Men's Basketball

Vanderbilt blows lead, loses in overtime

Xavier's Tu Holloway shot over Vanderbilt's Lance Goulbourne in overtime, when he scored 10 of his 24 points.
Xavier's Tu Holloway shot over Vanderbilt's Lance Goulbourne in overtime, when he scored 10 of his 24 points. AP

Tu Holloway scored 10 of his 24 points in overtime, and No. 11 Xavier rallied from 10 down to beat 20th-ranked Vanderbilt 82-70 Monday night.

This was the first game against a ranked opponent for both teams. And it was the Musketeers' first road game. They still found a way to improve to 5-0 for the best start yet under Chris Mack in his third season.

Xavier scored the final four points of regulation, including Mark Lyons' short jumper with 6.5 seconds left to force overtime.

John Jenkins led Vanderbilt (5-2) with 20 points. Lance Goulbourne and Jeffery Taylor had 18 apiece. The Commodores went cold after Jenkins' three with 3:56 left put Vandy up 66-62. They didn't score again until Jenkins' jumper with 2:17 left in overtime.

No. 10 Florida 96, Stetson 70: Florida's Billy Donovan earned his 400th career coaching victory as the Gators rolled after taking a 16-point halftime lead. Bradley Beal had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and Erving Walker added 21 to lead the Gators (5-1) in the neutral court matchup in Orlando. The Gators are battling injuries, after starting forward Erik Murphy tore the meniscus in his right knee in practice. Swingman Casey Prather was nursing a groin strain but did suit up against the Hatters. Will Yeguete started in Murphy's place for the second straight game.

Auburn 72, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 59: Chris Denson scored 17 points, and Auburn used a three-point barrage in the first half to win easily at home. Denson hit three of four from long range. Kenny Gabriel had 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocks for the Tigers (4-0).

Nation men

No. 16 Marquette 88, Jacksonville 56: Jae Crowder had a season-high 27 points to lead, andDarius Johnson-Odom scored 11 of his 19 points in the first half for the Golden Eagles (6-0) at home.

No. 22 Memphis 70, Jackson State 45: Joe Jackson scored 15 points, Chris Crawford added 14, and host Memphis overcame a lackluster first half. The Tigers (3-2) outscored Jackson State 45-26 in the second half.

West Virginia 77, Akron 56: Jabarie Hinds scored 19 points to lead four Mountaineers in double figures in host WVU's third consecutive win. Kevin Jones totaled 18, and Deniz Kilicli and Darryl "Truck" Bryant added 11 each.

State men

Transylvania 85, Thomas More 80: Ethan Spurlin scored 29 points, and the Pioneers rallied on the road after blowing an 11-point first-half lead. It was a career high for Spurlin, a junior out of Lincoln County. Tate Cox (Knott Co. Central) added 17 points, and Brandon Rash (Montgomery Co.) had 15 points, seven rebounds, and three assists for Transy (3-0). Rashed was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week Monday for his performance in last week's games.

Tubby loses top scorer

Minnesota's top scorer and rebounder, Trevor Mbakwe, will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, a devastating blow for the Gophers and Coach Tubby Smith.

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