Men's Basketball

College basketball roundup: Martin's 26 points lead LSU over McNeese State

Jarell Martin scored a career-high 26 points and LSU defeated McNeese State 83-72 on Saturday night.

Martin made nine of his 15 field goal attempts and grabbed 10 rebounds. Brian Bridgewater scored a career-high 16 points, Tim Quarterman added 14 and Josh Gray had 13 for the Tigers (4-2).

Men's highlights

Michigan 91, Nicholls State 62: Caris LeVert picked up the slack for his injured back court partner Saturday, scoring 24 points. LeVert scored 19 first-half points, making 4 of 4 from 3-point range. He added six assists in the game and three rebounds in Derrick Walton Jr.'s absence, finishing one point shy of his career high.

No. 21 West Virginia 86, Charleston 77: Jonathan Holton scored a career-high 21 points, leading No. 21 West Virginia over the College of Charleston on Saturday night. West Virginia (7-0) is off to its best start since going 11-0 in the 2009-10 season when it reached the Final Four.

TCU 61, Miss. St. 52: Chris Washburn scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds to help TCU beat Mississippi State on Saturday in the championship game of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic. It was the Horned Frogs' seventh consecutive victory after finishing last season with 19-straight losses.

Women's highlights

UConn 91, Vanderbilt 52: Kia Nurse and Morgan Tuck each scored 16 points as No. 3 Connecticut advanced to the championship of the Gulf Coast Showcase with a decisive victory over Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

The Huskies now have won 53 straight regular-season tournament games.

No. 22 Georgia 74, Tenn. Tech 51: Shacobia Barbee scored 14 points to lead a balanced Georgia attack that gave Andy Landers his 850th victory with the Bulldogs on Saturday.

State men

Morehead State 121, Kentucky Christian 49: The Morehead State men's basketball team established 30 career highs and led from start to finish on Saturday at Johnson Arena. The 72-point win was MSU's largest in the program's 86 seasons of existence.

Spalding 80, Transy 63: The Transylvania men's basketball team fell to the Spalding Golden Eagles on Saturday despite shooting 52% from the floor. The loss marks the Pioneers' third straight defeat to start the season.

Georgetown 92, Southern New Orleans 73: The No. 8 Tigers finished off the 21st Annual Central Bank Jim Reid Classic with a victory over Southern University at New Orleans. The Tigers (8-2) were led by a double-double from junior Deondre McWhorter. The Louisville native had that in the first 20 minutes (20 points, 11 rebounds) and finished with 36 points and 16 rebounds, both game highs. The points is a new career high.

Centre 84, Thomas More 75: Centre improved to 5-0 on the year as they won a hard-fought road game. Senior Josh Karsner poured in a career high 38 points.

Pikeville 117, Cincinnati-Clermont 83: Cincinnati-Clermont outshot second-ranked UPike 50.0 to 48.2 percent from the field, but the Bears dished out 31 assists and the Cougars gave up 31 turnovers to help the Bears roll to a win on Saturday in the Danny VanHoose Classic.

State women

North Florida 62, EKU 45: Junior forward Shelly Harper notched her first double-double of the season, but it was not enough as a cold-shooting Eastern fell to North Florida on Saturday.

Harper went for 10 points and a career-high 13 boards to pick up her third-career double-double. It was her second straight game with double-digit rebounds.

WKU 70, Hofstra 65: WKU (5-2) scored the first eight points of overtime to take control over host Hofstra in the Hofstra Thanksgiving Tournament.

Senior All-American candidate Chastity Gooch had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead WKU to the tournament title and Most Valuable Player honors for the event.

Lipscomb 61, Morehead State 59: Lipscomb's Ashley Southern hit a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining Saturday at Johnson Arena. Lipscomb improved to 2-4 overall and evened the series with MSU, 2-2. Morehead State, which nearly eliminated a nine-point deficit late in the second half, slipped to 3-3 overall and 1-1 at home.

NKU 66, UNC Greensboro 58: The Norse placed three players in double-figures to defeat UNC Greensboro in the final game of the Navy Classic on Saturday at Alumni Hall in Annapolis.

Bellarmine 63, Newberry 58: Bellarmine squeaked out a pivotal victory Saturday in the USI Thanksgiving Classic at the Physical Activities Center.

Sophomore guard Destony Curry and freshman forward Beth Bowers tied for game-high honors with 15 points apiece for the Knights (3-1).