Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Covington Catholic Takes On the Big Apple

The Covington Catholic boy's basketball team is taking on New York City this week.

The Colonels are participating in the Skyline Classic at Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey this week.

Catholic opened the event with a 56-41 win over Pope Jone XXIII (NJ) St. Augustine Prep. Cole VonHandorf led the Colonels (10-2) with 23 points.

The next game will be against St. Augustine Prep (NJ) tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

Today, the Colonels are taking on the Big Apple (I'm officially jealous. I love NYC!):





Stultz Pharmacy Holiday Classic Gets Underway Today at Greenup County

The Stultz Pharmacy Holiday Classic gets underway today at Greenup County High School.

The field includes teams from the 8th, 10th, 15th and 16th regions.

The tournament tips at 1:30 p.m. today with Bath County vs. Bishop Brossart.

Speaking of Bath County, congratulations to senior guard Jake Mitchell (pictured - photo: Ron Weaver) on recently scoring his 1,000th point. He is the 19th member of the 1,000-point club at Bath County.

Paintsville will battle East Carter in the second game of the day. That game will be followed by West Carter vs. Anderson County and Greenup County vs. Allen Central.

Here's a look at today's schedule:

1:30 p.m. Bath County vs. Bishop Brossart
3:00 p.m. Paintsville vs. East Carter
4:30 p.m. West Carter vs. Anderson County
6:00 p.m. Greenup County vs. Allen Central

Tournament bracket:


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rick Pitino Talks Virginia and Opening ACC Play

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino previews Virginia and gives a few thoughts on opening conference play:

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Maitland, Diakite Leave Morehead State

The two Morehead State players who spoke out against former head coach Sean Woods in recent weeks are both leaving the program via transfer.

Malik Maitland and Soufiyane Diakite have both announced their intentions to transfer.

Maitland said it just wouldn't be the same if he stayed at MSU:

That same day, Maitland declared his intentions to transfer. He said he did not want to return to an "uncomfortable" environment.

"If I went back, it wouldn't be the same Morehead I went to last year," said Maitland, who started eight games and averaged 8.8 points and 4.3 assists this season.

According to a Dec. 21 email obtained by the News-Journal, Maitland was granted permission by Richard Fletcher, Morehead State's director of compliance, to transfer to 314 of the 347 Division I basketball programs. NCAA bylaws forbid NCAA or NAIA coaching staffs from making contact with student-athletes at another school until given written permission from an athletic director or designated athletic administrator.

Maitland returned to Daytona Beach on Friday and plans to reopen his recruitment in the coming weeks. He believes that, due to the circumstances, he will not not have to sit out a year and will be eligible to play in 2017-18, despite the normal NCAA transfer rules. A formal query by the News-Journal sent to the NCAA's compliance department seeking to validate Maitland's claim was not answered.

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Diakite said in an interview with WYMT that he didn't press charges against Woods and had no intention of doing so.

Bowling Green Bandits Decide to Skip 2016-17 Season

The Bowling Green Bandits franchise has decided to forego the 2016-17 season.

The Bandits competed last season in the ABA.

The team made the announcement on social media:

Bowling Green Bandits Basketball

The ownership group of the Bowling Green Bandits would like to start off by saying we appreciate all the support and love that was shown during our last two seasons in Bowling Green at EA Diddle Arena. We would like to thank each of you individually for your efforts from the front door to the floor. All were a vital part of the entertainment day in and day out, and we are very grateful to all who made those things possible. We as a management group have agreed to forgo the 2016-2017 season with the American Basketball Association or any other leagues. The ABA has been a great vehicle for us as well as other teams and players to pursue their next level dreams and we thank them for all they have done for us and our organization as we exit with a heavy heart. Thank you BOWLING GREEN for everything and for your continued support! Look for YOUR Bandits to be back next year better than ever! GO BANDITS!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Vandy Transfer Camron Justice Considering Three Schools, Including NKU

Vanderbilt transfer Camron Justice is considering three schools as possible destinations for the rest of his college career .

According to Jeff Goodman, the former Kentucky Mr. Basketball winner is looking at Northern Kentucky, IUPUI and Jacksonville State.

