|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Georgia 57, Auburn 49
|Florida 75, South Carolina 36
|LSU 73, Missouri 70
|Texas A&M 55, Mississippi State 49
Georgia Tops Auburn, 57-49
ATHENS, Ga.---Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points and pulled down ten rebounds, leading Georgia to a 57-49 win over Auburn Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
The performance is Caldwell-Pope's third double-double of the season. Freshman guard Charles Mann also contributed ten points.
The win is Georgia's (9-11, 3-4) third conference win of the season, and second in a row.
"That was an SEC dog fight," said head coach Mark Fox. "Both teams played really hard and it was an extremely physical game. We were really gritty defensively. I thought offensively we got a little careless and turned the ball over too much. We just kept fighting, and Auburn kept fighting too. It was a physical, physical game. We feel that's a good win, and we feel fortunate to get it."
After both teams traded the lead in the first half, the Bulldogs went on an 8-2 run to end the half, taking a 26-22 lead into the locker room.
With just under four minutes remaining in the game and the score tied 43-43, the Bulldogs scored five straight, capped off by senior forward Donte' Williams converting an three-point play.
After Auburn (8-12, 2-5) fought back to trail UGA 48-46, Caldwell-Pope pulled down a rebound on a missed three-pointer and found senior guard Sherrard Brantley on a long outlet pass. Brantley missed the contested lay-up, but Caldwell-Pope followed with a put back to put Georgia up 50-46.
After Auburn was forced to foul with under two minutes to play, Georgia shot five-of-six from the free throw stripe to secure the win.
Auburn never led during the second half, and the last tie came with just under five minutes remaining at 43-43.
"In our last eight halves of basketball, we've played winning [basketball] in seven of them," Fox continued. "We are becoming more consistent, still making some mistakes, but there is a lot of room to grow here. They just keep battling and trying to get better, and I am really proud of our team. These kids have worked really hard and have been fully committed to the process."
Rosario's First-Half Outburst Helps Gators Sink Gamecocks
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Gators had a commanding 23-point lead at halftime of Wednesday night's 75-36 win over South Carolina.
Part of the reason why was because senior guard Mike Rosario also led the Gamecocks at halftime. Rosario had 12 points in the first half while the Gamecocks scored just 10.
The Gators broke the game open midway through the first half when Rosario scored 10 consecutive points, boosting an 11-4 Florida lead to 21-4 with 10:12 left in the opening half.
South Carolina's pulse faded fast from there.
For Rosario, his 12 first-half points matched his total from the past two games, road wins at Georgia and Mississippi State in which Rosaria shot just 4 of 21 (19 percent).
"I didn't play like I usually play,'' Rosario said of his road woes. "I was beating myself up about it. My teammates were just telling me to stay focused on the task at hand and get better every day. I feel like I came out aggressive and took what the defense gave me."
Rosario's first basket during his 10-0 run was a layup with 13:35 left. Over the next 3:23, Rosario added a jumper, another layup and capped the outburst with a 4-point play. Rosario nailed a 3-point in front of the South Carolina bench and was fouled on the shot by Brian Richardson.
Rosario sank the free throw and the rout was officially on. Florida's defense forced nine South Carolina turnovers in the first nine minutes, also helping spark Rosario's output.
"We want them to be confused out there,'' said Kenny Boynton, one of Rosario's backcourt mates. "We did a great job. Every time they tried to run a play, we beat them to their spot."
Rosario took the floor Wednesday mentally prepared to not only turn his game around, but to help the Gators continue to stay on theirs. Florida improved to 7-0 in the Southeastern Conference and won its ninth consecutive overall, the program's longest win streak since the 2009-10 season.
"We want to make teams uncomfortable,'' Rosario said. "We are just doing everything that Coach wants us to do. Being aggressive on the defensive end and just taking care of the ball.
"Everyone is doing their job and it's showing. There's just positive energy throughout this whole team right now."
Rosario finished 6 of 11 Wednesday, including a pair of 3-pointers, to finish with 15 points, matching fellow guard Kenny Boynton for the team lead.
While Rosario has bought into Florida coach Billy Donovan's team-first approach much better than a year ago after sitting out a season as a transfer from Rutgers, he can still make Donovan scratch his head.
There was a moment like that Wednesday. The dunk came near the end of the first half. The play started when Florida's Patric Young blocked a layup attempt by South Carolina's Eric Smith that ricocheted off the backboard and almost to half-court.
Rosario grabbed the ball and raced the other way for a two-handed dunk. Rosario was then whistled for a technical because he hung on the rim.
That earned Rosario a glare from Donovan and a spot on the bench for the final minute of the first half.
"I think it was a really good official call by the official,'' Donovan said. "Once the [defender] runs by you just get off the rim."
