Men's Basketball

EKU hangs on to win in 2 overtimes

Eastern Kentucky junior Mike DiNunno missed a pair of free throws in the final minute of regulation that could have sealed a victory over visiting Tennessee-Martin, but he redeemed himself in double-overtime.

DiNunno scored six straight points during a key stretch in the second extra period to lead EKU to an 86-78 victory Thursday night in McBrayer Arena.

Senior Jaron Jones led EKU with 20 points, and freshman Eric Stutz scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half.

EKU (11-9, 5-3 OVC) snapped a two-game conference losing streak. It was the Colonels' first double-overtime game since 2007.

EKU led 62-60 in the second half when DiNunno went to the line and missed two free throws. Tennessee-Martin (3-17, 0-7) got the rebound and forced overtime at 62-62 on Omari Minor's putback with 11 seconds left.

EKU senior Joshua Jones sent the game to double-overtime with a three-pointer from the top of the key with six seconds left, tying the game at 71.

Sophomore Jeff Johnson opened the second overtime with a three-pointer — his first in nine games — to give the Colonels the lead for good. DiNunno, who had two points heading into double-overtime, made three consecutive shots over the final five minutes and finished with 10 points.

Tennessee-Martin was led by Mike Liabo with a game-high 23 points. Myles Taylor had his third double-double with 15 points and 12 boards.

No. 4 Duke 91, Wake Forest 73: Andre Dawkins scored all 21 of his points in the first half, and host Duke beat Wake Forest for its 45th straight victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Dawkins hit seven three-pointers to help the Blue Devils (16-2, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) build a huge lead that was never seriously threatened.

Ryan Kelly finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Duke, which shot 54 percent in claiming its fourth straight win in the series.

The Blue Devils moved within one victory of the school record for consecutive home victories and will match the mark of 46 if they beat Florida State on Saturday.

C.J. Harris had 20 points for Wake Forest (10-8, 1-3), which was coming off a 36-point home loss to North Carolina State and lost its third straight and fourth in five games.

Austin Rivers scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and Seth Curry finished with 14 for Duke, which beat Wake Forest at Cameron for the 13th straight time and claimed its 64th straight win at home against unranked opponents while remaining the ACC's only unbeaten team in conference play.

And Dawkins and Kelly certainly did plenty early on to help them keep that designation.

Dawkins was 7-for-13 from the field with his baskets coming early and in bunches before taking only one shot after halftime, missing a three. Kelly was 8-for-11 while coming up short of his second consecutive perfect shooting performance against Wake Forest. He hit all six of his shots in last year's 24-point rout in Winston-Salem.

Curry then helped Duke pull away early in the second half by repeatedly finding lanes to the basket and turning them into easy layups. Rivers gave the Blue Devils their first 20-point lead with a free throw that made it 55-35 with 16:27 left.

Travis McKie finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons, who trailed for all but roughly 2 minutes.

Dawkins' big game came after Coach Mike Krzyzewski inserted him into the starting lineup for the first time since the Ohio State loss two months ago, and brought Rivers — the ACC's only freshman averaging in double figures — off the bench for the first time in his college career.

Vanderbilt 69, Alabama 59: John Jenkins had 20 points and Jeffery Taylor scored 17 to help resurgent Vanderbilt beat host Alabama for its eighth straight win.

The Commodores (14-4, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) turned a six-point deficit into a 23-point lead before giving back some of the cushion when the Crimson Tide (13-5, 2-2) finally started hitting shots.

Vanderbilt limited Alabama to 23-of-70 shooting (32.9 percent) and held leading scorer Tony Mitchell without a point.

Jenkins made 4 of 7 three-pointers and also had seven rebounds. Taylor scored 13 in the second half.

Festus Ezeli added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Commodores.

Trevor Releford led Alabama, which had won 10 straight SEC home games, with 14 points and freshman Levi Randolph had 13. JaMychal Green managed just six points and eight rebounds before fouling out in the final seconds.

Mitchell missed all eight field-goal attempts.

Northern Kentucky 87, Wisconsin-Parkside 60: Host Northern Kentucky shot 59.3 percent from the floor and coasted to a win over visiting Wisconsin-Parkside. Eshaunte Jones hit three three-pointers and scored 15 points for NKU (14-2, 6-2 GLVC). Chad Jackson added 14 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Leneal Harris scored 14 for Wisconsin-Parkside (8-8, 1-7).

Georgetown 88, Rio Grande 57: Jordan DeMercy scored 20 points, and four other Tigers reached double figures in the rout at Georgetown (16-3, 7-1 Mid-South). Allan Thomas scored 17, Johonne Hamilton 13, Maurice Pearson 11 and Garel Craig 10.

Rio Grande (10-9, 2-5) was led by Jermaine Warmack and Dominick Haynes with 11 points each.


Wisconsin-Parkside 66, Northern Kentucky 60: Host NKU (12-4, 5-3 GLVC) whittled a 19-point deficit to three with less than two minutes left but couldn't complete the comeback. It was the first home loss of the season for the Norse, who were led by Casse Mogan with 19 points. Jadee Rooney scored 20 points for Wisconsin-Parkside (13-3, 6-2).

Georgetown 103, Rio Grande 70: Host Georgetown (13-6, 6-2 Mid-South) opened with a 24-2 run en route to its first 100-point game of the season and a victory over visiting Rio Grande. Andrea Howard led the Tigers with 22 points, and Jessica Waddle added 19 on her birthday. Devanny King and Lizza Jonas had 15 each for Rio Grande (13-6, 4-3).