Transylvania Advances to Championship Game of Don Lane Classic

Transylvania University advanced to today's championship game of the Don Lane Classic with a 98-70 win over Huntingdon.

The Pioneers will face Ohio Northern for the championship today at 5:00 p.m.

Huntingdon will battle Lynchburg at 3:00 p.m. in the consolation game.

Last Night

Game 1 – Transylvania 98, Huntingdon 70
Game 2 – Ohio Northern 105, Lynchburg (Va.) 74

Today

Game 3 - Lynchburg vs. Huntingdon 3:00 p.m.
Game 4 – Ohio Northern at Transylvania 5:00 p.m.

About the Don Lane Classic

Created in 2010 as the annual Transylvania men’s basketball holiday tournament, the Don Lane Classic is named for legendary Transylvania men’s basketball head coach Don Lane, who oversaw the team from 1975 through 2001.

During his tenure, Coach Lane’s teams made six NAIA National Tournament appearances, and three NCAA National tournament appearances, while collecting a career record of 592-313.

Coach Don Lane has been inducted into the NAIA Basketball Hall of Fame, Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, Union College Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Transylvania Athletic Hall of Fame.

Widely regarded as one of the best fundamental basketball coaches in the nation, Coach Lane has directed one of the largest basketball camps in the country, with nearly 50,000 students attending his camps, including representatives from every state and 13 different countries.

Don Lane also served as Athletic Director at Transylvania from 1975-1996, doubling the number of sports offerings over that span. Coach Lane has also kept a regular teaching schedule in the classroom, serving as a tenured associate professor of physical education.

2016 Clash of Titans Tournament Tips Today at Mercer County

The 2016 Clash of Titans Tournaments gets underway later today at Mercer County High School.

Today:

2:00 p.m. Knott County Central vs. Muhlenburg County
4:00 p.m. Lincoln County vs. Montgomery County
6:00 p.m. Eastern vs. Boyle County
8:00 p.m. Mercer County vs. Campbellsville

Thursday:

2:00 p.m. Consolation bracket game 1
4:00 p.m. Consolation bracket game 2
6:00 p.m. Winners bracket game 1
8:00 p.m. Winners bracket game 2

Friday:

2:00 p.m. 7th place game
4:00 p.m. 5th place game
6:00 p.m. 3rd place game
8:00 p.m. Championship

Lawrence County's Timmy Dalton Drops 53 Points in Win Over Lewis County

Lawrence County's Timmy Dalton has broken his own scoring record by pouring in 53 points in tonight's 92-69 win over Lewis County.

Dalton's previous record was 51 points in a game earlier this season.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Rick Pitino Previews EKU Game, Gives Thoughts on Wakeyleaks Scandal

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino previews today's game against Eastern Kentucky and gives his take on the Wakeyleaks scandal at Wake Forest:

Friday, December 16, 2016

Kelly Wells Becomes All-Time Wins Leader at University of Pikeville

Congratulations to University of Pikeville head coach Kelly Wells on becoming the school's all-time leader in wins.

Tonight's 77-53 win over Bob Jones was Wells' 243rd victory at UPIKE.

2016 Kentucky Bank Challenge Tips Off Today in Rowan County

The 2016 Kentucky Bank Challenge tips off this evening in Rowan County with an outstanding field of teams from all over the Bluegrass State.

In all, there will be 21 games played at 2 different locations over the course of Friday and Saturday.

Here's a look at the schedule:


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bart Williams Off to a Winning Start at Bath County High School

Former Pikeville High School head coach Bart Williams is off to a winning start in his new job at Bath County High School. 

The Wildcats are off to a 4-3 start, including an impressive 4-1 record in the 16th Region.

Tuesday night, Bath County held on for an 83-82 road win at Fairview. Jacob Mitchell led the way with 22 points while Spencer Pergrem added 20. Bryce Williams added 13.

Through seven games, Mitchell is leading the team with 22.6 points per game. He is proving to be one of the top players in the region and is gaining the interest of several college and prep school coaches.

Since a 20-point loss to Nicholas County (4-2) in the season's first game, the Wildcats have only lost in road games at Belfry (2-1) and Russell (4-3) by seven points combined.

This weekend, Bath County will battle East Jessamine (1-6) and Augusta (4-4) in the Kentucky Bank Challenge at Rowan County.

