Florida will return to action on Wednesday when it travels to Athens to face off with Georgia, while Mizzou will host South Carolina on Tuesday night.
OXFORD, Miss. – Marshall Henderson, the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer, dropped 16 points on Saturday afternoon to lead Ole Miss past visiting Arkansas, 76-64.
The Rebels (15-2, 4-0 SEC) got solid contributions from its starting five on the way to its fourth conference win of the year. In addition to Henderson’s typically big day, Murphy Holloway scored 15 points while hauling in 11 rebounds to round out his double-double performance. Jarvis Summers added 14 points and seven assists for the Rebs, while Reginald Buckner also notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.
Marshall Powell scored 16 for the Razorbacks (11-6, 2-2) in the loss, connecting on five of his 16 shot attempts on the afternoon. BJ Young chipped in 14 points for the Hogs to go along with five assists and four rebounds, and Arkansas ended the game with a 39.4-percent shooting mark. The Razorbacks lost the battle on the boards, 41-38, while also committing 18 turnovers.
Ole Miss shot 40 percent on the day while dropping in six shots from 3-point range. The Rebels led by as many as 13 points throughout, ending the game on a 26-14 run after being tied at 50 with just over 11 minutes remaining in the second half.
Ole Miss will return to action on Wednesday night at home against Tennessee, while Arkansas will host Mississippi State in Fayetteville on the same night.
Vandy Takes Care of Business on the Road
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Vanderbilt rebounded from a tough loss to Ole Miss in its last outing with a 58-51 win at South Carolina on Saturday afternoon. The Commodores (7-9, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) were led offensively by Kyle Fuller’s 12-point effort off the bench and ended the day at 43.2 percent from the field as a team.
Vandy won a closely contested first half, finishing the period with a 24-19 advantage over the Gamecocks (11-6, 1-3). Defense was the key to the victory for the ’Dores, who held South Carolina to just 23.7 percent shooting on the day, including a lowly 19 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
Fuller’s team-high 12 points came in 28 minutes of relief duty, while Dai-Jon Parker chipped in 11 in 31 minutes in a starting role. The Commodores were accurate from downtown, drilling six of their 13 attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. Rod Odom and Sheldon Jeter scored eight points apiece in the win, while Kedren Johnson hauled in a team-best eight rebounds to go along with three points and four assists.
South Carolina’s leading scorer also came off the bench, as Brenton Williams poured in a game-high 16 points in 25 minutes of playing time. Williams only hit on three of his 10 field goals, but he knocked down seven of eight free throws along the way. Williams was the only Gamecock to break into double figures in the scoring column, with Michael Carrera’s eight points being the next highest total.
Next on the schedule for Vandy is Auburn on Wednesday night in Nashville, while the Gamecocks will travel to Missouri on Tuesday night.
Tennessee Wins First Conference Game Against Mississippi State
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee picked up a win on Saturday afternoon over Mississippi State, downing the Bulldogs 72-57 in Knoxville. Jarnell Stokes led the effort for the Volunteers (9-7, 1-3 Southeastern Conference), who broke a three-game conference losing streak.
Stokes registered a double-double in the win, dropping a game-high 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Vols. Josh McRae, who had scored 20 or more in his last three outings, added 12 for Tennessee, while Trae Golden chipped in with 10 points and nine assists.
Jalen Steele led the way for Mississippi State (7-9, 2-2) with 15 points, keeping the Bulldogs within striking distance in the first half. Steele, who is originally from Knoxville, scored 13 of his points in the opening 20 minutes before missing most of the second half with a leg injury. He didn’t return to the game until the final stretch with under five minutes to play.
Craig Sword connected on five of his 11 shots en route to 10 points, while Fred Thomas added 14 for MSU off the bench. The Bulldogs committed 13 turnovers on the afternoon while being out-rebounded by the Vols, 34 to 29.
Tennessee will take to the court again on Thursday night at 7 p.m. against Ole Miss at home, and Mississippi State will travel to Arkansas on Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Alabama Beats Texas A&M Late
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Texas A&M was looking to rebound from a loss to Florida on Thursday night, but the Alabama Crimson Tide had other ideas on Saturday, handing the Aggies a 50-49 loss.
Alabama (11-6, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) was led by Trevor Lacey, who scored 14 points and hit the game-winning shot with fewer than 10 seconds remaining. Lacey and the Tide overcame a slow start after trailing 20-6 in the early goings, but a 15-2 run to open the second half helped even the score and spark the Alabama win.
Elston Turner, one week removed from a 40-point showing against Kentucky, scored 13 against Alabama while J’Mychal Reese pitched in with 10. The Aggies (12-5, 2-2) had won four straight to open conference play, but have now dropped two consecutive games.
Trevor Releford led the scoring effort for Alabama off the bench, pouring in 15 points in 31 minutes of action. As a team the Tide connected on 43.9 percent of its field goal attempts, including a 6-of-11 showing from beyonf the 3-point line (54.5 percent). The Aggies shot a high percentage from the field (47.6 percent), but it was not enough to pick up the road win in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama will play again on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. against Kentucky, while the Aggies will face off with LSU in Baton Rouge on Wednesday night.
Georgia Takes Down LSU in Athens
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia Bulldogs broke out of a three-game slump on Saturday thanks to 36 combined points from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Donte’ Williams, downing the LSU Tigers 67-58.
Caldwell-Pope scored a game-high 22 on the evening, while Williams added 14 more for the Dawgs (7-10, 1-3 Southeastern Conference). Williams converted on a three-point play with less than 17 minutes to play, but LSU clawed its way back into the game thanks in part to a stingy full-court press.
LSU was led by Johnny O’Bryant, who notched a double-double with 16 point and 14 rebounds. The Tigers (9-6, 0-4) were limited to just 36 percent from the field, including a pedestrian 35.3 percent mark from 3-point territory. The Bulldogs converted on 46 percent of their shots for the game, leading by as many as nine throughout the night.
Anthony Hickey scored 12 for the Tigers to go along with six boards and five steals, while Malik Morgan added 11 points and four rebounds in the losing effort. LSU was plagued by 21 turnovers on the day and only assisted on six baskets throughout.
Georgia will return to the court on Wednesday night against Florida, while LSU will host Texas A&M the same day.
Kentucky Handles Auburn on the Road
AUBURN, Ala – Kyle Wiltjer turned in another big performance off the bench for Kentucky and the Wildcats picked up a 75-53 win over Auburn on the road.
Wiltjer poured in 17 points in relief duty for the Wildcats (12-5, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) in addition to four rebounds and five assists. On top of Wiltjer’s big game, four of Kentucky’s five starters scored in double digits as well. Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow and Alex Poythress all chipped in 12 points apiece, while Nerlens Noel added 10 points and nine rebounds to go along with seven rejections.
Rob Chubb paved the way for Auburn on the offensive end, scoring a team-high 14 points with seven boards. Frankie Sullivan scored 12 points for the Tigers (8-9, 2-2), who rounded out the evening with a 34.8-percent mark from 3-point distance. Auburn was beaten on the boards 39 to 24, committing nine turnovers in all.
Auburn will take the court again on Wednesday against Vanderbilt. Kentucky will face Alabama on Tuesday.