College Basketball

Roundup: Nerlens Noel leads Kentucky to victory

Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel reached up to block a layup attempt by Mississippi forward Murphy Holloway in the second half.
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Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel reached up to block a layup attempt by Mississippi forward Murphy Holloway in the second half.

Nerlens Noel set a school record with 12 blocked shots and Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 26 points as Kentucky beat No. 16 Mississippi, 87-74, on Tuesday night in Oxford, Miss.

Kentucky (14-6, 5-2 SEC) looked like it might run away with the win, taking a 73-56 lead with 10 minutes remaining. But the Rebels roared back with 16 straight points, cutting the deficit to 73-72 with 4:22 left.

Mississippi (17-3, 6-1) had its nine-game winning streak snapped. LaDarius White led the Rebels with 22 points.


Mississippi’s Murphy Holloway (eight rebounds) passed Walter Actwood to become the school’s all-time leading rebounder, grabbing his 946th in the second half.

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Ohio State 58, Wisconsin 49 — Deshaun Thomas scored 25 points, including 10 during a 15-0 second-half run, to lead the No. 11 Buckeyes (16-4, 6-2 Big Ten) past the visiting Badgers (14-7, 5-3).

Indiana State 68, Wichita State 55 — Manny Arop scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting as the visiting Sycamores (14-7, 7-3 MVC) defeated the No. 15 Shockers.

 Wichita State (19-3, 8-2) had its 19-game home winning streak snapped.

Virginia 58, North Carolina State 55 Joe Harris scored 22 points, including 7 during a game-ending 13-6 run, and the Cavaliers slipped past the No. 19 Wolfpack in Charlottesville, Va.


N.C. State (16-5, 5-3) became the 17th team, including all seven ACC opponents, to be held under 60 points by Virginia (15-5, 5-2).

C.J. Leslie led the Wolfpack with 20 points and 14 boards.

Minnesota 84, Nebraska 65 — Rodney Williams scored 23 points and the No. 23 Golden Gophers topped the visiting Cornhuskers (11-11, 2-7 Big Ten).

 Minnesota (16-5, 4-4) snapped its four-game losing skid. Ray Gallegos scored 30 points for Nebraska.


Connecticut 76, Villanova 43 — Stefanie Dolson scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the third-ranked Huskies (19-1, 6-1 Big East) over the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2) in Hartford.


Delaware 77, Northeastern 50 — Elena Delle Donne scored 26 points as the No. 25 Blue Hens (16-3, 7-0) won their 11th game in a row, and 26th consecutive regular-season CAA game, with a rout of the visiting Huskies.

 Northeastern (11-8, 4-4) lost to the Hens for the 23d straight time.

New Hampshire 61, Maine 54 — Kaylee Kilpatrick and Cari Reed each netted 16 points as the host Wildcats (8-12, 3-5 America East) beat Maine (2-19, 1-7).

Tufts 52, Rhode Island College 35 — Kelsey Morehead scored 13 points as the host Jumbos (21-0) cruised past the Anchorwomen (12-8). Tufts plays at undefeated Amherst (20-0) on Saturday.