in this week's NABC poll.

Bellarmine is 3-0 on the season with in-region victories over Northwood, Saginaw Valley, and Christian Brothers.

The polls are sponsored by D2SIDA (Division II Sports Information Directors of America) and the NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches).

NCAA Division II Media Poll, Presented by D2SIDA National Poll (Week 2, November 24)

Rank School (1st Place Votes) Record Votes LW
1 Bellarmine (11) 3-0 394 1
2 Tarleton State (4) 5-0 382 2
3 California Baptist 6-0 361 3
4 West Liberty (1) 4-0 339 4
5 Midwestern State 3-0 333 6
6 Minn. St-Moorhead 5-1 287 8
7 Drury 3-0 286 9
8 Central Missouri 4-0 265 10
9 King 4-0 245 18
10 Southern Conn. State 3-0 244 11 11 Western Oregon 4-0 203 20 12 Alabama-Huntsville 3-1 194 RV 13 Augustana 1-1 190 12 14 Angelo State 5-0 188 RV 15 Barry (Fla.) 3-1 167 7 16 Cal-Poly Pomona 4-0 160 22 17 Ferris State 4-0 155 19 18 Chico State 2-0 116 13 19 UNC Pembroke 4-1 101 RV 20 Fairmont State 3-0 91 RV 21 Union (Tenn.) 3-0 87 25 22 Saint Anselm 4-0 76 NR T23 Bowie State 3-0 49 17 T23 Fort Lewis 3-0 49 NR T23 Lenoir Rhyne 3-0 49 RV

Also receiving votes: Ashland, Azusa Pacific , Bentley, Colorado Mines, Delta State, Florida Southern, Lincoln Memorial, Minnesota State-Mankato, Newman, West Georgia, Wheeling Jesuit, Wingate, Wisconsin-Parkside

NABC/Division II Rankings (Nov. 24, 2015 -Poll #1)

Record Points LW
1. Tarleton State, Texas (10) 4-0 389 2
2. West Liberty, W.Va. (2) 4-0 384 3
3. Bellarmine, Ky. (3) 3-0 373 4
4. California Baptist 6-0 351 11
5. Drury, Mo. 3-0 311 16
6. Augustana, S.D. 1-1 264 1
7. Southern Connecticut State 3-0 259 19
8. Chico State, Calif. 2-0 257 17
9. Minnesota State-Moorhead 5-1 253 9
10. Western Oregon 4-0 247 21 11. Midwestern State, Texas 3-0 234 22 12. Cal Poly Pomona 4-0 188 NR 13. Angelo State, Texas 5-0 158 NR 14. Fairmont State, W.Va. (1) 3-0 145 NR 15. King, Tenn. 4-0 138 NR 16. Central Missouri 4-0 126 NR 17. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 2-1 125 5 18. Ferris State, Mich. 4-0 123 NR 19. Alabama-Huntsville 3-1 122 12 20. UNC Pembroke 4-1 112 13 21. Colorado School of Mines 2-1 76 10 22. Queens, N.C. 3-0 66 NR 23. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 3-1 47 NR 24. Rollins, Fla. 5-0 46 NR 25. Philadelphia, Pa. 4-1 35 25

Others receiving votes: Western Washington 34, Delta State (Miss.) 29, Northwest Missouri State 25, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 24, UC San Diego 24, Indianapolis (Ind.) 23, Wingate (N.C.) 22, Barry (Fla.) 20, Missouri Southern 19, West Chester (Pa.) 15, Fort Hays State (Kan.) 13, Central Washington 12, Newman (Kan.) 11, Bowie State (Md.) 10, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 10, Arkansas Tech 9, Montevallo (Ala.) 8, Wisconsin-Parkside 8, Ashland (Ohio) 7, Claflin (S.C.) 7, Augusta (Ga.) 6, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 5, Alderson-Broaddus (W.Va.) 4, Benedict (S.C.) 4, Metropolitan State (Colo.) 4, Minnesota State 4, Arkansas-Fort Smith 3, Columbus State (Ga.) 3, Mercyhurst (Pa.) 3, Saint Anselm (N.H.) 3, Indiana (Pa.) 1, Kentucky Wesleyan 1.

Records are through games of Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.
Last ranking was from the 2015-16 pre-season poll.

Asbury University Soars Past Salem International

Asbury University 86
Salem International 67

Final from Wilmore, Kentucky

Game recap by AU:

WILMORE, Ky. – The Asbury University Eagles (5-5, 1-1 KIAC) secured their first win at home this season against the Salem International University Tigers (1-2, 0-0 G-MAC) in a very fast paced contest tonight in the Luce. SIU last traveled to Wilmore from Salem, West Virginia on November 18th of last year, but walked away with a close victory in what was a high scoring 109-104 game.

This time around the results would be different as Coach Will Shouse adjusted to their full court press and relied more on the bench tonight, which paid dividends in the end.

