College basketball notes: School-best 23 steals carry No. 11 Bearcats

Vanderbilt prevails in ot at xavier

December 7, 2012 

Sean Kilpatrick scored 10 of his 18 points in the second half, and No. 11 Cincinnati set a school record with 23 steals Thursday night, emerging from a sloppy start for an 87-53 victory over visiting Arkansas-Little Rock.

The Bearcats (8-0) started with eight straight wins for the 15th time in school history and the second time in three seasons.

Playing with their highest ranking since they were No. 11 at the end of 2003-04, the Bearcats threw the ball away early, prompting Coach Mick Cronin to substitute for all five starters.

The lineup change got the Bearcats' attention. Cincinnati had only two more turnovers the rest of the half while pulling away to a 42-17 lead.

The Bearcats quickly wore down the Trojans (7-4), who had a season-high 32 turnovers, 18 in the opening half alone. Cincinnati's steals topped the previous school record by three.

Cheikh Mbodj had 12 points and seven rebounds for Cincinnati, which finished with four players in double figures. Shaquille Thomas had the record-setting 21st steal and a dunk with 6:11 to go.

No. 4 Syracuse 84, Long Beach St. 53: C.J. Fair had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, Michael Carter-Williams added 15 points and 10 assists for host Syracuse.

Syracuse (7-0) improved its home winning streak to 27 games, tops in the nation, and has won 49 consecutive regular-season non-conference games. Long Beach State (3-5) had a two-game winning streak snapped.

It was the third double-double of the season for Carter-Williams, the Orange's 6-foot-6 point guard, who boosted his assist total for the season to 67.

No. 16 Creighton 64, Nebraska 42: Doug McDermott scored 27 points and Gregory Echenique had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Creighton, which pulled away in the second half in the annual meeting of the state rivals. The Bluejays (8-1) won in Lincoln for the first time since 2004.

Vanderbilt 66, Xavier 64 (OT): Kyle Fuller scored a career-high 25 points, including all 12 of Vanderbilt's overtime points, as the Commodores beat Xavier in Cincinnati.

Kedren Johnson scored 19 points and Kevin Bright added 11 with 10 rebounds for Vanderbilt (3-4), which had lost four of its last five games.

The Commodores won despite making just 13 of 25 free throws.

Women

No. 2 UConn 67, No. 10 Penn State 52: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis spent the last two days in the training room working on her injured left leg. It paid off as she ended up scoring a season-high 25 points as host Connecticut pulled away in the second half.

Brianna Banks added 10 points for the Huskies (8-0), who won their fourth game this season against a ranked opponent.

Player out of ICU

Hospital officials in Salt Lake City say a Utah State basketball player who collapsed at practice has been moved out of the intensive care unit and upgraded to fair condition.

Intermountain Medical Center spokesman Jason Carlton says 22-year-old Danny Berger remains hospitalized.

Utah State assistant athletic trainer Mike Williams is credited with saving Berger's life after Berger went into cardiac arrest. Williams helped Berger regain a heartbeat with the use of a defibrillator.

Utah State's game Wednesday night against Brigham Young was postponed. Saturday's contest against Western Oregon is expected to be played as scheduled in Logan.

Summitt receives Andrus

Pat Summitt has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 AARP Andrus Award. The award is given in recognition of those who serve all generations with their lifetimes of experience and leadership.

Summitt, who led the University of Tennessee women to more than 1,000 basketball victories, retired at the end of the last season after announcing she had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Summitt was honored for her work through the Pat Summitt Foundation. The Foundation, which was formed in 2011, gives grants to non-profits that perform research into the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease and provide support services to patients, their families and their caregivers.

Past recipients of the Andrus Award include Maya Angelou, Tom Brokaw, Norman Lear and General Colin Powell.

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