Men's Basketball

State college basketball highlights: Kuric leads U of L over Pitt

PITTSBURGH — Kyle Kuric scored 21 points in his return from an ankle injury to lead No. 23 Louisville to a 73-62 victory over struggling Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

Chane Behanan added a career-high 19 points for the Cardinals (15-5, 3-4 Big East), who took control during an 11-2 run midway through the second half to send the Panthers (11-9, 0-7) to their eighth straight loss.

Ashton Gibbs and Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 14 points each, but the defending Big East champions remained the only winless team in conference play.

The Panthers hoped the return of point guard Tray Woodall, who missed 11 of the last 12 games with groin and abdominal injuries, would end the program's longest losing streak in more than a decade. Instead Woodall went scoreless in 21 minutes, and Pitt's miserable stretch continued.


Morehead State 62, Tenn.-Martin 56: Drew Kelly scored 14 points to lead four players in double-figures as host Morehead beat Tennessee-Martin.

Milton Chavis had 13, Angelo Warner 12, and Marsell Holden chipped in with 11 for Morehead State. Kelly also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Morehead State outshot Tennessee-Martin from the field 45 percent (22-for-49) to 38 percent (18-for-47) and recorded eight steals.

Western Kentucky 65, Arkansas-Little Rock 53: Derrick Gordon and Jamal Crook scored 13 points apiece as host Western beat Arkansas-Little Rock, snapping a five-game losing streak.

Crook was 6-for-7 from the field and knocked down his lone three-pointer. Gordon hit only four of 12 shots from the field but made a game-high five free throws.

Western Kentucky (6-14) trailed most of the first half before taking its first lead, 27-26, with 1:17 left in the period. Arkansas-Little Rock (8-12, 5-1) jumped ahead 49-44 in the second half, but the Hilltoppers scored 13 unanswered points to take a 57-49 lead with 1:53 left to play.

Thomas More 91, Geneva 77: Junior small forward Phil Feinberg scored a career-high 25 points to lead the host Saints.

Senior center Colt Stafford and senior shooting guard Todd Krohman joined Feinberg in double figures with 18 points each.

Pikeville 74, Va.-Wise 72: Pikeville broke open a 59-59 tie with five minutes to play to edge host Virginia-Wise. A shot by senior Cordaro Ellis with 2.8 seconds left sealed the game.

Lindsey Wilson 86, St. Catharine 80: Lindsey Wilson hit nine three-pointers to shoot itself past host St. Catharine.

Senior Chase Spreen scored a game-high 27 points and hit three threes, and Kalen Kimberland and Chase Cox both finished with 16 points. Kashiff Carr paced the Patriots with 26 points.

Northern Ky. 77, Lewis 66: DeAndre Nealy scored 17 points and blocked seven shots as Northern Kentucky won at home.

After Lewis rallied from a 61-44 deficit to pull within four, Nealy scored three key baskets in the final five minutes to help pull out the win.


Tenn.-Martin 84, Eastern Ky. 61: Eastern Kentucky lost to visiting Tennessee-Martin, thanks in part to the Skyhawks' 51 percent shooting from the field and 46 percent accuracy from three-point range.

Louisville native Jade Barber scored a career-best 24 points on 10-for-12 shooting and a grabbed a game-best 10 rebounds for the Lady Colonels. It was her fifth double-double of the season.

Thomas More 78, Geneva 36: All 12 Saints scored in Thomas More's home win. Sophomore guard Devin Basley led three Saints in double figures with a career- and game-high 14 points.

Northern Ky. 59, Lewis 44: Casse Mogan and Maria Bennett combined for 31 points to lead Northern Kentucky to a win at home.

Mogan finished with 19 points and five rebounds. Bennett added 12 points, all from three-pointers.

Union 83, Bryan 70: Senior guard Kara Pile poured in a career-high 38 points to guide Union to a victory over visiting Bryan. Pile made eight of 16 from the floor, including a career-high six three-pointers, and went 16-for-17 at the foul line.