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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: November 21

    Men's Basketball RESULTS
    Texas 69, Mississippi State 55
    Boston College 50, Auburn 49
    Elon 65, South Carolina 63
    Kentucky 81, Morehead State 70


    Mississippi State Falls to Texas in Maui Invitational Closer
     

    MAUI, Hawaii - Mississippi State competed hard but came up short Wednesday.
    The Bulldogs forced 22 turnovers and hung tough but could not generate enough offense in the seventh-place game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational. Mississippi State dropped its third straight on the islands, falling 69-55 to Texas.
     
    "We continue to put ourselves in the hole by not doing the little things," MSU head coach Rick Ray said. "We allowed 24 points off turnovers and 16 second-chance points. Right there, those are 40 points that we can control. Texas does not pressure you. They don't get in the passing lanes. So, you should not have that many turnovers against a team that plays defense like that."
     
    The Bulldogs scored the game's first basket only to see the Longhorns scored the game's next eight points. MSU closed within 11-10 on the second 3-pointer by Trivante Bloodman. The Bulldogs went close to six minutes without another score before Gavin Ware hit a bucket.
     
    After Ware's score, Texas extended the run to 16-2, as Julien Lewis rammed home a 3-point basket with 7:11 remaining in the half, pushing the lead to 27-12.
     
    In the opening half, the Longhorns shot 60 percent from the field. Texas led 38-20 at halftime.
     
    Still, the outmanned Bulldogs hung tough and outscored the Longhorns 35-31 in the game's final half. The Bulldogs finished with 12 steals, including six by Roquez Johnson.
     
    Texas extended the lead to 25 late in the contest before MSU ended the contest with a 16-5 run.
     
    "We are playing hard and competing but we are not giving ourselves a chance because of some of the decisions we make," Ray said. "Bad shots are the same as turnovers. They had two seven-foot players. You can't drive it in against two seven-foot players. Instead, you stop, pass the ball out and better things happen. Even though they had more length, I don't think we really did a great job of fighting for rebounds."
     
    For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 17 of 51 shots from the field (33.3 percent), 4 of 11 shots from 3-point range (36.4 percent) and 17 of 28 shots from the foul line (60.7 percent). The Longhorns hit 26 of 52 shots from the field (50 percent), 10 of 18 shots from 3-point range (55.6 percent) and 7 of 16 shots from 3-point range (43.8 percent).
     
    Texas held a 41-32 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 11 assists and 18 turnovers, while the Longhorns had 15 assists and 22 turnovers.
     
    Johnson paced MSU with a career-high 18 points, while Fred Thomas had 10 points. Gavin Ware had a team-high seven rebounds, while Johnson had six rebounds.
     
    Texas received 19 points from Sheldon McClellan and 15 points from Lewis.
     
    The Bulldogs were expected to fly back late Wednesday night. Players are scheduled to get Thursday and Friday off for the Thanksgiving holiday.
     
    MSU returns to action Tuesday with a 7 p.m. start against Alcorn State in the Humphrey Coliseum.



    Auburn Drops Heartbreaker to Boston College


    Chesnut Hill. Mass. --- Frankie Sullivan's long 3-pointer front-rimmed as Boston College held on for a 50-49 victory after a furious Auburn rally in the Conte Forum in the non-bracketed Charleston Classic Finale on Wednesday.
     
    Sullivan, who had a team-high 23 points and eight rebounds, brought the Tigers back from a seven-point deficit with just over three minutes to play. He had a huge four-point play on a 3-pointer from downtown Boston to tie the game at 49 with 46.1 seconds to go.
     
    Olivier Hanlan, who scored a career-high 19 points on 3-of-5 threes to lead Boston College, split a pair of free throws with 19.1 seconds left to give the Eagles the game-deciding point.
     
    "I'm extremely proud of the effort and the way we came back, but the biggest part of the game was Boston College's offensive rebounds," said Barbee of the Eagles who had an 11-5 advantage on the Tigers. "(On the last play) We set a ball screen for Frankie, and he dribbled into the lane and they doubled him. He got the ball back and his shot was on line but fell just short."
     
    After Sullivan scored the first bucket of the second half, Boston College went on an 10-0 run to take a 35-28 lead four minutes after the half. Two-straight 3s by the Eagles gave them a 41-33 lead with 9:22 left.
     
    Sullivan scored the Tigers' first 11 points of the second half to bring them to within 41-37 with 6:54 to play before Allen Payne's conventional 3-point play brought the Tigers to within 43-40 with 6:31 left.
     
    BC went ahead 47-40 on Hanlan's bucket with 3:56 left, but a Noel Johnson 3 from the corner closed the Tigers to within four with 3:07 left followed by a pair of Rob Chubb free throws to bring Auburn to within 47-45 with 1:52 remaining. Joe Rahon's reverse layup in traffic with a minute left put the Eagles back up by four. Sullivan's four-point play then tied it.
     
    Both teams are now 2-3 overall.
     
