|SPORTS HEADLINES 11/21/12|
College Basketball: Austin Peay rallied and took as much as a nine point lead in the second half and hung on to defeat Western Carolina 72-71 at the Cancun Challenge Tuesday. Travis Betran had 22 points, while Anthony Campbell added 21 for the Governors who improved to 2-2 on the season.
Western Kentucky lost to Iowa 63-55. The Hilltoppers were led in scoring by TJ Price with 16 points and Jamal Crook added 14. Western is now 2-2 on the season.
LSU defeated Northwestern State 102-95. Former Christian County standout Anthony Hickey had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in 34 minutes. The Tigers are now 3-0 on the season.
Women’s scores: Murray State defeated Evansville 76-62. The Lady Racers improved to 2-3 on the season with the victory.
Tonight’s games: 7th ranked Kentucky returns to the Rupp Arena floor to take on in state rival Morehead State. Ryan Harrow did return to practice Tuesday for the first time since getting his “mysterious” illness, with Coach John Calipari saying he would decide after today’s shoot around if Harrow would see any playing time this evening. Coverage of the game begins at 4:30 this afternoon on Lite 98.7.
Austin Peay will play Gardner Webb and Western Kentucky meets DePaul in the Cancun Challenge.
The semifinals of the NIT season tip off take place this evening in New York with Kansas State meeting Delaware, followed by Michigan and Pittsburgh. Coverage of both games airs at 5:45 on Newstalk 95.3 FM/1230 AM WHOP.
A report indicates North Carolina and Louisville have agreed to play in the 2013 Hall of Fame Tip off Tournament. Other teams in the field include OVC member Belmont Richmond, Holy Cross and Hofstra, along with Fairfield University and the University of Hartford.
The tournament is sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Third ranked Ohio State won this year’s just completed tournament, with Kentucky winning it in 2011.
College Football: Legendary Georgia football coach Vince Dooley tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution his son Derek’s firing at Tennessee was painful, but he understood why and knew it was going to happen. The elder Dooley also said his son chose not to coach the Vols final game Saturday against Kentucky because he did not want to be a distraction to the team.
Meanwhile, as the Vols prepare for Kentucky, interim coach Jim Chaney tells the Knoxville News Sentinel the team was a little lethargic in practice Tuesday. He hopes today’s workout will be better. Coverage of Saturday’s game airs at 9:30 am on Lite 98.7.
The Ohio Valley Conference announced its all conference teams Tuesday. Murray State quarterback Casey Brockman and return specialist Walter Powell were named to the first team, with Powell also named as a second team wide receiver. Offensive lineman Roderick Tomlin was also named to the second team, with junior Jammal Berry named to the All Newcomer team.
Austin Peay redshirt freshman tailback Reco Williams was also named to the All Newcomer team.
The Tennessean reports the Music City Bowl is developing a contingency play in case there is no team from its bowl tie in, the Atlantic Coast Conference. Two teams, Miami and North Carolina are not bowl eligible, leaving only five schools available.
Bowl president Scott Ramsey says he is in talks with the Sun Belt and Mid American conferences to have a team if an ACC team does not pan out. Ramsey also states right now, Vanderbilt is a shoo in to be the team from the SEC.
NFL: Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak says if the team wants to make the AFC playoffs, now is the time to make the move. Following an off week, the Titans are back in action Sunday at Jacksonville.