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    SEC Men's Hoops Scoreboard - 11/21

    Duke 77,  Tennessee 67
    Mississippi State 78,  La. Monroe 63
    Ole Miss 80,  TCU 69
    Florida 78,  Wright State 65
    Vanderbilt 64,  Oregon State 62
    California 70,  Georgia 46

    Tennessee Falls To Duke In Maui

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Five games into his freshman season at Duke, Austin Rivers is still arcing his way through a learning curve.

    If he's this good now, imagine what he'll be like later in the season.

    Rivers shook off some early mistakes to hit four 3-pointers and score 18 points, lifting the No. 6 Blue Devils to a 77-67 win over Tennessee in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday.

    Rivers had a few wild drives that led to nowhere early, but settled down more as the game went on, hitting 4 of 6 from long range to key a couple of runs for the Blue Devils.

    Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly added 17 each, and Duke (5-0) improved to 13-0 all-time in Maui by wearing down the young Volunteers with its depth and versatile lineup in the second half to pull away.

    Tennessee (2-1) is in rebuilding mode after the NCAA fiasco with coach Bruce Pearl, but still managed to keep up with Duke for a while. The Vols just couldn't make shots at the rim early or from the perimeter the whole game, missing all eight of their 3-point attempts.

    Jeronne Maymon had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Tennessee, which has No. 8 Memphis up next on Tuesday.

    "I thought our guys competed," Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. "They just made plays down the stretch and really executed. I thought we had a couple of quick shots, but it was tough."

    The freshman was out of control at times in the first half, making just 1 of 5 shots from inside the arc. He was good outside the 3-point line, though, hitting 3 of 4, including a pair late in the half that put the Blue Devils up 39-33.

    Rivers started to hit a few shots inside the arc in the second half and dropped in another 3 as the Blue Devils stretched a 2-point lead midway through the half up to 13.

    "This is our fifth game in about 10 days and he's learned a lot. He came through," Krzyzewski said. "He's not afraid. He's going to be a terrific player for us."

    While Duke always seems to have talented new players, about the only thing the same at Tennessee are those bright orange uniforms.

    The Vols are under new direction this season after Martin replaced Pearl, who was fired in March after admitting that he lied to NCAA investigators.

    Tennessee lost forward Tobias Harris and guard Scotty Hopson to the NBA draft and four other seniors who saw regular playing time, and will rely on five new scholarship players -- not to mention new offensive and defensive schemes.

    An annual favorite to win the SEC under Pearl, the Vols were picked 11th out of 12 teams in this year's preseason media poll.

    Martin has tried to retool what Tennessee does, using a basic form of the motion-style offense that helped Missouri State become one of the Missouri Valley Conference's top scoring teams and a high-pressure defense similar to what Pearl ran during his early tenure in Knoxville.

    Long and athletic, the Vols were able to keep up with the big Blue Devils early on, keeping it close despite missing numerous shots at the rim and a few wild ones. Tennessee missed all six of its 3-point attempts in the half on the way to shooting 33 percent, but was still within six.

    After Duke's short run to end the first half, the Vols rallied to tie the game at 45-all early in the second. The Blue Devils made another run and Tennessee answered, pulling within 2 midway through.

    Duke again started to pull away and the Vols had no answer this time, headed to the loser's bracket in their first trip back to Maui since 2004.

    "They obviously did a good job on chesting us up, keeping their hands high without fouling," Maymon said. "We've got to focus on finishing more around the basket. That's mostly on us."

    Miss. State Beats Louisiana-Monroe, 78-63

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Dee Bost scored 21 points, freshman Rodney Hood added a career-high 20 and No. 24 Mississippi State beat Louisiana-Monroe 78-63 on Monday night at Humphrey Coliseum.

    While Bost has been a productive starter for four seasons, Hood's emergence is a major reason why the Bulldogs are back in the national rankings for the first time in nearly two years. The 6-foot-8 guard from Meridian, Miss., has scored at least 10 points in five of the Bulldogs' first six games. He shot 9 of 13 from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range and also added eight rebounds.

    Brian Bryant added 17 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.