Check out Bath County's win over Morgan County earlier this season:

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bowling Green Assistant Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Bowling Green High School assistant basketball coach Houston Bunton has been arrested and charged with first degree sexual abuse and third degree sodomy.

Here's more from WBKO:

Bowling Green police arrest an instructional assistant and assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green High School on charges of sexual abuse.

According to Bowling Green Independent Schools, they were notified on Tuesday about a situation involving Houston Bunton.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Berea College Wins With No. 1 Play in SportsCenter Top 10

Berea College knocked off Birmingham Southern 82-79 in spectacular fashion Sunday.

Southern's inbound pass was stolen, which led to a dramatic halfcourt game-winner by Berea's Corey Wise.

The shot sent the arena into celebration and ended up being the No. 1 play on SportsCenter's Top 10 list.

"WHAT A GRADUATION GIFT!" 😱 #SCtop10

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Berea is 7-3 overall this season and currently ranked No. 7 in the USCAA national rankings.

Vanderbilt Announces that Camron Justice is Transferring

Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Camron Justice is leaving Vanderbilt according to a release from the school.

Here's the release:

Sophomore guard Camron Justice has been granted his release from the Commodore men’s basketball program and has received permission to speak with other NCAA Division I programs, according to Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew. Justice will depart Vanderbilt after final exams are completed this week.

“We wish great success in the future for Cam,” said Drew. “He is a terrific young man who we have enjoyed having in our program.”

“To begin, I want to start by saying thanks to Coach Stallings and last year’s coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at Vanderbilt and in the SEC,” said Justice. “Next, I want to say thanks to Coach Drew and this year’s coaching staff for everything they have done for me up to this point. However, after careful consideration with my family, I have decided it is time to move on from Vanderbilt. It's sad to say I will no longer play for Vanderbilt, but I've made some great memories and friendships that go farther than the game of basketball. From here, I am going to reopen my recruitment and decide the next chapter in my life. Thank you again!”

Bracket Announced for Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic

The bracket is out for the Lake Cumberland Holiday Hoops Classic.

The tournament will feature some of the top teams from the 12th Region along with Jeffersontown, Spring Hill (TN) and Upperman (TN).

Here's a look at the bracket:


Monday, December 12, 2016

Suspects Butt Dial 9-1-1, Discuss Robbery Plans of Restaurant Where Referee (and Police Chief) Tony Gray is Eating

That headline sounds like the ridiculous premise to a joke but that actually happened in Danville earlier this week.

Two suspects somehow managed to call 9-1-1 before discussing their plans to rob a local restaurant. If that wasn't bad enough, basketball referee Tony Gray (who happens to be the Danville Police Chief) was eating inside at the time.

Here's what happened from the Advocate Messenger:

The officer eventually made his way over to Danville Police Chief Tony Gray, who had just finished up dinner.

“They start to walk out together, then Tony gets a call — I see Tony’s police face come on, so I knew something was up,” Southerland said.

Gray said he was notified dispatch received a call and could hear people talking about committing a robbery, but the location was uncertain at that time.

“There was some conversation about when they should do it, they might be recognized if they do it in Danville, and I think they did talk about some different locations …” Gray said, noting that he hasn’t heard the actual tape yet. “Somewhere in the conversation my name was brought up.”

Soon after, dispatch was able to “triangulate the call,” Gray says, and figure out the phone call was coming from the general vicinity of South Fourth Street.

So the officer came by, knowing Gray was eating dinner there, and asked if he may have accidentally dialed 911 and was talking about a case to someone, since there was talk of robbery and they heard Gray’s name mentioned.

“When we stepped out back to talk, the dispatcher was able to pinpoint the phone, and the call was coming from somewhere in the parking lot at Brothers. At that time, they located the two suspects sitting in the vehicle,” Gray said.

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Cumberland's Marquis Yates Named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week

University of the Cumberlands' Marquis Yates has been named Mid-South Conference Player of the Week.

Here's a release from the MSC:

COLUMBIA, Ky. – Cumberlands' (Ky.) Marquis Yates is the Mid-South Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday.

