Men's Basketball

College basketball roundup: Notice goes for career-high 27 in Gamecocks' win

Duane Notice scored a career-high 27 points to lead South Carolina in its 77-59 win at Marshall on Monday night.

Notice bettered his previous career high of 23 points set against Auburn last March.

Laimonas Chatkevicius added 15 points for the Gamecocks (4-3). Justin McKie scored 12 and Sindarius Thornwell had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

South Carolina built a big early lead and didn't let Marshall (3-4) get closer than 15 points in the second half.

Ryan Taylor led the Thundering Herd with 11 points.

Marshall tied its lowest scoring output of the season set in its previous game against Cleveland State. The Thundering Herd lost their fourth straight game under new coach Dan D'Antoni.

South Carolina played and won its first true road game this season. It was their first game in Huntington, W.Va. since 1980.

State men

East Tennessee St. 63, Morehead St. 59: Jalen Riley had 20 points and the Buccaneerss held off Morehead.

ETSU's Lester Wilson nailed a three-pointer with 2:15 left in the game to tie it at 52. Another trey by Wilson with 40 seconds left gave the Buccaneers a five-point lead at 59-54 and the Bucs made four of six free throws inside of 16 seconds to ice it.

Wilson finished with 18 points and was 5-for-7 beyond the arc.

Morehead State was led by Angelo Warner's 13 points, while Lyonell Gaines and Corban Collins both added 12 points. The Eagles made just six of 21 three-point attempts and 13 of 18 free throws.

Both teams struggled through a close, low-scoring first half that saw East Tennessee up 22-21 at the break. Neither squad shot better than 38 percent from the floor for the game.

Berea 111, Boyce 54: Aaron Ponder led the Mountaineers with 20 points on 8-for-9 shooting, including 4-for-5 from behind the three-point line. Richard Parker was 5-for-5 from behind the arc and chipped in 17 points for Berea (3-1).

State women

Western Ky. 96, Alabama A&M 44: The Hilltoppers cruised to their biggest win since the 1997-98 season.

The 52-point victory was WKU's largest since a 113-47 beatdown of Lamar on March 5, 1998 in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The Hilltoppers are now members of Conference USA.

Alexis Govan had a game-high 18 points and eight rebounds for WKU (6-2), which hit its first five shots and 14 of its first 16.

Freshman Tashia Brown came off the bench for the Hilltoppers and scored 14 points against winless Alabama A&M (0-6).

SEC women

South Carolina 90, North Carolina Central 26: Don't count on South Carolina to get too excited over its No. 1 ranking.

A'ja Wilson scored 16 points and reigning Southeastern Conference player of the year Tiffany Mitchell had 14 in the first time the Gamecocks played at home as the top-rated women's team.

Throughout the romp, South Carolina players were the same, loose, steady group that coach Dawn Staley has seen since practice started three months ago.

The Gamecocks (6-0) were already on their way to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam tournament last Monday when they took over the top spot. After winning twice on Grand Bahama Island to retain No. 1 for a second week, South Carolina returned home and quickly took control.