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    Men's Hoops Recaps: Wednesday

    Georgia 72, South Dakota State 61
    Arkansas 91, Oakland 68
    Tennessee 85, ULM 52

    Bulldogs Rally Past Jackrabbits 72-61

    ATHENS ---- Donte’ Williams scored a career-high 17 points as Georgia overcame a 7-point deficit in the second half to defeat South Dakota State in the Progressive CBE Classic basketball tournament here Wednesday night.

    The Bulldogs (3-0) will continue in the Classic next week, when they face #23 California in Kansas City on Monday night.  Also in the 4-team gathering will be 24th-ranked Missouri and Notre Dame.

    After battling to a 28-all tie at halftime, Georgia quickly found itself in a deficit in the second half.  The Jackrabbits (1-2) scored a free throw and 3-point shot on their first two possessions of the final period.  Eventually, they built their advantage to its largest at 38-31 on a jumper by Chad White with 17:08 left.

    Georgia then responded with a 21-6 scoring run that covered the ensuing seven minutes.  Five different Bulldogs scored in the rally, none more important than freshman Nemanja Djurisic, who tallied 12 of his 14 points in the second period.

    “Nemi’s a very skilled player for us and I think he was just really would up in the first half,” Georgia coach Mark Fox said.  “Fortunately, he was able to settle down a litter later into the game, which allowed him to come into his own and make plays for us that contributed to the victory.”

    Georgia took the lead for keeps on a 3-pointer by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope that pushed his team ahead 43-40 with 14:10 left.  Despite a pair of answering buckets by South Dakota State, the Bulldogs continued their run with three straight scores, a trey by Sherrard Brantley and a basket each by Djurisic and Caldwell-Pope, the latter ending Georgia’s 21-6 barrage at the 10:20 mark of the second period.

    Consecutive layups by Djurisic got the Bulldogs their first double-digit margin at 64-53 with 4:19 left.

    South Dakota State dropped a 16-point decision at Minnesota two days before, a game which followed an identical pattern to its contest against the Bulldogs.  The Jackrabbits led their big-name foes both nights into the second half, only to fade in the final minutes.

    Indeed, Georgia seemed to take over the final quarter of this game.  The Bulldogs won the second-half rebounding battle 20-15 and shot a much-improved 47 percent over the last 20 minutes.

    “We were hoping to really wear them down throughout the game and I think we were able to do that successfully,” Fox said.  “We didn’t play exceptionally well, but we played really hard for all 40 minutes and it gave us a good win that we can continue to build on as the season progresses.”

    The 17 points scored by Williams represented a major offensive breakthrough for the sophomore from Ellenwood.  It marked his first double-figure scoring game as a collegian, 12 better than his previous high of five points.  Just as important, however, were his team-high four blocked shots and seven rebounds.

    “I just wanted to play aggressively, play hard,” Williams said.  “I needed to rebound more than our last game, and I also needed to step up the intensity of my play on defense.”


    Arkansas Trounces Oakland

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Marshawn Powell scored 20 points Wednesday night as Arkansas made easy work of Oakland, Mich., in a 91-68 victory.

    Powell scored 18 points in the first half, helping the Razorbacks (2-0) to a 55-27 halftime lead. The junior forward was 8 of 8 shooting in the half and finished 9 of 13.

    Freshman BJ Young had 16 points for Arkansas, which led by as many as 28 points in the first half and had six players finish in double figures.

    The Golden Grizzlies (0-2) closed the gap to 60-41 in the second half after a 3-pointer and free throw by Reggie Hamilton, but the Razorbacks took control after that. Travis Bader led Oakland with 21 points.

    The loss was the second straight against a Southeastern Conference team to open the season for the Golden Grizzlies, who fell Monday at Alabama.


    Tennessee Runs Past ULM

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Trae Golden scored 17 points as Tennessee found its niche in the second half to beat Louisiana-Monroe 85-62 on Wednesday night.

    The game featured eight lead changes before the Volunteers (2-0) outscored their visitors 52-29 after intermission.

    Tennessee opened the contest with a 9-0 lead before the Warhawks (0-3) battled back in the latter portion of the first half. Louisiana-Monroe scored seven unanswered points to go up 16-15 after a Fred Brown 3-pointer with 10:25 on the clock.

    That advantage lasted just 44 seconds before Skylar McBee countered for Tennessee with a 3-pointer of his own. Golden followed with a pair of free throws to put the hosts up 20-16 at the 8:59 mark, but the score differential only narrowed from there and the teams were knotted at 33-all at the break.

    Fabio Ribeiro's bucket with 13:45 to play in the second half gave Louisiana-Monroe a 48-46 lead. Then Tennessee countered with a 9-0 run that was capped by a McBee 3-pointer with 11:26 on the clock.

    Tennessee didn't trail again.

    Dwight Miller's jumper at the 10:46 mark sparked a 17-5 scoring binge for the Vols, leaving them comfortably in front 72-55.

    McBee finished with 15 points for the Volunteers, including 5 of 9 from 3-point range. Cameron Tatum contributed 13 points with three 3s. Jeronne Maymon's double-double included 11 points and 11 rebounds. Josh Richardson pitched in 11 points.

    Tennessee won the rebounding battle 46-27 and got a pair of blocks from both Kenny Hall and Jordan McRae.

    Brown paced Louisiana-Monroe with 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Hugh Mingo provided 11 points and seven rebounds.