Asbury's bench would go on to outscore their opponents 28 to eight in the first half. Total for the game, the Eagle's bench almost tripled the Tiger's points off the bench tonight, finishing with 37 to SIU's 14 points from the bench.

Guards Sam Tolliver, Will Henderson, Tyler Smith, Jordan Gilbert, and Kyle Lamb made beating a press defense look like child's play at times, splitting traps, twisting around and outrunning defenders. It was entertaining to say the least

At halftime, Asbury men's basketball went ahead with a 16 point lead, 51-35. In the first six minutes, Asbury and SIU swapped the lead a few times, but after a three pointer by Sam Tolliver made the score 14-13 at 13:33 remaining, the Eagles took off and wouldn't hold back. The Eagles would go on a 30-12 run by 19 points at 5:02 to go, their largest lead of the half, 44-25.

The second half saw the Eagles continue to inch up their lead and would eventually go up by 23, their largest lead of the game, with 2:03 remaining in the 2nd half after a two point jumper by Smith. The Tigers would scratch a few points off the lead in the waning minutes of the half, but in the end, the three by Tolliver in the first half was the dagger that finished the deal for the Tigers.

Asbury had four players in double digits tonight; Smith (14), the team high; Gilbert (12), Daulton Peters (11), and Kristian Svendsen (10). In addition, for the second game in row, Smith posted a double double with the team best 10 rebounds to go along with his 14 points. The performance brings his total to four double doubles on the season.

Rounding out the scoring for AU: Lamb, Timmy Bradshaw, and Trenton Thompson had seven points each, Tolliver (6), Alex Dennis (6), Henderson (2), and Ryan Brightwell (2).

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A Kentucky Kid is Coming Back Home to Play in Rupp Arena Tonight

Former Trinity High School star Nathan Dieudonne is now a senior at Boston University.

Tonight, he will return to the Bluegrass state for another appearance in Rupp Arena.

Through 4 games this season, Dieudonne is averaging 11.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

If the Terriers can make a run in the Patriot League tournament or beyond, Dieudonne will have a chance to become a 1,000-point scorer for his career. He currently is sitting at 637 career points.

Tonight's game at Rupp Arena is schedule to tip off at 9:00 p.m ET and will be televised live on the SEC Network.

Here is a little more about Dieudonne's career from his Boston University bio:


• 2015 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll

AS A JUNIOR IN 2014-15

Started in 25 of 29 games played ... Ranked second in the Patriot League in rebounding at 7.4 rpg, while averaging a league-high 2.4 offensive rebounds ... Also ranked 26th in the PL in scoring at 9.7 ppg ... Tallied six double-doubles, including 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds at Loyola Maryland ... Posted 16 points and 11 rebounds at Dayton ... Reached double figures 18 times, highlighted by 17 points at Lehigh ... Recorded season-high three steals vs. Loyola Maryland with 11 rebounds ... Tallied 10 points and five rebounds in his first trip to Rupp Arena (#1 Kentucky) since winning state title there in 2012.


Appeared in all 35 games, recording 34 starts ... Averaged 5.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 20.7 minutes while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 78.4 percent at the charity stripe ... Led BU in rebounding nine times to finish second overall in rebounding average ... Finished tied-for-second in blocks with 11 ... Reached double figure scoring five times after hitting the mark twice as a freshman ... Led BU in scoring for the first time ever with a career-high 21 points in a thrilling 66-65 win vs. St. Peter's ... Hit the game-winning free throw with 1.7 seconds left after hauling in nine rebounds ... Posted first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds against Eastern Washington during the 2K Sports Classic at UC Irvine ... Posted a team-high nine rebounds with five points to help the Terriers stun Maryland on the road, 83-77.


Appeared in 28 games, earning 14 starts ... Averaged 4.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 17.1 minutes ... Shot 43.4 percent from the field and 78.3 percent at the free throw line ... Led BU in rebounding in three games and became the first BU freshman since Scott Brittain ('10) in 2006 to lead the Terriers in the season opener with a season-high nine boards ... Added seven points in the contest ... Recorded a season-high 11 points at Coastal Carolina and at home against UMBC ... Went 11-of-36 (.306) from behind the arc, hitting two treys against Binghamton ... Hauled in a game-high eight rebounds against Howard ... Tallied two blocks against Belmont and Albany ... Finished with two assists in three games ... Recorded eight points and six rebounds at Hartford.


Had a stellar four-year career at Trinity H.S. ... Named the state of Kentucky's Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior after leading team to its first-ever state title ... Named MVP of the Sweet 16 after collecting 70 points and 33 rebounds in the four games for the Shamrocks ... Finished senior season at 14.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 spg and 1.3 apg ... Served as team captain and also received All-State First Team accolades ... Placed on the All-Seventh Region First Team squad as a junior and senior ... Played soccer his freshman year at the goalkeeper position ... Ranked third in the state for shutout performance.


