COLUMBIA — Lakeem Jackson scored a season-high 16 points to help South Carolina pull away late for a 74-69 victory over Appalachian State Wednesday night.
Appalachian State pulled within two points on a layup by Jay Canty with 21 seconds remaining, but Eric Smith connected on one free throw for the Gamecocks (7-3) and LaShay Page sank two with 4 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Jackson and Page combined for nine of South Carolina’s final 16 points, beginning with seven straight to start a 9-0 run that broke open a tight game.
Page, who was scoreless until that point, began the run with a three-point play and two free throws to give South Carolina a 63-58 lead with 4:19 remaining. Jackson and Mindaugas Kacinas added layups to end the run.
Page scored seven points in the final 4:42.
Appalachian State kept chipping away and had a chance to tie but Nathan Healy missed a 3-pointer that could have forced overtime.
The Mountaineers (2-8) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half but used a 15-5 run to take their first lead, 35-34, on a fast-break basket by Canty with 28 seconds left. Bruce Ellington gave South Carolina a 37-35 halftime lead on his 3-pointer with 7 seconds remaining.
Kacinas, who made his first career start, recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Brenton Williams chipped in 11 points, and Eric Smith had a career-high nine assists.
Tevin Baskin, Mike Neal and Canty each scored 16 points to lead the Mountaineers.
• (At) No. 1 Duke 88, Cornell 47 | Seth Curry scored 20 points, Mason Plumlee added 18 and Duke reeled off 23 straight points in a rout of Cornell.
Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points and Quinn Cook had a career-high 12 assists while showing up all over the box score for the Blue Devils (10-0).
Playing as a top-ranked team for the 210th time under Mike Krzyzewski – but the first since February 2011 – they posted two key season highs, shooting 56.7 percent and forcing 26 turnovers, while holding the Big Red scoreless for an 8-minute stretch when the game got away from them.
Shonn Miller had 12 points to lead Cornell (4-7). The Big Red missed their first 10 shots of the second half and shot 22.6 percent over the final 20 minutes to lose their third in four games and falling to 0-4 all-time against No. 1 teams.
• (At) Virginia 75, Morgan State 57 | Akil Mitchell had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists and Virginia overcame sloppy play to beat Morgan State, the Cavaliers’ eighth consecutive victory.
Darion Atkins added a career-high 17 points and Joe Harris scored 14 for Virginia (9-2).
DeWayne Jackson scored 32, tying the record for an opponent at John Paul Jones Arena, for the Bears (3-5). The 32 points was also achieved by Clemson’s K.C. Rivers and Penn State’s Talor Battle.
Virginia led 43-34 when two baskets by Atkins sparked a 12-2 run early in the second half. With Jackson carrying the Bears, they closed within 59-50 with 6:54 to play before Virginia surged again.
A three-point play by Evan Nolte started another 12-2 run for Virginia, and they cruised from there.
• (At) No. 8 Florida 82, Southeastern Louisiana 43 | Mike Rosario scored a season-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists, and Florida routed Southeastern Louisiana.
The Gators (8-1) bounced back from a loss at No. 4 Arizona four days earlier, winning their only home game over a 40-day span.
Rosario made 8 of 13 shots, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range, and enjoyed his best game since transferring to Florida from Rutgers after the 2009-10 season. It came on the heels of a 16-point night against the Wildcats.
It’s a big swing for a senior guard coach Billy Donovan criticized earlier in the season. Donovan called Rosario soft before the season, and then ripped him for turnovers and a lack of defensive effort last month.
Rosario has responded well.
He was no match for the Lions (1-8), who have lost five straight.
• (At) Seton Hall 79, Longwood 61 | Senior guard Fuquan Edwin continued his fine season by scoring 19 points to lead Seton Hall to an easy victory over Longwood.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Pirates (9-2), while the Lancers (3-9) lost their second straight.
The Pirates took a 3-2 lead on a 3-pointer from Edwin and never looked back, breaking the game wide open on a 12-0 run late in the first half. Edwin scored nine of the 12 points during that five-minute span.
Besides Edwin, the Pirates got 13 points from Brian Oliver, who had been practically invisible in the past three games, and 11 points and eight rebounds from freshman Kevin Johnson, almost doubling his seasonal output.
Longwood was led by Jeylani Dublin, who had 13 points.
• (At) St. Bonaventure 97, The Citadel 57 | Chris Johnson and Demitrius Conger scored 16 points each to pace St. Bonaventure to a victory over The Citadel.
The Bonnies (7-3) posted their highest point total and largest victory margin of the season, while the Bulldogs (3-6) lost their fifth straight game.
