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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: November 18

    Men's Basketball RESULTS
    Dayton 73, Auburn 63
    Florida 66, MTSU 45
    Arkansas 112, Longwood 61
    Tennessee 83, UMASS 69

    Auburn Basketball Loses to Dayton 73-63 in Charleston Classic Third Round Despite Sullivan’s 23 Points
    CHARLESTON, S.C.---Kevin Dillard scored 20 points to lead Dayton to a 73-63 victory over Auburn in the Charleston Classic third round in TD Arena on Sunday. Frankie Sullivan had a game-high 23 points and five assists while Rob Chubb scored 11 points and Noel Johnson 10 to lead the Tigers.
    Dayton (3-1) ended the half on a 13-2 run to break open a tight game to lead 35-25 at halftime. Frankie Sullivan nailed a 3-pointer to give Auburn a 23-22 lead with 6:02 left, but the Tigers only scored on a Shaquille Johnson layup the rest of the half.
    “We have a lot of areas we have to improve in, and we have to improve in them quickly,” said Auburn head coach Tony Barbee. “The biggest one is our level of toughness. That is the bottom line of what this game came down to. It wasn’t the officials as to why they shot 36 free throws, and we shot only 17. It was our lack of toughness.
    “They were tough on every catch. They were tough on every drive. They were tough on every post up, and we weren’t. That is the bottom line in this game. That is why we got so many balls knocked out of our hands, balls that just slipped out of our hands while we fumbled so many rebounds. It is all about our level of toughness which is almost non-existent.”
    Auburn (2-2) scored the first four points of the second half to close to within six, but Dayton used an 11-1 run to extend its lead to 49-33 with 14:53 left. The Tigers closed it to 10 several times but couldn’t get any closer.
    “They out-toughed us, and that is supposed to be our motto,” said Sullivan. “In the two games we lost this year, that’s where we lost it. It is toughness and rebounding. We got outrebounded and we got out-toughed in this game, and we need to come out against Boston College and play the way we know how to.”
    The game got off to a quick start with both teams shooting over 63 percent from the field as Auburn held a 12-11 lead just over four minutes in.
    Dayton outshot Auburn from the foul line, 27-of-36 to 13-of-17 and outrebounded the Tigers 33-27. Auburn shot 41.8 percent from the field to Dayton’s 46.7 percent while both teams struggled from 3 as Auburn was 4-of-16 and Dayton 4-of-13.


    Gators Use Strong Second Half to Pull Away from Middle Tennessee State

    TAMPA, Fla. -- In preparing last week for a big ESPN game against nationally ranked Big Ten power Wisconsin, the Florida Gators were told to expect a 40-minute mugging.

    That game, however, never materialized in a relatively easy win over the Badgers.

    Instead, it came Sunday against Middle Tennessee State.

    “Sometimes, a game just gets dirty -- and by that I mean just, really, really physical,” UF junior forward Will Yeguete said. “When that happens, we have to get dirty, too.”

    It took about a half to figure out how to take the fight to the Sun Belt Conference power Blue Raiders, but an early blitz in the second half -- and a flurry of MTSU fouls -- gave the 10th-ranked Gators room to breath and momentum to pull away for a 66-45 win in front of 7,161 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

    Yeguete, making his third start at the small forward spot, was in the center of the scrum, scoring 11 points and grabbing a team-high 13 rebounds, while senior guard Kenny Boynton scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half, including his team’s last 13 of the game.

    “This was the most physical team I’ve played against in a long time,” said Boynton, who Sunday passed Dwayne Schintzius (1,624 points from 1986-90) to become No. 6 on UF’s all-time scoring list with 1,641 points. “Whether slapping at the ball or coming after us on rebounds, they were aggressive on defense.”

    Junior point guard Scottie Wilbekin, suspended for the first three games for violating team rules, made his season debut off the bench, finishing with eight points, three rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes for the Gators (3-0).

    “It felt weird being out there at first, but once I got back into the flow of things in the second half everything seemed a lot more natural,” said Wilbekin, who actually liked the rougher tone of the game. “It kind of dragged me into it. I didn’t have an option. I had to be into the game, focused and intense the whole time.”

    That’s how the Blue Raiders (2-1) came to town -- and it worked for a good half. Middle Tennessee, which returned 11 players from a team that won 27 games last season and beat the likes of UCLA, Ole Miss and Tennessee, trailed just 26-23 at intermission after holding UF to just 39.3 percent from the floor just four days after the Gators shredded Wisconsin for nearly 62 percent shooting.

    “It was a grind-it game,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said.

    The officials were far more active with the whistles in the second half, as the Gators were in the one-and-one bonus with just under 14 minutes to go in the game after inching to a nine-point lead -- its biggest of the game -- on a driving 3-point play from Boynton.

    “I just thought our flow offensively was disrupted by the game and the amount of contact and how physical it was,” Donovan said. “And then I thought in the second half, we really made a huge emphasis of saying, ‘If they’re going to put that pressure out there [on the perimeter], then we’re left playing one-on-one in the post,’ and we established that very early.”

    The Gators took advantage of their inside advantage, but paid for it along the way.

    “When I say ‘dirty,’ not saying they’re a dirty team; just saying how the game became so scrappy,” Yeguete said. “They’re a scrappy team. They play 1-3-1 [zone] most of the game. They fight for loose balls and long rebounds and 50-50 plays. They did it, so we just had to do it and play harder than they did.”

