The shooting touch that kept Austin Peay in contention against Kentucky through most of the second half failed the Governors down the stretch. Gerald Fitch scored 14 points and No. 8 Kentucky withstood a second-half rally to beat the Governors, 61-53, yesterday in Louisville, Ky.
Kentucky (8-1) never trailed, but needed 5-for-6 shooting from the foul line in the final minute to hold off Austin Peay, which trimmed a 17-point second-half deficit to 56-53 with 2:49 left.
Austin Peay squandered a chance to tie when Adrian Henning missed a 3-point attempt with 2:02 left. The Governors (3-7), the defending Ohio Valley Conference champions, missed their last four field goal attempts and two free throw tries. Chuck Hayes had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Erik Daniels added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Kentucky, which hosts No. 9 North Carolina Saturday.Maurice Hampton scored 17 points for Austin Peay. Anthony Davis finished with 15. Gonzaga 70, Eastern Wash. 49 -- At Spokane, Wash., Adam Morrison scored 15 points and the 16th-ranked Bulldogs (9-2) downed the overmatched Eagles for the 18th straight time. Eastern Washington (3-9) shot 23 percent in the first half, making just six of 26 shots. Gonzaga built a 41-21 halftime lead behind five blocks and seven steals. Holy Cross 68, Iona 55 -- John Hurley had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Keith Simmons added 11 points for the Crusaders (5-6) in New Rochelle, N.Y.Nate Lufkin added 10 points for Holy Cross. DeShaun Williams had 14 points and nine rebounds for Iona (3-7).WomenKansas St. 75, Texas-San Antonio 45 -- Nicole Ohlde had 20 points and 10 rebounds, powering the No. 11 Wildcats (9-2) in the UTSA Classic in San Antonio.TCU 91, N. Texas 53 -- At Fort Worth, the 19th-ranked Lady Frogs (10-1) extended their winning streak to 10 games behind Sandora Irvin's 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks.Fairleigh Dickinson 78, Yale 69 -- Erica Davis (16 points) and the winless Bulldogs (0-8) erased an 18-point second-half deficit, but still fell short against the host Knights (4-4).Bentley 72, Eckerd 58 -- The Falcons (7-3), ranked 13th in Division 2, needed 21 points and 12 rebounds from Shevon Gibbons to pull away in St. Petersburg, Fla.Southern Maine 81, Wis.-Stout 71 -- Tiffany Jones had 22 points for the Huskies (8-1), winners of five straight after prevailing in the Grand Canyon Classic final in Phoenix.Keene St. 73, Gordon 57 -- After sitting out seven games with a back injury, Kristin Karat returned to lead the Owls (5-3) with 17 points in the Grand Canyon consolation.