CINCINNATI — Police arrested Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy early Thursday after a cab driver said the coach punched him while calling him "bin Laden" and other racial insults.
A pretrial hearing was set for Jan. 16. Kennedy was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor count of assault, which would carry a maximum sentence of six months in jail for conviction.
Kennedy denied the allegations Thursday and his attorney, Mike Allen, entered a written plea of not guilty in Hamilton County Municipal Court.
Kennedy, a former assistant and interim coach at Cincinnati, coached the Rebels in Thursday's 77-68 loss to No. 9 Louisville. Kennedy coached in the SEC/Big East Invitational game after meeting with athletic director Pete Boone.
"I vehemently deny the charges levied against me and am completely confident that I will be fully exonerated of all charges," Kennedy said in a statement released by Ole Miss before the game.
The complaint filed in Municipal Court alleges that Kennedy assaulted Mohamed Moctar Ould Jiddou and "punched victim with a closed fist while shouting racial slurs." Kennedy, 40, was arrested at 1:15 a.m., police documents show.
In the game, Kennedy's Rebels trailed by 18 but kept chipping away and tied it at 67 on a 3-pointer by Chris Warren with 5:26 remaining before the Cardinals pulled away.
After the game, Kennedy said he was told not to talk about what he called the "heinous accusations" for now.
Hansbrough breaks UNC scoring record
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Phil Ford stood at midcourt, waiting for Tyler Hansbrough to take the microphone and address the home crowd. As the reigning national player of the year walked up, Ford playfully bowed in reverence before hugging him.
Hansbrough scored 20 to break Ford's 30-year-old mark and help the No. 1 Tar Heels beat Evansville 91-73, a game overshadowed by the 6-foot-9 senior's record pursuit.
He needed nine points coming in, making the record an almost certainty considering he has failed to reach double figures just six times in his career. But that didn't mean Hansbrough was oblivious to all the attention.
"I'm usually not nervous before games, and I was a little nervous before tonight just because I felt like there was a lot of pressure," said Hansbrough, who sat between Ford and coach Roy Williams during the postgame news conference. "One thing for me, I didn't want us to strictly focus on trying to break a scoring record. We had a game and I was trying to do whatever I could to help the team."
North Carolina (10-0) stretched its lead to double figures on the Purple Aces (7-2) shortly after Hansbrough passed Ford midway through the first half.
Ford, now an assistant to fellow Tar Heel alumnus Larry Brown with the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats, finished his career in 1978 with 2,290 points.
No. 8 Gonzaga 84, Texas So. 42: Josh Heytvelt scored 21 and the host Bulldogs (8-1) crushed winless Texas Southern in one of the few scheduled events that occurred after Spokane, Wash., was hit by a snowstorm.
TAMPA 62, W. FLORIDA 57, ot: Tampa avenged a loss from earlier this season, defeating visiting West Florida. With the score tied at 52 after West Florida rallied toward the end of regulation, the Spartans (6-3) scored the final five points in overtime. Fred Woods had 19 points and 11 rebounds for UT.
NO. 17 OHIO STATE: Junior forward David Lighty will miss 6-12 weeks after surgery on a broken bone in his left foot, coach Thad Matta said.
Women: USF romps
TAMPA — USF set a school record for points in a 126-62 victory over visiting Grambling.
Janae Stokes led four players in double figures with 39 points, including 25 in the second half, as the Bulls (9-1) scored the most points in Division I this season.
Jazmine Sepulveda scored 17, and Shantia Grace and Alexis Givands each added 14 points.
USF had 124 in a victory over Morris Brown on Nov. 30, 2002.
Grambling (2-6) was led by Rachele Dobbins and Secrette Anderson with 14 points each.
USF shot 59 percent (46-for-78), hit 14 3-pointers and had 61 rebounds. The Bulls came in averaging 87.9 points, second in the nation behind fellow Big East team Connecticut.
FLORIDA ST. 75, N. COLO. 32: The Seminoles rolled despite travel delays that pushed the start back about an hour in Cancun. Mexico. FSU (9-2) held Northern Colorado to 20.3-percent shooting — 9.1 percent in the second half. Coach Sue Semrau, assistant Lance White and a few players, traveling separately from the rest of the team and staff, arrived just before tipoff. That group was forced to spend the night in Charlotte, N.C., then had to stop and eventually change planes in Tampa because of mechanical issues.
NO. 1 UCONN 109, WASHINGTON 51: Tina Charles made her first 12 shots and finished 13-of-15 from the field to score 29 for the Huskies (8-0) in Cancun, Mexico.
No. 5 Texas 81, No. 21 Arizona St. 71: Kathleen Nash tied a school record by going 12-for-12 from the free-throw line and scored a career-high 27 for the host Longhorns (10-0). Dymond Simon led the Sun Devils (7-3) with 21 points.
No. 11 Tenn. 81, Old Dominion 76: Angie Bjorklund matched her career high with 29 points and hit two big 3-pointers for the visiting Volunteers. Tennessee (8-2), coming off a loss at Texas that knocked it out of the top 10 after a record 211 consecutive weeks there, won for the 13th straight time in the series between two of the schools that first brought women's college basketball to prominence.
No. 17 VA. 73, Monmouth 45: Monica Wright shot 13-for-16 and scored a game-high 28 for host Virginia (8-2).
NO. 25 Georgia TECH 65, WINTHROP 27: The Yellow Jackets (9-2) allowed the fewest points in school history and won their fifth straight in Nassau, Bahamas.