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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: January 2

    Tennessee 76, Chattanooga 63
    Virginia 57, LSU 52
    Vanderbilt 69, Miami (Ohio) 62
    Auburn 67, Bethune-Cookman 41

    Tennessee defeats Chattanooga 76-63

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Trae Golden tied his career high with 29 points as Tennessee held off Chattanooga 76-63 on Monday night.

    Golden, who had surgery on Friday to repair a fracture in his nose, was 11 for 17 from the field and 4 of 9 from 3-point range. Golden, who entered the game leading the Volunteers with an average 13 points per game, has played in every game since his nose was broken during a practice drill on Dec. 16.

    The Vols (7-6) were a combined 13 of 39 from 3, getting 16 points from Skylar McBee and 12 from Jordan McRae. Their bench outscored the Mocs reserves 24-4.

    Tennessee scored the first seven points of the game as Chattanooga hit only one of its first eight shots.

    The game quickly turned into a 3-point shooting contest between the two teams. The Vols had taken a 16-9 lead on a trey by Renaldo Woolridge with 9:23 in the first half, when the Mocs' shots started to fall.

    McRae fouled Ricky Taylor behind the arc, and Taylor hit all three foul shots to launch a 14-0 run. Taylor hit a pair of 3s and Keegan Bell added one of his own during the stretch that gave Chattanooga a 23-16 lead with 6:47 before halftime.

    Tennessee got a trio of 3s from McBee that helped the Vols regain the lead, which they wouldn't relinquish for the rest of the game. The third basket in the set launched a 17-3 run for the Vols just before halftime, and they held a 44-32 lead at the break.

    Omar Wattad hit a pair of 3s and Bell hit another to help the Mocs pull within 46-41 with 17:48 to play. McRae followed with his only trey, and the Mocs would get no closer as they failed to hit a field goal in the final 6 minutes of the game.

    Taylor scored 17 points for Chattanooga (6-9), which is now 0-7 on the road this season. Wattad added 16 points, Bell had 15 and Drazen Zlovaric had 11 points for Chattanooga, which shot just 34.5 percent for the game but hit 11 of 26 from 3.

    The Vols have put together a four-game winning streak after a rough stretch in late November and early December that saw them lose six of seven. They have a quick turnaround before their Wednesday rematch at in-state rival Memphis, which beat Tennessee 99-97 in double overtime at the Maui Invitational on Nov. 22.

    No. 21 Virginia edges LSU 57-52

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Sammy Zeglinski scored 17 points, including a big 3-pointer late in the game, to help No. 21 Virginia beat LSU 57-52 in a non-conference game Monday night.

    Joe Harris added 14 points, also hitting a 3-pointer late, for the Cavaliers (13-1), who have won 11 straight games.

    With their lead down to one, Zeglinski made his fourth 3 of the game to put the Cavaliers on top 51-47 with 3:25 remaining. A 3-pointer by Anthony Hickey again reduced Virginia's lead to a single point before Harris made his 3-pointer with 1:30 left.

    The Tigers cut their deficit in half at 54-52 on a field goal by Justin Hamilton with 51 seconds remaining. LSU got the ball back when Ralston Turner blocked a shot by Harris and Hamilton grabbed the ball. However, Hamilton immediately lost the ball.

    The Tigers would have one more opportunity to tie the score after Zeglinski made just one of two foul shots with 19 seconds remaining, but Turner missed a 3 and Mike Scott hit two free throws with 5 seconds left to seal the win.

    Hamilton had a career high 21 points for the Tigers (10-4), who had their winning streak end at seven games.

    Despite holding the lead for most of the first half, Virginia needed a pair of free throws from Harris in the final 30 seconds to forge a tie going into the break. LSU had no more than a two-point advantage in the opening 20 minutes.

    Baskets by Scott and Akil Mitchell enabled the Cavaliers to jump out front 13-6 in the opening eight minutes. The Tigers scored eight straight points on a pair of 3-pointers by Andre Stringer and a layup by Chris Bass to go ahead 14-13.

    A field goal by Malcolm Brogdon and a 3-pointer by Zeglinski put Virginia ahead 18-14. LSU evened the score at 20-20 on a basket by Stringer with 4:59 remaining in the half. Harris scored Virginia's last six points, including the two foul shots, which tied the score at 26-26.

    The Tigers grabbed a four-point lead at the outset of the second half on baskets by Hamilton and Turner. The Cavaliers responded with an 8-2 run to go ahead 34-32. A field goal by Harris gave Virginia its first lead of the second half.

    LSU came back to take its largest advantage of the game at 42-37. Trailing by one point, Hamilton converted a three-point play and Jalen Courtney knocked down a 3-pointer. The lead was short-lived as the Cavaliers outscored the Tigers 9-2. A field goal by Scott gave Virginia a 46-44 lead with 6:20 to play.

