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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: Tuesday, November 12

    Men's Basketball RESULTS
    Vanderbilt 86, Georgia State 80
    UMass 92, LSU 90
    Baylor 66, South Carolina 64
    Michigan State 78, Kentucky 74
    Wisconsin 59, Florida 53
    Xavier 67, Tennessee 63
    Missouri 72, Southern Illinois 59

     

    Vanderbilt Downs Georgia State, 86-80

    Damian Jones and Rod Odom scored 19 points apiece as Vanderbilt opened its season with an 86-80 win over Georgia State in Nashville.

    Georgia State got within two points at 82-80 with 10 seconds left on two free throws by Devonta White, but the Panthers would get no closer.

    Odom hit a pair of free throws with 9.8 seconds left to give Vanderbilt an 84-80 lead. Eric McClellan, who scored 18 points, added two free throws to seal the game.

    With the win, Kevin Stallings tied Roy Skinner for the most wins by a head coach in Vanderbilt history.

    Kentucky transfer Ryan Harrow led Georgia State with 27 points.
     




    UMass Holds Off LSU Rally to Win Tip-Off, 92-90

    AMHERST, Mass. – The LSU men’s basketball team nearly erased a 13-point second half deficit, but UMass was able to fend off the Tigers by a 92-90 margin Tuesday morning at the Mullins Center as part of the ESPN Tipoff Marathon.

    LSU (0-1) was able to slice the UMass lead to one point on three occasions, the latest at 77-76 on an Anthony Hickey driving left-handed lay-up with 8:30 on the clock. However, the Tigers misfired on 14 of their next 16 field goal attempts.

    LSU put together a final flurry, a 10-4 spurt over the last 63 seconds. The Minutemen (2-0) used four Sampson Carter free throws in the final 14 seconds sandwiched between a Johnny O'Bryant III lay-up and a Hickey deep three-pointer during the closing moments to secure the 92-90 decision.

    LSU had its run of 17 straight victories in season openers come to close dating back to a 79-70 loss to Saint Louis to begin the 1995-96 campaign. The last time the Tigers opened the season on an opponent’s home court was at New Orleans to start the 1983-84 season.

    O’Bryant III poured in 23 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go along with a game-high 11 rebounds over his 28 minutes of action and despite missing a chunk of the second half due to foul trouble.

    Andre Stringer tacked on a solid all-around effort with 21 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. The 21 points tied a career-high for Stringer which dated back to the Northwestern State (Nov. 12) and South Alabama (Nov. 28) games during the 2010-11 season. The senior guard also moved to within 15 points of becoming the 39th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points.

    Jordan Mickey pumped in 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks during his LSU debut. He logged 38 minutes and was one of three freshmen joined by Jarell Martin and Tim Quarterman to start for the Tigers. It marked the first time LSU started three freshmen since the 2006 NCAA Final Four. The Tigers lost Martin during the game’s opening minute with a right lower leg injury.

    Hickey provided a spark off the bench with 16 points, seven assists and three steals. The seven assists for Hickey tied a career-high and marked the fifth time in his career he has reached that feat.

    UMass had four of its starters come away double figures sparked by Chaz Williams. He delivered a game-leading 24 points and nine assists. Sampson Carter picked up 17 points, Cady Lalanne added 16 second-half points and Raphiael Putney garnered 14 points to go along with a team-high nine rebounds for the Minutemen.

    LSU connected on 34-of-76 shooting (44.7 percent) and buried seven three-pointers. The Minutemen countered with 29-of-61 from the floor (47.5 percent) and knocked down six triples. A key for UMass was at the foul line where the Minutemen made 28-of-40 compared to a 15-of-25 clip for LSU.

    The Tigers only lead of the contest came at the 18:37 mark of the first half when Quarterman opened the scoring with his first collegiate basket, a three-pointer from the right wing.

    All square at 12-12 with 11:14 remaining, UMass reeled off 16 of the next 22 points over the next 4:29 to go ahead by a 28-18 margin. Carter and Williams fueled the Minutemen run with 10 combined points.

    The Tigers would charge back behind the trio of Hickey, O’Bryant and Stringer. The trio amassed 22 of LSU’s final 27 points over the final 6:35 to bring the Tigers back to 49-45 at halftime.

    Out of the locker room, UMass turned to Lalanne who sank three straight baskets in the paint over a five possession span to enable the Minutemen to take their largest lead at 60-47 with 17:00 left.

    The Tigers open the home portion of their schedule Saturday versus Northwestern State with a 7 p.m. tipoff from the Maravich Center. Tickets can be purchased at www.LSUtix.net. There will be live video and live audio available for Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net /live.

    The LSU Sports Radio Network also will broadcast the game on Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge area and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.






    Gamecocks Drop Heartbreaker at No. 23/25 Baylor, 66-64

    WACO, Texas - South Carolina battled No. 23/25 Baylor to the wire before coming up just short in a 66-64 loss at the Ferrell Center. Freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell saw a pair of shots fall just short in the final seconds, and forward Michael Carrera was fouled attempting a put-back at the final horn, but officials determined the infraction occurred after time had expired.

