Men's Basketball

Morehead St. comes up short in Gainesville

Erving Walker scored 16 points, Chandler Parsons added 13 points and 11 rebounds and No. 9 Florida survived a scare from Morehead State 61-55 on Sunday in Gainesville.

The Gators (3-1) also got 10 points from Kenny Boynton, including a pair of three-pointers in the last 6 minutes to halt an Eagles rally.

That helped overcome a big game from Kenneth Faried, the reigning Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year. He scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.

Faried helped the Eagles (2-2) outrebound the Gators 41-36. Florida managed only 10 offensive rebounds. Faried had seven offensive boards by himself.

After the game Florida Coach Billy Donovan couldn't stop talking about Faried.

"That's Dennis Rodman all over again," Donovan said. "If I was an NBA general manager I'd be taking him with my pick. That's what a next-level guy looks like. He just totally destroyed our frontcourt.

"He is a relentless — and I use that with all capitals — a relentless effort guy. It is just a perseverance, it's a mentality, it's a makeup. It's who he is. He is a complete warrior and I have the utmost respect for him and the way he plays the game."

South Laurel graduate Ty Proffitt added 11 points, which included three of Morehead State's four three-pointers.

Vandy upsets Tar Heels

John Jenkins scored 16 points and Festus Ezeli and Jeffery Taylor each had 15 to lead Vanderbilt to a 72-65 win over reeling North Carolina in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Commodores (3-1) beat a top-10 team for the first time since knocking off No. 1 Tennessee on Feb. 26, 2008.

Tyler Zeller had 20 points and 10 rebounds for North Carolina. Harrison Barnes rebounded from a bad performance to score 11.

Gophers win in Puerto Rico

Blake Hoffarber hit the winning three-pointer with 1:31 left to lift Minnesota to a 74-70 win over West Virginia in the finals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament.

Hoffarber hit three three-pointers and scored 12 points for the Golden Gophers (5-0). Al Nolen scored 17 points and Trevor Mbakwe added 16.

Men's highlights

Davidson 64 Western Ky. 51: JP Kuhlman had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Davidson past Western Kentucky in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Juan Patillo had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Western Kentucky (3-2). Steffphon Pettigrew (Elizabethtown) added 11 points and five rebounds.

"Some guys just didn't bring it today," Pettigrew said. "If one or two of them don't bring it, it kind of spreads around the whole team."

No. 19 Memphis 70, Louisiana St. 61: Wesley Witherspoon scored 20 points to lead Memphis past LSU in Tupelo, Miss. Memphis (4-0) overcame 16 turnovers, including 11 in the first half.

Auburn 68, Middle Tennessee 66: Earnest Ross scored 22 points and host Auburn (1-4) got its first win.

S. Illinois 72, Austin Peay 65: Tyshwan Edmondson (University Heights) led the Governors with 19 points and five rebounds in their loss.

Georgetown 86, Texas College 72: The Tigers, who defeated visiting Texas College for the second straight day, were led by Eddie Gray, who had 20 points. Vic Moses (Henry Clay) had 17.


No. 6 Duke 82, Western Ky. 55: Freshman Haley Peters scored a season-high 17 points to help Duke rout Western Kentucky in Durham, N.C. Janae Howard (Owensboro) had 15 points for WKU (0-3).

Arkansas 77, Middle Tennessee St.: C'eira Ricketts (Fairdale) had 20 points and seven assists to lead the Razorbacks. Ebony Rowe (Paul Dunbar) scored nine points and grabbed six rebounds for the Blue Raiders.

Saint Louis 72, Murray St. 55: Kayla Lowe (Pike Central) scored a game-high 14 points to go with seven rebounds and two blocked shots in the Racers' loss. Jacey Bradley (Boone County) had 14 points for the Billikens.

Morehead St. 75, Norfolk St. 60: Ashar Harris hit 12 of 19 shots and scored 30 points to lead the Eagles at home. Harris also had 13 rebounds, seven steals and five assists.

Purdue 67, DePaul 58: Anna Martin (Lexington Christian) had 12 points and two rebounds for DePaul.