Men's Basketball

College basketball: Hilltoppers stage 30-9 run to rally past Mississippi

Morehead State's Kareem Storey, left, maneuvered the ball away from No. 12 Ohio State's Jae'Sean Tate. While the Eagles fell 87-71, their 55-percent shooting made them hard to stop.
Morehead State's Kareem Storey, left, maneuvered the ball away from No. 12 Ohio State's Jae'Sean Tate. While the Eagles fell 87-71, their 55-percent shooting made them hard to stop. AP

Western Kentucky rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to beat host Mississippi 81-74 on Saturday at Tad Smith Coliseum.

The Hilltoppers (4-4) used a 30-9 run in the second half to build a 69-63 lead.

Ole Miss (6-3) pulled to within 69-66 with two minutes left on LaDarius White's free throw, but T.J. Price's jumper with 1:17 left extended the Hilltoppers' lead to two possessions. Western Kentucky made all 10 of its free throws in the final minutes to clinch the win.

Ole Miss got a steal and layup from Martavious Newby with 15:37 left to build a 54-38 lead. From there, Western Kentucky chipped away quickly. Price connected on a pair of free throws — the Hilltoppers were 15 for 15 on free throws in the second half — to start the comeback.

Price's jumper with 8:20 left gave WKU a 58-57 lead, one that was erased 14 seconds later on Stefan Moody's three-pointer. Price and Moody traded three-pointers on the next two possessions before Trency Jackson's three-pointer with 6:26 left gave Western Kentucky a 64-63 lead, one the Hilltoppers never relinquished.

Price scored 26 points, including four three-pointers, to pace Western Kentucky. He also added 10 rebounds and five assists.

George Fant added 17 points while Chris Harrison-Docks had 12 for the Hilltoppers.

Ole Miss was led by Moody's 25 points.

No. 12 Ohio St. 87, Morehead St. 71: D'Angelo Russell and Sam Thompson scored 15 points each and both had dunks during a second-half spurt to lead No. 12 Ohio State (8-1) past Morehead State. The victory came in Thad Matta's 500th game as a head coach.

Corban Collins scored a career-high 22 points and Lyonell Gaines added 14 for the Eagles, who have lost four in a row but didn't go away easily while shooting 55 percent.

The Eagles shot well early and trailed just 23-20 after the opening 11:20. But the Buckeyes sprinted away by scoring 24 of the next 32 to the buzzer.

The Eagles cut the lead to 14 with 10 minutes left but Ohio State regrouped, scoring eight of the next 10.

Eastern Kentucky 73, IUPUI 64: Corey Walden scored 20 points, Eric Stutz added 17, and EKU beat IUPUI, handing the host Jaguars their fifth straight loss. Ja'Mill Powell scored 13 points and the Colonels (5-3) ended a three-game losing streak.

Mason Archie II led IUPUI (2-6) with 12 points. Marcellus Barksdale, a junior out of Tates Creek had eight points, five rebounds and three steals.

Eastern Kentucky led 13-8 on a layup by Stutz and pulled ahead 26-16 after a three-pointer by Jonathan Hood. Brennan put IUPUI up by one, 32-31, with a dunk with 33 seconds to play, but Walden hit a three-pointer — one of four in the half — and the Colonels led 34-32 at halftime.

Jaylen Babb-Harrison hit a three to spark a 17-2 run and the Colonels pulled to a 61-39 second-half lead. The Jaguars replied with a 12-2 run, but couldn't catch up.

Transylvania 74, Defiance 68: Transylvania paired astingy defense down the stretch with a potent offensive attack to down Defiance, forcing nine turnovers and holding the Yellow Jackets to 46 percent from the floor while knocking down 55 percent of its own attempts. Freshman forward Robert Dence racked up a team-high 19 points and pulled in five rebounds for the Pioneers. All five Transy starters scored in double figures.

