Men's Basketball

Highlights: Tourney MVP Novosel leads Irish to victory

Oklahoma State guard Keiton Page, right, knocked the ball away from Murray State forward  Brandon Garrett during their teams' 76 Classic matchup. Page scored a career-high 29 points.
Oklahoma State guard Keiton Page, right, knocked the ball away from Murray State forward Brandon Garrett during their teams' 76 Classic matchup. Page scored a career-high 29 points. AP

Natalie Novosel scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures, and No. 18 Notre Dame beat Butler 85-54 on Sunday in the WBAC Tournament in South Bend Ind.

Novosel, the tournament MVP who starred at Lexington Catholic, scored the first five points of the second half for Notre Dame (5-2), opening up a 20-point lead with a breakaway layup and three-pointer from the corner.

Brittany Mallory hit threes on consecutive possessions later in the half, and Kayla McBride made a slashing reverse layup with 12:36 remaining to give the Irish a 24-point lead.

"I thought Natalie Novosel had just a fantastic three-day tournament," Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw said. "She just shot the ball extremely well and got to the foul line. She basically did everything we asked on offense. ... Butler had a lot of trouble containing her, and she took advantage of it."

No. 1 Connecticut 81, LSU 51: Maya Moore scored 26 points and Connecticut won for the 84th consecutive time, beating LSU in Storrs, Conn.

Tiffany Hayes had 20 points and seven assists and Bria Hartly added 15 points for the Huskies (6-0), who broke open what had been a 10-point game with a 12-2 run to open the second half.

LaSondra Barrett had 12 points, all in the first half, and Adrienne Webb added 11 for LSU (4-4).

The Huskies need four more wins to tie the Division I record set by UCLA's men in the early 1970s. They are on course to get their 88th straight win on Dec. 19 against Ohio State in New York, and their 89th two days later in Hartford against Florida State.

No. 2 Baylor 106, SE Louisiana 41: Brittney Griner stayed in the game long enough for host Baylor to get one more rebound. That's all she needed for her fourth career triple-double. Griner had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots despite playing only 21 minutes.

"She was getting ready to come out and they told me she needed another rebound, so I let her stay another 40 seconds or whatever it was," Coach Kim Mulkey said. "She's a once-in-a-lifetime player. You enjoy her while you have her. You don't take her for granted."

When Griner left the game for good with 13:54 left, the 6-foot-8 sophomore had outscored the previously undefeated Lions 28-22 on her own. Baylor (7-1) led 78-22 by then.

"We knew she was probably going to get what she got," Southeastern Louisiana Coach Lori Davis Jones said. "Our biggest thing is don't let her dunk on you."

Transylvania 82, Centre 62: Holly Milburn, a Scott County graduate, hit nine of 14 shots and scored 21 points to lead Transylvania to a win at home. Olivia Akridge (Lyon County) added 19 points and Shayla Black had seven points, eight assists and eight rebounds.

Morehead St. 57, W. Michigan 54: Ashar Harris had a double-double, 10 points and 11 rebounds, in the Lady Eagles' win in the USI Thanksgiving Classic in Miami, Fla. Channing Hillman added 13 points and Chynna Bozeman had 12 points, four steals and three assists.

Saint Francis (Ind.) 74, Bellarmine 68: Bellarmine jumped out to a 14-2 lead but St. Francis got back in the game and led by as many as 17 to win in Evansville, Ind. Lauren Jones (South Oldham) scored a game-high 28 points and had six rebounds for the Knights.

Thomas More 65, Wilmington 44: Allison Long (Conner) scored a game-high 13 points to lead host Thomas More in the Julie Costello Memorial Classic. Katie Kitchen (Campbell County) scored 11.

Middle Tennessee St. 70, South Dakota St. 51: Ebony Rowe (Paul Dunbar) scored 14 points to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the Blue Raiders' win.

Kent St. 79, Marshall 55: Lateidra Elliott (Ballard) hit 10 of 12 free-throw attempts and scored 17 points for the Thundering Herd.

Southern Illinois 76, Austin Peay 64: Whitney Hanley (Bullitt East) scored 20 points, including three three-pointers, and had five rebounds for the Lady Govs.

Coastal Carolina 78, Coker 25: Katelyn Conner (Ashland Blazer) came off the bench to score nine points and grab nine rebounds in 13 minutes of play for Coastal Carolina.


Morehead State 83, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 64: Demonte Harper scored 35 points and Kenneth Faried had 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead Morehead State to a win in Edwardsville, Ill.

Harper made 12 of his 20 shot attempts, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, for the Eagles (3-3). Faried had half of Morehead State's 40 rebounds and went 7-for-11 from the field and 11-for-14 from the free-throw line.

South Laurel graduate Ty Proffitt had eight assists for the Eagles, who ended a three-game losing streak.

Oklahoma St. 66, Murray St. 49: Keiton Page scored a career-high 29 points to lead Oklahoma State past Murray State in the 76 Classic in Anahaim, Calif. Page made 10 of 13 shots, including going 4-for-5 on three-pointers, for the Cowboys (5-1). Ivan Aska scored 10 points for the Racers (3-3).

No. 2 Michigan St. 73, Tennessee Tech 55: Durrell Summers scored 21 points, and Michigan State warmed up for its showdown with top-ranked Duke with a win over visiting Tennessee Tech.

No. 25 North Carolina 74, College of Charleston 69: John Henson scored a career-high 19 points and ignited the decisive second-half run to help host North Carolina win. Henson also had seven rebounds and two blocked shots for the Tar Heels (4-2), who rallied from a five-point deficit midway through the second half.

No. 16 Florida 55, Florida St 51: Kenny Boynton scored 14 points and Erik Murphy added 10, including a decisive late field goal, as Florida (5-1) held off host Florida State's late rally. Michael Snaer's fifth three-pointer of the game cut Florida's lead to 53-51 with 51 seconds left before Murphy's putback with 16 seconds left.

Georgia 61, Manhattan 58: Trey Thompkins had 18 points and eight rebounds, Gerald Robinson scored 13 and Georgia rallied to beat Manhattan in the consolation bracket of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

LSU 80, South Alabama 65: Armed by a strong first-half shooting performance, LSU downed South Alabama in the Coors Classic in Mobile, Ala. The Tigers (5-2) made six of their first seven shots, including a pair of three-pointers, and finished the first half making 16 of 24 shots and 10 of 13 three-pointers.

Stanford 81, DePaul 74 (OT): Jeremy Green scored 19 points and Stanford rallied to beat DePaul in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Green collapsed after the game and received attention from paramedics.

"As Jeremy was leaving the court following the game, he began to experience some dizziness and stomach pain due to exhaustion," Stanford's sports information department said in statement. "After receiving treatment at the arena, Jeremy was then transported to a local hospital for further treatment. Jeremy is currently in stable condition, and expected to travel back with the team later (Sunday)."

Penn St. 70, Furman 49: Jeff Brooks (Doss) was 3-for-4 from three-point range and scored 13 points for the host Nittany Lions.