South Carolina beats Southeastern Louisiana 62-43
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|South Carolina 62, SE Louisiana 43
|Vanderbilt 89, Lafayette 58
|Alabama 69, Oklahoma State 52
|Middle Tennessee 68, Ole Miss 56
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Malik Cooke and Anthony Gill scored 14 points each to help lead South Carolina to a 62-43 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday night.
Cooke overcame an injury to his left eye during the Gamecocks loss to No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday. He had a deep cut over his left eye and was forced to wear protective goggles against the Lions. The injury did not seem to effect his vision as the senior was active on both ends with four steals, three assists, three rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes.
The Gamecocks took control late in the first half when the Lions (5-5) went scoreless for more than 9 minutes. South Carolina (5-6) turned a one-point lead into a 12-point advantage until Southeastern Louisiana's Todd Nelson hit a 3 just before halftime to make it 25-16 at the break.
Elgin Bailey led the Lions with 15 points.
Vanderbilt rolls to an 89-58 rout of Lafayette
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Jenkins matched a career-high with seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead Vanderbilt to an 89-58 victory over Lafayette Wednesday night.
The Commodores (8-4) won back-to-back games for the first time in nearly a month and pounced on the Leopards (4-7) early. Vanderbilt made its first six baskets, jumped out to a 14-2 lead and was never seriously threatened.
The Leopards, playing for the first time in 10 days, didn't get into an offensive rhythm, especially from long range. They made 5 of 18 3-pointers despite entering the game tied for fifth in the country in 3-pointers made per game (9.8).
Jenkins, the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer with 20 points a game, made 9 of 12 shots. Jeffery Taylor added 16 points and Lance Goulbourne 15. Brad Tinsley tied a career-best with 10 assists.
The Leopards, who've lost five of six, got 16 points from Seth Hinrichs.
Releford, Alabama beat Oklahoma State 69-52
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Trevor Releford scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to help shorthanded Alabama beat Oklahoma State 69-52 Wednesday night.
The Crimson Tide (9-3), unranked for the first time this season, had lost three of its last four games and leading scorer JaMychal Green didn't dress because of a nagging right shoulder injury.
The Cowboys (6-5) cut a 19-point second-half deficit briefly down to single digits before dropping their third straight game at the site about an hour from Alabama's campus.
Tony Mitchell had 16 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Tide, while freshman Trevor Lacey added 12 in his first start. Releford was 7-of-10 shooting and also had six rebounds and four steals.
Le'Bryan Nash led Oklahoma State with 17 and Jean-Paul Olukemi scored 12.
Alabama snapped out of a perimeter shooting slump by hitting six 3-pointers in the first half.
The Tide had risen as high as No. 12 in the rankings before the recent struggles. Green had remained hot with back-to-back 20-point games.
Alabama's top recruit, Lacey, helped soften his absence by hitting 2 of 3 3-pointers
Mitchell missed nine straight shots before a fast-break dunk helped Alabama turn back the first Oklahoma State big rally that cut it down to 10 midway through the second half.
The Cowboys got a little closer in launching their next threat, trimming it to 56-47 on Cezar Guerrero's 3-pointer with 5:47 left.
Lacey answered with a long jumper for his only second-half basket and the Tide made four straight free throws to pull away.
Alabama hit 26 of 56 shots (46.4 percent) while the Cowboys were 18 of 55 shooting (32.7 percent).
The Tide carried a 40-22 lead into halftime after making 6 of 9 3-pointers. Alabama had made just 12 3s in its last five games and came in ranked 335th of 338 teams in shots made from beyond the arc.
The Tide cooled down in the second half but still finished 7 of 15 from 3-point range.
In the first half, Nash had scored 11 straight Oklahoma State points to help trim another 19-point deficit down to 35-22. Then Rodney Cooper made a catch-and-shoot 3 that just beat the shot clock and Releford drove for a layup with 5 seconds left.
Middle Tennessee downs Ole Miss 68-56
SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) -- Raymond Cintron, who scored a game-high 18 points, and JT Sulton keyed a 13-1 run midway through the second half to spur Middle Tennessee to a 68-56 win over Mississippi Wednesday night.
The game was played at the DeSoto Civic Center, five miles south of Memphis.
With the game tied at 43-43 with 9:42 left, Sulton's dunk after Ole Miss committed a turnover on the other end of the floor gave the Blue Raiders (11-2) the lead for good.
Cintron made two free throws and then knocked down a 3-pointer on Middle Tennessee's next two possessions to expand the lead to 50-43.
After Jarvis Summers made a free throw to stop the run, Sulton spun a Nick Williams turnover into a dunk and then hit a jumper on the Blue Raiders' next trip to push the lead to double digits.
Summers led Ole Miss (9-3) with nine points.