Men's Basketball

Roundup, Jan. 15: Vols erase 17-point deficit to beat Vandy

UNC-Asheville's Jeremy Atkinson harassed Tennessee's Josh Richardson on Tuesday in Knoxville. The Vols were down as much as 10 in the second half.
UNC-Asheville's Jeremy Atkinson harassed Tennessee's Josh Richardson on Tuesday in Knoxville. The Vols were down as much as 10 in the second half. ASSOCIATED PRESS

After two losses and a miserable first half against Vanderbilt, Tennessee associate head coach Tony Jones had seen enough.

"You're a talented basketball team with talented players, and you're coming up short. Enough is enough," Jones told the Volunteers at halftime. "I had a few choice words for them. They responded."

After trailing by 17 points with 2:03 left in the first half, the Vols got some defensive stops and found some offensive life to pull out a 67-64 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday in Knoxville. Tobias Harris hit a layup and a pair of free throws in the final 1:09 to cap the comeback. Scotty Hopson led Tennessee with 16 points.

It was Jones' first win while filling in for Coach Bruce Pearl as he serves an eight-game suspension from Southeastern Conference play for lying to NCAA investigators. The victory also kept Tennessee from its first three-game losing skid in conference play during Pearl's tenure.

Arkansas 70, Alabama 65: Marshawn Powell scored 17 points as the Razorbacks remained undefeated at home this season after rallying from a 10-point deficit in the first half. They took their first lead on a dunk by Powell to go up 64-63.

South Carolina 72, Florida 69: Bruce Ellington scored 23 points, including the final six for the Gamecocks in a win at Florida. Ellington was 8-for-15 shooting, including 3-for-7 from three-point range, and chipped in four rebounds and three assists.

No. 24 Georgia 98, Mississippi 76: Gerald Robinson scored a season-high 22 points, and the visiting Bulldogs had five players score in double figures. Trey Thompkins had 21 points, Travis Leslie 17, Dustin Ware 15 and Jeremy Price 12 for Georgia (13-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), which bounced back from a loss at Vanderbilt that snapped a nine-game winning streak.

No. 1 Duke 76, Virginia 60: Nolan Smith scored 29 points and Duke bounced back from its first loss in 10 months by pulling away to beat Virginia in Durham, N.C. Andre Dawkins added 12 of his 14 points after halftime, Kyle Singler finished with 13 points and Mason Plumlee had a career-high 16 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

No. 2 Ohio St. 69, Penn St. 66: Freshman Jared Sullinger scored 19 points and converted a three-point play with 13.2 seconds left to lift the host Buckeyes. The victory, on the heels of top-ranked Duke's loss at Florida State Wednesday, could propel OSU (18-0, 5-0 Big Ten) to the No. 1 spot in next week's rankings.

No. 3 Kansas 63, Nebraska 60: Marcus Morris and Tyrel Reed hit free throws in the final seconds, and host Kansas rallied to remain unbeaten. Kansas entered with a 15-game winning streak against the Huskers, but was thoroughly outplayed in a ragged first half and fell behind by 10 points quickly after intermission.

No. 14 Texas A&M 91, No. 15 Missouri 89 (OT): Khris Middleton scored 28 points, including 11 in overtime, and host Texas A&M picked up its 13th straight win.

No. 20 Wisconsin 76, No. 16 Illinois 66: Jon Leuer scored 26 points and hit a critical three-pointer down the stretch, powering Wisconsin to the victory at home.

Tennessee State 76, Austin Peay 74 (OT): Tyshwan Edmondson (University Heights) tied his career-high with 33 points, hitting seven of 14 three-pointers in the Governors' loss.

Eastern Kentucky 64, SE Missouri 52: Josh Daniel scored 19 points, and Joshua Jones had 15 for the Colonels (9-9, 4-4 Ohio Valley Conference), who have won six straight over the Redhawks. After the Redhawks took their only lead, 47-46, Eastern pulled away for good with a 16-3 run, fueled by 10 points from Daniel.

Florida Atlantic 78, Western Kentucky 73: Greg Gantt had 18 points, and four Florida Atlantic players scored in double figures to lift the Owls (14-6, 6-0 Sun Belt Conference), who won their sixth straight. The Hilltoppers (5-11, 0-4) rallied in the second half to tie the score at 49, but the Owls responded with a 13-3 run to put the game out of reach.

Eastern Illinois 47, Morehead State 40: Kenneth Faried scored a season-low five points, and the Eagles (12-7, 5-3 Ohio Valley Conference) shot 26 percent in a road loss to the league's eighth-place team.

Manchester 83, Transylvania 74: Franklin County graduate Barrett Meyer had a season-high 21 points, and the Pioneers went on a 21-9 second-half run after falling behind early, but it wasn't enough to overcome Manchester's 50 percent shooting.

Bellarmine 75, St. Joseph's 54: Jeremy Kendle had 20 points and nine rebounds, and the visiting Knights improved to 15-1, their best start in school history. Bellarmine is 8-0 and in first place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.


No. 2 Connecticut 78, Louisville 55: Freshman Bria Hartley scored a career-high 24 points and Connecticut won its 71st consecutive home game. Shoni Schimmel had 15 points and six assists for Louisville, which forced 18 UConn turnovers, but also turned the ball over 18 times.

Southeast Missouri State 74, Eastern Kentucky 58: Brittany Coles, a sophomore out of Henry Clay, led the visiting Colonels with 13 points, but EKU turned over the ball four times in the first four minutes as the Redhawks jumped out to a 12-3 lead and never relinquished it.

Morehead State 77, Eastern Illinois 73: Trailing by one with one with 1:45 remaining, freshman Allie Turner hit a three-pointer, and the Eagles held on to snap a six-game losing streak. Senior Chynna Bozeman scored a game-high 30 points to lead Morehead.

Tennessee Tech 77, Murray State 61: Mariah Robinson scored a game-high 19 points for the Racers, but the hosts held on after jumping out ato a 33-23 first-half lead.

No. 12 Notre Dame 82, Pittsburgh 50: Natalie Novosel (Lexington Catholic) scored 15 points and Notre Dame used an early 14-2 run to to spark a rout of host Pittsburgh.

Transylvania 77, Manchester 60: Senior Olivia Akridge scored 19 points and became the 15th female Pioneer to pass the 1,000-point milestone. The former Lyon County standout has 1,004 points for her career.

Scott County graduate Holly Milburn added 17 points, putting her at 984 total, and grabbed eight rebounds as Transy improved to 6-2 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference and held on to second place in the standings behind Hanover.