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.
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.