Both teams will regroup before hitting the court again on Saturday, Auburn against Kentucky and Alabama against LSU.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Vanderbilt stormed back after a lackluster first half against LSU, but it was not enough to pick up a win in Baton Rouge. The Tigers did just enough to quell a Vanderbilt run and pick up the 57-56 win at the Pete Marovich Assembly Center.
LSU (13-7, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) went into the half with a 31-18 lead over the Commodores, but the second half was anything but a coast to the finish line. Vandy (8-13, 2-7) stormed back with a 36-point effort after the break, but clutch free throws from Andre Stringer and Johnny O’Bryant III proved to be just enough for the Tigers to escape with the win.
Anthony Hickey paced the offensive performance of the Tigers with 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting, and he also added seven rebounds and five assists. O’Bryant III ended the night with 10 points and five rebounds for LSU, while Malik Morgan and Charles Carmouche combined for 18 points and seven rebounds in the win.
Rod Odom scored a game-high 20 points for the Commodores on the night, hitting five of his 11 field goals in the process. Dai-Jon parker dropped in 11 points for the ’Dores in the narrow defeat, falling just short of a double-double with nine rebounds and four assists. Kevin Bright added eight more points for Vandy as well.
Neither team lit up the shooting chart on the night, but Vanderbilt’s 31 percent mark from the field was a big reason why it ultimately fell short in Baton Rouge.
Both teams will play again on Saturday. The Tigers will face-off with Western Division foe Alabama while Vanderbilt will do battle with Arkansas in Nashville.
Georgia Takes Care of Business at Tennessee
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Kentavious Cladwell-Pope turned in another stellar outing for Georgia to help the Bulldogs take down Tennessee on the road, 68-62, on Wednesday night.
Caldwell-Pope was red-hot from the floor against the Vols, knocking down nine of his 12 field goals, including five of his seven 3-pointers, on his way to a game-high 24 points. Kenny Gaines added 12 points for the Dawgs (11-11, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) in the win off the bench. Vincent Williams knocked down a pair of 3-pointers on his way to 10 points for UGA, and the Bulldogs rounded out the day with a 50 percent mark from the field, including a 55 percent mark from 3-point range.
Jordan McRae and Jarnell Stokes did their best to help the Volunteers (11-10, 3-6) pick up the win at home, but it was not quite enough. McRae led the team in scoring with 17 points on 4-of-10 shooting, while Stokes was right behind with a 16-point effort to go along with 11 boards. Despite winning the battle of the boards, Tennessee committed 13 turnovers on the night while only notching nine assists.
The win marks number four in a row for UGA, while Tennessee has now lost its second consecutive game.
Georgia will be back in action on Saturday when it hosts Texas A&M at 5 p.m. Eastern. The Volunteers will look to regroup before facing South Carolina early on Sunday afternoon.
Ole Miss Boucnes Back from Back-to-Back Losses
OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss entered Wednesday night’s game against rival Mississippi State looking to end a two-game losing skid. The Rebels did just that against the Bulldogs, running away to a 93-75 victory on their home court.
The Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer was at it again on the night, as Marshall Henderson dropped a game-high 31 points for the Rebels (18-4, 7-2 SEC) to power the effort. Henderson drained eight of his 18 shots on the night in addition to a 10-of-12 mark from the free throw line.
Henderson received plenty of help from his teammates, namely Murphy Holloway, who dropped 24 while hauling in eight rebounds. Reginald Buckner dropped 12 points and seven rebounds in the win for the Rebels, while Jarvis Summers chipped in 11 points to go along with five assists and four rebounds.
As a squad, Ole Miss hit on 50 percent of its field goals, including six 3-pointers. The Rebels forced the Bulldogs (7-14, 2-7) into 16 turnovers compared to just 14 assists on the other end.
Craig Sword led the offensive charge for MSU with 17 points and five rebounds, while Jalen Steele added 15 points of his own in the road loss. Fred Thomas scored 13 to go along with six rebounds off the bench for the Bulldogs, but none of it was enough to keep pace with the hot shooting of the Ole Miss Rebels.
Both teams return to the floor on Saturday, with Ole Miss facing Mizzou and Mississippi State having a date with the Florida Gators.