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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: November 15

    Men's Basketball RESULTS
    Alabama 65, Oregon State 62
    Texas A&M 81, Prairie View A&M 59
    Georgia 60, Southern Miss 62 (OT)
    Auburn 59, Murray State 79
    Tennessee 75, UNC Asheville 68


    Cooper's Late 3-Pointer Lifts Alabama Over Oregeon State
     

    NEW YORK CITY – Sophomore guard Rodney Cooper hit the game-winning three-pointer with 13 seconds remaining, while sophomore Trevor Lacey poured in 20 points to lift Alabama to a 65-62 victory in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project in Madison Square Garden.
     
    With the win, the Crimson Tide moves to 3-0 on the year for a second straight season.
     
    Lacey connected on 7-of-13 shots from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc to account for his second 20-point game of the young season (had a career-high 23 points vs. South Dakota State on Nov.9). The Huntsville, Ala. native has connected on 61 percent (20-of-33) of his field goal attempts and 65 percent (11-of-17) of threes on the year..
     
     Junior Trevor Releford finished with 14, 12 of which came in the opening 20 minutes of play, while Cooper finished with 12.
     
    “I am excited to get the win and get the chance to play for a championship (Friday),” head coach Anthony Grant said. “I have to give Oregon State credit; we were able to get them down in the second half, they did a good job at fighting and making plays. I thought our guys did a good job at making the plays we had to make down the stretch, coming up with loose balls, and (Rodney) Cooper being able to knock down an open shot to give us the win. I am proud of our guys the way they continued to stay with it and fight. “
     
    The first half was a back-and-forth affair, which featured seven ties and 11 lead changes. The Tide took the lead for good at the 5:45 mark of the opening stanza. Trailing by two, 28-26, Releford hit a layup and was fouled, which triggered a 9-4 run to end the half, giving Alabama a 35-32 lead at intermission.
     
    The run continued to start the second half, with the Crimson Tide scoring 12 of the opening 14 points to take a commanding 47-34 lead. In all, the 21-6 Alabama spurt spanned halftime and lasted a total of 10:59.
     
    Alabama built its lead to as many as 15 points (49-34) and looked to be in control. But Oregon State picked up its defense and began to chip away at the lead.
     
    With the Tide leading 59-45 at the 8:46 mark, the Beavers went on 17-3 run over the next 8:02 to tie the game at 62 all with 44 seconds remaining, setting up Cooper’s heroics.
     
    “My teammates are confident in me taking shots and if they have confidence in me, I just want to make the shot for my team,” Cooper said. “It means a lot making the shot, but it means even more to get the win for the team.”
     
    It marked the second game-winning three of the young season for Alabama. Back on Nov. 9, Lacey’s three-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Crimson Tide to a 70-67 win over South Dakota State in Coleman Coliseum.
     
    The Crimson Tide now moves on to the championship game of the 2K Sports Classic, which will take place Friday night at 6:30 p.m. CT (7:30 ET) on ESPN2. Alabama will face the winner of the Villanova-Purdue, currently in progress.



    Texas A&M Takes Down Prairie View


    COLLEGE STATION -- Five Texas A&M players scored in double digits as the Aggies defeated Prairie View A&M 81-59 on Thursday night.
     
    Fabyon Harris scored a game-high 18 points, including making 4 of 6 3-pointers, and he was followed by Ray Turner (17), J'Mychal Reese (15) and Elston Turner and Jordan Green (10 each). Ray Turner led A&M (3-0) with nine rebounds, but the Panthers (2-2) had a 41-34 advantage on the glass.
     
    Jules Montgomery led Prairie View with 12 points. Both teams struggled from the field, as the Aggies shot 44.4 percent (24 of 54) and the Panthers shot 32.8 percent (20 of 61). While the turnover battle was fairly close (Prairie View with 14 and A&M 11) the Aggies outscored the Panthers 21-10 on points off of turnovers.
     
    Panthers guard Louis Munks left the game with 6:04 remaining in a wheelchair with a compound fracture of his right leg.



