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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: Tuesday, November 19

    Men's Basketball RESULTS
    Kentucky 105, UT-Arlington 76
    Vanderbilt 85, Butler 77
    Alabama 75, Georgia State 58
    Mississippi State 94, Mississippi Valley State 72
    Auburn 78, Jacksonville State 54
    Texas A&M 75, Prairie View A&M 65
    LSU 81, New Orleans 54

     

    Kentucky Rolls Past UT-Arlington, 105-76

    Kentucky placed five players in double figures en route to blasting Texas-Arlington 105-76 on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena.

    James Young scored a career high 26 points and Julius Randle added 22 points and 10 rebounds as Kentucky moved to 4-1 on the season.

    Andrew Harrison had 15 points and six assists, while Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

    Kentucky shot 50.7 percent from the floor, including 42.1 percent from three-point range. The Wildcats committed only eight turnovers in the game.






    Vanderbilt Falls to Butler in Overtime

    Eric McClellan had 29 points, but it wasn't enough as Vanderbilt lost at Butler, 85-77 in overtime on Tuesday.

    McClellan had a chance to potentially win the game near the end of regulation, but he hit only one of two free throws, tying the game at 70. After Butler missed a three-pointer at the buzzer, the teams headed to the extra stanza.

    Vandy scored first in overtime on a free throw by Damian Jones. However, Butler answered with an 8-0 run, and from that point, Vanderbilt would get no closer than four.

    Jones had 12 points for Vanderbilt (2-1).

    Butler (3-0) got 26 points from Khyle Marshall and 16 from Kellen Dunham.
     




    Alabama Men’s Basketball Advances to NYC and the NIT Tipoff Classic Semifinals with a 75-58 win over Georgia State

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men's basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the NIT Tipoff Classic with a 75-58 win over Georgia State Tuesday night in Coleman Coliseum. Senior guard Trevor Releford led the team with 19 points and had six rebounds.

    The Tide will face No. 6 Duke in the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with tipoff slated for 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

    “I thought our guys did an outstanding job of taking away the things we needed to take away defensively,” UA head coach Anthony Grant said. “Georgia State has a very explosive offense and we did a really good job of guarding the three-point line.”

    Up by eight with 18:33 remaining in the game, Alabama went on a 21-6 run to go up 61-38 with just under 10 minutes to take control of the game.

    With three steals tonight, senior Trevor Releford has 201 steals for his career. The school record holder in total steals, he became the first player at Alabama to record at least 1,000 points, 300 assists and 200 steals for a career.

    For the fourth consecutive game, sophomore guard Retin Obasohan recorded or matched a career-best scoring performance. Obasohan opened the season tying his career high of 14 points against Oklahoma on Nov. 8. He followed that with a career-high 15 points vs. Texas Tech on Nov. 14. Against Stillman on Monday, Obasohan again finished with 15 points. Against Georgia State, the Antwerp, Belgium native had a career-high 18 points. Obasohan also tallied a career-high three blocks vs. the Panthers. He also led the team with four steals.

    Junior guard Levi Randolph had 10 points, while freshman forward Shannon Hale had eight points and a team-high seven rebounds, both of which are career highs.

    The Tide finished the contest with 75 points, which marked the fourth consecutive game UA has scored at least 70 points. The last time an Alabama team scored 70 or more points in its first four games of the year came at the start of the 2007-08 season.
     




    MSU Improves to 3-0 with Victory Over Mississippi Valley State
                    
    STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State moved to 3-0 with a 94-72 men’s basketball win over Mississippi Valley State Tuesday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
                    
    The Bulldogs scored a season-high 94 points and shot a season-best 52.2 percent from the field. MSU scored the game’s first four points and held a double-digit lead for all but one possession over the final 24 minutes, 31 seconds.
                    
    “It is always good to get a win,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said. “We did a great job of feeding the ball in the post to the big men. That does not only include Gavin Ware, who had a great night, but also getting the ball into Roquez (Johnson) and Colin (Borchert).”
                    
    Through the first two games of the season, Ray has talked about the need to get more touches inside the paint for Ware. His sophomore from Starkville responded with his fourth career double-double, including a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds.
                    
    “I have to really commend my guards for helping me get some open looks,” Ware said. “Coach told me before the game that the emphasis would be on me tonight. I knew it was important to be strong on the boards and take advantage of the mis-matches down low.
                    
    “When the other team collapsed on me that meant more open looks on the outside.”
                    
    The Bulldogs offensive game plan worked to near perfection. MSU dished out 17 assists and only committed a season-low 11 turnovers.
                    
    “We ran a set play for Gavin on the opening possession of the game,” Ray said. “Gavin did a great job of not only posting but finishing as well all night.”
                    
    Ware scored seven of his team’s first 11 points as the Bulldogs quickly sprinted to an 11-4 lead. A jumper by Craig Sword ran the lead to 19-8 with 13:22 left in the first half.
                    
