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College basketball: South Carolina stays unbeaten with rally

South Carolina made up for a slow start with tough defense in the second half.

This is a new group of Gamecocks.

Sindarius Thornwell had 19 points and eight rebounds, and No. 22 South Carolina rallied for a 69-65 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Mindaugas Kacinas added 13 points for the Gamecocks (15-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference), who limited the Commodores to just six field goals in the second half. Vanderbilt (8-7, 0-3) missed 19 of its last 22 shots.

South Carolina and SMU are the only unbeaten teams left in Division I.

“We missed layups and wide-open threes. It just wouldn’t go in the basket in the second half,” Coach Kevin Stallings said.

Men’s highlights

Florida 68, LSU 62: John Egbunu scored 13 points, including six in the final 2:08, for host Florida (10-5, 2-1 Southeastern Conference). Ben Simmons led the Tigers (9-6, 2-1) with 28 points and 17 rebounds, his 11th double-double of the season. He scored the final 12 points for LSU, and his three-point play cut Florida’s lead to 63-62 with 1:17 to go. But he had two costly turnovers down the stretch, traveling with 40 seconds left and then getting called for an illegal screen with 17 seconds remaining.

Arkansas 82, Mississippi State 68: Anthlon Bell and Dusty Hannahs combined to hit 13 of Arkansas’ season-high 16 three-pointers. Hannahs finished with a career-high 26 points and Bell 25 for Arkansas (8-7, 2-1 Southeastern Conference).

Western Kentucky 86, Florida Atlantic 82 (OT): Justin Johnson scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Aaron Cosby added 17 points for Western Kentucky. Florida Atlantic (2-14, 0-3) led by four with 2:01 left after Jackson Trapp made a pair of free throws, but Johnson hit a jumper and made three free throws to force the extra period. Cosby scored five points in overtime for the Hilltoppers (9-7, 1-2 Conference USA).

Eastern Kentucky 88, Southeast Missouri 69: Jarelle Reischell scored 21 points to help lead Eastern Kentucky. He was 8 of 14 from the floor. Jaylen Babb-Harrison came off the bench to score 18 points, hitting 4 of 5 treys, and Nick Mayo was 6 of 9 from the field for 15 points and had seven rebounds as Eastern Kentucky (11-7, 2-1) beat the Redhawks for the sixth straight time.

Transylvania 80, Defiance 71: Junior guard Alex Jones registered a career-high 12 assists along with 20 points as Transy battled past visiting Defiance. Senior forward Parker Stansberry had a game-high 21 points after being honored prior to the game for reaching the 1,000-point club. The Pioneers (3-9, 2-3 HCAC) drained 10-of-20 three-point attempts while committing just three turnovers.

Georgetown 120, Ohio State Mansfield 72: Noah Cottrill led No. 1 Georgetown (15-1) with a triple-double, the first in the Mid-South Conference this season. The senior had 24 points, 12 assists and 14 rebounds. Seven total Tigers reached double figures — Troy Steward (21), Edson Avila (19), Chris Coffey (16), Deondre McWhorter (14), Trent Gilbert (13) and Jordan Green (10) joined Cottrill. McWhorter, Avila and Coffey also finished with a double-double each. The first two had 10 rebounds apiece, while Coffey finished with 14.

Morehead State 64, UT Martin 58: Corban Collins scored 13 points and Brent Arrington added 12 with seven assists for host Morehead State, ending the Skyhawks’ seven-game win streak. Lamontray Harris scored a season-high 11 points and the Eagles (8-7, 2-1 Ohio Valley) outrebounded the Skyhawks 54-38.

No. 3 Maryland 63, Wisconsin 60: Melo Trimble hit a long three-pointer with 1.2 seconds left for a win at Wisconsin. Trimble finished with 21 points on 9-for-17 shooting in a game in which the Terrapins (15-1, 4-0 Big Ten) lost an eight-point lead with about 7 minutes to go.

No. 14 Duke 82, Virginia Tech 58: Marshall Plumlee scored a career-high 21 points and Duke burst out of the gate with an outside-shooting flurry to defeat visiting Virginia Tech. Freshman Brandon Ingram added 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocks for the Blue Devils (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who hit their first four three-pointers and had seven in the opening seven minutes.

No. 21 Texas A&M 92, Tennessee 88: Jalen Jones scored 27 points and made a tiebreaking basket with 1:28 left as Texas A&M erased a 13-point, second-half deficit and won in Knoxville.

Wright State 60, Northern Kentucky 46: Mark Alstork had 18 points and six rebounds to help Wright State win at Northern Kentucky. Jalen Billups led the Norse (4-10) with nine points and nine rebounds.

Boston U. 68, Lafayette 47: Eric Fanning scored a season-high 22 points in a win over Lafayette. Nathan Dieudonne (Louisville Trinity) added 11 points with 11 rebounds.

Women’s highlights

Eastern Kentucky 56, SEMO 55: Trailing by one with 15 seconds left to play, junior Michaela Hunter hit a game-winning jumper to give host EKU the only lead it would need. The Colonels (8-6, 2-1 OVC) outscored SEMO 14-0 in the final 4:39. Senior Shameekia Murray ignited the Colonel run with a putback in the paint, as Hunter netted eight of her 15 points in the game-clinching run.

Transylvania 84, Defiance 63: Katelyn Smith scored 21 points and Kristen Hayes added 18 for Transy (7-5, 3-2 HCAC). The pair stands third and fourth respectively in the Heartland Conference in scoring average and combined for 46 percent of Transylvania's scoring.

Lindsey Wilson 61, Cumberlands 51: Kayla Richardson led the winning Blue Raiders (14-3, 3-2 MSC) with 17 points, while Malerie Martin chipped in with 14 points off the bench.The defense held Cumberlands to just 32.4 percent from the field for the game.

Bellarmine 85, Rockhurst 77: Junior forward Sarah Galvin had game bests of 22 points and a career-high 18 rebounds in a comeback win by Bellarmine (10-0, 4-0 GLVC), while junior guard Whitney Hartlage drilled five three-pointers for 15 points. They were two of five Knights who scored in double figures against Rockhurst (7-4, 1-3).