Born Oct. 14, 1993 in Medford, N.J. ... Son of Carl and Marie Dieudonne ... Father played the defensive line position on the football team at the Air Force Academy ... Has three siblings - Danny, Kianna and Nadia ... Brother competed in track and for the football team at Air Force ... Sister Kianna is a member of the Rollins College volleyball team ... Undecided on major.

Berea College Prevails Against Boyce College

Berea College 70
Boyce College 63

Final from Berea, Kentucky

Game recap by Berea:

Berea, KY – The Berea College men's basketball team returned home this evening to take on the Boyce College Bulldogs. In a back and forth match the Mountaineers were able to grab the 70-63 win over the Bulldogs.

In the first half the Bulldogs started the game off with a 10-2 run which caused a quick timeout by Coach John Hemenway. Following the timeout the Mountaineers went on a 6-0 run cutting the Bulldogs lead to only two. Berea took their first lead of the game off a Stephen Butts three point basket at the 11:38 mark to make the score 14-13. Berea would extend their lead to as high as nine. The Bulldogs had a quick answer as they were able to cut the lead to only two heading into the half with the Mountaineers leading 30-28. Richard Parker led the team with 14 points 12 of which were from behind the arc.

The teams continued to exchange basket for basket as neither team was able to pull away. The period included seven ties and no lead larger than four points until two made free throws from Butts gave the Mountaineers a lead of six. Boyce bounced back from the six point lead and took a 61-59 advantage with 3:59. Ethan Harris came right back to hit a layup and draw the foul. With the game tied at 61 Harris hit the free throw to put the Mountaineers up 62-61. That would be the final time the Mountaineers faced a deficit for the remainder of the game. In the Mountaineers were able to hold off the Bulldogs for a 70-63 win and bring their record to 2-2 for the season.

Parker led the team with 36 points and hit an impressive 10 three pointers in the game. The Mountaineers forced 19 turnovers with 13 of those turnovers coming from steals.

The men's basketball team will be back in action at home on Sunday, November 29th where they will take on the Quakers of Wilmington College.

Centre College Earns Road Win at Transylvania

Centre 61
Transylvania 46

Final from Lexington, Kentucky

Game recap by CC:

LEXINGTON, Ky. ( – Four Colonels scored in double-figures paced by senior forward Blake Scinta's (Louisville, Ky.) double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds as the Centre men's basketball team defeated local rival Transylvania in front of a packed house on Monday night at the Buck Center.

Junior guard Sam Gruber (LaGrange, Ky.) dropped in 12 points off the bench, while senior forward Tyler Wesley (Crestwood, Ky.) and junior guard Matt Gump (Bellefontaine, Ky.) each added 10 points apiece for the Colonels.

Centre won its second straight game, improving to 2-1 on the season. The Pioneers fell to 1-3 with the loss.

It also marked a historic win for Scinta, Wesley and classmates Bryan Repishti (Louisville, Ky.) and Michael Arnett (Danville, Ky.), becoming the first senior class at Centre to win four games against Transylvania.

The Colonels quickly jumped out to an early 8-0 lead, capped by a Wesley dunk through the lane just over two minutes into the game.

Centre then built its advantage to 11 points at 18-7 when Gump knocked down a 3-pointer with 11:19 remaining in the first half.

The Pioneers would cut the Colonels' lead to four points at 21-17 after Simon Christon nailed a jumper, but Centre responded with a 13-4 run to close the half keyed by five points from Gruber. The Colonels took a 34-21 advantage into the break, forcing Transylvania to shoot just 29.6 percent (8-of-27) in the first half.

The Pioneers opened the second half with a 17-6 surge fueled by seven points by Michael Stafford to cut the Centre lead to 39-38 with 10:43 remaining in the game.

Complete Recap

Western Kentucky Suffers Tough Overtime Loss to Drake in Gulf Coast Showcase

Drake 81
Western Kentucky 70    F/OT

Final from Estero, Florida

Game recap by WKU:

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Drake held off WKU for an 81-79 victory on Monday night in the Gulf Coast Showcase.

Drake's Graham Woodward opened overtime with a 3-pointer and, after Chris McNeal answered with a layup for his first basket of the game, Reed Timmer completed a 3-point play to give the Bulldogs a 74-70 lead.

WKU made a 3-pointer on its next three possessions, but Drake answered with two points each time. Timmer made 1 of 2 free throws with 8 seconds left and the Hilltoppers' Nigel Snipes missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

Justin Johnson and Nigel Snipes had 15 points apiece for WKU (2-2).

Abrahamson was 13 of 23 from the field, with four 3-pointers, and made all 11 of his free throws for Drake (2-2).

Centre's Blake Scinta Named SAA Player of the Week

Centre College's Blake Scinta was named Southern Athletic Association Player of the Week on Monday.

Here's  a release from CC:

ATLANTA, Ga. ( – The Southern Athletic Association (SAA) announced its weekly basketball awards on Monday afternoon, with Centre senior forward Blake Scinta (Louisville, Ky.) garnering Player of the Week honors after his career night against Franklin last Thursday.