    The Bulldogs (5-1) struggled early against the winless Warhawks (0-5), trailing in the second half before DeVille Smith hit a 3-pointer with 13:55 remaining to give Mississippi State a 42-41 lead. That sparked a 12-0 run that included back-to-back dunks by Bryant and a 3-pointer by Hood.

    The Bulldogs shot 31 of 61 (50.8 percent) from the field.

    Mississippi State was playing without starting forwards Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie. Coach Rick Stansbury said Sidney has a hand injury while Moultrie is battling tendinitis in his knees.

    Without Sidney and Moultrie -- who are 6-10 and 6-11, respectively -- the Bulldogs were a very different team, settling mostly for outside jumpers. They hit enough of them to win, making 10 of 27 (37 percent) from 3-point range.

    Moultrie is averaging 15.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while Sidney is averaging eight points and 3.8 rebounds. Stansbury said Moultrie could have played if the game was close and that both players could return for Friday's game against Tennessee Martin.

    Mississippi State stretched its lead to as much as 20 points in the second half before settling for the 15-point victory.

    Fred Brown led ULM with 21 points. He shot 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Marcelis Hansberry added 13 points. The Warhawks shot 25 of 51 (49 percent) from the field.

    Beal Leads Gators To Victory

    TAMPA, Fla. -- Freshman Bradley Beal scored a career-high 22 points Monday night, leading 10th-ranked Florida to a 78-65 victory over Wright State.

    Kenny Boynton had 22 points and Mike Rosario came off the bench to add 11 for the Gators (3-1), who led by double digits for much of the night but never fully closed the door on the persistent Raiders (2-2) until the end.

    Julius Mays led Wright State with a career-best 21 points, including a 3-pointer that trimmed Florida's lead to nine with 5 minutes to go. John Balwigaptdeskire had 15 points and freshman Reggie Arceneaux finished with 13.

    The Gators slipped to No. 10 in the rankings following a week in which they lost 81-74 at No. 3 Ohio State, which trounced Wright State 73-24 in the Raiders' season opener.

    Florida trailed just once in its first regular-season meeting against a member of the Horizon League, falling behind 4-3 on Johann Mpondo's jumper before Boynton made a 3-pointer and Beal followed with a dunk and long 3-pointer. Although the Gators were never seriously threatened the rest of the way, Wright State managed to hang in the game and cut its deficit to nine on two occasions after trailing 44-29 at halftime.

    Boynton drained one of his six 3-pointers to restore a double-digit lead after Wright State pulled within 50-41 with 14 minutes to go. Erving Walker made two free throws and Patric Young went to the line and made one of two after the Raiders cut the lead below 10 again on Mays' long jumper that made it 66-57.

    Young was poked in the eye late in the first half and spent an extended stretch on the bench with blurred vision. He returned to the game when his vision improved and finished with five points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes.

    Holloway Leads Way For Ole Miss

    ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands -- Murphy Holloway scored 20 points to lead Mississippi to an 80-69 victory over TCU on Monday night in the third-place game of the Paradise Jam.

    Ole Miss (4-1) also got 14 points from Jarvis Summers and 11 points apiece from Terrance Henry and Dundrecous Nelson.

    J.R. Cadot led the Horned Frogs (3-2) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

    Ole Miss, which was coming off a 30-point loss to Marquette on Sunday night, shot a season-high 60 percent (30 of 50) from the field in bouncing back against the Horned Frogs.

    "We wanted to make sure that we were attacking the basket," said Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy. "Most of our shots were from close.

    "We're still leaving points on the table at the free-throw line and we have to get better in that regard, but today was a step in the right direction."

    The Rebels led 35-33 at halftime before pulling away late in the second half.

    "We stopped turning the ball away and did a better job on our defensive glass," Kennedy said. "They were killing us with offensive rebounds. That's how they were staying in the game.

    "We were giving them second-chance points and we did a better job of that in the second half."

    TCU's Amric Fields hit a 3-pointer to pull the Horned Frogs within 65-59 with 3:20 left, but Holloway answered with a dunk and Nick Williams hit a 3-pointer to give the Rebels all the breathing room they needed.

    TCU shot only 42 percent (25 of 59) and committed 19 turnovers.

