Men's Basketball

Highlights: Novosel scores career-high 23 for Irish

Butler's Shelvin Mack, center, looked for room to shoot as Evansville's Kavon Lacey, left, and Pieter van Tongeren defended.
Butler's Shelvin Mack, center, looked for room to shoot as Evansville's Kavon Lacey, left, and Pieter van Tongeren defended. AP

Denver Holmes hit a three-pointer with 17.7 seconds remaining in overtime and Evansville rallied to beat Butler 71-68 Saturday in Indianapolis.

Kenneth Harris scored 17 points, Colt Ryan had 14 and Holmes 10 for the Purple Aces (3-2), who trailed by nine in the second half.

"It's a big win for us," Holmes said. "There's a lot of tradition between these teams. It was a rivalry back in the day, and it's still a rivalry."

The Bulldogs (3-2), the national runners-up a season ago, lost for the second time in three games.

Shelvin Mack, a Bryan Station graduate, earned three free throws on Butler's possession following Holmes' three-pointer. He made one and after missing the second with 7.2 seconds left, he intentionally missed the third. Harris then made one of two free throws with 6 seconds left.

Mack's three-pointer from 25 feet missed as time ran out. Matt Howard led Butler with 19 points and Mack had 13.

No. 1 Duke 98, Oregon 71: Kyle Singler had 30 points and five rebounds to lead visiting Duke to a victory in a homecoming game against his little brother E.J.

The game was dubbed by one fan as "The Singler Mingler." The brothers grew up in Medford, Ore., about 275 miles to the south of where the game was played at the Rose Garden.

The Blue Devils open 6-0 for the fourth straight season, and 18th overall, under Mike Krzyzewski. The win extended Duke's winning streak to 16 games.

E.J. Singler, a sophomore, scored 14 points, all in the second half, for Oregon (4-2).

No. 9 Syracuse 80, Georgia Tech 76: Kris Joseph shook off early foul trouble to score 19 points and lead Syracuse to a victory in the finals of the Legends Classic in Atlantic City, N.J. Scoop Jardine had 15 points and eight assists to keep the Orange (6-0) on track for an undefeated start heading into their game against No. 2 Michigan State on Dec. 7 at Madison Square Garden.

Brian Oliver scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Yellow Jackets (4-2).

Richmond 65, No. 10 Purdue 54: Kevin Anderson scored 28 points to lead Richmond to past Purdue in the Chicago Invitational Challenge championship game. The win was the Spiders' first over a top-10 team since a 69-68 victory at then-No. 10 Kansas in 2004 and their sixth over any ranked team since 2007-08.

No. 23 BYU 74, Saint Mary's 73: Jimmer Fredette scored 24 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 10 seconds left, to lead BYU to a victory in the South Padre Island Championship in Texas. Fredette scored seven of BYU's last nine points.

Alabama 76, Alabama A&M 50: Senario Hillman scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as Alabama easily won in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Playing without junior forward JaMychal Green, their co-leader in scoring and third-leading rebounder coming into the contest, the Tide (3-3) had no trouble with the Bulldogs (2-2). Alabama Coach Anthony Grant announced prior to the game that Green was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

Vanderbilt 86, Appalachian State 73: John Jenkins scored 21 points and Festus Ezeli added a career-high 18 lead Vanderbilt in Nashville.

The Mountaineers (2-2) cut the Vanderbilt lead to 73-69 after an Omar Carter three-point play, but the Commodores went on an 11-0 run to ensure there would be no upset.

Oakland, Mich., 78, Austin Peay 70 (OT): Keith Benson's double-double of 22 points and 22 rebounds led Oakland, Mich. in the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Tyshwan Edmondson (University Heights) scored 25 points for the Governors (3-4).

Kentucky St. 77, Benedict 75: Tony Johnson (Ballard) scored 24 points, grabbed six rebounds and was 11-for-14 from the line in the Thorobreds' win at home. Kevin Smith added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Transylvania 72, Wilmington 69: Brandon Rash (Montgomery County) scored 18 points to go with 11 rebounds and three assists, all team-highs, in the Pioneers win in Lexington. Ashley Hatfield (Shelby Valley) had 13 points.