Georgetown 89, Martin Methodist 86 (OT): The eighth-ranked Redhawks (9-1) went on a 20-2 before halftime, but the No. 15 Tigers (12-2) rallied to win in overtime in Georgetown. Former Clark County standout Bopper Stenzel had seven of his 10 points and seven of his nine assists in the second half. Noah Cottrill scored a game-high 25 points. Deondre McWhorter, a junior who starred at Moore, had a double-double with 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Cumberlands 63, Union 61: Union's Fitzgerald White scored a game-high 19 points but a furious comeback in the second half by the Bulldogs fell just two points short on the road.

SEC men

Arkansas 69, Dayton 55: Bobby Portis Portis had 18 points and nine rebounds to help host Arkansas snap a two-game losing streak. Led by Portis' 9-of-14 shooting, the Razorbacks (7-2) shot 49 percent (24 of 49) from the field.

Oregon State 59, Mississippi State 49: Jarmal Reid and Gary Payton II had 13 points apiece and Oregon State extended Mississippi State's road losing streak to 19 games. Langston Morris-Walker added 10 points for the Beavers.

Texas A&M 81, Youngstown St. 63: Guard Jalen Jones scored a season-high 27 points for host Texas A&M. Fellow guard Danuel House followed with a season-high 21 points. Jones is a transfer from SMU and House is a transfer from Houston, and both juniors are in their first year of action for the Aggies.

Xavier 74, Missouri 58: Dee Davis scored 17 points and Myles Davis and Brandon Randolph added 11 apiece to lead Xavier past Missouri. The Musketeers (8-2) led just 44-41 with 11:36 remaining after Tramaine Isabell's layup for Missouri, but Xavier responded with an 11-2 run and gradually pulled away.

LSU 76, Sam Houston 67: Jordan Mickey scored 21 points and collected a career-high 15 rebounds for LSU. Mickey, who was 9-of-21 from the field, was one of four players to score in double figures for the Tigers (7-2).

State women

East Tennessee St. 64, Eastern Kentucky 49: EKU (4-4) turned the ball over a season-low 11 times, but shot a season-low 25.7 percent (18-of-70) from the floor. ETSU (6-4), meanwhile, shot it at a 46.7 percent (21-of-45) clip, the highest field goal percentage allowed by the visiting Colonels all season. Sophomore Michaela Hunter paced Eastern with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists.

Transylvania 78, Defiance 65: Transylvania took an 11 point, 42-31 lead into the half and continued to pressure in the second. The Pioneers dominated the paint, outscoring Defiance 36-26 and outrebounding the Yellow Jackets 45 to 29. Katelyn Smith led the Pioneers with a team-high 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting.

Tennessee Wesleyan 56, Georgetown 49: Turnovers and poor rebounding bit the No. 25 Tigers (6-4) again, this time against No. 15 Tennessee Wesleyan (12-1). TWC had 16 more boards while Georgetown turned the ball over 15 times. Georgetown rallied from the nine-point halftime deficit to tie the game twice in the final 20 minutes, but never got over the hump. Jessica Foster led with 10 points and six rebounds — both team highs.

Lindsey Wilson 80, Cincinnati Christian 71: Lindsey Wilson ran its winning streak to four straight with a road win, as three Blue Raiders posted double figures. Bre Elder led with a season-high 19 points, going 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Kayla Richardson added 15 points and Billie Hearn chipped in 11 points off the Lindsey Wilson bench as the Blue Raider reserves outscored their counterparts 27-0.

Bellarmine 80, Trevecca Nazarene 70: Sophomore guard Whitney Hartlage pumped in a game-high 27 points and freshman guard Raven Merriweather added a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds for host Bellarmine (5-1).

Union 76, IU-Southeast 73 (OT): Lydia Nash, Reagan King and Angie Lawrence combined for 39 points to lead Union in the final game of the Union College Holiday Classic. The Bulldogs started overtime with four straight points. The Grenadiers cut the gap to one but couldn't take the lead.

Nation women

No. 23 West Virginia 82, IPFW 48: Averee Fields (Calloway County) scored 23 points and Bria Holmes added 17 as No. 23 West Virginia remained unbeaten at home.