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Thompson helps FGCU cruise past Samford

Bernard Thompson scored 15 points, one of four in double figures, as Florida Gulf Coast had no trouble with Samford in an 83-51 victory Saturday afternoon.

Thompson, a junior from Rockdale High School, hit 4-of-9 field goal attempts and added four rebounds, while Brett Comer led the Eagles (5-4) with 18 points.

Gulf Coast’s defense was outstanding, holding the visitors to just 19 made field goals, including a 2-of-16 performance from three-point range after the Bulldogs came into the game hitting 37 percent on 3-pointers.

Thompson, who is averaging 13.5 points in seven games, and Gulf Coast head to Tampa to play South Florida Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

No. 4 Wisconsin 86, Eastern Kentucky 61

The Badgers led by as much as 33 points and cruised at the Kohl Center.

Wisconsin stayed unbeaten at 12-0, the program’s best start since the 1915-1916 team also began 12-0. The Badgers, who were led by Ben Brust (20 points) and freshman reserve Nigel Hayes (17 points, 13-of-17 from the free throw line), shot 60 percent from the field.

Eastern Kentucky (7-4) got 21 points from Glenn Cosey in the first meeting between the schools since the Badgers’ double-overtime victory in the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands in November, 2005.

No. 6 Louisville 79, Western Kentucky 63

Russ Smith had 14 points and 10 assists and the Cardinals used a big second-half run to win their 14th straight at home.

Chris Harrison-Docks hit a jumper to pull Western Kentucky (5-4) to within 50-44 with 11:35 to play in the game. Louisville went on a 13-0 spurt over the six minutes to seal its fifth consecutive win in the series.

The Hilltoppers’ last victory came in a 68-54 shocker against then-No. 3 Louisville in November, 2008.

T.J. Price led all scorers with 22 points for Western Kentucky.

Saint Peter’s 83, Seton Hall 80 (OT)

The Saint Peter’s men’s basketball team had been waiting 18 years for a chance to beat Seton Hall, so it was fitting that the Peacocks had to wait an extra five minutes Saturday. Desi Washington scored a career-high 34 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer with five seconds left in overtime, lifting Saint Peter’s to a victory at the Prudential Center.

The dramatic victory snapped a 17-game losing streak in the series with Seton Hall. The Peacocks had last defeated their in-state rival on December 13, 1995.

Brian Oliver, who scored a team-high 26 points for Seton Hall (7-4), got the game to overtime with a dramatic shot of his own, hitting a 3-pointer at the regulation buzzer.

The teams traded baskets for much of the overtime period with Washington hitting a 3-pointer, one of 10 long balls the visitors hit on 19 attempts, to put Saint Peter’s (3-6) up 78-75 with 42 seconds remaining. It was a three-point game when Oliver knocked down another tying shot from three-point land to make it 80-80 with 13 seconds left.

Pittsburgh 91, Youngstown State 73

Lamar Patterson scored 18 points to lead five in double figures in the Pirates’ home victory.

Pittsburgh moved to 10-0 for the first time since 2010-2011, thanks to 51 percent shooting from the field and a 47-21 rebounding advantage.

Cameron Wright added 13 points and reserve Derrick Randall had 11 on 5-of-7 shooting for Pittsburgh. Kendrick Perry scored a game-high 28 points for Youngstown State (7-5).

Toledo 77, Sam Houston State 66

Justin Drummond scored 18 points and J.D. Weatherspoon added 16 as the Rockets remained unbeaten at 9-0.

It’s the best start for Toledo since the 1966-1967 team began 14-0, according to utrockets.com.

Toledo came into the game fifth nationally in scoring, and though the MAC school scored 13 points below its season average, the 51 percent field goal shooting Saturday was right in line with its 52 percent season shooting, which is sixth in the country.

Terrance Motley came off the bench to lead Sam Houston State (7-4) with 14 points.