Men's Basketball

College hoops roundup: South Carolina rallies after poor first half

Bruce Ellington scored 15 points off the bench to help South Carolina rally from a double-digit deficit in the first half and defeat Presbyterian 66-58 Tuesday night.

South Carolina (5-4) was 7-for-29 from the field in the first half (24.1 percent), before shooting 70.4 percent in the second (19-for-27).

Ellington, a wide receiver for the Gamecocks' football team, played in his third game of the season, going 6-for-14 from the field with three assists, a steal and two turnovers in 25 minutes. He was the Gamecocks' leading scorer in 2010-11.

The Gamecocks made nine of 10 shots to open the second half for their first lead and never trailed after Ellington's three-point play with 15:37 remaining.

Nation men

Chattanooga 98, Spalding 48: Dontay Hampton led six players in double figures with 15 points and the Mocs rolled at home. Chattanooga (3-7), which broke a four-game losing streak, shot 57.4 percent from the floor (31-for-54). Chattanooga leads the Southern Conference with 8.5 steals per game and had 11 against the Golden Eagles (1-7), who turned it over 23 times. UK plays the Mocs on Saturday.

Nation women

No. 23 DePaul 78, Prince-ton 67: Former Lexington Christian star Anna Martin had 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists to lead the visiting Blue Demons. Keisha Hampton scored 23 points for DePaul (9-2). DePaul came out sluggish and the game was tied at 17 before Martin's driving layup sparked an 18-4 run over the next 6:35. She was ranked 31st in the nation in scoring before Tuesday night, averaging 19.1 points.

No. 6 Tennessee 67, No. 11 Rutgers 61: Shekinna Stricklen scored 22 points, and the visiting Lady Vols used a late run to win a game featuring two Hall of Fame coaches with Pat Summitt and C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers. The two friends have combined for nearly 1,950 wins. They stand first and third on the all-time victory list.

Middle Tennessee: Ebony Rowe was named this week's Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week Tuesday. The former Paul Dunbar standout averaged 20.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in two wins.

Around the nation

Kansas: Freshman Ben McLemore has been arrested after missing a Dec. 6 court appearance to answer a citation for underage possession of alcohol. The highly recruited guard from St. Louis was ruled a partial qualifier this season, which means he isn't eligible to compete in games but can practice with the team following the fall semester. He was cited last month at a bar near campus.

Coach Bill Self said Tuesday that nobody within the program was aware McLemore had received a citation or had a scheduled court appearance. Self said McLemore will begin practicing once grades from this semester are turned in, and any disciplinary measures will be handled internally.

Seton Hall: Freshman Brandon Mobley has been cleared to resume playing and will be in uniform on Sunday when the Pirates face Mercer. Mobley dislocated his right shoulder and tore his labrum last summer. The 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks last season at a military academy missed the first nine games of the year for Seton Hall (8-1).

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