|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Kentucky 88, Lipscomb 50
|Oklahoma 64, Texas A&M 54
|VCU 73, Alabama 54
|Iona 81, Georgia 78
|Loyola 59, Mississippi State 51
|Vanderbilt 71, Alabama A&M 46
|Arkansas 97, Alcorn State 59
|Auburn 64, Furman 50
|Arizona 65, Florida 64
Kentucky Defeats Lipscomb
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kyle Wiltjer posted his first ever double-double at Kentucky, finishing Saturday's 88-50 win over Lipscomb with 23 points and 12 rebounds. The Wildcats moved to 7-3 with the home victory.
The sophomore, who played the role of sixth man for the first time this season, finished the contest 8 of 12 shooting while knocking down seven three point shots.
After a closely contested first half, Kentucky pulled away from the Bisons with an impressive 22-3 run.
Kentucky leads the series 2-0, with both games in Lexington. UK is now 10-3 all-time against teams from the current alignment of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Wildcats conclude their five-game homestand Saturday against Marshall. The game will be at 4:00 and will be televised on ESPN2.
Texas A&M Falls To Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Despite Elston Turner's 17 points, Texas A&M fell to the Oklahoma Sooner 64-54 at the All-College Classic on Saturday.
The Aggies were close througout the second half, until a 15-3 Sooner run proved to be too much to overcome. TAMU had trouble with turnovers all game long, commintting a season-high 19 in the loss.
Ray Tuner added 12 points for the Aggies in the loss.
Alabama Men’s Basketball Falls at VCU, 73-54
RICHMOND, Va. – The Alabama men's basketball team fell at Virginia Commonwealth, 73-54 Saturday night to go to 6-3 on the season.
"VCU did a good job of taking us out of what we wanted to do," UA head coach Anthony Grant said. "They were able to build a lead that proved to be insurmountable. This is an opportunity for our team to learn and get better. Our focus right now is on our team and what we need to do to get better. We didn't do a good job of handling their pressure."
Alabama fell behind 11-2 early in the contest and was never able to recover. For the game, Alabama shot 39 percent (16-of-41) from the floor, including 27.2 percent (3-of-11) from three-point range.
Freshman forward Devonta Pollard led the Crimson Tide with 13 points and eight rebounds while sophomore guard Levi Randolph chipped in 10 points.
Pollard made five of his seven attempts from the floor and was 3-for-4 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Rodney Cooper and junior guard Trevor Releford added nine points each.
"I would rather find out in December what direction we need to go as a basketball team moving forward," Grant said. "When you play teams like this, it gives you a chance to find out who you are and where you have to go as a team."
Georgia Falls to Iona in Overtime, 81-78
ATHENS, Ga.—Four Georgia players scored in double-digits but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs fell to the Iona Gaels 81-78 in overtime Saturday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
“Well, that was a tough loss,” said head coach Mark Fox. “I am sick of losing like our team is. [Iona] made some big baskets to beat us so you have to give them credit for that…We missed 16 free throws from the second half on. I think that we have shot over six thousand free throws in practice. However, we have not transferred all of that practice to the games and that is very frustrating.”
Georgia (2-7) shot just 20-of-37 from the free throw stripe, including 6-of-15 in the overtime period.
Georgia was led by sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who notched his second straight double-double performance, tallying 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Junior forward Donte’ Williams also picked up a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Georgia grabbed a 76-75 lead with 34 seconds left in overtime off a jumper from freshman guard Kenny Gaines. Iona responded with a Curtis Dennis three-pointer seconds later and shortly after hit three critical free throws to secure the win.
Georgia took a 36-35 lead into halftime, and led by as many seven in the second half, but Iona (4-4) went on a 10-0 run midway through the half to take a 51-48 lead.
The Bulldogs took a 62-60 lead with four minutes remaining in the half off a Caldwell-Pope steal and slam, but the Gaels’ Sean Armand hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 66-66 with just 54 seconds remaining. Both teams had possessions in the final minutes of regulation, but neither team could convert its final possession into points.
In overtime, Iona took advantage of Georgia’s poor free throw shooting to pick up its fourth victory of the year.
MSU Men's Hoops Drops 50th Anniversary Contest At Loyola
CHICAGO - A difficult ending to the first half did in the Mississippi State men's basketball team Saturday night.
