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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: November 25

    Ole Miss 64, Miami (Fla.) 61
    Florida 105, Jacksonville 62
    Mississippi State 76, Tennessee-Martin 50
    Auburn 78, Nicholls State 57
    Xavier 70, Georgia 56
    Vanderbilt 95, Monmouth 73
    North Carolina 87, South Carolina 62

    Ole Miss sinks Miami 64-61 in OT

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Dundrecous Nelson scored 17 points, while Murphy Holloway added 13 points and a game-high 17 rebounds Friday night as Mississippi defeated Miami 64-61 in overtime.

    The Rebels (5-1) took the lead for good, 60-58, on a dunk by Holloway with 3:06 left in overtime and survived potential game-winning and game-tying shots by Malcolm Grant at the end of regulation and in overtime.

    Jarvis Summers had 13 points and Terrance Henry added 12 for Ole Miss. The Rebels played without starting forward Reginald Buckner, who sat out due to a knee injury suffered in practice Thursday. He is expected to return in December.

    Ole Miss raced to a 17-0 lead in the opening 8 minutes and led 46-41 with 8 minutes left in regulation before Miami rallied to force overtime.

    Grant led the Hurricanes (4-1) with 22 points, including 6 of 12 from 3-point range. Grant's final 3-point shot pulled Miami within 62-61 with 21 seconds remaining in overtime.

    Ole Miss followed Grant's 3 with a pair of free throws from Summers with 20 seconds left to build the 64-61 cushion.

    Durand Scott added 13 points and Trey McKinney 12 for Miami.

    Scott had his final shot blocked by Nelson and Grant recovered the ball outside the 3-point line, but was forced to rush an unsuccessful 3 at the buzzer.

    Miami, which trailed 29-25 at halftime, finished 22 of 60 (36.7 percent) from the field. Ole Miss was 19 of 50 (38 percent) from the field.

    The Hurricanes were 8 of 13 (61.5 percent) from the free-throw line, while the Rebels finished 19 of 30 (63.3 percent) from the stripe.

    In overtime, Ole Miss converted 8 of 10 free-throw opportunities, including five from Summers. Miami managed only 2 of 4 in the extra frame, both from Scott.

    The win was the first at home for Ole Miss over an ACC opponent and marked its first win over an ACC team since a March 2008 quarterfinal win in the National Invitational Tournament at Virginia Tech.

    Hot-shooting night helps Florida rout Jacksonville

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Kenny Boynton scored 22 points, Erving Walker added 21 and No. 10 Florida used one of its best shooting performances to handle Jacksonville 105-62 on Friday night.

    The Gators (4-1) dominated from the opening tip, allowing little chance for a repeat of what happened last year in Gainesville. Jacksonville (2-3) upset Florida 71-69 in overtime, knocking the Gators out of the rankings.

    This one was over by halftime.

    Florida made seven of its first 14 shots to open a double-digit lead. Boynton hit consecutive 3-pointers that pushed the lead to 18.

    The Gators were up 58-38 at halftime and showed the kind of knockout mentality coach Billy Donovan has wanted with a 13-2 run to start the second half.

    Patric Young keyed the spurt. Wearing protective glasses four nights after he got poked in the eye, Young had a layup off a blocked shot, a free throw and another easy bucket in the paint. He was fouled on the last of his three straight plays and missed the free throw. No worries, though. He got the offensive board, which led to Scottie Wilbekin's 3 from the wing.

    Young finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, helping negate the absence of forward Erik Murphy. Murphy injured his right knee in practice Thursday and was on crutches Friday.

    Donovan was expected to address the injury after the game.

    Murphy, a 6-foot-10 junior from Rhode Island, is averaging 10.0 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Gators. He was suspended in April following his arrest on a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge. He was reinstated five months later and had started all four games this season.

    Will Yeguete replaced him the lineup, and finished with eight points and nine rebounds.

    The biggest difference was Florida's shooting. The Gators shot 55 percent from the field.

    Even though the Dolphins were overmatched, they didn't play all that poorly. They shot 39 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers. They were 5 of 15 from behind the arc and just 9 of 17 from the free throw line.

    Florida had more woes from the charity stripe, a strange trend for a team with so many solid outside shooters. The Gators were 22 of 35 from the free throw line, but made up for the misses by hitting 11 of 25 from 3-point range.

