Montrezl Harrell leads Louisville in exhibition win over Ky. Wesleyan

October 30, 2013 

Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points on 9-for-10 shooting as defending national champion Louisville defeated visiting Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 on Tuesday night in their first exhibition game.

Four guards joined Harrell in double figures. Terry Rozier scored 18 points and Russ Smith had 17 while Chris Jones and Anton Gill added 16 and 13, respectively.

Louisville hit 15 of its first 17 shots in the second half to lead 82-45 with 11:55 to play.

Kentucky Wesleyan trailed 11-9 following Alex Brown's two free throws with 14:41 remaining in the first half but the Cardinals clicked off a 20-2 run over the next 4:11, highlighted by two contested lob dunks by Harrell. Louisville led 49-33 at halftime as the Panthers had nearly as many fouls (24) as points.

Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley, who played with Kentucky's Dominique Hawkins on Madison Central's state championship squad last season, led the eight-time Division II champion Panthers with 21 points.

Louisville hosts College of Charleston in their Nov. 9 opener.

UofL women 5th, UK women 8th in poll

The University of Kentucky women's basketball team will open the season ranked No. 8, according to the nation's coaches.

The USA Today pre-season poll released Tuesday also revealed Kentucky's cross-state rival Louisville will begin the year rated No. 5.

The Cats will meet last season's NCAA runner-up Cardinals on Dec. 1 in Memorial Coliseum, one of many difficult tests for Kentucky this season.

Defending champion Connecticut opens the season ranked No. 1.

Henderson suspsended

Mississippi's Marshall Henderson was suspended three regular-season games this season, including the first two Southeastern Conference games.

The 6-foot-2 guard — whose boisterous antics turned him into one of college basketball's biggest villains — scored more than 20 points per game last season, but was indefinitely suspended in July after police found him with small amounts of marijuana and cocaine during a traffic stop. Henderson was not arrested.

Henderson will miss the season opener against Troy on Nov. 8 and SEC games against Auburn (Jan. 9) and Mississippi State (Jan. 11). He will also miss the team's exhibition game on Friday night.

Transy favored in HCAC

Transylvania was voted the favorite to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball championship this season in balloting by league coaches.

A pair of All-HCAC selections return for Transylvania. Junior guard Nicole Coffman from Casey County led the Pioneers in scoring last season (19.8 points per game) and was named HCAC Most Valuable Player. Sophomore guard Katelyn Smith from Perry County Central contributed 15 points per game, while leading the conference in free-throw percentage (87.1).

Kansas sluggish in win

Top prospect Andrew Wiggins scored 16 points in his Allen Fieldhouse debut, leading host Kansas to a 97-57 rout of Pittsburg State in its exhibition opener. The teams combined for 50 fouls and 61 free throws.

Wiggins, who many think will be the No. 1 pick in next year's NBA Draft, got off to an inauspicious start for the Jayhawks when he traveled the first time he touched the ball. Wiggins appeared jittery and struggled to get into rhythm.

Georgetown wins opener

Monty Wilson scored 23 points and former Lafayette star Dominique Hagans added 20 to help the Georgetown men open their season with a 128-81 victory against visiting Miami-Hamilton.

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