Ole Miss routs Mississippi Valley State 80-56
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Ole Miss 80, Mississippi Valley State 56
|Austin Peay 74, Tennessee 70
|Oklahoma 78, Arkansas 63
|Mississippi State 106, Troy 68
|Indiana 73, Kentucky 72
|LSU 64, Boise State 45
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- LaDarius White scored 16 points in his season debut Saturday to lift Mississippi to an 80-56 win over Mississippi Valley State.
White, a freshman guard, became eligible earlier in the day after completing first semester academic requirements and clearance from the NCAA. He hit 6 of 12 from the field, including four from 3-point range.
Ole Miss (8-1) had five players to score in double figures, led by White. Dundrecous Nelson had 12 points, Reginald Buckner scored 11 points with 10 rebounds,, and Murphy Holloway and Terrance Henry added 10 points apiece.
Paul Crosby scored 16 points, Falondo Jones had 13 and Terrance Joyner added 12 for Mississippi Valley State (1-8). The Delta Devils led 16-15 after the opening 10 minutes.
Ole Miss led 41-22 at halftime and led by as many 26 points in the second half. The Rebels improved to 34-0 all-time against Southwestern Athletic Conference teams.
Austin Peay beats Tennessee 74-70
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- TyShwan Edmondson hit a floater with 16 seconds to go and Josh Terry hit a free throw with 2 seconds left as Austin Peay beat Tennessee 74-70 on Saturday to get its second win of the season.
The Governors were coming off their only other win, an overtime victory against Arkansas State, and had never beaten the Volunteers in eight previous tries.
The Vols led by 11 points with 6:27 to play and held a 68-62 lead with 4:40 to play but would only get one more basket, a jumper by Jordan McRae that made it 70-66 with 2:39 left. Melvin Baker answered for the Govs with a 3-pointer to make it a one-possession game.
Tennessee had dominated around the basket for most of the game, getting 42 points in the paint. Austin Peay switched to a zone defense late that made it tougher for the Vols to get clean shots around the rim.
On their next possession, the Vols barely even made it past half court against the Governors' defense. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin called a timeout with 6 seconds on the shot clock to try to get his team in better position, but the Vols never launched the ball before the shot clock buzzed.
At the other end of the court, Terry spun around to hit a layup with 1:05 to play to give the Governors a 71-70 lead.
John Fraley and Baker blocked shots near the rim by the Vols' Trae Golden and Cameron Tatum before Edmondson hit his game-sealing jumper.
Terry led Austin Peay (2-9) with 20 points, and Edmondson added 19. The Govs shot 72.7 percent in the second half compared to 50 percent shooting by the Vols.
Jeronne Maymon scored 18 for Tennessee (3-5).
The Vols thought they were finally getting a break after a brutal early season schedule that included three losses to AP Top 25 opponents and another loss at Oakland.
They had a week off after their last game, a 61-56 loss to No. 15 Pittsburgh, to focus on exams. Tennessee started sluggishly and couldn't draw much support from the stands, thinned because of an early tipoff time and because of the university's winter break.
After Austin Peay scored a couple of quick baskets, Tennessee used its size advantage to take control around the basket and start building a lead. The Vols got 28 of their 37 first-half points in the paint and outrebounded the Governors 24-12 before halftime.
Six of those paint points came during a 10-0 run late in the first half that gave the Vols a 10-point lead. Kenny Hall rebounded a missed shot by Jordan McRae and pivoted 360 degrees in a crowd of defenders before putting up a layup to make it 36-26 with 2:34 before halftime.
Austin Peay turned nine Tennessee turnovers into 14 points and hit 9 of 10 at the foul line in the first half to keep the Vols from ever getting comfortable.
Pledger, Neal guide Oklahoma past Arkansas 78-63
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Steven Pledger scored 22 points, Tyler Neal came off the bench for a career-high 18 and Oklahoma beat Arkansas 78-63 on Saturday.
Andrew Fitzgerald celebrated his birthday by scoring 17 points, all of them in the first half, as the Sooners (7-1) built a big lead and didn't trail after the first four minutes. Oklahoma continued a trend of the home team winning each of the last five years in the rekindled series between schools from neighboring states.
Freshman BJ Young scored 24 points to lead the Razorbacks (5-3), who suffered through a miserable shooting performance for a second straight weekend on the road. Arkansas missed 14 of its first 15 shots and finished shooting 34 percent from the field, limiting its ability to deploy coach Mike Anderson's signature pressure defense.
