No. 2 Kentucky outlasts Tennessee for 65-62 win
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|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Kentucky 65, Tennessee 62
|Auburn 69, Ole Miss 68 (2 OT)
|Mississippi State 56, Alabama 52
|Vanderbilt 77, Georgia 66
|Florida 79, South Carolina 65
|Arkansas 69, LSU 60
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Darius Miller made two free throws and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added another in the final 20 seconds and No. 2 Kentucky beat Tennessee 65-62 on Saturday.
The Wildcats (17-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), who trailed by as many eight points in the second half, took a 62-54 lead with 53 seconds to go.
Tennessee's Skylar McBee hit a 3-pointer and after a timeout, Jeronne Maymon fouled Kentucky's Doron Lamb, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Cameron Tatum hit a 3 to cut the margin to 62-60 with 28 seconds left.
Maymon fouled Miller, who hit two shots. Tatum attempted a 3-pointer, but the ball bounced off the rim with 10 seconds left to end the Vols' upset hopes.
Anthony Davis led the Wildcats with 18 points while Kidd-Gilchrist added 17 points and 12 rebounds and Terrence Jones scored 10 points.
Tatum led the Volunteers (8-9, 1-2) with 16 points, and Maymon had 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Tennessee led by eight points with 13:46 to play and held a 48-42 lead when the Vols missed three straight 3-point attempts and the Wildcats went on a 10-2 run. Jones and Kidd-Gilchrist each converted a three-point play, with the second tying the game at 50 with 9:28 to go.
Kenny Hall hit a layup with 6:58 to go, which would be the Vols' last points for a 6:21 stretch. Kentucky, which shot 50 percent after halftime limited the Vols to 39.3 percent An 8-0 run capped by a short jumper by Davis gave the Cats the 62-54 lead with less than a minute left.
This was Kentucky's second SEC road win of the season, matching its total for last season. To get it, the Wildcats had to survive a tough effort by its East Division rival.
Tennessee took an early lead as Kentucky missed three straight shots. Josh Richardson spun and hit a jumper for the Vols, Trae Golden answered with a fade and Tatum stole the ball and took it to the rim to give Tennessee a 14-8 lead.
The Vols remained in control until midway through the half when they started committing unforced mistakes. Tennessee turned the ball over six times over the stretch of nine possessions.
Kidd-Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer hit four free throws during a stretch of six straight points during an 8-0 Kentucky run, and a hook shot by Darius Miller gave the Wildcats a 28-25 lead, their largest of the first half.
That's when the Vols started running right at the Wildcats' big men, drawing fouls along the way. Tatum and Maymon hit 4 of 6 free throws.
Kentucky coach John Calipari was called for a technical while arguing a charging foul called on Marquis Teague. Tatum hit one of the free throws awarded to Tennessee, who retained possession because of the technical. Jarnell Stokes rebounded a missed shot and hit a layup to give the Vols their 34-28 halftime and send the fans into a frenzy.
Tennessee got a boost from Stokes, a freshman who played in his first college game just days after becoming eligible to play. The highly rated prospect graduated high school in Memphis a semester early and signed with the Vols on Dec. 23.
Stokes hit 4 of 5 from the field, had nine points and four rebounds in 17 minutes.
Auburn ekes out 69-68 2OT win over Ole Miss
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Frankie Sullivan scored 19 points and grabbed a key rebound, helping Auburn survive for a 69-68, double-overtime victory over Mississippi on Saturday.
The Tigers (11-6, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) lost a 12-point lead in the second half and didn't make a basket in the second extra period but managed to snap a three-game losing streak.
The 6-foot-1 Sullivan, who didn't score in the first half, won the battle for a rebound after Kenny Gabriel blocked Jarvis Summers' off-balance shot in the final seconds. He missed both free throws but with 1-tenth of a second to play, the Rebels (10-7, 1-2) had no time to get a shot off.
Neither team made a field goal in the second overtime until Reginald Buckner's dunk off a pass from Summers brought the Rebels within a point with 34 seconds left.
That was it for the scoring.
