|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Tennessee 82, LSU 72
|Mizzou 63, Florida 60
McRae Leads Tennessee Past LSU in Knoxville
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Jordan McRae went off for 34 points on Wednesday night to help Tennessee take down LSU at home, 82-72. McRae knocked down over 70 percent of his shots on the game to help the Volunteers (15-10, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) finish the night with a 57 percent shooting mark from the field.
McRae and his running mate Trae Golden set the tone for the Vols in the first half when they dropped 14 points apiece to combine for 28 of Tennessee’s 40 points at the break. Thanks to that strong effort in the opening half, Tennessee found itself with a 10-point advantage over the Tigers (15-9, 6-7) at the half and maintained that margin in the second.
Golden connected on five of his 10 field goal attempts en route to a 20-point performance that also included eight assists. Jarnell Stokes added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Vols in the winning effort, and the trio of Stokes, McRae and Golden scored 67 of Tennessee’s 82 points on the evening.
Johnny O’Bryant III led the scoring effort for LSU with 24 points on nine-of-16 shooting, while Anthony Hickey chipped in with 14 points of his own. Malik Morgan scored 12 points for LSU in the loss, but ultimately the Tigers were unable to keep pace with Tennessee’s hot shooting, which included a 66 percent clip from beyond the 3-point arc (10-of-15).
Both teams will be back on the court this Saturday against SEC competition. Tennessee will face off with Texas A&M, while LSU will take on Alabama.
Mizzou Rallies to Knock Off No. 5 Florida in Columbia
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri came from 10 points down with less than 10 minutes remaining against No. 5 Florida on Tuesday night to pick up a 63-60 win at home. Laurence Bowers led the way for Mizzou (19-7, 8-5 Southeastern Conference) on the evening with a game-high 17 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
At the end of an intense second half, Florida (21-4, 11-2) had two chances to win or tie in the final seconds but was unable to convert on a pair of 3-pointers, one from Kenny Boynton and the other from Mike Rosario. Phil Pressey gave the Tigers the lead for good with a driving layup and Keion Bell converted a pair of clutch free throws in the last five seconds to help Missouri escape with the big win.
While Bowers recorded a double-double against the Gators, Jabari Brown dropped 12 points to do his part for Mizzou. Earnest Ross added 11 points and four rebounds for the Tigers, who outscored the Gators by six points in the final 20 minutes after trailing by three going into the half. Mizzou ended the night with a 43 percent shooting clip, while Florida connected on 40 percent of its shots.
Rosario paced the Gators with a team-high 14 points in the loss, while Boyton was close behind with 11 points and four rebounds. Michael Frazier II came off the bench to score 10 for Billy Donovan’s squad, but the Gators were hurt by 23 missed 3-pointers throughout the game. Florida forced 19 turnovers on the night but was outrebounded 35 to 26.
The loss on Tuesday night marks only the second conference defeat of the season for Florida.
Each team will be back at it on Saturday, as Mizzou faces Kentucky and Florida faces Arkansas.