Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Feb. 17

John Jenkins scored all of his 21 points in the second half, and No. 18 Vanderbilt rallied from a second-half deficit of 14 points to win at Georgia 64-56 Wednesday night.

Jenkins, the leading scorer in the Southeastern Conference, was scoreless before making a three-pointer with 13:15 remaining when Georgia led 40-26. It was the first of five threes for the sophomore. The Bulldogs' last field goal came on a three by Travis Leslie for a 53-40 lead with 9:49 to go.

Tennessee 73, South Carolina 67: Scotty Hopson scored 23 points as Tennessee survived sloppy play to win at home. The victory ended a three-game losing skid for Tennessee (16-10, 6-5 SEC) and extended the Volunteers' winning streak over the Gamecocks to eight straight.

Arkansas 94, Florida A&M 55: Rotnei Clarke and Marshawn Powell scored 14 points each as Arkansas won at home. The Razorbacks took any suspense out of the game early, building a 43-6 lead and shooting 63 percent in the first half.

Mississippi 90, Auburn 59: Zach Graham scored a career-high 30 points, Chris Warren added 15, and the Rebels cruised at home. Ole Miss (17-9, 5-6 SEC) has won four out of its past five games to keep its slim NCAA Tournament at-large bid hopes alive.

No. 4 Pittsburgh 67, South Florida 55: Nasir Robinson and Brad Wanamaker each had 13 points, and the host Panthers pulled away over the final 10 minutes. Pitt (24-2, 12-1) won for the 14th time in 15 games and took a two-game lead in the Big East.

No. 5 Duke 56, Virginia 41: Nolan Smith had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists as visiting Duke overcame a sluggish start for its fifth straight win.

No. 13 Connecticut 78, No. 9 Georgetown 70: Kemba Walker had 31 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as host Connecticut snapped the Hoyas' eight-game winning streak. Jamal Coombs-McDaniel had 23 points in his second straight big game for the Huskies (20-5, 8-5 Big East), who had lost three of their last five.

No. 11 Purdue 70, No. 10 Wisconsin 62: JaJuan Johnson had 20 points, and E'Twaun Moore scored 19 to help lift the host Boilermakers. Purdue (21-5, 10-3 Big Ten) moved into sole possession of second place in the conference.

State men

Transylvania 84, Earlham 63: Franklin County graduate Barrett Meyer scored 12 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, which the Pioneers opened with a 20-2 run on the road. Transy (17-7, 11-6 Heartland Conference) has already clinched a spot in the six-team league tournament, which begins next week.

State women

Transylvania 86, Earlham 69: Senior Shayla Black scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the host Pioneers to their fourth straight win. Transy (8-6, 13-4 HCAC) could still get to No. 2 in the standings and has locked up at least the third seed in the league tournament.

Thomas More 74, Thiel 49: The top-ranked Saints clinched at least a share of their sixth straight Presidents' Athletic Conference regular-season title and improved to 24-0 overall.

Western Kentucky 66, Arkansas-Little Rock 64: Arnika Brown scored 18 points, and the Toppers shot 53.6 percent in the second half to snap the Trojans' 14-game win streak. It was also the first Sun Belt Conference defeat and first home loss for Little Rock this season.

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