Scinta tallied a career-high 33 points in the Colonels' 71-60 non-conference victory over the Grizzlies.

He finished with a double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds and connecting on 11-of-19 field goals and 11-of-14 free throws. He also posted four steals and two assists in the win.

The game marked Scinta's eighth career double-double. He also recently reached 1,000 career points in Centre's season opener against Maryville last Sunday. He now has 1,033 career points, good for 27th among Centre all-time leading scorers.

Scinta and the Colonels return to action Monday night traveling to Lexington to take on local rival Transylvania. Tip-off at the Beck Center is set for 7:30 p.m.

Rick Pitino Announces that Deng Adel Will Miss 2-3 Weeks

Deng Adel's knee injury appears to be a little worse than originally thought.

Adel missed Louisville's win over North Florida Saturday. After the game, Rick Pitino said Adel would likely miss one more game and hopefully be ready by Thanksgiving.

Today, Pitino announced that Adel will now miss 2-3 weeks of action.

Here are Pitino's comments from his site:

It was such a pleasure to see everyone so happy for Ray’s success. That’s what Louisville First is all about.

Deng will be out 2-3 weeks. Fred Hina is the best in the game at getting people back at 100%. Hope to have him play in one or two J.V. games before he’s ready. We have to get Donovan and Jay Henderson ready to play some small forward.

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Murray State Slips Past Milwaukee in Gulf Coast Showcase

Murray State 66
Milwaukee 63

Final from Estero, Florida

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers posted a 66-63 quarterfinal win over the Milwaukee Panthers at the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Fla., at Germain Arena.

The win makes the Racers 3-1 and advances them to a Tuesday 5 p.m. CT semifinal against Pepperdine, an 84-70 winner over Duquesne.

Trailing 31-24 after a 32 percent shooting first half and down 33-24 in the first minute of the second half, the Racers heated up with three-straight 3-pointers from Bryce Jones. After his flurry, the Racers kept the pressure on and finally took their first lead when Justin Seymour hit a jumper with 11:19 remaining. The Racers hit four-straight 3-pointers in the 22-11 run. Three from Jones and one from Gee McGhee.

McGhee pushed the Racers in front by six points with 4:14 left, before the Panthers made a run and cut the lead to 64-63 on a 3-pointer by Austin Arians with 10 seconds left. Jeffery Moss hit a pair of free throws with six seconds left to set up a wild finish.

Needing a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime, Milwaukee got it from Jordan Johnson, but after the officials reviewed the play, the shot went in after time expired.

The Racers (3-1) celebrated a hard-fought 66-63 win in the first meeting with Milwaukee (4-2).

Murray State's balanced scoresheet included leading scorer Jones with 15 points and 13 points from Jeffery Moss who surpassed the career 1,000 point plateau in the game. Damarcus Croaker and Wayne Langston each scored 12 points with McGhee tossing in 10.

Croaker led the way with eight rebounds.

The Racers overcame a poor first half from the field where they were 8-of-25 for 32 percent, to hitting 16-of-33 in the second half for 49 percent.

Complete Recap

New Tradition at Northern Kentucky: Giant Gjallarhorn Calls Norse to Battle

Northern Kentucky University has started a new tradition this season.

The NKU department of athletics has constructed a giant, replica gjallarhorn, which is a historic instrument used to call Norse into battle.

In Norse mythology, the gjallarhorn was associated with the god Heimdallr and the wise being Mímir.

The horn was used prior to the Norse's game against Morehead State Saturday night:

EKU's Reischel and Mayo Sweep OVC Weekly Awards

Eastern Kentucky's Jarelle Reischel and Nick Mayo swept the OVC weekly awards on Monday.

Reischel, fresh off a 37-point performance against Longwood, was named Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week.

Mayo earned Freshman of the Week honors.

Here is a release from the OVC:

adidas® OVC Players of the Week


Jarelle Reischel, G/F • Sr., 6-7, 210 • Frankfurt, Germany • Eastern Kentucky

Reischel, the transfer from Rhode Island, averaged 20.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals/game and hit 56.8 percent (21-of-37) from the field, 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from 3-point range and 77.3 percent (34-of-44) from the free throw line as Eastern Kentucky compiled a 3-1 record last week. He capped the week with a career-high 37 points on 13-of-17 shooting (3-of-5 3-pointers), grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out six assists, had three steals and two blocks in a 110-97 victory over Longwood in the final game of the @EKUHoops Classic. It marked the most points by an EKU player since Shawn Fields scored 36 in the 2002-03 season. He also opened the week with a 17-point, 13-rebounds performance at UNC Wilmington (the team’s only loss of the young season). The senior had nine points and five rebounds in a win over Ball State and 18 points and seven rebounds in a victory over South Carolina State. Reischel currently leads the OVC in scoring (20.4 points/game) and is fourth in rebounding (8.2/game).


