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    SEC Men's Hoops Scoreboard - 11/23

    Tennessee 86,  Chaminade 60
    Kentucky 88, Radford 40
    Alabama 82,  Alabama A&M 45
    South Alabama 79,  LSU 75

    Tennessee Defeats Chaminade In Maui

    LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Jordan McRae scored 25 points, Trae Golden added 17 and Tennessee rolled over Chaminade 86-60 in the seventh-place game of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.

    Tennessee (3-2) rebounded from a pair of difficult losses in Maui by breezing past the Division II Silverswords. The Vols took control with a big opening run and didn't let up, hitting 15 3-pointers while shooting 57 percent.

    Tennessee did it without much help from forward Jeronne Maymon, who played just 2 minutes after he had 32 points and a tournament-record 20 rebounds against No. 8 Memphis. Cameron Tatum added 12 points for the Vols, who had a 15-0 advantage on the break.

    Chaminade (3-3) closed out last year's tournament with a win over Oklahoma, but there wasn't much chance of another upset.

    The Silverswords had a hard time matching up with Tennessee's size and athleticism, shooting 35 percent in their third straight lopsided loss.

    Jones, Kidd-Gilchrist lead way for No. 2 Kentucky

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Terrence Jones scored 17 points and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 15 points and nine rebounds to help No. 2 Kentucky beat Radford 88-40 on Wednesday night in the Wildcats' first home game in nearly two weeks.

    Kentucky (5-0) improved to 35-0 at Rupp Arena since John Calipari took over as coach in 2009 and has a final tuneup game against Portland on Saturday before St. John's comes on Dec. 1 and No. 1 North Carolina visits two days later.

    Radford (3-4) struggled against Kentucky's defensive pressure and athleticism. The Highlanders missed their first 12 shots and committed eight turnovers before finally scoring nearly 10 minutes into the game. They finished 2 of 25 from 3-point range.

    Kentucky returned home for the first time since its season opener against Marist after a successful three-game road trip that featured a win over then-No. 13 Kansas in New York City and two more in Uncasville, Conn. over Penn State and Old Dominion to capture the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament.

    No one has come within double digits of the Wildcats so far this year, and Radford already trailed 14-0 before Blake Smith's jumper with 10:27 left in the first half as the Highlanders missed their first 20 3-point attempts.

    Kentucky took a 22-2 lead on Anthony Davis' putback before Radford scored back-to-back baskets.

    Radford wasn't expected to provide much competition to Kentucky after losses to the Nittany Lions and Marist earlier this season. Kentucky beat those teams by 38 and 50 points, respectively, but came out with five early turnovers than had Calipari going to his bench in the opening minutes.

    Things got better in a hurry.

    Kentucky pulled away quickly. Marquis Teague found Kidd-Gilchrist for a dunk that made it 29-6. Doron Lamb hit Kentucky's first 3-pointer after the Wildcats missed their first six attempts to put Kentucky ahead 38-12.

    Jones followed with a 3 and an alley-oop slam over Javonte Green off another pass from Teague as the Wildcats rolled to a 45-14 halftime lead.

    Teague finished with 13 points, Davis 12 and Lamb 10 for the Wildcats. Johnathan Edwards had 10 points and eight rebounds for Radford.

    When the Highlanders tried to run even a little, the Wildcats turned up the pressure.

    After Radford scored consecutive baskets that made it 49-18, Kidd-Gilchrist hit a 3, Lamb fed Teague down court for an easy slam in transition and Lamb threw an alley-oop to Jones to make it 56-18 with 16:44 left.

    The last time Radford faced the No. 2 team in the country it lost 101-58 to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament two years ago.

    The Highlanders trailed by 43 in this one with more than 13 minutes to play and needed a basket by Jareal Smith in the final minute to avoid a school record for fewest points in a game in team history.

    Alabama Beats Alabama A&M, 82-45

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sophomore Charles Hankerson scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the No. 13 ranked Alabama men’s basketball team to an 82-45 victory over Alabama A&M in Coleman Coliseum Wednesday night. 

    The Crimson Tide opened the game on a 10-0 run and continued to build the lead from there, playing smothering defense throughout and limiting the Bulldogs to one field goal in the first half.

    “I thought we had a lot of guys step up tonight,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said.  “We really did a good job on the backboard, did a good job defensively, and did a good job taking care of the basketball.  There were a lot of things we were pleased with.”

    Alabama led by as many as 39 points in the second half. The Tide also had tremendous help from the bench, which contributed 47 of UA’s 82 points. The Tide came away with 14 steals and scored 23 points off 18 Bulldog turnovers. Alabama committed just six turnovers in the game.

    Hankerson was the leading scorer, but the Tide had four other players score in double digits.  Freshman Nick Jacobs finished with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Freshmen Rodney Cooper, Trevor Lacey and Levi Randolph added 15, 12 and 11 points, respectively. Sophomore Carl Engstrom, in addition to his first career start, also grabbed seven rebounds before fouling out early in the second half.

    South Alabama Takes Down LSU

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Xavier Roberson made field goals on consecutive possessions in overtime to help South Alabama defeat LSU 79-75 in a nonconference game Wednesday night.

    Two foul shots by Javier Carter gave the Jaguars (2-2) the lead in overtime. After Anthony Hickey answered with two free throws for LSU, Roberson made his two key baskets. Augustine Rubit clinched the victory with his field goal with 24 seconds remaining in overtime.

    Rubit was the leading scorer for South Alabama with a season-high 20 points while Roberson finished with a career-high 19 points.

    Antione Lundy also had a career-high with 13 points. Carter had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds -- both season highs. He matched his career high with five blocks.

    Andre Stringer led the Tigers (3-3) with a season-high 20 points. Ralston Turner added 13 points, while Hickey had 12 and Justin Hamilton had 11.

    South Alabama made its run in the final eight minutes of the second half. Two free throws by Hamilton put the Tigers on top 61-50 with 8:04 remaining. The Jaguars then scored seven consecutive points on field goals by Carter and Mychal Ammons sandwiched around a three-point play by Roberson.

    Stringer ended the South Alabama run with a field goal. However, the Jaguars tied the score at 63 after two baskets by Lundy and one by Carter.

    Rubit made a free throw with 3:01 remaining in regulation to give South Alabama its first lead since the opening half at 64-63. After the teams exchanged baskets, Turner sank two foul shots to put LSU ahead 67-66 with 2:13 to play.

    Stringer made two foul shots to push the Tigers' advantage out to three points. However, the Jaguars forced overtime after Carter blocked a shot by Hickey.

    Freddie Goldstein made one free throw with 18 seconds left. South Alabama maintained possession after the ball went out of bounds off LSU's Johnny O'Bryant after Goldstein's miss on the second free throw. Goldstein then tied the score at 69 with a jumper at the buzzer.

    Stringer scored 13 points as LSU built a 41-31 halftime lead. Stringer made five of his six field goal attempts, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers. Stringer scored two baskets during a 21-6 run which put the Tigers on top 34-24.

    Consecutive field goals by Roberson gave South Alabama an 18-13 lead eight minutes into the game. A three-point play and a basket by O'Bryant reduced LSU's deficit to two points at 20-18. The Tigers then took the lead at 23-22 on a field goal by Storm Warren.

    Hamilton made a pair of baskets, while Hickey made one. Stringer had a 3-pointer and a layup during this time. The Jaguars pulled within six points, but baskets by Stringer and O'Bryant pushed the Tigers ahead by 10 points at the break.