Men's Basketball

Southern Cal extends Vols' losing streak

Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl yelled instructions to his team during the first half of its home loss to Southern Cal.
Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl yelled instructions to his team during the first half of its home loss to Southern Cal. AP

Maurice Jones scored 15 points and Southern California survived a late run by No. 19 Tennessee to beat the Volunteers 65-64 on Tuesday night in Knoxville.

It was the Trojans' first road win in seven attempts, dating to a Feb. 18 win at Washington last season and came three days after they lost at No. 3 Kansas by two points. Coach Kevin O'Neill got his second straight win over Tennessee, the team he coached from 1994-97.

Meanwhile, the Vols dropped their third straight game after beating then-No. 3 Pittsburgh and a 7-0 start to the season and suffered only their fourth non-conference loss in Coach Bruce Pearl's six seasons.

Tobias Harris, who led the Vols with 14 points, misfired on a deep three-point shot as time expired.

Georgia 85, High Point 38: Transfer guard Gerald Robinson equaled his Georgia career high with 21 points in leading the host Bulldogs (8-2) to their fifth straight win.

That is the most consecutive wins since a seven-game streak in the early part of the 2006-07 season. The season opener that year, a 97-37 beating of Southern, was also the last time that Georgia won by a wider margin.

Transylvania 70, Westminster 57: Brandon Rash (Montgomery County) scored 21 points and Ethan Spurlin (Lincoln County) had 13 points and eight rebounds for the host Pioneers in the Don Lane Classic.

Presbyterian 66, Wake Forest 64: Walt Allen (South Laurel) had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists in the Blue Hose's victory.

Mississippi State: Sophomore Renardo Sidney's long-awaited return to the basketball court hit a snag. The 6-foot-10 forward was suspended for one game for "conduct detrimental to the team," school spokesman Gregg Ellis said Tuesday. Ellis confirmed that the suspension is related to an incident during Monday's practice, but he declined to provide further details.

Sidney has played in only one game this season because of an NCAA suspension. He scored 12 points in 25 minutes before fouling out in a loss to Virginia Tech.


Austin Peay 60, Morehead St. 57: Whitney Hanley (Bullitt East) scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Lady Govs' home victory. Ashar Harris led Morehead with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Linda Dixon (North Hardin) added 12 points and seven steals.

Tennessee St. 62, Eastern Ky. 52: Tayla Foster (Madisonville) led Tennessee State to a victory at home with 16 points and six rebounds. Alex Jones (Elizabethtown) and Brittany Coles (Henry Clay) scored 13 apiece for EKU.

Thomas More 74, Ithaca 73 (OT): Nicole Dickman (Notre Dame) tied a career-high with 28 points and had 11 rebounds in Thomas More's victory in the Hoop N Surf Classic in Honolulu.

Middle Tennessee 63, Kansas St. 49: Freshman Ebony Rowe (Paul Dunbar) scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds and four assists for the victorious Blue Raiders, Kentucky's next opponent.

Eastern Illinois 75, Jacksonville St. 69: Chantelle Pressley (Paul Dunbar) had 11 points and seven rebounds in the Panthers' win.

Tennessee Tech 62, SE Missouri St. 48: Tacarra Hayes (Marion County) had 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists in Tech's win.