Saturday's college basketball: EKU holds on in tourney tune-up

March 1, 2014 

Missouri St Wichita Basketball

Wichita State's Kadeen Coleby soared for a rebound. With its 68-45 drubbing of Missouri State, No. 2 Wichita State remains perfect entering the Missouri Valley tournament.

FERNANDO SALAZAR — AP

Tarius Johnson and Glenn Cosey scored 14 points apiece to lead a balanced Eastern Kentucky offensive attack as the Colonels held off Tennessee State for a 70-66 win on Saturday night.

Orlando Williams added 11 points while Corey Walden finished with seven and 10 rebounds for Eastern Kentucky (21-9, 11-5 Ohio Valley).

The Colonels jumped out to a 16-4 lead as Johnson scored seven points in the first 5:33 and Tennessee State (5-24, 4-12) went 1 for 7 from the field with two turnovers during that span.

EKU led 29-18 after Timmy Knipp's 3 with 3:55 before the half but the Tigers used an 11-2 run that bridged the two halves to pull within two, 31-29, with 18:34 remaining.

A layup by Jay Harris with 6:52 left gave the Tigers their only lead of the game, 53-52, before a 15-4 spurt gave EKU a 10-point lead with 3 minutes to go.

State men

Union 74, Virginia Intermont 63: Tourney MVP DeAntray Stevens scored 24 points as the Bulldogs won the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament and set a school record for wins in a season. Union (28-4) surpassed the record of 27 wins set by the 1967-68 Bulldogs.

Pikeville 95, St. Catharine 77: Pikeville set a new program regular-season mark with its 27th win and broke the record for most Mid-South Conference wins with 17. Bruce Reed scored 36 points while Josh Whitaker added 19 points and five assists.

Centre 64, Rhodes 61: Donovan Whiteside buried a three-pointer with 23 seconds left to help Centre survive Rhodes and advance to the Southern Athletic Association championship game.

Florida Gulf Coast 92, Northern Kentucky 72: Jalen Billups scored 20 points to lead Northern Kentucky, which closed the season with a 9-21 overall record. Tyler White added 18 points for the Norse.

Lindsey Wilson 75, Shawnee St. 71: Daronte' Clark scored a career-high 30 points and tied a program-record with eight three-pointers in the win.

Women's games

No. 23 Middle Tennessee 68, UAB 58: Ebony Rowe, kept in check most of the game, scored nine-straight points in a late 12-0 run and finished with 22 as No. 23 Middle Tennessee rallied.

Transylvania 72, Manchester 62: Transylvania pulled away in the last four minutes to secure a spot in the HCAC Conference Championship. Junior Nicole Coffman finished the day with 24 points, three more than her HCAC-leading season average. Madisen Webb and Alex McKenzie posted double-doubles, each recording 10 rebounds paired with 10 and 13 points, respectively.

Centre 78, Millsaps 65: Alexis Guy scored 21 points off the bench to help Centre advance to the finals of the SAA Tournament.

Western Kentucky 94, UT Arlington 70: WKU jumped ahead early with a 9-0 run and led by 25 at halftime. Redshirt freshman Kendall Noble had a game-high 22 points, adding six rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Union 72, Milligan 67: Union never trailed in capturing the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship. With the victory, the Bulldogs advance to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Amber Taylor earned tournament MVP honors, scoring 19 points to go with nine assists and seven rebounds.

Shawnee St. 92, Lindsey Wilson 84: Tara Arnold recorded an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double for Lindsey Wilson.

Tennessee St. 76, Eastern Kentucky 64: Eastern Kentucky (15-12, 9-7 OVC) dropped its final three games at home this week and will enter the Ohio Valley Conference tournament as the No. 5 seed. Marie Carpenter notched 23 points for EKU.

Pikeville 84, St. Catharine 62: Callisha Johnson and Kelah Eldridge paced the Bears with 15 points each as Pikeville (13-17, 7-11 MSC) advances to the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Kentucky Wesleyan 101, Oakland City 58: Junior forward Jordanne Gambill's 25 points led five scorers in double-figures for host Kentucky Wesleyan.

Wichita State 68, Missouri State 45: Wichita State will carry its pursuit of perfection into the Missouri Valley tournament.

Cleanthony Early scored 19 points, Ron Baker added 13 and the second-ranked Shockers rolled over Missouri State, easily putting away a team that had given them fits this season.

Relying on the same stubborn defense that carried it on last year's improbable March run, Wichita State (31-0, 18-0) became the first team since Saint Joseph's in 2004 to enter its league tournament unbeaten. The Shockers will have a first-round bye in St. Louis next week.

No. 12 Virginia 75, No. 4 Syracuse 56: Malcolm Brogdon scored eight of his 19 points during a decisive second-half run and No. 12 Virginia clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament by beating No. 4 Syracuse. Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair scored 13 each for the visiting Orange (26-3, 13-3), who lost for the third time in four games.

No. 1 Florida 79, LSU 61: Dorian Finney-Smith scored 16 points, and top-ranked Florida used a season-high 13 three-pointers to overwhelm LSU and extend its school-record winning streak to 21 games.

Connecticut 51, No. 11 Cincinnati 45: Shabazz Napier scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead UConn to an upset of No. 11 Cincinnati.

Alabama 73, Auburn 57: Levi Randolph scored 24 points and Alabama rolled over rival Auburn. Trevor Releford added 16 points for the Crimson Tide (12-17, 6-10 SEC), which has won seven of the last nine meetings with the Tigers (13-14, 5-11). The Tide built the lead as high as 21 points just a month after losing 74-55 at Auburn.

Texas A&M 71, Mississippi 60: Jamal Jones scored 21 points to lead Texas A&M to a home win over Mississippi. The Aggies (17-12, 8-8) played without star guards Fabyon Harris and Shawn Smith. Smith missed the game for what team spokesman Adam Quisenberry dubbed "personal issues," while Harris fainted during the Aggies' earlier shootaround.

Tennessee 76, Vanderbilt 38: Antonio Barton had a season-high 21 points and a career-high six assists as Tennessee trounced cold-shooting Vanderbilt for its most one-sided victory in this rivalry's 185-game history.

Missouri 85, Mississippi State 66: Jabari Brown scored 21 points and Missouri set season bests with 62 percent shooting and 19 assists. Jordan Clarkson had 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds and reserve Keanu Post added career bests of 14 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers.

Arkansas 87, Georgia 75: Coty Clarke scored a career-high 23 points for host Arkansas.

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