Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Harvard falls to UConn after first Top 25 ranking

Jeremy Lamb had 18 points and Andre Drummond added 12 on 6-for-7 shooting and No. 9 Connecticut beat No. 25 Harvard 67-53 on Thursday night, spoiling the Crimson's first game ever as a ranked team.

The host Huskies (8-1) appeared ready to pull away twice, once in the first half when they went up nine points and again in the second when they went up by 16 points. But Harvard, the first team from the Ivy League to be in the Top 25 since Princeton in 1998, got back in the game by using its crisp passing attack and some solid work underneath.

Kyle Casey had 12 points to lead the Crimson (8-1), who were trying to start a season with nine straight wins for the time since the 1904-05 team opened 10-0. The last Ivy League team to start 9-0 was Columbia in 1969-70.

OSU optimistic about star

Jared Sullinger missed No. 2 Ohio State's last game with back spasms. His teammates think he'll make it back for Saturday's game at No. 13 Kansas.

"He's looking a lot better. Now he's got the bounce back in his step," point guard Aaron Craft said of the 6-foot-9 sophomore All-American who is averaging 19.1 points and 10.3 rebounds for the Buckeyes (8-0). Sullinger has not practiced this week, and Coach Thad Matta said it will be Sullinger's decision whether he plays.

But Sullinger did sound a note of optimism when he spoke with Matta on Thursday afternoon.

"He just told me he feels great," Matta said. "He said he woke up and was dancing this morning — but I don't know what that entails."

Coach resigns over slur

Chaminade assistant men's basketball coach Mike Mathey has resigned after sending a text message to a player containing a racial slur. The tiny Catholic university in Hawaii that hosts the high-profile Maui Invitational every year on Thursday said it has accepted Mathey's resignation and denounced his actions. Hawaii News Now reported that Mathey intended to send the text to a friend, but mistakenly sent it to the player. The school told The Associated Press that the slur was the N-word. The player was not identified.

Around the nation

St. John's: Sophomore guard Nurideen Lindsey, one of seven players in the St. John's rotation this season, plans to transfer at the end of the semester, Red Storm Coach Steve Lavin said. Lindsey was third on St. John's (4-5) in scoring with an 11.8 average and led the Red Storm in assists at 2.9 per game.