Men's Basketball

Virginia rallies, hands Minnesota first loss

Minnesota's Austin Hollins, left, and Virginia's Joe Harris went after a rebound during the second half of the Cavaliers' victory.
Minnesota's Austin Hollins, left, and Virginia's Joe Harris went after a rebound during the second half of the Cavaliers' victory. AP

Mustapha Farrakhan scored a career-high 23 points and Mike Scott had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead Virginia to an 87-79 victory over No. 15 Minnesota on Monday night in Minneapolis.

Joe Harris scored 24 points and the Cavaliers (4-3) made 10 of 13 three-pointers to erase a 13-point first-half deficit and hand the Tubby Smith-led Golden Gophers (6-1) their first loss of the season.

Trevor Mbakwe had 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for Minnesota. But the Gophers scored just two points during a seven-minute span of the second half and couldn't complete a furious rally in the final 5 minutes.

"That was probably as pathetic an effort defensively as we've had in a long time," Smith said. "But a lot of credit has to go to Virginia."

Duke men, UConn women both unanimous No. 1s

Duke received all 65 first-place votes in The Associated Press' men's college basketball poll, and Connecticut went from unranked to No. 7 after wins over Michigan State and Kentucky in the Maui Invitational. UK is ranked 10th.

■ The Connecticut women, who have won an NCAA women's basketball record 84 straight games, received all 40 first-place votes in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.

UK moved up a spot to eighth and is the top-ranked Southeastern Conference school after Tennessee lost to Georgetown and fell to ninth.

Top SEC honor to Hopson

Tennessee guard Scotty Hopson was named the Southeastern Conference's player of the week after winning most outstanding player honors at the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament. Hopson, a University Heights graduate, averaged 18 points and six rebounds for the Volunteers (5-0) in wins over VCU and Villanova.

Men's highlights

Campbellsville 81, Asbury 67: Caleb Harris and JaVaughn Espritt scored 16 points apiece to lead the Tigers past visiting Asbury. Espritt had 10 rebounds and Shawn Savage (Bowling Green) added 11 points and six assists.

Former Kentucky walk-on Adam Delph (PRP) had 25 points and nine rebounds for Asbury. Phillip Morrison (PRP) scored 18 points.

Kentucky St. 63, Paine 53: Tony Johnson (Ballard) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, both game-highs, and the Thorobreds won at home. Kevin Smith added 12 points and 14 rebounds.

IUPUI 103, Indiana-East 80: Central graduate Leroy Nobles scored a career-high 31 points and Alex Young added 24 for IUPUI.

Nobles scored 20 points in the first half as IUPUI shot 71.4 percent and built a 54-40 halftime lead.

N.C. A&T 82, N.C. Greensboro 70: Thomas Coleman (Jeffersontown) scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Aggies. Nic Simpson (Highlands) added 18 points and three assists.

VMI 151, Central Pennsylvania 92: Michael Sparks (Tates Creek) had 16 points and five assists for VMI.

Women's highlights

Louisville 100, IPFW 79: Freshman Sheronne Vails scored 22 points to lead Louisville to a win in Fort Wayne, Ind. Shoni Schimmel added 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Kentucky St. 65, Paine 56: Cortney Matthewis scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Thorobrettes past visiting Paine. Kiera Nelson added 11 points, nine rebounds and four steals.

Samford 63, Western Carolina 48: Emily London (Lexington Christian) hit three three-pointers and scored 15 points in the Bulldogs' win. Kendra Carroll (Paintsville) had 10 points and four rebounds for the Lady Catamounts.

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