Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Dec. 20

NCAA schools have fallen just short of scrapping a ban on universities hosting prep basketball events on campus. A Thanksgiving weekend tournament slated to be in Rupp Arena and featuring one of Kentucky's top targets for next neason had to be moved to Lexington Christian because of the rule.

Of the 355 schools voting electronically last week, 58.59 percent wanted to rescind the legislation that was approved in April. Rescinding the rule requires a five-eighths majority, meaning the override measure fell roughly 13 votes short.

SEC men

Louisiana State 67, No. 10 Marquette 59: Ralston Turner scored 22 points, and host LSU extended its winning streak to five games while handing Marquette its first loss of the season. Turner hit two clutch three-pointers in the final four minutes to give the Tigers the lead.

Vanderbilt 99, Longwood 71: Jeffery Taylor scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half, and the host Commodores rebounded hours after dropping out of the AP's Top 25. Vandy (7-4) fell out of the 25th spot nationally after starting a three-game homestand by losing to Indiana State. The Commodores took out their frustration against a team that just finished moving up to Division I in 2007.

No. 11 Florida 82, Mississippi Valley St. 54: Erving Walker scored 19 points, one of five starters in double figures, and the host Gators overwhelmed the Delta Devils (1-9). Kenny Boynton (16), Bradley Beal (13), Patric Young (12) and Erik Murphy (11) also scored in double digits for the Gators (9-2), who extended their home winning streak to 11.

Auburn 76, Florida A&M 69: Rob Chubb scored 21 points to lead the host Tigers (7-1), who continued their best start since 2003-04.

Nation men

No. 5 North Carolina 99, Nicholls State 49: Dexter Strickland scored 14 points to help the Heels roll at home. Freshman James Michael McAdoo added a season-high 14 off the bench for the Tar Heels (10-2), who got their fourth straight victory.

No. 7 Duke 90, Unc Greensboro 63: Freshman Quinn Cook scored all of his season-high 14 points in the second half as the host Blue Devils cruised. Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 13 rebounds, and Austin Rivers added 14 points for Duke (10-1).

No. 17 Indiana 107, Howard 50: Jordan Hulls scored 16 points, leading six Hoosiers in double figures, and host Indiana celebrated its 500th appearance in the AP's Top 25 by improving to 11-0 for the first time since the 1975-76 team went 32-0.

State men

Morehead State 64, Binghamton 45: Terrance Hill had 21 points and four steals as the visiting Eagles won for the second time in six games.

Nation women

No. 23 DePaul 73, Illinois State 20: Lexington Christian graduate Anna Martin scored 20 points and had four assists as the visiting Blue Demons (11-2) played again without starting forward Keisha Hampton, who has been sidelined the past two games with a leg injury.

State women

Transylvania 78, St. Mary of the Woods 66: The Pioneers went up by as much as 17 in the first half on their way to Coach Greg Todd's 100th career win in the finals of the Pat Deacon-Hilliard Lyons Invitational in Lexington. Transy will next play Kenyon Saturday at 2 p.m.

Mississippi 64, Murray State 59: The visiting Racers blew a five-point second-half lead and fell just short in the first game of the Magnolia Classic at Ole Miss.

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