Men's Basketball

Belmont denies Eagles' bid to take first in OVC

Craig Bradshaw, J.J. Mann and Reece Chamberlain combined for 60 of Belmont's 80 points and the Bruins turned back visiting Morehead State 80-66 Thursday night in a battle for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Bradshaw scored 24, Mann 19 and Chamberlain chipped in 17 for Belmont (15-7, 6-1 OVC). Brent Arrington's 21 points led Morehead (13-8, 4-2).

Eastern Kentucky 94, Tennessee State 78: In Nashville, Glenn Cosey scored a team-best 24 points, hitting 6-for-9 from behind the arc, and added six rebounds and five assists for the Colonels (14-6, 5-2 OVC).

Patrick Miller's 33 points led the Tigers (2-20, 1-7).


No. 6 Florida 68, Alabama 62: Michael Frazier II scored 18 points and made five three-pointers to lead Florida at Tuscaloosa.

It was the 10th consecutive win for the Gators (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference), matching last season's longest streak.

The Crimson Tide (8-10, 2-3) had its league-best 14-game SEC home winning streak snapped.

Trevor Releford led Alabama with 14 points.

The Tide was without No. 2 scorer Retin Obasohan, who strained his left hip flexor in Tuesday's practice.

Nation men

No. 17 Ohio St. 62, Illinois 55: LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 16 — including a critical three-pointer in the waning moments — to help host Ohio State end a four-game skid.

Aaron Craft added 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Buckeyes (16-4, 3-4 Big Ten).

Joseph Bertrand had 19 points for the Illini (13-7, 2-5), who lost their fifth straight. Rayvonte Rice, averaging 17 points, went 0-for-8 and didn't score.

No. 23 Memphis 82, Houston 59: Shaq Goodwin had 20 points, Joe Jackson added 18 points and seven assists, and Memphis (14-4, 4-2 American Athletic Conference) jumped out to an early lead at home. The Cougars (11-8, 3-3) have lost three of four.

Nation women

No. 3 Duke 85, No. 24 Florida State 77 (OT): In Tallahassee, Duke used an 11-0 run to rally from a four-point deficit in regulation and score the first seven in overtime.

Tricia Liston finished with 25 points after scoring four points in the first half. Elizabeth Williams added 20 points, seven rebounds and six blocks.

The Seminoles (14-5, 2-4) wasted a career night from Natasha Howard — 28 points, 21 rebounds, five blocks.

No. 11 Tennessee 89, Florida 69: Meighan Simmons scored 21 points and host Tennessee capitalized on its three-point accuracy to beat Florida on a night the Pat Summitt Foundation received three checks totaling $30,000 in honor of the SEC's "We Back Pat" Week. The initiative focused on recognizing the foundation's fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Bashaara Graves added 17 points and eight rebounds for Tennessee (15-4, 4-2 SEC), which shot 10 of 21 from three-point range and handed Florida (13-6, 3-3) its third consecutive loss.

State women

Georgetown 63, Cumberland (Tenn.) 59: Devanny King scored a season-high 17 points to help the Tigers (13-3, 7-1) win at Cumberland (8-8, 4-4).

The junior opened the game with back-to-back jumpers but her basket with about a minute left gave the Tigers breathing room. The Bulldogs had closed to 59-56 with a 9-0 run.

Spartans' Dawson hurt

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson broke a bone in his right hand and will be out 4-to-5 weeks.

Dawson said it happened Thursday morning when he slammed his hand on a table in frustration while watching game film. The injury comes two days before the No. 3 Spartans (18-1, 7-0) host No. 21 Michigan on Saturday in East Lansing.