No. 2 Kentucky holds on to beat Alabama, 77-71
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Kentucky 77, Alabama 71
|Arkansas 66, Michigan 64
|Auburn 63, South Carolina 52
|Tennessee 60, Connecticut 57
|Ole Miss 66, Georgia 63
|Florida 76, LSU 64
|Mississippi State 78, Vanderbilt 77
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Darius Miller hit four free throws in the final minute and freshmen Marquis Teague and Anthony Davis each added two more as No. 2 Kentucky held on to beat Alabama 77-71 on Saturday for its 47th straight home victory.
Kentucky (19-1, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) led the entire second half, but Alabama's Trevor Releford scored all 17 of his points in the second half to keep the Crimson Tide (13-6, 2-3) close until the end.
Terrence Jones, who finished with 15 points, made Kentucky's final field goal with 6:57 left, but the Wildcats hit 23 of 29 second-half free throw attempts -- including all eight in the final minute -- in a game that featured 45 fouls.
Doron Lamb had 14 points and freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 13 for the Wildcats.
BJ Young's 15 leads Arkansas past Michigan 66-64
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas just refuses to lose in Bud Walton Arena.
BJ Young scored 15 points and Arkansas hit its first 11 shots and never trailed on the way to a 66-64 win over No. 20 Michigan on Saturday.
Trey Burke missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, keeping the Razorbacks (14-5) undefeated in Bud Walton Arena this season. It's their second over a ranked opponent at home, following a win over then-No. 15 Mississippi State on Jan. 7.
Arkansas built a 34-14 lead on the strength of its early shooting and led 49-33 early in the second half. The Wolverines (15-5) cut the lead to two before the Razorbacks regained control and held on in front of a sellout crowd of 19,050.
Mardracus Wade added 12 points and Rickey Scott and Hunter Mickelson had 11 apiece for Arkansas, which shot 50 percent.
Zack Novak led Michigan with 17 points, and Jordan Morgan had 16.
Arkansas had a chance to finish off the game with a pair of 1-and-1 free throw opportunities with a two-point lead in the closing seconds, but both Young and Julysses Nobles missed their first attempts.
The Wolverines had the ball after the misses with 7.6 remaining. Following a timeout, Burke's 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out to secure the win for the Razorbacks.
Michigan stormed back in the second half behind the play of Morgan, who had eight straight points at one point. The Razorbacks shot just 32 percent in the second half.
Playing in front of its largest crowd of the season, including former coach Nolan Richardson, Arkansas could do no wrong early. It was Michigan's first trip to Fayetteville since 1981, and the first time the two schools had played since the quarterfinals of the 1994 NCAA Tournament.
The Razorbacks defeated what was left of the Wolverines' Fab Five that day, minus Chris Weber, on their way to the school's only national championship -- with Richardson as the coach.
They played much like a championship team early on Saturday, with former Richardson assistant Mike Anderson on the bench in his first season after leaving Missouri in March.
Arkansas connected on its first 11 shots, including four 3-pointers, to build a 29-10 lead. Young had seven points during the early run, while fellow freshman Mickelson capped the perfect shooting start with an inside basket with 10:24 remaining in the half.
The Razorbacks' first miss was on a jumper by Ky Madden with 9:49 remaining and were 17 of 26 (65 percent) in the half, while the Wolverines struggled to 11 of 28.
Auburn beats South Carolina 63-52
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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Frankie Sullivan scored 22 points and Auburn had a big run out of halftime to run away with a 63-52 win over South Carolina on Saturday, keeping the Gamecocks the only winless team in Southeastern Conference play.
Kenny Gabriel added 16 points -- 12 coming after halftime -- and seven rebounds for Auburn (12-7, 2-3).
Gabriel scored the first six points of the second half, ending the spree with a dunk in transition that gave Auburn a 32-30 lead with 15:43 to go.
Anthony Gill and Bruce Ellington each had nine points and Damontre Harris blocked a career-high six shots to go along with six points for the Gamecocks (8-10, 0-4), who turned the ball over 23 times in the game.
That kicked off a 29-8 Tigers run over the next 13:57, ending on a Sullivan putback to extend their advantage to 55-38 with 4:33 to play.
Auburn's run blew open a game that had been close for the first half.