Houchens Industries is the proud sponsor of the Mid-South Conference Player of the Week Award program. Houchens Industries was founded in 1917 and is one of the largest employee-owned companies in the United States with more than 18,000 corporate-wide employees.

Marquis Yates – Cumberlands (Ky.) – Sr. – Forward – Manassas, Va.

- In two games last week, Yates led Cumberlands to a 2-0 mark averaging 18.5 points and seven rebounds.
- He scored 22 points against Kentucky State to go with six rebounds, two assists, a pair of blocks and a steal as the Patriots won, 84-63.
- Yates then tallied 15 points and eight boards in a 78-65 victory over Indiana Southeast. He also recorded two steals and an assist.
- In the two games, he shot 57.9 percent from the floor and 62.5 percent from beyond the arc. Yates was 10-for-10 from the free throw line as Cumberlands sits at 11-3 on the season.
- Yates earns his first player of the week honor of the season and of his career.

Friday, December 9, 2016

UK Students Don't Recognize Rex Chapman While Talking to Rex Chapman

Former UK star Rex Chapman quizzed current students about UK basketball and some former players.

At one point, students didn't recognize pictures of Chapman while they were actually talking to Chapman.

Check it out:


Never forget Chappy:

Mason Blair and Timmy Dalton Combined for 92 Points Last Night

Arguably the two best scorers in the 15th Region went head-to-head last night in Johnson Central's 93-78 win over Lawrence County.

Mason Blair, who just committed to UPIKE, scored a game-high 50 points for Central. He knocked down 12 three-pointers, which is a school record and fifth most in KHSAA history.

Timmy Dalton led Lawrence County with 42 points in the loss.

The Kentucky Wildcats are Hanging in the Fayette Mall Now

You can find the Kentucky Wildcats hanging in the Fayette Mall this Christmas shopping season.

UK basketball's Twitter account gave a preview of some new posters that are hanging from the ceiling at the mall. 

Check them out:

Former Louisville Player Ellis Myles Talks About 2016-17 Cardinals

Former Louisville player Ellis Myles appeared on CN2 recently to discuss the 2016-17 version of the Cardinals.

Check out what Myles had to say:

Berea College Ranked No. 12 in USCAA Coaches Poll

Berea College is ranked No. 12 in this season's first USCAA Coaches Poll.

Rank Team Total Last Week

1 Washington Adventist University 250 NR
2 Rochester College 245 NR
3 Concordia College Alabama 239 NR
4 Oakwood University 233 NR
T-5 University of Maine-Fort Kent 226 NR
T-5 WVU Tech 226 NR
T-7 Dean College 208 NR
T-7 Florida National University 208 NR
9 Iowa Wesleyan College 205 NR
10 SUNY-Canton 203 NR
11 Illinois Tech 200 NR
12 Berea College 169 NR
13 Florida College 160 NR
14 Bluefield State College 154 NR
15 The Apprentice School 117 NR

Others Recieving Votes: Silver Lake College (73); University of Dallas (72); Paul Quinn College (37)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Asbury University Breaks Program Scoring Mark in Win Over Brescia

Asbury University is running up some historic numbers this season.

The Eagles set their program's all-time single game scoring record tonight in a 140-124 win over Brescia University.


Asbury is now 7-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Tonight is the second time this season they have set a new program scoring record. In November, the Eagles scored 135 points in a win over Johnson University.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Billy Gillispie is Retiring from Coaching

Former University of Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie has announced that he is retiring from coaching due to health concerns.

Gillispie told the Dallas Morning News of his decision:

"No one's ever enjoyed coaching more than I have, I promise, and no one's ever been luckier in the coaching profession than I have," Gillispie said. "What a wonderful career!

"I've been very sick with blood pressure issues since the summer, but I've tried to fight it out. I got a report Monday that told me if I didn't address this blood pressure situation immediately, irreversible, bad things were very likely to happen here relatively soon and my long-term health could be compromised. "Timing isn't great, but I've decided to do what I was told and try to return to healthy ASAP.

"I've had a wonderful career and in the last two years some of the best days I've ever experienced as a coach. I hate leaving this team because they are really coming around, but they understood me being sick. That's the worst part of it, not coaching."

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Bowling Green Tops Bluegrasspreps High School Top 20 This Week

Bowling Green is No. 1 in Bluegrasspreps High School Top 20 rankings this week.