    Vandy Wins TicketCity Legends Classic

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Brad Tinsley hit a 15-foot jumper with 4.5 seconds to play and No. 18 Vanderbilt beat Oregon State 64-62 on Monday night in the championship game of the TicketCity Legends Classic at Izod Center.

    John Jenkins, the tournament MVP, finished with 14 points for the Commodores (4-1), who led by eight points with 10:10 to play. Jeffrey Taylor added 13 points and Tinsley had nine.

    Devon Collier had 19 points for the Beavers (4-1), while Ahmad Starks added 16.

    Vanderbilt, especially Taylor, did an outstanding defensive job on Jared Cunningham, who finished with nine points -- two in the second half. The junior guard had scored 35 points against Hofstra and 37 in a semifinal win over Texas, but he just couldn't get open looks against Vanderbilt.

    That included the game's final play, when Cunningham drove to the basket as time ran out but Taylor stayed with him and the ball didn't even hit the rim. The Oregon State bench was yelling for a foul, but replays showed it was a clean play by Taylor.

    Oregon State used a 5-0 run to get within 57-56 with 4:37 to play. Steve Tchiengang hit a 3-pointer 13 seconds later.

    The Beavers tied the game at 60 on a reverse layup by Joe Burton with 2:13 to go. Taylor, who finished with 10 points, gave the Commodores the lead with 1:42 left after gathering a loose ball under the basket.

    Oregon State tied it for the last time on a jumper by Starks with 33 seconds to play.

    Tinsley took an inbounds pass in the backcourt, dribbled patiently and then made the winning jumper.

    Jenkins, who had 28 points in the semifinal win over North Carolina State, struggled from the field and finished 5 of 13.

    Cunningham was 3 for 9 from the field against the defensive effort led by Taylor. Oregon State, which entered the game averaging 90.2 points, was just 2 of 14 from 3-point range, with Cunningham missing both of his attempts.

    The Beavers were trying for their first 5-0 start since 1985-86.

    Vanderbilt, which was seventh in the preseason Top 25, is still without center Festus Ezeli, who is expected to miss about another month with a knee injury.

    Georgia Falls to No. 18 Cal, 70-46

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The University of Georgia men’s basketball team took its first loss of the season in the semifinals of the Progressive CBE Classic at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., after falling 70-46 to No. 18 California on Monday.

    “We didn’t play well in any area of the game,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said. “We had it in a position in the first half where if we finished the half better, we could have regrouped. You have to give Cal credit. That’s a good basketball team, a mature basketball team, and they taught us a good lesson.”

    Freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia (3-1) with 10 points and six rebounds followed by redshirt senior Gerald Robinson and freshman Nemanja Djurisic with nine each. Sophomore Marcus Thornton led the effort on the boards with eight rebounds.

    Senior Harper Kamp put in 16 points for Cal (4-0) while fellow classmate Jorge Gutierrez had 14 and redshirt sophomore Justin Cobb added 10.

    Overall, Cal totaled 25-of-50 shooting while the Bulldogs were 19-of-58. Outside of shooting, the teams matched up close to even in many categories. The Bears outrebounded Georgia 36-31, but the Bulldogs put up 11 fast break points while Cal had four.

    With the Bears up 8-4, Caldwell-Pope hit back-to-back three pointers to put Georgia ahead 10-8. The Bulldogs then tied the contest at 15 with a Robinson basket and again at 18 with Ware’s three. A 7-0 run that was sparked by Djurisic’s shot beyond the arc and defensive plays by Caldwell-Pope and Djurisic that turned into offensive points gave Georgia its largest lead at 25-22 with 5:12 left in the half.

    Cal quickly answered back by closing the first half with 14-straight points to go into the locker room with a 36-25 advantage.

    The Bears took control early in the second half with a 10-4 burst to go up 46-25 before a Georgia timeout. Offensive troubles by the Bulldogs helped Cal pull away, as Georgia shot just over 33 percent compared to Cal’s 52 percent from the floor. Georgia ended the game on a 6-3 spree, which included four points from freshman John Cannon.

    Georgia concludes the Progressive CBE Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in the third-place game, as the Bulldogs match-up against Notre Dame at 7:45 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPNU.