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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: December 8

    Kentucky 74, Portland 46
    Michigan 80, Arkansas 67
    Missouri 68, Tennessee State 38
    Middle Tennessee State 65, Ole Miss 62

    Kentucky Pounds Portland, 74-46

    Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress each had 15 points as Kentucky thumped Portland, 74-46 on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

    Senior Julius Mays had 13 points for the Wildcats (6-3), and Kyle Wiltjer, a native of Portland, scored 12 for Kentucky.

    Kentucky created 18 Portland turnovers, and converted those into 25 points. The 'Cats also used their their size advantage by scoring 42 points in the paint.

    Nerlens Noel had seven points, nine rebounds and seven blocked shots in the game for Kentucky.

    Ryan Nicholas had 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Pilots.

    Arkansas falls short of upsetting Michigan
    ANN ARBOR, Mich. –  The University of Arkansas basketball team came within one point of No. 3 Michigan in the second half, but was unable to take the lead from the Wolverines as they fell on the road, 80-67, in a sold out Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Razorbacks were led on the court by junior Marshwan Powell, who tallied 18 points on the day while junior Kikko Haydar came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points including a perfect4-of-4 from the three-point arc.
    “Congratulations to Michigan on a hard fought win,” Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson said.  “I was really proud of the effort that our guys gave, but their key players stepped up when they had to.  You certainly can’t knock our guys effort and I saw our guys grow up through this stretch of games that we played.”
    A total of four Razorbacks finished in double-digits, including Haydar and Powell. Sophomore Hunter Mickelson grabbed 10 points and a team-high five rebounds. Junior Rickey Scott rounded out the Razorbacks finishing in double-digit scoring with 10 points.
    In the opening minutes of the first-half the Razorbacks kept it close with their closest margin being a one-point deficit as Powell sank a jumper to bring the Hogs to a score of 12-11 with 15:05 on the clock. However, Michigan would hold the Razorbacks scoreless for the next 5:36 and score 10 points of their own to make the score 22-11. It would take a basket by Young with 9:29 remaining in the first to stop the Razorbacks’ offensive slump and cut the Michigan lead to single-digits, 22-13.
    Arkansas’ inability to shoot from the paint in the first forced them to the three-point line. It was Haydar who stepped up for Arkansas in the first. Haydar would go 3-of-3 from the three-point line for nine crucial Razorback points.  Haydar would score the final points for Arkansas in the first with 30 seconds on the clock as he sank his third-consecutive trey. With the three-pointer Haydar set a career-high in points (9) and three-point field goals made (3). The Razorbacks entered the locker room at half down by 10, 42-32.
    “Kikko and Rickey gave us quality minutes off the bench,” Anderson said.
    Leading Arkansas in the first was Powell with 11 points and two boards. In the first only four Razorbacks had points on the board: Powell (11), Young (9), Haydar (9) and Scott (3). Arkansas’ rebounding troubles cost them as the Wolverines out-rebounded the Razorbacks 21-12 in the first.
    Arkansas got off to a swift start in the second half going on a 13-4 run to close the gap to two 47-45. A one-handed dunk by Hunter Mickelson put the Hogs within two. With 9:24 on the clock Scott drained a three-pointer to bring the Hogs within one-point of the Wolverine lead, 54-53. The Wolverines would pick up the pace soon after that, going on a 26-14 run to close out the game with a final score of 80-67.
    “I thought that our pressure really disrupted them in the second half,” Anderson said.  “I thought that they got fatigued.”

    The Razorbacks will return to Bud Walton Arena next Saturday to take on Alcorn State on Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on RSN.


    Mizzou Surges Past Tennessee State, 68-38

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Stefan Jankovic scored all 14 of his points in the second half, helping No. 12 Missouri overcome a rough first half en route to a 68-38 victory over Tennessee State.

    Laurence Bowers had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Alex Oriakhi added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Missouri (8-1).


    Rebels Drop Hard Fought Road Battle At MTSU

    Murfreesboro, Tenn. -Junior Marshall Henderson scored 15 points in the second half, but is wasn't enough as Ole Miss dropped a road battle 65-62 at Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

    Kerry Hammonds' baseline jump shot with 40 seconds remaining and late foul shots handed Ole Miss (6-1) its first loss after the game was tied at 59 with one minute remaining.

    Marcos Knight's 14 points led the Blue Raiders (7-2). Hammonds' shot broke a 59-59 tie, and MTSU made 4 of 6 free throws to finish off the win.

    Ole Miss, which had the nation's best turnover margin, committed a season-high 18 turnovers against MTSU's swarming defense. And the Rebels, ranked second nationally in scoring (87-point average), never found an offensive rhythm.

    Raymond Cintron had 10 points on 3 of 4 3-pointers for MTSU.

    Henderson was held to only two points in the first half, as MTSU went ahead 33-29 at intermission. Henderson finished with a game-high 17 points to for the Rebels, who played their first road game of the season.