|men's BASkEtBALL RESULTS
|Kentucky 72, Maryland 69
|Arkansas 73, Sam Houston State 68
|Georgia 68, Jacksonville 62
|Tennessee 76, Kennesaw State 67
|Texas A&M 71, Louisiana Tech 59
|Alabama 70, South Dakota State 67
|Troy 56, Mississippi State 53
|LSU 77, UC-Santa Barbara 63
|Auburn 61, IPFW 50
|Florida vs. Georgetown, cancelled
|Ole Miss 93, Mississippi Valley State 57
Kentucky Holds Off Maryland, 72-69
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Kyle Wiltjer scored 19 points and Archie Goodwin added 16 as Kentucky topped Maryland, 72-69 on Friday at the Barclays Center.
Kentucky (1-0) held a double-digit lead for much of the game before Maryland assembled a 15-0 run to take a one-point lead in the second half.
Down the stretch, Kentucky was able to make enough plays to win. Former walk-on Jarrod Polson played a key role for the Wildcats, coming off the bench to score 10 points.
Polson hit two free throws with 7.7 seconds left to give Kentucky a three-point lead. After a Maryland timeout, the Terps missed a contested three-pointer at the buzzer.
Maryland (0-1) got 23 points from center Alex Len and 11 points from Nick Faust.
Razorbacks top Sam Houston State in season opener
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Led by Coty Clarke’s 20 points, the University of Arkansas basketball team picked up its 18th consecutive season opening win on Friday night as the Razorbacks defeated Sam Houston State, 73-68, at Bud Walton Arena.
The win improves Head Coach Mike Anderson to 11-0 all-time in season openers as a head coach.
“We are happy to get the win today,” Anderson said. “As a coach you’re always wondering how your team is going to come out and play in the first game of the season.”
Leading the Razorbacks on the court was Clarke, who notched 20 points and four boards in the victory. Clarke picked up 10 of his 20 points from the free-throw line as the Birmingham, Ala., native went 10-of-12 from the line. Two other Razorbacks scored in double-figures as sophomore Hunter Mickelson tallied 11 points and junior Marshawn Powell netted 14.
As a team, the Razorbacks recorded nine steals and eight blocks en route to the win. Despite being out-rebounded the Razorbacks pulled away after picking up 20 points off turnovers, forcing 19 along the way. The Razorback bench also came up big, scoring 32 points.
“Our bench is going to be the strength of this basketball team,” Anderson said.
In the first half the Razorbacks battled constantly with the Bearkats trading baskets throughout much of the first. However the Razorbacks would take the lead at the 11:39 mark in the first half and hold it for the remainder of the contest. Despite holding the lead throughout much of the game the contest was still neck-and-neck. A staunch offensive and defensive effort allowed the Hogs to go on a 19-8 run pulling away from Sam Houston State, 29-18 with 6:40 remaining in the first.
The Razorbacks would grow their 11-point lead to 13 as freshman Anthlon Bell knocked down a long two-point basket that was nothing but net with 3:05 remaining in the first to put the Razorbacks up 33-20. The 13-point lead was the largest Razorback lead of the game.
Shortly thereafter the Bearkats would begin to close the gap, coming within four, after knocking down three consecutive three-point baskets to make the score 33-29. The Razorbacks answered the Bearkat rally with layups by freshman Jacorey Williams and Mickelson to close the half with Arkansas up by eight over Sam Houston State, 37-29.
Mickelson had a big first half with nine points and two rebounds. Clarke also came up with nine points in the opening 20 minutes with one rebound.
The Razorbacks forced 11 Bearkat turnovers, while committing just four of their own. The Razorbacks capitalized on the 11 Bearkat turnovers in the first, scoring 17 points.
In the second half the Bearkats slowly chipped away at the Arkansas lead. After draining a three-pointer Sam Houston State came as close as three points away with the score 46-43. Qualls would hit a long jumper to give the Hogs a small cushion and put them up five with 12:02 remaining in the second.
A series of fouls would prove costly for the Bearkats as Wade went to the line three consecutive times, knocking down six free-throws to put Arkansas up 57-47 with 8:45 left in the second. Shortly afterward Clarke would head to the line for Arkansas, netting both of his shots to make the score 59-50.
