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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: Friday, November 22

    Men's Basketball RESULTS
    LSU 89, Southeastern Louisiana 66
    Tennessee 88, Tennessee State 67
    Providence 67, Vanderbilt 60
    Temple 83, Georgia 81
    Ole Miss 111, Mississippi Valley State 82

     

    LSU Rolls Past Lions, 89-66

    BATON ROUGE -- Johnny O'Bryant III led five Tigers in double figures scoring with 18 points and 10 rebounds, as the LSU men's basketball team distanced itself from Southeastern Louisiana, 89-66, on Saturday night at the Maravich Center.

    Eleven Tigers scored in the contest including Jordan Mickey with 17, Andre Stringer with 12 and both Anthony Hickey and Shavon Coleman with 10.

    Along with 4-of-8 field goals, O'Bryant made 10-of-12 free throws in 30 minutes of action. Stinger and Hickey were also 4-for-8 from the field, while Hickey dished six assists and had seven steals. Mickey made 8-of-10 shots with five rebounds, five blocks and two steals.

    The Tigers shot 52.5 percent (32 of 61), while SLU improved upon its 26-percent effort in the first half to finish 25-of-65 (38.5 percent). The Lions made their first six three pointers in the second half to cut a 26 point LSU lead to eight but cooled off in the final eight minutes.

    LSU (3-1) departs for Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday and will play three games in the Old Spice Classic starting Thanksgiving night at 7:30 CT against St. Joseph's. The Tigers will then face either No. 11 Memphis or Siena on Friday and complete bracket play on Sunday. All games will be broadcast on the LSU Sports Radio Network and televised by the ESPN family of networks.

    Onochie Ochie was 6-of-10 to lead Southeastern Louisiana with 17 points. Julian Chiera made 3-of-5 from long range to add 13 points. SLU's bench accounted for 32 of its 66 points.

    The Lions were outrebounded by the Tigers, 45-29. Each team committed 17 turnovers.

    Early on, LSU used an 8-0 run to jump out to a 10-2 lead and extended the advantage to 20-4 with a Hickey three pointer that capped another 10-0 Tigers run. While SLU managed only 2-of-16 field goals in the first eight minutes, LSU was 9-of-15 shooting.

    Martin, who injured his ankle 30 seconds into the Tigers' season opener at UMass, scored his first basket on a mid-range jumper from the left wing that pushed LSU's lead to 35-15 with 7:23 left in the half.

    Southeastern Louisiana (2-2) answered with an 8-0 run of its own to pull within 12, however, the Lions made only 1-of-8 shots and had eight turnovers in the final 6:17 to fall behind at the half, 49-25.

    The Tigers shot 57.6 percent (19-33) in the first 20 minutes and out-rebounded SLU, 28-12. The Lions made only 9-of-34 shots in the half including 3-of-12 from three-point range.

    Southeastern Louisiana turned around its shooting in the second half to give the Tigers scare. The Lions made their first five three pointers and hit 11 of 16 shots to start the half, cutting the LSU advantage from 26 to eight, 62-54, with 9:29 to play.

    SLU's sixth three pointer in as many second-half attempts came too late. A 17-LSU 5 run was highlighted by an alley oop dunk by Mickey from Hickey. As SLU began missing threes, Coleman scored the last five points and as LSU's lead ballooned back above 20, 79-59, with less than five minutes to play.






    Vols Tame TSU Tigers, 88-67

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee won its third game in a row as the Vols dominated Tennessee State, 88-67, at Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday night. It was the Vols second consecutive wire-to-wire victory and seventh in the Cuonzo Martin era.

    The Vols (3-1) were led by Wooden Award Candidates Jordan McRae (25 points) and Jarnell Stokes (16 points and eight rebounds). It was McRae's ninth career game with 25 points or more.

    Freshman Darius Thompson had the best game of his young career with five points, seven assists and five steals in 24 minutes. Fellow frosh Robert Hubbs III added 10 points.

    Tennessee State remained winless at 0-6. The Tigers were led by Patrick Miller, who scored 20.

    The Tigers hung with the Vols and got within seven points early in the second half, but Tennessee pulled away midway in the second half thanks to an 18-6 run. The Vols took a 63-44 lead on a McRae layup with 10:24 left in the second half.

    UT grabbed its first 20-point advantage on Rawane Ndiaye's first points with the Vols as he swooped in for a layup with 7:25 left in the game. That gave the Vols a 73-52 lead.

    Tennessee led 38-30 at halftime, with McRae topping the scoring charts with 11 points. The Vols with judicious with the ball as they did not commit a turnovers for the game's first 16:30. UT shot 57 percent from the floor in the half.

    Back-to-back breakaway slams by freshman Darius Thompson and McRae put the Vols ahead by double-figures for the first time at 24-13 with less than eight minutes left in the first half.

    The Vols used a 10-2 run finished off by layups from Thompson and Armani Moore to take a 35-19 lead with four minutes left in the half. That was the Vols largest lead of the half.

    The Vols head to The Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis next week. Tennessee will take on UTEP for the second time in history (only other was in 1962) on Thanksgiving Night at 9:30 p.m., ET. The game will air on NBC Sports Network and can be heard on the Vol Network. Tennessee will also play on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30 as part of the event.






