Donte Poole had 21 points and three steals to lead No. 15 Murray State past Jacksonville State 66-55 on Thursday night, giving the unbeaten Racers the best start in school history.
Ed Daniel added 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for the Racers (17-0, 5-0 Ohio Valley Conference). Murray State is one of three undefeated teams in Division I, joining No. 1 Syracuse and No. 4 Baylor.
Brian Williams led Jacksonville State with 18 points.
The Gamecocks (6-13, 1-5) never led in the first half and Murray State went into the break up by three after shooting 34.8 percent.
With 5 minutes remaining, Murray State opened a 13-point margin and pulled away. Fans began chanting "Undefeated!" with 40 seconds to go.
Minnesota 77, No. 7 Indiana 74: Austin Hollins scored a career-high 18 points to help Minnesota upset host Indiana. Indiana's Christian Watford could have tied the score but he missed a three-pointer in the closing seconds.
Rodney Williams scored 14 points and Julian Welch added 10 for the Golden Gophers (13-5, 1-4 Big Ten), who had lost four straight. Minnesota shot 6-for-13 on three-pointers in the first half to take the lead, then maintained it by scoring in the paint and grabbing 12 offensive rebounds in the second half.
Indiana freshman Cody Zeller matched a season high with 23 points for the Hoosiers (15-2, 3-2). Jordan Hulls scored 13, Will Sheehey 12 and Victor Oladipo 10 for Indiana, which had won three straight.
The Hoosiers were 11-0 at home, including victories over then-No. 1 Kentucky and then-No. 2 Ohio State.
Minnesota had been close in three of its four Big Ten losses. The Gophers lost in overtime at Illinois, by five at Michigan and by two at home against Iowa.
Minnesota seemingly had Thursday's game under control with a six-point lead and the ball in the final minute. But Zeller stole the inbounds pass, and a three-point play by Oladipo cut Minnesota's lead to 71-68 with 40 seconds to play.
Northern Kentucky 62, Missouri S&T 36: Visiting Northern Kentucky (13-0) tied a school record for best start to a season and also set some defensive records in a rout of Missouri S&T.
The Norse held Missouri S&T to eight points in the first half, topping the previous record of 13. The 36 total points allowed also was a single-game NKU record, eclipsing the old mark of 40.
Jon Van Hoose scored 20 points, and NKU equaled the 2000-01 team's 13-0 start. Van Hoose had six three-pointers.
NKU plays at Drury on Saturday looking to set the school record for consecutive wins to start a season.
North Texas 84, Western Kentucky 67: Tony Mitchell scored 21 points and Roger Franklin added 20 as North Texas (10-8) downed visiting Western Kentucky.
North Texas' four-point lead at the 16:39 mark of the second half ballooned to a 14-point advantage following a 10-0 run, punctuated by two Tony Mitchell dunks and 0-for-6 shooting by Western Kentucky (5-13) during that span. The Hilltoppers would get no closer than 10 the remainder of the game.
Western Kentucky held one-point leads twice in the game, first at the 17:06 mark and again at the 5:13 mark of the first half. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by Derrick Gordon with 20 points and Kahlil McDonald contributed 17 points with six rebounds.
North Texas had 22 assists to WKU's eight en route to shooting 56.4 percent from the floor, including 6 for 12 from three-point range.
Northern Kentucky 52, Missouri S&T 34: Northern Kentucky held host Missouri S&T to 23.1 percent shooting on its way to a seventh consecutive victory. Casse Mogan led the Norse (11-2, 4-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference) with 18 points. Missouri S&T, which had jumped into the Division II national poll at No. 24 earlier in the week, dropped to 10-3, 5-1 in the GLVC.
Rio Grande 82, Pikeville 65: Rio Grande (12-5, 3-2 Mid-South) broke open a six-point game in the final 10 minutes to beat host Pikeville (4-14, 0-7). Sophomore Brogan Conley led Pikeville with 18 points.
Gillispie suspends player
Texas Tech Coach Billy Gillispie has suspended freshman Terran Petteway for a game after he elbowed a Kansas player during a loss to the 10th-ranked Jayhawks. The school announced the suspension Thursday, less than 12 hours after Petteway elbowed Conner Teahan with about five minutes left in the first half and was ejected. He had received a technical foul earlier in the game when he appeared to touch a Kansas player inbounding the ball.
Gillispie, who preceded John Calipari at Kentucky, said in a statement released by Texas Tech the program "will never condone" a player doing what Petteway did. He said Petteway was "apologetic" and "understands that he must suffer the consequences for his actions."