The contest went down to the wire after Sam Houston State netted a three-pointer with 51 seconds on the clock to come within four of the Razorbacks with the score 70-66. The Razorbacks would play keep away from the Bearkats to try and run out the clock. With the clock winding down the Bearkats were forced to commit fouls, but the Razorbacks would just extend the lead and hold on for the victory with a final score of 73-68.
The Razorbacks will return to the court on Nov. 18 as they face Longwood at 3 p.m. inside Bud Walton Arena.
Georgia Tops Jacksonville in Season Opener, 68-62
ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia opened the 2012-13 campaign with a 68-62 victory over the visiting Jacksonville Dolphins Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Sophomore forward Nemanja Djurisic tallied his second career double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also contributed 17 points and six rebounds.
“It’s a good opening win for us but we didn’t play very well,” said head coach Mark Fox. “But we were able to win the game and we had some very good moments at times. Our offense in the first half was good; our defense in the second half was awful. There is certainly a lot to learn from this and it is a good first step.”
Georgia jumped out to a quick ten-point lead on an alley-hoop from freshman Brandon Morris to sophomore Tim Dixon with 13 minutes remaining in the first half.
Caldwell-Pope was held scoreless nearly the entire first half, but scored the team’s final five points, including a three-pointer with just 24 seconds left to give Georgia a 34-21 lead heading into the locker rooms.
Jacksonville cut the Georgia lead to as few as four twice in the second half, including with just 45 ticks left, but the Bulldogs were able to force two turnovers to hold onto the win. Jacksonville’s defense held Georgia without a field goal the final six minutes of the game.
Both teams shot just 63 percent from the free throw line.
The win improves Georgia to 9-0 all-time in its series with the Dolphins and marks the program’s seventh straight season-opening win.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Monday playing host to Youngstown State as part of the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic. The game is televised on ESPNU and scheduled for a 7:00 p.m tip-off.
Hot-Shooting Vols Fly By Kennesaw, 76-67
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Vols used hot shooting early on and gritty defense throughout to post a 76-67 win over Kennesaw State on Friday night. Skylar McBee and Jordan McRae led the Vols with 14 points apiece. Kenny Hall (13) and Jarnell Stokes (10) also scored in double-figures as the Vols won their 14th straight season opener. The Vols are now 24-2 all-time in home openers at Thompson-Boling Arena, winning the last 21 home debuts.
Tennessee (1-0) shot 60.5 percent from the floor (26-of-43) for the game including 70.8 in the first half. The Vols were a crisp 7-of-12 from beyond the arc thanks to strong 3-point shooting efforts from McBee (4-of-7) and McRae (3-of-4).
Kennesaw (0-1) battled the Vols til the end and closed a 27-point deficit to the final margin of nine. The Owls were led by Aaron Anderson (16 points and 12 rebounds) and Delbert Love, who also had 16.
The Vols opened the second half on a 12-1 run to bust open the game and take a commanding 54-31 lead on a 3-point play (dunk and free throw) by McRae with 14:37 left in the game. The margin jumped to that game-high 27 points on the first Vol points from D'Montre Edwards, whose layup with 11:49 left in the game made it 61-34.
Kennesaw closed the game on a 33-15 spurt.
A&M Downs Bulldogs in Season Opener
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Elston Turner scored 15 points and Fabyon Harris added 14 in his Texas A&M debut as the Aggies cruised to a 71-59 win over Louisiana Tech on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Texas A&M was up by five before using a 9-3 spurt to stretch its lead to 39-28 with about 15 1/2 minutes left. A 3-pointer by Turner sparked that run, and the Bulldogs missed eight shots in that span.
That wasn't the end of Louisiana Tech's shooting woes. The Bulldogs made just one of their first 11 shots in the second half as A&M pushed the lead to 44-32 with about 11 minutes remaining.
Harris joined the Aggies after two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho. He averaged 17.1 points and 5.1 rebounds last season.
Louisiana Tech was led by Raheem Appleby's 20 points and Brandon Gibson had 13.
Freshman J'Mychal Reese, who was rated the No. 1 high school point guard in Texas as last season, started in his A&M debut and had six points, three rebounds and two assists.
It's the first meeting between these two teams since a 75-59 win by A&M in 2006 in College Station.
Texas A&M's Kourtney Roberson looked good in his first game since breaking his left ankle after playing just nine games last season, and had 12 points and six rebounds. He helped the Aggies dominate inside, and they outscored Louisiana Tech 32-14 in the paint.
Texas A&M was up by one in the first half Friday before using an 11-2 run to extend the lead to 22-12 about 6 1/2 minutes before halftime. Harris made five points in that span.
The Aggies led 30-25 at halftime.
Alabama Wins Opener Over South Dakota State, 70-67
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Alabama men's basketball team opened the 2012-13 season with a 70-67 win over South Dakota State in game one of the 2K Sports Classic Friday night in Coleman Coliseum. Sophomore Trevor Lacey sealed the win with a three-point basket at the buzzer.
“It was a heck of a basketball game, a heck of a way to start the season,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “I told our guys - I told everybody - coming into this game that it was going to be a really knockdown, drag out game. That shot by Trevor Lacey, you know, it was great to see that. It was just a heck of a basketball game.”
Junior guard Trevor Releford led the team in scoring with 18 points, while sophomore guard Levi Randolph pulled down a team-best six rebounds. Lacey finished with 15 points on the night. Jack Rabbits guard Nate Wolters led all scorers with 30 points.
South Dakota State led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Alabama rallied back to cut the Jack Rabbits’ lead to two at the break, 29-27.
“I think our guys did a great job of trying to get their opportunities,” Grant said. “Our guys responded well when they got down early. We stayed together, we kept fighting and our defense got us back into it before the half.”
Alabama held a seven-point lead with 5:01 left in the second half, but Wolters led a Jack Rabbits rally to tie the game with less than a minute remaining. Lacey’s three-point buzzer beater brought the crowd to its feet.
“South Dakota State, with the team that they have, every guy that you saw on the floor, they came out here today ready to play,” Grant said. “It’s a great program. They have some good players - Nate Wolters is a heck of a player. Tonight he goes five for six from the three-point line, you know, he’s special.”
In addition to Releford and Lacey, two other Alabama players scored in double figures with sophomore guard Rodney Cooper posting 17 points and senior guard Andrew Steele scoring 11.
“You know, when you look at it, going back and forth in the second half, the way we fought back, you know, it was great to see our guys gain their confidence,” Grant said.
Up next for the Tide is a game two of the 2K Sports Classic on Sunday, November 11, against West Alabama in Coleman Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. CT and will be broadcast by radio on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
Ray's Debut Ends With Hard-Fought Loss At Troy
TROY, Ala. - A valiant comeback by the Mississippi State fell short Friday night as the Bulldogs dropped a 56-53 decision to Troy in the season opener at the brand new Troy Arena.
The Bulldogs trailed by as many as 16 points in the game's opening half. A gritty defensive effort allowed the short-handed squad to hang tough. MSU forced a tie at 53-all and actually had possession but could not get the go-ahead points in the final minute.
Alas, Emil Jones did convert with his jumper just inside the foul line with 1.6 seconds left in regulation lifting the Trojans to victory before a school-record crowd of 5,120. The Trojans then got a defensive stop and hit a free throw in the final second to close out the win.
The victory snapped MSU's nine-game win streak in the series and also ruined the debut of new MSU head coach Rick Ray. The Bulldogs will look to bounce back Tuesday night when Florida Atlantic comes to Humphrey Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tip.
The Bulldogs built a quick 5-0 lead behind a pair of baskets from Colin Borchert. The Trojans answered for an early 7-6 lead on a 3-point basket by Hunter Williams.
The Trojans kept the early offensive hot streak going with back-to-back-to-back 3-point baskets. Troy scored nine straight points and suddenly leaped to a 16-8 advantage with 9:56 left before halftime.
Troy pushed the advantage to 30-14 on another trey by Williams with 4:59 left in the half. Behind some spirited minutes from Gavin Ware, the Maroon and White closed the half on an 8-2 run and only trailed 32-22 at the intermission.
