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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: December 30

    Georgia 58, Delaware State 51
    Auburn 78, Georgia Southern 75
    Dayton 62, Ole Miss 50
    Arkansas 77, Texas Southern 49

    Georgia beats Delaware State 58-51

    ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Dustin Ware came off the bench again and scored 15 points Friday to lead slow-staring Georgia past Delaware State 58-51 for its fifth straight victory.

    "This was a win, but I was not pleased with the way we played," Georgia coach Mark Fox said.

    Not even a 50-footer at the halftime horn by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope lifted Fox's mood.

    "The way we played we did not deserve for that shot to go in," he said. "Don't get me wrong, I am glad it went in."

    Caldwell-Pope and Donte Williams each scored 12 points for Georgia (9-5), which got clutch play down the stretch from Gerald Robinson. Casey Walker led Delaware State (4-7) with 16 points and Tyshawn Bell added 14 points and 10 rebounds. It was the fourth straight loss for the Hornets.

    Coming off a 92-86 overtime win Tuesday over Winthrop, Georgia fell behind early for the second straight game. Delaware State bolted to a 14-4 lead in the first seven minutes, fueled by four 3-point baskets, including three by Walker.

    "That is one of our biggest issues," Williams said. "We are coming out kind of flat."

    Ware had started 90 of 105 games in his college career before playing as a reserve the last four games.

    "Right from the start we have to be ready to go," he said. "The last couple of games we have not done that, and it has obviously shown."

    Delaware State missed eight of 13 free throws in losing its fourth straight. Georgia hit seven of eight.

    "If you don't make foul shots, youre not going to win basketball games," Delaware State coach Greg Jackson said.

    The Hornets played their third straight game without leading scorer Tahj Tate, who has been suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

    Georgia regained the lead when Ware's 3-pointer made it 20-19 with 6:09 remaining in the half.

    "Dustin has shot the ball well," Fox said. "He is comfortable coming in. He has played with a lot of confidence offensively."

    Caldwell-Pope scored Georgia's final seven points of the half, including a 50-footer at the end of the half to give the Bulldogs a 32-29 edge.

    In the second half, a pair of free throws by Ware put Georgia up 49-41 with 9:29 left. But the Bulldogs scored just one field goal over the next seven minutes. Walker made two of three free throws with 2:37 left, pulling Delaware State to 52-48.

    But in the last two minutes, Georgia spread the floor for Robinson, who scored the Bulldogs' last six points on two layups and two free throws. Delaware State, meanwhile, missed three free throws and added a meaningless 3-pointer by Walker with 8.6 seconds to play.

    Fox hopes the game is a wake-up call. The Bulldogs begin Southeastern Conference play Jan. 7 against Alabama.

    "We need to grow up in a lot of ways," Fox said. "We made some silly plays late in the game. I hope we will learn as much as we can from this game."

    Auburn rallies to defeat Georgia Southern 78-75

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Chris Denson scored 19 points -- including the go-ahead 3-pointer with just over two minutes left -- and Rob Chubb tied his career high with 21 as Auburn rallied from a 14-point deficit to defeat Georgia Southern 78-75 on Friday night.

    The Tigers (9-3) outscored the Eagles (3-8) 31-18 in the final 10 minutes to come away with the win.

    Denson's 3-pointer gave Auburn a 71-69 lead, its first since 15-14 early in the first half. He had 14 points in the second half.

    Varez Ward had 13 points and Kenny Gabriel added 12, including two big 3-pointers in the second half, to help Auburn pull out the win.

    Eric Ferguson had a big night for Georgia Southern, finishing with 20 points, but he was limited for much of the second half due to foul trouble and eventually fouled out. Willie Powers added 23 for the Eagles.

    Johnson has 16, leads Dayton past Ole Miss 62-50

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Chris Johnson scored 16 points and Dayton used two second-half runs in a 62-50 victory over Mississippi on Friday night.

    Dayton (10-4) built a 28-23 halftime lead to a 39-27 advantage early in the second half. The 11-5 run to start the second was sparked by consecutive 3-pointers by Johnson. Ole Miss (9-4) cut Dayton's lead to 47-41 with 7:44 left, but the Flyers answered with an 11-4 run to take control for good.

    Dayton dominated Ole Miss 43-33 on the boards. Rebels leading rebounder Murphy Holloway missed his first game of the season with a high ankle sprain. Dayton starting forward Josh Benson left the game twice in the first half with an injured left knee. He did not play in the second half and will have an MRI on Saturday.

    Paul Williams added 12 points for Dayton. Jarvis Williams led Ole Miss with 14 points.

    Arkansas defeats Texas Southern 77-49

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Mardracus Wade scored 18 points to lead Arkansas to a 77-49 victory against Texas Southern on Friday night.

    Wade made four 3-pointers. The sophomore guard is shooting 49.2 percent from beyond the arc this season for the Razorbacks (10-3), who won their fifth straight.

    Arkansas led 7-0 just 1:12 into the game and never trailed. The Razorbacks led 39-19 at halftime and by 31 points in the second half.

    Arkansas forced Texas Southern (1-11) into 25 turnovers, scoring 30 points off of the miscues. The Tigers made only 18 of 56 field-goal attempts en route to their 10th loss in a row.

    Fred Sturdivant led Texas Southern with 19 points and 13 rebounds.

    Hunter Mickelson scored 13 points and seven blocks for the Razorbacks. Marvell Waithe and Rickey Scott added 10 points each.