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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: November 13

    LSU 73, McNeese State 48
    Mississippi State 78, Florida Atlantic 58
    Missouri 91, Alcorn State 54
    Ole Miss 90, Coastal Carolina 72
    Duke 75, Kentucky 68

    LSU Blasts McNeese State, 73-48

    BATON ROUGE, La. - Shavon Coleman made the most of his first career start and exploded for 23 of his career-best 25 points during the first half as the LSU men's basketball team posted an impressive 73-48 victory over McNeese State Tuesday at the Maravich Center.

    The last time a LSU player posted a 20-point first half was Tasmin Mitchell with 23 versus Auburn back on January 20, 2010. Coleman buried 10-of-16 from the floor and also secured 10 rebounds en route to his first career double-double.

    LSU (2-0) had 10 of its 13 players who saw action score a point and shot 44.1 percent from the floor highlighted by a 16-for-33 effort during the first half. The Tigers claimed a 50-31 rebounding edge which included 20 offensive boards.

    Defensively, LSU limited McNeese State (1-1) to a 16-for-54 clip for a paltry 29.6 percent. The Cowboys only mustered one assists and were forced into 18 turnovers.  

    Anthony Hickey canned a trio of three-balls for nine points. He also dished out six assists and grabbed four rebounds.

    Andrew Del Piero chipped in a career-high seven points, all during the second half. He also hauled in four rebounds in addition to a tallying a block and steal in his eight minutes of action.

    Shane Hammink and Andre Stringer came away with six points each, while Jalen Courtney tacked on five points and a career-high seven rebounds.

    The Cowboys were led by Kevin Hardy, who scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half.

    LSU never trailed and seized momentum of the contest after the first media timeout of the opening half. Ahead 11-9, the Tigers ripped off eight straight points to push their advantage to double figures at the 11:58 mark. Coleman ignited the run with three lay-ups in a span of four possessions as LSU made nine of its first 12 field goal attempts.

    McNeese State pulled back to within 20-16 with 7:48 left after a Jordan Wells three-point play was followed by a pair of Hardy free throws. The Tigers snatched control right back and reeled off 11 quick points to go ahead 31-16 with 4:50 remaining. Coleman and Hickey provided all the points aided by a trio of three-pointers.

    LSU dominated the interior and held a 20-4 advantage in the paint during the first half as the Tigers took a 38-22 advantage into the locker room. The Coleman-Hickey duo provided 32 points on 13 field goals fueled by five triples.

    LSU came out strong to start the second half and tallied a 10-4 run capped by a Hammink three-pointer to go up 48-26 with 15:56 on the clock. The Tigers notched its largest lead, 67-36 at the 7:39 mark, after a Stringer three-pointer. Del Piero scored LSU's final seven points to wrap up the 73-48 win.

    LSU continues its six-game homestand to start the 2012-13 campaign next Tuesday versus Northwestern State. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. from the Maravich Center, and the game will be carried live on Cox Sports Television. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the LSU Athletics Ticket Office at (225) 578-2184.

    The LSU Sports Radio Network also will broadcast the game on Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge area and inside the Geaux Zone at Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.

    MSU Looks Impressive In 78-58 Against FAU

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - When the lights of Humphrey Coliseum burned brightly for the first home basketball game of the season, Mississippi State proved more than ready.

    The Bulldogs shot 49 percent from the floor, forced 27 turnovers and led by as many as 30 points. It all led up to a successful home debut for new head coach Rick Ray as Mississippi State routed Florida Atlantic 78-58 in an opening-round game of the Maui Invitational.

    "I was pleased with the effort," Ray said. "This is the kind of effort we wanted. Defensively, we forced a lot of turnovers and took Florida Atlantic out of a rhythm. When we get turnovers, it allows us to have more fast-break opportunities. We did a good job of attacking the rim."

    MSU actually played most of the contest without junior guard Jalen Steele. Steele suffered a head injury that required eight stitches on a blocked shot midway through the first half. Still, the spirited and youthful Bulldogs hung tough and took a second-straight win from the Owls.

    "Jalen is one of our leaders," Ray said. "The other players look up to him. It was a big blow, but I am really proud at how the other players stepped it up. It meant a lot to play well without him."

    Florida Atlantic enjoyed only one lead in the contest. The Bulldogs battled back on top for good at 16-14 on a basket by Wendell Lewis. Steele was injured on the game's next possession.

    Still, the Bulldogs energized the home crowd with a 15-2 run, fueled in large part to defensive mastery. Trivante Bloodman hit a layup and Gavin Ware followed with a master dunk. A dunk by Craig Sword preceded two Bloodman free throws, which ran the advantage to 29-16 with 6:56 left before halftime.

    The Bulldogs shot 53.1 percent from the field in the opening half and led 43-26 at halftime.

    "We wanted to come out and set the tempo," Bloodman said. "Defensively, we did what we had to do. Offensively, we had some good ball movement. My job is to get as many players as possible involved and to distribute the ball."

    The Owls closed within 12 points on two different occasions early in the second half. After a 3-point by FAU's Stefan Moody cut the deficit to 50-38, MSU responded with a 12-2 run effectively putting the game out of reach.

    "We thought Florida Atlantic was the type of team, if they got off to a good start, could cause us some problems," Ray said. "The key to the victory is we only took 10 (3-point shot attempts). We are leaning the difference in a good shot and a bad shot. Sometimes, we take bad ill-advised shots. I thought tonight we did a good job of not doing that."

    For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 30 of 61 shots from the field (49.2 percent), 4 of 10 shots from 3-point range (40.0 percent) and 14 of 28 shots from the foul line (50.0 percent). The Owls hit 21 of 63 shots from the field (33.3 percent), 6 of 24 shots from 3-point range (25.0 percent) and 10 of 15 shots from the foul line (66.7 percent).

