Men's Basketball

College basketball roundup: South Carolina tops Arkansas in OT

South Carolina's Sam Muldrow kept the ball away from Arkansas' Marshawn Powell in the first half. Muldrow scored 20 points to lead South Carolina and had eight rebounds and six blocks.
South Carolina's Sam Muldrow kept the ball away from Arkansas' Marshawn Powell in the first half. Muldrow scored 20 points to lead South Carolina and had eight rebounds and six blocks. MCT

Sam Muldrow scored five of his 20 points in overtime to lead South Carolina to an 81-74 victory over Arkansas on Wednesday night. The Gamecocks (12-5, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed by nine points midway through the second half and were still down 70-65 with 2:30 left before the comeback.

South Carolina's Ramon Galloway had a three-pointer and Malik Cooke a pair of foul shots to tie the game in regulation. Ahead 73-70, Muldrow iced the game with a three-pointer from the left corner with 1:38 to go.

Arkansas (12-5, 2-2) couldn't get closer than five points the rest of the way. Marshawn Powell had a career-high 21 points for the Razorbacks.

Nation men

Marshall 75, No. 21 West Virginia 71: Damier Pitts tied a career high with 25 points, and the Herd nearly blew a 24-point lead before holding off the Mountaineers in Charleston. Marshall (13-5) broke a four-game losing streak to its cross-state rival.

West Virginia (12-5) couldn't dig out of a hole it created by getting into early foul trouble and going more than 11 minutes without a field goal spanning both halves.

No. 4 Duke 92, N.C. State 78: Nolan Smith scored 22 points to help the visiting Blue Devils avenge last season's surprising road loss to the Wolfpack. Kyle Singler added 18 points for Duke (17-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which dominated early to lead by 14 at halftime then turned away a second-half comeback to extend their recent dominance in the series. Duke has won 29 of 34 meetings with N.C. State (11-7, 1-3) since 1995 and improved to 5-2 against Sidney Lowe's Wolfpack.

No. 1 Ohio State 70, Iowa 48: David Lighty scored 18 points, and the host Buckeyes weren't tested in their first game as No. 1. OSU (19-0, 6-0 Big Ten) improved to 60-4 when ranked first in The Associated Press poll. William Buford had 15 points, and Jared Sullinger added 13 for the Buckeyes.

No. 16 Notre Dame 66, No. 25 Cincinnati 58: Tyrone Nash and Ben Hansbrough led five scorers in double figures with 13 points each, and injured senior Carleton Scott made a surprise return for the host Irish. Out since injuring his hamstring in a Jan. 1 loss at Syracuse, Scott hit both shots he tried, two three-pointers.

Clemson: Guard Tanner Smith will miss the team's upcoming ACC game against Maryland because of a sprained right knee. Smith is a 6-foot-5 junior who had started all 18 games for the Tigers. He is the fifth-leading scorer on the team at 8.6 points a game.

State men

Transylvania 90, Earlham 54: Fourteen Transylvania players scored, five of them in double figures, as the Pioneers overwhelmed Earlham in the Beck Center.

With the win, Brian Lane became the third-winningest coach in Transylvania history. His father, Don Lane, tops the list at 509, followed by C.M. Newton (176). Brian Lane began the night tied with Lee Rose at 160 victories.

Transy was led by Ashley Hatfield with 14 points. Brandon Rash added 13, Chris Owens and Brennan Bragg had 11 each, and Barrett Meyer added 10 points and five assists. The Pioneers (11-5, 5-5 HCAC) outrebounded the Quakers 30-18, led by Ethan Spurlin with eight.

State women

Transylvania 81, Earlham 56: Scott County graduate Holly Milburn had a season-high 25 points and reached 1,009 points for her career. She is the 15th female Transy player to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

Thomas More 68, Saint Vincent 66 (OT): Senior center Nicole Dickman, a senior out of Notre Dame High, scored a team-high 21 points and put back a missed shot with 2.8 seconds to play in overtime to lift the Saints (16-0, 8-0), who took sole possession of first place in the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

Nation women

No. 9 West Virginia 78, Marshall 21: Ayana Dunning scored 16 points and the Mountaineers limited the Thundering Herd to the fewest points in school history in a game played at Charleston. The previous low output for Marshall came in a 46-28 loss to Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 20, 1973. Marshall dressed just eight players because of injuries and shot 11 percent (5-for-45) from the floor, while turning over the ball 28 times.