Men's Basketball

Murray still unbeaten, downs Eastern Illinois

Louisville's Gorgui Dieng blocked a shot by Seton Hall's Brandon Mobley during the first half. Dieng finished with 11 points for the Cardinals.
Louisville's Gorgui Dieng blocked a shot by Seton Hall's Brandon Mobley during the first half. Dieng finished with 11 points for the Cardinals. AP

Donte Poole and Isaiah Canaan each scored 18 points, and No. 11 Murray State remained the only unbeaten team in Division I with a 73-58 victory over visiting Eastern Illinois on Saturday night.

Poole also had six assists and four rebounds, and Ed Daniel grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Racers (21-0, 9-0 Ohio Valley Conference). Murray State tied the OVC record for longest winning streak, set by Western Kentucky with 21 consecutive victories in 1953-54 and 1966-67.

The Racers had a game-high lead of 26 with 12:46 to go, and the crowd began chanting "Undefeated!" with more than a minute to play.

Louisville 60, Seton Hall 51: Russ Smith scored 14 points, and Louisville, which led by 17 points in the second half, held off Seton Hall for its third straight win.

The Cardinals (17-5, 5-4 Big East) took a 38-21 lead with the opening basket of the second half. They saw the Pirates (15-6, 4-5) get as close as 55-51 in the final minute before the Cardinals made five of six free-throw attempts over the final 51 seconds.

Gorgui Dieng and Chris Smith both had 11 points for Louisville. Herb Pope added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Western Kentucky 61, Florida International 51: Jamal Crook scored 12 points, and Western Kentucky overcame a poor shooting night to win on the road.

The Hilltoppers went 10-for16 from three-point range while hitting only 27.6 percent (16-for-54) of their field goals overall. FIU was only 1-for-12 from beyond the arc.

T.J. Price and Vinny Zollo each added 11 points for the Hilltoppers (7-15, 3-6 Sun Belt Conference).

FIU pulled to within five points in the final 1:12, but Western Kentucky made seven of eight free-throw attempts the rest of the way.

Morehead State 56, Tennessee Tech 50: Ty Proffitt had 20 points, and Morehead State scored the final 10 points of the game to win at home.

Tennessee Tech led most of the second half, but Jud Dillard's basket for a 50-46 lead with 2:58 remaining was its final points of the game. Proffitt, who was 6-for-10 from the field, including four three-pointers, scored five points for the Eagles during the run. His three-pointer with 1:44 remaining gave Morehead State the lead for good at 52-50.

Transylvania 75, Defiance 62: Forwards Ethan Spurlin and Brandon Rash each poured in 22 points for Transylvania as the host Pioneers defeated Defiance.

Transy took a 35-25 lead into halftime but only outscored its opponents by three in the second half.

Ashley Hatfield added 11 points off the bench for the Pioneers, and starter Barrett Meyer scored 10.

Pikeville 71, Lindsey Wilson 70: Andrew Young spun free in front of the rim and scored on a layup with 8.4 seconds left to give host Pikeville the win over Lindsey Wilson.

Young led all scorers with 25 points and all rebounders with seven.

Southern Indiana 69, Northern Kentucky 68: A layup by Lawrence Thomas with two seconds left propelled host Southern Indiana past Northern Kentucky.

NKU enjoyed a 15-point lead at the break but was outscored 45 to 29 in the second half. Guard Chad Jackson led all NKU scorers with 15.

State women

No. 16 Louisville 62, Villanova 58: Asia Taylor scored 12 of her season-high 14 points in the second half as No. 16 Louisville held off Villanova.

Shoni Schimmel scored 18 points, and Bria Smith added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals (17-4, 6-2 Big East).

Louisville trailed 38-32 with 11:30 left before going on a 15-6 run to take a three-point lead. The Wildcats (13-8, 3-5) regained a 48-47 advantage on Devon Kane's two free throws with 4:18 left.

Taylor, who was starting for the first time in five games, put Louisville ahead for good with a jumper 20 seconds later.

Tennessee Tech 82, Eastern Kentucky 67: With Eastern Kentucky leading by one, Tennessee Tech went on a 20-5 first-half run on its way to a victory at McBrayer Arena.

Tacarra Hayes led TTU (9-13, 5-3 OVC) with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Marie Carpenter had a team-best 13 points for the Lady Colonels (10-10, 5-4 OVC).

The Lady Colonels closed out the first half with a 14-4 run of their own to be within four at the break but never got closer than that.

Transylvania 69, Defiance 66: Nicole Coffman scored 17 points, including 13 of 15 free throws, as Transylvania edged visiting Defiance.

A three-pointer by Chelsea Pharris gave Transy its first and only lead of the game with 10:29 left in the second half.

Florida International 60, Western Kentucky 56: Western Kentucky watched a nine-point halftime lead evaporate as Florida International's Jerica Coley scored 29 second-half points to lead the Panthers to a win in Miami.

Senior guard Vanessa Obafemi led the Lady Toppers with 14 points, making three three-pointers.

LaTeira Owens scored in double-figures for the fifth straight game, putting in 12 points with a team-high eight rebounds.

Nation men

Iowa State 72, No. 5 Kansas 64: Royce White had 18 points and nine rebounds as Iowa State upset fifth-ranked Kansas, snapping the Jayhawks' winning streak at 10 games.

Pittsburgh 72, No. 9 Georgetown 60: Nasir Robinson scored 23 points and made all nine of his field-goal attempts to lead Pittsburgh past No. 9 Georgetown.

Lamar Patterson added 18 points, seven assists and four rebounds for the Panthers, who never trailed.

Oklahoma 63, No. 22 Kansas State 60: Steven Pledger scored 30 points, and Oklahoma weathered a second-half charge by No. 22 Kansas State to give Coach Lon Kruger a victory over his former team.

Sam Grooms made a key steal in the closing minute and two free throws with five seconds left for the Sooners, who watched as Rodney McGruder's potential tying three-pointer at the buzzer bounced off the back iron and fell to the floor.

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