Sophomore guard Roger McClendon scored 24 of his 35 points in the second half and Tony Wilson had a three-point play with eight seconds left as visiting Cincinnati beat No. 13 Louisville, 84-82, in a Metro Conference game last night.
It was the first game for Cincinnati (7-9, 3-3) since the Bearcats defeated No. 20 Virginia Tech, 107-104, in double overtime Saturday.
With Louisville (11-5, 2-2) holding a 56-43 lead, Cincinnati had a 14-4 burst to get within three points with 10:29 left. McClendon had nine points, mostly on long shots, during the run. Cincinnati tied the score on a 20-footer by McClendon with 5:29 left.
Wilson, fouled after picking up a loose ball, hit two free throws to put Cincinnati up, 80-76, with 29 seconds left. Louisville cut the lead to 81-80 on Jeff Hall's layup with 11 seconds left, but Wilson broke free on the inbounds play for a layup, was fouled, and made the free throw.
*Memphis St. 68, S. Miss. 64: The No. 3 Tigers needed a late rally at Hattiesburg and got it, the last nine points of the game, with Andre Turner's layup after an errant USM pass breaking a 64-64 tie. Memphis State is 18-0, 4-0 in the Metro Conference. The Golden Eagles fell to 9-8, 1-4.
The winners' William Bedford led scorers with 24 points.
*W. Kentucky 62, VCU 60: Billy Gordon made a 10-foot shot with six seconds left to win the Sun Belt Conference game in Bowling Green, Ky. Virginia Commonwealth (4-11, 1-4), ahead most of the way, took its biggest lead at 54-42 with 11:29. From there, it was all Hilltoppers (13-3, 3-1).
*Pitt 95, Duquesne 76: Curtis Aiken scored 21 points and reserve Darryl Shepherd, a transfer from Duquesne, had 19 for Pittsburgh (12-5). The Dukes (8-6) were going for the school's 1,000th victory.
*Richmond 61, J. Madison 44: John Newman had 21 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Spiders.
Richmond is 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association to the Dukes' 4-12, 2-3.
*W. Virginia 76, Towson St. 62: The Mountaineers (12-5) had little trouble with the Tigers (4-10) in Morgantown, W.Va.
*Notre Dame 91, Hofstra 67: In South Bend, Ind., Donald Royal scored 20 points to lead the No. 16 Fighting Irish (11-2), who used a 12-0 run for a secure 75-51 lead.