In the second half, the Bulldogs flipped the script on the defensive end. Given a spark by some turnovers, MSU cashed in on the offensive end. Back-to-back treys by Jalen Steele and Fred Thomas brought the Maroon and White within five at 39-34 with 15:12 remaining.
Troy again ran the lead to ten at 44-34 before MSU answered with its best rally. Back-to-back layups by Ware and Borchert brought MSU within two. An old-fashioned 3-point play by Wendell Lewis again had the Bulldogs down 51-49 with 3:55 left.
A possession later, Lewis fouled out with the Bulldogs down four. A dunk by Ware on a nice give-and-go by Trivante Bloodman cut the lead in half. Two free throws by Steele tied the teams for the first time in the second half with 1:08 remaining.
The Bulldogs could not get over the hump however with back-to-back turnovers on their final two possessions.
For the contest, MSU hit 19 of 43 shots from the field (44.2 percent), 4 of 16 shots from 3-point range (25.0 percent) and 11 of 18 shots from the foul line (61.1 percent). Troy hit 21 of 58 shots from the field (36.2 percent), 10 of 29 shots from 3-point range (34.5 percent) and 4 of 7 shots from the foul line (57.1 percent).
Troy held a 34-33 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had six assists and 16 turnovers, while the Trojans had 12 assists and 12 turnovers.
Steele paced the Bulldogs with 16 points, while Bloodman added 11 points and Ware added 10 points. A total of eight Bulldogs played, with Roquez Johnson not dressing due to concussion he suffered Thursday during practice.
Troy received 12 points from Tevin Calhoun and 10 points apiece from Jones and Williams.
Up-Tempo Tigers Give Jones Opening Win, 77-63
BATON ROUGE, La. - LSU used runs late in both halves and overcame the loss for the game of forward Johnny O'Bryant III just past the halfway point of the first half to win the opening game of Coach Johnny Jones' tenure as Tiger coach, 77-63, Friday night at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
O'Bryant played 11 of the first 13 minutes, hit 6-of-10 field goals including a three to score 13 points and had eight rebounds before going to the dressing room with seven minutes to go in the first half and did not return. He appeared to suffer a minor left leg injury, but Coach Jones said in his post-game press conference that he had not had a chance to discuss the matter with LSU trainer Shawn Eddy. The team will take Saturday off and not practice again until Sunday in preparation for Tuesday's home game against McNeese State.
Three other Tigers had double figures with Charles Carmouche also hitting 6-of-10 field goals in a 16 point night, while Malik Morgan and Shane Hammink, playing with his dad (former LSU All-SEC center Geert Hammink) in the stands, each scored 10.
Anthony Hickey came off the bench to play 28 minutes, hitting for six points, six assists and seven steals.
UCSB (0-1) was led by Kyle Boswell with 17 points, while Alan Williams had 14 and Michael Bryson 10.
LSU (1-0), shot 44.8 percent from the field (30-67) and 10-26 from the field (38.5%). While UC Santa Barbara out rebounded the Tigers, 41-40, the Gauchos turned the ball over 23 times. LSU was able to knock down its 21 turnovers in Monday's exhibition down to 13. The only negative stat was that some of LSU's best free throw shooters struggled, making just 7-of-20 from the stripe.
O'Bryant helped the Tigers overcome a sluggish start that saw the Gauchos, a post-season team the last three years, to a five-point, 14-9 advantage 6:30 into the contest. O'Bryant III appeared to be everywhere following a Hammink three with one of his own to give LSU a 27-22 advantage with 9:18 to go in the first half. The lead went to as much as nine, 33-24, at the 7:03 mark before O'Bryant III headed to the bench.
It was at that point that UCSB made a big run to cut the LSU lead to just two, 33-31, with 4:14 to go in the first half. But LSU would finish the half good and led 41-32 at intermission.
Without O'Bryant, the Tigers turned into a quicker unit and like the exhibition on Monday, became a quick hands unit forcing 14 second half miscues that led to 15 LSU points. LSU in the first seven minutes opened the lead to 18, 55-37, on an Andre Stringer three with 13:06 to play and to as much as 21 on three occasions in the final four minutes.
