Men's Basketball

Undefeated Murray State knocks off No. 21 Memphis

Murray State defenders Zay Jackson, left, and Edward Daniel, top, tried to block a shot by Memphis' Joe Jackson in the first half. Daniel had 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots for the Racers. Zay Jackson had four points and four rebounds.
Murray State defenders Zay Jackson, left, and Edward Daniel, top, tried to block a shot by Memphis' Joe Jackson in the first half. Daniel had 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots for the Racers. Zay Jackson had four points and four rebounds. AP

Donte Poole connected on a career-high six three-pointers and had 20 points as Murray State remained undefeated with a 76-72 victory over No. 21 Memphis on Sunday night.

The Racers (10-0) took control early then had to weather a late Memphis rally to hold on for the road victory. Murray State was up 71-60 with just under two minutes left before Memphis (5-3) scored eight straight points to make it a one-possession game.

The Tigers trailed 73-72 with 14 seconds left. But Isaiah Canaan, who had 15 points, connected on two free throws with 7.9 seconds left, and the Racers remained one of only nine teams in Division I still undefeated.

Ed Daniel finished with 13 points and nine rebounds for Murray State, and Ivan Aska had 12 points.

Will Barton led Memphis with 27 points on 10-for-13 shooting, and Joe Jackson had 20 and Tarik Black 11.

No. 16 Alabama 62, Detroit 54: JaMychal Green scored 21 points, and host Alabama stopped a two-game losing streak. Tony Mitchell added 15 points, and freshman Nick Jacobs had 13 in his first start for the Crimson Tide (8-2).

Northern Kentucky 85, Urbana 61: Chad Jackson scored a career-high 22 points to lead the unbeaten Norse (8-0) at home. Jackson, a former Scott County and Rose Hill standout, also had four rebounds and three steals.

Jon Van Hoose, who starred at Russell, made five three-pointers and finished with 18 points for NKU.

Marshall 82, Iona 63: Damier Pitts scored 25 points, and DeAndre Kane had 19 points and five steals as Marshall defeated visiting Iona.

Summitt honored, Vols win

Pat Summitt has said all season she wants the focus on her team and not her.

Yet at home or on the road, it seems a lot of people are rooting for the Hall of Fame coach and Tennessee this season since she announced in August she had been diagnosed with early onset Alzhemier's.

"We've received so much support from other teams and fans," said Glory Johnson who scored 16 points to lead the seventh-ranked Lady Vols to an 84-61 win over No. 20 DePaul in the Maggie Dixon Classic on Sunday in New York. "When you see that, it gives us energy and motivates our team. We're playing for coach and everyone with this disease."

Summitt was honored earlier in the day during No. 1 Baylor's 73-59 victory over St. John's with the Maggie Dixon Courage award. Both the Lady Bears and Red Storm came out of their timeouts to applaud the winningest coach in college basketball.

"I think when you see the impact Pat's had and when you go out and see fans wearing 'We back Pat' shirts. I was real excited that Pat got the award," associate head coach Holly Warlick said. "We all know what Maggie stood for. Pat has a tremendous following and always will. She's preached to our kids being a woman first and being self-sufficient."

Lexington Christian graduate Anna Martin had 10 points, six assists and five rebounds for DePaul.

Western Kentucky 65, Florida International 48: Vanessa Obafemi scored a career-high 22 points, going 5-for-8 from three-point range, in host Western Kentucky's win in its Sun Belt Conference opener.

Ball St. 59, Austin Peay 55: Whitney Hanley (Bullitt East) scored 22 points in the Lady Govs' road loss.

Georgia Tech 58, Middle Tennessee St. 47: Ebony Rowe (Paul Dunbar) had 16 points and nine rebounds in the host Blue Raiders' loss.

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