    LSU regained the lead at 47-46 on a 3-pointer by Hickey. A basket by Assane Sene with 5:13 remaining in the game gave the Cavaliers the lead for good at 48-47.

    Streaking Vanderbilt beats Miami (Ohio) 69-62

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- John Jenkins hit five 3-pointers and scored 26 points as Vanderbilt overcame a sluggish start and beat Miami (Ohio) 69-62 Monday night for the Commodores' fourth straight victory.

    Coming off a 74-57 win at then-No. 14 Marquette, the Commodores (10-4) opened this game like so many this season at Memorial Gym struggling to find the basket, hitting only two of their first 14 shots. They finally heated up, especially from 3-point range where they hit 8 of 18 (44.4 percent) for the game.

    Jeffery Taylor and Brad Tinsley each added 11 points, and senior Festus Ezeli blocked four shots to become Vanderbilt's career leader, passing former NBA player Will Perdue.

    Freshman Brian Sullivan came off the bench and led the RedHawks (4-8) with 24 points, going 8 of 10 from beyond the arc. Julian Mavunga had his eighth double-double this season but was held to a season-low 14 points, along with his 11 rebounds.

    Vanderbilt has struggled at home this season, losing to Cleveland State and Indiana State, costing it a Top 25 ranking. The win at Marquette got the Commodores some votes Monday in the new Top 25 poll, and this time, Vanderbilt closed out an opponent that refused to go away.

    The RedHawks, whose losses include 66-60 at then-No. 13 Xavier, pulled within 43-41 as Mavunga scored six points and Jon Harris hit a 3-pointer with 12 minutes left. Jenkins answered with another 3, then hit a jumper after a pump fake to push the lead to 48-41.

    Miami (Ohio) pulled within 59-55 as Drew McGhee capped a 9-3 spurt. Jenkins hit a fall-away jumper to push it to 61-55 with 3:58 left, then the Commodores forced Miami (Ohio) into its fourth shot clock violation of the game.

    Brian Sullivan hit his eighth 3 to pull Miami (Ohio) within 63-58 only to have Ezeli block Josh Sewell's layup with 1:46 left. Miami (Ohio) never got closer than five as the Commodores hit all six free throws in the final 67 seconds to win.

    Vanderbilt may have had trouble shooting early. Sullivan didn't. He hit his first four 3-pointers and kept the Commodores from blowing the RedHawks out. His fourth 3 put the RedHawks up 18-14 with 7:57 left in the first half. Vince LeGarza scored on a layup to match that lead.

    But Steve Tchiengang hit a pair of free throws as the first of nine straight points by Vanderbilt, including a 3-pointer by Taylor, and Taylor's fast-break layup put Vanderbilt up 25-20 with 3:43 left.

    Vanderbilt led 27-24 at halftime and opened the second half hitting four 3-pointers, the last two by Jenkins, to go up 39-30.

    Gabriel carries Auburn over Bethune-Cookman 67-41

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Kenny Gabriel recorded the first triple-double in Auburn history Monday night, tying his career high of 24 points, tying his career-high of 13 rebounds and blocking a career-high 10 shots in the Tigers' 67-41 win over Bethune-Cookman.

    The senior forward shot 11 of 13 from the field and also recorded four steals and three assists for the Tigers (10-3), who didn't win their 10th game last season until March 2.

    Auburn went 106 years and 2,322 games without a triple-double before Gabriel's performance Monday.

    Chris Denson scored 10 points and Frankie Sullivan added nine points for the Tigers, who used their size advantage to keep the Wildcats (4-11) at arm's length for most of the night.

    Ricky Johnson led Bethune-Cookman, which shot just 23.7 percent (14 of 59) from the field, with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, and Garrius Holloman scored nine.

    Noel Johnson, who transferred to Auburn from Clemson last year, started his first game for the Tigers, scoring six points and grabbing a career-high eight rebounds.

    After going into the break ahead 34-19, the Tigers started the second half with a 9-2 run to go up 43-21 with 17:06 remaining and definitively put away a game the Wildcats hadn't been in since the early going.

    Gabriel ended that spurt with a steal and dunk and scored 14 of Auburn's first 18 points of the second half.

    Auburn got out to an 8-2 lead in the game's first 3:19, as Bethune-Cookman missed its first seven shots, but the Wildcats closed to within 11-9 at the 13:29 mark.

    The Tigers ripped off a 16-4 run over the next 6:14, using their size to dominate the boards, disrupt Bethune-Cookman defensively and run the break, logging three dunks and three layups during the spurt to take a 27-13 lead with 6:35 to go in the half.

    Auburn held the Wildcats to 22.6 percent shooting (7 of 31) in the first half while making 55.6 percent (15 of 27) of its shots.

    Gabriel bested his previous career high in blocks in the first 20 minutes, swatting eight shots to go along with eight points and five rebounds.

    Johnson scored nine for Bethune-Cookman in the first half on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.