Trinity comes in behind the Purples at No. 2.

Scott County, Covington Catholic and Fern Creek round out the top 5.

Defending state champion Dunbar comes in at No. 9.

Bluegrasspreps Boys Top 20 Rankings 12/7/16

1. Bowling Green
2. Trinity
3. Scott County
4. Covington Catholic
5. Fern Creek
6. Christian County
7. Ballard
8. Cooper
9. Dunbar
10. Doss
11. Hopkinsville
12. Pulaski County
13. Pleasure Ridge Park
14. Lexington Christian
15. Valley
16. Corbin
17. South Laurel
18. Bardstown
19. Graves County
20. Adair County

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Johnson Central's Mason Blair Commits to the University of Pikeville

Johnson Central guard Mason Blair has committed to the University of Pikeville.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Bellarmine University Up to No. 6/7 in the National Polls This Week

Bellarmine University is up to No. 6 and 7 in the NCAA Division II national rankings this week.

Here are details from BU:


LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The Bellarmine University men's basketball team is ranked No. 6 and No. 7 in the latest DII Media Poll and the NABC Division II coaches polls that were announced on Tuesday afternoon.
After recording wins in two Great Lakes Valley Conference games on the road last week, the Knights climbed one spot in the DII Media Poll sponsored by D2SIDA, a consortium of NCAA Division II sports information directors, but remained in the same No. 7 position in the coaches poll.

There was a bit of a shake up at the top of the poll as last week's consensus No. 1, the West Liberty Hilltoppers, dropped a game to Fairmont State last week. The D2SIDA poll ranks Northwest Missouri as its new No. 1 while Saginaw Valley State rises to the top in the NABC poll. The Cardinals are the only team to post a victory over Bellarmine this season, scoring a 68-66 win in the first game of the year when SVSU drained a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining.

Other Bellarmine past and future opponents in the polls include: Alabama Huntsville (No. 9 in both polls), Drury (NABC No. 12 and D2SIDA No. 16) and Lincoln Memorial (D2SIDA No. 22 and NABC No. 24), while GLVC-member Southern Indiana is getting votes in both polls.

2016-17 DII Media Poll Sponsored by D2SIDA (Dec. 6)
Rank
School (First Place Votes)
Record
Points
Previous
1
Northwest Missouri (7)
7-0
335
2
2
Saginaw Valley State (4)
8-0
332
3
3
California Baptist (2)
8-0
316
4
4
Fairmont State (1)
7-0
297
12
5
St. Thomas Aquinas
7-0
263
6
6
Bellarmine
6-1
259
7
7
West Liberty
7-1
244
1
8
Queens
8-0
241
9
9
Alabama-Huntsville
5-1
239
8
10
Augustana
7-1
228
11
11
Barry
6-1
186
5
12
West Texas A&M
10-1
175
RV
13
Angelo State
5-0
174
10
14
UC San Diego
7-1
169
17
15
Washburn
6-0
168
14
16
Drury
7-0
129
16
17
Western Washington
7-0
118
15
18
Southern New Hampshire
6-0
109
18
19
Augusta (Ga.)
6-1
86
13
20
Shippensburg
7-0
84
NR
21
Tarleton State
6-1
69
21
22
Lincoln Memorial
6-2
62
23
23
Colorado Mines
7-1
48
NR
24
San Francisco State
8-0
39
RV
25
Wheeling Jesuit
6-1
37
20
Also receiving votes: Southern Indiana (30), MSU-Moorhead (24), Indiana (PA) (21), Chico State (19), Delta State (12), Ferris State (9), Hawai'i Pacific (5), West Florida (4), Minnesota State (3), Kutztown (3), Wisconsin-Parkside (3), Fort Lewis (2), Eckerd (1). 


