Men's Basketball

College basketball roundup: No. 1 Baylor women defeat No. 2 Notre Dame

Brittney Griner had 32 points and 14 rebounds while Baylor established itself as the clear No. 1 team with a 94-81 victory over No. 2 Notre Dame in the pre-season WNIT championship game Sunday in Waco, Texas.

The Lady Bears (4-0) put away the game with a 14-3 run that was capped when Odyssey Sims had a steal that she turned into a breakaway layup for a 70-58 lead with 9½ minutes left.

Sims had 25 points, six steals and six assists, and only two turnovers in 38 minutes.

Skylar Diggins, like Griner a pre-season AP All-America pick, had 27 points. Natalie Novosel, out of Lexington Catholic, led the Irish (3-1) with a career-high 28 points.

The Lady Bears still have two more tests before Christmas. They play at No. 3 Tennessee next Sunday and host No. 4 Connecticut on Dec. 18.

Virginia 69, No. 3 Tennessee 64 (OT): Chelsea Shine scored 18 points, including a key basket in overtime, and host Virginia stunned turnover-prone Tennessee. The Cavaliers (4-0) came into the game allowing just more than 42 points a game under first-year coach Joanne Boyle, and they dictated the pace against a Lady Vols team averaging 90.5 points.

Taber Spani led the Lady Vols (2-1) with 22 points, including a three-pointer 59 seconds into overtime that gave Tennessee a 61-58 lead, but the Cavaliers scored the next 11 points.

Shekinna Stricklen had 16 and Glory Johnson 15 for the Lady Vols, who missed 10 of 21 free throws. The Lady Vols also had 24 turnovers that the Cavs turned into 27 points.

No. 9 Louisville 62, Xavier 44: Becky Burke scored 13 points, including three three-pointers, and host Louisville used a swarming defense to beat Xavier. Cierra Warren added 10 points for the Cardinals (3-1).

No. 8 Duke 80, Western Kentucky 54: Reserve Tricia Liston scored a career-high 22 points after going scoreless in her first two games this season, and Duke forced 35 turnovers against Western Kentucky in Bowling Green.

The Lady Toppers (0-3) are winless in five meetings with Duke and hadn't hosted a team ranked as high as the Blue Devils (3-0) in 11 years.

Men

Louisiana State 59, Georgia Tech 50: Anthony Hickey, Kentucky Mr. Basketball out of Christian County, scored 20 points to lead LSU to fifth place at the Charleston (S.C.) Classic on Sunday.

Tennessee State 64, South Carolina 63: Robert Covington scored 16 points to lead Tennessee State at South Carolina, its first victory in 24 tries against a Southeastern Conference team.

South Carolina (1-2), which trailed by 22 with 14:49 left, had a chance to force overtime on two R.J. Slawson free throws with 7.5 seconds to go, but the 78 percent free-throw shooter missed the second.

No. 4 Connecticut 87, Coppin State 70: Shabazz Napier had 22 points, 13 assists and 12 rebounds to lead Connecticut in Hartford.

Napier's triple-double was the ninth in UConn history and the first since Kemba Walker had one last season against Maryland-Baltimore County.

"He was really good today. I don't care who we were playing, he was really good," UConn Coach Jim Calhoun said of Napier.

No. 1 North Carolina 101, Mississippi Valley State 75: John Henson had 18 points and 14 rebounds for North Carolina. Harrison Barnes also had 18 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who had little trouble winning their home opener in a ragged game.

North Carolina led by just 14 at halftime before surging in the final 10 minutes to lead by as many as 30.

"It's going to boost our confidence up," said Brent Arrington, who scored 33 points for the Delta Devils (0-3).

Mississippi Valley State also goes to South Carolina, Arkansas, No. 7 Florida and No. 14 Wisconsin before their first home game Jan. 14 against Alcorn State. Coach Sean Woods, a former Kentucky Wildcat, said the long trip will toughen his team.

"Our stuff does work when we do it right against anybody in the country," Woods said. "We've got to stop making silly plays that gives the other team a run."

Virginia Commonwealth 69, Western Kentucky 64: Rob Brandenberg scored 18 points, and Bradford Burgess hit two go-ahead foul shots with 1:07 to go as Virginia Commonwealth avoided an 0-3 trip to the Charleston (S.C.) Classic with a victory over Western Kentucky.

The Rams (2-2) rallied from 12 points down in the second half to take seventh place. Nigel Snipes' three-pointer gave Western Kentucky (1-4) a 56-44 lead with 8:04 to go, but last year's Final Four participants rallied with a 25-8 run to finish the game.

Lehigh 76, Eastern Kentucky 51: Holden Greiner had 13 points to lead four double-figure scorers for Lehigh (4-2) in the 2K Sports Classic in Lynchburg, Va.

Jaron Jones led the Colonels (3-3) with 17 points.

Murray State 62, Alabama-Birmingham 55: Isaiah Canaan scored 19 points, and Ivan Aska added 18 as Murray rallied to defeat UAB in Birmingham after trailing by 12 midway through the second half.

Donte Poole had all 11 of his points for the Racers (4-0) during a 22-2 run that turned a 49-37 lead for the Blazers (0-2) with 10:17 remaining into a 59-51 Murray State lead with 47 seconds left.

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