Georgetown 66, Campbellsville 62: Georgetown’s women used a huge second quarter to pull off an upset of Campbellsville, which came into the game ranked No. 1 in NAIA. Georgetown (9-11), which ended Campbellsville’s 24-game home winning streak, outscored them 22-14 in that period.
The 62 points for Campbellsville (19-4) was 10 points below what the it had averaged in Mid-South Conference play.
“Defense is what won that game today,” Georgetown Coach Andrea McCloskey said. “We buckled down defensively with 12 blocks today. Teonia (McCune) had six, none bigger than in the final 90 seconds of the game rejecting a three-point attempt as we had a one-point lead.”
Jessica Foster finished with a team-high 25 points, including the 1,000th of her career, for Georgetown. McCune, a former Fern Creek standout, also had eight points and eight rebounds.
“This is a great win for us,” McCune said. “A lot of people doubted us, but we came in with a specific game plan, and we got it done playing Georgetown basketball. I’m so proud of my team and coaches. We played to win today.”
Lindsey Burd (Hart County) had 26 points and 13 rebounds for Campbellsville.
Eastern Kentucky 100, Morehead State 93 (OT): Trailing by two with 1:19 to play in overtime, junior Michaela Hunter (Rockcastle County) made a three-pointer to put the Colonels ahead for good in Richmond. Hunter finished with a game-high 23 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Middle Tennessee 83, Western Kentucky 75: The Hilltoppers’ 14-game winning streak ended in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Tashia Brown led WKU with 19 points, and Kendall Noble (Perry County Central) had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Transylvania 61, Anderson 51: Katelyn Smith (Perry County Central) and Celia Kline scored 15 points apiece in the Pioneers’ win in Anderson, Ind. Shawn Kolani added 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Northern Kentucky 88, Youngstown State 77: Courtney Roush (Mercy) was 7-for-7 at the free-throw line and led the visiting Norse with 20 points.
Big 12/SEC Challenge
No. 1 Oklahoma 77, LSU 75: Buddy Hield made seven of his eight three-pointers in the second half on his way to a 32-point performance, Isaiah Cousins hit a go-ahead jumper with 4 seconds left and the Sooners (18-2) overcame a 14-point deficit to escape Baton Rouge, La., with a victory.
“That’s all confidence,” Hield said of his flourish down the stretch, which came after he’d made one of his first five threes. “My teammates keep lifting me up, even when I start off missing the first two of the second half. They find me in good spots and I was able to knock down good, rhythm shots.”
LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons – like Hield a top candidate for college player of the year – had his share of highlights in a 14-point performance, including a memorable driving reverse dunk. But he had trouble even getting his hands on the ball in the last 10 minutes.
Florida 88, No. 9 West Virginia 71: Dorian Finney-Smith scored 24 points, Brandone Francis-Ramirez hit three huge three-pointers and the Gators knocked off the Mountaineers in Gainesville, Fla.
It gave first-year Gators coach Mike White a signature win and could help his team’s chances of making the NCAA Tournament in March. Florida (14-7) had lost its last 12 games against top-10 teams, but put together arguably its most complete outing of the season against the Mountaineers (17-4).
“It’s a really big win,” White said. “I’m worried about this team being as good as we can be and seeing how far we can play into the postseason and getting into the real postseason that we want to be in, and this is a step for sure. This doesn’t guarantee anything, obviously. We have a ways to go. … Most importantly, it shows our guys this is what we’re capable of. Can we match that?”
Jaysean Page (Perry County Central) and Tarik Phillip scored 15 apiece for West Virginia, which gave up its most points of the season.
Kansas State 69, Mississippi 64: D.J. Johnson scored eight of his 14 points during a 19-2 run in the second half for the host Wildcats.
Rebels star Stefan Moody, who was held to 10 points, entered leading the SEC in scoring at 24.3 points per game, including 14 straight with 20-plus points.
Arkansas 75, Texas Tech 68 (OT): Dusty Hannahs scored 25 points against his former school, and Moses Kingsley added 17 points and 11 rebounds for host Arkansas.
No. 5 Texas A&M 72, No. 14 Iowa State 62: Danuel House scored 20 points, including a go-ahead three late in the second half in College Station, Texas.
Texas 72, Vanderbilt 58: Kerwin Roach Jr. had 15 points and 11 rebounds and Texas overcame Vanderbilt’s bigger lineup with tenacious defense in Austin, Texas.
TCU 75, Tennessee 63: Malique Trent scored 14 of his 15 points after halftime as host TCU rallied from a 14-point deficit to end a five-game losing streak.
Other men’s games
Kentucky Wesleyan 101, Ohio Valley 79: Former Madison Central standout Ken-Jah Bosley scored a career-high 32 points, including going 10-for-10 at the free-throw line for the Panthers in Owensboro. Devin Langford added 20 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals, and Tamron Manning (Scott County) had nine points and two steals.
Bosley, a junior who is averaging 17.5 points per game, is shooting 87.0 percent from the free-throw line this season.
Georgetown 90, Campbellsville 69: Noah Cotrill went 5-for-8 from three-point range and contributed 28 points, eight rebounds and three assists to the Georgetown’s win in Campbellsville.
Union 86, Montreat (N.C.) 72: JD Tucker’s game-high 30 points included four three-pointers. He also had eight rebounds and five assists for the Bulldogs (18-4). Gerrard Newby (Henry Clay) added 15 points, 13 rebounds and four steals.
UT Martin 63, Murray St 59: Alex Anderson scored 20 points and Twymond Howard had 19 as host Tennessee-Martin snapped a four-game slide.
South Carolina 78, Alabama 64: Michael Carrera had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Gamecocks past the Tide in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina (19-2) matched its best start in 46 years.
No. 2 North Carolina 89, Boston College 62: Brice Johnson had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and the host Tar Heels won their 12th straight game. Marcus Paige had 12 points for his highest-scoring game in three weeks while Joel Berry II added 13 points.
UAB 81, Marshall 78: Dirk Williams scored 16 points, Lee William added 15 and visiting UAB (18-4, 8-1) took sole possession of first place in Conference USA. James Kelly led Marshall (11-11, 7-2) with 28 points and 10 rebounds.
Marquette 75, Butler 69: Kelan Martin (Ballard) scored a career-high 27 points in the Bulldogs’ loss in Milwaukee.
No. 19 Indiana 74, Minnesota 68: Thomas Bryant scored a career-high 23 points for the Hoosiers in Bloomington, Ind.
Chattanooga 63, Samford 56: Christen Cunningham (Henry Clay) and Darius Jones-Gibson (Tates Creek) 15 and 14 points, respectively for Samford (11-11).
Anderson 103, Transylvania 83: Parker Stansberry (Dixie Heights) and Alex Jones (Saint Xavier) scored 22 points apiece in the Pioneers’ loss in Anderson, Ind.