Men's Basketball

Sidney staying, Bailey gone at Mississippi St.

Toledo  forward  Anthony Wright (12) fouled Alabama's Tony Mitchell Monday night, or was he just trying to quiet him down. Mitchell made plenty of noise with 21 points as the Tide rolled.
Toledo forward Anthony Wright (12) fouled Alabama's Tony Mitchell Monday night, or was he just trying to quiet him down. Mitchell made plenty of noise with 21 points as the Tide rolled. AP

Renardo Sidney will remain at Mississippi State, but Elgin Bailey will not. That's the aftermath of a nationally televised brawl between two Mississippi State basketball players in the stands of a tournament in Honolulu on Dec. 23. The fight embarrassed the program and caused both players to be suspended indefinitely.

Both players were reinstated, according to a school release on Monday. But while Sidney remains with the program, Bailey has "asked to be released from the team in order to transfer."

Sidney, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, missed more than a year because of NCAA eligibility issues. He has played in two games, averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.

Bailey, a 6-foot-8 junior, played in 12 games this season, averaging 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds.

"Elgin told me of his plans to transfer, and I wish him the best as he moves on," Mississippi State Coach Rick Stansbury said in a statement. "He's worked extremely hard for us during his time here. Elgin has had to deal with some very tough injuries, but he's worked very hard to get to where he is now. Wherever he ends up, I hope he's able to have a lot of success.

SEC men

Alabama 83, Toledo 41: Charvez Davis and Tony Mitchell scored 21 points apiece and JaMychal Green added 14 as host Alabama (8-6) routed Toledo.

The Crimson Tide bolted to a 30-9 lead with 10:42 left in the first half.

It was the final nonconference game for Alabama, which will begin Southeastern Conference play Saturday at Mississippi State.

Florida 84, Rhode Island 59: Chandler Parsons broke out of a scoring slump with 18 points, Erving Walker added 14 and Florida (11-3) won in Gainesville.

Kenny Boynton and Alex Tyus chipped in 10 points apiece for Florida, which used a 22-2 run in the first half to turn a close game into a lopsided affair.

Auburn 65, Florida St. 60: Josh Langford scored 16 points, including four three-pointers, to help the host Tigers beat Florida State.

Nation men

St. John's 61, No. 13 Georgetown 58: Justin Brownlee scored 15 points, including the game-changing basket with 10 seconds to play, and St. John's won its fifth straight on Monday at Madison Square Garden.

Dwight Hardy had 20 points to lead the Red Storm (10-3, 3-0), who are off to their best Big East start since 1999-2000 when they opened 4-0. They came into this game off two conference road wins and came up with another solid effort, especially on the defensive end.

Hollis Thompson had 16 points for the Hoyas (12-3, 1-2), who had won four of their last five and came into this game as the Big East's best three-point shooting team but were just 4-for-17, including missing seven of eight in the second half.

No. 18 Michigan State 65, Northwestern 62: Draymond Green scored 15 points, including an offensive rebound basket after a missed free throw with 12 seconds to go, and Michigan State held off a furious finish from host Northwestern.

Durrell Summers and Kalin Lucas had 12 points apiece for the Spartans (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten), who beat Northwestern for the 15th time in the last 16 meetings.

Northwestern's John Shurna, the Big Ten's leading scorer at 22.2 points who has been bothered by a sore ankle, shot just 1-for-11 and missed four of his five three-point attempts while scoring 11. Drew Crawford led the Wildcats (9-3, 0-2) with 17 points.

No. 17 Kansas St. 96, Savannah St. 61: Jacob Pullen scored 24 points in his return from a three-game suspension, and Kansas State coasted to a victory over Savannah State in Manhattan, Kan.

Pullen, a pre-season All-American, was 7-for-8 from the field in the first half and hit three three-pointers, showing little rust after missing three games for receiving impermissible clothing benefits from a local department store.

The game was tied at 18 before Pullen went to work, and he capped a 19-point run prior to halftime with a nifty drive and left-handed layup at the buzzer, after Kansas State Coach Frank Martin had called timeout with 4.7 seconds left to set up the final play.

No. 16 Texas A&M 66, Nicholls St. 55: David Loubeau scored 18 points and Khris Middleton added 17 to help host Texas A&M to its 10th straight win. The Aggies (13-1) trailed for much of the first half but took a lead they wouldn't relinquish about eight minutes before the break.

Austin Peay 89, Chattanooga 57: University Heights graduate Tyshwan Edmondson hit five three-pointers and finished with 23 points to lead the Govs at home. Josh Terry (Henderson County) added 16 points and seven rebounds.

State men

Georgetown 79, Shorter 77: The host Tigers, ranked third in NAIA, needed a late 14-7 run against 13th-ranked Shorter to stay undefeated.

Georgetown (15-0, 4-0 Mid-South) was led by Maurice Pearson, who scored 21 points to go with seven rebounds, and Henry Clay graduate Vic Moses, who had 18 points and four boards.

Eddie Gray, Vincent Crutcher (Pleasure Ridge Park) and Rodney Haddix (Scott County) each added eight points.

Union (Tenn.) 79, Campbellsville 70: Shawn Savage (Bowling Green) hit five three-pointers and finished with 22 points in Campbellsville's loss at home. Reggie Smith (Fairdale) added 14 points and seven rebounds.

State women

Thomas More 64, Geneva 35: Nicole Dickman (Notre Dame) scored 16 points and Chelsea Tolliver (Simon Kenton) had 12 to lead Thomas More, ranked fifth in NCAA Division III, to a win in Beaver Falls, Pa.

Pikeville 87, Virginia Intermont 65: Natiera Hinton led four Lady Bears in double figures with 23 points and added five rebounds in a win at home. Lauren Potts added 13 points.