|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Tennessee 74, USC Upstate 65
|LSU 88, Northwestern State 74
|Missouri 92, Hawaii 80
|Florida 86, Arkansas-Little Rock 56
|Ole Miss 72, Coastal Carolina 70
Vols Rally For 74-65 Win Over USC Upstate
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee won its 22nd consecutive home opener with a 74-65 victory over USC Upstate on Saturday night. The Vols (1-1) were led by junior Jarnell Stokes, who scored 17 and grabbed a career-high tying 18 rebounds. In his return to action at Thompson-Boling Arena after missing last season due to injury, Jeronne Maymon tallied 15 and hauled down 11 boards.
Down by as many as 13 on several occasions in the first half, Tennessee rallied in the second half, keyed by a 15-2 spurt which recaptured a lead the Vols wouldn't relinquish for the final 8:41.
It was the Vols' largest deficit overcome in a win since being down by 15 at LSU on Feb. 29, 2012 when UT rallied for a 74-69 overtime in.
Jordan McRae (18) and Antonio Barton (13) also scored in double-figures with combining for (21) in the decisive second half.
It marked the first time Stokes and Maymon posted double-doubles in the same game and first time UT had a pair of double-doubles in a game since at Vanderbilt (2/13/13) last season with Stokes and McRae.
In his homecoming, Knoxville native and former Bearden High School star Ty Greene tallied 15 for the Spartans (1-2). Torrey Craig topped Upstate's scoring chart with 20.
The Vols regained their first lead since less than four minutes into the game on a 3-pointer Barton with 8:41 left in the second half. Barton's bomb gave the Vols a 61-59 lead after trailing for more than 28 minutes.
Tennessee used a 15-2 run, spanning five minutes, midway through the second half to take a 63-59 lead with 7:20 left.
After an uneven first half, the Vols got their mojo on both sides of the floor, limiting Upstate to 26.9 from the floor while UT outscored the Spartans, 39-23, in the final 20 minutes.
The Vols made 23 of their final 24 free throw attempts in the game after starting 6-of-12 to finish 29-of-36 in the game for 80.6 percent.
Tennessee committed just five turnovers in the win.
After Tennessee edged within one of Upstate, the Spartans showed fortitude and rebuilt a lead of nine points with 12:33 left in the second half.
The Vols came out strong in the second half. After being held without a field goal in the first half, McRae brought Tennessee to within one at 44-43 less than four minutes on a pair of baskets including a 3-point play.
Tennessee trailed 42-35 at halftime as USC Upstate shot a sizzling 62.1 percent from the floor including 4-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc. Craig and Greene led Upstate with 10 points apiece in the first half. Stokes was the Vols' top scorer with 12.
Of note in the first half, Tennessee was whistled for just three fouls, while the Spartans were called for 12. The Vols started slow at the foul line, missing six of their first 12 free throws, but made their final nine in a row for 15-of-21 in the first half. Upstate was just 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
USC Upstate used an early 13-0 run to take a 21-11 lead on the Vols with 12 minutes left in the first half, keyed by five points from Greene.
The Spartans expanded the lead to 13 on a 3-pointer by Craig with just over five minutes left in the first half. That put USC Upstate ahead 36-23.
The Vols cut the deficit to seven prior to half, scoring the final six points of the period.
Tennessee is now 25-2 all-time in home openers at Thompson-Boling Arena, dating to the season's first year in 1987-88.
The Vols avoided their first 0-2 start since the 1965-66 season, coming off a 67-64 loss at Xavier to christen the 2013-14 season last Tuesday.
The Vols return to action on Monday for their second of three home games in a 7-day span as The Citadel comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 7 p.m. tip-off. That game airs on Fox Sports Net South and can be heard on the Vol Network.
Stringer Passes 1,000 Career Points in LSU Win
BATON ROUGE -- LSU guard Andre Stringer became the 39th Tiger to surpass 1,000 career points, as he and forward Johnny O'Bryant III each scored 21 to lead the Tigers past Northwestern State, 88-74, on Saturday night at the Maravich Center.
LSU (1-1) and NSU (2-1), which scored 90 and 111 points respectively in their previous outings, both struggled from the field in the first half before making better than 50 percent in the second half.
The Tigers shot 51.4 percent (18 of 35) in the final 20 minuts after making only 33 percent of its first-half field goals.
Stringer scored his 1,000th career point and capped an 11-0 LSU run with another layup midway through the second half that pushed a 65-57 Tigers lead to 19 in less than two minutes. The Demons didn't get closer than 10 in the final seven minutes.
