Senior center Josh Harrellson scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead 11th-ranked Kentucky to a 78-63 victory over No. 22 Louisville in Friday afternoon’s annual renewal of the Bluegrass State rivalry in Louisville.
“I knew I couldn’t let my teammates down,” Harrellson said. “I knew they were counting on me.”
While the Cardinals (11-2) focused most of their frontcourt defense on freshman Terrence Jones, Harrellson had the game of his life, sinking 10 of 12 field-goal attempts.
“I wouldn’t say Harrellson caught us by surprise, we just didn’t do what it takes to stop him,” Louisville guard Chris Smith said.
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Preston Knowles led Louisville with 22 points.
TOP 25 HIGHLIGHTS
No. 4 Connecticut 66, South Florida 61 (OT): The Huskies (11-1 overall, 1-1 Big East), coming off their first loss of the season to No. 6 Pittsburgh, trailed throughout against the Bulls (6-9, 0-2) in Hartford, Conn.
The got 24 points and eight rebounds from Kemba Walker, and made 22 free throws.
At No. 20 Michigan State 71, No. 14 Minnesota 62: Durrell Summers scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, and the Spartans (9-4, 1-0 Big Ten) shook off cold shooting to pull away from the Golden Gophers (11-3, 0-2).
The Portland Pilots (12-3) got 21 points each from Nemanja Mitrovic and Jared Stohl in an 88-79 victory over visiting Utah (7-7). …
Elliott Lloyd blocked Glen Dean’s shot with one second remaining to preserve a 75-73 victory by Northern Colorado (6-7, 20 Big Sky) at Eastern Washington (4-9, 1-1).
Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl was ejected from the Volunteers’ 91-78 home loss to College of Charleston, just one game before starting an eight-game suspension during Southeastern Conference play. He protested a foul call until he got two technical fouls.
No. 8 UCLA 60, at Washington 48: Rebekah Gardner came off the bench to hit a trio of 3-pointers and lead the Bruins with 15 points, and UCLA overcame an eight-point deficit early in the second half to hold off the Huskies in the Pacific-10 Conference opener from both teams.
The Bruins (11-1 overall) got just four points from leading scorer Darxia Morris, but 27 points from their bench.
Mackenzie Argens led Washington (5-5, 0-1) with a season-high 18 points.
USC 72, at Washington State 57: Jacki Gemelos and Briana Gilbreath scored 15 points each as the Trojans (9-3) beat the Cougars (2-11) in a Pac-10 opener.
Christina Marinacci added 12 points, and Cassie Harberts produced a double-double, scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for USC.
Ireti Amojo led WSU with a career-high 14 points, including four 3-pointers.
At Arizona 109, Oregon 94: Shanita Arnold scored a career-high 25 points, and the Wildcats (10-2) raced past the Ducks (9-3) in a Pac-10 opener.
At Arizona State 49, Oregon State 46: Kimberly Brandon had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Sun Devils (9-2) past the Beavers (7-5) in a Pac-10 opener.