    The Blue Raiders got their money’s worth, finishing with eight more fouls than field goals. The Gators may have run away with it a little sooner had they shot free throws better (58.6 percent), particularly Yeguete and center Patric Young (9 points, 2 rebounds), who combined to go 7-for-17 from the line.

    Then came the second half, with Florida getting some better looks and finding ways to get to the rim on the way to shooting 58.8 percent after the break and limiting MTSU to just 26.9 percent.

    The score was 56-43 with under four minutes to go when Boynton hit a pair of free throws to start his 13-point, and a minute later bombed a 3-pointer from the top of the key at about 26 feet.

    He made another one from about 23 feet about a minute later.

    “I kind of felt it late,” he said.

    That was well after the Gators felt the slaps and pokes and grabs of the Blue Raiders early on, but with plenty of time to spare, as it turned out.


    Arkansas over Longwood 112-61

    FAYETTEVILLE – Sophomore BJ Young scored 23 points to lead the University of Arkansas Razorbacks basketball team to a 112-61 victory over Longwood in the first game of the Las Vegas Invitational at Bud Walton Arena, Sunday.

    Offensively the Razorbacks were paced by Young, who tallied his 23 points in 20 minutes of play. This was Young’s seventh career game scoring 20 points or more. Freshman Anthlon Bell came off the bench to add a career-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting. This was the first time under head coach Mike Anderson that the Razorbacks scored 100 points. Anderson credited the scoring to the energy of the team.

    “We played with great energy,” Anderson said. “I thought that we had a great team effort and we paid attention to the little details.”

    “The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” was in full effect from the opening tip as the Hogs started the game on a 10-3 run that included two Young layups. After the pace started to slow, the Lancers fought back into the game and made the score 14-10. As Longwood started to control the pace, the freshman scorer, Bell, started to catch fire, nailing a three to make the score 17-10. This led to a 12-0 Razorback run that included another three-pointer from Bell. He finished the half two-of-three from three point range. Anderson again talked about the ability of the bench to score points.

    “The bench is the best component of our team,” Anderson said. “Bell is ready to come in and play well. Our bench can put a lot of pressure on teams.”

     Arkansas used a swarming defense to force 16 turnovers in the first half. These turnovers led to easy shots on the offensive end as the Hogs shot a blazing 58 percent from the field. The scoring was led by Young who piled in 16 of the Razorbacks 55 points by the break. This was Young’s 28th double-digit scoring game as a Razorback.

    The second half started the same way that the first ended, with Arkansas scoring off of forced turnovers and missed baskets. Longwood turned the ball over four times in the first four minutes of the half and this led to a 21-6 run to start the half. During the run Marshawn Powell was able to establish his dominance in the paint. The junior used his size to score nine of his 16 points in the second half. Coach Anderson talked about seeing the improvement in Powell.

    “You can see the improvement in each outing,” Anderson said. “He is starting to show what he is capable of.”

    The game continued with a slew of fast break dunks as 11 Razorbacks scored points, including another seven in the second half from Young. The sophomore also tallied five assists and did not have a turnover in the 112-61 win.

    “BJ had an efficient game,” Anderson said. “You can tell that he was hungry to play. He is capable of scoring 15 or 20 points on any given night.”


    Stokes Stumps UMass As Vols Win, 83-69
    BAYAMON, P.R. -- Thanks to a career-high 24 points from sophomore Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee captured third place in the Puerto Rico Tipoff with a 83-69 victory over UMass on Sunday. The Vols (3-1) used a late surge to plow past the Minutemen (2-2).

    Stokes added a game-high 12 rebounds as the Vols ripped down 51 rebounds for a +14 margin off the glass.

    Jordan McRae netted 12 points off the bench while Trae Golden, Skylar McBee and Josh Richardson each scored 11 for the Vols, who had five scorers in double-figures for the second time this year.

    After falling behind momentarily, the Vols went on a 17-2 run as Stokes scored six points in the spurt to make it 61-54 UT with seven minutes left. A McRae dunk had tied the game at 52, then his 3-pointer put the Vols ahead 57-54 with 8:15 left.

    Tennessee reeled off 14 points in a row as Richardson converted back-to-back layups to give the Vols a 68-54 lead with five minutes left.

    UMass hit consecutive 3-pointers to trim the margin back to seven at 69-62 with 3:17 left, but the Vols quickly responded with layups from Richardson and Stokes to move the margin back to double-figures at 73-62.

    The Vols made eight of 10 free throws in the final 2:11 to ice the win.

    UMass was led by Jesse Morgan, who had 18 and Chaz Williams, who had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

    Tennessee's defense buckled up down the stretch and held the Minutemen to just 34.8 percent from the floor including 27 percent in the second half.

    UMass used a 7-0 run to take the brief lead -- its first advantage of the game since 10-9, at 52-50 with 10:29 left in the second half as Morgan canned a 3-pointer in transition.

    Stokes led all players in the first half with nine points and six rebounds as the Vols held a 38-34 advantage. The largest lead in the first half was seven points as the Vols were up 31-24 on a Quinton Chievous layup with four minutes left in the first half.

    The Tennessee bench did a great job late in the first half with contributions from McRae, Chievous (four points, four rebounds), Yemi Makanjuola (five points, four rebounds) and Armani Moore (two points, two rebounds).

    The Vols outebounded UMass, 23-15 in the first half, but were hurt by shooting just 6-of-12 from the foul line in the first 20 minutes.