Chris Denson dribbled across midcourt against the full-court press but had the ball knocked away into Jarvis Summers' hands. Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy then called timeout with 12 seconds left to set up the final shot.
The teams combined for seven points in overtime No. 2.
Sullivan, who came off the bench, also had four assists and four steals.
Denson scored 16 points while Gabriel had 11 points and 13 rebounds and played all but 2 minutes. Both were 4-of-12 shooting. Varez Ward made just 2 of 13 attempts -- and missed a potential game-winner to close regulation -- but had eight points and five assists.
Summers went 4-of-8 from 3-point range and scored 22 points for the Rebels. Nick Williams struggled to 5-of-18 shooting but had 13 points and a key 3-pointer.
Holloway had 11 points and 11 rebounds while Buckner collected 11 points and 10 boards.
They helped Ole Miss control the boards 49-39.
The Rebels, who beat Arkansas without making a 3-pointer, launched 28 in this game and made only seven.
Summers scored the Rebels' first six points in the initial overtime to take a 63-62 lead. Then, Gabriel hit a 3-pointer with 1:35 left for his first points since halftime.
Terrance Henry, who was held to five points, tied it 65-65 with a drive. Ward then missed a pullup jumper but Henry traveled after grabbing the rebound, giving the Tigers the ball with 29 seconds left. Sullivan lost control of the ball to send it into overtime No. 2
Williams and Auburn's Rob Chubb both fouled out in the second overtime.
Sullivan scored seven points to fuel a 12-2 run that put ahead Auburn 39-27 with 12:12 left.
The Rebels worked their way back into it, and Williams tied the game on a 3-pointer from the right corner with 13 seconds left in regulation. Ward missed a bank shot as time expired.
Ole Miss scored six straight points over the final 28 seconds.
Moultrie leads No. 20 Mississippi State over 'Bama
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Arnett Moultrie had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and No. 20 Mississippi State rallied in the final minutes to beat Alabama 56-52 on Saturday.
Mississippi State (15-3, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) was 0 for 14 from 3-point range until late in the second half, when Dee Bost hit three 3-pointers in the final minutes to lift the Bulldogs.
Alabama trailed 33-23 early in the second half but methodically worked its way back into the game with timely baskets and lockdown defense. The Crimson Tide came into the game with the SEC's best defense, giving up just 55.7 points per game.
The Crimson Tide took a 46-42 lead with 5:40 left, but then Bost's 3-point barrage began. His last one gave the Bulldogs a 51-48 lead with 1:32 remaining.
JaMychal Green led Alabama (13-4, 2-1) with 14 points. Tony Mitchell and Trevor Lacey each added eight points, but it wasn't enough as the Tide's winning streak was snapped at five games.
Green pulled Alabama to 51-50 with 1:20 left after making two free throws. Mississippi State's Brian Bryant responded with a short running jumper -- his first basket of the game -- to give the Bulldogs a 53-50 lead with 10 seconds remaining. Bryant also made a layup with 1.2 seconds left that sealed the victory.
Bost's 3-pointers might just be the signal that a lengthy shooting slump is over. He shot just 21 of 76 from the field (27.6 percent) over the past six games, and was having another rough game before the scoring outburst, missing his first four 3-point attempts.
Bost was key in the clutch, splashing home three straight from beyond the arc as a sold out Humphrey Coliseum roared in the background.
He finished with 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting, including 3 of 7 from 3-point range.
Until the frantic final minutes, it was a grinding, halfcourt game that focused on each team's post players.
Moultrie got the best of the matchup, with 14 points and seven rebounds in the first half. His tip-in at the buzzer gave the Bulldogs a 27-21 halftime lead.
The 6-foot-11 Moultrie has been one of the SEC's most productive players, averaging 15.9 points and 10.8 rebounds per game, and he gave the Crimson Tide plenty of problems with his athleticism and touch around the basket. He made 10 of 14 shots from the field and 5 of 7 from the free-throw line.
He was quiet in the game's final minutes, but that was because Bost was taking all the shots. Nobody was arguing considering the results.
