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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: December 4

    Arkansas 81, Oklahoma 78
    Kentucky 88, Samford 56
    Georgia Tech 62, Georgia 54
    Mississippi State 53, UTSA 42
    Missouri 81, Southeast Missouri State 65

    Arkansas wins in epic finish
    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –  Junior Marshawn Powell scored a career high 33 points and sophomore BJ Young knocked down the game-winner to lead the University of Arkansas basketball team to an 81-78 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena.
    Powell had a banner night to go along with his 33 points; he grabbed a game-high six rebounds with five assists.  The junior from Newport News, Va., went 11-of-17 from the floor, hit a career best four three-point baskets and hit 7-of-8 from the free throw line.  His 33 points are the most by a Razorback since young tallied 31 against Florida last season.
    “Powell had a career night,” head coach Mike Anderson said. “His presence was very important and evident tonight. He is a versatile guy and he was in a zone.”
    Arkansas (4-3) was able to respond from a late Oklahoma rally when Young hit a layup with 15 seconds to play.  Powell sank two free throws moments later after grabbing a rebound on a missed Oklahoma shot.
    “Two good teams really competed tonight,” Anderson said. “Our guys played more relaxed and in rhythm. It was good to see them get better and be rewarded with a win.”
    Young also had a standout day, distributing the ball amongst his teammates, as the sophomore tallied a career-high eight assists. Young and junior Mardracus Wade assisted the Razorbacks as they both finished the game in double-digits with 10 points each.
    In the first half, the Razorbacks started out a little slow as they were down by four at the start of the game. However, the Hogs went on a 7-0 run, which started with a two-point jumper by sophomore Hunter Mickelson. Powell would extend the lead with two consecutive baskets, the first a three-pointer and next a layup, making the score 9-6. Arkansas grabbed their largest lead of the first at the 4:51 mark with a layup by Powell to extend the Razorbacks a nine-point lead at 31-22. However the Sooners would regroup and answer the Razorback charge chipping away at the lead. At the halftime buzzer the Razorbacks were clinging to a three-point lead, 41-38.

    Powell led the Razorbacks in the first half going an impressive 3-of-3 from the three-point line. At the completion of the first half Powell had tallied 19 points, two boards and one assist. Young also recorded a notable six assists in just the first half, tying his career-high which he set against Texas Southern last season.
    Arkansas started off the second half extending their lead as Powell went on a 4-0 run of his own with a layup and two free throws to make the score 45-38, extending the Razorback lead to seven. With 17:21 remaining in the second Wade sank a three-pointer only to come back 49 seconds later and drain a second-consecutive three, giving Arkansas an 11-point lead, which was their largest lead of the game, 51-40.

    The Sooners however, would chip away at the Razorback lead and cut the game to one-point until sophomore Rashad Madden took matters into his own hands. With 4:42 left on the clock and the crowd on its feet, Madden would drain consecutive layups, giving Arkansas a five-point lead, 73-68.
    The game would come down to the wire as the clock hit 1:24 remaining and Arkansas was holding on to just a three-point lead after a Sooner layup. The Hogs needed a score and it was Young who delivered it with a layup with 51 seconds remaining, giving Arkansas a five point cushion (77-72). Just seconds later a Sooner three-point basket hushed the roaring Razorback crowd as Oklahoma cut the game to two, 79-78. A missed jumper by Oklahoma and a defensive rebound by Powell sent the crowd to its feet as the Sooners were forced to play the foul game. Powell delivered in the clutch, knocking down both of his free throws to make it a three-point game with just two seconds remaining.

    The Razorbacks will take the court this Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., as the Hogs face No. 3 Michigan. The game will be televised on CBS at 11 a.m. CT.

    Kentucky Thumps Samford, 88-56

    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Archie Goodwin scored 18 points and Alex Poythress added 16 as Kentucky snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Samford, 88-56 on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena.

    The Wildcats (5-3) had six players in double figures in the game. Nerlens Noel had 13 points, Willie Cauley-Stein scored 12 and Kyle Wiltjer and Julius Mays each had 10 for Kentucky.

    Kentucky shot 55.7 percent from the floor in the game. The Wildcats had 23 assists on 34 made baskets. Mays had five assists, and four other players (Goodwin, Wiltjer, Ryan Harrow and Jarrod Polson) each had four dimes.

    Raijon Kelly led Samford (2-8) with 14 points.

