|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Mizzou 71, South Carolina 65
|Alabama 59, Kentucky 55
Missouri Fends Off South Carolina
COLUMBIA, Mo. – It took 35 combined points from Alex Oriakhi and Jabari Brown, but No. 22 Missouri defeated South Carolina on Tuesday night, 71-65. Oriakhi dropped 18 points on the night while Brown chipped in with 17 more.
The Gamecocks (11-7, 1-4 Southeastern Conference) led by eight entering halftime, but Mizzou stormed back with a 44-point second half to seize the win. Earnest Ross knocked down a 3-pointer with 1:12 remaining in the game to put the Tigers (14-4, 3-2) ahead 66-63, but USC cut the lead back down to one thanks to a pair of free throws from Brenton Williams. Brown took matters into his own hands from there, knocking down a three with 17 ticks remaining to make it a two-possession game.
Both teams were boosted by stellar performances off the bench.
Ross poured in a game-high 21 for Mizzou in relief duty to go along with 10 rebounds and an assist. South Carolina got a spark from Williams, who scored a team-best 16 points off the bench while RJ Slawson added 12 points of his own in a reserve role.
Oriakhi hauled in 11 rebounds to complete a double-double performance, and he also knocked down all 10 of his free throw attempts on the game. Phil Pressey was held in single digits again against the Gamecocks, but the Tigers were able to take care of business despite just seven six points from their point guard.
Both teams will be back on the court on Saturday, with Mizzou facing Vanderbilt and South Carolina hosting Arkansas.
Alabama Comes From Behind to Down Kentucky
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Fueled by a powerful second half, the Alabama Crimson Tide took down the Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday in Tuscaloosa, 59-55. The Tide (12-6, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) trailed by nine at halftime but opened the second half with a 13-3 run to ignite the comeback win.
Trevor Releford and Nick Jacobs led the effort for Alabama, with Releford dropping 13 points and Jacobs adding 14 more off the bench on six-of-nine shooting. Levi Randolph chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds of his own, and the Crimson Tide outscored Kentucky (12-6, 3-2) by 13 points in the final 20 minutes to muscle out the win at home.
Sophomore Kyle Wiltjer led the scoring effort again for Kentucky, pouring in 14 points off the bench. Nerlens Noel scored eight points to go along with 13 boards, and he turned in an astounding defensive effort with seven blocked shots for UK. All of it was not enough to overcome a second half that saw the Wildcats go without a bucket against the Bama defense for a 10-minute stretch while committing 13 turnovers on the night.
Alex Poythress fouled out for UK after scoring six points and grabbing five boards, while Julius Mays dropped in 12 points and three rebounds. Coming into the night, Kentucky was 12-0 when leading at halftime.
Alabama will return to action on Saturday when it goes to Tennessee, while Kentucky will also take to the court on Saturday at home against LSU.