Tickets for Tuesday night's LSU-McNeese game, set for 7 p.m. at the Maravich Center, will be on sale all weekend at LSUtix.net and beginning Monday morning at the LSU Athletics Ticket Office. The game will be the first of five televised regionally by Cox Sports TV.
Auburn Basketball Defeats IPFW in the Season Opener, 61-50
AUBURN - Frankie Sullivan scored 26 points and Rob Chubb had a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as Auburn used a big second-half run to defeat IPFW 61-50 on Friday night in Auburn Arena in the season opener for both teams.
"Offensively, we played better in the second half, but we didn't turn the ball over as much," Auburn head coach Tony Barbee said. "That is a good team we played against. We have to be a better first half team."
Sullivan's put-back dunk off an Allen Payne miss capped an 18-4 run over 9:22 and gave Auburn a 55-46 lead with 1:24 left. The run saw the Tigers erase a five-point deficit as Sullivan scored nine points during the run.
"I don't think I've done that since my senior year [of high school]," Sullivan said. "That was a long time ago, so me doing that was a great thing for me. It just got the crowd pumped, and I think it was a great turning point in the game not only for me, but for my teammates."
Payne was the third Auburn player in double figures with 12 points and seven rebounds to go with three assists and three steals.
Sullivan drilled a 3-pointer and scored a fast-break layup to tie the game at 28 with Auburn trailing since it was 4-3. IPFW led 27-23 at the half.
Sullivan connected on his second 3-pointer with less than 10 minutes to go to tie the game at 42 to get Auburn's 18-4 run going, and then Chubb scored a baby hook in the lane and then sank two free throws to give Auburn a 46-42 lead with 6:25 left.
The lead was the first for the Tigers since leading 4-3.
IPFW went almost nine minutes without a field goal until a 3-pointer by Joe Edwards with 4:37 left. Josh Wallace converted a three-point play after coming up with a steal for a 53-46 lead with 2:41 remaining in the game.
Frank Gaines, who was ranked ninth in the NCAA in scoring last year, led IPFW with a career-high 32 points and was the team's only double-figure scorer. Chubb's 15 rebounds were the most by an Auburn player since Korvotney Barber had 17 against LSU in March 2009.
Auburn trailed by as many as nine in the first half, and the Tigers had 11 first half turnovers that IPFW converted into 11 points.
Auburn plays Murray State on Thursday at 7 pm Central in the Charleston (S.C.) Classic first round. The game will be televised by ESPN3. For the latest on Auburn basketball, follow @AUBasketball on Twitter.
Magical Night in Mayport Cut Short; Condensation on the Court Ends Gators Opener vs. Georgetown
MAYPORT, Fla. -- Alan Verlander stood in the middle of the basketball court atop the USS Bataan surrounded by reporters.
The time was 10:45 p.m., about an hour before the executive director of sports and entertainment for the city of Jacksonville figured he’d be speaking to any media Friday night.
“Everybody did their job,” Verlander said. “The first 20 minutes went flawlessly.”
The second 20 minutes, though, did not go at all.
The much-anticipate Navy/Marines Corps Classic on the USS Bataan was canceled at halftime with the 10th-ranked Florida Gators leading Georgetown 27-23 because the court became unplayable due to condensation that made the floor slippery and far too dangerous to play on.
No sooner had officials announced the game had been “called,” the court started glossing over like a fogging car window.
“I have no idea,” UF coach Billy Donovan said when asked if his team had won the game. “I’ve never even heard of games not being completed.”
As far as the record books go, it’ll be as though the game was never played.
But no one among the crowd of 3,500 will ever forget the unique and inspirational experience this game -- even half of it -- delivered on a clear and chilly (and eventually moist) night at Naval Station Mayport.
“Everybody would have loved to finish the game, I get it -- but the game was secondary,” UF athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “What happened on the court did not detract one iota from what happened here tonight; the atmosphere, being part of it, the buzz, the excitement. Every fan out here could not believe what they were a part of, and I know the players felt the same way.”
