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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: November 24

    LSU 75, Mississippi Valley State 50
    Missouri 68, VCU 65
    Wisconsin 77, Arkansas 70
    South Carolina 74, Missouri State 67

    LSU Thumps Mississippi Valley State, 75-50

    Shavon Coleman had 16 points and Andre Stringer added 14 as LSU moved to 4-0 on the season with a 75-50 win over Mississippi Valley State at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday.

    Johnny O'Bryant had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigrs.

    LSU led 33-23 at the half before outscoring the Delta Devils 42-27 in the second stanza.

    The Tigers shot 55.1 percent for the game, including 46.7 percent from three-point range. LSU had 16 assists on 27 field goals in the game.

    Missouri Holds Off VCU, 68-65

    Laurence Bowers had 14 points and 11 rebounds as Missouri won the third-place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis, topping VCU 68-65.

    Missouri trailed by as many as seven points in the first half before closing the half on a 14-5 run to take a 30-28 lead into the break.

    In the second half, the Tigers led by as many as nine points before VCU rallied to take a 60-59 lead with 3:28 left.

    VCU had a 65-63 lead with 1:18 left when Phil Pressey hit a three-pointer to give Mizzou a 66-65 lead.

    Pressey struck again with 15 seconds left, giving the Tigers a 68-65 lead. VCU had one last chance, but Troy Daniels missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game.

    Keion Bell and Negus Webster-Chan each had 12 points for Missouri. Pressey finished with 11 points and eight assists.

    Arkansas comes up short against Wisconsin
    LAS VEGAS – Junior Coty Clarke grabbed a game high 11 rebounds for the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team on Saturday night, but a huge second half by #24 Wisconsin edged the Razorbacks, 77-70, in the final game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
    Sophomore guard BJ Young scored 18 points and picked up five boards and while Clarke recorded his second double-digit rebounding game of the season with his 11, seven on the offensive glass. Along with Young, junior guard Mardracus Wade also had a double-digit scoring game with 13 points.
    The Razorbacks took their first lead in the opening half after Madden made a layup to make the score 15-13 with 13:30 remaining. The Razorbacks made a statement at the 12:20 mark as Williams came up with a big steal to drive it to the basket for Arkansas. Just eight seconds later Coty Clarke took it away from the Badgers and Rickey Scott scored on a layup after an assist from Dequavious Wagner. The Razorbacks would take their largest lead of the game at that point, five.
    With 9:38 remaining the Hogs would hold the Badgers scoreless over a span of 4:22 on the clock as Arkansas went on a 7-0 run to make the score 29-18. Arkansas would keep up the pressure, going toe-toe with the Badgers as both teams would score 11 to close the half 40-29.
    Wade and Young would lead Arkansas in scoring in the first half with 10 points apiece. Young and Clarke would lead on the boards with four in the first half. The Badgers led the Razorbacks with 25 rebounds in the first compared to 13 Razorback boards. However, Arkansas capitalized on the eight Badger turnovers, scoring 13 points. Arkansas committed just two turnovers in the first half

    The second half would be a different story for Arkansas as Wisconsin chipped away at the Arkansas lead with consecutive three-point baskets at the start of the second half to make the score 40-35, bringing Wisconsin within five. Arkansas would hold the Badgers from taking the lead until the 8:12 mark in the second half when they went up 55-53. Arkansas would not be able to retake the lead for the remainder of the game.

    The Razorbacks however, would out-rebound the Badgers in the second half, 21-14 after being out-rebounded in the first 25-13.

    The Razorbacks return to the court on Friday, Nov. 30, at Bud Walton Arena to face No. 6 Syracuse at 7:30 p.m., a game that will be televised on ESPN.

    Gamecocks Battle Past Missouri State In Overtime

    PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico - South Carolina posted a 74-67 victory over Missouri State in the third round of the Hoops For Hope Classic in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Saturday in non-conference action. In his first contest back after missing three games due to a concussion, freshman forward Michael Carrera hit a 3 as time expired in regulation to send the contest into overtime.

    Senior guard LaShay Page led the Gamecocks with 22 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Brian Richardson added 14 points, hitting four 3s in the contest, just one shy of matching his career high. Carrera added 18 points in his return and pulled down five rebounds.

    South Carolina committed a season high 25 turnovers in the contest, however, after committing 20 of those in the first half, the Gamecocks were solid through the second half and overtime, posting just five turnovers during the stretch. The Gamecocks out-rebounded the Bears, 33-29.

    Marcus Marshall led the Bears with 17 points, while Anthony Downing and Christian Kirk both added 16. Keith Pickens' eight rebounds were a game-high.

    After Missouri State took an early 2-0 lead after an administrative technical foul called on Carolina during pre-game warmups, the Bears jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead before a 3 from Richardson halted the stretch at the 17:41 mark.

    The Gamecocks responded with a 10-4 run over the course of the next three minutes to take a 13-11 lead on another 3 from Richardson. Back and forth play followed, but the Gamecocks were never able to extend a lead due to several turnovers through the middle part of the half.

    Missouri State held a 19-18 advantage near the seven-minute mark, but the Gamecocks continued to battle and Richardson's third 3 of the half tied the contest at 23 with 4:31 remaining before halftime.
    Carolina committed five turnovers through the last four minutes of play and Missouri State held a 33-28 lead at the half. The Gamecocks finished the half with just 11 shots attempts, connecting on eight to shoot 72.7 percent in the set.

    Page scored two 3s and a lay-up through the first three minutes and 30 seconds of the second half to tie the contest at 38. The teams traded baskets before a lay-up and two free throws from Carrera gave the Gamecocks a 42-40 lead with 13:06 on the clock.

    After a lay-up from Kirk, Richardson's fourth 3 of the contest pushed the Gamecock lead to 45-42 with 11:24 remaining in regulation. The teams traded baskets and the contest was tied at 47, before Marshall gave the Bears a three-point advantage at the 7:39 mark.

    Junior guard Eric Smith earned the assist on a lay-up from Page to tie the contest at 51 with just over six minutes remaining. Two free throws from MSU's Marshall gave the Bears a 53-51 advantage, before Carrera tied the contest at 53 with a hard-fought lay-up with 2:42 on the clock.

    Kirk gave MSU a 55-53 lead with 1:25 remaining, before the teams traded missed baskets and the Gamecocks were called for an intentional foul with 33 seconds on the clock. The Bears were only able to hit 1-of-2 from the line to hold a 56-53 lead.

    Richardson was called for a foul with 29 seconds remaining and MSU's Williams missed the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity before Page connected on the opposite end on a jumper to pull the Gamecocks within one at 56-55 with 13 seconds remaining.

    Marshall connected on two free throws for the Bears at the opposite end with 12.2 seconds on the clock to go up three at 58-55. Smith collected the inbounds pass from freshman forward Mindaugas Kacinas and raced down the floor, finding Carrera just beyond the 3-point line with just seconds remaining.

    Carrera faced the basket and shot his first attempt from beyond the arc this season, hitting at the buzzer to tie the contest at 58 and force overtime.

    The Gamecocks dominated the OT session, out-scoring the Bears 16-9 in the set, including four points from Carrera and seven made free throws from Page to secure the Carolina victory.

    South Carolina concludes play in the Hoops For Hope Classic on Sunday, playing either SMU or Arkansas Little-Rock at 9:30 p.m. ET.