    Florida's pep squads had a much tougher night. The dance team got plowed into by Young and again by Glenn Powell. Then a cheerleader had to be carried off the floor after she felt something pop during a tumbling routine.

    Bost leads No. 24 Mississippi State to 76-50 win

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Dee Bost and Rodney Hood both scored 17 points, and No. 24 Mississippi State pushed its winning streak to five games with an easy 76-50 victory over Tennessee-Martin on Friday night.

    The Bulldogs never trailed, receiving contributions from all over the roster. Freshman DeVille Smith scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field, while Wendell Lewis had his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

    Mississippi State (6-1) shot 59.3 percent (32 of 54) from the field and outrebounded Tennessee-Martin 37-31.

    Tennessee-Martin (1-5) was led by Dane Smith's 17 points. Myles Taylor added 12.

    Mississippi State played without starting forwards Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie for the second straight game. A team spokesman says Sidney has a sprained hand while Moultrie is battling tendinitis in both knees.

    Auburn has 17 blocks, beats Nicholls State 78-57

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Kenny Gabriel and Willy Kouassi had five blocks apiece as Auburn swatted a program-record 17 shots in a 78-57 win over Nicholls State on Friday night.

    With the 6-foot-8 Gabriel and 6-10 Kouassi leading the way, the Tigers used size to their advantage against the Colonels (1-5), who don't have a player taller than 6-7.

    The Tigers tied Kentucky -- which blocked 17 shots against Morehead State in 1998 -- for second on the Southeastern Conference's all-time, single-game list and came up one short of the record set by Arkansas against Missouri in 1996.

    Auburn had recorded 15 blocks twice before, against Jacksonville State in 1998 and against Miami in the 2001 NIT.

    Varez Ward set a career high with 20 points, tied his career high with eight rebounds and had five assists.

    Chris Talkington scored 20 for the Colonels and Trevon Lewis added 15 points and 12 rebounds.

    Balanced No. 12 Xavier beats Georgia 70-56

    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Tu Holloway overcame a sore shooting hand and scored 12 points Friday night, leading a balanced offense that carried No. 12 Xavier to a 70-56 victory over poor-shooting Georgia.

    Holloway, who hurt his right hand during practice, missed his only shot in the first half. He made all eight of his free throws and had four assists, helping Xavier (4-0) extend its success against the Southeastern Conference.

    Georgia (3-2) missed its first 11 shots, fell behind 10-0 and never recovered, trailing by 36 points midway through the second half. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 14 for the Bulldogs, who shot 32 percent from the field and trailed by 36 points midway through the second half.

    Xavier has won eight of its last nine games against SEC teams since 2008, beating Georgia three times during that span. The Musketeers also have wins over Florida, Auburn and Louisiana State.

    Their only SEC defeat was at home to Florida last season, the Musketeers' only loss in their last 43 games at the Cintas Center.

    Xavier won in Athens 65-57 last season, when Holloway failed to score in the first half, then had 18 to help the Musketeers pull away. The senior point guard had four points in the first half on Friday, all on free throws.

    Holloway is trying to get into a rhythm after a tough opening stretch. He had to sit out the opener against Morgan State because he played too many summer games, a violation of NCAA rules. Holloway returned and had 24 points against IPFW, but was physically subpar in a 66-60 win over Miami of Ohio a week ago.

    Coach Chris Mack said Holloway had been light-headed in the days leading up to the Miami game, in which he scored only nine points on 3-of-12 shooting. Now, he's also contending with the sore hand.

    The Bulldogs were coming off 61-57 win over Notre Dame on Tuesday in the CBE Classic consolation game. They lost to No. 20 California a day earlier.

    The Musketeers showed off their newcomers while taking control. At one juncture during the 10-0 run, Mack had freshman point guard Dee Davis, freshman forward Dez Wells, freshman forward Justin Martin, junior Travis Taylor and junior guard Mark Lyons on the floor. Taylor finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    Xavier pushed the lead to 14-3 with Georgia going 1 for 16 from the field with six turnovers in the first 10 minutes. Wells had the most crowd-pleasing play during the run, taking the ball around his back to avoid a steal while driving for a layup.

    A technical foul on Lyons -- he got tangled up with a Georgia player -- contributed to an eight-point run that cut the lead to 14-11. The comeback faded fast. Kenny Frease's block set up a fastbreak layup by Lyons that pushed it to 20-11. It was 28-19 at the half, with seven Xavier players scoring, none more than six points. The Bulldogs were 6 of 28 from the field with 11 turnovers.

