College basketball notes: Friars knock off No. 17 Bearcats

February 7, 2013 

Kadeem Batts scored 25 points and Providence narrowly prevailed at home over No. 17 Cincinnati 54-50 Wednesday night.

The Bearcats had cut their biggest deficit, 47-34 with 6:49 left, to 49-48 on two free throws by Cheikh Mbodj with 2:28 remaining. It was 52-50 when Batts missed two free throws with 13.4 seconds to go and Justin Jackson rebounded for Cincinnati. But Sean Kilpatrick, who led Cincinnati with 13 points, lost the ball on a backcourt violation with 2 seconds to play and Batts finished the scoring with two free throws.

SEC men

Georgia 68, Tennessee 62: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points and led Georgia's three-point shooting onslaught as the visiting Bulldogs won for the fifth time in their last six games.

Georgia (11-11, 5-4 SEC) shot 11 of 20 from three-point range. Caldwell-Pope was 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.

LSU 57, Vanderbilt 56: Anthony Hickey scored 14 points and LSU hung on at home for a third straight win.

Johnny O'Bryant made a pair of free throws for a four-point cushion which rendered Rod Odom's trey in the final seconds meaningless. Odom finished with 20 points.

Auburn 49, Alabama 37: Allen Payne and Josh Wallace each scored 11 points and Auburn held visiting Alabama scoreless for more than nine minutes in the second half.

The Tigers (9-13, 3-6) snapped a six-game losing streak despite managing just 13 points in the first half.

Nation men

Transylvania 65, Mount St. Joseph 39: The visiting Pioneers (17-5, 12-3 Heartland) held Mt. St. Joseph to 16 points and 27 percent shooting in the second half.

Barrett Meyer had 21 points to key the Transy attack and Brandon Rash added 11 points and nine rebounds.

Thomas More 83, Westminster 77: Five Saints, topped by Josepf Marshall and Chris Richard with 16 each, reached double-figures in a Presidents' Athletic Conference at New Wilmington, Pa.

No. 12 Michigan St. 61, No. 18 Minnesota 50: Gary Harris scored 15 points and Keith Appling added 14 points before leaving the game with an injured right shoulder as the Spartans won at home.

The Spartans (19-4 8-2 Big Ten) moved into a second-place tie with No. 3 Michigan, whom they host Tuesday.

No. 14 Butler 77, St. Bonaventure 58: Rotnei Clarke scored 17 points as Butler (19-4, 6-2 Atlantic 10) rolled at home.

Indiana St. 76, No. 16 Creighton 57: Jake Odum scored 22 points, topping the 1,000-point mark for his career and leading an upset.

The Sycamores (15-8, 8-4 Missouri Valley Conference) earned their 1,400th win and beat a ranked team at home for the first time since December 2006.

No. 22 Oklahoma St. 69, Baylor 67 (OT): Michael Cobbins blocked a shot then converted a fast-break layup with two-tenths of a second left in overtime, lifting the host Cowboys (16-5, 6-3 Big 12).

No. 24 Marquette 70, South Florida 47: Todd Mayo and Vander Blue both scored 13 points to help the Golden Eagles (16-5, 7-2 Big East) win at Tampa, Fla.

Women

Transylvania 96, Mount St. Joseph 51: Host Transy (17-5, 13-2 HCAC) was led by Katelyn Smith with 24 points and Nicole Hoffman had 22.

Milligan 75, Union 63: Union was led by Lindsey Waters with 15 points in a losing cause.

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