College basketball notes: Morehead tops UT-Martin in OVC tourney opener

S. Carolina player pours in 38 points

March 7, 2013 

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South Carolina's Brenton Williams celebrated a three-pointer, part of his career-high 38 points in a win over Mississippi State.

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Morehead State had an 11-0 run midway through the second half and hung on for a 73-66 victory over Tennessee-Martin in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on Wednesday night in Nashville.

Morehead State (15-17) advances to the quarterfinal round on Thursday at 7 p.m. against Tennessee State, whom the Eagles beat twice in the regular season.

"We didn't play our best game of the season, but I'm really proud of my guys for playing hard and finding a way to win," Morehead Coach Sean Woods said.

Senior Milton Chavis led three Eagles in double figures with 14 points, while junior Bruce Reed and sophomore Angelo Warner tossed in 11 apiece. Chavis hit five of eight shots from the floor.

Kahlil Owens led Morehead with nine rebounds in just 17 minutes off the bench, Morehead won the rebounding battle 46-23, including 21-6 on the offensive end.

Morehead also had a 27-4 advantage in bench points. Ten of the 11 Eagles who played scored. MSU's reserves have now topped their foes in 28 of 32 games this year.

South Carolina 79, Mississippi State 72: Brenton Williams scored a career-high 38 points to lead South Carolina at home.

The Gamecocks (14-16, 4-13 Southeastern Conference) won for just the second time in 11 games to climb out of last place in the SEC.

South Carolina led 37-35 early in the second half before scoring 13 straight points to take a 50-35 lead.

Williams' 38 points were the most ever for South Carolina in an SEC game and the second-most in the league this year. Elston Turner scored 40 for Texas A&M against Kentucky in January.

Williams made 10 of his 17 field goals, including six of nine threes. He also made all 12 of his free throws, including four in the final minute.

No. 11 Florida 66, Vanderbilt 40: Kenny Boynton scored 15 points and Pat Young added 14 as Florida clinched the SEC regular-season title.

Florida won its fourth outright league title and third under longtime coach Billy Donovan. The Gators (24-5, 14-3 SEC) were alone atop the standings in 1988-89, 2006-07 and 2010-11.

Like the others, this one earned the Gators the No. 1 seed heading into next week's SEC Tournament. It also capped a perfect season (15-0) at home and sent seniors Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario out with a victory on "Senior Night."

LSU 68, Texas A&M 57: Charles Carmouche had 20 points and five assists to lead LSU past host Texas A&M.

The Aggies never led in the second half, but cut the lead to three points with about six minutes left. That's when the Tigers used a 12-2 spurt to make it 66-53 with less than 2 minutes to go. Carmouche scored the last six points of that run for LSU (18-10, 9-8 Southeastern Conference) to secure the victory.

Villanova 67, No. 5 Georgetown 57: JayVaughn Pinkston scored 20 points to help Villanova beat a top-five team for the third time this season.

Iowa State 87, No. 13 Oklahoma State 76: Senior Will Clyburn scored 20 points as Iowa State bolstered its NCAA Tournament hopes.

Georges Niang added 18 points for the Cyclones (20-10, 10-7 Big 12), who notched just their second victory over a ranked opponent.

Syracuse 78, DePaul 57: Brandon Triche and James Southerland combined for 37 points in the final home game of their careers as Syracuse broke a three-game losing streak.

No. 7 Michigan 80, Purdue 75: Trey Burke had 26 points and five rebounds as Michigan rallied at Purdue. Terone Johnson scored a career-high 35 points for Purdue.

Dayton 75, St. Bonaventure 63: Senior Kevin Dillard scored 18 points to lead host Dayton on Senior Night.

Junior Vee Sanford from Lexington Catholic had 14 points and four assists, with one turnover in 25 minutes.

WOMEN

Eastern Kentucky 62, Murray State 51: The Colonels rode a balanced attack to advance to the quarterfinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament in Nashville.

Four players scored in double figures for No. 5 seed EKU (18-10), which moves on to play No. 4 Tennessee-Martin (16-14) on Thursday at 1 p.m.

LaRa'e Allen had 13 points, Raechele Gray 12, Marie Carpenter 11 and Alex Jones 10 for the Colonels, who pulled away late after leading 29-25 at halftime. Jones added 12 rebounds, two blocks and two assists.

Mariah Robinson made four three-pointers and led Murray State (16-13) with 23 points. The Racers led 14-7 early and hung with the Colonels until six minutes remained. That's when EKU broke open a 46-45 game with a 16-6 closing run.

NAIA TOURNAMENTS

Georgetown College has made the field for the NAIA Division I National Tournament for a record 32nd time and 22nd year in a row.

The Tigers (23-8) play St. Thomas (Texas) in Kansas City in the tournament's first round next week.

Two other Kentucky schools are in the field.

Lindsey Wilson (29-4) is ranked second, behind undefeated Columbia (Mo.), and will play Rocky Mountain (Mont.).

Pikeville (26-6) opens against LSU-Shreveport.

The Georgetown women (22-9) also made the field, as did Campbellsville (24-9), Cumberlands (18-12) and St. Catharine (19-11).

The women's tournament will be held in the Frankfort Convention Center in Kentucky on March 13-19. Freed-Hardeman (31-1) from Tennessee is the top-ranked team.

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