    Dawgs Fall Just Short In Overtime


    ATHENS, Ga. -- Southern Miss forced a turnover and scored with just 30 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to best Georgia 62-60 Thursday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
     
    Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17 points to lead Georgia (1-2) in scoring for the third consecutive game. Junior forward Marcus Thornton pulled down a team-high seven rebounds.
     
    “It was a hard-fought game, and I want to congratulate Southern Miss because they made the plays to win and they deserve credit for that,” said head coach Mark Fox. “What we have to recognize is that you can’t leave 10 points at the foul line and get outrebounded like we did in the second half and win basketball games. I thought those were the two keys – second-half rebounding and our poor performance at the foul line.”
     
    Southern Miss (2-0) opened the game on a 15-3 run, but Georgia battled back to enter the locker room down only four, capped off by a 30 foot three-point shot at the buzzer from senior Sherrard Brantley to shrink the Golden Eagles’ lead to 31-27.
     
    Georgia tied the game up at 55-55 with just 1:26 remaining on a baseline floater from Nemi Djurisic, two of his 12 second half points. With under just 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation, Georgia forced a turnover to send the game to overtime.
     
    Georgia scored first in the overtime period, grabbing its first lead since it led 3-0 early in the first half, but failed to score on its final two overtime possessions.
     
    Southern Miss was led by Jerrold Brooks and Dwayne Davis who each scored 17 and 14 points, respectively.
     
    The Bulldogs’ bench outscored the Southern Miss’ bench 20-15. Georgia had 12 players play at least six minutes and nine players play 10 minutes or more. Southern Miss outrebounded Georgia 22-13 in the second half, and led Georgia in points from the paint, 30-12.
     
    Georgia will return to action on Monday as it faces No. 1 Indiana in the championship rounds of the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will be televised on ESPNU and tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.



    Auburn Falls to Murray State in Charleston Classic


    CHARLESTON, S.C.- All-American Isaiah Canaan scored 26 points, including 20 in the first half, to go along with six assists and 3-of-5 three-point shooting to lead Murray State to a 79-59 victory over Auburn in the Charleston Classic first round in TD Arena on Thursday.
     
    Murray State (2-0), which finished last season with a 31-2 record, jumped out to a 7-0 lead and led 11-2 at the first media timeout just over four minutes in. The Racers went up 27-10 on their fifth made three in nine attempts, this one by Stacy Wilson for is third of the game, with 8:42 left in the first.
     
    The Racers increased it to 36-11 behind 16 points from Canaan with 4:27 left in the half and led by as much as 45-15 with a minute to go before Auburn ended the half down 45-19. Canaan scored his 20 first-half points by going 6-of-9 from the field, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and made all five free throws.
     
    "They are a veteran team, and they play with a swagger of a team that won 31 games," said Auburn head coach Tony Barbee. "They play with the confidence and the discipline and the moxie of a team that won 31 games. Then, they expect to win by how they play and how they compete. I thought we came out scared. When you play scared, nervous or frightened, you play tense and you're behind a step on everything that the other team is doing, and that is what took place."
     
    Auburn (1-1) had 15 first half turnovers that led to 20 points for Murray State.
     
    "Give Murray State credit," said Barbee. "I'm disappointed that we didn't show more fight early in the game. I have to evaluate everything. I have to evaluate how I am coaching this team, and I have to evaluate who I am playing and why I am playing guys because for some reason we are not getting it. We are not getting it. I know we are playing some young guys, but it is disappointing. It wasn't the young guys who got us in a hole. It was the veteran group who I tried to stick with early to see if they would fight back and unfortunately they didn't."
     
    Frankie Sullivan went flying into the scorer's table for a loose ball and went to the locker room with 15:13 to play in the game and did not return.
    Murray State led by as much as 72-34 with 8:51 left before Auburn outscored the Racers 25-7 the rest of the way.
     
    "Like I told my team, one game does not make our season," said Barbee. "Understand what happened tonight, learn about it and forget about it because we have to come back out in less than 24 hours and try to find a way to get this next game and that is what the most important thing is."
     
    Asauhn Dixon-Tatum led Auburn with 12 points and eight rebounds while Rob Chubb had 12 points and seven boards. The Tigers were held to 33.3 percent shooting from the field, including 26.7 percent (8-of-30) in the first half. Auburn missed its first eight 3-point attempts before Jordan Price made two in a row to finish with nine points. Auburn outrebounded Murray State 43-28.
     
