Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Arkansas rallies from 13-point hole to beat Georgia

Bobby Portis scored 21 points, Michael Qualls added 15 and No. 23 Arkansas rallied from a first-half deficit of 13 points to beat host Georgia 79-75 on Tuesday night in the Southeastern Conference opener for each team.

Arkansas (12-2, 1-0 SEC) needed a strong second half for its sixth straight win. The Razorbacks played from behind before taking their first lead with about 6 minutes remaining.

A rebound and basket by Georgia's Marcus Thornton with 4.5 seconds remaining cut the Arkansas lead to 77-75. Two free throws by Qualls pushed the lead back to four points.

Nemanja Djurisic led Georgia (9-4, 0-1) with 16 points. The loss ended the Bulldogs' six-game winning streak, their longest in four years.

Alandise Harris had 15 points for Arkansas.

State men

Pikeville 114, Florida National 91: K.K. Simmons hit five three-pointers and scored 29 points to lead Pikeville (14-1), ranked No. 4 in the NAIA poll. The Bears shot a season-high 61.3 percent from the field in the road victory.

Regan O'Rourke had six three-pointers and scored 26 points for Florida National (8-8).

Anderson signsextension at Arkansas

Arkansas men's basketball coach Mike Anderson signed a two-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season. The former Razorbacks assistant was originally signed to a seven-year contract after being hired away from Missouri in 2011. Anderson will continue to make $2.2 million annually during his two-year extension, the same salary as his original contract.

Illinois star breaks hand

Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice is out indefinitely after fracturing his left hand in practice.

The 6-foot-4 senior suffered the injury during practice Monday, Coach John Groce said. He will undergo surgery Wednesday and no timetable has been set for his return.

Rice also suffered a groin injury early in the Big Ten season last year. He didn't miss any games, but his performance was affected.

"If anyone doesn't deserve this, it's him," Groce said.

Rice leads the Illini in scoring (17.2 points per game) and rebounding (6.9). He had 20 points off 7-for-8 shooting in Saturday's 77-61 loss at Ohio State for the Illini (10-5, 0-2 Big Ten).

Around the nation

Memphis: Guard/forward Kuran Iverson was suspended for a violation of team rules. Athletic department spokesman Lamar Chance said Iverson will miss the Tigers' next two games. Memphis (8-5, 1-1 American) is at SMU on Thursday and at Houston on Sunday.

Iverson, a 6-foot-9 sophomore, averages 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds.

North Carolina State: Junior guard Terry Henderson, a transfer from West Virginia who is sitting out the season, was arrested Monday in connection with a pellet gun incident. Henderson and another man were firing an air-powered gun at a vehicle in north Raleigh shortly after midnight early Monday morning, according to the report from the Raleigh Police Department. Henderson was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and discharging a firearm in Raleigh city limits.

Henderson averaged 11.7 points per game last season at West Virginia. He is expected to have a primary scoring role next season.

Charlotte: Men's basketball coach Alan Major will take an indefinite medical leave of absence. It's the second time this year Major has left the program for medical reasons.

The school announced in a news release Tuesday that the 46-year-old Major approached director of athletics Judy Rose to request the leave because of a return of health conditions. He had two eye surgeries and a heart procedure over the summer.

State women

Northern Kentucky 78, Georgetown 57: Melody Doss scored a season-high 22 points, and host Northern Kentucky scored 32 points off 28 Georgetown turnovers. Shar'Rae Davis added 14 points and Sarah Kinch had 10 for NKU (9-6).

Devanny King had 16 points, six rebounds and three assists for Georgetown (10-6). Emilie Ziese posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

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