Men's Basketball

College basketball roundup: Dec. 21

UNC-Asheville's Jeremy Atkinson harassed Tennessee's Josh Richardson on Tuesday in Knoxville. The Vols were down as much as 10 in the second half.
UNC-Asheville's Jeremy Atkinson harassed Tennessee's Josh Richardson on Tuesday in Knoxville. The Vols were down as much as 10 in the second half. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Louisville 69, College of Charleston 62: Kyle Kuric had 17 points and eight rebounds, and No. 4 Louisville escaped an upset on its home court to remain unbeaten with a 69-62 victory over the College of Charleston on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals (11-0) trailed 57-55 with 5:06 to play but went on a 11-2 run over the next three minutes, capped by a three-pointer by Chris Smith that put them ahead 66-59 with 2:06 left.

Tennessee 72, UNC-Asheville 68: Renaldo Woolridge and Cameron Tatum scored 17 points each as the host Vols overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half. The Bulldogs led by 10 early in the second half and were ahead 51-42 with 14:34 to play when they went cold from the floor. UNC Asheville scored on free throws but had no field goals over the next 9:08. Jeronne Maymon had 13 rebounds and 10 points for Tennessee (4-6), which ended a four-game losing streak.

No. 2 Ohio St. 70, Lamar 50: Jared Sullinger bounced back from his latest injury to score 18 points and grab 11 rebounds to lead the Buckeyes, who had played three of their last four games without him.

No. 1 Syracuse 80, Bucknell 61: Kris Joseph had 17 points, Scoop Jardine added 14, and the Orange (12-0), who retained their top ranking for the second straight week after an 88-72 road win over North Carolina State on Saturday, won their 30th straight non-conference home game.

Georgia 72, Mercer 58: Georgia broke open a close game with a strong start to the second half, and Gerald Robinson had 10 of his 20 points in the final six minutes for the host Bulldogs (6-5), who trailed most of the first half before opening the second half with a 16-3 run.

Transylvania 61, Hendrix 44: Brandon Rash (Montgomery Co.), and the host Pioneers never trailed in the first round of the Don Lane Invitational. Transy (8-0) is off to its best start since 1990-91.

Arkansas 71, Eastern Kentucky 57: Mardracus Wade scored 13 points, and B.J. Young Young added 12 as host Arkansas snapped the Colonels' four-game winning streak. Jaron Jones led EKU (7-6) with 16 points.


Eastern Kentucky 80, Jacksonville State 76 (OT): Raechele Gray (Shelby Co.) hit two free throws with 10.7 seconds left in overtime to seal the visiting Colonels to victory in their Ohio Valley Conference opener.

Self bemoans KU's depth

Bill Self stared at the box score with a grim look on his face. No. 12 Kansas had just lost to Davidson, 80-74 on Monday night. The Wildcats kept running fresh players onto the court, kept making wide-open baskets, and the Jayhawks couldn't figure out a way to match them.

Perhaps the biggest thing that stood out in that box score was the final column: Davidson had 10 players log at least five minutes each, and eight played at least 17 minutes. The Jayhawks had five guys on the floor that long.

Perhaps they never will quite stack up to the level of some Kansas teams of years past. But Self said the Jayhawks won't come close unless they find some help.

"Depth is such a great thing, but depth isn't great because of injuries, and depth isn't great because of foul problems," he said. "Depth is great when guys aren't playing well; other guys can play. ... We just don't have guys yet that can come in and we don't skip a beat."

Fine accuser pleads guilty

A man who accused former Syracuse assistant Bernie Fine of molesting him pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing a teenage boy in an agreement that caps his sentence at just over three years in prison. Zach Tomaselli, 23, had been due in court for a hearing on whether he violated his bail conditions by giving a minor a ride. Instead, he pleaded guilty to gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and two other sex-related counts, while seven other counts were dropped.

Tomaselli, who says Fine molested him in a hotel room in Pittsburgh in 2002, is one of four men to level sexual-abuse accusations against Fine.

Fine has denied wrongdoing but was fired by the upstate New York university.

Around the nation

Florida: Guard Mike Rosario and forward Cody Larson are doubtful to play Thursday against Florida State, Coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday.