Ware has big night in Gamecocks’ win

Former Christian County Colonel De’Torrion Ware finished with team-highs in scoring and rebounds as he led Jacksonville State to a 65-58 win over Southeast Missouri State.

Ware recorded a double-double in the win, finishing with 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Gamecocks improve to 11-17 on the season.

JSU will host UT Martin on Saturday in its next contest.

Racers lose big lead, fall to Eastern Illinois

Murray State led Eastern Illinois 50-23 at one point in the game but allowed the Panthers to outscore it 40-10 down the stretch to steal a 63-60 win.

After a shot-clock violation on the offensive end for the Racers, EIU’s Josiah Wallace hit a game-winner to push the Panthers over Murray State in Charleston, Illinois, to complete the comeback. EIU led for a total of two seconds in the game.

Former Hopkinsville Tiger JaQualis Matlock didn’t score but pulled down seven rebounds in the win. Tevin Brown led Murray State with 13 points.

EIU will return to action when it hosts Austin Peay while Murray State will face SIUE Saturday.

Austin Peay cruises to win over SIUE

The Austin Peay Governors cruised on Thursday night as they defeated SIUE 78-60.

Eli Abaev led the way for Austin Peay with 19 points in the win. Former Bowling Green standout Terry Taylor finished with 16 points.

With their win and Murray State’s loss, the Govs now hold sole possession of first place in the Ohio Valley Conference race.

Austin Peay will face Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

Howard, No. 14 Kentucky women race past Ole Miss, 94-52

Rhyne Howard scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds as No. 14 Kentucky coasted to a 94-52 win over Mississippi on Thursday night.

Sabrina Haines and Chasity Patterson added 15 points apiece for the Wildcats (20-5, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) with Jaida Roper and Blair Green splitting 20.

Mimi Reid and Jayla Alexander scored 12 apiece for the Rebels (7-19, 0-13) and Deja Cage had 11.

Ole Miss scored the first seven points and had a 10-5 lead after a Cage 3-pointer but the Wildcats closed the first quarter with a 13-0 run for an 18-10 lead. Kentucky jumped the lead to 36-18 at the half.

After shooting 40% in the first half, the Wildcats shot 62% in the second half, including going 7 of 12 from 3-point range, and cruised to their highest offensive output of the season.

Kentucky forced 21 turnovers and turned those into 31 points, had a 40-26 rebounding advantage and a 41-7 advantage off the bench.

Southern Illinois stymie Evansville in 2nd half, win, 70-53

Marcus Domask had 19 points as Southern Illinois got past Evansville 70-53 on Thursday night. Eric McGill added 18 points for the Salukis, while Lance Jones chipped in 15.

Evansville scored a season-low 16 points in the second half.

K.J. Riley had 10 points for the Purple Aces (9-19, 0-15 Missouri Valley Conference), who have now lost 15 straight games. DeAndre Williams added seven rebounds.

The Salukis (16-12, 10-5) improve to 2-0 against the Purple Aces for the season. Southern Illinois defeated Evansville 64-60 on Feb. 5. Southern Illinois matches up against Northern Iowa on the road on Sunday. Evansville faces Indiana State at home on Sunday.

Monk, Bridges lead Hornets over cold-shooting Bulls, 103-93

Malik Monk scored 25 points, Miles Bridges added 22 and the Charlotte Hornets hung on to beat the cold-shooting Chicago Bulls 103-93 on Thursday night.

After the NBA put on a memorable show last weekend with the All-Star festivities in Chicago for the first time since 1988, the Hornets and Bulls delivered a rather forgettable performance.

The Hornets let a 21-point lead in the third quarter shrink to two. But they regrouped to win their third in a row after losing five straight and 13 of 14.

The Bulls missed their first 17 3-pointers before Zach LaVine made one in the third quarter and 7 of 31 from beyond the arc in losing their seventh straight game.

P.J. Washington scored 17 points for Charlotte. Cody Zeller added 16 points and eight rebounds. Bridges also grabbed eight rebounds after taking MVP honors in the Rising Stars Challenge at the United Center during All-Star weekend.

Thaddeus Young led Chicago with season highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds. LaVine scored 19 points.

No. 22 Arkansas women beat Tennessee 83-75

Amber Ramirez scored 29 points with five 3-pointers to help No. 22 Arkansas beat Tennessee 83-75 on Thursday night.

Alexis Tolefree added 22 points and Chelsea Dungee scored 16 for the Razorbacks (21-5, 9-4 SEC), who made all four free throws after the Volunteers (17-9, 7-6) cut a 16-point deficit to 79-75 on Rennia Davis’ 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.

Ramirez capped an 11-2 run with back-to-back 3-pointers that made it 51-38 with 2:48 left in the third quarter. Makayla Daniels’ layup early in the fourth gave Arkansas its biggest lead at 62-46.

Rae Burrell led Tennessee with 21 points and nine rebounds and made 8 of 13 shots from the field. Davis added 18 points and eight boards.

The Volunteers opened the game on a 6-0 run and led through most of the first quarter. Tolefree’s jumper at the end of the period gave Arkansas the lead for good.

Nets’ Kyrie Irving to have season-ending shoulder surgery

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and miss the rest of the season.

The Nets made the announcement Thursday before playing the Philadelphia 76ers in their first game after the All-Star break.

Coach Kenny Atkinson said earlier this week that the point guard was still having trouble with the shoulder that sidelined him for 26 games earlier this season and wouldn’t play Thursday.

Irving said pain in the shoulder initially worsened after a game on Nov. 4 and he played for about a week before sitting out for nearly two months.

He was limited to just 20 games after signing with the Nets in July.

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