The Aggies forced 12 turnovers on the game while only allowing nine assists on the other end. Millinghaus led the scoring effort for Ole Miss along with Reginald Buckner, who also scored 13 points, while Ladarius White added 12 points in the loss. Murphy Holloway scored 10 points while grabbing five boards.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two intra-state rivals clashed in Nashville on Wednesday evening as Tennessee visited Vanderbilt at Memorial Gymnasium. Jarnell Stokes scored 17 points for the Volunteers (13-10, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) and they used a 40-point effort in the first half to boost themselves to a 58-46 win on the road.
After 10 minutes of play, Vanderbilt (9-14, 3-8) found itself with a 17-16 advantage on Tennessee before the Vols ignited for a 24-11 run to end the first half with a 40-28 lead. Neither team was able to score efficiently in the second half; each squad put up 18 points after the break and Tennessee’s lead was never threatened.
Stokes shot 50 percent on the night on his way to a game-high 17 points and 10 rebounds. The sophomore forward hit on seven of his 14 attempts throughout the contest and has now recorded four consecutive double-doubles for Tennessee, with the Vols winning three of those four games.
Jordan McRae added 14 points and 11 boards for the Volunteers, while Trae Golden chipped in with 12 points, seven boards and three assists of his own. Tennessee shot 43 percent from the floor as a team while holding the Commodores to just 37 percent overall and just 21 percent from 3-point range. The Vols won the turnover battle 11-7 and the rebounding battle 34-27.
Kedren Johnson was the only Commodore to crack into double figures in the scoring column, leading the team with 11 points on five-of-12 shooting. Johnson added four rebounds and four assists to his stat line, but it was not enough to get the Commodores going offensively. Dai-Jon Parker and Kyle Fuller added seven points apiece for Vandy in the defeat.
Mizzou Takes Care of Business on the Road
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Missouri marched into Starkville on Wednesday night and made a statement against Mississippi State, sprinting past the Bulldogs for a 78-36 win. Mizzou (18-6, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) led from start to finish in the rout thanks in part to 24 points from senior guard Keion Bell.
Missouri got off to a fast start offensively, but the Tigers set the tone for the evening with their tenacious defense in the early going. Mississippi State (7-16, 2-9) managed only 10 points in the first half and faced a massive 24-point hole entering the break that was too much for it to overcome. Mizzou limited MSU to just 24 percent from the floor for the game, including a lowly 15.8-percent mark from 3-point distance on 19 attempts.
Offensively, the Tigers had their way throughout the game.
Mizzou connected on 53 percent of its shots on the game, including nine 3-pointers that helped stretch its lead to as many as 44 points. While Bell led the way with 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting, Jabari Brown also joined the 20-point club thanks to a seven-of-11 shooting night. Laurence Bowers added 11 points and four rebounds in the win, and a total of 13 Tigers saw action throughout the evening.
Trivante Bloodman scored a team-high 13 points for Mississippi State in the loss and no other Bulldogs managed to hit more than three shots against Missouri. Gavin Ware scored seven points for MSU to go along with five rebounds, while Colin Borchert chipped in six points and five rebounds of his own.
Both teams will be back on the court on Saturday, with Missouri facing Arkansas and Mississippi State taking on LSU.
Young Paces Arkansas Past Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. – Arkansas hit the road Wednesday to face off with Southeastern Conference Western Division foe Auburn, and the Razorbacks picked up an 83-75 win. BJ Young led the way for the Hogs (15-9, 6-5 SEC) with a game-high 25 points on eight-of-16 shooting.
After entering the half trailing by two points, Arkansas exploded for 50 points in the final 20 minutes of action to secure the win. The Razorbacks shot 46.6 percent from the floor and knocked down 43 percent of their 3-point attempts while forcing Auburn (9-15, 3-8) into 16 turnovers. In addition to Young’s stellar outing, Arkansas received a boost from Marshawn Powell, who dropped in 20 points of his own to go along with nine rebounds.
Rickey Scott and Mardracus Wade chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds apiece for Arkansas, while Jacorey Williams came off the bench to add five points.
Chris Denson paced the offense for Auburn with a team-best 18 points on six-of-nine from the floor, while Frankie Sullivan added 11 points on three-of-seven shooting. Auburn hit 43 percent of its shots and connected on over 46 percent of its 3-point attempts, but it still was not enough to fend off the Razorbacks’ furious second half scoring run.
Each team will face its next challenge on Saturday afternoon, with Arkansas facing off with Mizzou and the Tigers facing Florida.