No. 17 Mississippi State beats Troy, 106-68
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Dee Bost scored a season-high 28 points, Arnett Moultrie added 20 points and 12 rebounds and No. 17 Mississippi State cruised past Troy 106-68 Saturday.
The Bulldogs (9-1) won their eighth straight game, shooting 56.3 percent (40 of 71) from the field, including 51.6 percent (16 of 31) from 3-point range. Renardo Sidney added a season-high 18 points and eight rebounds, Jalen Steele scored 15 and Rodney Hood 12.
Bost shot 9 of 16 from the field, including 7 of 13 from 3-point range. The 6-foot-2 senior guard added nine assists and three rebounds.
Moultrie posted his fifth double-double of the season. He shot 9 of 14 from the field and had five assists. Mississippi State dominated in the paint, outscoring Troy 42-26.
The Bulldogs were terrific from outside as well -- their 16 3-pointers tied a school record.
Troy (4-4) was led by Emil Jones' 15 points. Will Weathers scored 10 and R.J. Scott added 10. Ray Chambers had eight points and 11 rebounds. The Trojans trailed by 47 points in the second half, unable to keep up with Mississippi State's fastbreak offense.
Troy also struggled with its shooting, making just 8 of 35 (22.9 percent) shots from 3-point range.
Mississippi State was occasionally sloppy with its decision-making in the first half, but shot the ball so well that it didn't matter. The Bulldogs made 61.1 percent (22 of 36) of their shots from the field, including 53.3 percent (8 of 15) from 3-point range on the way to a 54-26 halftime lead. Steele and Moultrie had 12 first-half points.
The Bulldogs didn't stop there, with 52 second-half points. They pushed past the 100-point mark with 4:54 left in the game Sidney's two-handed dunk.
Sidney continued his enigmatic play, with good moments mixed with bad ones. The 6-foot-10 forward looked lethargic in the opening minutes and earned a technical foul after an off-color comment. But then he responded with a 3-pointer and a thunderous one-handed dunk on back-to-back possessions that served as a reminder of how good he can be.
Steele made five 3-pointers, which tied a career-high.
Indiana stuns No. 1 Kentucky 73-72 at buzzer
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Christian Watford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Indiana a 73-72 victory over top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday night.
Watford finished with 20 points, giving the Hoosiers their first upset of a top-ranked team since taking down Duke in the 2002 NCAA tournament and setting off a wild scene. Fans stormed the court as officials looked at the replay before counting the basket.
The Hoosiers (9-0) are off to their best start since 1989-90.
Doron Lamb scored 19 points to lead the Wildcats (8-1) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 18 as Kentucky's three-game winning streak over Indiana ended.
The teams traded leads five times in the final 2 minutes, but Kentucky missed the front end of a one-and-one with 28.8 seconds left and the first of two free throws with 5.6 seconds to go.
LSU cruises past Boise State 64-45
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Justin Hamilton scored 14 points as LSU defeated Boise State 64-45 in a nonconference game Saturday night.
Hamilton was 5 of 7 from the field and 4 of 7 from the foul line. He also grabbed five rebounds. Anthony Hickey contributed 11 points and four assists and Storm Warren and Johnny O'Bryant had 10 points apiece.
The Tigers (6-3) played without leading scorer Andre Stringer, who was not in uniform after experiencing fainting spells recently. Stringer was averaging 12.1 points per game.
Derrick Marks was the top scorer for the Broncos (8-2) with 12 points and Jeff Elorriaga added 11. Anthony Drmic, who was averaging 15.6 points per game, didn't score. He missed seven field goal attempts and two foul shots.
Entering the game, Boise State was averaging 85 points and shooting 50 percent from the field. The Broncos shot only 29.8 percent (17 of 57) against LSU.
The Tigers scored the last eight points of the first half to take a 25-22 lead. Warren accounted for six of those points on two field goals and two free throws. The other LSU points in that run came on a short jumper by Ralston Turner.
Boise State had built a 22-17 advantage on a flurry of 3-pointers. Two by Thomas Bropleh and one by Elorriaga carried the Broncos during a stretch in which they outscored LSU 11-4. A layup by Ryan Watkins capped the Boise State run.
The Tigers extended their lead to nine points in the first seven minutes of the second half. After a 3-pointer by Elorriaga reduced the Broncos' deficit to one point at 28-27, LSU went on an 11-3 run with five players making a field goal. Hamilton's layup put the Tigers on top 39-30.
Boise State couldn't make a significant dent into LSU's lead. A basket by Warren with 8:12 remaining in the game gave the Tigers their first double-digit advantage at 45-35. The Broncos came no closer than nine points the rest of the way.