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    SEC Men's Hoops Report: January 9

    Men's Basketball RESULTS
    Florida 77, Georgia 44
    Ole Miss 92, Tennessee 74
    Mississippi State 56, South Carolina 54
    Auburn 68, LSU 63
    Texas A&M 69, Arkansas 51


    Florida Routs Georgia for First SEC Win of the Season

    GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Mike Rosario turned in a 19-point performance for Billy Donovan’s Florida squad and the Gators ran away to a 77-44 win over Georgia in their Southeastern Conference opener.
     
    Rosario connected on 60 percent of his field goals on the game, including three-of-six from downtown, to lead all scorers at the O’Connell Center. Florida (11-2, 1-0 SEC) received a boost off the bench from forward Erik Murphy, who knocked down three shots from downtown despite playing with a broken rib. Murphy chipped in 11 points and two assists in 18 minutes of action.
     
    As a team, the Gators enjoyed a hot shooting night against the Dawgs (6-8, 0-1). Florida hit 52 percent of its shots on the night, including 12 from 3-point range. UF opened the game on a 24-9 run capped by a runner from Rosario and entered the half with a 13-point advantage before blowing the doors off in the final 20 minutes.
     
    Patric Young scored 11 points in the win while pulling down three rebounds and blocking four shots. Casey Prather got the start in place of the ailing Murphy and took advantage of the opportunity while dropping 10 points and hauling in seven boards. 
     
    Georgia was led offensively by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored 11 points on four-of-10 shooting. The Bulldogs scored 29 points in the second half but it was not enough to keep pace with the Gators, who rallied off 49 the after the break to cruise to the win.
     
    Florida is now 12-5 under Donovan in SEC openers.



    Henderson's 32-point Effort Lifts Ole Miss Past Tennessee

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Marshall Henderson dropped a big-time 32 points for Ole Miss to lead the Rebels to a huge 92-74 win on the road over Tennessee. Henderson was one of four Rebels in double-figures in the game, and he connected on 13-of-14 free throws en route to the victory.
     
    Jarvis Summers did his part with 16 points for Ole Miss (12-2, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), and Reginald Buckner dropped 13 of his own to go along with a game-high 15 rebounds in a double-double performance. Murphy Holloway played big off the bench for the Rebs, chipping in a double-double of his own with 15 points and 12 boards.
     
    Ole Miss held a nine-point lead after Henderson knocked down a pair of freebies with 8:50 remaining in the first half and ended the opening 20 minutes with an eight-point cushion inside Thompson-Boling Arena. The Rebels turned in a big second half, scorching Tennessee (8-5, 0-1) for 54 points after the break to put the game out of reach.
     
    Jordan McRae did all that he could for the Volunteers, scoring a team-high 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including three deep balls. Forward Jarnell Stokes added 15 and 11 for Tennessee in the loss, and the Vols hit on only 25-of-65 (38.5 percent) field goals over the course of the game, including a pedestrian 7-for-26 (26.9 percent) effort from beyond the 3-point arc.
     
    Henderson was already the SEC’s leading scorer coming into the game, averaging 18 points and four made 3-pointers per game previously.



    Mississippi State Edges South Carolina for First SEC Win

    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Craig Sword and Roquez Johnson scored in double-figures for Mississippi State and the Bulldogs picked up their first Southeastern Conference win of the season with a narrow 56-54 escape over South Carolina.
     
    With South Carolina holding a six-point advantage with just over five minutes to play, Mississippi State (6-7, 1-0 SEC) ripped off an 8-0 run to swing the momentum in its favor and ultimately win the ballgame. Neither team was hot from the field on Wednesday night, with MSU hitting only 38.8 percent of its shots and South Carolina (10-4, 0-1) making out only slightly better with a 39.2-percent mark.
     
    The Bulldogs did overcome an ugly 0-for-10 showing from 3-point range, while the Gamecocks connected on eight deep balls throughout the night.
     
    Sword converted on six of his 11 shots for the game and 6-of-8 free throws to help the Bulldogs squeak out a victory at home. Johnson played 26 minutes off the bench for MSU, hitting all three of his field goals and shooting 80 percent from the free throw line. 
     
    Brian Richardson scored a game-high 20 points in the losing effort for the Gamecocks, knocking down five 3-pointers and grabbing eight rebounds as well. Bruce Ellington was the only other South Carolina player to score in double digits on the night, turning in 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting.



    Auburn Picks Up Home Win Over LSU

    AUBURN, Ala. – Three Auburn starters scored in double-figures in the Tigers’ Southeastern Conference opener, and AU notched a 68-63 win at home over LSU on Wednesday night.
     
    Allen Payne led the way for Auburn (7-7, 1-0 SEC) with 15 points, Shaquille Johnson added 11 points and nine boards, and Frankie Sullivan added 10 points and five boards to push AU to victory. Auburn converted on 46 percent of its field goals on the evening, including six 3-pointers on 18 attempts. The Auburn defense limited LSU (9-3, 0-1) to just 37 percent from the field, but the visitors did manage to knock down nine deep balls in the loss.
     
    Charles Carmouche scored a team-best 15 points for LSU, while Andre Stringer and Anthony Hickey chipped in 13 points apiece. LSU trailed by six in the early going before eventually eclipsing Auburn for a one-point advantage at the break. Auburn used a second half charge to lead by as many as 13 points down the stretch in the victory.
     
    LSU came away with the loss in its conference debut despite outrebounding Auburn.



    Texas A&M Holds Arkansas to Season-low in College Station

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M used a 15-point run that spanned from the end of the first half to through the start of the second to distance itself from Arkansas and pick up a 69-51 victory.
     
    Fabyon Harris led the way on offense for the Aggies (11-3, 1-0 Southeastern Conference), dropping a game-high 17 points. Elston Turner chipped in in a big way with 15 points of his own to go along with eight boards for the Ags, and Kourtney Robinson shot 70 percent from the floor on his way to a double-double of 13 points and 12 boards.
     
    BJ Young shot 6-of-12 on the evening for Arkansas (9-5, 0-1) on his way to 13 points and four rebounds in the loss. Arkansas shot 42 percent for the game, but the Razorbacks were out-rebounded badly, 47 to 25, and committed 12 turnovers that did not help their cause.
     
    Texas A&M’s defensive effort was critical in the victory, as Arkansas’ 51 points was its lowest total of the season so far.