    Thornwell was the catalyst for the Gamecocks throughout the afternoon, leading all scorers with a season-high 20 points and chipping in four rebounds as Baylor was unable to find an answer for him.

    Both teams opened up the game shooting high percentages with South Carolina starting the game hitting eight of its first nine from the field, while Baylor connected on seven of its first eight field goals.

    The teams went back and forth throughout the first 20 minutes, both shooting over 48 percent from the field. South Carolina held a slim lead for much of the half, posting its largest lead of four, four times during the period and only trailing twice and taking a 39-38 edge into the locker room at halftime.

    With 14:08 left in the game, Baylor grabbed its first lead since the 12:42 mark in the first half when a missed free throw was kicked out to Brady Heslip for a 3-pointer to give the Bears a one-point advantage. After the Gamecocks quickly went back on top, Heslip responded with another triple. South Carolina's Demitrius Henry tied the game at 52-52 with 12:21 remaining.

    After Henry gave the Gamecocks a two-point advantage, Baylor got one back on a free throw before forward Cory Jefferson hit a jumper to give the Bears the lead just before the 10-minute mark. Ten seconds later a missed free throw by Jefferson was gathered by Baylor where it was kicked out to Heslip for his third 3-pointer in less than five minutes. The bucket gave the home team its largest lead of the game at 58-54.

    Baylor pushed the lead to 60-55, but South Carolina remained persistent and fought back to tie the game at 64-64 on a jumper from Thornwell with 4:20 on the clock.

    Trailing 65-64, the Gamecocks forced a stop with just under a minute remaining, but Tyrone Johnson's layup on the other end wouldn't go down. Baylor guard Kenny Chery hit one of two free throws to give a the Bears a two-point lead before the Gamecocks called a timeout with 16 seconds remaining.

    On the other end, Thornwell got the ball in the corner and drove to the basket, but wasn't able to get his attempt to fall. He quickly stole the ball from Royce O'Neal before getting a second attempt off, which fell short as well. Carrera corralled the rebound, his team-high seventh of the game, and went back up to beat the buzzer, but neither the shot nor the foul called on Baylor occurred before the final horn.

    For the game, Gamecock senior guard Brenton Williams had 12 points, while Johnson had eight points and eight assists to go along with four rebounds. Heslip led Baylor with 18 points, going 5-of-10 from behind the 3-point line.

    South Carolina will travel to in-state rival Clemson on Sunday. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET, and the game will air on ESPN3.






    No. 1 Kentucky Falls to No. 2 Michigan State, 78-74

    Julius Randle had 27 points and 13 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as top-ranked Kentucky lost to second-ranked Michigan State 78-74 on Tuesday night at the Champions Classic in Chicago.

    Kentucky fell behind 10-0 and trailed for most of the game, but Randle tied the game at 66 with a pair of free throws with 4:48 left. However, Michigan State answered with a 9-2 run to put the game away.

    The Wildcats (2-1) had their opportunities in the game, but 17 turnovers and 55.6 percent (20-of-36) shooting from the line hampered Kentucky's effort.

    Keith Appling had 22 points for the Spartans (2-0) and Gary Harris had 20.

    Kentucky got 19 points from James Young and 11 points from Andrew Harrison in the loss.






    No. 11 Florida Falls to No. 20 Wisconsin, 59-53

    Michael Frazier scored 20 points off the bench, but it wasn't enough as No. 11 Florida lost to 20th-ranked Wisconsin 59-53 in Madison.

    Florida had a 16-4 lead in the first half, but Wisconsin closed the half on a 25-10 run to lead 29-26 at the break.

    The Gators got within one at 33-32 with 16:43 on a Patric Young jumper, but the Gators would get no closer.

    Casey Prather was the only other Gator in double figures, with 12.

    Sam Dekker led Wisconsin with 16 points.





    Late Push Comes Up Short In UT's 67-63 Loss
            
    CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Tennessee suffered its first loss in a season opener this millennium, falling at Xavier, 67-63. The Vols had won 14 consecutive season openers dating to 1999. Tennessee hit a flurry of 3-pointers in the final minute, but it wasn't enough.

    Senior Wooden Award Candidate Jordan McRae led all scorers with 23 points. Junior Josh Richardson added 13 points and Antonio Barton tallied 10 points, all in the second half, in his Vols' debut.

    In his return to action after missing the entire 2012-13 season Jeronne Maymon had seven points and 10 rebounds.

    Xavier (2-0) was led by Semaj Christon's 18 while Matt Stainbrook scored 12 and grabbed nine rebounds in his second game at Xavier after transferring from Western Michigan. Myles Davis's free throws sealed the win for Xavier as he scored 11, with 5-of-6 free throws in the final minutes.

    Down by as many as 10 points on several occasions in the first half, Tennessee overcame a sluggish start to heat up in the second half, as the Vols got within two points early in the period. But Tennessee couldn't overcome poor free throw shooting (7-of-19) in the game.

    Junior Wooden Award Candidate Jarnell Stokes was in foul trouble all night and fouled out of the game with 2:40 left in regulation after playing just 19 minutes, scoring four points and grabbing four rebounds.

