Ole Miss Tops UL-Lafayette
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Ole Miss 66, UL-Lafayette 54
|Auburn 52, USF 40
|College of Charleston 71, Tennessee 65
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Sophomore Dundrecous Nelson poured in a season-high 21 points and Ole Miss won its sixth straight game by defeating Louisiana-Lafayette 66-54 on Wednesday night.
Nick Williams added 12 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists for the Rebels (9-1), who shot 24 of 55, 43.6 percent, from the field.
Darshawn McClellan and Bryant Mbamulu led Louisiana-Lafayette (5-7) with 12 points apiece while Josh Brown added 11. McClellan added a team-high nine rebounds.
Ole Miss freshman guard Jelan Kendrick, a transfer from Memphis, was declared eligible by the NCAA on Monday after completing first semester academic requirements. Kendrick was a McDonald's All-American selection as a prep senior two seasons ago.
Kendrick, who is recovering from hernia surgery, was expected to make his playing debut against Louisiana by did not play due to, "a coach's decision," said Andy Kennedy, in the postgame press conference.
Both clubs struggled offensively in the opening 11 minutes, combining for 13 turnovers. The Ragin' Cajuns built their biggest lead, 12-6, highlighted by a pair of baskets from Mbamalu, with 10:55 left.
Ole Miss answered with a decisive 14-0 run, capped by a three-point play by Terrance Henry for a 20-12 lead with 7:41 remaining. The Rebels led by as many as 14 points before Louisiana pulled within 34-27 at halftime.
Louisiana-Lafayette never got closer than six points in the second half. Ole Miss led by as many as 19 points on two occasions, the final time on a three-point shot from Nelson for a 63-44 lead with 7:02 left.
Both teams had difficulty at the free throw line, as Ole Miss finished 10 of 18, 55.6 percent. Louisiana-Lafayette was worse, hitting 11 of 21, 42.1 percent.
The Cajuns missed four of six free throws in a technical foul, ball possession series midway through the second half while trailing 45-34. Louisiana-Lafayette never had an opportunity to pull within 10 points again.
Ole Miss out rebounded Louisiana-Lafayette 35-34, led by Murphy Holloway with 10 boards. The Rebels forced 19 turnovers as Louisiana-Lafayette struggled from the field, managing 19 of 50, 38 percent.
Auburn Defense Strong In Win Over USF
Auburn -- Frankie Sullivan and Chris Denson each scored 12 points as Auburn defeated South Florida 52-40 in Auburn Arena on Wednesday after an 11-day layoff to improve to 5-1 for its best start in seven years. Varez Ward added 11 points and six rebounds while Kenny Gabriel had seven points, a team-best eight rebounds and three steals.
"When you are off for so many days, you lose that game sharpness," head coach Tony Barbee said. "I liked the way we responded. We didn't let our lack of offense in the first 10 minutes bury us. We still guarded and rebounded. You have to win what I call a `grind out' game, and tonight was one of those. I am proud of the fact that the guys responded. They made free throws, made plays and made shots when we needed them."
Auburn held USF (6-5) to 40 points - the fewest for an opponent since Alabama A&M scored 40 on December 29, 2008. The Tigers set season-high marks for free throws made by going 15-of-18 for 83.3 percent.
Ward connected on Auburn's first 3-pointer of the night with 1:36 to go in the opening half as the Tigers pulled within one. Sullivan's layup was sandwiched by a pair of blocks by Willy Kouassi as Auburn took its first lead, 21-20 at the half. The Tigers did not trail again.
Auburn bridged a 13-2 run over the last minute of the first half through the break to take a 29-22 lead. The Tigers then opened their lead to 37-29 on a layup by Sullivan with 11:16 remaining. Sullivan's first trey, followed by a floater from Denson, capped a 14-3 run and gave Auburn a 45-32 advantage with 6:47 to go.
"We held this team to a low scoring game," Denson said. "All week we just focused on defense, and we just have to get better on the offensive end. That's what our main focus is on right now. I think we have the defense down pat, but I think the layoff helped us a lot in that category."
South Florida scored the first seven points of the game, but the Bulls then went more than eight minutes without a basket as Auburn closed to within 9-8. Augustus Gilchrist scored 10 of South Florida's first 15 points as the Bulls held a 15-10 lead. Gilchrist, who was the lone Bull in double figures, didn't score again after the 6:04 mark of the first half.
Tennessee Falls To College of Charleston
CHARLESTON, S.C. - A 20-2 College of Charleston run midway through the second half keyed the Cougars' 71-65 win over Tennessee on Wednesday night at a sold-out TD Arena. Sophomore Jordan McRae led the Vols (3-6) with 19 points as Tennessee lost its fourth game in a row. Junior Dwight Miller had career-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds.
The Vols rallied back from being down by as many as 14 to cut the deficit to just three at 68-65 with 58.9 seconds left as McRae nailed his third 3-pointer in less than a three-minute span. The Cougars (8-1) made three late free throws to hold on for the win.
College of Charleston has won 14 games in a row at home and posts its second-straight win over the Vols after winning 91-78 in Knoxville last season.
The Cougars outscored the Vols 48-21 over more than 20 minutes bridging the halves to pull away and take a commanding lead of as large as 14 at 63-49 with 5:57 left in the second half. Tennessee had built its largest lead of 13 at 28-15 with 5:37 left in the first half thanks in large part to Miller, who had 13 in the first half.
Greeneville, Tenn. native Antwaine Wiggins led CofC with a career-high tying 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting. Andrew Lawrence added 14 for the Cougars.
Wiggins gave the Cougars their first lead since 10-9 with consecutive baskets for a 49-47 lead with 12:50 left in the second half. They continued a 13-0 run as Matt Sundburg knocked down a 3-pointer and Wiggins tipped in a rebound with 10:30 left in the game for a 56-47 lead for CofC. Trae Golden ended the bleeding momentarily with a bucket at 8:46, but the Vols still trailed 56-49. The lead ballooned to 14 on another trey by Sundburg.
Down by two touchdowns, the Vols cut the deficit to five at 67-62 as McRae nailed two 3-pointers and Skylar McBee made another. But Wiggins and Anthony Stitt answered with baskets for the Cougars who held on for the win.
Miller was the story of the first half as he had 13 points and six rebounds in nine minutes to help the Vols to a 37-33 lead on the scoreboard and a 24-16 lead on the boards. UT trailed just once in the first half at 10-9, but followed that up with a 19-5 run to lead by as many as 13.
Charleston outscored the Vols 18-9 to end the half to cut the margin to just four heading into intermission.
Miller continued his torrid start with consecutive baskets to put the Vols up 26-15 with 6:55 left in the first half. That four-point spurt set a new career-high to that point in a little more than 13 minutes. Jeronne Maymon's lay-up extended the lead to 28-15 with 5:37 left in the first for another mini run of 7-0.
The Vols built a 19-10 lead as McBee canned back-to-back 3-pointers to key a 10-0 run midway through the first half.