Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Hoosiers shoot down another ranked team

Christian Watford scored 25 points, and Verdell Jones broke a late tie with four straight points to help No. 12 Indiana beat No. 16 Michigan 73-71 on Thursday night.

Indiana (14-1 2-1 Big Ten) stayed perfect at Assembly Hall and beat a third ranked team this season — its most in one season since 2005-06.

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 points for Michigan (12-3, 2-1) while Jordan Morgan added 12. The Wolverines dropped to 1-2 against ranked teams this season and have lost 14 of their last 15 at Indiana since 1996.

No. 25 Gonzaga 73, Pepperdine 45: Freshman Gary Bell Jr. scored 15 points and Gonzaga beat cold-shooting Pepperdine for its 21st consecutive victory over the visiting Waves.

Gonzaga (12-2, 2-0 West Coast Conference) has won seven straight since consecutive losses to Illinois and Michigan State.

Morehead State 63, Jacksonville State 55: The Eagles needed a late run for the road victory in Ohio Valley Conference play.

In just the third home game since mid-November for the Gamecocks (5-12, 0-4 OVC), they jumped on the defending champion Eagles (8-8, 2-1) late in the first half and extended their lead to as many as 13 early in the second half. JSU then hit a cold spell from the floor, making just five of its last 15 shots down the stretch, and the Eagles took advantage with a 16-3 run that tied the game at 43-43 with just under 10 minutes left.

Drew Kelly led the Eagles with 20 points, going 6-for-11 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Angelo Wagner added 10 points off the bench.

Pikeville 72, Campbellsville 71: Senior Cordaro Ellis tipped in a missed free throw with 7 seconds left to lift the host Bears (10-5, 2-3 Mid-South Conference) over No. 25 Campbellsville at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

Ellis, a 6-9 center, tipped in the miss to close a 9-2 run after junior Trevor Setty pulled the team within one on the first toss. Campbellsville (11-4, 1-3) had a three-point shot bounce off the rim as time expired.

Around the nation

Mississippi: Scoring leader Dundrecous Nelson has been dismissed from the basketball team for a "violation of team rules" a day after he was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia by the Oxford Police Department. The 5-foot-11 guard from Jackson averaged 11.6 points and led the team with 20 steals. Backup guard Jamal Jones also was dismissed.

Connecticut: Coach Jim Calhoun won't get credit for the 2-1 record his team compiled while he was serving a suspension for NCAA recruiting violations. The NCAA's Committee on Infractions ruled Thursday that that record will instead go to assistant George Blaney.


South Carolina 65, No. 24 Vanderbilt 55: Aleighsa Welch had a career-high 19 points as the host Gamecocks won their seventh straight game.

Carolina (13-2) opened 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in 10 years, disrupting the Commodores (12-2, 0-1) with its pressure defense. Vanderbilt was held to its fewest points of the season and committed 26 turnovers.

No. 6 Tennessee 80, No. 16 Georgia 51:. Glory Johnson had 22 points and 13 rebounds for the host Lady Vols, and Ariel Massengale scored 15 of her 19 points before halftime. Johnson now has 1,331 career points and is four rebounds shy of 1,000.

Johnson hit the first basket of the second half to give Tennessee a 38-27 lead, but the Lady Bulldogs (12-3, 1-1) scored the next five points to cut the margin to six points. The Lady Vols (10-3, 2-0 SEC) answered with a 14-4 run to pull away.

Campbellsville 92, Pikeville 52: Mackenzie Lee had 27 points and eight rebounds, and the Lady Tigers (11-6, 2-2) hit 8-of-17 three-pointers to win the Mid-South Conference matchup on the road.

Pikeville's Whitney Jackson was held to six points, half her team-leading scoring average, as the Lady Bears fell to 4-12 (0-5 MSC).

Lindsey Wilson 79, West Virginia Tech 59: Sophomore Jasmine Brimm, with 26 points, and senior Taylor Lockridge with 12 each matched career highs as the Blue Raiders shook off a slow start at Montgomery, W.Va. Freshman Monny Niamke added 14 points.