LOUISVILLE — Freshman Chane Behanan hit his first 10 shots on the way to a career-high 23 points to go with 11 rebounds and Louisville beat Rutgers 78-66 on Saturday for its fourth straight Big East victory.
Behanan finished 11 of 12 from the field, missing only a three-point attempt in the corner near the midway point of the second half as Louisville (18-5, 6-4) has put its 2-4 start to league play firmly in its past.
Rutgers (12-12, 4-7) only led once by a point early and frustration mounted late in the first half when coach Mike Rice was ejected for arguing with officials. Still, the Scarlet Knights only trailed 53-50 midway through the second before Louisville used a 12-0 run to put the game away.
Kyle Kuric scored 14 points, Russ Smith added 11 of his 12 points in the first half and Peyton Siva had 10 for Louisville, while Chris Smith added a career-high 13 rebounds.
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Freshman Eli Carter led Rutgers with 24 points.
Louisville, which has lost eight players for at least one game due to injury, had another scare after Gorgui Dieng fell to the court with just under 15 minutes to play, clutching his right knee.
Dieng went to the bench where Cardinals trainer Fred Hina re-wrapped Dieng's right ankle.
Dieng hobbled into the concourse, but when he came back to the floor he immediately checked into the game at the 12:21 mark shortly after Carter hit a three-pointer to cut Louisville's lead to 53-50.
The Cardinals answered.
Behanan dunked over Gilvydas Biruta, Siva converted a three-point play, Behanan had a putback, Siva drove hard for a layup and Kuric hit a three-pointer in the left corner that made it 65-50 with 8:20 left.
Myles Mack's three-pointer with 1:18 left cut to 73-64, but Chris Smith hit two free throws and the Scarlet Knights never got closer.
Alabama 69, Mississippi 67 (2OT): Andrew Steele hit a jump shot and one of two free throws in the final 31 seconds of the second overtime, lifting host Alabama to a victory over Mississippi.
Steele picked up a loose ball just before the shot clock ran out and drilled a long jumper for the Crimson Tide, who have won two straight after a four-game losing streak.
No. 12 Florida 73, No. 25 Vanderbilt 65: Kenny Boynton scored 18 points, Bradley Beal added 16 and Florida beat host Vandy for its seventh consecutive victory.
Boynton and Beal came up huge in the second half. Beal scored 14 points after halftime. Boynton drained a three-pointer with 1:10 remaining after the Commodores made it a four-point game and then sank two free throws with 25.9 seconds left to seal Florida's 19th consecutive victory at home.
No. 22 Mississippi State 91, Auburn 88: Arnett Moultrie scored 21 points, Renardo Sidney added 17, and Mississippi State won at home.
Dee Bost hit three consecutive three-pointers to open the second half, turning Mississippi State's 44-43 halftime deficit into a 52-44 lead. The Bulldogs would never trail again, shooting 60.4 percent (29-for-48), including 63.2 percent (12 of 19) from three-point range.
Bost finished with 15 points, make four of six from beyond the three-point line while also adding seven assists.
LSU 71, Arkansas 65: Ralston Turner had 16 points to pace four scorers in double figures for LSU at home.
Justin Hamilton registered a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for LSU. Anthony Hickey contributed 12 points and Eddie Ludwig came off the bench to match his career high with 12 points.
Tennessee 73, Georgia 62: Trae Golden came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 16 points to lead host Tennessee in a win against Georgia.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Bulldogs held a 41-34 lead with 14:25 to play when Jordan McRae hit a three-pointer for Tennessee. Golden sank a 3 on the next possession, and Kenny Hall followed with a pair of free throws to put the Volunteers ahead for good.
No. 10 Murray St. 65, Tenn. Martin 58: Isaiah Canaan, Latreze Mushatt and Jewuan Long each scored 11 points and 10th-ranked Murray State remained the lone undefeated men's team in Division I, beating Tennessee-Martin 65-58 Saturday night.
