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Basketball highlights: Thomas More’s Sydney Moss breaks conference’s career scoring mark

Sydney Moss, who played at Boone County High School, was a star for the Thomas More College women's basketball program during its championship seasons at the NCAA Division III level.
Sydney Moss, who played at Boone County High School, was a star for the Thomas More College women's basketball program during its championship seasons at the NCAA Division III level. Thomas More College

Thomas More 94, Saint Vincent 46: Former Boone County star Sydney Moss scored 30 points and became the all-time leading scorer in Presidents’ Athletic Conference women’s basketball history, and Thomas More completed its third straight undefeated regular season with a win in Crestview Hills.

Moss made a three-pointer at the 3:03 mark of the first quarter for her 14th point of the game and 2,087th career point. The conference’s previous mark of 2,086 was set by Thiel’s Tricia Kosenina in 1993. Moss finished the game with 2,103 career points.

The Saints (25-0; 18-0 PAC) will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s PAC Championship Tournament.

Abby Owings (Simon Kenton) added 15 points for the Saints.

Eastern Kentucky 89, Morehead State 77: Up 57-56 with 3:09 to go in the third, the Colonels went on a 10-4 run to close the period and gain momentum for good. Michaela Hunter (Rockcastle County) finished with a season-high 28 points and tied a season-high with four three-pointers.

Transylvania 84, Manchester 74: Senior guard Shawn Kolani netted a team-high 19 points on Senior Day, adding six assists. Celia Kline added 18 points and Katelyn Smith added 17 .

With the Pioneers trailing by one, Kline scored the first four points of the final quarter and Smith dropped in the next four to retake the lead. Kline and Smith carried Transy the rest of the way with a combined 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Kolani contributed with four late free throws. Transy nailed seven of their last eight attempts from the line in the final 1:07 of the game to put the contest out of reach and secure a ten-point victory.

Austin Peay 52, Murray State 27: Austin Peay outscored the Murray State women 52-27 in the second half to rally. Jasmine Borders scored a career-high 18 points on 7-for-12 shooting and was 3 of 5 from three-point range in the loss while Ke'Shunan James scored a team-best 19. The Racers were outscored 40-30 in points in the paint and allowed 22 points off of 12 turnovers.

Charlotte 81, Western Kentucky 72: Kendall Noble tied for the lead among all scorers with 19 points for the Lady Toppers (20-5, 11-3 C-USA), Ivy Brown added 14 and Tashia Brown chipped in 10 points. The two teams carried a 33-33 tie into the locker room at halftime, but WKU fell behind down the stretch.

Nation men

No. 3 Oklahoma 76, No. 10 West Virginia 62: Buddy Hield scored 29 points to lead the Sooners to a victory in Morgantown, W.Va. Former Perry County Central standout Jaysean Paige scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, but the Mountaineers couldn’t answer with its own decisive run.

“They made more shots than we made,” West Virginia Coach Bob Huggins said. “They’ve got Buddy Hield and we don’t.”

No.2 Kansas 72, Kansas State 63: Second-ranked Kansas had to show plenty of fight to hold off Kansas State on Saturday. Perry Ellis has the wounds to prove it.

The Jayhawks’ leading scorer missed a long stretch in the second half with a gouge behind his right ear that required 12 stitches. Then, Ellis got scratched in the eye by teammate Wayne Selden Jr. during a flurry with the game in the balance, sending the senior forward to the bench once again.

Ellis still managed 14 points and Kansas wound up getting just enough from everyone else down the stretch for the win.

No. 8 Xavier 88, Georgetown 70: Xavier broke open a tight game by making 12 of its first 13 shots after halftime, and Edmond Sumner finished with a career-best 22 points in Washington.

St. Bonaventure 79, No. 15 Dayton 72: Jaylen Adams matched his career high with 31 points and hit the big shots in the final 36 seconds, leading the Bonnies to their first road win over a ranked team in team history.

No. 5 North Carolina 96, No. 11 Miami 71: The host Tar Heels’ Brice Johnson had 16 points and 15 rebounds in a matchup of first-place teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina opened the second half on a 10-0 burst to turn it into a blowout.

No. 1 Villanova 77, Butler 67: Josh Hart scored 22 points and Kris Jenkins had 20 in the host Wildcats’ seventh straight victory. Kelan Martin (Ballard) scored 19 points for the Bulldogs.

No. 25 Baylor 78, No. 24 Texas 64: Johnathan Motley scored 24 points on 12-for-13 shooting for the visiting Bears.

Drexel 74, William & Mary 69: Omar Prewitt (Montgomery County) scored 29 points on 11-for-16 shooting in William & Mary’s loss in Williamsburg, Va.

Samford 73, VMI 67: Wyatt Walker scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and Samford ended a three-game losing streak. Darius Jones-Gibson (Tates Creek) scored 13 points and Christen Cunningham (Henry Clay) had 11 for the Bulldogs.

SEC men

Tennessee 81, LSU 65: Armani Moore had 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists as the host Volunteers withstood the absence of leading scorer Kevin Punter Jr.

Punter injured his right foot Thursday in a loss at No. 14 Kentucky. Punter averages 22.2 points per game and entered the day ranked 10th among all Division I players in scoring.

Ben Simmons was out of LSU’s starting lineup for the first time all season, though the standout freshman entered 4 1/2 minutes into the game and had 21 points and nine rebounds. But he also had eight turnovers to match his season high.

LSU Coach Johnny Jones said Simmons didn’t start because “we had to address some academic stuff with him.”

South Carolina 73, Florida 69 (OT): Michael Carrera scored 20 points, including the go-ahead foul shots in overtime, for the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C. The Gators had a chance to tie in the final 10 seconds, but Chris Chiozza missed a three-pointer.

Vanderbilt 80, Georgia 67: Damian Jones scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds for the Commodores in Nashville.

Mississippi 69, Auburn 59: Stefan Moody had 23 points on 8-for-18 shooting and the Rebels won in Auburn, Ala. Cinmeon Bowers had 11 points and 17 rebounds for the Tigers.

Mississippi State 67, Alabama 61: Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 15 points and the Bulldogs won in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

State men

Georgetown 111, Life 89: The Tigers got 25 points and nine rebounds from Chris Coffey (Seneca) while improving to 24-3 on the season. Noah Cottrill added 22 points, and Trent Gilbert (Scott County) and Troy Steward (Fleming County) added 13 apiece. Jordan Green (Henry Clay) had nine points and six assists.

Western Kentucky 59, Charlotte 54: Justin Johnson (Perry County Central) slammed home a dunk with 1:23 left in the game to give the Hilltoppers their first lead since early in the first half, and WKU held on from there to win in Bowling Green. Johnson finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Cumberlands 79, Pikeville 78: D’Lando Carter’s scored a career-high 38 points, including going 9-for-14 from three-point range, for the Patriots. K.K. Simmons led the Bears with 18 points.

Manchester 97, Transylvania 80: In his final home game, Pioneers senior Parker Stansberry (Dixie Heights) scored 31 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was 5-for-9 from three-point range. Freshman Cooper Theobald (Covington Catholic) had 18 points and four assists. Despite the loss, Transylvania still secured the final spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference’s postseason tournament.

Bellarmine 78, Illinois Springfield 50: The Knights’ win clinched them the No. 1 seed in the Great Valley Conference Tournament. Adam Eberhard led the way with a career-high 17 points. Rusty Troutman (Bullitt East) had 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

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