Vanderbilt wins 7th straight 77-66 over Georgia
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Jenkins scored 18 points and Jeffery Taylor added 16 as Vanderbilt held off Georgia 77-66 Saturday for the Commodores' seventh straight win and to remain undefeated in Southeastern Conference play.
The Commodores (13-4, 3-0) didn't lead by more than six until Lance Goulbourne grabbed a rebound off Festus Ezeli's missed free throw and laid it back up for a 68-60 lead with 2:58 left. Vanderbilt sealed this victory at the free-throw line where the Commodores hit 15 of 22 in the final 4:53.
Goulbourne finished with 13 points.
Georgia (9-8, 0-3) never went away in losing its third straight overall and fifth straight in this series. Vincent Williams hit a 3 to pull the Bulldogs within 62-60, but they never got any closer. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a team-high 19 points, including four 3-pointers. Gerald Robinson finished with 15 and Donte' Williams added 12 before fouling out.
Vanderbilt wound up outrebounding Georgia 35-27 with a big edge at the free-throw line (30 of 44) compared to Georgia (16 of 20).
The Bulldogs had plenty of chances in the final 90 seconds.
Taylor was called for a foul and a technical apparently for yelling. Dustin Ware hit both free throws on the technical with 1:21 left, then Tim Dixon went to the line for what was called a one-and-one even though both teams were in the bonus. Dixon missed the first, and Robinson missed a couple 3s in a scrambling flurry.
Georgia didn't score again as the Commodores hit 7 of 8 at the line in the final 1:07.
This was a much tougher game for the Commodores who had been rolling over opponents in this streak. Vanderbilt led 36-32 at halftime after a half where Georgia outshot the Commodores and outworked them on the boards for most of the first 20 minutes. Donte' Williams scored the first six points of the game for Georgia.
Caldwell-Pope, the freshman guard, kept the Bulldogs close in the second half.
Vanderbilt led by as much as six, the last at 40-34 on a pair of free throws within the opening minute on Donte' Williams' third foul. Then Caldwell-Pope hit three straight 3s and had another go in and out. His third gave Georgia its last lead at 45-44 with 13:51 left.
Dai-Jon Parker put Vanderbilt ahead to stay at 46-45, driving the baseline for a layup with 12:39 to go. That started a 9-2 run, capped by Rod Odom's 3-pointer, to match the Commodores' biggest lead of the game with 9:20 left. Caldwell-Pope, with Taylor back guarding him, missed a couple 3s during the stretch.
No. 19 Florida hits 12 3s to beat Gamecocks 79-65
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Kenny Boynton scored 15 points and hit four of No. 19 Florida's 12 3-pointers in a 79-65 victory over South Carolina on Saturday night.
The Gators (14-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) came in leading the league in 3-pointers with nearly 11 per game. They reached double figures from long range for the 13th time this season but first in SEC play.
Boynton wasn't alone in hitting from way outside. Erving Walker added three from long range, while Bradley Beal and Mike Rosario had two apiece. The Gators took control behind three 3-pointers during a 19-3 run to start the second half.
Not even beloved Gators football great Steve Spurrier -- here for a halftime celebration of the Gamecocks season -- could slow down Florida, which had six players reach double-figures in scoring.
Will Yeguete and Bradley Beal had 14 points each, Erik Murphy and Erving Walker 11 apiece, and Mike Rosario added 10. Yeguete went 6 of 6 from the field and added a team-high eight rebounds.
Florida finished 12 of 24 from behind the arc and a hot 53.2 percent (25 of 47) overall.
Bruce Ellington had 17 points to lead the Gamecocks (8-9, 9-3), who opened league play with three consecutive losses for the first time in coach Darrin Horn's four seasons.
Florida took charge with a fast start coming out of the break and held the Gamecocks scoreless for more than 8 minutes.
Boynton started things with his fourth 3-pointer and Beal followed with another long distance shot as the Gators moved in front 48-44. Rosario had a breakaway dunk after a steal, which followed an embarrassing play where he passed to Yeguete, who was waiting on the sidelines to enter the game. Rosario's teammates laughed and smiled before Beal added another 3-pointer.