Jarelle Reischel, G/F • Sr., 6-7, 210 • Frankfurt, Germany • Eastern Kentucky

Reischel, the transfer from Rhode Island, averaged 20.3 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals/game and hit 56.8 percent (21-of-37) from the field, 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from 3-point range and 77.3 percent (34-of-44) from the free throw line as Eastern Kentucky compiled a 3-1 record last week. He capped the week with a career-high 37 points on 13-of-17 shooting (3-of-5 3-pointers), grabbed 13 rebounds, dished out six assists, had three steals and two blocks in a 110-97 victory over Longwood in the final game of the @EKUHoops Classic. It marked the most points by an EKU player sinceShawn Fields scored 36 in the 2002-03 season. He also opened the week with a 17-point, 13-rebounds performance at UNC Wilmington (the team’s only loss of the young season). The senior had nine points and five rebounds in a win over Ball State and 18 points and seven rebounds in a victory over South Carolina State. Reischel currently leads the OVC in scoring (20.4 points/game) and is fourth in rebounding (8.2/game).


Nick Mayo, F • Fr., 6-9, 220 • Oakland, Maine • Eastern Kentucky

In four games last week Mayo averaged 10.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.5 steals/game while hitting 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from the field and was a perfect 1-of-1 from 3-point range and 7-of-7 from the free throw line. The freshman scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting in the Colonels 92-83 victory over South Carolina State on Saturday. He also had five rebounds, a block and assist in the victory. He followed that with eight points, four rebounds, a block and steal in a home court victory over Longwood. Mayo opened the week with 12 points, five rebounds, an assist and steal in a road loss to UNC Wilmington.

Monday, November 23, 2015

It's a Feast Week of College Hoops in Kentucky; Schedule for the Week

It's a Feast Week of college basketball around the Bluegrass State. Here's a complete schedule for the week:

Monday, November 23

Murray State 66 Milwaukee 63
6:00 p.m. Alice Lloyd College at Shawnee State
6:00 p.m. Western Kentucky University vs. Drake (at Estero, FL)
7:00 p.m. Boyce College at Berea College
7:00 p.m. Salem International at Asbury University
7:30 p.m. Centre College at Transylvania University

Tuesday, November 24

2:30 p.m. Western Kentucky University vs. Central Michigan (at Estero, FL)
6:00 p.m. Pepperdine vs. Murray State University (at Estero, FL)
7:00 p.m. St. Francis Brooklyn at University of Louisville
7:00 p.m. Marshall at Morehead State University
7:00 p.m. Wilberforce at Lindsey Wilson College
7:00 p.m. Morthland College at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. Campbellsville University at Dalton State
7:30 p.m. Spalding University at Hanover College
7:30 p.m. Bellarmine University at Findlay
7:30 p.m. Union Colelge at Montreat*
8:30 p.m. Kentucky State University at Southern Indiana
9:00 p.m. Boston University at University of Kentucky

Wednesday, November 25

2:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Eastern Kentucky University
4:00 p.m. St. Thomas at University of the Cumberlands
7:00 p.m. Berea College at Centre College
8:00 p.m. Paine at Kentucky Wesleyan College
TBA TBA vs. Murray State University (at Estero, FL)
TBA TBA vs. Western Kentucky University (at Estero, FL)

Thursday, November 26

Thanksgiving Day - No Games

Friday, November 27

4:15 p.m. Northern Michigan at Kentucky Wesleyan College
5:00 p.m. University of Kentucky vs. USF (at Miami, FL)
5:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Allen University (at Bluefield)
6:15 p.m. Midwestern State vs. Bellarmine University (at Evansville, IN)
7:00 p.m. Carver Bible College at Georgetown College
7:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Voorhees College (at Lindsey Wilson)
7:00 p.m. Washington University at Spalding University
9:00 p.m. Marygrove at Lindsey Wilson College

Saturday, November 28

1:00 p.m. Southern Utah at Eastern Kentucky University
2:00 p.m. University of the Cumberlands vs. Methodist College (at Bluefield)
3:00 p.m. Campbellsville University vs. Marygrove College (at Lindsey Wilson)
3:00 p.m. Thomas More College at Centre College
4:00 p.m. Ohio-Chilicothe at Georgetown College
4:00 p.m. Southern Miss at Morehead State University
4:00 p.m. St. Catharine College at Bethel University
5:00 p.m. Voorhees College at Lindsey Wilson College
5:00 p.m. Michigan Tech at Kentucky Wesleyan College
6:15 p.m. Ohio Valley vs. Bellarmine University (at Evansville, IN)
7:00 p.m. Union College vs. Cincinnati Christian (at Kingsport, TN)
8:00 p.m. Alabama A&M at Murray State University
8:00 p.m. Saint Louis vs. University of Louisville (at Brooklyn, NY)

Sunday, November 29

2:00 p.m. Wilmington College at Berea College
5:00 p.m. Union College vs. Davenport (at Kingsport, TN)

* Conference Game

Kentucky is the New No. 1 Team in the Country

The Kentucky Wildcats are the new No. 1 team in both major college basketball polls.