R.J. Slawson banked in a jumper at the first-half buzzer to send South Carolina into the locker room with a 28-24 lead, ending a first 20 minutes in which neither team could get more than six points of separation.
Auburn ran out to an 8-2 lead at the beginning of the game, but the Gamecocks reeled the Tigers back in with a 9-1 run over 2:38, ending with a Damien Leonard 3-pointer to put them up 11-9 with 13:40 left in the half.
The teams traded mini-runs until South Carolina went on an 8-0 spurt to go up 22-16 on a Brian Richardson three-point play with 6:08 to go.
Auburn closed the lead to one point on a Varez Ward steal and basket, but the Gamecocks went into the half up four.
Sullivan did most of the Tigers' offensive work in the first half, scoring 14 points -- including eight of their last 12 -- on 5-for-7 shooting, including 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.
The rest of the team shot 4 of 14 (28.6 percent) in the first half.
Stokes leads Tennessee over No. 13 UConn 60-57
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jarnell Stokes had 16 points and 12 rebounds in his first start, and Tennessee hit 7 of 10 free throws in the final minute to hold off No. 13 Connecticut 60-57 on Saturday.
The Volunteers (9-10) led by as many as 10 points and had a 55-48 lead when UConn's Jeremy Lamb hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to four with 37 seconds left. Lamb then fouled Trae Golden, who hit one of his two free throws before Shabazz Napier hit a 3 to cut the Vols' lead to 56-54 with 23 seconds to go.
Niels Giffey fouled Tennessee's Skylar McBee, who hit both free throws to seal it.
Stokes, who played in his third game after graduating high school in December, scored six points during a 2-minute stretch to help the Vols build their lead in the second half.
Lamb led the Huskies (14-5) with 23 points.
Henry's 24 leads Ole Miss past Georgia 66-63
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Terrance Henry scored 24 points, Nick Williams and Murphy Holloway added 12 and Mississippi held off a late surge from Georgia for a 66-63 victory on Saturday.
The Rebels (13-6, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) have won two straight and three of four.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 25 points and Gerald Robinson had 19 for Georgia (10-9, 1-4).
Ole Miss' Jarvis Summers made one of two free throws to give the Rebels a 10-point lead with 47 seconds remaining, but Henry and Summers showed why their school ranks last in SEC's free-throwing shooting, combining to miss their next four foul shots as Georgia twice cut the lead to two points in the final 23 seconds.
With 9 seconds left, Henry hit one free throw but missed the second attempt. Dustin Ware grabbed the rebound for Georgia and made a long pass to Robinson in the right corner, but Robinson's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim.
Nemanja Djurisic picked up the loose ball on the left side, but he launched a 3-point attempt that bounced off the rim and was pulled down by Henry at the buzzer.
Reginald Buckner, the SEC's leading rebounder, finished with six points and 10 boards.
Georgia never led after Robinson's jumper made it 8-7 early in the first half.
Ware went 0 for 7 beyond the arc and is now 6 for his last 31.
Demarco Cox's layup with 14:24 remaining gave Ole Miss its biggest lead at 14. The Rebels improved to 12-2 when leading at halftime.
Gators beat LSU 76-64 to extend home streak to 16
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Erik Murphy scored 15 points and No. 17 Florida beat LSU 76-64 Saturday night to extend its home win streak to 16 games.
The Gators (15-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) had five players in double figures, a balanced effort that helped them overcome an off shooting night from 3-point range. Erving Walker had 12 points, and Kenny Boynton, Bradley Beal and Mike Rosario finished with 11 points apiece for Florida, which made 7 of 21 shots from behind the arc.
Justin Hamilton led the Tigers with a career-high 27 points and eight rebounds. The 7-footer made 13 of 22 shots, nearly as many as the rest of his team.
Hamilton helped LSU (12-7, 2-3) trim the lead to 68-60 with 3 minutes remaining, but the Gators pulled away down the stretch. Walker hit a 3 with 2:27 remaining -- his first of the game -- to make it 73-60.
No. 18 Mississippi State tops Vandy 78-77 in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rick Stansbury drew up a play in the huddle, something his Mississippi State Bulldogs hadn't used this season. He saw Vanderbilt overplaying Dee Bost, and his senior guard made it work.
