Georgia tops Tennessee 57-53 in OT
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|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Georgia 57, Tennessee 53 (OT)
|Ole Miss 75, Mississippi State 68
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Gerald Robinson scored 16 points and Georgia overcame poor shooting to outlast Tennessee 57-53 in overtime on Wednesday night, giving the Bulldogs their first Southeastern Conference win of the season.
Georgia (10-8, 1-3 SEC) won despite scoring only five points in the first 10 minutes of the second half. The Bulldogs made only 34.9 percent of their shots from the field.
Skylar McBee's only basket, a 3-pointer, gave Tennessee (8-10, 1-3) a 53-52 lead with 2:11 remaining in overtime. Following a missed jumper by Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a turnover by the Vols gave Georgia another chance with 1:15 remaining.
Donte Williams scored with 1:03 remaining to give Georgia a 54-43 lead, and he was fouled by Cameron Tatum on the play. Williams missed the free throw but Caldwell-Pope grabbed the rebound. Robinson's two free throws with 26.4 seconds remaining pushed the lead to three points.
Williams and Nemanja Djurisic each had 11 points for Georgia.
Trae Golden led Tennessee with 16 points. Jeronne Maymon had 12 and freshman Jarnell Stokes had 11 in only his second college game.
Tennessee did not lead in the first half but finally took advantage of Georgia's poor shooting after the Bulldogs led 27-24 at halftime.
The game was tied at 44-44 before Golden's short jumper gave the Vols the lead.
Robinson tied the game again by driving down the baseline for a layup with 17 seconds remaining. After the teams traded timeouts with 13.2 seconds remaining, Golden missed a shot from the wing with about 1 second left. Georgia called a timeout with 0.6 seconds left, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed a half-court shot to send the game to overtime.
Stokes, the 6-foot-8, 250-pound freshman forward who signed with Tennessee on Dec. 23 and had his first practice on Jan. 9, also contributed eight rebounds.
Tennessee stayed close in the first half as it relied on Golden, the sophomore who had nine straight points for the Vols.
Georgia, painfully undersized, received a boost to its front line with forward Marcus Thornton's return from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Thornton made his first appearance since hurting the knee on Dec. 23.
Georgia avoided its first 0-4 start in the SEC since losing its first nine conference games in the 2008-09 season.
Mississippi beats No. 18 Mississippi State, 75-68
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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) -- Reginald Buckner scored a career-high 19 points, added 15 rebounds and Mississippi upset No. 18 Mississippi State 75-68 on Wednesday night.
Nick Williams added 17 points, and Jarvis Summers had 12 to help Ole Miss (12-6, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) beat its in-state rival for the first time in six attempts.
Buckner is usually known for his defense and is the school's career leader in blocked shots. But he scored with regularity against the Bulldogs, shooting 8 of 10 from the field as the Rebels shot 50 percent as a team.
Renardo Sidney led Mississippi State (15-4, 2-2) with 17 points. Arnett Moultrie had his ninth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Sidney and Moultrie have formed a dynamic frontcourt for most of the season, but Buckner nearly beat the pair by himself, adding three blocked shots to his impressive offensive totals.
The 6-foot-8 junior forward has always been a little robotic on the offensive end, which is the main reason he averages just 5.9 points.
That's why it was so surprising to see Buckner scoring in bunches against the Bulldogs -- not only on put-back dunks but also an array of short jumpers that aren't usually in his repertoire.
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury has been dominant against his in-state rival for more than a decade, winning 20 of 27. But the Rebels led for most of the night in their first win against the Bulldogs since 2009.
Ole Miss jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the opening minutes, riding a pair of 3-pointers by Summers. Mississippi State fought back to briefly take the lead, but the Rebels pushed right back for a 38-33 halftime lead because of superior post play.
Buckner had 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting and also grabbed six rebounds in the first half, negating the loss of leading rebounder Murphy Holloway, who was on the bench in foul trouble for much of the game.
Ole Miss won despite shooting just 17 of 30 (56.7 percent) from the free-throw line.
Mississippi State's Dee Bost scored 15 points, but was 4 of 15 from the field. The shorter Bost was hounded by 6-foot-9 Terrance Henry on the perimeter for much of the game, forcing the Bulldogs' point guard into some tough shots.
Henry also added 12 points, three rebounds and three assists.