NABC/Division II Rankings
(Dec. 6, 2016 - Poll #3)
Record
Points
Last
1.
Saginaw Valley St., Mich. (13)
7-0
391
2
2.
Northwest Missouri State (1)
7-0
379
3
3.
California Baptist
8-0
361
5
4.
Fairmont State, W.Va. (2)
7-0
356
11
5.
St. Thomas Aquinas, N.Y.
7-0
337
6
6.
West Liberty, W.Va.
7-1
308
1
7.
Bellarmine, Ky.
6-1
296
7
8.
Queens, N.C.
8-0
264
13
9.
UAH
5-1
256
10
10.
Wheeling Jesuit, W.Va.
6-1
246
4
11.
Angelo State, Texas
5-0
237
14
12.
Drury, Mo.
7-0
225
15
13.
Western Washington
7-0
176
18
14.
Barry, Fla.
6-1
166
9
15.
Tarleton State, Texas
6-1
163
16
16.
Kutztown, Pa.
6-1
155
8
17.
Indiana, Pa.
8-1
144
12
18.
Colorado School of Mines
7-1
104
19
19.
UC San Diego
7-1
99
22
20.
Fort Lewis, Colo.
7-1
92
20
21.
Augustana, S.D.
7-1
86
21
22.
West Texas A&M
10-1
64
24
23.
Southern New Hampshire
6-0
63
25
24.
Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.
6-2
49
23
25.
San Francisco State, Calif.
8-0
47
NR
Others receiving votes: Washburn (Kan.) 39, Shippensburg (Pa.) 27, Columbus State (Ga.) 16, Southern Indiana 14, Hawai'i Pacific 12, Saint Rose (N.Y.) 9, Chico State (Calif.) 10, Delta State (Miss.) 7, Arkansas-Monticello 5, West Florida 4, Pfeiffer (N.C.) 3.

Dropped out: Chico State (17).

Records are through games of Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Taveion Hollingsworth Passes Cameron Mills for 5th on Dunbar's All-Time Scoring List

Taveion Hollingsworth scored 31 points to lead Dunbar to a 73-52 win over Bryan Station Thursday night.

In doing so, Hollingsworth passed former UK player Cameron Mills for 5th on the school's all-time scoring list.

Congratulations Taveion!

Donnie Butcher Earns 200th Career Home Win at University of the Cumberlands

Head coach Donnie Butcher won his 200th career game at home for University of the Cumberlands earlier this week.

The Patriots knocked off Shawnee State 71-66 Monday night.

Here's a recap from UC:

Williamsburg, KY – The University of the Cumberlands men's basketball team used a 14-6 run to end the first half and defeat Shawnee State 71-66 in Mid-South Conference action Monday night at the O. Wayne Rollins Center. The win was also a milestone for UC Head Coach Donnie Butcher, who earned his 200th career home victory.

"It's great to reach this milestone, our team came out playing hard right from the tip," said Butcher. "We battled hard down the stretch and made plays when we needed them to get a win in conference."

Cumberlands (9-2; 1-1 MSC) came out strong as Marquis Yates (SR/Manassas, VA) drained a three-pointer to start the game. Shawnee State (5-5; 0-2 MSC) responded with an 8-2 run, before Dez Marshall (JR/Shelbyville, KY) hit a three-pointer to even the game 8-8 with 14:24 remaining in the first half. That three-pointer sparked a 13-2 run, which included three three-pointers, for Cumberlands to give the Patriots a 24-10 lead with 7:11 remaining. After trading baskets, the Patriots went on a 14-6 run to end the first half and take a 39-21 lead at the break. Yates and Eric Duncan (JR/Stockton, CA) each netted 12 points in the half to spark the offensive.

Yates and Marshall each hit from behind the arc to extend the Patriots lead to 45-21, their largest lead of the game. The Bears scored 12 unanswered points over the next four minutes to cut the lead to 45-33 with 13:04 remaining. Yates scored eight of the Patriots next 14 points to give Cumberlands a 55-41 advantage with seven minutes left. Two minutes later, Shawnee State cut the lead to nine, before Kelsley Wilkinson (SR/SW Ranches, FL) drained a three to put the Patriots ahead 59-47. Wilkinson scored nine of the Patriots next ten points to give Cumberlands a 64-53 lead with 45 seconds remaining. Shawnee State went on a 13-6 run to end the game for the 71-66 final.

Leading the way for Cumberlands was Yates who finished with a team-high 23 points and five rebounds. Wilkinson and Duncan added 13 points apiece, while Eddie Tornes (JR/Muskegon Heights, MI) finished with nine. Bernard Samuel (JR/Charleston, SC) dished out a team-high three assists.

