Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Colonels shoot poorly, fall to Tennessee-Martin

Saint Louis' Mike McCall Jr., bottom left, shot over Butler's Kellen Dunham, top left on the ground, while Grandy Glaze  of Saint Louis and Butler's Devontae Morgan looked on. Host Saint Louis upset No. 9 Butler 75-59.
Saint Louis' Mike McCall Jr., bottom left, shot over Butler's Kellen Dunham, top left on the ground, while Grandy Glaze of Saint Louis and Butler's Devontae Morgan looked on. Host Saint Louis upset No. 9 Butler 75-59. AP

A poor shooting night doomed the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team in a 72-65 loss at Tennessee-Martin on Thursday.

The Colonels shot 35 percent from the field, 32 percent on three-pointers and 54 percent from the free-throw line.

Junior Glenn Cosey, who had missed six games, led Eastern with 20 points. Mike DiNunno had 14 points and seven assists but hit just 5-of-18 attempts and 3-of-13 from behind the arc.

The Colonels (16-6, 6-3 Ohio Valley Conference) had two three-point attempts in the closing seconds but missed on both.

Myles Taylor led all players with 21 points and 14 rebounds for Tennessee-Martin. He went 11-for-13 at the free- throw line. The Skyhawks outscored Eastern 28-7 at the free-throw line and out-rebounded the visitors by 25.

Belmont 93, Morehead 74: Kerron Johnson made a career-high 19 free throws in 21 attempts and tied a career best with 25 points as Belmont remained unbeaten in OVC play at 9-0.

The last time Johnson scored 25 points, he made 16 of 19 free throws in a win over Mercer in 2011. He had seven steals Thursday.

The win was the 16th straight home victory for Belmont (18-4), which has won nine straight overall.

Ian Clark, the Bruins' leading scorer averaging 19.2 points, got 18.

Angelo Warner, who scored a career-high 24 points against Tennessee State in Morehead's last game, got 16 points for the Eagles (11-12, 5-4).

The victory marked the sixth time Belmont has scored more than 85 points in a game this season.

Morehead State committed 24 turnovers to Belmont's 13.

No. 13 Michigan State 80, Illinois 75: Keith Appling led a pivotal run early in the second half and finished with 24 points and seven assists to help Michigan State beat visiting Illinois.

The Spartans (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten) scored the first 14 points of the second half to take their first lead.

The Fighting Illini (15-7, 2-6) lost for the fifth time in six games. They had a chance to be the first team with four wins over currently ranked teams.

Saint Louis 75, No. 9 Butler 58: Guard Jordair Jett came off the bench to hit eight of 12 shots for 19 points as host Saint Louis upset Butler.

Rotnei Clark got 17 points for Butler, which turned the ball over 23 times.

Northern Kentucky 70, East Tennessee St. 68: Eshaunte Jones poured in 25 points, including a three-pointer while being fouled with 26 seconds left, and Northern Kentucky held on at East Tennessee State.

Jones made a career-high seven three-pointers as he broke 20 points for the fourth straight game. His final trey, which banked in after he was fouled taking the shot from the left wing, resulted in a four-point play that extended a 66-65 Norse lead to 70-65.

Georgetown 81, Cumberland 68: Vic Moses, who went to Henry Clay, scored 27 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead host Georgetown to its 15th win. Moses scored nine points in the first 10 minutes.

The Tigers turned the ball over 20 times, but outshot the Bulldogs 53 percent to 37 percent and won the rebounding battle 44-31.


No. 9 Tennessee 88, Misssissippi State 45: Kamiko Williams scored 10 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds in her first start of the season as Tennessee got its 10th win in its last 11 games.

Williams started in place of injured center Isabelle Harrison, who will undergo surgery on her left knee Friday. The senior guard had six assists and six steals to go along with her double-double.

Meighan Simmons scored 21 points and Taber Spani added 15 points for Tennessee.

Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick returned to action after missing eight games with a broken right hand. Burdick, normally a starter, had four points and five rebounds off the bench.

Cumberland 67, Georgetown 58: Cumberland University ran its record to 21-1 by fending off several Georgetown rallies and holding on at the free-throw line late.

Kourtney Tyra led host Georgetown with 18 points, increasing her school-record free-throw streak to 38 straight.

Cumberland got 20 points from Briannica Tye, who hit four three-pointers.

Union 81, Montreat 72: Lindsey Waters scored 22 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead visiting Union.

Montreat led by eight in the second half before Union took control with a 22-6 run.

Pikeville 87, Bluefield 80: Junior forward Calisha Johnson scored a career-high 28 points and pulled down six rebounds for host Pikeville. The winners got more steals (10) than turnovers (nine).