Both teams will return to action on Saturday. Vanderbilt will hit the road to face Missouri at 5 p.m. while Auburn will host Ole Miss two hours after.
ATHENS, Ga. – The Georgia Bulldogs kept things close with Florida for a half, but the Gators proved to be too strong in the second half en route to a 64-47 win on the road. Florida (15-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) went into the half facing a three-point deficit in Athens, but a 13-2 run to start the second half propelled the Gators to the comfortable win.
Scottie Wilkebin led all scorers on the evening with 17 points on seven-of-nine shooting. Kenny Boynton wasn’t far behind his running mate, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers on his way to 14 points and two assists for the Gators. Eric Murphy drilled 50 percent of his field goals on the night, finishing with 13 points and three boards for Billy Donovan’s squad, which moved to 5-0 in conference play with the win.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Dawgs (7-11, 1-4) with 16 points and seven rebounds in the losing effort, while guard Charles Mann added nine points to go along with three assists. UGA only managed 20 points after the break while surrendering 40 second half points to the Gators.
As a squad, Florida connected on 44.2 percent of its shots, including a 40-percent mark from 3-point range. The Bulldogs shot 41 percent collectively, but 16 turnovers ultimately spelled doom for Georgia down the stretch.
Both squads will be in action again on Saturday night, Georgia against Texas A&M at 7 p.m. Eastern followed by Florida against Mississippi State at 9 p.m.
LSU Downs Texas A&M in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU coach Johnny Jones had won nine games coming into Wednesday night’s showdown with Texas A&M, but he hadn’t registered a Southeastern Conference victory until the Tigers took down the Aggies, 58-54.
LSU (10-6, 1-4 SEC) did not dominate the Ags, however, leading for less than 10 minutes on the evening and facing a deficit at halftime. Texas A&M (12-6, 2-3) started the game on a 19-5 run and did not relinquish that lead until five minutes into the second half. It wasn’t until Charles Carmouche added a bucket with fewer than three minutes to go that the Tigers took the lead for good.
Johnny O’Bryant III notched a triple-double in the win for LSU, pouring in 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to pace the Tigers. Anthony Hickey combined 10 points on offense with an impressive eight steals on the defensive end, and Shavon Coleman scored a team-high 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting.
As a team, LSU recorded 19 steals on the night as part of 24 total turnovers by TAMU that led to 16 points for the Tigers.
Fabyon Harris scored a game-high 19 points for the Aggies on 7-of-12 from the field while also grabbing three boards. Harris was the only Aggie to crack into double figures in the scoring column. As a team, Texas A&M shot 45.5 percent, but it was not enough despite LSU only hitting 38 percent of its attempts.
LSU will travel to face Kentucky in its next game on Saturday. Texas A&M will also play Saturday, hosting Georgia.
Arkansas Handles Mississippi State With Relative Ease
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Marshall Powell led the way for Arkansas with 17 points against Mississippi State on Wednesday night, and the Razorbacks (12-6, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) sprinted past the Bulldogs to a 96-70 victory.
Arkansas owned each half, taking a nine-point advantage into the break before blowing the game wide open with a 54-point second half. Powell connected on 6-of-12 shots on the night en route to his team-high 17, while three Hogs came off the bench to break into double-digits. BJ Young scored 13 points to go along with three assists, while Coty Clarke hit all five of his shots en route to 13 points of his own. Jacory Williams rounded out the scoring effort with 10 points and two boards.
Gavin Ware scored 11 for Mississippi State (7-10, 2-3) while hauling in eight rebounds, and Craig Sword scored 10 points and grabbed six boards of his own. MSU committed 28 turnovers on the evening compared to just 12 from Arkansas, and the Hogs won the rebounding battle as well.
Arkansas led by as many as 30 points in the second half on its way to the 26-point triumph, its third conference win of the young season. The Razorbacks shot nearly 50 percent as a team and knocked down nine 3-pointers throughout the contest.
Mississippi State will host Florida on Saturday night, while Arkansas will take on South Carolina on Saturday afternoon.