Jodie Meeks scored a school-record 54 points to help Kentucky cruise to a 90-72 win over No. 24 Tennessee last night.
Meeks, who broke Dan Issel's 39-year-old record of 53 points set at Mississippi, was mobbed by his Kentucky teammates in the middle of the Thompson-Boling Arena court in Knoxville, where the Wildcats (13-4, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) handed the Volunteers their third loss in January.
"It means a lot to be in the same sentence as Dan Issel. It's mind-boggling," he said. "I was just out there playing to win."
The conference's leading scorer surpassed his previous high of 46 points, which he set Dec. 20 against Appalachian State, with 4:50 left as he hit an open three, one of 10 three-pointers he would make for the night. He set the record on free throws with 1:31 left.
Down six at the half, Tennessee (10-5, 1-1) cut Kentucky's lead to 43-41 on a basket by Wayne Chism a minute and a half into the second half. But the Vols' spotty defense couldn't contain Meeks, helped the Wildcats to a 10-0 run for a 53-41 lead.
Florida State 78, N.C. State 65: : Toney Douglas scored 21 points and the visiting Seminoles scored 12 straight points down the stretch of their victory over the Wolfpack.
Uche Echefu and Solomon Alabi added 12 points apiece for the Seminoles (14-3, 1-1). Florida State held the Wolfpack (9-5, 0-2) to one field goal over the final six minutes while outscoring it 19-2 during that span.
"We've got to learn how to maintain our leads - especially on the road," Douglas said.
JOHNS HOPKINS 62, GETTYSBURG 61:: Scott Weisenfeld's free throws with four seconds left were the difference as the Blue Jays (9-3, 4-1 Centennial) held on to defeat the visiting Bullets (6-4, 1-4).
MCDANIEL 66, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 57:: Josh McKay (Eastern Tech) scored a season-best 21 points and added 12 rebounds in the Green Terror's (9-3, 4-1 Centennial) upset over the visiting Diplomats (11-1, 4-1).
HARTFORD 85, UMBC 52:: The Retrievers (9-7, 1-2 America East) fell behind 27-3 and never recovered in their loss to the host Hawks (8-7, 3-0).
UDC 55, BOWIE STATE 52:: DeVaughn Hailey and Lillian McGill each made two free throws in the final 10.6 seconds to help the Firebirds (13-2) defeat the visiting Lady Bulldogs (6-6).
JOHNS HOPKINS 62, GETTYSBURG 50:: Lyndsay Burton had 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Jays (5-7, 3-2 Centennial) defeated the visiting Bullets (6-7, 3-3).
The sophomore shot 50 percent from the field in getting her second double double of the season.
SWARTHMORE 82, MCDANIEL 65:: All five starters scored in the double digits for the Scarlet (7-6, 4-2 Centennial) in its win over the visiting Green Terror (5-6, 3-3).
Off the court
Miami: : Coach Frank Haith said he doesn't expect sophomore point guard Eddie Rios to return to the team this season.
Rios was suspended indefinitely this week for a second time for violating team rules. Last month he sat one game before returning four days later. Rios averaged 4.7 points in 13 games, making four starts in replacing injured starter Lance Hurdle.
Et cetera: : Kansas guard Mario Little, the 2008-09 Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year, is going to play out the season instead of applying for a medical hardship because of injuries that caused him to miss the first 12 games. ... Georgia Southern guard Willie Powers, the team's leading scorer at 14.5 points, will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.