Ravern Johnson had a career-high 26 points to lead Mississippi State to a 95-67 victory over Western Kentucky on Monday night in Starkville, Miss. The Bulldogs (10-5) hit 14 three-pointers, including six by Johnson, to tie a school record.
Mississippi State led 47-25 at the half thanks to an early 17-0 run and finished a season-high 35-for-53 from the field. The Bulldogs also hit 11 of 12 free throws.
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"On the road you can't allow a team to go out and throw that knockout punch," Western Kentucky Coach Ken McDonald said. "They did that early and got some confidence under them."
Western Kentucky (9-5) shot 41.6 percent (28-for-67) from the field and had 11 turnovers. The Hilltoppers never overcame their 11-for-31 shooting in the first half.
"Our defense just wasn't there," McDonald said. "We didn't play with the energy we needed to or the energy we've been playing with. You try different things throughout the game to get something going, but nothing worked."
Jeremy Evans had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers. A.J. Slaughter added 18 points and hit four three-pointers and Steffphon Pettigrew chipped in 13 points and four rebounds.
Austin Peay 82, Eastern Kentucky 79: Drake Reed scored 31 points to help host Austin Peay overcome 13 Eastern Kentucky three-pointers.
Eastern's Joshua Jones hit five three-pointers on his way to scoring 20 points. Mike Rose added 15 points and Justin Stommes had 14.
Tenn.-Martin 75, Murray St. 71: Lester Hudson scored 28 points, including a pair of last-second free throws, to help Tennessee-Martin hold off visiting Murray State.
Olajide Hay, a Henderson County graduate, added 16 points for the Skyhawks.
Tennessee State 71, Morehead State 64: Morehead rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to tie it twice in the second half but could never take the lead in a loss at Tennessee State. Morehead (6-9) got 19 points and eight rebounds from Leon Buchanan.
Georgetown College 85, Saint Xavier 63: Freshman forward Vic Moses, out of Henry Clay, went 14-for-18 from the field to score a game-high 29 points in the home win for the Tigers (14-1). Moses also had seven rebounds and three assists.
Demetrius Guions and Jerry Turner also scored in double figures with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
No. 13 Notre Dame 73, No. 9 Georgetown 67: Luke Harangody had 31 points and 11 rebounds and host Notre Dame shot 45 percent against Georgetown in a victory that ended a five-game losing streak to the Hoyas.
Harangody, who had never scored more than 13 points in three previous games against Georgetown, scored Notre Dame's final 13 points of the first half to give the Irish an 11-point lead.
Freshman Greg Monroe led Georgetown with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
No. 6 Oklahoma 100, Maryland-Eastern Shore 64: Blake Griffin had 20 points and 16 rebounds for his 12th double-double this season. The host Sooners (14-1) played without Coach Jeff Capel, who was hospitalized earlier Monday with stomach flu.
South Carolina 78, Wofford 61: Devan Downey scored 17 points to lead South Carolina (11-2) past visiting Wofford.
Murray State 64, Tennessee-Martin 62: Ashley Hayes' tip-in with 0.1 seconds left lifted the Lady Racers (7-6) to a road win. Hayes finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. Amber Guffey scored 15 points and her sister, Paige, had 14.
Austin Peay 70, Eastern Kentucky 66: Down by 21 at halftime, the Lady Colonels (4-8) started the second half on a 19-2 run but couldn't finish off the comeback in Clarksville, Tenn. Colette Cole scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for EKU.
Tennessee State 72, Morehead State 68: Brittany Pittman had 15 points and 11 rebounds, her sixth double-double of the season, but Morehead (8-8) lost on the road.