|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Vanderbilt 80, Lipscomb 69
|Northwestern State 111, Auburn 94
|Georgia Tech 80, Georgia 71
|Arkansas 76, Louisiana 63
|Texas A&M 68, Rice 65
Stallings Becomes Vanderbilt's All-Time Wins Leader in 80-69 Win Over Lipscomb
Kevin Stallings won his 279th game as Vanderbilt head coach, setting the school record, as the Commodores beat Lipscomb 80-69 in Nashville on Friday night.
Stallings passed Roy Skinner, who won 278 games from 1958-76.
James Siakam had 18 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs, to lead Vanderbilt to victory. Rod Odom matched his career high with 20 points in the game.
Vanderbilt broke open a close game by scoring 20 of the game's final 32 points, including an 11-0 run.
Northwestern State's 3-pointers sink Auburn
AUBURN, Ala. – Northwestern State coach Mike McConathy saw his Demons miss all 17 of their 3-point attempts in their first game.
Things turned around in their second game.
Northwestern State hit 14 3-pointers and rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to beat Auburn 111-94 in Auburn Arena on Friday night.
"I knew we weren’t going 0-for-17 again," McConathy said. "The law of averages came in to play."
Auburn led 63-49 with 16:30 to play. "But at that point, instead of stepping on the gas and put them away, it was like we relaxed," said Auburn’s Tony Barbee.
Barbee said he warned his team at the half to stay vigilant against the frantic-paced Demons.
"I told the team that because of their style of play, they’re never out of it. I don’t know if we took that for granted," he said.
"Our defense the last 16 minutes was non-existent, unacceptable," he said.
Auburn fell to 1-1 while Northwestern State, an NCAA Tournament team last season, improved to 2-0.
"Everybody is hurt right now, but we can’t get down on ourselves," said Auburn guard Chris Denson, who scored a team-high 29 points.
The two teams combined to shoot 56 3-pointers, hitting 35 of them. Barbee said Auburn needed to stand taller against the onslaught.
"To have a team score 72 points in a half and score 111 in our building, after holding them to 34 percent in the first half, is unacceptable."
The game didn’t begin that way. Denson scored 20 points in the first half on the way to a 48-39 halftime advantage. But Auburn’s scoring slowed after the first few minutes of the second half and Northwestern State’s took off.
"We’ve just got to learn to finish," said Denson.
Northwestern made 25 free throws to go along with those 14 3-pointers. But to McConathy, "the biggest difference in the game for us was we rebounded well in the second half."
Joining Denson in double-figure scoring were KT Harrell, with his second consecutive 21-point performance. Chris Griffin scored 13 and Allen Payne added 10.
Jalen West hit five 3-pointers and scored 30 to lead Northwestern State.
Auburn now turns to playing host to Jacksonville State next Tuesday.
"It’s a long season. It’s a learning experience," Barbee said.
Georgia Falls Short to Tech, 80-71
ATHENS, Ga. - Charles Mann scored a career-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough as Georgia fell 80-71 to Georgia Tech Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum.
Sophomore Kenny Gaines also contributed 13 points. The trio of Gaines, freshman Juwan Parker and junior Marcus Thornton led the Bulldogs (1-1) with six rebounds.
“It was a difficult defeat,” said head coach Mark Fox. “Tech’s team outplayed us. The last two minutes of the half—turnover, basket, another bad play to end the first half, and then a very poor start to the second half separated them from us. We played even the other 35 minutes of the game, but we have to understand that bad possessions are so costly in high-level games. We have 29 more [games], there’s a lot to learn from this one, but it’s certainly no fun to lose.”
After Georgia Tech (3-0) grabbed an early 27-22 lead, Georgia fought back with an 11-3 run to go up 33-30 with four minutes to play. After a Georgia Tech timeout, the Yellow Jackets responded with a 13-5 run to end the half and take a 43-38 lead into the locker rooms.
In the first three minutes of the second half, Georgia went cold from the field and Georgia Tech took advantage, using three-pointers on two consecutive possessions to take a 55-40 lead.
Five straight points from Kenny Gaines cut the Tech advantage to just nine points, but the Yellow Jackets regained momentum with an offensive rebound and tip-in by Daniel Miller on the next possession. Georgia Tech led by double-figures the rest of the way until a basket by junior Nemanja Djurisic in the final seconds of the game.
Daniel Miller led the way for the Yellow Jackets with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kammeon Holsey also scored ten points and grabbed 12 boards.
Georgia will return to action next week in the Old Spice Charleston Classic, facing Davidson (0-2) in the first round on Thursday at 5:00pm. It will be televised on ESPNU.
Razorbacks Defeat Louisiana, 76-63
FAYETTEVILLE - The University of Arkansas men's basketball team has defeated Louisiana 76-63 in the opening round of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational on Friday.
The Razorbacks closed the game on a 17-3 run, widening the lead by as many as 12 points in the last five minutes of the game.
Sophomore Michael Qualls came alive in the second half, scoring 16 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Redshirt junior Alandise Harris provided 19 points off the bench to lead the Razorbacks, shooting 7-10 with 12 points in the first half.
Green Gives A&M 68-65 Win Over Owls
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Jordan Green sank a 3-pointer with 6.7 seconds remaining to lift Texas A&M to a 68-65 victory over Rice Friday night.
Kourtney Roberson paced the Aggies (3-0) with a game-high 19 points, while guard Max Guercy led Rice with 17 in the back-and-forth affair.
Guercy had missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:34 remaining, but quickly responded with a steal and resulting layup, giving Rice (1-2) a 64-63 lead.
Green countered with a jumper to shove the Aggies to a 65-64 lead with 41 seconds left. Out of the break, Guercy drove the lane and was fouled by Roberson, and Guercy answered by making one of two free throws to tie the game with 27 seconds remaining.
Texas A&M ran down the clock prior to Green's triple. The Owls' Austin Ramljak missed a desperation 3-point attempt from deep in the right corner on their final possession.