The Wildcats earned 59 first-place votes and 1,619 total points in the AP Top 25. Maryland is No. 2 with 6 first-lace votes and 1,518 points.

In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Wildcats received 28 first-place votes and 772 points. The Terrapins picked up 3 first-place tallies and 736 points.

Louisville is receiving votes in both poles.

AP Top 25

1 Kentucky (59) 4-0 1,619
2 Maryland (6) 3-0 1,518
3 Michigan State 3-0 1,448
4 Iowa State 2-0 1,297
5 Kansas 1-1 1,243
6 Duke 4-1 1,238
7 Oklahoma 2-0 1,210
8 Villanova 4-0 1,153
9 North Carolina 3-1 1,141
10 Gonzaga 2-0 1,138
11 Arizona 4-0 970 12 Virginia 4-1 872 13 Indiana 3-0 846 14 California 3-0 746 15 Miami (FL) 5-0 724 16 Purdue 5-0 550 17 Notre Dame 3-0 480 18 Connecticut 3-0 432 19 Vanderbilt 3-0 431 20 Wichita St 2-1 423 21 Oregon 4-0 369 22 LSU 3-0 285 23 Xavier 3-0 143 24 Cincinnati 4-0 110 25 Texas A&M 4-0 100 25 SMU 3-0 100

Others receiving votes: Utah 95, George Washington 85, Baylor 81, West Virginia 69, Butler 59, Louisville 40, Northern Iowa 23, Iowa 20, Dayton 18, Tulsa 17, Colorado State 13, Providence 8, Georgetown 4, Michigan 3, Valparaiso 2, Washington 1, Chattanooga 1

USA Today Coaches Poll

1 Kentucky (28) 4-0 772
2 Maryland (3) 3-0 736
3 Duke 4-1 623
4 Michigan State 3-0 614
5 Iowa State 2-0 610
6 Oklahoma 2-0 561
7 Kansas 1-1 555
8 North Carolina 3-1 554
9 Villanova 4-0 552
10 Arizona 4-0 530
11 Gonzaga 2-0 492 12 Virginia 4-1 488 13 California 3-0 377 14 Indiana 3-0 327 15 Purdue 5-0 262 16 Vanderbilt 3-0 260 17 LSU 3-0 220 18 Notre Dame 3-0 218 19 Miami (FL) 5-0 216 20 Wichita St 2-1 200 21 Connecticut 3-0 164 22 West Virginia 3-0 145 23 Oregon 4-0 124 24 Cincinnati 4-0 82 25 Baylor 2-1 77

Others receiving votes: Utah 73, Louisville 51, Butler 47, Xavier 44, Texas A&M 41, Michigan 15, George Washington 12, Dayton 10, Tulsa 6, Washington 3, New Mexico 3, Iowa 3, Northern Iowa 3, Davidson 3, Georgetown 1, Colorado State 1

UK's Tyler Ulis Named SEC Co-Player of the Week

Kentucky's Tyler Ulis has been named SEC Co-Player of the Week with Georgia's Kenny Gaines.

Ulis averaged 19.5 points, 5.5 assists and 2.0 steals in wins over Duke and Wright State last week.

Here is a release from UK:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Kentucky sophomore guard Tyler Ulis was named the Southeastern Conference Co-Player of the Week on Monday after leading Kentucky to a pair of victories last week, including a 74-63 victory over No. 5/4 Duke in the Champions Classic in Chicago.

Ulis shared the award with Georgia’s Kenny Gaines.

The UK guard was the catalyst behind the Wildcats’ 2-0 week. Ulis averaged team highs in points (19.5), assists (5.5), steals (2.0) and free-throw percentage (.889) to lead Kentucky to a 4-0 start to the season.

Returning home to Chicago in one of biggest games of the nonconference season, Ulis dazzled on the big stage vs. Duke. Against the defending national champions, Ulis scored a game-high and career-high 18 points while dishing out a game-high six assists with no turnovers in 40 minutes of play. In doing so, Ulis became the first Wildcat since Kyle Macy on March 1, 1980 to post at least 18 points and at least six assists in a top-five Associated Press matchup.

Ulis followed that remarkable performance with a game-high and career-high 21 points and a game-high five assists in the victory over Wright State. He became the first UK player to score 18 or more points in consecutive games since Devin Booker had 18 vs. Montana State and 18 vs. UT Arlington in November of 2014.

Ulis was solid from the free-throw line in the two games, hitting 16 of his 18 foul shots. He’s tied for the team lead in scoring for the undefeated Wildcats at 14.0 points per game and leads Kentucky in assists with eight.

It’s the second weekly SEC honor of Ulis’ career but his first SEC Player of the Week award. Ulis won SEC Freshman of the Week honors last season on Dec. 29.

