Robinson has 27, Georgia beats Arkansas 81-59
|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Georgia 81, Arkansas 59
|Tennessee 69, South Carolina 57
|Vanderbilt 76, LSU 61
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Gerald Robinson scored a career-high 27 points and Georgia ended a four-game losing streak by beating Arkansas 81-59 on Wednesday night to keep the Razorbacks winless on the road.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 points as Georgia (11-12, 2-7 Southeastern Conference) won its first game since beating Tennessee in overtime on Jan. 18. The Bulldogs took the lead by scoring 15 unanswered points in the first half and added a 12-0 run in the second half.
Georgia, which had been held under 70 points in its first eight conference games, made nine 3-pointers.
Arkansas (16-8, 4-5) fell to 0-7 on the road, including 0-5 away from Fayetteville in SEC games. BJ Young led Arkansas with 16 points. Mardracus Wade made five 3-pointers and had 15 points for the Razorbacks, who have lost two straight and three of four.
Nemanja Djurisic had 14 points and Marcus Thornton added 10 for the Bulldogs. Robinson, a senior, scored Georgia's first six points and easily topped his previous career high of 22 points.
Georgia, last in the league with its average of 56.2 points in SEC games, set a season high for points in a first half by leading 43-24 at the break.
The Bulldogs pulled away by scoring 15 straight points following an 8-8 tie, and they kept the lead in double figures the rest of the half. Georgia made five 3-pointers in the half, including three by Caldwell-Pope.
Arkansas, frustrated by missed layups, made only 6 of 23 shots from the field and was outrebounded 25-10 in the half.
Thornton, who had been held without a field goal in five straight games since missing five games following arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, ended his drought by sinking a 3-pointer midway through the first half. Thornton beat the shot clock with another 3 in the second half.
Arkansas senior forward Michael Sanchez left with an apparent right shoulder injury with 11:13 remaining. He was escorted to the locker room and returned to the bench with ice wrapped around the shoulder.
Georgia finished with a 44-21 advantage in rebounds.
Tennessee holds off South Carolina in 69-57 win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Skylar McBee scored a career-high 18 points to lead Tennessee to a 69-57 win against South Carolina on Wednesday night.
McBee, in his second career start, hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and sank all six of his free throws.
His second trey of the game gave the Volunteers (12-12, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) the ultimate lead with 2:01 left in a first half that featured six ties and six lead changes. The basket launched an 8-0 run to close out the half, and Tennessee led 35-27 at the break.
The Vols led 51-36 with 12:40 left, but South Carolina went on an 8-0 run of its own. The Gamecocks (9-14, 1-8) pulled within 58-55 on a three-point play by Bruce Ellington with 4:07 left, but it was as close as they would get.
Tennessee outshot South Carolina 50 percent to 33.9 percent
Ellington led South Carolina with 12 points.
Ezeli scores 21 as Vanderbilt downs LSU 76-61
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Festus Ezeli scored 21 points in helping Vanderbilt beat LSU 76-61 Wednesday night and snap a two-game skid.
Vanderbilt (17-7, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) had lost at Arkansas and then-No. 12 Florida, which knocked it back out of the Top 25. The Commodores bounced back at home, even though they came out flat and a bit sloppy with a visit Saturday night from No. 1 Kentucky looming.
John Jenkins added 20 points for Vandy, and Jeffery Taylor added 19.
The Commodores led by 11 three times but couldn't put LSU away. Andre Stringer hit two free throws to pull the Tigers within 63-59. Ezeli had a one-handed dunk, then Taylor stole the ball leading to a 3-pointer by Jenkins with 4:07 left.
LSU (13-10, 3-6) lost for the fourth time in five games. Reserve Storm Warren had a team-high 13, Anthony Hickey and Ralston Turner had 12 and Justin Hamilton 10.