Just like many of the Tigers, Stringer started slow before finishing strong. He made 7-of-20 shots including 4-of-11 three pointers and pulled down seven rebounds.
A pair of monster dunks in the second half highlighted O'Bryant's night. He made 9-of-15 shots and completed the double double with 14 rebounds in 29 minutes. Jordan Mickey also had a double double, 21 points and 14 rebounds, while blocking six shots and dishing three assists.
Anthony Hickey was the fourth Tiger in double figures scoring with 11 points while adding a team-high six assists.
The Tigers outrebounded the Demons, 64-40, and had 32 second-chance points.
Northwestern State, which beat Auburn on Friday night, 111-94, was led by Brison White with 17 points, while DeQuan Hicks had a double double of his own with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
LSU returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 19, when New Orleans visits the Maravich Center for a 7 p.m. tipoff. The game will be televisied by Cox Sports Television and streamed live to members of the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live.
Mizzou Topples Hawaii In Kansas City, 92-80
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Mizzou Men's Basketball faced its toughest competition of the season yet, but proved victorious, defeating Hawaii 92-80 Saturday evening at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Both teams battled hard throughout the game, showcased by 11 lead changes and four ties. This game marks the first time the Tigers have played at the Sprint Center since they claimed the Big 12 tournament title in 2012.
Jabari Brown led the Tigers in total scoring throughout the night. The junior scored 23 points in the win. Saturday's game was the sixth time Brown has scored over 20 points in his career. He also matched his career high in points for the third time. Jordan Clarkson was behind Brown with 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half. Earnest Ross contributed 12 points and matched his career high in assists with five. The big three of Brown, Clarkson and Ross scored a combined 48 of the team's 92 points.
Both the Tigers and the Rainbow Warriors struggled with turnovers and fouls at the start of the game. Junior Jordan Clarkson, who set a career high in points scored with 31 in Missouri's last contest, got into foul trouble early, allowing other Tigers to step up in his absence. Throughout the first half, the Tigers had balanced scoring as nine of 10 Tigers who played contributed points. Brown led the team in first half scoring as he posted 13 points, including a buzzer-beater layup to end the half. As a team, the Tigers shot 58-percent from the field, but were unable to shut down Hawaii's offense as the Rainbow Warriors closed out the half with a 16-5 run to lead the Tigers 46-45 at the break.
Mizzou came out strong to start the second half by forcing turnovers and hitting key shots in the paint, but couldn't shake Hawaii until the six-minute mark when they took a 10-point lead. After sitting out the majority of the first half due to foul trouble, Clarkson lit up the scoreboard for the Tigers. The San Antonio native scored 11 points in the second half to spur the Tigers to victory. The Tiger defense also took charge in the second half, forcing Hawaii to take poor shots from beyond the arc. Mizzou maintained their lead through the final minutes of play, hitting free throws to solidify their double-digit lead over Hawaii.
Other notable performances from the Tigers include freshman Wes Clark, who set a new career high in assists with five, as well as freshman Shane Rector scoring his first points in a Tiger uniform. As a team, the Tigers scored 56 points in the paint, with 28 points coming off the bench.
The Tigers return to action Nov. 23, against Gardner-Webb. The game is slated for a 2:30 p.m. CT start and is part of the opening rounds of the 2013 Las Vegas Invitational. For more information on Mizzou Basketball, follow mutigers.com and @MizzouHoops.
Florida Blasts Arkansas-Little Rock, 86-56
Casey Prather hit 10-of-11 from the floor and scored 27 points as Florida thumped Arkansas-Little Rock 86-56 on Saturday in Gainesville.
The game was tied at 27 at halftime before Florida was able to widen the margin in the second stanza. Florida hit 51.7 percent from the floor in the game.
Dorian Finney-Smith had 17 points and nine rebounds for Florida, while Kasey Hill had 14 points, six assists and five steals.
Will Neighbour had 21 points to lead UALR.
Ole Miss Slips Past Coastal Carolina, 72-70
Marshall Henderson had 19 points to lead Ole Miss past Coastal Carolina, 72-70 on Saturday night in Conway, S.C.
Four other Rebels scored in double figures in a balanced scoring attack. Jarvis Summers had 14 points, Derrick Millinghaus had 12 points and five assists, Aaron Jones had 11 points and Anthony Perez added 10.
Ole Miss shot just 60 percent (24-40) from the line, but Perez hit a pair of late free throws to ice the game for the Rebels.
Josh Cameron and Warren Gillis each had 16 points for Coastal Carolina.