It’s also the second straight week a Wildcat has picked up an SEC honor. Freshman forward Skal Labissiere was tabbed SEC Co-Freshman of the Week last week.

After a three-day break, UK returns to action Tuesday at 9 p.m. vs. Boston University in Rupp Arena. That game is set for an SEC Network telecast.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at

Asbury Knocks Off Carlow in KIAC Action

Asbury University 84
Carlow University 72

Final from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game recap by AU:

Pittsburgh, Pa. - The Asbury University Eagles (4-5, 1-1 KIAC) rebounded from a loss last night to Point Park and handed the Carlow University Celtics (3-1, 0-1 KIAC) their first loss of the season 84-72. In addition, AU men picked up their first conference win of the season and are now 4-3 on the road.

Stats for the game were not immediately available, an updated story will follow later tonight or tomorrow.

Asbury men's basketball will have a very short turnaround as they are set to take on Salem Internation University at home this upcoming Monday November 23rd at 7:00 P.M. Click the link for live stats during the game.

Thomas More Splits Games in Coach Jim Connor Classic

Thomas More went 1-1 in the Coach Jim Connor Classic over the weekend. The Saints defeated Rust College but came up short against Birmingham-Southern.

Thomas More 94 Rust 83

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College men's basketball team opened the season with a 94-83 win over Rust College tonight (Friday, November 20, 2015) on the opening day of the Coach Jim Connor Classic at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the win, the Saints open the season at 1-0. With the loss, the Bearcats fall to 1-1.

Thomas More opened the game on a 31-18 run capped by two free-throws by sophomore guard Corey Howard (Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln) with 9:28 to play in the first half. Rust answered with an 11-4 run to cut the lead to 35-29 with 5:31 to play in the opening half when Pat Brown had a dunk. The Saints closed out the half on a 10-6 run to build a 45-35 lead at halftime.

The Saints used a 17-6 run in the beginning of the second half to extend the lead to 62-41 when sophomore forward Austin Young (Campbellsburg, Ky./Henry County) made a lay-up with 13:49 to play in the game. The Bearcats responded with a 38-26 run to cut the lead to 88-79 with 1:12 to play in the game when Brown made one-of-two free-throws. Thomas More closed out the game on a 6-4 run to win the game 94-83.

Four Saints finished in double-figure scoring as junior forward/center Simon Clifford (Louisville, Ky./DuPont Manual) had 22 points, sophomore guard Daniel Williams (Louisville, Ky./Jeffersontown) had 21, freshman guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) had 12 and freshman guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) finished with 11. The Saints were led on the boards by sophomore forward Cameron Fitts (Spencer County, Ky./Spencer County) with seven rounds and in assists by junior guard Sawyer Pauly (Crescent Springs, Ky./Covington Catholic) with five

Complete Recap

Birmingham-Southern 78 Thomas More 75

(CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky.) – The Thomas More College men's basketball team fell, 78-75, to Birmingham-Southern College today (Saturday, November 21, 2015) on the second day of the Coach Jim Connor Classic at the Connor Convocation Center in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

With the loss, the Saints fall to 1-1 and with the win, the Panthers improve to 1-2.

Birmingham-Southern took an early 6-2 lead when Ian Thom made a jumper with 18:01 to play in the first half. The Saints answered with a 24-13 run to take a 26-19 lead when freshman guard Brandon Horne (Louisville, Ky./Male) made two free-throws with 8:12 to play in the opening half. The Panthers responded with a 13-4 run capped by a three-pointer by Ross Welch to take a 32-20 lead with 2:37 to play in the half. Thomas More closed out the half on a 6-4 run to tie the game at 36-36 at halftime.

Thomas More opened the second half on a 4-0 run to take build a 40-36 lead with 18:54 to play in the second half when junior forward/center Simon Clifford (Louisville, Ky./duPont Manual) made a lay-up. The Panthers came right back with a 16-6 run capped by a Mac Barron lay-up to take a 52-46 lead with 13:08 to play in the game. The Saints responded with a 19-6 run to take a 65-58 lead with 8:54 to play in the game when freshman guard Damion King (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) made a lay-up. Birmingham-Southern closed out the game on a 20-10 run capped by two free-throws by Thom with 10-second to play as the Panthers won the game, 78-75.

Complete Recap

Final Standings:

John Carroll 2-0
Birmingham-Southern 1-1
Thomas More 1-1
Rust 0-2

Berea College Suffers Heart-Breaking Loss to Albion College

Albion College 86
Berea College 84

Final from Cincinnati, Ohio

Game recap by BC:

Cincinnati, OH - The Berea College Mountaineers traveld to Cincinnati to play Albion College in the Tip-Off Tournament hosted by Mount Saint Joseph University. The Mountianeers lost 84-86 on a last second layup made by Albion.