    Holloway got involved during a 12-point run that opened the second half and pushed the lead to 40-19. He hit a pair of free throws, a layup and a fadeaway jumper. Georgia missed five shots and had two turnovers during the decisive spurt.

    Jenkins has 18, No. 18 Vandy beats Monmouth 95-73

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Jenkins scored 18 points, and Jeff Taylor and Brad Tinsley each added 16 to help 18th-ranked Vanderbilt beat winless Monmouth 95-73 on Friday night.

    The game pitted Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings against former assistant King Rice in his first season as Monmouth's head coach.

    The Commodores already are without starting center Festus Ezeli due to a sprained knee, and Steve Tchiengang sat with concussion-like symptoms after being hit in the face Monday night against Oregon State in winning the TicketCity Legends Classic in New Jersey.

    The Commodores (5-1) didn't need him on a hot-shooting night where they trailed only off the opening bucket. Josh Henderson and Dai-Jon Parker had a career-high 10 points each.

    This easily was the toughest game yet for the Hawks (0-6). Jesse Steele scored 25 points, Ed Waite had 15 before fouling out, and Austin Tillotson 11.

    Monmouth is playing its first nine away from home and won't be back in New Jersey until Dec. 10. Rice, who spent the past six seasons with Stallings at Vandy and also was on the bench for him at Illinois State, has seven newcomers on his roster.

    This game offered a nice break for Vanderbilt, which hosts No. 12 Xavier on Monday night before visiting seventh-ranked Louisville on Dec. 2. But Stallings had his starters in this game until 1:01 left as they got sloppy in the second half.

    Jenkins opened up on fire, hitting three of his first four shots -- all from beyond the arc. He also hit a pair of free throws and had 11 points in the first half, giving him 38 career games scoring in double figures. His teammates all shot well too as Vanderbilt hit 68 percent (17 of 25) from the floor in the first 20 minutes, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc. Five Commodores hit at least one 3.

    Andrew Nicholas hit a jumper in the opening seconds to at least give Monmouth a brief lead. But Jenkins hit his first 3 to put Vandy ahead to stay with 18:49, and the Commodores just got better as the half went on.

    They reeled off a 12-2 run to push the lead to double digits with Stallings able to rest his starters and play reserves. Henderson scored twice in the spurt, and Kyle Fuller's layup made it a 21-7 lead. Steele scored on a layup, and Tillotson stole the ball near the Hawks' basket and hit a short jumper to pull Monmouth to 23-13 with 9:10 left.

    Taylor hit back-to-back jumpers and Jenkins added another 3 to push the lead back out. Vanderbilt led by as much as 26 in the half before Steele's 3 with 3.5 seconds left pulled Monmouth within 50-27 at halftime.

    The Commodores got a little sloppy in the second half with Monmouth refusing to back off. They also went 6:06 between field goals between Tinsley's 3 with 12:07 left before Lance Goulbourne scored on a layup with 6:01 remaining. During that drought, Monmouth put together seven straight points and got to 71-56 on Nesmith's fast-break layup with 7:57 left.

    Stallings took a timeout, and Goulbourne came back with that layup and hit the free throw for a 78-65 lead.

    Barnes scores 21 points, No. 1 Tar Heels beat South Carolina, 87-62

    LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, and P.J. Hairston had 19 to help top-ranked North Carolina beat South Carolina 87-62 on Friday night in the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

    John Henson had 18 points and eight rebounds, Kendall Marshall finished with 14 assists, six steals and four points, and Tyler Zeller added 12 points for the Tar Heels (5-0).

    North Carolina will face UNLV (6-0) in the championship game Saturday night.

    RJ Slawson led South Carolina (2-3) with career highs of 13 points, 14 rebounds, and had four blocks. Daimen Leonard and Malik Cooke each had 12 points, and Anthony Gill added 10 points and six rebounds.

    South Carolina will play Southern California on Saturday.

    North Carolina never trailed, jumping to a 19-4 lead.

    The Tar Heels made it 27-10, with Hairston scoring eight points,

    The Gamecocks turned the ball over 17 times to the Tar Heels' six in the half.

    South Carolina never got the lead below 11 points in the second half as the Tar Heels extended the advantage to 27 in the final minute.

    The game was the first meeting between the teams since Dec. 7, 1996, and North Carolina leads the series 57-21. About 3,000 North Carolina fans attended the game at the 8,000-seat arena.