Men's Basketball

Vanderbilt men hold off Missouri 78-75 with 12 threes

Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson (5) found a crowd near the rim at Vanderbilt on Thursday night. Dai-Jon Parker, left, and Damian Jones (30) scored in double figures for the Commodores.
Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson (5) found a crowd near the rim at Vanderbilt on Thursday night. Dai-Jon Parker, left, and Damian Jones (30) scored in double figures for the Commodores. ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Vanderbilt Commodores are so short-handed right now that they have a no room for error. Hitting a season-high 12 three-pointers helps.

Rod Odom scored a career-high 24 points, hitting six three-pointers, and the Commodores beat Missouri 78-75 Thursday night in the Tigers' first visit to Memorial Gym as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

Vanderbilt (9-6, 1-2) snapped a two-game skid by avoiding foul trouble and hitting the threes. The Commodores are down to seven scholarship players after leading scorer Eric McClellan was kicked off the team last week. They lost their first two games without McClellan and desperately needed a league win with three of the next four on the road.

Missouri (13-3, 1-2) was looking for a third road win this season as it tries to work its way back into the Top 25.

Jabari Brown scored 22 points for Missouri.

Nation men

UConn 83, No. 17 Memphis 73: DeAndre Daniels had 23 points and a career-high 11 rebounds, Shabazz Napier added 17 points and Connecticut pulled away in Memphis.

The Huskies (14-3, 2-2 American Athletic Conference) outscored Memphis 8-2 in the final minute to secure their third straight win.

Michael Dixon led Memphis (12-4, 3-2) with 16 points.

No. 25 UCLA 69, No. 21 Colorado 56: Norman Powell matched his season high with 19 points and visiting UCLA pulled away in the second half to beat Colorado, handing the short-handed Buffaloes their first home loss of the season.

UCLA (14-3, 3-1 Pac-12) has won consecutive games since a loss to No. 1 Arizona a week ago. Colorado (14-4, 3-2) played for the first time since losing guard Spencer Dinwiddie, the team leader in scoring, assists and steals, to a season-ending knee injury at Washington on Sunday.

Nation women

No. 2 Notre Dame 109, Pittsburgh 66: Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd scored 20 points apiece to lead Notre Dame at Pittsburgh.

The Fighting Irish (16-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had five players score in double figures.

No. 3 Duke 90, Virginia 55: Host Duke did quite well in its first game since Chelsea Gray's season-ending knee injury. The senior guard broke her right kneecap Sunday against Boston College.

Trcia Liston scored 21 points and tied her career high with 12 rebounds. The Blue Devils (17-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had five players score in double figures in the biggest rout in the history of the series.

SEC women

No. 24 Vanderbilt 80, Ole Miss 74: Christina Foggie scored 28 points as Vanderbilt outlasted Ole Miss in Oxford.

Foggie scored seven points in a span of 1:18 to give Vandy (15-3, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) a 65-60 lead with under 6 minutes left.

Valencia McFarland led Ole Miss (9-9, 0-4) with a career-high 28 points.

No. 12 Tennessee 67, Mississippi St 63: Ariel Massengale and Bashaara Graves both scored 13 points as Tennessee survived a tough challenge at Mississippi State. Tennessee is 14-3, 3-2 Southeastern Conference. State is 14-4, 1-3

State men

Georgetown 92, Pikeville 77: The Tigers (13-4, 4-2 MSC) pulled of the upset of No. 1 Pikeville (14-2, 5-1 MSC) at Georgetown.

A 24-9 run heading into the final nine minutes helped tame the Bears. Monty Wilson came off the bench for a game-high 20 points. Dominique Hagans added 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Morehead St. 80, SE Missouri 67: Brent Arrington scored 18 points, shooting 4-for-8 on three-pointers, for host Morehead. Drew Kelly scored 16 and Angelo Warner added 14 for the Eagles (12-7, 3-1 Ohio Valley).

The Eagles led 63-56 with 4:50 to go after an 8-2 run, then Arrington hit back-to-back treys and Kelly added another. Jarekious Bradley scored 28 for the Redhawks (9-9, 1-4).

UALR 87, W Kentucky 83 (OT): Will Neighbour's layup with 15 seconds left in overtime gave Arkansas-Little Rock the lead and Josh Hagins sealed the win at Western Kentucky with three free throws and a steal.

Hagins hit a three-pointer with 22 seconds left in regulation to cut the Hilltoppers' lead to one, 70-69. After Brandon Harris missed the second of two free throws, Hagins hit a jumper with eight seconds left to force overtime.

Aleksej Rostov scored 20 points to lead Western Kentucky (10-7, 2-2 Sun Belt). UALR rose to 9-8, 4-1.

Murray St. 70, E. Illinois 66: Cameron Payne scored seven points in the final 1:22 to carry Murray State at Eastern Illinois. Payne's basket with 1:21 left gave the Racers the lead for good at 63-62.

Payne had 21 points and T.J. Sapp scored 20 for the Racers (10-7, 5-0 Ohio Valley) to win their fifth straight.

Mercer 74, Northern Kentucky 58: Langston Hall scored 20 points, including a four-point play that gave Mercer a 15-point halftime lead, and the Bears (14-5, 5-1 Atlantic Sun) cruised at Northern Kentucky (7-12, 3-4).

State women

Georgetown 101, Pikeville 86: Lizza Jonas (Tates Creek) scored her 1,000th point for the host Tigers in a 21-point, 11-rebound performance. Two other Tigers had double-doubles: Kourtney Tyra (18 points and 11 assists) and Teonia McCune (11 points and 10 rebounds). Andrea Howard led Georgetown with 23.

Northern Kentucky 57, North Florida 51: Christine Roush led a balanced attack with 14 points for the Norse (9-7, 5-0 Atlantic-Sun). Host North Florida fell to 4-11, 0-4.

Gamecocks lose guard

South Carolina guard Tyrone Johnson, one of three Gamecocks averaging double figures, suffered a broken right foot in Wednesday's loss at Texas A&M. He will need surgery and be out indefinitely. The Villanova transfer was the team's assist leader (3.4 apg).

UNC puts halt to research

North Carolina has halted the research of reading specialist Mary Willingham until she receives approval from a review board and is investigating statements she made questioning the literacy level of Tar Heel athletes.

Chancellor Carol Folt said Thursday she takes Willingham's allegations "very seriously." But the chancellor said the school has been "unable to reconcile these claims with either our own facts or with the data currently being cited as the source for the claims."

In a CNN story last week, Willingham said her research of 183 basketball or football players at UNC from 2004-12 found 60 percent reading at fourth- to eighth-grade levels and roughly 10 percent below a third-grade level.