national roundup

Huskies knock SMU out of league lead

Rodney Purvis scored 28 points and UConn upset No. 21 SMU 81-73 on Sunday in Hartford, Conn., knocking the Mustangs (23-6, 14-3) out of first place in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies (17-11, 10-6 AAC) won for the first time this season against a ranked opponent.


• GAMECOCKS FALL IN SEC: No. 13 Kentucky (21-8, 10-6) hit 27 of 35 free throws in beating No. 2 South Carolina 67-56, denying the visiting Gamecocks (27-2, 15-1) an unbeaten season in Southeastern Conference play. Both teams shot 32 percent fgrom the field.

• DEEP THREAT: Ariel Massengale scored 26 and tied a school record with eight three-pointers as No. 6 Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 79-49.

• MILESTONE: No. 9 Florida State (27-3, 14-2 ACC) set a school record for wins in a regular season with a 69-55 victory at Miami (Fla.).