By the time Beal hit two foul shots, the Gators led 59-44 -- and South Carolina could get no closer than 10 the rest of the way.
South Carolina figured it would struggle against Florida's conference-best outside shooting. No one in the SEC had made more 3-pointers than the Gators have put up so far, and the Gamecocks had already been stung for 13 3-pointers in a 67-57 home loss to Vanderbilt last Tuesday night.
Florida came out firing, with Walker and Rosario making two 3-pointers each and Boynton adding another for a 26-18 lead halfway through the opening period.
The Gamecocks, though, began to find their range from behind the arc, too. Bruce Ellington hits a pair of 3s and freshman Brenton Williams hit two from well behind the line to give the Gamecocks a 41-40 lead at the break.
Neither team could stop the other: Florida finished 12 of 22 (54.5 percent) from the field, while South Carolina topped them at 15 of 25 (60 percent.).
Ellington, South Carolina's two-sport standout, got his first start since the football season ended. Ellington started fast, going 3 for 4 before getting pulled with two fouls.
Still, the biggest cheers came at halftime when Spurrier and his record-setting, 11-win football team were celebrated by the crowd. Spurrier, who had knee replacement surgery last week, came out with a cane and promised that while he looked gimpy now, "I'll run out on the field with this team next year."
Spurrier won a national championship coaching at Florida -- his alma mater. He introduced several players, including quarterback Connor Shaw and defensive end Devin Taylor, and reminded the crowd that South Carolina still hadn't reached its goal of an SEC championship.
"When we come out of Atlanta hugging and high-fiving, that's when you know we hit the Promised Land," Spurrier said.
Young's 19 points lift Arkansas past LSU 69-60
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas found the shooting touch it needed in the second half to remain perfect at home.
BJ Young scored 19 points off the bench to lift the Razorbacks to a 69-60 win over LSU Saturday night.
The win improves Arkansas (13-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) to 13-0 at home in Bud Walton Arena this season.
Arkansas led 30-29 at halftime before using a 9-0 run early in the second half to take control. The Razorbacks shot just 36 percent in the first half before heating up in the second, connecting on 13 of 24 shots (54 percent) to secure the win.
Mardracus Wade added 14 points for the Razorbacks, and Julysses Nobles scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.
Justin Hamilton led the Tigers (11-6, 1-2) with 20 points, while Anthony Hickey added 12.
The win helps Arkansas ease the sting of a loss at Mississippi on Wednesday. That defeat followed the Razorbacks' stunning 98-88 win over then-No. 15 Mississippi State at home last week, and dropped them to 0-4 away from home this season.
Arkansas didn't shoot as well against the Tigers as it did in last week's 57 percent performance against the Bulldogs, finishing 22 of 52 (42 percent). However, the Razorbacks continued to thrive off of forcing turnovers.
They entered Saturday leading the SEC in that category, forcing an average of 18.5 turnovers per game, and they led 30-29 at halftime against LSU after forcing 10 in the first half.
The two teams exchanged the lead six times in the half, with Arkansas' largest lead coming after a 3-pointer by Young put it up 26-21. The freshman, Arkansas' leading scorer, had nine points off the bench in the half and hit a free throw with four-tenths of a second left in the half to give the Razorbacks the 30-29 lead.
The Tigers overcame the turnovers in the first half and remained close thanks to a 28-17 rebounding advantage. They then briefly took a 33-32 lead to open the second half after a 3-pointer by Andre Stringer.
Ky Madden then hit a jumper to give Arkansas the lead back at 34-32, starting the 9-0 run that gave the Razorbacks the lead for good. They led by as many as nine, and LSU was unable to cut the lead to fewer than four points the rest of the way.
Freshmen Devonta Abron had 13 rebounds to lead Arkansas, which hit 9 of 18 3-pointers. Wade was 3 of 4 from behind the arc, while Nobles finished 3 of 5.
LSU hit just 3 of 13 3-pointers and finished 24 of 69 (35 percent) from the field.