Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Sharpshooting Eastern downs Tennessee St.

Michigan forward Jordan Morgan blocked a shot by Purdue's Travis Carroll during the first half of the No. 2 Wolverines' victory Thursday night. At left is Tim Hardaway Jr.
Michigan forward Jordan Morgan blocked a shot by Purdue's Travis Carroll during the first half of the No. 2 Wolverines' victory Thursday night. At left is Tim Hardaway Jr. AP

Eastern Kentucky men's basketball team shot 56 percent from the field and 44 from three-point range in a 76-67 victory over visiting Tennessee State on Thursday.

With the win, Eastern (16-4, 6-1 Ohio Valley Conference) took over second place in the East, one game behind Belmont, which plays at Eastern on Saturday.

The Colonels hit 67 percent in the first half, including making six of 10 attempts from three-point range.

Mike DiNunno scored a game-high 24 points, including all eight of his free throws. The EKU senior also had seven assists.

Corey Walden had 22 points, five rebounds and three assists. Eric Stutz had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Belmont 64, Morehead State 63: J.J. Mann hit back-to-back three-pointers, including the game-winner, as visiting Belmont overcame a 14-point, second-half deficit to edge Morehead and remain undefeated in OVC play.

Ian Clark scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half for the Bruins (16-4, 7-0), who fell behind by 13 early and still trailed 45-31 with 17:35 remaining.

Mann, Clark and Reece Chamberlain each hit three-pointers to spark a 16-6 run that got Belmont within four, but the Bruins got no closer until Clark scored on a layup and Mann hit another three to tie it at 61 with 2:02 left.

After Chad Posthumus' jumper put the Eagles back on top, Mann answered with his go-ahead trey with 1:13 to go.

Bakari Turner's 16 points led Morehead (10-11, 4-3).

Murray State 47, Tennessee Tech 39: Isaiah Canaan scored 15 points and Murray State outscored host Tennessee Tech by 14 in the second half.

Ed Daniel had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Murray State (15-4, 6-1), which has won four games in a row.

The Racers shot 34 percent from the field to 25 percent for the Golden Eagles.

South Alabama 65, Western Kentucky 57: South Alabama rallied late in the game to hand the visiting Hilltoppers their fifth straight loss.

Western (11-10, and 5-5 Sun Belt) was led by Brandon Harris with 14 points and seven rebounds

No. 23 Mississippi 62, Tennessee 56: Marshall Henderson scored 28 points, hitting six three-pointers in the second half, and host Mississippi rallied past Tennessee.

Henderson is the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer with 18.9 points per game and he put on a show in the second half, almost single-handedly carrying the Rebels (16-2, 5-0 SEC) to their eighth consecutive victory. He scored 32 against the Volunteers two weeks ago.

It's only the second time Ole Miss has started 5-0 in SEC play.

Reginald Buckner added 10 points in a foul-filled game that made both teams go deep into their benches.

Tennessee (9-8, 1-4) led for much of the game. Jordan McRae led the Vols with 26 points.

No. 2 Michigan 68, Purdue 53: Trey Burke had 15 points and eight assists and gave Michigan a boost on defense, helping the host Wolverines shake free of Purdue in the second half.

Michigan has a chance to move to No. 1 in the country if it can win at Illinois on Sunday. Duke, the current top-ranked team, lost Wednesday.

The Wolverines (18-1, 5-1 Big Ten) trailed by seven in the first half, but Purdue (10-9, 3-3) couldn't keep up its torrid outside shooting.

Michigan took control with a 14-2 run in the second half.

Richmond 86, No. 19 Virginia Commonwealth 74: Kendall Anthony scored 21 of his 26 points after halftime and Darien Brothers hit two huge three-pointers as host Richmond ended VCU's 13-game winning streak.

Northern Kentucky 63, Mercer 46: Senior guard Eshaunte Jones hit six three-pointers and had 26 points to lead host Northern.

Bellarmine 84, St. Joseph 70: Chris Dowe had 22 points and 10 rebounds and fellow senior Jelani Johnson had 13 points and seven assists to lead Bellarmine, now 14-2, past host St. Joseph.

Asbury 82, Alice Lloyd 62: Dakotah Euton (Scott County) scored 16 points to lead host Asbury to its 13th win.