From the presentation of the colors to a rendition of “The National Anthem” like few had ever seen to a group of sailors taking the re-enlistment at mid-court during a first-half timeout -- then shaking hands with the players and coaches from both teams -- the night was special.
Even if the ending was not.
“Our guys are not in life or death situations,” Donovan said. “But the thing that stands out to me is the sacrifice, the unselfishness, being a part of something bigger than themselves, putting their lives in the hands of someone else. ... I think those are messages you try to get across to your team. Obviously, not at this level. Our guys aren’t going to war. ... The discipline, focus, attention to detail, they’re all things we want to see our basketball team do.”
Donovan got to see his team attempt those things for a half, outside in 54-degree weather and minus a starter (suspended point guard Scottie Wilbekin) and key reserve (forward Casey Prather).
Will Yeguete started at the small forward spot, playing it for the first time in his career, and led the Gators with eight points on 4-for-5 shooting and cleared a team-best four rebounds, too.
“I’m trying to improve my offense,” Yeguete said.
Forward Erik Murphy had seven points, with a pair of threes, to go with three rebounds.
UF shot 45.5 percent from the (dry) floor (10 of 22) and went 3-for-10 from the arc.
Without Wilbekin, the Gators turned to senior shooting guard Kenny Boynton to play the point. He finished with six points, making a pair of 3-pointers, but had more turnovers (4) than assists (3). Donovan, though, didn’t put all those turnovers in Boynton’s lap.
“I think Kenny did a good job,” Donovan said. “I think the execution, the screening, the timing on things sort of put him at times in bad situations. Some of those turnovers were not his fault.”
The UF staff went into the game wanting to see a commitment to defense and rebounding and had to be happy with Georgetown hitting just 10 of 28 shots (35.7 percent) and winning on the boards 16-14. Forward Otto Porter led the Hoyas with seven points.
There probably were some halftime adjustments and coaching points made by Donovan at the break, but the Gators didn’t get a chance to implement them.
All they got to was 15 minutes worth of warm-ups.
Then came the call, courtesy of both coaches, the officials and the city of Jacksonville.
“It was the right decision, no question,” center and Jacksonville native Patric Young said. “We were all trying to help wipe it down, but what’s that saying? We were just chasing our tails.”
Now the season opener becomes Sunday’s 3:30 game against Alabama State at the O’Connell Center.
This one will just be a special memory. A glorious 20-minute scrimmage those fortunate enough to have seen will never forget.
Ole Miss Topples Mississippi Valley State
OXFORD, Miss. – Junior Marshall Henderson hit five three-pointers and poured in a game-high 22 points and senior Murphy Holloway collected his 26th career double-double, as Ole Miss raced pasted Mississippi Valley State 93-57 in the season opener on Friday night.
“That’s why we brought Marshall here,” head coach Andy Kennedy said. “We were deficient in shooting last year. We needed to remedy that and obviously, he is a good remedy. Murphy was around 50 percent. To go out and get a double-double is a good start to his senior campaign.”
Holloway finished with 15 points and added 11 boards to give him 754 rebounds for his career and move him into a tie with Coolidge Ball for eighth on the Ole Miss career list. Freshman Martavious Newby added 11 points and eight rebounds, while senior Reginald Buckner added 10 points, four steals and three blocks for the Rebels (1-0).
Mississippi Valley State (0-1) was led by Davon Usher with 19 points and six assists. The Delta Devils struggled from the field, managing only 32.2 percent (19 of 59), including 10 consecutive misses from three-point range in the first half.
Ole Miss shot 39.7 percent (31 of 78) from the field, but had a decisive edge from the free throw line, hitting 64 percent (25 of 39). The Rebels outrebounded Mississippi Valley State 53-44 and forced 23 turnovers.
The Rebels led 44-21 at the halftime. Henderson led the first half with 13 points. Holloway added seven rebounds in the first half.
“We made some improvements from the exhibition,” Kennedy said. “When you can score 93 points and shoot under 40 percent from the floor it shows you are active. We took 78 shots, we were very active.”
Next up, the Rebels will host on Coastal Carolina Tuesday night, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m.