Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Morehead hits 15 threes, tops 100

Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick celebrated by cutting down the net following her team's 82-72 win over Texas A&M Thursday in Knoxville. The Lady Vols clinched their 17th Southeastern Conference regular-season title.
Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick celebrated by cutting down the net following her team's 82-72 win over Texas A&M Thursday in Knoxville. The Lady Vols clinched their 17th Southeastern Conference regular-season title. AP

Morehead State got season highs for field-goal shooting, three-point shots and three-point accuracy in a thrilling 101-100 victory over Tennessee State in college basketball action Thursday in Nashville.

Morehead hit 62 percent from the floor and 60 percent (15-of-25) of its three-point shots. The 15 three-pointers was an Ohio Valley Conference season high.

The Eagles, now 14-16 overall and 8-7 in the OVC, got 23 points from sophomore Angelo Warner, who hit five of six three-pointers.

Warner now has two 20-point efforts this season, both against Tennessee State.

The Eagles led from the start and had a 20-point bulge with seven minutes left before Tennessee State rallied to make it close. Kellen Thornton led the losers with 29 points.

Eastern Kentucky 69, Tennessee Tech 54: Guard Corey Walden scored 18 points and had six steals to lead the visiting Colonels, now 23-7 and 12-3 in the OVC.

Eastern was bullied on the boards, 31-17, but forced 22 turnovers while committing only eight.

The losers got 21 points from Jud Dillard.

Tennessee-Martin 69, Murray State 68: Mike Liabo scored 20 points and Myles Taylor added 15 to lead visiting Tennessee-Martin

After the Skyhawks (9-19, 5-10) led 33-19 with 4:35 left in the first half, the Racers (20-8, 10-5) battled back for a 40-40 tie with 14:46 remaining but were unable to take a lead.

Isaiah Canaan, now 23 points away from joining the Murray State 2,000-point club, had 31 points.

No. 16 Ohio State 63, Northwestern 53: Lenzelle Smith scored a season-high 24 points, Deshaun Thomas added 19 and the Buckeyes used a late run to beat a team that's given it fits in recent years. This time, they led by 11 points early in the second half and regrouped after Northwestern took the lead, sending the Wildcats to their sixth straight loss and eighth in nine games.

No. 25 Louisiana Tech 84, Utah State 61: Brandon Gibson scored 20 points, Raheem Appleby added 15 and Louisiana Tech cruised in its first game as a ranked team since 1985.

Louisiana Tech (25-3, 15-0 Western Athletic Conference) never left anything in doubt, taking a 15-2 lead in the opening minutes on the way to a 49-23 halftime lead. It was a surprisingly lopsided game considering the Bulldogs beat Utah State (19-8, 9-6) 51-48 in Utah on Jan. 26.

Northern Kentucky 72, Northern Florida 45: Eshaunte Jones poured in 30 points, including the 1,000th of his career to lead host Northern Kentucky.


No. 8 Tennessee 82, Texas A&M 72: Kamiko Williams scored a career-high 18 points in the final home game of her career as Tennessee (23-5, 14-1) clinched its 17th Southeastern Conference regular-season title.

Cierra Burdick had 15 points and 14 rebounds for UT.

Tennessee Tech 67, Eastern Kentucky 47: Senior Brittany Coles scored her 1,000th career point and senior Alex Jones grabbed her 1,000th career rebound, but it was not enough, as Eastern Kentucky lost a pivotal OVC matchup

EKU (17-9, 11-4 OVC) entered the game atop the OVC East standings and one game ahead of host Tech (17-11, 11-4 OVC). The teams split their regular-season series, so the Golden Eagles currently hold the tiebreaker with a better divisional record.

Eastern, which has not won in Cookeville in 10 years, was led by junior Marie Carpenter with 10 points. The Colonels hit only 25 percent of their shots.

Georgetown College 74, Bluefield 65: Georgetown hit 8 of 10 free throws in the last 35 seconds to hold off upset-minded Bluefield College in the Mid-South Conference Tournament.

Junior Lizza Jonas led the winners with 24 points. Senior Devon Golden had 20 points, sinking six of the late foul shots.

Gators back to full strength

No. 8 Florida will have its full roster available Saturday against Alabama. Coach Billy Donovan says forward Will Yeguete and guard Michael Frazier II have been cleared to practice and play.

Without them, the Gators pretty much went with a six-man rotation and lost to Tennessee on Tuesday.

Pikeville's Briscoe honored

Pikeville senior guard Jamar Briscoe was named Mid-South Conference men's player of the year after finishing second in scoring with 22 points a game and being ranked in the top five in seven statistical categories, including leading the league by hitting 85 percent of his free throws.