    Providence Downs Vanderbilt at Paradise Jam

    Providence put together an 18-0 run late in the game to beat Vanderbilt 67-60 in the Paradise Jam on Friday.

    The Friars trailed 56-40 with 10:42 remaining, but they were able to hold the Commodores scoreless for almost nine minutes.

    Rod Odom led Vandy with 17 points, while Eric McClellan and Josh Henderson each had 13.






    Georgia Comeback Falls Short Against Temple

    CHARLESTON, S.C.—Temple’s Will Cummings hit a three-pointer with just seven seconds remaining to spoil Georgia’s second-half comeback and beat the Bulldogs 83-81 Friday night at the Charleston Classic.

    Georgia (1-2) fought back to overcome a 13-point halftime deficit and tie the game at 71 off of a Nemi Djurisic three-pointer with four minutes remaining. With 18 ticks left on the clock and Georgia trailing 80-79, Charles Mann drove through the lane and laid it in through traffic to give the Bulldogs a one-point lead. After the Cummings three-pointer gave Temple (2-3) back the lead, Georgia’s Donte’ Williams fired an unsuccessful three-point shot as time expired on the game’s final play.
     
    “We did compete really hard in the second half,” said head coach Mark Fox. “But we dug such a hole in the first half and then got the lead, couldn’t get the last stop and then didn’t execute the last play well. We just do not defend with the sense of urgency that we need to until we’re deep in a hole. [In the second half], we rolled our sleeves up and played like we’ve always played defense, but I was extremely disappointed with the first half.”

    In the first half’s opening seven minutes, six different Bulldogs scored to help Georgia to a 15-5 lead, but Temple put together a 16-2 run to neutralize the early Georgia surge and give the Owls a 21-17 lead halfway through the opening frame. The Owls used another 15-3 run, supported by six-for-seven shooting from the field, to grab a 45-32 halftime advantage.

    Georgia was led offensively by Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann who scored 21 and 19 points, respectively. Marcus Thornton and Nemanja Djurisic also each contributed ten points.

    Temple was led by Dalton Pepper, who scored a career-high 22 points, including five-for-nine from behind the three-point line.

    In the second half, Georgia shot nearly 60 percent and held the Owls to 35 percent shooting from the field. The Bulldogs also shot a season-best 22-for-26 from the free throw line.

    After a rest day on Saturday, Georgia will return to action to take on Nebraska (3-2) on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN3.com.
     



    Rebels Roll Over Delta Devils

    OXFORD, Miss.- Ole Miss eclipsed the century mark for the first time in almost three years, as the Rebels cruised to an 111-82 win over Mississippi Valley State Friday night.

    It was the program's highest scoring output since a 111-50 win over Prairie View A&M on Dec. 29, 2010. Derrick Millinghaus, Demarco Cox and Anthony Perez all posted career highs, while three other Rebels also finished in double figures.

    "Once we settled into a rhythm, we were much better offensively," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "We got some guys off the snide. I was really proud of Demarco Cox who has worked so hard. I was glad to see him rewarded by finishing some plays at the basket. Some of that was him finishing, but some of it was us putting him in a position to be successful.

    "We win the game. I got some guys hopefully feeling better about themselves because they played better. We have to build and move forward."

    Millinghaus led the way with a game-high 21 points on 8-for-14 shooting, his third game in double figures in as many games this season.

    "He was really good offensively and gave us great push," Kennedy said. "When he's in the game, we can get up and down the floor and make things happen in the open court."

    Cox, who played in just seven games before a foot injury ended his season in 2012-13, recorded his second career double-double, his first career-double since the 2010-11 season. He finished with 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting, to along with a game-high 12 rebounds.

    "It felt pretty good to get my first double-double since my freshman year of college," Cox said. "I had been looking for the double-double, and I had a chance to get it tonight, so it builds a lot of confidence for me."

    Perez scored in double figures for the second straight game with 14 points on 4-for-6 shooting, having set a career high with 10 points in his last game against Coastal Carolina.

    "He's got to play bigger for us defensively, but offensively, he played over the top of smaller people, which is what he needs to do to play with size," Kennedy said.

    Marshall Henderson had 15 points, including four 3-pointers, while Jarvis Summers added 14 and LaDarius White and chipped in 13 to round out the Rebels who scored in double figures.

    Ole Miss used an 18-6 run to build what would be an insurmountable 26-12 lead with 8:30 left in the first half. The Rebels went on to take a 54-32 lead into halftime behind 12 points from Millinghaus and 11 points from Perez.

    In the second half, the Rebels led by as many as 31 points, as Cox hit two free throws to reach the century mark and extend the lead to 100-69.

    The Rebels shot 50.7 percent (36-for-71) from the field, including 9-for-19 from 3-point range, and were 30-for-38 from the free-throw line. Defensively, they held the Delta Devils to 43.5 percent (30-for-69) from the field, including 29.7 percent in the first half.

    Ole Miss continues play in the Barclays Center Classic next week with a home game against North Carolina A&T Tuesday before traveling to Brooklyn, N.Y., for a pair of games against Georgia Tech Friday and either Penn State or St. John's Saturday.