The Patriots will return to the court Saturday, December 3, when they travel to Atlanta, GA to face conference foe Life. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

For the latest and most up-to-date information on University of the Cumberlands Athletics, please visit www.cumberlandspatriots.com. Fans can also follow us on Twitter - @UC_Patriots, Instagram - @UCPatriots, YouTube – CumberlandsPatriots, and Facebook by searching University of the Cumberlands Athletics.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Rick Pitino Previews Tonight's Game Against Purdue

Here's what Louisville head coach Rick Pitino had to say about tonight's game against Purdue and the Cardinals' second-place finish in Atlantis:

UK is Having a Blue-White Out for UCLA Game

The University of Kentucky is asking fans to paint Rupp Arena blue and white for Saturday's game against UCLA.

Morehead State is Giving Away Ramen Noodles to First 100 Students at Tonight's Game

Morehead State is giving away free Ramen Noodles to the first 100 students in the door at tonight's game against Northern Kentucky University.

This might be a candidate for the best promotion ever.

As for Morehead State's coaching situation, there are no new updates. Preston Spradlin is serving as interim coach and will be leading the Eagles tonight.

The game tips off at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

5-Star Center Says He's Decommiting from WKU; Rick Stansbury Says His Twitter Account Was Hacked

Five-star center Mitchell Robinson Tweeted last night that he plans to decommit from Western Kentucky University and explore other options.



That Tweet was later deleted.

This morning, WKU coach Rick Stansbury told reporters that he believes the player's Twitter account was hacked.




But then there's this:

It's important to note that Robinson has actually signed with WKU so he can't simply decommit.

Obviously, this is a situation to keep an eye on.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

John Calipari Slides in a Jab at Assistant Kenny Payne and Louisville

UK head coach John Calipari had some fun at the expense of assistant Kenny Payne the University of Louisville earlier this week.

Payne, of course, played college basketball for the Cardinals.

When Calipari was explaining why Payne hasn't read his new book, he joked, "he went to Louisville. He doesn't read."


Calipari laughed and said he's only kidding.


Louisville Survives Old Dominion in Overtime

Louisville 68
Old Dominion 62 F/OT

Final from Paradise Island, Bahamas

Game recap by UL:

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP)-- Donovan Mitchell scored all 15 of his points after halftime to help No. 10 Louisville hold off Old Dominion 68-62 in overtime in Wednesday's final game of the first day at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Mitchell put Louisville ahead for good with a long 3-pointer to start the extra period and came up with several key plays that helped the Cardinals (4-0) advance on a night they struggled to knock down much of anything. Louisville finished the game shooting 30 percent.

Quentin Snider scored 18 points to lead the Cardinals, while Mangok Mathiang nearly won it in regulation for Louisville with an inside basket with 14.4 seconds left.

Brandan Stith scored 20 points, including a putback with 6.3 seconds left to answer Mathiang and force overtime for the Monarchs (2-1). Old Dominion shot just 38 percent, but hurt its chances most by missing 17 of 32 free throws.

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Louisville will face Wichita State today at 2:00 p.m. in the semifinal round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Union College's Gerrard Newby Earns Third Consecutive AAC Player of the Week Honor

Union College's Gerrard Newby is well on his way to being named Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year.

Through three weeks, Newby has been named conference player of the week all three times.

Here's a release from UC:

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – For the third week in a row, Union College senior Gerrard Newby (SR/Lexington, Ky. ) is the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

On the week, Newby averaged 20.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last week as he recorded double-doubles in both of the Bulldog wins. He had three assists, two blocks and one block on the week while shooting 62.5 percent (15-of-24 shots) from the field.

Newby scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in an 86-49 win over AAC rival Bryan (Tenn.). In an 105-71 victory over Fisk (Tenn.), he put up 26 points and 14 rebounds.

On the year, Newby has posted four double-doubles with three coming in the last three Union contests. He leads the conference in scoring at 22.38 points per game and is averaging 9.88 rebounds per game.

The Bulldogs are 5-3 overall and 1-0 in AAC play. Union returns to the hardwood on Tuesday when it hosts Montreat (N.C.) in another conference contest. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

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