Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: No. 8 Florida escapes in OT; No. 7 Louisville rolls to win over Marshall

Louisville's Mangok Mathiang, center, attempted to fight his way through the defense of Marshall's Jay Johnson, left, and Cheikh Sane during the first half Friday night.
Louisville's Mangok Mathiang, center, attempted to fight his way through the defense of Marshall's Jay Johnson, left, and Cheikh Sane during the first half Friday night. AP

Michael Frazier II scored 21 points, including 16 after halftime, and No. 8 Florida rallied to beat Louisiana-Monroe 61-56 in overtime Friday night in Gainesville.

Four days after ending a school-record, 33-game winning streak at home, the short-handed Gators started a new one. Getting it done wasn't easy or pretty.

Florida (2-1) trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half and squandered an eight-point lead in the final 2:31 of regulation before prevailing.

Frazier was the key, playing the best defense of his career and constantly creating on the other end. He was 4-for-11 shooting from the field, including 2-for-6 from three-point range, but made 11 of 13 free throws and had eight rebounds.

Tylor Ongwae led Louisiana-Monroe (2-1) with 19 points. Nick Coppola added 11 points, including a three-pointer with 16.6 seconds remaining that forced overtime.

Frazier had a chance to win it in regulation, but lost the ball out of bounds with 1.5 seconds to go. He also seemed to tweak an ankle on the play.

But he returned in the extra frame and helped Florida pull it out.

The Gators needed him, too. They played without two starters — and their top two scorers — because of injuries and were down to six scholarships players.

Forward Dorian Finney-Smith, the team's leading scorer, missed his second consecutive game with hairline fractures in the index and middle fingers on his left hand. Guard Eli Carter missed the game after spraining his left foot in practice Thursday. He was wearing a walking boot on the bench.

Florida was so short-handed that coach Billy Donovan had two walk-ons on the floor in overtime.

Walk-on Jacob Kurtz finished with 13 rebounds and three assists — both team highs.

No. 7 Louisville 85, Marshall 67: Chris Jones led the host Cardinals in both points (18) and assists (five). All five Louisville starters scored in double figures with Chinanu Onuaku adding 10 points, 11 rebounds and two steals.

Marshall outrebounded the Cardinals 50-47. Ryan Taylor led th way with 15 points, 18 rebounds and eight assists.

Former Scott County star Tamron Manning had five points for the Thundering Herd. Jay Johnson (Woodford County) had two points and four rebounds.

Charlotte 65, South Carolina 63: Mike Thorne hit two foul shots with 1:10 left to put Charlotte ahead for good as the 49ers rallied past rallied past South Carolina to reach the Charleston Classic championship game.

Braxton Ogbueze had 12 of his 14 points in the second half for the 49ers, who'll face Miami for the tournament title Sunday night.

Sindarius Thornwell had an open look for a three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left, but it clanged off the rim for South Carolina (2-2). Thornwell led the Gamecocks with 20 points, only two in the second half.

Old Dominion 70, LSU 61: Trey Freeman led Old Dominion with 25 points, and the Monarchs beat LSU 70-61 in the first round of the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands,

The junior guard, who transferred from Campbell and sat out last season, has led Old Dominion (3-0) in scoring in each of its three games this season.

Georgia 82, Troy 60: Nemanja Djurisic and Marcus Thornton each scored 17 points to help Georgia beat Troy in Athens.

Charles Mann added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (2-1).

Wesley Person finished with 20 points and Chris Bilbo had 10 points and nine rebounds for Troy (1-2).

Arkansas 99, Delaware St. 71: Just two days removed from a 30-point win over Wake Forest, Arkansas overcame a sluggish start to beat Delaware State 99-71 in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Razorbacks (3-0) trailed by one with six minutes remaining in the first half before turning up their defensive pressure and outscoring the Hornets 19-4 to close out the half.

Michael Qualls led Arkansas with 20 points.

Louisiana Tech 73, Morehead State 64: Erik McCree scored 16 points, including going 8-for-10 at the free-throw line, and pulled down a team leading seven rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech to a victory in Ruston, La.

Angelo Warner scored 15 points to lead Morehead State (1-3), also grabbing a team high nine rebounds. Brent Arrington added 13 points for the Eagles.

West Virginia 70, Boston College 66: Devin Williams, Juwan Staten and Jevon Carter had 15 points apiece as West Virginia rallied in the second half to top Boston College in the semifinals of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

The Mountaineers shot less than 30 percent in the first half, but shot 62 percent in the final 20 minutes. They also had 10 steals while forcing 21 Eagles' turnovers.

The Mountaineers play No. 17 Connecticut in the championship game Sunday. Boston College gets Dayton in the third-place game.

Oklahoma St 82, Milwaukee 68: Phil Forte III led four double-figure scorers with 20 points and Oklahoma State cruised to a win in Stillwater.

Forte added four steals and four rebounds and hit 5 of 11 shots, including a trio of three-pointers. Le'Bryan Nash scored 17 points and had five rebounds, while Anthony Hickey (Christian County) and Michael Cobbins each added 15 points for Oklahoma State (4-0).

"We (went inside with him early)," OSU Coach Travis Ford said of Cobbins. "We saw some things on film that made me think that they would have trouble guarding our fours and fives off the dribble and inside if we got some multiple-screening action to keep our bigs moving. We saw some things that we might be able to take advantage of and we were able to do that very early."


Eastern Kentucky 56, Central Arkansas 55: Michaela Hunter (Rockcastle County) knocked down a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining to give the Colonels a win in Macon, Ga., in the consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT.

Hunter finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four steals. Shameekia Murray had 15 points.

Indiana 98, Morehead State 57: Former Madison Central star Larryn Brooks had 15 points, eight assists and four rebounds in the Hoosiers' win in Bloomington.

Shay Steele led the Eagles with 14 points and six rebounds.

No. 3 Notre Dame 88, Chattanooga 53: Jewell Loyd scored 20 points to lead the Irish to a win in South Bend, Ind. The Mocs (2-2) played the Irish close early, leading 16-13 with 11:50 to play in the first half.

Chelsey Shumpert (Paducah Tilghman) led Chattanooga with 12 points, including nine points in the first half. She also had four steals.

The Mocs, who started the season ranked fourth in the Mid-Major Top 25, face three teams currently ranked in the Associated Press' top 25: No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Tennessee and No. 6 Stanford.

"That's just learning experiences for us," Shumpert said.

No. 4 Tennessee 81, Winthrop 48: Ariel Massengale scored 20 points off the bench and made a career-high six three-pointers Friday as Tennessee breezed to an win in Knoxville.

Massengale entered the game with 16:34 left in the first half and went 5-for-5 from three-point range over the next three minutes.

Florida State 91, Eastern Illinois 55: Former University of Kentucky guard Meagan Conwright had 15 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in the Seminoles win in Denton, Texas.