Berea came out strong and jumped to a 9-0 lead five minutes into the game. The Britons fought their way back and with nine minutes left in the first half Berea only led by one, 25-24. The score went back and forth and at the end of the first half Berea trailed 41-43. Berea shot 16-24 from the field and an impressive 7-7 from behind the arc. The Mountaineers were lead in the first half by Richard Parker with 18 points. Parker shot 4-4 from behind the arc and 7-10 from the field.

In the second half the Mountaineers and Britons countinued the back and forth play. With less then four minutes left in the game the Mountaineers had a four point lead. Neither team would lead by more than two from that point on. With six seconds left in the game Anthony Myrks found Parker who hit a layup to tie the score 84-84. With one second left Albion's Travell Oakes hit the last second layup to give the Britons the 86-84 victory.

The Mountaineers were lead by Parker who finished the game with 35 points. The Mountaineers had two others scoring in the double digits, Dominique Garmon (13 points) and Myrks (10 Points).

Berea will be back in action at Home on Monday, November 23rd when they take on Boyce College. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gaines Leads Georgia Past Murray State in Athens

Georgia 63
Murray State 52

Final from Athens, Georgia

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers had a late lead slip away in a 63-52 defeat against the Georgia Bulldogs Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga.

Trailing by eight points with 9:10 left, the Racers made a 14-4 run and took a 50-48 lead with 4:11 left on Bryce Jones' three-point play. However a pair of 3-pointers from UGA's Kenny Gaines put the Racers down 54-50 with 2:54 left. After Jones scored on a drive, Gaines hit another long range shot to put MSU down 57-52 with 2:15 left.

Jones, Chad Culbreath and Damarcus Croaker led the Racers in scoring with 11 points each. Jones added a team-leading seven rebounds and three assists.

On a night when making shots came at a premium, the Racers stayed in the game by holding the home standing Bulldogs to 30 percent shooting on 17-of-57 shots, but MSU was 17-of-56 and couldn't the shots to fall in the final minutes.

In the first half, the Racers trailed 19-9 at the 7:16 mark, but rallied to take a 27-26 lead with 58 seconds on a pair of free throws from Jones. Culbreath had a lot to do with the Racers' 18-7 run. The freshman came off the bench and hit 3-of-4 shots including a pair of 3-pointers for nine points.

A late UGA 3-pointer was the only thing that kept the Racers from leading at the half as the Bulldogs inched in front 29-27.

The Racers begin play Monday in Estero, Florida at the Gulf Coast Showcase. MSU meets Milwaukee at 11 a.m. Central Time at Germain Arena.

Complete Recap

Western Kentucky Slips Past America East Favorite Stony Brook

Western Kentucky 67
Stony Brook 66

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - Justin Johnson scored a career-high 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds and WKU held off Stony Brook down the stretch to win 67-66 on Saturday.

Carson Puriefoy pulled Stony Brook within 67-66 with a 3-pointer with 2:06 left, but the Sea Wolves missed all six of their shots down the stretch, including two free throws, and time expired.

Nigel Snipes scored 20 points, tying a career high by hitting all five of his 3-pointers, and the Hilltoppers (2-1) shot 9 of 14 from long distance (64 percent).

The lead flip-flopped until Johnson scored four straight baskets for a 24-21 Hilltoppers lead, then scored 5 straight points to pull WKU ahead 31-23. Johnson ended the half with a layup and the Hilltoppers led 38-33 at halftime

Rayshaun McGrew scored 18 for the Seawolves (1-2), Puriefoy scored 17, and Jameel Warney, 11.

Caverna's Mason Faulkner Scores 60 Points in Preseason Game

Caverna senior Mason Faulkner, who will (or at least should) be in the mix for Mr. Basketball this season, scored 60 points in a preseason game Saturday.

Faulkner has signed with Northern Kentucky University for next season.

Check out John Brannen's reaction and comments when he finds out that Faulkner blew up for 60 points:

Northern Iowa Stuns No. 1 North Carolina

Northern Iowa upset No. 1 North Carolina 71-67 Saturday which almost certainly paves the way for Kentucky to take over the top spot this week.

North Carolina decided to play a true road game at Northern Iowa.

Here's what ESPN had to say about it:

Don’t schedule homecoming games against a team like Northern Iowa. The only reason North Carolina ventured into a true road game in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was to follow in the tradition of playing in or near the hometowns of their senior players. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, Marcus Paige was still sidelined due to a broken right hand. The Marion, Iowa, native, dressed in uniform for the first time this season and was recognized before the game by UNI. The Panthers were a lot less hospitable once the ball was tipped.

Here's a look at the current top 10:

AP Top 25

1 North Carolina (37) 2-0 1,571
2 Kentucky (8) 2-0 1,520
3 Maryland (14) 1-0 1,496
4 Kansas (5) 1-0 1,415
5 Duke 2-0 1,348
6 Virginia (1) 1-0 1,341
7 Iowa State 1-0 1,189
8 Oklahoma 0-0 1,095
9 Wichita St 1-0 1,043
10 Gonzaga 0-0 1,040

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