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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: November 18

    Mississippi State 67, Arizona 57
    Ole Miss 63, Drake 59
    LSU 76, Western Kentucky 57
    Houston 87, Arkansas 78
    Alabama 70, Wichita State 60

    Mississippi State beats No. 15 Arizona 67-57

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Arnett Moultrie had 19 points and 10 rebounds and Mississippi State closed the game on a 10-2 run for a 67-57 victory over No. 15 Arizona on Friday night to win the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

    Dee Bost added eight points and six assists for Mississippi State (4-1), which won an inseason tournament for the first time since 2000 when the Bulldogs won the Bank One Fiesta Bowl Classic, beating host Arizona 75-74.

    Josiah Turner made two free throws with 5:13 to play to bring the Wildcats (4-1) within 57-55.

    Moultrie, the tournament MVP, started the big closing run with a basket down low and a tip-in. Arizona, which closed its semifinal win over St. John's with a 23-6 run, couldn't get anything going in the final minutes against the Bulldogs missing six of its last seven shots from the field.

    Nelson leads Ole Miss past Drake 63-59

    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) -- Behind 16 points from Dundrecous Nelson, including a big 3-pointer down the stretch, Mississippi overcame poor free-throw shooting to beat Drake 63-59 in the Paradise Jam on Friday.

    Ole Miss (3-0) was 18 for 38 from the free-throw line in a sloppy game in which the teams combined for 43 turnovers, 23 of them by the Bulldogs (2-1).

    The Rebels took their first lead since late in the first half when Jarvis Summers hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to make it a 54-53 lead with 4:04 remaining.

    Drake's Ben Simons answered with a 3-pointer before Ole Miss came back to take a 62-56 lead with an 8-0 run, which included Nelson's deep 3-pointer from the left wing, .

    Ben Simons led Drake with 22 points. He was 7 of 14 from the field, including 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

    Hamilton scores 18 as LSU beats Western Kentucky

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Justin Hamilton had 18 points, Anthony Hickey added 17 and LSU beat Western Kentucky 76-57 in the Charleston Classic on Friday.

    The Tigers (2-2) will face either VCU or Georgia Tech in Sunday's fifth-place game in the eight-team tournament at TD Arena.

    Hamilton was a perfect 8 for 8 from the foul line and added nine rebounds. The 5-foot-11 Hickey had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.

    Kevin Kaspar had 15 points for the Hilltoppers (1-3), which went scoreless for nearly eight minutes of the second half as LSU's lead went from 51-45 to 20 points. Nigel Snipes finished with 13 points.

    LSU, which was coming off back-to-back losses, forced 20 turnovers.

    Van Slyke, Houston hold off Arkansas 87-78

    NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Kirk Van Slyke scored 19 points off the bench and Houston held off a late rally to beat Arkansas 87-78 Friday night.

    The Cougars (3-0) hit 10 of their first 15 shots after halftime to build a 64-49 lead with 10:43 remaining.

    Arkansas (2-1) chipped away at the lead and pulled within 72-68 on a Julysses Nobles steal and slam dunk with 4:16 to play, but could get no closer.

    The Razorbacks led by as many as eight points late in the first half, but the Cougars ended the period on a 10-2 run to tie the game 36-36 at halftime.

    Houston hit 18 of 23 free throws and scored 19 second-chance points to stymie the Razorbacks' comeback bid.

    Arkansas was playing without leading scorer and rebounder Marshawn Powell, who suffered what Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson called a "severe knee injury" in practice Thursday.

    Nobles led Arkansas with 16 points.

    No. 16 'Bama tops Wichita St to gain Tip-Off final

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Tony Mitchell scored 26 points and No. 16 Alabama posted a tournament record 14 blocks in a 70-60 win over Wichita State on Friday night to grab a spot in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off final.

    JaMychal Green and Trever Releford added 15 points apiece to help Alabama (4-0) avenge its loss to the Shockers (3-1) in last year's NIT championship. The Crimson Tide will play Purdue in Sunday's championship.

    Toure Murry scored 21 points for Wichita State and Carl Hall grabbed 12 rebounds.

    Alabama held Wichita State to 33.8 percent shooting from the field and forced 18 turnovers.

    Levi Randolph had two steals and put pressure on Wichita State's ballhandlers on every changeover. That was especially effective in the second half, when the Shockers shot just 27 percent from the field.

    Alabama shot 43.4 percent from the floor and missed all three of its attempts from beyond the arc.