    Georgia Drops Road Contest to Rival Tech
    ATLANTA - Georgia pulled to within five points with just two minutes remaining in the game, but the late Bulldog run wasn’t enough to defeat Georgia Tech as the Yellow Jackets were victorious 62-54 Tuesday night at McCamish Pavilion.
    Georgia constructed a 10-3 run late in the second half to trail 55-50, but the Yellow Jackets’ senior guard Mfon Udofia completed a three-point play to end the Bulldog run and put the game out of reach.
    “We created such a hole for ourselves in the first half and had to play uphill,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We got in a position to win the game but at the moment of truth we couldn’t get a stop and a rebound.”
    Georgia was led sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who had 16 points and 13 rebounds in his first double-double performance of his career. Freshman guard Brandon Morris came off the bench to contribute nine points and four rebounds, both career-highs.
    The Yellow Jackets took a 35-22 lead into halftime behind six three-point shots and 11 free throws. Georgia connected on just one-of-nine three-pointers and went only three-of-five from the free throw stripe in the half.
    Georgia out rebounded (43-to-38) and outscored the Yellow Jackets from the paint (30-to-10), but Georgia Tech connected on nine three-point shots on the night, while Georgia shot just 2-of-17 from the behind the arc.
    Georgia Tech was paced offensively by Udofia and freshman forward Marcus Georges-Hunt and who had 12 and 18 points, respectively. Junior Center Daniel Miller led the Yellow Jackets with eight rebounds.
    With tonight’s result, the home team in the series is 15-3 in the last 18 games.
    Following a break for final exams, Georgia will return to action on Dec. 15 against the Iona Gaels at Stegeman Coliseum. The game will tip-off at 5 p.m. and be televised on CSS. For ticket information, visit

    Mississippi State Ousts UTSA 53-42 To Remain Perfect At Home

    STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State coach Rick Ray knew his team might have to win some defensive struggles this season, and the Bulldogs did just that Tuesday night.

    MSU held Texas-San Antonio to 27 percent shooting and forced 20 turnovers. On the offensive end, the Bulldogs did enough to post a 53-42 victory at the Humphrey Coliseum.

    "I am extremely proud of the defensive effort tonight," Ray said. "We knew we would have to win some ugly games this season. I thought we really played extremely well on the defensive end. We won one of those rugged, tough physical ballgames. When you play that well on the defensive end, good things will happen for you."

    MSU (3-5) was incredible on the defensive end Tuesday night. The Bulldogs recorded a season high seven blocked shots and also had nine steals - fourth best in a game this season.

    "Defense is what makes our team go," MSU senior Wendell Lewis said. "The coaches challenge us to always play hard on that end."

    For Lewis, strong defensive play has carried over to the offensive end. Fresh off a 16-point performance in Saturday's loss at Providence, Lewis followed that performance up with a career-high 20 pointson 8-of-9 shooting from the floor.

    "Right now, I am feeling really good," Lewis said. "I have continued to work hard. I have gotten my workouts in and I have tried to be a leader on the floor."

    Both teams battled through a nip-and-tuck first half before the Bulldogs put the clamps down on the defensive end.

    After Lewis placed the Maroon and White on top 16-14 with a layup, neither team scored over the next 7:33. Lewis broke that drought with another basket, and Fred Thomas followed that with a 3-pointer to cap a 7-0 run.

    UTSA (3-5) went 8:46 without a field goal before a dunk Larry Wilkins ran out the first half for the Roadrunners.

    On the way to a 3-0 start at home, MSU led 23-17 at the intermission.

    "We made some good decisions with the basketball, but we couldn't get shots to fall," Ray said. "When that happens, you have to win a game on the defensive end. We forced 20 turnovers and that is a good number. On offense, we got things going in the second half."

    UTSA closed within 26-23 in the early stages of the second half. Over the next six minutes, the Bulldogs used a 13-6 run to build a 39-29 advantage. The lead would grow to as many as 12 on two difference occasions down the stretch.

    For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 21-of-46 shots from the field (45.7 percent), 3-of-13 shots from 3-point range (23.1 percent) and 8-of-14 shots from the foul line (57.1 percent). The Roadrunners hit 15-of-55 shots from the field (27.3 percent), 7-of-29 shots from 3-point range (24.1 percent) and 5-of-9 shots from the foul line (55.6 percent).

    UTSA held a 36-34 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 11 assists and 17 turnovers, while the Roadrunners had six assists and 20 turnovers.

    Sword added 13 points for the Bulldogs. Colin Borchert added a career-high 10 rebounds. Trivante Bloodman had five assists, while Thomas had a career-high three blocked shots and three steals.

    Kannon Burrage paced UTSA with 15 points, while Hyjii Thomas added 10 points.

    The Bulldogs will take an extended break for final examinations. MSU returns to action Dec. 15 with a 7 p.m. start at Loyola-Chicago.

    Missouri Rallies Past SEMO, 81-65

    No. 12 Missouri found itself trailing intrastate rival Southeast Missouri State, 45-35 at the half, but the Tigers rallied in the second stanza, posting an 81-65 win in Columbia on Tuesday.

    Laurence Bowers continued his strong play for Mizzou, posting a career-hig 26 points, as well as nine rebounds in the game. Phil Pressey added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.

    Tony Criswell had 13 points for the Tigers (7-1), while Keion Bell added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

    Missouri dominated the backboard, outrebounding SEMO 48-28 in the contest. The Tigers had 19 second-chance points, compared to six for SEMO.

    Corey Wilford led the Redhawks (6-5) with 14 points.