Men's Basketball

No. 10 Murray State to play No. 18 Saint Mary's in bracketbuster

Connecticut's Tiffany Hayes, left, elbowed Shay Selby in the face as the Huskies ended Duke's win streak in Durham on Monday.
Connecticut's Tiffany Hayes, left, elbowed Shay Selby in the face as the Huskies ended Duke's win streak in Durham on Monday. MCT

Undefeated Murray State will get a big test in a few weeks, when the 10th-ranked Racers take on No. 18 Saint Mary's in one of several BracketBuster matchups.

Murray State, the only remaining undefeated Division I team at 21-0, will host the Gaels (21-2) on Feb. 18.

The BracketBuster is a showcase for mid-majors, with the games televised on ESPN. This year's pairings include 13 games with teams from 14 conferences.

Other matchups include No. 13 Creighton (20-2) hosting Long Beach State (16-6), Wichita State (18-4) at Davidson (15-5), Nevada (18-3) at Iona (17-5) and Akron (14-7) at Oral Roberts (20-4) — all on Feb. 18.

Eastern Kentucky will host IPFW as part of the BracketBusters series. The game, scheduled for tipoff at 7 p.m., was not one of the 13 chosen for television.

OVC honors

Morehead State senior Ty Proffitt has been named the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the period of Jan. 23-29.

Proffitt recorded a team-high 18 points in Tuesday's 75-69 victory over Norfolk State.

He then scored a season-best 20 points — 6-for-10 from the floor, 4-for-7 from long range and 4-for-4 from the foul line — in Saturday's 56-50 win over Tennessee Tech.

The guard, a native of London and a South Laurel graduate, connected on 69 percent from the field (11-for-16) and 67 percent from downtown (8-for-12) in addition to making all eight free-throw attempts. He also committed just four turnovers in 65 minutes last week.

Through 23 contests this season, Proffitt leads Morehead State in scoring average (10.3), three-point percentage (.400) and minutes per game (30.6). He also averages 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Eastern Kentucky University guard Mike DiNunno was named Newcomer of the Week after scoring a career-high 33 points in a double-overtime loss at Tennessee State.

DiNunno paced Eastern Kentucky in scoring against Tennessee State. The junior from Chicago also tied an Eastern Kentucky single-game record with seven three-pointers against the Tigers. He also chipped in with eight points, five assists and three steals versus Tennessee Tech on Jan. 26.

DiNunno shot 50 percent from three-point range during the two games last week. He has made at least one three-pointer in 12 of the 23 games played this year.

Women's games

No. 3 Connecticut 61, No. 5 Duke 45: Bria Hartley scored 15 points and Connecticut beat Duke to snap the Blue Devils' 34-game home winning streak.

Caroline Doty added 11 points for the Huskies (20-2). UConn shot 45 percent, held Duke to a season-low 24.6 percent shooting and forced 19 consecutive missed shots during a critical stretch of roughly 12 minutes en route to their 10th straight win.

Chelsea Gray scored 13 points for the Blue Devils (17-3), who had won 11 straight overall. It was their first loss in Cameron Indoor Stadium since UConn visited two years ago.

Tennessee Tech 57, Morehead St. 53: Tennessee Tech closed the game on a 17-2 run and held host Morehead State without a field goal for a 16-minute span as the Golden Eagles rallied to win.

The Eagles (7-13, 4-4 OVC) led 51-40 with 7:20 remaining but managed just one more bucket, and saw TTU (10-13, 6-3 OVC) take the lead for good on a Kellie Cook three-pointer with 2:58 left.

"The last five minutes to go, we had to give Courtney (Lumpkin), Ashar (Harris) and Linda (Dixon) a break. They got us the big lead and they give everything they have to this program, but we just couldn't make the necessary plays to hold onto it," said Morehead State Coach Tom Hodges.

The Eagle upperclassmen trio took a break at the 5:04 mark and couldn't get back onto the court until 1:36 left.

The Eagles got a game-high 19 points from Lumpkin, who hit 7 of 7 from the free throw line. Dixon notched 15 points, and Harris had a game-high 16 rebounds.

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