|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Mizzou 98, Ole Miss 79
|Vanderbilt 67, Arkansas 49
|Kentucky 72, Auburn 62
|Georgia 54, Texas A&M 46
|Florida 83, Mississippi State 58
|Alabama 60, LSU 57
Pressey and Oriakhi Power Mizzou Past Ole Miss
COLUMBIA, Mo. – No. 21 Missouri hosted Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon and handed the Rebels a 98-79 defeat, their third loss in their last four Southeastern Conference contests. Phil Pressey and Alex Oriakhi powered the big effort for Mizzou (17-6, 6-4 SEC), combinging for 44 points and 23 rebounds in the runaway victory.
The Rebels (18-5, 7-3) lead by three points in the early going, but that would be their largest advantage on the afternoon. Mizzou took control from that point on, running to the half with a 50-34 lead that proved to be too big for the Rebels to fight out from under. The Tigers led comfortably throughout the second half of play, building their lead to as much as 23 points en route to the win.
Pressey knocked down nine field goals on the afternoon on his way to 22 points, five rebounds and four assists for Mizzou, while Oriakhi turned in a grown-man performance with 22 points of his own to go along with 18 massive rebounds. Those two Tigers weren’t the only ones to turn in big days, however, as Keion Bell dropped in 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Jabari Brown added 14 points and three boards.
Earnest Ross came off the bench for the Tigers and added in 10 points and seven boards for good measure, and Missouri has now won six conference games on the season.
Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers poured in 16 points apiece for the Rebels in the losing effort, while Ladarius White chipped in 13 more on 5-of-10 shooting. Murphy Hollloway was limited to seven points and just one rebound on the afternoon, and Ole Miss was beaten badly on the glass by a final margin of 48 to 24.
Mizzou limited Ole Miss to just nine assists on the afternoon while forcing the Rebels into 11 turnovers.
Both squads will regroup before taking the court again on Wednesday. Missouri will face off with Mississippi State while Ole Miss will go toe-to-toe with Texas A&M.
Vanderbilt Takes Care of Business at Memorial Gym
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt finished the first half on a 24-13 run against Arkansas, and the Commodores never looked back from that point in their 67-49 win over the Razorbacks. Rod Odom led the offensive effort for Vandy (9-13, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting while also hauling in three rebounds.
Vanderbilt used a combination of hot shooting a stifling defense on Saturday afternoon, lighting it up in just about every shooting category. The ’Dores knocked down 50 percent of their field goals overall, including 41 percent of their 3-point attempts. On the defensive end, Vandy limited Arkansas ( 4-9, 5-5) to just 30 percent shooting as a team and 33 percent from 3-point land.
Sheldon Jeter ddropped in 13 points, three rebounds and an assist for Vanderbilt in the winning effort while Josh Henderson added 11 points and four boards in relief duty off the bench. The Commodores committed 15 turnovers on the afternoon but managed to offset those miscues with 15 assists on the other end. Arkansas, which was fresh off a big home win over No. 2 Florida, committed 11 turnovers on the day compared to just seven assists.
Mardracus Wade led the way offensively for Arkansas with 13 points on 4-of-8 from the field, but no other Razborback managed to crack into double figures in the scoring column. Marshall Powell had been averaging just over 15 pointers per outing coming into the day but was limited to five points and two rebounds in the loss. Kikko Haydar added nine points off the bench, but the Hogs trailed by as many as 21 points throughout and it was not nearly enough.
Both teams are back in action on Wednesday night. Vandy will face off with in-state rival Tennessee, while Arkansas will take on Auburn as it tries to get back into the win column.
Noel's Double-Double Lifts Kentucky Over Auburn
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Nerlens Noel posted a double-double and Kyle Wiltjer dropped 14 points to lead Kentucky past Auburn at Rupp Arena on Saturday, 72-62. With the victory, the Wildcats (17-6, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) have now won five straight games.
The action was very physical in Lexington on the day, as Auburn center Robb Chubb and Asuahn Dixon-Tatum each fouled out. Kentucky made 38 trips to the free throw stripe, converting on 68 percent of those tries.
Noel, who has been a defensive terror in SEC competition, scored 10 points for Kentucky while hauling in 12 rebounds and blocking one shot on the afternoon. Wiltjer’s 14 points were a team-high for Kentucky, which shot 43.5 percent from the floor as a unit in the win compared to 43.1 percent for Auburn.
Chris Denson led all scorers on the evening with 15 points for Auburn (9-14, 3-7), with Frankie Sullivan leading the squad in rebounds with seven. The Tigers were hanging tough throughout the first half and into the second, but foul trouble began to compile and the Wildcats took advantage and began to pull away. Chubb left the game with just under eight minutes remaining, and it didn’t take much longer for Dixon-Tatum to join him just about a minute later.
