|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|South Carolina 79, Mississippi State 72
|Florida 66, Vanderbilt 40
|LSU 68, Texas A&M 57
|Tennessee 82, Auburn 75
Williams' Monster Night Propels South Carolina to Win
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Brenton Williams turned in a monster performance for South Carolina on Wednesday night to lead the Gamecocks past Mississippi State, 79-72. Williams poured in 38 points for USC (14-16, 4-13 Southeastern Conference) in the victory, connecting on 10 of his 17 field goals in the process.
After taking a two-point lead into the break, the Gamecocks cruised in the second half and led by as many as 22 points in the final 20 minutes. Bruce Ellington and Lakeem Jackson dropped nine points apiece for South Carolina, and the Gamecocks knocked down nearly 46 percent of their field goals on the evening.
Mississippi State had a very good shooting night in the loss, connecting on 24 of its 47 shots as a unit (51 percent). The Bulldogs (8-21, 3-14) committed 19 turnovers that hurt their cause, however, and were limited to just 14 assists on the other end by USC.
Craig Sword led the scoring effort for MSU, notching 20 points to go along with three assists and a pair of rebounds. Jalen Steele added 17 points on six-of-13 shooting, while Roquez Johnson chipped in with 12 points and three boards of his own.
Mississippi State won the rebounding battle down low, but nine 3-pointers from the Gamecocks helped neutralize that advantage in the end.
Both squads will round out their regular season slate on Saturday, USC against Vanderbilt and Mississippi State against Auburn.
Gators Claim SEC Title Outright with Win Over Vandy
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The only thing standing between No. 11 Florida and an outright regular season Southeastern Conference title was Vanderbilt on Wednesday night. The Gators (24-5, 14-3 SEC) claimed that title emphatically, however, disposing of the Commodores by a final score of 66-40 inside the O’Connell Center.
The Gators did not play their best on the offensive end, but their defense was so stout that it did not matter. Vanderbilt (13-16, 7-10) limited Florida to just 24 points in the opening half, but the Gators clamped down and held Vandy to just 14. The Gators rebounded with a 42-point effort in the second half to pull away and win comfortably.
Kenny Boynton paced UF with 15 points on the night, while Patric Young scored 14 to go along with four rebounds. Erik Murphy added 10 points and six boards for Billy Donovan’s squad, and the Gators knocked down 49 percent of their shots as a team while holding Vandy to just 27 percent from the field.
Kedren Johnson led the offensive effort for the Commodores with 15 points, but no other Vandy players were able to score in double figures against the intense Florida defense. Vanderbilt struggled from beyond the 3-point line, hitting just 16 percent of their deep attempts while the Gators knocked down 50 percent of theirs.
Both teams will play their regular season finales on Saturday, with the Gators playing Kentucky in Lexington and Vandy facing off with South Carolina.
LSU Picks Up Road WIn Over TAMU
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Charles Carmouche paced LSU with 20 points on Wednesday night against Texas A&M, and the Tigers downed the Aggies 68-57 on the road. Carmouche’s big night was a product of a nine-for-15 shooting performance and also included five rebounds and five assists.
LSU (18-10, 9-8 Southeastern Conference) shot nearly 50 percent from the floor as a team, and stout defense forced TAMU into 18 turnovers on the night on the other end. Johnny O’Bryant III notched a double-double against the Aggies with 11 points and 10 boards, while Andre Stringer added 10 points and three assists.
Ray Turner dropped a team-high 16 points and 13 boards in the losing effort for Texas A&M (17-13, 7-10). Elston Turner scored 11 points but only hit four of his 14 shots for the game, while Alex Caruso chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds for A&M.
Fabyon Harris notched 12 points on the evening while shooting 50 percent, but it was not enough for the Ags to keep pace with the Tigers.
LSU will return to action Saturday against Ole Miss, while Texas A&M will face off with Arkansas on the same day.
Big Second Half Seals Win for Tennessee
AUBURN, Ala. – Despite allowing Auburn to shoot 50 percent from the field, the Tennessee Volunteers picked up a road win over the Tigers by a final score of 82-75 on Wednesday night. Trae Golden and Jordan McRae scored 21 point apiece for the Vols (18-11, 10-7 Southeastern Conference) in the win, helping Tennessee shoot 43 percent as a team.
Golden scored his 21 in addition to six assists and a pair of rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the floor. McRae was five-of-16 from the field, but hit nine of his 11 free throws to go along with seven boards and three assists. Jarnell Stokes added 11 points and 12 rebounds for UT to round out his double-double performance, and Josh Richardson had nine, three and three.
Frankie Sullivan did all he could for Auburn (9-21, 3-14) in the loss, dropping in 24 points on the offensive end. Josh Wallace added 14 points and four assists, but fouled out of the game eventually. Rob Chubb was held in check down low, finishing the night with seven rebounds and six points overall.
Tennessee won the rebounding battle over Auburn, and the Tigers committed twice as many turnovers as the Vols (16 compared to eight). Tennessee led by as many as eight points throughout the night and scored 50 points in the second half to seal the win away from home.