    Sword later scored back-to-back baskets as the lead was quickly pushed up to 30-17 with 5:30 left in the half. The Bulldogs shot 58.8 percent from the floor in the first half and led 44-29 at the intermission.
                    
    “Coach talked about how we had been coming out slow to start games,” said MSU junior point guard Trivante Bloodman, who played in place of injured started I.J. Ready. “We got in transition and forced some turnovers. They led to easy baskets and everybody was scoring the basketball. When we get the offense going in transition, it is good night for us.”
                    
    Bloodman had eight points, five assists and four steals in 27 minutes of action. Jacoby Davis also saw his first extended playing time of the season with 13 minutes at a guard position.
                    
    In the second half, the Delta Devils (1-3) closed with nine at 52-43 with 15:14 left in the contest. The Bulldogs then used a 12-4 run – highlighted by two steals from Bloodman and a 3-pointer from Borchert – to move back out of danger.
                    
    MSU would build as large as a 27 point lead in the closing minutes.
                    
    “We did a lot of things well offensively,” Ray said. “The only major disappointment was on the defensive end. We let Mississippi Valley shoot way too high a percentage (47.5 percent). You need to be able to guard your man without a lot of help. Right now, we are relying on the help way too much.
                    
    “Offensively, we did a lot of things well and are improving. Defensively, we have to tighten up the screws considerably.”
                    
    Ware was joined in double figures by Borchert (14 points), Johnson (12 points) and Sword (10 points). Dre Applewhite added nine points, seven rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes of action.
                    
    MVSU received 19 points from DeAngelo Priar, 12 points from Anthony McDonald and 10 points from James Currington.
       
    MSU plays its first road game of the season Saturday at Utah State. The Bulldogs and Aggies tip at 8 p.m. CT in Logan, UT. MSU returns home for a 1 p.m. start Wednesday against Jackson State.






    Auburn turns up defense in bounce-back win
     
    AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn coach Tony Barbee stressed defense in practice the last few days, and his Tigers took it to heart when they hit the court Tuesday night.

    Auburn turned in a bounce-back performance in beating Jacksonville State 78-54 in Auburn Arena, a game after the Tigers allowed 111 points in a loss to Northwestern State.

    "We showed flashes of the type of team we can be when we're locked in on the defensive end of the floor," Barbee said.

    Auburn set the defensive tone early, jumping to a 33-19 advantage. But that was really just more of the same defense Barbee wanted in practice.

    "That's all we did the last two days, and it showed," Barbee said.

    Auburn improved to 2-1. Jacksonville State fell to 0-5.

     The Tigers held Jacksonville State to 34.6 percent from the floor, out-rebounded the Gamecocks 47-33 and got 32 points from their bench players.

    It was all better than the 111-92 loss to Northwestern State.

    "We talked about letting that go," Barbee said. "Every game is a learning experience. But we want to learn from wins. We don't want to learn from losses. But if it took that for us to learn the importance of defense, then we'll move forward from here."

    Auburn forward Chris Denson, who came in leading the SEC in the early going, scored a game-high 15 points. KT Harrell scored 14. Malcolm Canada added 10. Jacksonville State was led by D.J. Felder, who scored 16.

    "It was a lot better than the last game," Harrell said. "I think we scrambled, we communicated at a high level and that's what we were working on in practice. We definitely took a step forward, but we still need to get a lot better."

    But still better than Jacksonville State.

    "We were physically bad. We were mentally bad. We had no energy," said Jacksonville State coach James Green.

    Auburn returns to action against Murray State at 7 p.m. Saturday in Auburn Arena.






    Aggies Improve to 4-0, Down Panthers 75-65

    COLLEGE STATION--Despite a rough night of shooting from long range, Texas A&M eased past Prairie View A&M 75-65 on Tuesday night before 4,194 fans in Reed Arena.

    The Aggies, led by sophomore guard Alex Caruso's career-high six steals, only made 2 of 13 (15.4 percent) from the 3-point line, and both makes came in the final four minutes. By comparison, the Panthers looked like sharpshooters by making 9 of 23 (39.1 percent) from long range. A&M, leading by 21 (54-33) with 11:43 remaining, appeared to be cruising to a victory when Prairie View (1-3) charged back by slicing the Aggies' lead to 56-51 with 6:10 left.

    The Aggies mustered a final rally, however, in outscoring the Panthers 19-14 down the stretch to earn their fourth victory in four tries early this season.
     




    LSU Cruises Past New Orleans, 81-54

    Andre Stringer scored 19 points and LSU's defense was stellar as the Tigers beat New Orleans 81-54 on Tuesday night in Baton Rouge.

    LSU forced New Orleans into 19 turnovers and held them to 31.3 percent shooting from the floor in the game. LSU also controlled the board, outrebounding New Orleans 56-38.

    Jordan Mickey had 16 points and 11 rebounds for LSU, and Shavon Coleman had 14 points.

    Cory Dixon was the only Privateer in double figures, with 18 points.