The Bulldogs went more than five minutes without scoring late in that half. Homestanding Loyola scored 20 straight points during that stretch. This spurt allowed the Ramblers to erase an early deficit in a 59-51 victory over the Bulldogs at Gentile Arena.
The teams were playing 50 years after a historic meeting between the two universities in the 1963 NCAA Tournament. For the Bulldogs, it was their first NCAA tournament game, as the 1963 Bulldogs defied a state injunction and snuck out of town to play in East Lansing, Mich.
Several players who played during the 1963 contest were on hand for Saturday night's contest. Pregame and halftime ceremonies included several dignitaries, including Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.
Loyola (7-3) trailed 17-14 before scoring 20 straight points to remove all doubt from the contest. The Ramblers led 34-20 at halftime and did not lead by less than eight points in the game's final half.
"In every game, we have a situation where we don't score the basketball," MSU head coach Rick Ray said. "Our guys are young and inexperienced; they don't know how to grind through that. We are doing some things well defensively. However, we don't know what we need to do to grind through those offensive problems."
MSU (3-6) scored the game's first six points. Loyola went the first five minutes of the contest without scoring. The Ramblers finally broke the ice and scored four straight points. Thanks to a couple of 3-point baskets by Fred Thomas, the Bulldogs built a 12-7 lead and later held their last lead at 17-14.
"We had two guys in foul trouble in the first half and that puts us in a bind with our depth," Ray said. "You don't want to risk a player getting a third foul, but we don't have options. We are shooting the ball so poorly right now. We need our guys to have a little more confidence."
The Bulldogs closed within 11 in the early stages of the second half but could not close within single digits until Tyson Cunningham rammed home a 3-point basket in the closing seconds.
For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 18 of 48 shots from the field (37.5 percent), 5 of 17 shots from 3-point range (29.4 percent) and 10 of 16 shots from the foul line (62.5 percent). The Ramblers hit 21 of 51 shots from the field (41.2 percent), 8 of 18 shots from 3-point range (44.4 percent) and 9 of 14 shots from the foul line (64.3 percent).
Loyola held a 40-28 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had seven assists and 15 turnovers, while the Ramblers had 13 assists and 16 turnovers.
Fred Thomas led MSU with 14 points. Roquez Johnson added 13 points, including a 7-of-8 night at the free throw line. Colin Borchet and Gavin Ware each had five rebounds. The Bulldogs had a season-high eight blocked shots, including five from Gavin Ware.
Devon Turk led Loyola with 21 points. Turk scored 18 points in the opening half, including four 3-point baskets. Christian Thomas added 16 points.
Vanderbilt Victorious Over Alabama A&M
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Vanderbilt's Kedren Johnson put in 19 points as the Commodores cruised to a 71-46 victory against Alabama A&M on Saturday night.
Rod Odom's career-high 17 points, including four three-pointers, helped give Vandrebilt it first consecutive games winning streak of the season.
Arkansas rolls past Alcorn State
FAYETTEVILLE – Behind a balanced team effort that saw 13 of 14 players put points on the board, the University of Arkansas basketball team defeated the Alcorn State Braves, 97-59, on Saturday night at Bud Walton Arena.
“First of all, it was good to get back on the hardwood after a week of being off for finals,” head men’s basketball coach mike Anderson said. “I thought we played well and had a good defensive effort.”
Junior forward Marshawn Powell had a standout day once again tallying 18 points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes for his fourth consecutive double-digit scoring game and seventh of the season. Junior Coty Clarke also finished the night in double-figures after adding 14 points. Freshman Michael Qualls rounded out the Razorback double-digit scorers with 10 points, seven boards and four assists.
“Marshawn is shooting with confidence right now,” Anderson said. “That is one thing about our bigs, they can step out and make a shot. It then opens the lane for the rest of the team.”
The Razorbacks (5-4) put forth a tremendous defensive effort en route to the victory, forcing 24 Alcorn State turnovers and scoring 26 points off turnovers. The Razorbacks also finished with a season-high 10 blocks and a season-high 16 steals as Qualls, junior transfer Fred Gulley and freshman DeQuavious Wagner ended the game with three steals a piece. Arkansas also out-rebounded the Braves 47-33.
Alcorn State kept it close in the opening minutes, but a 10-0 run over 1:57 helped Arkansas pull away, 31-16. Clarke was responsible for the final five points spurt as the junior started a streak of his own with an open dunk only to draw a foul on the consecutive layup to make it a three-point basket. The Razorbacks would close the first half on a 22-3 run to go into the locker room with a 29-point halftime lead, 53-24.
