Alabama Defeats Oakland 74-57
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Alabama 74, Oakland 57
|Ole Miss 69, Grambling State 39
|Auburn 68, Kennesaw State 55
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- JaMychal Green scored 18 points to lead Alabama (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) to a 74-57 victory over Oakland on Monday night.
Trevor Releford added 14 points for the Crimson Tide (2-0), while Tony Mitchell had 12 and Trevor Lacey 10. Mitchell had nine rebounds and four assists.
Reggie Hamilton led Oakland (0-1) with 16 points, all in the first half. Drew Valentine had 11 points and Laval Lucas-Perry added 10 for the Golden Grizzlies. Corey Petros had seven rebounds.
Alabama won its 22nd straight game at Coleman Coliseum, the sixth-longest home winning streak in the nation.
With the score tied 13-13 at the 14:45 mark, Alabama went on a 28-15 run to make it 41-28 on a layup by Green with 34 seconds left in the first half. A steal and a layup by Valentine just before the buzzer made it 41-30.
Releford with 12 points , Green with 11 and Mitchell with 10 were all in double figures in the first half for the Crimson Tide, more than offsetting the 16 points scored by Hamilton.
Alabama scored eight of the first 12 points of the second half to extend the lead to 49-34. The Golden Grizzlies scored seven straight points to cut the lead to 49-41, but the Crimson Tide responded with a 19-4 run to push the lead to 68-45 on a field goal by Rodney Cooper with 6:40 to go.
Ole Miss Runs Past Grambling
OXFORD, Miss. -- Murphy Holloway scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Mississippi easily beat Grambling State 69-39 on Monday night.
The 6-foot-7 Holloway shot 7 of 11 from the field and grabbed four offensive rebounds. Freshman Aaron Jones added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The game was a blowout within minutes. Ole Miss (2-0) scored the first 10 points and was ahead 17-1 just five minutes into the game. The Rebels extended the lead to 47-17 by halftime despite shooting just 1 of 12 from 3-point range. They were just 2 of 26 on 3-pointers for the game.
The poor shooting continues a disturbing early-season trend. Ole Miss is shooting just 7 of 52 (13.5 percent) from 3-point range in two games.
Dundrecous Nelson scored nine points while Nick Williams and Terrance Henry added eight each.
Ole Miss starting forward Reggie Buckner didn't play because of "conduct detrimental to the team." Coach Andy Kennedy didn't elaborate on Buckner's suspension, but said the 6-foot-8 junior would travel with the team when it goes to the Virgin Islands later this week for the Paradise Jam.
The Rebels open with Drake on Friday and play either Marquette or Winthrop on Sunday.
Buckner is the school's all-time leader in blocked shots. He had six points, 10 rebounds and one block in the season opener against Louisiana Monroe.
Grambling (0-2) dressed just seven players. Demetri Wheeler led the Tigers with 12 points off the bench while Rondale Livas added nine points, eight rebounds and seven assists. The Tigers shot just 14 of 50 (28 percent) from the field and had 18 turnovers.
Ole Miss is now 33-0 all-time against teams from the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Rebels outscored Grambling 48-10 in the paint.
Auburn Defeats Kennesaw State
AUBURN, Ala. -- Frankie Sullivan poured in 22 points for Auburn in a 68-55 win over Kennesaw State on Monday night, giving the Tigers their first 2-0 start since the 2006-07 season.
Sullivan, who missed all but six games last year with the lingering effects of an ACL tear, hit 6 of 11 from the field, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range as the Tigers shot 46.2 percent (24 of 52) on the night and 8 of 15 (53.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
Rob Chubb scored 13 and had seven rebounds for Auburn and Varez Ward had nine points and six assists.
The Owls (0-2) struggled without their top offensive threat, 6-foot-7 guard Markeith Cummings, who sat on the bench in sweats but did not play for an undisclosed reason.
Kennesaw State hit only 18 of 55 (32.7 percent) from the floor and 5 of 19 (26.3 percent) from 3-point range.