The Wildcats now sit one game behind SEC-leading Florida at 8-2 in conference competition.
Georgia Wins Despite Uncharacteristic Day from Caldwell-Pope
ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia led Texas A&M from the opening tip until the final buzzer on Saturday evening en route to a 52-46 win over the Aggies in Athens. The Southeastern Conference’s second-leading scorer, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, turned in an uncharacteristically low scoring evening, but the Bulldogs (12=11, 6-4 SEC) were able to escape with their fourth conference win of the season regardless.
Caldwell-Pope had been averaging just less than 18 points per outing coming into Saturday’s showdown with the Aggies (14-9, 4-6) but only managed 10 on the evening. Caldwell-Pope only attempted three shots on the game, missing every one and knocking down all 10 of his free throw attempts. Despite his subpar performance, UGA was led offensively by Nemanja Djurisic, who dropped in 13 points for the Dawgs.
For the Aggies, the loss marked the second time this season that they had fallen to Georgia, after losing in College Station on Jan. 26. Fabyon Harris paced TAMU on the offensive end with 17 points, with Elston Turner chipping in 13 more of his own despite a poor shooting day. As a team, A&M only converted on 24 percent of its shots, including a 17.6-percent clip from 3-point distance.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 12 points throughout the game, and the Aggies were never able to overtake that lead at any point. The Ags cut the lead to four points late in the game, but Caldwell-Pope drilled clutch free throws down the stretch to keep Texas A&M at bay and preserve the victory.
Georgia will be back in action on Tuesday night against Alabama, while the Aggies will try to get back on track Wednesday against Ole Miss.
Gators Get Back to Winning Ways Against Mississippi State
GAINESVILLE, Fla – Florida took to the court at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on Saturday looking to get back on track after suffering a loss at Arkansas on Wednesday night. The Gators did just that against Mississippi State, downing the Bulldogs 83-58 to pick up their ninth Southeastern Conference win of the season.
Florida (19-3, 9-1 SEC) jumped out early on Mississippi State, running out of the gate to a 16-point advantage at the half. In the opening 20 minutes, the Gators put up 42 points and limited the Bulldogs (7-15, 2-8) to just 26 to set the tone for the evening.
Erik Murphy paced the Gators offensively with 17 points, five rebounds, an assist and a steal on the game. Mike Rosario had himself a game in his own right at the O-Dome, dropping a game-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go along with four rebounds. Kenny Boynton added 10 points while Michael Frazier II added 11 for UF.
Gavin Ware put up 16 points and six boards for MSU, while Colin Borchert added 14 points and five rebounds of his own. Trivante Bloodman was the only other Bulldog to crack double figures in the scoring column, finishing with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. As a squad, MSU was limited to 42 percent shooting by the Gators and lost the rebounding battle.
Florida forced MSU into 16 turnovers compared to just 13 assists, and the Gators connected on 53.4 percent of their shots as a team.
Alabama Edges LSU in Tuscaloosa
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama hosted LSU on Saturday night and the Tigers took the Tide down to the wire. Eventually, Alabama (15-8, 7-3 Southeastern Conference) emerged with a 60-57 win thanks to free throws and a missed 3-pointer by LSU.
After LSU’s Anthony Hickey knocked down a jumper with 15 seconds left to bring LSU (13-8, 4-6) within two, Alabama’s Levi Randolph went to the free throw stripe to shoot two. Randolph hit one of two from the line, and Hickey tried his luck on a 3-pointer on the other end that would have tied the game. The deep ball went awry, however, and the Crimson Tide escaped with the narrow win.
Nick Jacobs led the way for Alabama with 15 points and five rebounds, while Trevor Releford added 12 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists. Randolph and Rodney Cooper chipped in 10 points apiece in the winning effort, and the Tide was able to overcome a 35 percent shooting mark, which included a pedestrian 11 percent mark from 3-point range.
LSU connected on 37.5 percent of its shot attempts for the game, but 11 turnovers did not help its cause. Johnny O’Bryant III poured in a game-high 22 points in the loss, hitting on nine of his 17 shots while hauling in a game-high 11 rebounds as well. Shavon Coleman added 11 points and four boards for the Tigers, who have now lost six of their 10 SEC contests on the year.
Alabama took a six-point lead into the break after a low-scoring first half, and the Tide led by as many as 11 points throughout the game.
The Tide returns to the court on Tuesday against Georgia while LSU will try to rebound against South Carolina on Thursday.