    Auburn made six of its first nine shots to open the game while Boston College scored its first nine points all on 3-pointers and neither team led by more than four points in a closely contested first half. The Eagles took the first half's largest lead at 25-21 with 2:48 to go, but Auburn closed on a 5-0 run to take a 26-25 lead after Sullivan drained a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired with 1.2 seconds left.
     
    It marked the Tigers' first halftime lead of the season and the play came after a called time out by Barbee with 35.7 seconds on the clock.
     
    Auburn outshot Boston College from the field 42.2 percent to 36.2 percent while the Eagles were 8-of-22 from the floor to the Tigers' 4-of-13. Auburn was 7-of-13 from the foul line after missing its first six while Boston College was 8-of-15. BC outrebounded Auburn 35-28.
     
    Chubb added 12 points for the Tigers and Payne had seven points and six boards. Rahon added 15 for the Eagles.
     
    The Tigers return home for the first time in 16 days to play host to Rhode Island on Sunday at 4 pm Central.



    Elon Edges South Carolina Despite Double-Double from Jackson


    COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina (3-1) fell to Elon (4-1) 65-53 on Wednesday night in non-conference action at Colonial Life Arena. Senior forward Lakeem Jackson led the Gamecocks in the effort with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
     
    Junior guard Brenton Williams added nine points for the Gamecocks. Junior guard Brian Richardson and junior forward RJ Slawson each added seven points and eight rebounds. The eight rebounds were a career high for Richardson who also dished out four assists. South Carolina turned the ball over 22 times on the night, leading to 18 Elon points. For the third game in a row, the Gamecocks were without freshman forward Michael Carrera.
     
    Three Elon players scored in double figures. Junior forward Lucas Troutman led the team with 15 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Jack Isenbarger and sophomore guard Austin Hamilton netted 13 points apiece as well. Junior guard Sebastian Koch brought down a team-leading seven rebounds. As a team, Elon shot 53.5% from behind the arc, hitting eight in the matchup.
     
    Despite falling behind 11-3 early and tallying seven turnovers in the first ten minutes, South Carolina kept Elon within striking distance. Senior guard LaShay Page sank a shot from behind the arc at the 10:27 mark to bring the Gamecocks to within three at 18-15, but South Carolina was unable to score for the next eight minutes. The Phoenix scored 10 unanswered points during the stretch to give them a 28-15 upper hand. Sophomore guard Damien Leonard ended the Gamecock dry spell with back-to-back 3-pointers to cut into the Elon lead to seven.
     
    Richardson found Jackson in transition for a bucket with 36 seconds remaining in the half, but Elon's Isenbarger responded with a 3-pointer with three seconds to go, giving the Phoenix a 31-23 advantage going into the locker room.
     
    After the break, a Richardson 3-pointer and a free throw by freshman forward Mindaugas Kacinas brought the Gamecocks to within four to start the second half, but the Phoenix responded with two 3s of their own to extend the lead back to 10.
     
    Williams, who scored all nine of his points in the second half, cut the lead to four at 39-35 with 15:29 remaining when he poked the ball away and took it the distance for a dunk. The Gamecocks would not get any closer.
     
    Down 53-37 with 10:42 remaining, South Carolina made one last attempt to rally and set off on a 15-4 run to cut the deficit to five. Jackson scored six points in the stretch, with two of them coming on an emphatic dunk in transition. The spurt forced Elon to call timeout to stop the surging Gamecock momentum. After the timeout, the Phoenix responded with three unanswered baskets, all by Troutman, to again give the Phoenix a double-digit lead at 63-52. Each team made an appearance at the free throw line in the final two minutes and Elon held on for the 65-53 win.
     
    South Carolina takes off to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for their next matchup. The Gamecocks take on Missouri State in the Hoops for Hope Classic at 7 p.m. ET on Sat., Nov. 24. The tournament continues on Sunday with South Carolina facing SMU or ULAR. 



    Goodwin Drops 28 as Kentucky Tops Morehead State


    LEXINGTON, Ky. – Freshman Archie Goodwin scored a career-high 28 points on Wednesday night to lead the Kentucky Wildcats past in-state foe Morehead State by a final score of 81-70. 
     
    Fellow freshman Alex Poythress also had a big night for the Cats at Rupp Arena, dropping 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw stripe. As a tandem, Goodwin and Poythress combined to hit 20 of their 25 freebies on a night that saw the Wildcats (3-1) attempt 41 free throws.
     
    Morehead State did not go down without a fight, putting together a 16-0 run in the first half of play and hanging with Kentucky before the Wildcats eventually pulled away in the second half. Milton Chavis was a force on the offensive end with 23 points, while Maurice Lewis-Briggs tacked on 13 to go along with 10 from Drew Kelly. 
     
    Nerlens Noel, another freshman, led the Wildcats with 11 rebounds in 35 minutes and also chipped in nine points. As a team Kentucky connected on 51 percent of its shots for the game, including a 56.5 percent clip to help widen the gap down the stretch after facing as much as an 11-point deficit in the first 20 minutes.