No. 12 Florida beats No. 25 Vanderbilt 73-65
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Florida 73, Vanderbilt 65
|LSU 71, Arkansas 65
|Mississippi State 91, Auburn 88
|Kentucky 86, South Carolina 52
|Tennessee 73, Georgia 62
|Alabama 69, Ole Miss 67
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Kenny Boynton scored 18 points, Bradley Beal added 16 and No. 12 Florida beat No. 25 Vanderbilt 73-65 Saturday for its seventh consecutive victory.
Boynton and Beal came up huge in the second half. Beal scored 14 points after halftime. Boynton drained a 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining after the Commodores made it a four-point game and then sank two free throws with 25.9 seconds left to seal Florida's 19th consecutive victory at home.
The Gators (19-4, 7-1 Southeastern Conference), returning to the court about 36 hours after their last win, made 11 of 24 shots from behind the arc. But the biggest difference in the game was the press.
Vanderbilt (16-7, 5-3) committed 17 turnovers, most of them against double teams that followed made baskets.
Jeffery Taylor led the Commodores with 25 points. John Jenkins, the league's leading scorer, added 15.
LSU gets past Arkansas 71-65
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Ralston Turner had 16 points to pace four scorers in double figures for LSU in a 71-65 victory against Arkansas on Saturday.
Justin Hamilton registered a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for LSU (13-9, 3-5 Southeastern Conference). Anthony Hickey contributed 12 points and Eddie Ludwig came off the bench to match his career high with 12 points.
Arkansas got field goals from Julysses Nobles and Michael Sanchez to pull within 61-58 with 2:31 remaining in the game. But Hamilton answered with two free throws to put the Tigers ahead by five points.
Mardracus Wade had 15 points as the leading scorer for Arkansas (16-7, 4-4), which has yet to win a game away from home. Nobles had 14 points, while reserve Rashad Madden had 10. B.J. Young, the Razorbacks' leading scorer coming in, was held to three points -- 11 below his per-game average.
No. 22 Mississippi State beats Auburn, 91-88
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Arnett Moultrie scored 21 points, Renardo Sidney added 17 and No. 22 Mississippi State beat Auburn 91-88 on Saturday.
Dee Bost hit three consecutive 3-pointers to open the second half, turning Mississippi State's 44-43 halftime deficit into a 52-44 lead. The Bulldogs would never trail again, shooting 60.4 percent (29 of 48), including 63.2 percent (12 of 19) from 3-point range.
Bost finished with 15 points, make 4 of 6 from beyond the 3-point line while also adding seven assists. Jalen Steele added 13 points while Rodney Hood scored 11.
Mississippi State (18-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) has won five of its past seven games.
Auburn (13-10, 3-6) was led by Varez Ward, who scored 24 points off the bench. Kenny Gabriel added 22.
Davis leads No. 1 Kentucky past South Carolina 86-52
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Anthony Davis had 22 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks as No. 1 Kentucky wiped away the memories of the last time the top-ranked Wildcats came to South Carolina with an 86-52 victory Saturday night.
Kentucky (23-1) has won 15 straight and moved to 9-0 in the Southeastern Conference for the first time in seven years. And they'll stay atop the rankings, unlike in 2010 when the No. 1 Wildcats were stunned 68-62 by the Gamecocks.
This time, Davis and Terrence Jones made sure there wouldn't be a similar flop. The two combined for 34 points in the first half as Kentucky took a 52-25 lead at the break and eventually increased the margin to 41 points.
Damien Leonard scored a career-high 19 points for South Carolina (9-13, 1-7).
Golden scores 16 as Tennessee beats Georgia 73-62
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Trae Golden came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 16 points to lead Tennessee in a 73-62 win against Georgia on Saturday night.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Bulldogs held a 41-34 lead with 14:25 to play when Jordan McRae hit a 3-pointer for Tennessee. Golden sank a 3 on the next possession, and Kenny Hall followed with a pair of free throws to put the Volunteers ahead for good.
The Vols (11-12, 3-5 Southeastern Conference) used a 10-2 run to pad their lead. The Bulldogs pulled within six points in the final minute, but Tennessee went 10 for 11 from the free-throw line during the stretch.
Georgia coach Mark Fox was assessed a technical foul while arguing a call with 19 seconds left and was ejected after continuing to rant.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Bulldogs (10-12, 1-7) with 16 points.
Alabama Men’s Basketball Defeats Mississippi, 69-67
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men’s basketball improved to 15-7 and 4-4 in Southeastern Conference play with a heart-pounding 69-67 double-overtime victory over the Mississippi Rebels before a boisterous Coleman Coliseum crowd of 12,711 Saturday night.
With the win, the Crimson Tide improves to 10-2 all-time in double overtime affairs while Alabama head coach Anthony Grant improves to 3-0 in overtime games during his UA tenure. Mississippi falls to 14-8 and 4-4 in the SEC.
Alabama senior forward JaMychal Green led the Tide with 16 points and 12 rebounds, notching the 24th double-double of his career, while junior forward Tony Mitchell scored 14 points. Sophomore guard Charles Hankerson added 10 points, the second-highest total of his UA career.