|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Tennessee 58, Vanderbilt 57
|Kentucky 87, Ole Miss 74
Tennessee Holds Off Vanderbilt in Final Seconds
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt had an opportunity to win late in its game at Tennessee on Tuesday night, but the Commodores could not convert on multiple field goal attempts in the final five seconds of a 58-57 Volunteer win. Jarnell Stokes led the way for Tennessee (11-8, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) in the victory, dropping a game-high 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds.
After trailing by as many as 14 points throughout, Vanderbilt (8-11, 2-4) found itself with the final possession of the game trailing by just one point. Sophomore guard Kedren Johnson misfired on a jump shot in the final seconds before Kevin Bright missed a put back attempt from close range that would have given the Commodores the win.
Stokes’ big day was a product of solid shooting, as the sophomore forward knocked down eight of his 12 field goals on the evening en route to the double-double effort. Skylar McBee added 10 points off the bench for the Volunteers, while Jordan McRae chipped in seven points in the win. Stokes’ 11 rebounds were a big reason why the Vols went on to win the rebounding battle, and as a team Tennessee finished the night with a 42 percent conversion rate from the floor.
Johnson spearheaded the effort for Vandy with 14 points in Knoxville, but it was not quite enough to eek out the win. Josh Henderson contributed in a big way in relief duty, dropping in 13 points and three rebounds for the Commodores off the bench.
With the win, Tennessee broke a two-game losing streak to in-state foes while extending its own home winning streak to three consecutive games.
Both teams will return to action on Saturday afternoon, as the Volunteers will battle Arkansas on the road and Vanderbilt faces off with Alabama.
Wiltjer and Noel Dominate to Lead Kentucky Past No. 16 Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. – Nerlens Noel continued his streak of dominant defense while Kyle Wiltjer took care of business on the offensive end, and Kentucky picked up an 87-74 road win over No. 16 Ole Miss on Tuesday night. Noel swatted a career-high 11 shots in the win and Wiltjer scored a career-high 26 points to pace the Wildcats (14-6, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) on the other end.
Kentucky went into halftime trailing by one but ignited for a 36-18 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half to find itself with a 15-point lead midway through the period. Ole Miss rallied shortly thereafter by putting together a 16-0 run and the Rebels (17-3, 6-1) trailed by one point with just over four minutes to play. But the combination of Noel’s defensive prowess and huge offensive efforts from Wiltjer and Archie Goodwin were simply too much for Ole Miss to overcome.
Goodwin complemented Wiltjer’s career-high 26-point effort with 24 points of his own to help the Wildcats explode for 50 points in the second half of the victory. Alex Poythress added 15 points and seven rebounds, while Ryan Harrow tossed in 13 points of his own to help Kentucky break a nine-game Ole Miss winning streak and hand the Rebs their first SEC loss of the season.
Noel was a force on the inside, turning the paint into a no-fly zone with his athleticism and length. Noel blocked shot after shot all evening long, securing the interior of the defense while his teammates flourished offensively. In addition to his career-best 11 blocks, Noel scored two points and hauled seven rebounds. The sensational freshman now has 45 blocks in his last six outings (7.5 per game).
Marshall Henderson continued to build his lead as the SEC’s leading scorer with 21 points and five rebounds in the losing effort, while Ladarius White led all Ole Miss scorers with 22 points on the night. Murphy Holloway, who was averaging a double-double entering the game, fell short of that mark with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Both squads will return to the court on Saturday, as Kentucky will face off with Texas A&M in College Station at 6 p.m. Eastern, while Ole Miss travels to face No. 4 Florida at 7 p.m. Eastern.