Men's Basketball

Louisville women cruise past reeling Florida State

Shoni Schimmel scored 25 points and Fern Creek graduate Monique Reid added 23 to lead the 11th-ranked Louisville women to an 85-76 victory Friday over Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla.

Schimmel, who hit four of nine three-point shots, nailed one from long range with 4:23 left that snapped a tie at 66, and the Cardinals (5-1) didn't look back.

Cierra Bravard scored a career-high 27 points for Florida State, which began the season ranked 14th nationally but has lost three of its last four going into a Sunday visit from Nebraska. Bravard was perfect on 11 free throws. Natasha Howard added 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Seminoles.

Reid's 9-for-12 performance from the floor helped U of L to a 48.4 shooting percentage.

Florida State (3-3) was hurt by 24 turnovers.

No. 4 Notre Dame 80, Southern Cal 58: Skylar Diggins scored 22 points and Lexington Catholic graduate Natalie Novosel added 17 to help Notre Dame (4-1) win its semifinals match in the Junkanoo Jam tournament in the Bahamas. Novosel was 11-for-14 from the free-throw line. She also had three rebounds and three steals.

Western Kentucky 58, Samford 57: Sophomore Ellen Sholtes scored a career-high 11 points, including the game-winning free throw with 55 seconds left in the opening game of the UAB Thanksgiving Classic in Birmingham, Ala. It was the first win of the season for the Lady Toppers (1-4). WKU's LaTeira Owens led all scorers with 21 points and added 10 rebounds.

Appalachian St. 64, Eastern Kentucky 62: The Lady Colonels overcame a nine-point deficit in the final 21/2 minutes, but Appalachian State scored with 1.7 seconds left to win in the Starwood Hotels of Atlanta Thanksgiving Classic at Georgia State. Marie Carpenter came off the bench to lead Eastern Kentucky with 17 points. Jade Barber (Ballard) had 15 points and 20 rebounds.


Central Florida 68, No. 4 Connecticut 63: Marcus Jordan and Keith Clanton each scored 20 points, and Central Florida rallied to upset Connecticut in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday in the Bahamas.

Jordan also had seven rebounds and seven assists for the Knights (4-1), who trailed by 17 early in the second half. Clanton finished with six rebounds and two steals.

Jeremy Lamb had 15 points for the defending national champion Huskies (5-1), who lost for the first time since March 5 against Notre Dame. Alex Oriakhi had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Andre Drummond finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots for the Huskies, who led 38-29 at halftime.

No. 10 Florida 107, Jacksonville 62: Kenny Boynton scored 22 points, Erving Walker added 21, and Florida used one of its best shooting performances to rout Jacksonville. The Gators (4-1) dominated from the opening tip, allowing little chance for a repeat of what happened last year in Gainesville. Jacksonville (2-3) upset Florida 71-69 in overtime, knocking the Gators out of the rankings.

Florida made seven of its first 14 shots to open up a double-digit lead.

Jake Geisler, a freshman out of Newport Catholic, scored five points and grabbed two rebounds in 10 minutes for Jacksonville.

No. 24 Mississippi St. 76, Tennessee-Martin 50: Dee Bost and Rodney Hood scored 17 points each, and the host Bulldogs pushed their winning streak to five games.

The Bulldogs never trailed, receiving contributions from all over the roster. Freshman DeVille Smith scored a career-high 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field, while Wendell Lewis had his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Mississippi State played without starting forwards Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie for the second straight game. A team spokesman said Sidney has a sprained hand while Moultrie was battling tendinitis in both knees.

Mississippi 64, Miami 61, (OT): Dundrecous Nelson scored 17 points and Murphy Holloway added 13 and a game-high 17 rebounds in Oxford, Miss. The Rebels (5-1) took the lead for good, 60-58, on a dunk by Holloway with 3:06 left in overtime and survived potential game-winning and game-tying shots by Malcolm Grant at the end of regulation and in overtime.

No. 12 Xavier 70, Georgia 56: Tu Holloway overcame a sore shooting hand and scored 12 points, leading a balanced offense for host Xavier. Holloway, who hurt his right hand during practice, missed his only shot in the first half. He made all eight of his free throws and had four assists.

Georgia (3-2) missed its first 11 shots, fell behind 10-0 and never recovered, trailing by 36 points midway through the second half. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 14 points for the Bulldogs.

No. 5 Syracuse 69, Stanford 63: Kris Joseph had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Syracuse (6-0) closed on a 15-3 run in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

No. 3 Ohio St. 80, Valparaiso 47: William Buford scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and the Buckeyes routed Valparaiso at Columbus, Ohio. Aaron Craft added 15 points and eight assists.

Marshall 73, Cincinnati 69 (OT): Damier Pitts scored 19 points, and Marshall overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half for an overtime win at Cincinnati in the finale of the Global Sports Challenge. The Thundering Herd is 5-0 for the first time since starting the 1999-2000 season 10-0.

Minnesota 76, Indiana State 69: Julian Welch scored 17 points and Andre Hollins added 16 to lead Minnesota (6-0) past Indiana State in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Bellarmine 79, Indiana-Southeast 69: Jeremy Kendle scored 25 points, and the Knights, ranked No. 1 in NAIA, won the opening game of the Bill Joergens Memorial Classic in Evansville, Ind. Braydon Hobbs hit a career-high five three-pointers and finished with 19 points.

Morehead St. 61, West Alabama 52: The Eagles used a 20-4 first-half run and a 19-6 second-half spurt to get past Division II West Alabama in the TicketCity Legends Classic in Lewisburg, Pa. Terrence Hill led the way for Morehead with 17 points. Drew Kelly finished with 14.

Lindsey Wilson 99, Life (Ga.) 83: Chase Spreen scored 30 points and Kalen Kimberland (Adair County) had 20 for the Blue Raiders in the Lou Cunningham Classic at Campbellsville. Spreen was 11-for-12 and Kimberland was 14-for-17 from the free-throw line.

Union 87, Berea 80: Carlos Sanford scored a team-high 21 points to ignite a late second-half rally by the host Bulldogs. Sanford also had seven assists and four steals. Harry Cross had 27 points and seven assists for Berea.

Notre Dame: Fifth-year senior Tim Abromaitis is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during practice Friday morning. He played in two games and was averaging 14 points and seven rebounds.