    Stacy Wilson chipped in 18 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting for Murray State, which shot 52.9 percent from the floor and 11-of-23 (.478) from 3-point range.
     
    The Tigers play host College of Charleston, who lost 64-53 to St. John's, in Friday's Charleston Classic second round at 6:30 pm CT on Friday on ESPN3. Other first round scores include Colorado defeating Dayton 67-57 and No. 16 Baylor beating Boston College 67-57. November 15, 2012.



    Tennessee Takes Down UNC Asheville in Puerto Rico


    BAYAMON, P.R. -- Tennessee opened play at the Puerto Rico Tipoff with a 75-68 victory over UNC Asheville at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriquez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The Vols' front court exerted its power as Jarnell Stokes (14 points and 11 rebounds) and Kenny Hall (14 points and eight rebounds) combined for 28 points and 19 rebounds. It was Stokes' third-career double-double.
     
    Five Vols scored in double-figures as sophomore Josh Richardson tallied a career-high with 12 points while Trae Golden (14) and Jordan McRae (12) also tallied 10-plus.
     
    The Vols (2-0) will play Oklahoma State at 10:30 a.m., in one semifinal on Friday. That game will air on ESPNU and can be heard on the Vol Network.
     
    UNC Asheville (1-2) was led by Jeremy Atkinson, who had 18 points and nine rebounds. Tennessee leads the all-time series with the Bulldogs, 9-0.
     
    After leading by 10 points at halftime, the Vols kept UNCA at bay for most of the second half as Stokes scored 10 of his points in the final 20 minutes.
     
    Tennessee led by double-figures for the first 15 minutes of the second half thanks to stout defense and rebounding.
     
    UNC Asheville cut the deficit to less than 10 for the first time in the second half on an Atkinson dunk after Keith Hornsby stole the ball. That put the Bulldogs within 66-58 with four minutes left. UNCA outscored Tennessee 19-10 during a stretch while Stokes was on the bench for a span of eight minutes.
     
    The Vols fended off UNC Asheville in the final minutes with Stokes back on the court. Golden made four free throws to regain the double-figure lead. Skylar McBee scored his first points on two foul shots with 1:17 left.
     
    Hornsby -- singer Bruce Hornsby's son -- made a 3-pointer with 35.2 left to cut the Vols' lead to 72-65 -- the closest the margin since 2:55 was left in the first half (UT 33-26).
     
    McBee added two more free throws for a 74-65 advantage. UNCA missed two 3-pointers in the final seconds.
     
    The Vols made 11 of their final 12 free throws.
     
    Hall showed his all-around game early in the second half as the lead moved to 48-33 as he hit the jumper, grabbed a rebound and helped set up a Stokes lay-up with 16 minutes left in the game. Stokes addd another lay-up to extended the lead to 50-33, seconds later forcing UNCA to call timeout.
     
    Stokes emphatically stuffed one home to put the Vols ahead 56-39 with 12:37 left in the game.
     
    The Vols led at halftime, 38-28 as Richardson had nine points in the first period. Tennessee made the most of its aggressive defense converting nine Bulldogs' turnovers into 15 points in the first half. UT shot 52 percent from the floor.
     
    Tennessee and UNC Asheville played even for the first 13 minutes as the game stood tied at 19. The Vols took the at 20-19 on a layup by Golden with 8:12 left in the first half. The lead extended to eight at 30-22 on a 3-pointer by McRae as the shot clock expired with 4:49 left in the first half.
     
    Richardson's pair of free throws moved the margin to double-figures for the first time with two minutes left in the half at 36-26.
     
    The Vols will take on Oklahoma State, winners of a 69-65 overtime contest over Akron in the first game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff. The Tennessee-OSU game will tip at 10:30 a.m.. on Friday and be televised on ESPNU and can be heard on the Vol Network. The last time the Vols and Cowboys played was in the 2009 NCAA Tournament First Round as OSU ended UT's season with a 77-75 win in Dayton. All-time, the Vols are 1-2 against Oklahoma State, with a 79-77 win on Dec. 18, 2006.