While Rosario scored more points than the Gamecocks in the first half, Donovan made sure to point out that "he was probably responsible for half their points" due to turnovers and getting called for the technical.
"I don't think Mike was trying to showboat or anything,'' Donovan said. "He just hung up there a little long."
Donovan jabbed at Rosario in a playful manner but wants him to continue to play good defense and take care of the ball to maximize his role in the lineup.
Rosario sounds as if the message has sunk in.
"I was actually mad one time because I didn't get to a rotation and I felt like I let my teammates down at that moment,'' Rosario said. "You always want to be perfect at what you do. That's something we strive to do every day."
For a short stretch of the first half, Rosario was on the top of his game.
LSU Men's Basketball Holds Off No. 17 Missouri, 73-70
BATON ROUGE - The trio of Anthony Hickey, Johnny O'Bryant III and Andre Stringer combined to rack up 52 points to vault the LSU men's basketball team to a thrilling 73-70 upset victory over No. 17 Missouri Wednesday at the Maravich Center.
LSU (11-7, 2-5 SEC) led wire-to-wire and notched its first win over a Top 25 opponent during the Johnny Jones era. The Tigers executed for a season-high 55.6 shooting clip and made 25-of-45 from the floor.
Missouri (15-5, 4-3 SEC) countered with 23-for-61 shooting effort and has dropped all five of its true road games this season.
Hickey erupted for a team-leading 20 points, one shy of a career-high, on 9-of-17 shooting. It marked the 10th straight outing that Hickey has collected double figures. He also tacked on four assists and two steals.
Stringer ripped off 18 points, his second highest output of the season. The junior guard also converted on all six of his free throws and secured a season's high five rebounds.
O'Bryant III garnered his fourth consecutive double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. He also handed out a career-high three assists.
The trio missed only a combined five minutes of action between them, and the 39 minutes logged by Stringer was a career-best.
Shavon Coleman added nine points, four rebounds and was a spotless 4-for-4 from the field whereas Charles Carmouche compiled seven points to go along with three steals.
Mizzou was sparked by Phil Pressey's 25 points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds. Jabari Brown and Laurence Bowers chipped 19 and 10 points, respectively. Brown played a key role to Missouri's attempted comeback and drained four of his five three-pointers in the second half.
During the opening moments of the second half, LSU built on its 13-point halftime advantage and matched its largest lead after Hickey converted a steal into a lay-up to make it 46-30 at the 17:26 mark.
Missouri fired back with 12 quick points over the next 3:02 to draw back to 46-42. Pressey ripped off eight straight points aided by a trio of lay-ups to highlight the run.
Out of timeout, LSU turned to Hickey. He buried two mid-range jumpers sandwiched between a deep triple to lift the Tigers back ahead by a 53-42 margin with 12:18 remaining.
Missouri made another flurry and limited LSU to only three field goals over a nine-minute stretch. A Pressey runner with 3:38 to go made it a one-possession game at 61-58.
Missouri had an opportunity to inch closer on its next possession, but Carmouche stripped Pressey. He found Hickey on an outlet to start the fastbreak, and Hickey dished it to Stringer in stride. Stringer canned a three-pointer on the left wing and was fouled by Pressey. He converted the four-point play to a standing ovation and extended LSU's lead to 65-58 with 3:02 on the clock.
Missouri charged back to within two points on four occasions over the final 66 seconds. LSU made the key plays down the stretch which included two Stringer free throws and an O'Bryant dunk off a press breaker eight seconds apart.
Missouri hung tough and was unable to covert on its two opportunities to tie inside the final 15 seconds which enabled LSU to wrap up the 73-70 triumph.
LSU came out firing on all cylinders and made six of its first 10 attempts to build a 17-6 advantage at the 13:26 mark of the first half. Stringer broke a 6-6 tie and knocked down a trio of free throws to spark 11 straight LSU points followed by thunderous dunks from Carmouche and O'Bryant III.
An O'Bryant jumper with 4:15 remaining lengthened the LSU advantage to 35-19 with 4:15 remaining. Missouri responded with seven of the next 10 points, but LSU was able to take a 39-26 edge into the locker room.
Texas A&M Wins In Overtime
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Led by Fabyon Harris' 17 points, Texas A&M rallied from an early deficit to overtake Mississippi State 55-49 in overtime in Starkville Wednesday night.
Elston Turner chipped in 11 points for the Aggies, as they came back from a 14 point deficit early in the second half to force an exta session. This win snaps a four-game losing streak for Texas A&M. Harris was hot from the field against the Bulldogs, connecting on 8-of-13 for his team-high total. Turner made a key bucket late in overtime to seal up a win for the Aggies.