After shooting a season-best 53.6 percent in an 87-53 win over Cleveland State last Saturday, the Bonnies bettered that against The Citadel, making 56.5 percent (35 of 62).
Marquise Simmons scored 11 of his 15 points in the first half, which ended with St. Bonaventure in front 43-28.
Eric Mosley scored seven straight points to start a 15-0 second-half run that stretched the lead to 58-30 with 15:02 left in the game. Mosley scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. Mike Groselle scored 14 points and Matt van Scyoc 13 to lead The Citadel.
• (At) No. 5 Louisville 79, Florida International 55 | Peyton Siva’s career highs of five 3-pointers and 12 assists helped Louisville roll past Florida International.
It was the first meeting between Cardinals coach Rick Pitino and Richard Pitino, his son and Panthers counterpart. The younger Pitino, 30, served two stints as a Louisville assistant before taking over for Isiah Thomas at FIU this season.
Siva finished with 15 points in posting his first double-double since the season opener.
Wayne Blackshear tied his career best with a game-high 18 points. Chane Behanan added 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first double-double this season.
The Cardinals (10-1) shot 49 percent and hit 12 3-pointers, tying a season high. They also committed just 11 turnovers in winning the 11th annual Billy Minardi Classic, named for Pitino’s brother-in-law who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Tymell Murphy scored 12 points and 12 rebounds for FIU (3-5).
• (At) No. 6 Indiana 93, Mount St. Mary’s 54 | Cody Zeller finished with 16 points and six rebounds, and Christian Watford added 15 points and eight rebounds, leading Indiana to a rout of Mount St. Mary’s.
The Hoosiers (10-1) looked like a team ready to make amends four days after its first loss of the season.
Five players scored in double figures for Indiana, which had a huge rebounding edge over the Mountaineers (4-5). The Hoosiers shot 70.6 percent – the fourth-best mark in school history.
Mount St. Mary’s was led by Rashad Whack with 17 points and Josh Castellanos and Sam Prescott added 10 each.
The Mountaineers trailed 30-26 with 5:38 left in the first half, but Indiana closed the half on a 9-0 run, opened the second half on an 18-2 run to make it 64-31 and never let the Mountaineers get closer than 31 points again.
• No. 11 Cincinnati 60, Xavier 45 | At Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick scored 25 points and led a second-half surge that carried Cincinnati to a victory over Xavier, renewing their crosstown rivalry amicably one year after it was marred by a brawl.
Cincinnati (11-0) won its 18th straight game at a downtown arena that has become the rivalry’s stage for the next two years, an attempt to take the nasty edge off the annual game.
No technical fouls, no showing off, no on-court dust-ups. It was back to being a good old rivalry.
And the Bearcats got the better of it in the second half behind Kilpatrick, who scored nine points in a 17-4 run that put them ahead to stay. Travis Taylor led Xavier (7-3) with 12 points.
• (At) No. 22 Notre Dame 85, Kennesaw State 57 | Jack Cooley had 14 points and 13 rebounds as Notre Dame beat Kennesaw State.
Cooley has five double-doubles in seven games. Jerian Grant added 14 points for the Irish (11-1).
The Owls (1-9) closed out the final four minutes of the first half on a 9-4 run. The spurt was capped by Markeith Cummings’ 3 as the first-half buzzer sounded, cutting the deficit to 34-28.
But Notre Dame (11-1) started the second half on a 17-5 run over the first 8:18, and stretched its lead to 53-33. The run included six points from Grant, four from Sherman, four from Cooley and a 3 by freshman Cameron Biedschied.
Aaron Anderson led Kennesaw State with 16 points, followed by Cummings, who had 15.
• (At) No. 24 Oklahoma State 69, Texas-Arlington 44 | Markel Brown scored 17 points and Phil Forte added 13 to lead Oklahoma State to a victory over Texas-Arlington.
Le'Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart both had 10 points and Philip Jurick pulled down 10 rebounds for the Cowboys (9-1).
Reserve Jamel Outler had 14 points and Kevin Butler added 11 for the Mavericks (5-3), who committed 31 turnovers.
Texas-Arlington committed 20 turnovers in the first half, four in the first 4 minutes, and Oklahoma State built a 13-3 advantage on the way to a 36-17 halftime lead.
The visitors did not hit the 20-point mark until Drew Charles' short jumper with 14:20 remaining in the game.
Kirby Gardner's basket put the Cowboys up 46-23 with 10:34 left and the Mavericks got no closer than 16 points the rest of the way.
Forte hit three 3-pointers in the final 6 minutes, the third putting the Cowboys up 26 points with just under 4 minutes left.