|Men's Basetkabll RESULTS
|Kentucky 75, Tennessee 65
|Ole Miss 89, Vanderbilt 79
Kentucky Pulls Away Late to Down Tennessee at Rupp
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Wildcats used a late run to separate themselves from the Tennessee Volunteers in a closely contested matchup on Tuesday night, winning by a final score of 75-65 inside Rupp Arena.
With the score tied deep into the second half, Julius Mays hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark Kentucky’s stretch run, the first coming on a fast break created by a Nerlens Noel block and the second coming on assist from Kyle Wiltjer. Kentucky (11-5, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) hit enough free throws in the final minutes to keep the Vols at bay and secure their second conference win of the season.
Wiltjer came off the bench for John Calipari’s team and provided a jolt for the Big Blue. The 6-foot-10 sophomore knocked down six of his 10 field goal attempts, including two deep balls, to lead UK with 17 points. Noel and Ryan Harrow provided scoring power in the starting lineup by dropping 12 points apiece, with Noel falling just short of a double-double outing with nine rebounds as well as six swats. Alex Poythress also finished in double figures for the Cats with 10 points to go along with eight boards.
Jordan McRae poured in a game-high 23 points for the Vols (8-7, 0-3), connecting on 44 percent of his field goals in the process. No other Volunteers managed to crack double-digits in the scoring column, but Derek Reese (nine points) and Trae Golden (seven) came close in relief duty off the bench. Tennessee has now lost all three of its conference games this season.
Tennessee will return to the hardwood on Saturday afternoon as it hosts Western Division foe Mississippi State at 4 p.m. Eastern. Kentucky will also hit the court on Saturday, but the Wildcats will do so away from the friendly confines of Rupp Arena as they take on Auburn at 9 p.m. Eastern.
Ole Miss Wins Offensive Battle Over Vandy in OT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt and Ole Miss got together on Tuesday night in Nashville, and a wild one broke out in Memorial Gymnasium. It took overtime, but Ole Miss (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) picked up an 89-79 victory over the Commodores.
Vandy led by 13 points midway through the second half when Ole Miss tore off an 11-2 run to cut the deficit to four. Several minutes later the Rebels found themselves trailing by six and ripped off nine straight points to take a 75-72 lead in the final minute. Just seconds after Vanderbilt’s Dai-Jon Parker knocked down a deep 3-pointer to tie the game, the Commodores held the ball with a chance for the last shot.
With the clock winding down, Kevin Bright drilled a three from the corner to put the ’Dores ahead 78-75 with just 3.2 seconds remaining in regulation. The Rebels quickly inbounded the ball and Marshall Henderson let loose from near half court, drilling an improbable 35-foot 3-pointer to send the game to overtime.
The extra period was all Ole Miss, as the Rebs outscored Vandy 11-1 to take the victory.
Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer, dropped a game-high 26 points for the Rebels in the victory, which came despite a red-hot shooting night for Vandy from 3-point range. The Commodores (6-9, 0-3) hit an astounding 17 3-pointers on the night, the most of any SEC team this season and enough to break a 19-year-old Memorial Gym record.
Jarvis Summers knocked down five of his 10 shots on the game en route to 14 points and five rebounds for Ole Miss, while Murphy Holloway notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards. Senior forward Reginald Buckner did his part as well, adding 14 points and 11 rebounds in the winning effort.
Kedren Johnson paced Vandy on the offensive end, recording 19 points thanks in large part to five threes. Parker poured in 16 points in his first career start to go along with six rebounds and four assists, while freshman Sheldon Jeter added 13 points for the Commodores.
Ole Miss’ next game will come on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. against Arkansas in Oxford. The Commodores will take on South Carolina at the same time on the same day from Columbia.