Both teams will take the court again on Saturday, Kentucky against Arkansas and Mississippi State against Ole Miss.
BATON ROUGE, La. – Charles Carmouche dropped a 26-point performance on Arkansas on Wednesday to lead LSU past the Razorbacks at home, 65-60. The senior guard hit nine of his 11 field goals on the game to lead all scorers and pace the Tigers to their eighth Southeastern Conference victory of the season.
LSU (17-9, 8-7 SEC) trailed briefly in the opening minutes of the game, but the Tigers rebounded quickly to take a 13-point lead into the break. The Razorbacks trailed by as many as 22 points throughout the contest, but they managed to make things close in the final minutes, however it wasn’t enough to steal a win on the road.
Carmouche hauled in five rebounds in the win in addition to his 26-point showing, and Anthony Hickey added 10 points, five assists and three rebounds of his own. Carmouche and Hickey were the only Tigers to score in double digits on Wednesday, but Shavon Coleman (eight points) and Malik Morgan (seven) chipped in as well.
Marshawn Powell poured in 17 points for Arkansas (17-11, 8-7) on five-of-14 shooting, but it was not enough to give the Hogs a victory. Powell added eight rebounds and an assist to his stat line, while Mardracus Wade posted 15 points and three boards in the losing effort.
As a team, LSU shot 42 percent on the night while holding Arkansas under 36 percent. Both teams struggled with turnovers, but LSU connected on seven 3-pointers that helped it overcome its own miscues.
Vanderbilt Edges Georgia Thanks to Late Jumper
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Things came down to the wire in Nashville on Wednesday between Vanderbilt and Georgia, but a late jumper from Vandy’s Kevin Bright clinched the nail-biting win for the Commodores, 63-62. Bright connected on a shot with just two seconds remaining to put the ’Dores (12-15, 6-9 Southeastern Conference) ahead in the nick of time.
Georgia (13-15, 7-8) led by as many as 17 points at Memorial Gym, but the Dawgs could not hold off a furious second half rally by Vanderbilt. The Commodores has trailed for the better part of the night before Kedren Johnson drained a 3-pointer with 6:26 to play that put Vandy up by three, and the ’Dores closed out strong from that point on.
Johnson rounded out the game with 17 points on six-of-15 shooting and he also pulled in three rebounds. Sheldon Jeter wasn’t too far behind in the scoring column, finishing the night with 14 points and four boards for the Commodores, while Kevin Bright tacked on 11 points and six boards of his own in the win.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was stellar once again for Georgia, dropping a game-high 20 points while hauling in 14 boards to complete the double-double. KCP was the only Bulldog to eclipse the 10-point mark on the offensive end, however, and his effort was not enough to hold off Vandy in the down the stretch.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well, with Vanderbilt hitting on just 37 percent of its field goals and UGA finishing with a 40 percent mark from the floor. The Commodores were clutch from the free throw stripe though, hitting 17-of-18 attempts on the night to help pick up the win.
Henderson and Holloway Lead Ole Miss Past Turner & TAMU
OXFORD, Miss. – Elston Turner dropped a game-high 25 points for Texas A&M in Oxford on Wednesday, but it was not enough for the Aggies to take out Ole Miss in an 82-73 triumph for the Rebels. Marshall Henderson led the way for the Ole Miss (21-7, 10-5 Southeastern Conference) with 18 points, and the Rebels snagged their 10th conference win of the year.
Ole Miss took a six-point lead into the break after a back-and-fourth first half that saw several lead changes. Although the Aggies (16-12, 6-9) made things interesting, the Rebels would never relinquish that lead in the second half on their way to the win at home.
Henderson’s 18 points were a product of a six-for-19 shooting night, and he received plenty of assistance from his teammate Murphy Holloway. Hollway notched 16 points and fell just short of a double-double with nine boards and four assists. Jarvis Summers added 15 while Reginald Buckner tacked on 12 to round out a solid all-around night for the Rebs.
Turner scored over 20 points for the third consecutive game for A&M, and he is now averaging 28 points per outing in his last three contests. Fabyon Harris accounted for 17 points on seven-of-11 shooting for the Aggies, and Kourtney Roberson added 12 and 10 rebounds of his own.
TAMU hit nearly 54 percent of its shots on the night, but the Rebels forced 15 turnovers that hurt the Aggies in the end. Ole Miss knocked down 51 percent of its shots on the night, including a 43.5-percent mark from 3-point distance.