Men's Basketball

College hoops highlights: WKU routs Marshall; Thelen stars in Bellarmine's win

Former Owensboro Catholic star Rebecca Greenwell (23) scored 15 points in Duke's win against Wake Forest.
Former Owensboro Catholic star Rebecca Greenwell (23) scored 15 points in Duke's win against Wake Forest. AP

T.J. Price scored 25 points to lead Western Kentucky past Marshall 81-62 on Sunday in Bowling Green.

Price was 8-for-13 from the field, 4-for-7 from three-point range and hit all five of his free-throw attempts.

"T.J. is playing at another level right now," WKU Coach Ray Harper said. "He does it all. ... The thing that has been so impressive is he had eight assists tonight. He had six rebounds. One the defensive end, I thought he was ... locked in."

DJ Clayton added 15 points for Western Kentucky (8-5) in its first game in Conference USA play. George Fant (Warren Central) added 14 with 12 rebounds. The Hilltoppers controlled the glass 44-35.

Ryan Taylor went 10-for-12 from the free-throw line and finished with 15 points for Marshall (4-10). Aleksa Nikolic and Austin Loop had 10 points apiece for the Thundering Herd.

Former Scott County standout Tamron Manning had six points and five steals for Marshall. Jay Johnson (Woodford County) had two points and four rebounds.

Bellarmine 70, William Jewell 50: Jake Thelen's big game helped Bellarmine erase a five-point halftime deficit in what turned out to be rout in Louisville.

The former Covington Catholic star hit 11 of 12 shots and tied a career high with 29 points. He also had 15 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.

Olivet Nazarene 84, Georgetown 82: The Tigers' Noah Cottrill hit seven three-pointers and scored a career-high 35 points, but Tyler Crater hit a shot with 1.4 seconds to give Olivet Nazarene the win in Georgetown. The Tigers also got 16 points and eight rebounds from former Moore star Deondre McWhorter.

IUPUI 63, IPFW 58: Marcellus Barksdale (Tates Creek) scored five of his 18 points in the final 34 seconds to help IUPUI hold off IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind. Barksdale also had four rebounds, two assists and two steals.

No. 4 Wisconsin 81, Northwestern 58: Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker scored 16 points apiece, leading Wisconsin to a victory in Evanston, Ill. The Badgers (14-1) made 12 three-pointers and shot 53 percent from the field overall.

No. 8 Arizona 73, Arizona State 49: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Arizona (12-1) opened the Pac-12 season with a rout in Tucson.

No. 10 Utah 71, UCLA 39: Delon Wright had 11 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead a balanced offense for Utah in a rout in Salt Lake City. UCLA lost its fifth straight.

No. 13 Kansas 76, UNLV 61: Frank Mason had 18 points and seven assists, Wayne Selden added 16 points and Kansas pulled away late to beat visiting UNLV.

Detroit 83, Milwaukee 67: Juwan Howard Jr. scored 26 points, grabbed five rebounds and had six assists in Detroit's win at home.


No. 7 Louisville 63, Pittsburgh 57: Jude Schimmel scored 11 points, and Louisville clamped down on defense late to avoid an upset at Pittsburgh. The Panthers failed to score in the final three minutes.

Western Kentucky 67, Marshall 53: Alexis Govan scored 15 of her 22 points in the second half, and the Lady Hilltoppers won their Conference USA debut in Huntington, W.Va. Govan also had six rebounds, five assists and three steals, and Chastity Gooch (Franklin-Simpson) added 10 points and 13 rebounds for WKU.

Centre 67, Sewanee 63: Maggie Hartlage (Assumption) scored a career-high 25 points, and Alexis Guy had in 15 points and eight rebounds in the Tigers' win in Sewanee, Tenn. Bonnie Rhule (Lexington Catholic) pitched in with nine points, four rebounds and three steals for Centre.

No. 17 Mississippi St 53, Missouri 47: Jerica James scored 17 points, including a pair of three-pointers, to lead Mississippi State to a come-from-behind win at Missouri. Breanna Richardson added seven points and nine rebounds to help the Bulldogs (17-0) remain unbeaten.

No. 5 Texas A&M 52, Arkansas 50: Achiri Ade's putback as time expired gave Texas A&M a win in Fayetteville, Ark. Courtney Williams led the Aggies, who have won three straight, with 18 points.

No. 19 Georgia 64, Alabama 47: Tiaria Griffin had 16 points, Merritt Hempe added 15 and the Bulldogs snapped a two-game losing streak with a win in Athens, Ga.

No. 1 South Carolina 75, LSU 51: A'ja Wilson had 21 points, a career-high 13 rebounds and blocked three shots to help the visiting Gamecocks win their school-record 14th straight game.

No. 2 Connecticut 70, St. John's 54: Breanna Stewart had 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks to lead UConn past St. John's in the Maggie Dixon Classic in New York.

No. 10 Duke 70, Wake Forest 63: Elizabeth Williams scored 18 points, and Duke shook off a slow start to win in Durham, N.C. Williams had eight rebounds, six blocks and five steals.

Purdue 86, Indiana 64: Larryn Brooks (Madison Central) scored 16 points to go with six rebounds and four assists in the Hoosiers' loss in West Lafayette, Ind. April Wilson (Manual) had 10 points, seven assists, three rebounds and two steals for the Boilermakers.

Xavier 71, Providence 59: Leah Schaefer (Highlands) scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and distributed five assists in Xavier's win in Cincinnati. Jenna Crittendon (Ryle) added 10 points and three rebounds.