Leading the Razorbacks in the first half was Powell who went 5-6 from the floor with two three-pointers, while tacking on five rebounds.
However it was a total team effort in the first half, as a total of 12 Razorbacks contributed points to the 53-24 halftime score. The Hogs out-rebounded the Braves 22-10, with 11 Razorbacks tallying a rebound. Arkansas also snagged 10 steals and forced 14 turnovers from the Braves, scoring 16 of their 53 points off Alcorn State turnovers.
With 11:06 on the clock Qualls laid down a monstrous block only to take it down the court and slam down a dunk to ignite the crowd and extend Arkansas’ lead to 76-37. Despite the large lead, Arkansas wasn’t slowing down as the Razorbacks continued their tough defensive effort and strong offensive push. With 3:31 remaining, Williams put up a block and picked up the subsequent defensive rebound that set up a three-point basket by Fred Gulley off an assist from junior Rickey Scott giving the Razorbacks their largest lead of the game at 42 points, 92-50.
The Hogs would close out the game with a 38-point margin of victory and a score of 97-59.
Auburn Basketball Drops Furman, 64-50
AUBURN – Chris Denson scored a season-high 17 points with a career-best six rebounds and Jordan Price added 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting from outside as Auburn defeated Furman 64-50 on Saturday in Auburn Arena.
“We came out with good defensive energy,” Auburn head coach Tony Barbee said. “We didn’t come out as sharp offensively as I would have liked. Defensively, we were really good. I thought we got content with the 15 point lead at halftime. I told the guys it is not about who we play, it is about us getting better. Obviously, we want to win against whoever we play against, but tonight was not good enough for some of the teams we have coming up fairly soon. I think they understand it. We have to mature and grow as a team.”
After falling behind 7-2 early, Auburn (4-5) used a 9-0 run to take the lead at 11-7 with 15:20 remaining in the first half. The run was fueled by a pair of baskets from Denson, who made his second-straight start. The Tigers widened their lead to its largest of the first half on a tip-in by Sullivan at the halftime buzzer and held at 35-20 advantage at the break.
Furman (3-6) was unable to close Auburn’s lead to single digits in the second half, reaching 11 with 12 minutes left, 44-33, thanks to an 8-2 run. The Paladins made one more run, drawing within 12 with three minutes left, but Denson countered for Auburn with a three-point play and a 59-44 lead with 2:30 on the clock.
Price was perfect from 3-point range on Saturday and he hit his fourth trey with 1:34 left for a 62-46 lead. The freshman from Decatur, Ga. has hit eight-straight 3-pointers dating back to Tuesday’s win over Grambling State.
Sullivan, the SEC’s leading scorer at 18.5 ppg entering Saturday, posted his seventh double-figure scoring game of the season with 11 points to go with five rebounds and a career-high seven assists. Asauhn Dixon-Tatum set a new career high with nine rebounds.
Colin Reddick led Furman with 14 points while Kendric Ferrara added 10. Led by Price, Auburn’s bench outscored the Paladin reserves 23-8. The Tigers had 42 rebounds to finish one off their season high total.
Arizona Stuns Gators with Dramatic Finish, Hands UF First Loss of the Season
Mark Lyons hit a driving lay-up with 7.1 seconds remaining and No. 8 Arizona stunned fifth-ranked Florida, 65-64, handing the Gators their first loss of the season.
Florida (7-1) held a 64-58 lead with under a minute to go but Arizona (8-0 closed the game out on a 7-0 run capped by Lyons’ game-winner.
The Gators had led by as many as 11 points in the second half and controlled the game until the final minute. Arizona held Florida scoreless in the final 2:42 of the game.
Mike Rosario scored 16 points while Erik Murphy had 15 for the Gators. Florida hit 10-of-18 shots from three-point range. The Gators controlled the glass, out-rebounding Arizona 34-26.
The Wildcats had a significant advantage at the line, connecting on 18-of-21 free throws while UF hit 6-of-8.
The Gators led most of the first half and went to the locker room with a 32-29 lead. After leading by 11 points, Arizona showed signs of the resiliency that would later win the game, finishing the half on an 8-0 run in the final 1:19 that re-energized the crowd.