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    SEC Men's Hoops - Dec. 05

    Men's Basketball Results Florida 67, American 48 Auburn 76, Ark Pine Bluff 72 South Carolina 64, Clemson 60 Florida 67, American 48 WASHINGTON(AP) -- Erving Walker scored 16 points to lead four Gators in double figures, and No. 18 Florida regained some footing Sunday with a 67-48 victory over American in the opening game of the BB&T Classic. The Gators (6-2) took the lead for good midway through the first half as they bounced back from Wednesday's lackluster loss to Central Florida, a defeat that has Florida in danger of dropping from the The Associated Press poll after being ranked ninth in preseason. Vernon Macklin, returning to the court where he played for two seasons with Georgetown before transferring to Florida, added 12 points. Alex Tyus scored 14 points, and Chandler Parsons had 13 points and eight rebounds. The Gators shot 49 percent and overcame a scoreless afternoon from Kenny Boynton, who went 0 for 9 from the field and failed to score in double digits for the first time this season. Boynton, however, finished with a game-high seven assists. Troy Brewer scored 17 points to lead American (5-3), which has dropped three in a row after opening with five straight wins. Vlad Moldoveanu added 14 points for the Eagles, who committed 17 turnovers. The Eagles were the preseason pick to win the Patriot League - and they managed not to let their Southeastern Conference opponent have any morale-sapping runs until late in the game - but Florida's superior quickness and overall talent helped it avoid a second straight upset. American even managed to cut a 16-point second-half deficit to seven with 10 1/2 minutes to play, but Erving Walker's 3-pointer and Erik Murphy's layup off an inbounds pass stemmed the Eagles' momentum. Florida soon put the game away, ending the game with a 14-4 run. The game was the curtain-raiser for the BB&T Classic, a one-day tripleheader mostly featuring teams from the Washington, D.C., area. ----- Auburn 76, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 72 AUBURN, Ala.(AP) -- Allen Payne hit a layup with 8 seconds left and Rob Chubb added two free throws to lead Auburn to a come-from-behind 76-72 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday. The Tigers (3-4) scored the final 11 points to rally from seven down over the final four minutes. Payne caught a long inbounds pass from Tony Neysmith under the basket and put it in for the go-ahead basket. Auburn then forced a turnover at midcourt and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7) had to foul Chubb, who hit both attempts from the line with 4.2 seconds left to seal the Tigers' second straight win. Payne finished with 16 points to lead Auburn. Chubb added 14, Josh Langford 13 and Andre Malone 10. Terrell Kennedy and Allen Smith each scored 19 points to lead the Golden Lions. Gavin Montgomery added 17 points and five assists. ----- South Carolina 64, Clemson 60 COLUMBIA, S.C.(AP) -- Bruce Ellington scored 14 points, including a critical 3-pointer in the final minute as South Carolina broke a six-game losing streak to rival Clemson, 64-60, on Sunday. The Gamecocks (6-1) led 58-55 when Ellington, a freshman, dribbled away much of the 35 second clock before striking for a 3 from the left side of the arc. Clemson (5-3) got within 62-60 on Andre Young's two foul shots with 16 seconds to go. But Sam Muldrow followed with a pair of free throws of his own to ice things for South Carolina. Muldrow finished with 13 points and five blocks in the series closest game since the Tigers began their streak in 2004 with a 63-62 win. Ellington is cousins with the Clemson football team's leading rusher, tailback Andre Ellington. Young had 15 points to lead Clemson.