    The Vols made a late push as Richardson's 3-pointer spun around the rim and dropped in with 42.9 left on the clock and cutting the Vols deficit to 61-57.

    Xavier missed several free throws in the final minute to keep the Vols' hopes alive. McRae nailed a 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds left and cutting the score to one possession at 63-60. Myles Davis' pair of free throws with 13.0 seconds pushed the lead back to five (65-60). McRae then again canned a 3-pointer to make it a one score game at 65-63.

    Davis knocked down a pair of foul shots with 4.5 seconds left to secure the win for the final of 67-63.

    Xavier took a 10-point lead at 60-50 on an Isaiah Philmore free throws with 2:40 left in the second half.

    After seeing their lead cut to two, Xavier slowly regained a multi-possession lead midway through the second half. Stainbrook's put back layup gave the Musketeers a 52-44 lea with 6:41 left in the half.

    The Vols connected on three field goals in a 40-second span to get back within three at 37-34 with 14 minutes left in the second half. Barton's first 3-pointer as a Vol cut the deficit to 39-37, the closest UT had been since trailing 2-0.

    Tennessee trailed Xavier, 27-20 at halftime as the Vols shot just 26.7 percent in the first half, making 8-of-30 from the floor. UT made only 3-of-12 free throws, but played tough defense to trail by only seven. The Vols were thankful for McRae's late production as he led all scorers in the first half with 13 points as he was 5-of-10 from the floor.

    Early foul trouble forced Stokes to the bench after playing just five minutes in the first half.

    Neither team scored for a span of 3:55 until Myles Davis knocked down a short jumper for Xavier to put the Musketeers on top 12-3.

    Tennessee started 1-of-17 from the floor and went 6:12 without a point and 7:24 without a field goal in the first half. McRae finally ended the drought with a 3-pointer with 9:04 left in the first half, that cut the deficit to 14-9.

    Only two Vols scored points over the first 15 minutes of the game: McRae (6) and Maymon (3) as the Vols trailed 19-9.

    The Vols return home to open their home slate against USC Upstate on Saturday at 7 p.m. That game airs on SportSouth and can be heard on the Vol Network.
     




    Missouri Gets Past Southern Illinois, 72-59

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - Following an impressive second half effort, Mizzou Men's Basketball pulled away from Southern Illinois for a 72-59 victory on Tuesday evening (Nov. 12). With the win, the Tigers improve to 2-0 on the season. Junior guard Jordan Clarkson led Mizzou in the win, scoring a career-high 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting with five assists and no turnovers. He led a Mizzou offense that rebounded from a rough first half to shoot 54.2-percent from the field in the second half. Clarkson scored 19 of his 31 points after the break as he helped the Tigers pull away for the victory.

    The win is Mizzou's 75th consecutive win over non-conference opponents and the 20th in-a-row at home for the Tigers. Aside from Clarkson, Mizzou got 17 points from junior guard Jabari Brown and 11 from senior Earnest Ross. Mizzou outscored the Salukis 37-25 in the second half.

    After struggling to contain Saluki senior standout Desmar Jackson, who had 10 first half points, the Tigers rallied back to take a 35-34 lead at halftime on a last-second layup by Clarkson. Although neither team got into a dominant offensive groove, both played timely defense and capitalized on the opposing team's mistakes throughout the half.

    Mizzou came out strong in the second half, hitting four of its first five baskets and extending its lead to eight points at 48-40, which at the time matched its largest lead of the game. Southern Illinois fought back and hung tight until the six-minute mark when the Tigers offense became too much for the Salukis to handle. The Tigers lead by 18 with just over two minutes to play and held on for the victory.

    Clarkson was a critical factor for the Tigers in their second half surge. The junior posted a career-high 31 points and also reset his career-high with 12 field goals, doing so on 66.6-percent shooting. The San Antonio native hit his previous career high of 23 points and nine field goals made as a sophomore at Tulsa. Clarkson scored the majority of his points by dominating the Salukis in the paint and is the first Tiger to score 30 or more points since in 2011. Clarkson went 12-of-18 while the rest of the team went 12-of-35 as he was instrumental in the win.

    Brown was a reliable source of energy on the floor. The junior was second in scoring with 17 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc, while collecting seven boards. Ross contributed 11 points and six rebounds in the Tiger win.

    Ryan Rosburg earned his second career start and the second in as many games for the Tigers this season. The sophomore posted a career-high nine rebounds to help lead the Tigers to victory.

    Freshman Jonathan Williams III was the top bench producer for Mizzou. The Memphis native posted six points and four rebounds in his 26 minutes on the floor.

    As a team, the Tigers shot 45.3 percent from the floor and forced 14 Saluki turnovers. The Tigers also shot 38.9 percent from three-point territory.

    Next up for Mizzou is a road trip to Kansas City, Mo., Saturday (Nov. 16) to take on Hawaii. It will be the first time the Tigers play in Kansas City since winning the Big 12 tournament title there in 2012. The game will be played at the Sprint Center with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. For more information about Mizzou Men's Basketball, follow mutigers.com and @MizzouHoops.