Men's Basketball

No. 22 Murray State 13-0 after romp past UT-Martin

Donte Poole scored 15 points and No. 22 Murray State remained unbeaten with a 78-54 victory over visiting Tennessee-Martin on Wednesday night in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams.

Ivan Aska added 12 points, seven rebounds and three assists to help the Racers (13-0, 1-0) to their best start in 75 years. The only better start was 16-0 in 1935-36.

Myles Taylor had 22 points for the Skyhawks (3-11, 0-1), who dropped to 0-3 against ranked teams this season. They lost to Louisville and Mississippi State.

Murray State is one of six Division I teams without a loss.

The Racers lead the all-time series with Tennessee-Martin 39-3 and are 22-0 at home against the Skyhawks.

Murray State shot 65.2 percent from the field in taking a 36-16 halftime lead. The Skyhawks shot just 23.3 percent in the opening 20 minutes.

No. 5 North Carolina 82, Texas 63: Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 26 points to help No. 5 North Carolina beat visiting Texas.

John Henson added 14 points for the Tar Heels (11-2), who won their fifth straight and avenged last season's last-second loss to the Longhorns.

North Carolina went on a 13-1 run to build a double-digit lead midway through the first half and never looked back, turning a 39-23 halftime lead into a 24-point margin late in the game.

Barnes was coming off consecutive nine-point performances, but the sophomore looked far more active and assertive against the Longhorns by attacking the rim or posting up on shorter defenders. He made 9 of 15 shots and finished with 10 rebounds, part of UNC's 49-34 advantage on the glass.

J'Covan Brown was one of three players with 16 points for Texas (9-3), which shot just 35 percent and never recovered from a slow start.

South Carolina 62, Southeastern Louisiana 43: Malik Cooke and Anthony Gill scored 14 points each to boost South Carolina at home.

Cooke overcame an injury to his left eye during the Gamecocks' loss to No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday. He had a deep cut over his left eye and was forced to wear protective goggles against the Lions. The injury did not seem to affect his vision as the senior was active on both ends with four steals, three assists, three rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes.

The Gamecocks took control late in the first half when the Lions (5-5) went scoreless for more than 9 minutes. South Carolina (5-6) turned a one-point lead into a 12-point advantage until Southeastern Louisiana's Todd Nelson hit a three just before halftime to make it 25-16 at the break.

Elgin Bailey led the Lions with 15 points.

Vanderbilt 89, Lafayette 58: John Jenkins matched a career-high with seven three-pointers and scored 27 points to lead Vanderbilt to victory over visiting Lafayette.

The Commodores (8-4) won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month and pounced on the Leopards (4-7) early. Vanderbilt made its first six baskets, jumped out to a 14-2 lead and was never seriously threatened.

The Leopards, playing for the first time in 10 days, didn't get into an offensive rhythm, especially from long range. They made 5 of 18 three-pointers despite entering the game tied for fifth in the country in three-pointers made per game (9.8).

Jenkins, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer with 20 points a game, made 9 of 12 shots. Jeffery Taylor added 16 points and Lance Goulbourne 15. Brad Tinsley tied a career-best with 10 assists.

Spalding 83, Thomas More 73: Thomas More fell to Spalding University in Louisville.

The Saints, who fell to 7-3, were led in scoring and rebounding by junior small forward Phil Feinburg with 21 points and six rebounds. Joining Feinburg in double-figure scoring were sophomore point guard D'Carlo Hayes with 13 points and junior point guard Ryan Hamm with 10.

The Golden Eagles improved to 2-7.


No. 15 Texas Tech 75, Western Kentucky 38: Casey Morris scored 11 points to lead No. 15 Texas Tech to a rout of Western Kentucky.

The Lady Raiders (10-0) never trailed after scoring the first 11 points of the game. Western Kentucky missed its first nine shots and finished the game just 22 percent from the field.

LaTeira Owens scored seven points to lead Western Kentucky (3-9).

Viterbo 75, Pikeville 69: A furious comeback effort by Pikeville fell short as Viterbo (Wis.) pulled away in the Trip Sports Las Vegas Hoopla.

Pikeville (4-9) trailed by as many as 15 in the first half but cut Viterbo's lead to five at halftime. The Bears led briefly on three occasions in the second half before running out of steam down the stretch.

Five Bears scored in double figures, led by Christin Haney's 13. Brogan Conley, Kayla Stamper and freshman Sydni Wainscott had 11 points each.