College basketball

College basketball highlights: Lindsey Wilson men win Mid-South tournament title

March 3, 2013 

Top-seeded Lindsey Wilson outlasted No. 2-seed Pikeville 77-73 in overtime in the Mid-South tournament championship game on Sunday at the Frankfort Convention Center.

The tournament title was the first for the Blue Raiders since 2004-05 and they had to withstand an extraordinary performance from the conference's player of the year. Pikeville's Jamar Briscoe hit six threes and shot 11 of 23 from the field to finish with a game-high 32 points.

Kalen Kimberland led Lindsey Wilson with 25 points, hitting 12 of 16 shots from the free-throw line, while Milton Watts added 12 points and 10 rebounds.

"Every play they ran was for Briscoe and we ran everything for Kalen," Lindsey Wilson Coach Paul Peck said. "Unbelievable performances. I can't think of a much better game in our league than this."

It could have ended differently. Tied at 64 with 10 seconds left Lindsey Wilson sent Pikeville's Elisha Justice to the line for one and the bonus. Justice missed his first shot and Kimberland came up short on a runner at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

"I said it before the game, if the score got into the 90s, we didn't have a chance," said Peck. "But we kept it low with great defense and this is how it turned out."

No. 4 Michigan 58, No. 9 Michigan State 57: Trey Burke stole the ball from Keith Appling near midcourt and went in alone for a dunk with 22 seconds left, then made another steal in the final seconds to give host Michigan a win.

The Spartans had the ball with the shot clock off at 56-all, but Burke's first big defensive play enabled Michigan to take the lead. After Derrick Nix made one of two free throws and Mitch McGary missed the front end of a 1-and-1 for Michigan, Burke stole a pass by Gary Harris to end it.

The Michigan State loss clinches at least a share of the Big Ten title for Indiana.

Purdue 69, No. 17 Wisconsin 56: D.J. Byrd scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and Purdue upset host Wisconsin. Terone Johnson added 16 points for the Boilermakers.

Bellarmine 79, Illinois-Springfield 57: Chris Dowe scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds and the Knights opened the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament with a victory.

Jelani Johnson added 11 points, five assists and five rebounds for Bellarmine.

Kentucky Wesleyan 93, William Jewell 75: Kreig Oxley scored 20 points and Rico Ferguson had 12 points and four assists in the Panthers' win the opening round of the GLVC tournament at Owensboro.

Women

LSU 67, No. 13 Texas A&M 52: Theresa Plaisance scored 16 points and Danielle Ballard had 15 points and 11 rebounds for LSU at College Station, Texas.

Ballard, a freshman, posted her second consecutive double-double for the Tigers, who have won six in a row entering next weekend's Southeastern Conference Tournament. Ballard had 14 points and 10 rebounds on Thursday in a win over Alabama.

Kelsey Bone led the Aggies with 13 points.

No. 11 Georgia 55, Vanderbilt 50: Jasmine Hassell scored 16 points and host Georgia rebounded from a disappointing Southeastern Conference loss to beat Vanderbilt.

Georgia's shooters could only improve after shooting 18.2 percent in a 50-38 loss to Mississippi State on Thursday. The Bulldogs shot 35.8 percent Sunday, though they only made 2 of 11 three-pointers.

No. 14 South Carolina 67, Florida 56: Ashley Bruner scored 16 points and Aleighsa Welch and Ieasia Walker added 14 apiece for host South Carolina. The Gamecocks (23-6, 11-5) set a school record for Southeastern Conference victories in a season and tied their program record for regular-season wins.

Former Boone County star Sydney Moss scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Gators.

Cumberland 59, Campbellsville 46: Top-seeded Cumberland scored 11 straight points down the stretch to defeat third-seeded Campbellsville in the Mid-South Conference tournament finals in the Frankfort Convention Center.

Daizah Kimberland led the Tigers with 13 points.

Saturday's late men's games

Illinois Wesleyan 80, Transylvania 71: Barrett Meyer scored 27 points and Ethan Spurlin had 24, but the Pioneers were defeated in the first round of the Division III tournament at Bloomington, Ill.

North Central 66, Centre 50: Donovan Whiteside scored a team-high 13 points in Centre's loss in the first round of the Division III tournament at Naperville, Ill.

Washington (Mo.) 70, Spalding 61: Jametrius Brasher scored 16 points in Spalding's first-round loss in the Division III tournament at St. Louis.

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