Bost scored on a layup with 51.8 seconds left in overtime and No. 18 Mississippi State edged Vanderbilt 78-77 Saturday night, snapping the Commodores' eight-game winning streak.
"They had a taller guy guarding me, and we set it up perfectly so when I back-doored, I had a wide open layup," Bost said.
The Bulldogs (16-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won in Memorial Gym for the first time since 2004 and snapped their own three-game skid in Nashville. They appeared headed toward another loss after trailing 39-28 at halftime.
"We didn't look at it like it was a big margin," Bulldogs guard Jalen Steele said. "We just went out there, stayed confident, and stayed together. We knew that we were going to come back, and eventually make this game a tough game for Vanderbilt, and that's what we did."
Steele's five 3s off the bench helped, too. Stansbury noted he had been coming to Memorial Gym 22 years and called this one of Vanderbilt's best defensive teams in that stretch.
"That makes me incredibly proud of my guys to be able to come in here and ride the waves and get a win," Stansbury said.
Vanderbilt (14-5, 4-1) had plenty of chances to extend its winning streak but missed three shots after Bost's layup, the last a 3-point attempt by John Jenkins that hit the front of the rim just before the buzzer.
Bost scored 24 points, Steele finished with 15, and Arnett Moultrie had his 11th double-double with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Jenkins led Vanderbilt with 21 points, Jeffery Taylor had 19, and Festus Ezeli had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Lance Goulbourne added 12 points with a career-high four 3s.
In a game featuring four of the SEC's top scorers -- and with 16 NBA scouts watching -- these teams put on a show from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs hit nine of 10 after halftime, while Vanderbilt was 14 of 27 overall -- its most 3s since hitting 15 against Mississippi State on March 5, 2008.
"So no wonder why you lose the game," Vandy coach Kevin Stallings said. "We fell in love with the 3-point shot. We made it in the first half. I think we thought it was going to be easy perhaps. We came out the start of the second half and weren't ready to go. We shouldn't have to learn that lesson with a team that is our team's age."
Each team also took turns blowing leads.
Vanderbilt was up 39-26 late in the first half, while Mississippi State was ahead 63-53 with 7:50 left and had a 68-62 lead with 1:56 remaining in regulation.
Vanderbilt rallied with Jenkins, the league's best scorer for two seasons running, hitting his fifth 3-pointer with 32.8 seconds left to tie it 68-all.
Rodney Hood missed a jumper for the Bulldogs then Renardo Sidney tried to put it back up and clanked a short jumper off the left side of the rim before Dai-Jon Parker got the rebound for Vanderbilt with 1.3 seconds left. Vandy had the last shot with Brad Tinsley tossing the ball into Ezeli, who missed a jumper in the lane to send it into overtime.
Vanderbilt led twice in the extra period, the last on a 3-pointer by Goulbourne with 1:09 remaining at 77-76. Bost then scored, and Vanderbilt couldn't take advantage of both Bost and Moultrie missing the front end of one-and-one down the stretch. Tinsley missed from long range then drove to the basket with his layup hitting off the rim.
After Moultrie's miss, Vanderbilt had 3.4 seconds left and the length of the court to go. Goulbourne threw the ball to Ezeli, who caught it in midair and threw it to Jenkins, but the nation's 3-point leader came up short.
The loss leaves No. 2 Kentucky, a winner over Alabama earlier Saturday, as the only undefeated team in SEC play. Vanderbilt now has lost six straight overtime games, including three this season.
Mississippi State bounced back from a loss to Ole Miss by outrebounding Vanderbilt 37-3, but the Bulldogs had a big edge at the free throw line, going 14 of 21 compared to 5 of 9 for Vandy.
Renardo Sidney, limited to 2 minutes with two fouls in the first half, helped revive the Bulldogs in the second. He teamed with Moultrie to give the Bulldogs plenty of presence in the paint, and Mississippi State came out of halftime with a 14-0 run that erased a 39-28 deficit at the break.
"We got what we deserved," Stallings said. "We let them get their head up."
Vanderbilt didn't score until Taylor's layup with 16:43 left to pull within 42-41. Kedren Johnson hit a 3 from the top of the key to pull Vanderbilt to 54-53 midway through the half, but Mississippi State was in a stretch where the Bulldogs hit five straight 3s -- four by Steele, the last for their biggest lead at 63-53.