Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Dec. 18

Indiana State forward R.J. Mahurin (31) celebrated with teammate Jake Kitchell after beating Vanderbilt 61-55.
Indiana State forward R.J. Mahurin (31) celebrated with teammate Jake Kitchell after beating Vanderbilt 61-55. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Indiana State studied how Cleveland State guarded John Jenkins back in November. Then Coach Greg Lansing put Steve McWhorter on Vanderbilt's best player, as he usually does with any opponent.

McWhorter held the Southeastern Conference's top scorer to a season-low 11 points, and the sophomore guard hit two free throws with 3:32 left to put Indiana State ahead for good as the Sycamores upset No. 25 Vanderbilt 61-55 Saturday for their first win over a ranked team since 2006.

"It's not rocket science to look in there as much as possible and scout the best you can," Lansing said.

Indiana State (8-2) earned its fifth win in 12 games against SEC teams and first since beating Vanderbilt on Dec. 22, 1984, in Terre Haute.

Vanderbilt (6-4) lost its third non-conference game at home this season, with Cleveland State being the first. That's the most since the 1977-78 season. The Commodores hadn't played since beating Davidson 87-83 on the road Dec. 7, which put them back into the Top 25.

No. 13 Florida 84, No. 22 Texas A&M 64: Kenny Boynton sank six three-pointers and scored 22 points for Florida, which built an early 16-point lead and coasted from there in the Orange Bowl Classic. Erving Walker had 16 points and six assists, and Bradley Beal added 16 points for Florida. The Gators (8-2) won for the first time in three games this season against teams in the Top 25. Texas A&M (8-2) had a six-game winning streak snapped.

No. 2 Ohio State 74, South Carolina 66: Deshaun Thomas scored a career-high 30 points, and Ohio State overcame the loss of star Jared Sullinger to give Thad Matta his 200th win as Buckeyes coach. Sullinger left in the first half after getting kicked in the left foot. X-rays showed no fracture, although it wasn't known whether Sullinger would play against Lamar on Tuesday night.

No. 17 Mississippi St. 80, Detroit 75: Rodney Hood's jump shot with 17.7 seconds left broke a 75-75 tie, and the Bulldogs escaped at Detroit for their 10th straight victory. Arnett Moultrie blocked a shot seconds after Hood's basket to keep the Mississippi State (11-1) ahead. Moultrie and Brian Bryant each scored 17 points, and Renardo Sidney added 16.

Arkansas 62, Southeastern Louisiana 55: Freshman Ky Madden scored 10 points and had seven assists off the bench to help host Arkansas pull away. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Razorbacks (6-3) and was the first of seven consecutive home games.

Southern Miss 86, Mississippi 82: Angelo Johnson scored 23 points, Neil Watson added 18 and Southern Miss won at home. Southern Miss (8-2) led for much of the second half, but Ole Miss's Terrance Henry tied the game at 76 on a pair of free throws with 1:53 remaining. Watson responded with a three-pointer to give the Golden Eagles a 79-76 lead and Torye Pelham added an emphatic one-handed jam on the next possession to seal the victory.

Nation men

No. 1 Syracuse 88, N.C. State 72: Dion Waiters scored a career-high 22 points, and Scoop Jardine added 16 points for the visiting Orange (11-0), including a pair of three-pointers during an 11-2 spurt that finally gave them some cushion after the Wolfpack fought back from a 17-point deficit late in the first half.

No. 5 North Carolina 97, Appalachian State 82: Tyler Zeller had 31 points and 10 rebounds, and John Henson added 17 points to lead the host Tar Heels (9-2), who never trailed, led by 29 and shot 54.5 percent to claim their third straight win.

No. 6 Baylor 86, Brigham Young 83 Perry Jones III scored a career-high 28 points, and Brady Heslip hit six three-pointers and had 18 points for visiting Baylor.

No. 11 Marquette 93, Northern Colorado 72: Freshman Todd Mayo replaced suspended star Darius Johnson-Odom in the starting lineup and scored 22 points to lead host Marquette. Jae Crowder added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Marquette, which moved to 10-0 for the first time in a decade. Johnson-Odom will return Monday at Louisiana State.

No. 18 Indiana 69, Notre Dame 58: Cody Zeller scored 21 points and had eight rebounds to help lift the Hoosiers in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. Indiana is 10-0 for the first time since 1989-90 and protected their first Top 25 ranking in more than three years.

UNLV 64, No. 19 Illinois 48: Mike Moser had 17 points and 11 rebounds, UNLV went on a 14-2 run to close the first half, and the Runnin' Rebels handed the Illini their first loss of the season. UNLV (11-2), which beat then-No. 1 North Carolina earlier this year, used its quick, switching defense and nine blocked shots to frustrate the Illini at the United Center in Chicago.

State men

No. 24 Murray St. 66, Arkansas St. 53: Isaiah Canaan hit six three-pointers and scored 21 points to lead the host Racers (12-0), who are off to their best start since the 1950-51 season. Ivan Aska added 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Donte Poole had 11 points. Canaan had five three-pointers in the first half for Murray State, which went 8-for-19 from beyond the arc to help offset 15 turnovers.

Eastern Kentucky 59, Jacksonville State 53: Joshua Jones had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Jaron Jones hit 12 of 14 foul shots on his way to 16 points as the host Colonels won their fourth straight.

Transylvania 76, Bluffton 68: Transylvania ran its winning streak to seven Saturday, getting 16 points from Ethan Spurlin (Lincoln Co.) and 15 apiece from Tate Cox (Knott Central) and Brandon Rash (Montgomery County) at home. The Pioneers (7-0, 4-0 Heartland Conference) are off to their best start since 1990-91, when they won 10 straight.

State women

No. 14 Louisville 71, Portland 42: Becky Burke scored 17 points, and Shoni Schimmel added 14 for as the Cardinals rolled on the road. Burke had five assists, and Antonita Slaughter grabbed eight rebounds for the Cardinals (10-2), who cruised to their third straight win since a 74-54 loss to eighth-ranked Kentucky on Dec. 4.

Transylvania 61, Bluffton 56: Freshman Nicole Coffman (Casey County) scored a career-high 20 points, and the Pioneers (3-5, 2-2 HCAC) won at home.

Lindsey Wilson 65, Indiana Wesleyan 62: Bowling Green native Ashley Rainey had 28 points and 16 rebounds as the host Blue Raiders, No. 22 in the NAIA, handed Wesleyan its first loss of the year.