U of L women need OT to defeat Florida State; Duke men narrowly avoid upset vs. Vermont

November 24, 2013 

For the second time in three games, Louisville needed a few more minutes to show that it's better to do it late than not at all.

Asia Taylor scored six points in overtime along with making an assist that helped No. 4 Louisville pull away for a 69-59 victory at home against Florida State on Sunday.

Shoni Schimmel added a three-pointer en route to 21 points as the Cardinals (6-0) outscored the Seminoles (4-1) 15-5 in the extra session of a tense game that served as a preview to the schools' likely rivalry when Louisville joins the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.

"We like to keep things interesting," joked Schimmel, whose 7-for-20 shooting day included five three-pointers with four coming in the second half and overtime.

The Seminoles rallied from a 44-38 deficit to take a 54-50 lead with 1:14 left in regulation and appeared to be in control before Louisville's Tia Gibbs, a Butler graduate who was Kentucky's Miss Basketball in 2008, made two free throws and Jude Schimmel made a key steal and layup to tie the game with 24.3 seconds left.

Louisville opened overtime with a 10-2 run including Taylor's baskets and a layup by Antonita Slaughter (Louisville Christian) before Schimmel sealed it with her fifth shot from beyond the arc.

Natasha Howard scored 13 points for FSU but fouled out with 41.2 seconds left in regulation to set up Gibbs' free throws and left a seven-man Seminoles roster more vulnerable against the Cardinals in overtime.

"With us having such a deep team, we can all go," Schimmel added. "They were limited on players and we used that to our advantage."

Said Howard, "we fought until the end, no matter what. We stayed with a good top-ranked team. We stood together when it got hard. We just couldn't pull it out."

No. 23 Georgia 63, Georgia Tech 56: Khaalidah Miller scored 20 points and Georgia held off visiting Georgia Tech's comeback to continue its domination of the state rivalry. Shacobia Barbee added 14 points as Georgia (5-0) improved to 32-4 all-time against Georgia Tech, including 14-0 in Athens.

No. 3 Tennessee 84, Oakland 50: Bashaara Graves had 15 points and 11 rebounds while host Tennessee used a 21-0 run midway through the game to beat winless Oakland. The Lady Vols (5-0) remained unbeaten as they head to the Bahamas for the Junkaroo Jam. Tennessee faces Virginia in its opening game Thursday.

Men's highlights

No. 6 Duke 91, Vermont 90: Rodney Hood's free throw with 5 seconds left helped Duke dodge Vermont's upset bid.

Jabari Parker scored 26 points in his sixth straight 20-point performance. Hood finished with 22 for the Blue Devils (5-1), who extended their non-conference winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium to 106 games — barely.

"They were terrific," Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said, "and we were awful."

Duke blew a 15-point lead and allowed Vermont to shoot 65 percent before finally getting the one defensive stop it needed.

Candon Rusin's four-point play with 10.4 seconds left for Vermont tied it at 90. Hood brought the ball downcourt, drove the lane and drew contact from Clancy Rugg. Hood bounced his first free throw off the rim, then swished the second.

Sandro Carissimo hurried the Catamounts downcourt and found Rusin in the corner, but he couldn't get a shot off before the buzzer.

"We played like a team that thought we would just show up and win," Krzyzewski said. "That's how you get beat."

Charlotte 63, No. 14 Michigan 61: Terrence Williams put back Willie Clayton's miss with 0.4 seconds left, and Charlotte stunned Michigan in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Michigan's Mitch McGary tied the game at 61 on a layup with 9 seconds left, but Charlotte quickly pushed the ball up the floor. Clayton's attempt rimmed out, but Williams got the rebound and scored.

Morehead State 63, Nevada 58: Angelo Warner scored 15 points and Chad Posthumus added 10 with 16 rebounds as Morehead State outlasted Nevada at Reno.

With the score tied at 46, Morehead State (5-2) used an 8-1 run sparked by two baskets from Posthumus to give the Eagles their largest lead of the game.

The Wolf Pack (3-3) looked to climb back as Deonte Burton hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to two. After a Warner layup, Burton hit another triple to make the score 58-57 with 1:04 remaining.

Bakari Turner and Kareem Storey each hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Eagles. Drew Kelly finished with 13 points and Storey had eight rebounds and four assists for Morehead State.

Georgetown 84, No. 10 VCU 80: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 26 points and Georgetown fought off Virginia Commonwealth in the second half to hang on for a victory in the fifth-place game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Markel Starks added 23 points, and went 10-for-10 at the free-throw line to help preserve the win.

South Carolina 84, Florida International 72: Tyrone Johnson scored 18 points and Jaylen Shaw added 16 points to lead four players in double figures the Gamecocks at Columbia, S.C.

Nebraska 73, Georgia 65: Tai Webster scored 13 of his 14 points in the second half and Nebraska rallied to take seventh place at the Charleston Classic in South Carolina.

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