Pikeville 85, Faulkner 68: Pikeville College hit all nine of its second-half three-point attempts to spark a comeback win at home. Faulkner led 41-30 at the half and stretched it to 46-31 when freshman Tareek Roach nailed a three with 19:06 left in the game.

But the Bears went on a 21-1 run over the next 5:29 to turn the 15-point hole into a five-point lead en route to their fifth straight win. Justin Hicks (Hazard) led four Bears in double figures with 22.

Campbellsville 73, Brescia 52: The host Tigers shot 64 percent from the floor in the first 10 minutes, including 6-for-10 from three-point range in the Lou Cunningham Classic. JaVaughn Espritt led the Tigers with a double-double, 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Indiana Wesleyan 74, Cumberlands 71: Indiana Wesleyan knocked off Cumberlands on a late three-pointer by Will Hubertz. The Wildcats rallied from eight down in the Lou Cunningham Classic at Campbellsville.

Union 71, Carson Newman 66 (OT): Turrell Morris scored 29 points in Union's win, part of the DeBusk-Burchett Holiday Classic in Harrogate, Tenn.

Northern Ky. 81, Grand Valley St. 65: Josh Tabb scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Norse at home. Tabb made four three-pointers and had five assists.

Bellarmine 79, Charleston, W.Va. 59: Jeremy Kendle scored 26 points and the Knights (3-0) defeated the hosts in the John Dickensheets Classic.


No. 18 Notre Dame 92, Wake Forest 69: Natalie Novosel scored a career-high 23 points and Notre Dame handed Wake Forest its first loss of the season in the WBCA Classic in South Bend, Ind.

Novosel, a Lexington Catholic graduate, scored 15 of her points in the first half, when she was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Novosel led the team in scoring for the second time this season. She had 21 points against Kentucky.

"I'm still mad about that one free throw," said Novosel, who was 11-for-12 from the foul line along with 5-for-9 from the field. "I had the mindset at the beginning of the year to come in and be one of our top scorers. I think I am just trying to fit into it."

No. 12 Georgetown 69, No. 4 Tennessee 58: Sugar Rodgers scored 28 points to lead Georgetown over Tennessee in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Glory Johnson scored 13 points, while Meighan Simmons added 11 to lead the Lady Vols (6-1).

No. 1 Connecticut 81, Lehigh 38: Maya Moore scored 24 of her 29 points in the first half and host Connecticut won its 83rd consecutive game.

Eastern Ky. 87, Brewton-Parker 60: Freshman Marie Carpenter surpassed her career scoring high in the first half and Alex Jones (Elizabethtown) scored 19 points as Eastern snapped a three-game losing streak by beating visiting Brewton-Parker College.

Carpenter went 8-for-15 from the field and 8-for-9 at the free throw line to finish with 25 points to go along with a game-high, and career-high, nine rebounds. She had 17 points at halftime, one more than her previous career-best.

Central Florida 66, Western Ky. 55: The Lady Hilltoppers (0-5) are still looking for their first win of the season after a loss in the UCF Thanksgiving Classic. Janae Howard (Owensboro) led WKU with 15 points and eight rebounds. LaTeira Owens added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Benedict 62, Kentucky St. 54 (OT): Magan Larue (Paul Dunbar) led the host Thorobrettes with 15 points. Kiarra Morgan had 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Pikeville 75, Bluefield 66: The Bears (5-0) survived committing 27 turnovers in a home win over the Rams. Pikeville controlled the glass, winning 44-29 with 14 of those rebounds coming on the offensive end. Senior Natiera Hinton led the way with 15 for Pikeville.

Campbellsville 56, Missouri Baptist 35: The Lady Tigers turned a six-point lead at halftime into a 56-35 lead six minutes into the second half. Whitney Ballinger (Carroll County) led all scorers with 23 points along with nine rebounds in 24 minutes. She sat the last five minutes of the first half with two fouls. Megan Isaacs (Hart County) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and four steals.

Northern Ky. 66, Wayne St. 52: Ellen Holton scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the host Lady Norse. Casse Mogan added 17 points and five rebounds.

Samford 64, South Florida 47: Emily London (Lexington Christian) scored a game-high 20 points and had three rebounds, three assists and three steals for Samford.

Belmont 78, Central Arkansas 73: Molly Ernst (Assumption) was 4-for-5 from three-point range and scored 18 points to go with four rebounds in Belmont's win.