Men's Basketball

State, nation briefs: UofL women triumph twice in Tallahassee tour

Cal's Richard Solomon dunked in front of Denver's Royce O'Neale.
Cal's Richard Solomon dunked in front of Denver's Royce O'Neale. MCT

Monique Reid came off the bench to score 22 points and Becky Burke added 21 to help No. 11 Louisville beat host Florida A&M 86-66 on Saturday for a sweep of Florida's capital city schools.

The Cardinals (6-1) beat Florida State 85-76 on Friday night in Tallahassee.

Reid was 8 of 9 from the field, and Burke was 7 of 9, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

Louisville shot 53.4 percent while Florida A&M shot just 31.4 percent.

Louisville, which had a 47-37 rebounding edge, led 41-29 at halftime and opened its largest lead at 70-44 with 9:23 left on a Burke 3-point shot.

Bria Smith chipped in with 11 points for the Cardinals, who were able to overcome 27 turnovers.

Campbell 64, Eastern Kentucky 52: EKU went more than 10 minutes in the first half without scoring and fell to Campbell University at the Starwood Hotels of Atlanta Thanksgiving Classic.

A pair of free throws by Brittany Coles with 12:04 remaining in the first half gave the Lady Colonels (1-4) a 12-9 lead. But Eastern did not score again until the 1:46 mark. By then the Lady Camels led 25-12.

Campbell shot 46.4 percent in the first half and out-scored EKU 14-2 off turnovers.

The Lady Camels scored the first two baskets of the second half to take their largest lead of 16 points, 34-18. Eastern closed to within five, 38-33, with 10:51 left in the game, but never got any closer.


No. 4 Connecticut 78, No. 22 Florida State 76: Shabazz Napier hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute left in overtime and finished with 26 points, leading No. 4 Connecticut to a 78-76 victory over 22nd-ranked Florida State in the consolation game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Napier also had five assists, four rebounds and two steals, bouncing back from a terrible performance in the Huskies' 68-63 loss to Central Florida on Friday. The point guard committed seven turnovers and went 1 for 7 from the field against the Knights.

Jeremy Lamb added 19 points for Connecticut (6-1), which shot 48 percent from the field, including 11 for 25 from 3-point range. Andre Drummond had 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots.

Michael Snaer scored 20 points for Florida State (5-2), which lost 46-41 to Harvard on Friday. Deividas Dulkys had 14, and Bernard James finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds.

James' three-point play gave the Seminoles a 76-75 lead, but Napier made his sixth 3-pointer of the game to put the Huskies back in front with 1:08 left.

Harvard 59, Central Florida 49: Months after winning the first Ivy League title in school history, Harvard is a champion once again.

Kyle Casey had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the unbeaten Crimson (6-0) to past Central Florida in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.

Tournament MVP Keith Wright added 12 points and seven rebounds for Harvard, which upset No. 22 Florida State 46-41 on Friday and is off to its best start since 1984-85 season.

No. 20 California 80, Denver 59: Allen Crabbe scored 15 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds as California stayed unbeaten at home in Haas Pavilion.

Crabbe, last season's Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, shot 6 for 9 with three 3-pointers and helped the Golden Bears (5-1) overcome a slow start against the Pioneers (4-1). Cal bounced back from a 92-53 defeat to No. 21 Missouri in the CBE Classic championship game Tuesday night in Kansas City, Mo.

Northeastern 78, St. John's 64: Joel Smith scored 29 points, including knocking down 7 of 12 from beyond the arc, to lead Northeastern past host St. John's, which Kentucky Thursday.

The Huskies hit 9 of 18 (50 percent) from long range compared to just a 2 of 16 (12.5 for the Red Storm.

God'sgift Achiuwa led St. John's (4-3) with 17 points.

Southern California 63, South Carolins 59: Maurice Jones scored 28 and converted all seven of his 3-pointers to lift USC over South Carolina in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Jones made two free throws with 19.5 seconds left in the game to help the Trojans (3-4) seal the win. South Carolina's Malik Cooke missed a potential tying 3-point shot from the top right arc with two seconds left.

State schools

Morehead State 68, Princeton 56: Terrance Hill scored 16 points, including going a perfect 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, to lead Morehead State past Princeton.

Milton Chavis scored 12 points and Lamont Austin added 11 for the Eagles (3-3), who improved to 2-0 in the Lewisburg subregional of the TicketCity Legends Classic.

The Eagles led the Tigers just 20-18 at halftime and still by only two points, 25-23, with 16 minutes left in the game. But Chavis scored half his points to spark a 12-0 Morehead State run, dropping in two layups and a jumper in 1 ½ minutes.

The Eagles cruised the rest of the way, outscoring Princeton 48-38 in the second half.