Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Tennessee assistant coach resigns

Tennessee assistant Adam Howard has resigned for what the school describes as personal reasons.

The school announced Monday in a brief statement that Howard, who had previously worked with Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall at Morehead State and Southern Mississippi, was resigning "effective immediately."

Athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak also confirmed Monday night that R.J. Rush resigned as special assistant to Tyndall on Nov. 10, citing family reasons. Rush's departure was reported earlier Monday by the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

The announcement of Howard's resignation comes as the NCAA conducts a review of Southern Mississippi's men's basketball program. Southern Mississippi acknowledged the review Nov. 6 after a Bleacher Report story indicated the NCAA was investigating potential rule violations from Tyndall's two-year tenure at the school. The NCAA and the school haven't disclosed the focus of the probe.

Howard, who played at Paul Blazer High School in Ashland and at Western Kentucky, began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Morehead State in 2009-10 and was an assistant there from 2010-12 before following Tyndall to Southern Mississippi. When Tyndall took over Tennessee's program in April, he included Howard on his staff.

Rush had worked for Tyndall's Southern Mississippi staffs as a video coordinator in 2012-13 and as a graduate assistant in 2013-14.

Messages were left for Howard and Tyndall seeking comment. Satkowiak declined comment on Howard's resignation.

Men's highlights

Eastern Washington 88, Indiana 86: Drew Brandon scored a career-high 27 points, and Eastern Washington used a late 9-0 run to stun Indiana (4-1) on Monday night.

Tyler Harvey had 25 points to help the Eagles (4-1) get their first win against a Big Ten foe and their first win in front of a crowd of 10,000 or more. Eastern Washington is now 1-13 all-time against the Big Ten and 1-20 in front of big crowds.

No. 3 Arizona 72, Missouri 53: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley each scored 15 points, helping the Wildcats (4-0) shake off the Tigers (2-2) after a close first half to advance in the Maui Invitational.

No. 12 Villanova 77, No. 14 VCU: JayVaughn Pinkston scored 15 points and Darrun Hilliard had 14 to lead the Wildcats (4-0), who used a 16-0 run early in the second half against the Rams (3-1) to bust the game open and advance to the Legends Classic final at the Barclays Center.

Xavier 89, Murray St. 62: Trevon Bluiett scored 19 points to lead the Musketeers (4-0), who led 52-32 at the break over the Racers (2-2). Matt Stainbrook was 8-for-10 from the floor and ended with 19 points and eight rebounds for Xavier.

Cameron Payne paced the Racers with 23 points and seven rebounds. Jarvis Williams had 14 points and Tyler Rambo added 11.

Georgia St. 69, Chicago St. 46: Former Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow had 23 points and three assists in the Panthers' road win.

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