Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Jan. 5

Around the nation

Minnesota 67, Indiana 63: Trevor Mbakwe had 11 points and tied career highs with 16 rebounds and five blocks to lead Minnesota past visiting Indiana, the Golden Gophers' first Big Ten victory of the season.

Rodney Williams scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half to help the Gophers (12-3, 1-2) rally from nine down. Al Nolen added 14 points, six rebounds and four steals.

Verdell Jones III scored 13 points for the Hoosiers (9-7, 0-3), including a three-pointer with 7.2 seconds to go that made the score 65-63.

But Blake Hoffarber closed out the game at the free-throw line after a near-steal by Indiana to hand the Hoosiers their fifth straight loss.

No. 14 Notre Dame 73, No. 8 Connecticut 70: Ben Hansbrough scored 21 points and host Notre Dame survived a late surge by the Huskies.

Kemba Walker, averaging 26.7 points, scored 19 to lead Connecticut (11-2, 1-2 Big East) but had his string of 11 straight games with at least 20 points snapped.

Walker, guarded by Hansbrough, shot just 8-for-23 but helped UConn rally from a late 11-point deficit to get within two late.

Tim Abromaitis, who missed three free throws in the final seconds, added 19 points for the Irish (13-2, 2-1), who were without starting forward Carleton Scott because of a hamstring injury. Notre Dame is 10-0 at home this season.

No. 5 Pittsburgh 83, Providence 79: Gary McGhee scored all of his 13 points in the second half, grabbing a key rebound and making two free throws with 18 seconds left to help visiting Pittsburgh hold off feisty Providence.

Gilbert Brown scored 17 points in the first half, but he ran into foul trouble in the second and finished with 19. That meant the rest of the Panthers (14-1, 2-0 Big East) had to help out, and McGhee came through.

Marshon Brooks scored 28 points for the Friars (11-5, 0-3).

Kentucky State 70, Fort Valley State 58: William Marsh's 17 points and eight rebounds led the host Thorobreds (5-1 overall and 5-1 in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference).

Tony Johnson added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

State women

Louisville 84, No. 18 St. John's 73: Monique Reid (Fern Creek) scored 24 points, Becky Burke added 21 and Louisville (11-5, 2-0 Big East) upset the No. 18 St. John's Red Storm (12-3, 1-1).

The Cardinals knocked off a ranked team for the third time this season.

Northern Kentucky 55, Lewis 45: Sadie Bowling earned her second double-double of the season as the Northern Kentucky won in Romeoville, Ill.

Bowling finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for NKU (9-3, 3-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference). The junior forward made all four of her three-point tries.

Kentucky Wesleyan 91, Saint Joseph's (Ind.) 85: Amanda Harnist had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Panthers to a road victory. Karly Rhoads added 17 points for Kentucky Wesleyan (7-3, 1-2 GLVC).

Wisconsin-Parkside 87, Bellarmine 59: The Rangers shot 55 percent while holding visiting Bellarmine to 41 percent, and the hosts ruled the backboards, 41-21. The Knights (7-5, 2-2 GLVC) needed the rebounding of Jalissa Chatlos, who missed her second straight game with a leg injury.

Kentucky State 45, Fort Valley State 43: Cortney Matthewis' 12 points and nine rebounds led the host Thorobrettes (6-2, 5-1 SIAC).

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