Men's Basketball

Syracuse defeats Marshall despite cloud of controversy

Dion Waiters had 15 points and Kris Joseph had 11 and eight rebounds, as No. 3 Syracuse on Tuesday continued to win amid a federal investigation, this time outlasting Marshall, 62-56, at the Carrier Dome.

It was the third game for the Orange (9-0) since former associate head coach Bernie Fine was fired after allegations by three men that he sexually molested them as minors. No charges have been filed.

Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim figured the Thundering Herd (5-2), which beat Cincinnati of the Big East in overtime on the road, would offer a tough challenge for the Orange.

He was right.

But Scoop Jardine helped down the stretch, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds and four assists as the Orange became the first Big East team to get to nine wins.


Mountain St. 83, Pikeville 73: Senior guard Cam Miller fired in 33 points to lead No. 9 Mountain State past No. 22 Pikeville in West Virginia.

Miller had 33 points on 12-of-18 shooting overall and 5-of-10 from the arc. He made all four free throws, pulled down six rebounds, added four steals, three blocks and an assist. The teams faced each other for the NAIA title last season.

Senior Chris McHenry led the Bears with 25 points and four assists. Senior Shane Burrell had his second consecutive double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Eastern Kentucky 75, N.C. Central 62: Senior Jaron Jones scored 30 points to lead Eastern Kentucky over North Carolina Central.

With the game tied at 27 at halftime, the host Colonels (5-5) outscored the Eagles 48-35 in the second half. Jones, a Bryan Station graduate, was perfect from the field (5-for-5) and the free-throw line (6-for-6) in the second half, leading the way with 17 points.

The Colonels scored 22 points off 22 North Carolina Central turnovers.

Northern Ky. 96, Ohio Midwestern 52: Eshaunte Jones scored a career-high 25 points to lead unbeaten Northern Kentucky to a win over Ohio Midwestern.

Jones was 7-for-8 from three-point range as host NKU improved to 7-0.

Gardner-Webb 87, Alice Lloyd 57: Max Landis had 19 points, leading four Gardner-Webb players in double-figure scoring as the Runnin' Bulldogs crushed Alice Lloyd.

The visiting Eagles were just 1-for-16 (6.3 percent) from beyond the arc.Campbellsville 92, Asbury 76: Campbellsville hit 13 three-pointers and outrebounded host Asbury 30-7 to roll out to a 16-point win.

Austin Flannery led all scorers with 26 points, including five of the Eagles' 13 three-pointers.


Eastern Ky. 60, Belmont 46: In a game where both teams ran hot and cold, host Eastern Kentucky used a 19-4 run late in the second half to pull away for a victory over Belmont.

Marie Carpenter led the Lady Colonels with 14 points to go along with six rebounds and four steals. Junior Alex Jones recorded her second straight double-double, finishing with 12 points and a season-high 15 rebounds.

Despite the final margin, the lead changed hands 14 times during the game.

Pat Summitt to receive Gerald Ford Award

The NCAA will honor Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt with the 2012 Gerald R. Ford Award.

The award recognizes a person who has been an advocate for college athletics over the course of his or her career. Summitt has won eight NCAA titles in her 37 seasons as Lady Volunteers coach, and her 1,075 victories is the most by any college basketball coach.

U of L forward Bucklesto play against IUPUI

Louisville forward Rakeem Buckles is expected to return on Wednesday for his first appearance for the fifth-ranked Cardinals since tearing a ligament in his right knee in February.

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino says Buckles is healthy and will play between 10 to 14 minutes against IUPUI on Wednesday night.

UCLA suspends Nelson for second time

Reeves Nelson has been suspended indefinitely for a second time from the UCLA basketball team.

Coach Ben Howland said the junior forward displayed conduct unbecoming a member of the team. It's the same reason given when he was suspended for five days last month.

Vanderbilt's Ezelireturns to practice

Vanderbilt finally heard some good news in a season were very little has gone right. Center Festus Ezeli has returned to the court.

The 6-foot-11, 255-pound senior has been out since spraining ligaments in his right knee six weeks ago but practiced with his teammates on Monday and Tuesday.