    Florida Atlantic held a 42-40 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 16 assists and 16 turnovers, while the Owls had 10 assists and 27 turnovers. MSU was also credited with 17 steals, including five by Fred Thomas and four by Colin Borchert.

    Roquez Johnson paced the Bulldogs with 17 points, while Thomas added 16 points. Sword added 11 points, while Ware added 10 points. Bloodman had nine points, seven assists and five rebounds in 28 minutes of play, with only two turnovers.

    Florida Atlantic received 17 points from Greg Gantt and 11 points from Cavon Baker. Dragan Sekelja had a game-high nine rebounds for the Owls.

    MSU faces off with North Carolina Monday in the next round of the Maui Invitational. That contest is set for a 5 p.m. start in Maui, Hawaii. ESPN2 will have the national broadcast.

    The Bulldogs return home Nov. 27 for a 7 p.m. start against Alcorn State.

    No. 14 Missouri Secures Win Over Alcorn State, 91-54

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Phil Pressey scored 21 points and Laurence Bowers added 14, which all were in the second half to help No. 14 Missouri rout Alcorn State 91-54 on Tuesday night.

    After a rough first half, the Tigers (2-0) pulled away from the Braves. Missouri made just nine of its 39 attempts before the break and held a seven-point halftime advantage thanks to Pressey's deep 3-pointer with three seconds left.

    Bowers hit three 3-pointers in the second half to help Missouri take command. The Tigers used an 18-3 run after the half to blow the game open.

    LeAntwan Luckett scored 14 points and Anthony Nieves added 13 for Alcorn State (1-1), which struggled from poor shooting of its own. The Braves only shot 30.6 percent for the game, including 9 of 31 in the first half.

    Bowers and Pressey were the only players on the court who had worn a Missouri uniform prior to this season.

    Alcorn State, out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, went 10-22 in coach Luther Riley's first season in 2011-12, a six-win improvement from the Braves' previous season. The team was picked to finish eighth out of 10 teams in the SWAC this season by conference coaches.

    Bowers went 3 of 4 from behind the arc, his first 3-pointers since the 2009-10 season after going 0 for 8 in 2010-11 and missing last season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

    Bowers scored eight consecutive points five minutes into the second half to give the Tigers a 56-31 advantage, capped by a two-handed dunk off a pass from Pressey.

    Missouri won its 67th consecutive home game against a non-conference opponent dating back to the 2005-06 opener.

    The matchup was part of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, though the outcome had no bearing on the field headed to the Bahamas next week. The only previous matchup between the two teams was an 82-51 Missouri win on Dec. 1, 1981.

    Rebels Rout Coastal Carolina

    OXFORD, Miss. - Junior Marshall Henderson scored a game-high 27 points and Ole Miss outscored Coastal Carolina 54-33 in the second half as the Rebels downed the Chanticleers 90-72 on Tuesday night.

    The Hurst, Texas guard posted his second straight 20-plus point game to begin his Rebel career, hitting 6 of 13 from beyond the three-point arc. Henderson has averaged 24.5 points per game in his first two games.

    "The way that he approaches the game is fairly constant," said Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy. "Every day when I go to practice, if I go out there, I see him there 20 minutes early. It's no secret that he's earned the right to be a good shooter. Our guys now understand that he is a weapon."

    Senior Murphy Holloway added 15 points and 12 rebounds for his second straight double-double, and the 27th of his career, tying him for seventh all-time with Fred Cox in school history. Holloway's 12 rebounds also moved him into a tie for seventh all-time in school history with Rebel great Justin Reed at 766 career boards.

    The Rebels shot 50.8 percent from the field, 56.3 percent in the second half, led by Jarvis Summers and Aaron Jones, who shot a combined 7 for 8 from the field in the second half. Jones had 10 points and four rebounds, while senior guard Nick Williams added 11 points.

    The Rebels trailed 36-39 at halftime, but came out shooting led by Henderson's 14 second-half points, to coast to the 18-point victory. The Rebel defense stepped up as well, holding Coastal Carolina to 35.5% shooting from the field in the second half.

    "I didn't like our approach at all in the first half," said Kennedy. "We were flat.  We weren't as engaged early, but then we had a little spurt and got control. We had a talk about some things at the half and our upperclassmen stepped up in the second half. We pushed it back and got control back of things fairly early."

    The Chanticleers were led by Anthony Raffa's 20 points and Michel Enanga's 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    "I have a lot of respect for Cliff Ellis," said Kennedy. "I knew that he was going to tell his guys that if you come into an SEC program and you don't rebound, you're going to get blown out of the building. That's what they did. I saw an intensity and pursuit of the ball."

    The Rebels will host Arkansas-Little Rock this Friday at the Tad Smith Coliseum with tip-off set for 7 p.m. CT.

    No. 3 Kentucky falls to Ninth-Ranked Duke, 75-68

    Seth Curry scored 23 points and Mason Plumle added 18 as No. 9 Duke topped third-ranked Kentucky, 75-68 in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

    Kentucky, playing without starting point guard Ryan Harrow, was able to hang around due to the play of its super-talented freshman class. Alex Poythress led the Wildcats with 20 points and eight rebounds. Poythress was supported by fellow classmates Archie Goodwin and Nerlens Noel, who each scored 16 points.

    Duke, the more experienced team, committed only eight turnovers in the game and shot 45.6 percent from the floor, including eight-for-18 (44.4 percent) from three-point range.

    Defending SEC Player of the Week Kyle Wiltjer scored only five points in the game.