The Racers (23-0, 11-0 Ohio Valley Conference) brought plenty of fans to cheer the school's longest winning streak. Combined with a "We Back Pat" night dedicated to alum Pat Summitt helping raise money for Alzheimer's, a sold-out crowd of 4,700 packed the Elam Center with fans lining the upper walkway.
Morehead State 56, Eastern Illinois 55. Angelo Warner sank a free throw with 2 seconds left Saturday night, boosting Morehead State to a victory over Eastern Illinois.
Drew Kelly, Ty Proffitt and Milton Chavis led the Eagles (13-12, 6-5 Ohio Valley) with 11 points apiece.
Jeremy Granger hit double figures for the 19th time this season, scoring 17 points to pace the Panthers (9-14, 2-9). Joey Miller added 15, all on 3-pointers, and Alfonzo McKinnie scored 13.
SIU-Edwardsville 80, Eastern Kentucky 74: Corey Wickware scored 23 points Saturday night to lead Southern Illinois-Edwardsville to an 80-74 victory over Eastern Kentucky.
Wickware had four three-pointers and four assists for the Cougars (7-14, 5-7 Ohio Valley).
Mike DiNunno's 20 points led the Colonels (13-12, 6-6).
Cumberlands 77, Lindsey Wilson 76: Matt Daniels put Cumberlands up on a three-pointer with seven seconds to play and Kalen Kimberlands' three at the buzzer fell off the rim to push the Patriots past host Lindsey Wilson.
Daniels finished with 14 points and three three-pointers, while Zavion Neely paced Cumberlands with 20 points, Benito Santiago Jr., added 11 and Flynn Clayman chipped in with 10 points.
Chase Spreen led Lindsey Wilson with 16 points; Josh White added 15.
Transylvania 56, Rose-Hulman 51: Rose-Hulman pulled within one point with 23 seconds left, but freethrows by Transylvania's Barrett Meyer and Tate Cox sealed the win.
Starting forward Ethan Spurlin lead all Transy scorers with 15 points, while Cox finished with 12 and Meyer with 11.
Pikeville 88, Shawnee State 75: Seniors Chris McHenry and Andrew Young combined for 49 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and eight steals in the Pikeville's win over Shawnee State.
McHenry was 7-of-9 from the arc to finish with 29 points. The Milwaukee senior added seven steals, six assists and four rebounds to lead the Bears to their 15th win in 23 games.
Young contributed 20 points, adding seven rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals.
West Virginia 66, No. 14 Louisville 50: Asya Bussie scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead West Virginia to a victory over No. 14 Louisville.
Shoni Schimmel scored 16 points and Antonita Slaughter chipped in 14 off the bench for Louisville (17-6, 6-4).
West Virginia, which forced 13 first-half Cardinals turnovers, made 46.9 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half.
Louisville finally cut the deficit to 12 late in the second half with 1:35 remaining, but by then it was too late.
Eastern Illinois 78, Morehead State 58: Kristin Perry's breakout performance wasn't enough for Morehead State as host Eastern Illinois built an insurmountable first-half lead and held on.
Perry, a freshman forward and native of nearby Olive Hill, made five of her six attempts in the final half and nailed all five of her free throws for a career-high 18 points in just 17 minutes.
But MSU was never able to trim EIU's lead to less than 20 points.
Wis.-Parkside 56, Northern Ky. 54: A pair of late freethrows by Jadee Rooney propelled Wisconsin-Parkside past Northern Kentucky.
The starting guard finished with 22 points and five assists in 33 minutes to lead host Wis.-Parkside.
NKU's Casse Mogan had a chance to tie with two seconds left but missed her layup. Mogan scored 15 points, including 6-for7 shooting from the freethrow line.
SIU-Edwardsville 64, Eastern Kentucky 53: Eastern Kentucky couldn't overcome a poor first half in a loss at Southern Illinois Edwardsville.
EKU (11-11, 6-5 OVC) scored only 20 points in the first half while shooting 23 percent from the field.
Marie Carpenter led Eastern with 17 points. Louisville native Jade Barber added 13 points and 19 rebounds, her seventh double-double of the season.