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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: December 28

    men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
    South Carolina 57, Wofford 45
    Arkansas 80, Charlotte 67
    Kentucky 86, Lamar 64
    Baylor 54, Mississippi State 52

    South Carolina hits 3s to beat Wofford 57-45

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Bruce Ellington and Damien Leonard combined to make nine of South Carolina's season-high 11 3-pointers to lead the Gamecocks to a 57-45 victory over Wofford on Wednesday night.

    Ellington scored a season-high 17 points in just his sixth game of the season and Leonard added 14 off the bench to pace South Carolina to its fourth victory in the last five games. The Gamecocks (6-6) lost five of their previous six before clawing back to .500 for the first time since the fourth game of the season.

    Ellington was 5 for 6 from the 3-point line while Leonard was 4 of 6. South Carolina finished 11 of 20 from beyond the arc.

    The Gamecocks received 40 points from their reserves while the Terriers (7-6) only had two bench points. Karl Cochran led Wofford with 12 points. Leading scorer Kevin Giltner added 10 but he was 4 of 14 from the field and 2 of 10 from the 3-point line.



    Scott leads Arkansas past Charlotte 80-67

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Rickey Scott set a career high for the second straight game, scoring 23 points as Arkansas defeated Charlotte 80-67 on Wednesday night.

    Scott scored 14 consecutive points at one point for the Razorbacks (9-3), helping them open a 21-point lead. The sophomore scored 18 points in Arkansas' previous game against Louisiana Tech and nearly matched that during his personal run against the 49ers, outscoring Charlotte 14-4 to close out the first half and open the second.

    Ten players scored for the Razorbacks, who have won four straight and are 9-0 in Bud Walton Arena this season. Mardracus Wade scored 14 points and hit four 3-pointers for Arkansas.

    DeMario Mayfield was one of four 49ers (7-4) to finish with 11 points, adding 10 rebounds.



    No. 3 Kentucky beats Lamar 86-64

    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 18 points and No. 3 Kentucky beat Lamar 86-64 on Wednesday night in the Wildcats' final game before facing No. 4 Louisville.

    Kentucky (12-1) opened the game on an 11-2 run and maintained its first-half lead because of its free throw shooting. The Wildcats were 14 of 17 from the foul line in the first half and finished 27 of 33 overall.

    Sophomore Terrence Jones of Kentucky returned after missing two games with a dislocated pinky on his left hand. He came off the bench and finished with nine points and six rebounds in 27 minutes.

    Mike James had 29 points for Lamar (8-5), which hung with the Wildcats despite shooting 28.1 percent from the field because of 10 offensive rebounds in the first half. But Kentucky proved too much after halftime and didn't allow the Cardinals consecutive baskets until almost 8 minutes had elapsed.

    The Wildcats shot 49.1 percent from the field for the game, including going 7 of 14 from 3-point range.

    Jones, who is left-handed, dislocated the finger against Tennessee-Chattanooga on Dec. 17. He played at full speed and with no apparent pain on Wednesday. He entered the game with 17:31 left in the first half, and he got a look in the post on his first possession but his half-hook shot rattled out.



    No. 6 Baylor still unbeaten, 54-52 over No. 15 MSU


    DALLAS (AP) -- Pierre Jackson drove for a layup with 28 seconds left and No. 6 Baylor remained undefeated with a 54-52 victory over No. 15 Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

    The Bears (13-0) are off to their best start in school history.

    Jackson had a game-high 14 points, the last when he drove around Dee Bost and made up for a series of mistakes only a couple of minutes earlier when Baylor still trailed.

    Mississippi State (12-2), which had its 11-game winning streak snapped, had one more chance after that. But Rodney Hood lost control of the ball going up for a shot when Quincy Acy knocked it away. Jackson then swatted the ball to the other end of the court as time ran out.

    The Bulldogs didn't score again after Acy was called for goaltending on a shot by Arnett Moultrie, making it 52-50 with 3:20 left.

    With just under 3 minutes left, Jackson missed the front end of a 1-and-1. He then had a steal but missed the breakaway layup.

    Then Jackson missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but Acy got knocked to the ground and Renardo Sidney was called for his fifth foul with 1:35 left and then a technical for his reaction to the call.

    Quincy Miller made one of the free throws for the technical before Acy made a free throw to tie the game at 52.

    Bost missed a shot for Mississippi State, then almost forced a turnover on the other end without being able to keep the ball in bounds.

    Then came Jackson's game-winning play.

    Miller had 12 points for Baylor and Brady Heslip had 11, all before halftime.

    Jalen Steele and Sidney each had 10 points, while SEC rebounding leader Moultrie had eight points with 10 rebounds. Sidney was 5 of 6 from the field, but played only 19 minutes because of his foul problems.

    The Bulldogs lost for the first time since a 68-58 setback to Akron in the second game of the season. Their winning streak included consecutive wins over Top 25 teams Texas A&M and Arizona.

    Baylor played its first ranked opponent of the season, and coach Scott Drew emphatically pumped his right arm when the game ended.

    Mississippi State had its biggest lead of the game when Bost had a steal that lead to a breakaway two-handed slam by Sidney for a 46-42 lead with 8:40 left.

    The Bears got even at 48 on A.J. Walton's inbounds alley-oop to Perry Jones III for a dunk with just under 7 minutes left. Jones was only 4 of 13 from the field for eight points.

    About a minute later, Bost made a floater in the lane for a 50-48 lead, but that was the last ball the Bulldogs actually put through the hoop since Moultrie's basket was on a goaltending call.

    Heslip had three 3-pointers in the first half.

    The Bears led 24-19 when Heslip hit a 3-pointer with 6 minutes left in the first half, and had another 3 minutes later that made it 34-28.

    But Mississippi State scored the last five points of the half, cutting the deficit to 34-33 on a 3-pointer by Brian Bryant and a driving layup by Moultrie.