|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Arkansas 87, Minnesota 73
|Ole Miss 84, North Carolina A&T 50
|Auburn 78, Tennessee State 73
|Texas A&M 88, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 55
Razorbacks Run Past Minnesota In Second Half
MAUI, Hawaii – On the strength of a 30-10 run to open the second frame and five players in double figures, the Arkansas men’s basketball team turned a five-point halftime deficit into a convincing 87-73 win over Big Ten foe Minnesota Tuesday morning on ESPN2 at the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational held the Lahaina Civic Center.
The win moves Arkansas to 4-1 on the young season and sets up a showdown with No. 11 Gonzaga (5-1) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2. Receiving votes in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, Minnesota (5-2) has held three opponents in the 50s this season, but gave up 52 second half points to Arkansas.
“This is a good win for us, especially after a disappointment last night against California,” said head coach Mike Anderson. “Short‑term memory, that's what we talk about. But I was proud of our guys, the effort, and the way they finished off the game in fine fashion. I put a challenge in front of them. I liked the toughness, especially going to the glass, loose balls, and competing for 40 minutes.”
Anderson’s challenge was answered with balance on both ends of the court, as five players reached double figures for the second time this season while the Razorbacks shot 55 percent (30-55) from the floor, 47 percent from three (8-17) and 86 percent (19-22) from the line against a Gopher defense that came in allowing just 63.8 points per game while limiting opponents to less than 40 percent from the field.
Making his first start as a Razorback after averaging 15.8 points off bench in the first four games, redshirt Alandise Harris led the team in scoring for third time this year with 15 points and six rebounds. Highly-touted freshman forward Bobby Portis added 12 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Michael Qualls grabbed a team-high eight boards to go along with his 10 points that featured three dunks. The trio accounted for a majority of Arkansas’ 33-27 edge on the glass, marking the first time Minnesota has been out-rebounded.
The final two double figure scorers for Arkansas came at the point guard position, as redshirt senior Fred Gulley III and junior Rashad Madden each had 10 points. The duo combined to go a perfect 5-for-5 from three-point land, while orchestrating an offensive attack that had 19 assists on 30 made field goals.
Gulley III and Madden were also a big part of Arkansas #Fastest40 attack on the defensive end that resulted in Minnesota committing 16 turnovers – five above its average – that led to 23 points for the Razorbacks and 36 points in the paint. Several of Arkansas’ nine steals led to its season-high seven dunks, highlighted by four in the second where the Razorbacks shot a blistering 17-of-28 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line.
Minnesota was led by Austin Hollins’ 17 points, while Malik Smith came off the bench for 15 of his 17 points in the first half. For the game, the Gophers shot 46 percent (25-55), but were limited to just 10-of-32 in the second half.
Trailing 40-35 at the half, Arkansas opened the second half on a game-changing 30-10 run that saw it hit 9 of its first 12 from the field and come away with points on 11 of its first 14 possessions. Eight different players scored during the run for the Razorbacks, as they also turned up the pressure on defense to the tune of forcing Minnesota into seven turnovers over the first 11 minutes and just 3-for-16 shooting from the field.
Sophomore Anthlon Bell finished with eight points on a pair of threes, while freshman Moses Kingsley had all of his season-high seven points in the second half, including a highlight-reel dunk off of a steal at midcourt.
Ole Miss Downs North Carolina A&T, Heads To New York
OXFORD, Miss. - Junior forward Aaron Jones recorded his first career double-double, while sophomore Derrick Millinghaus scored a game-high 16 points, as Ole Miss cruised to an 84-50 win over North Carolina A&T Tuesday.
The Rebels (4-0) will now head to Brooklyn, N.Y. for the final two games of the Barclays Classic -- Georgia Tech on Friday and either Penn State or St. John's on Saturday.
"We had the opportunity to get different guys minutes," head coach Andy Kennedy said of the first four games. "It was great to get Dwight Coleby extended minutes tonight and see how he can be block-to-block, especially defensively. I feel good about the first four games. We did what we were supposed to do. We got through the first four unscathed and now the stakes get raised."
Jones, coming off a season-ending ACL injury last season, has started all four games and had a career day in Tuesday's win over the Aggies (1-4). He finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
"I'm really proud of him," Kennedy said. "Demarco had one last game; AJ gets one today. He was really active, especially in the second half."
"It feels great coming off the ACL injury," Jones said. "It's the first of many, hopefully. I'm improving as a player overall, and there are still some more things I need to improve."
Ole Miss turned defense into offense with 39 points off 21 turnovers in the game. The Rebels also held North Carolina A&T to 25.5 percent (12-for-47) shooting, including 17.2 percent in the second half, during which they allowed just 17 points.
A starter in the first three games, Millinghaus came off the bench and responded with 16 points on 5-for-11 shooting with a season-high four assists and no turnovers.
"I'm trying to get him more assertive on both ends," Kenendy said. "Defensively, tonight may have been his best game. He was putting pressure on the ball, and we turned them over 21 times. And he gave us great push. Any time you can have a point guard play 20-plus minutes and not turn it over, it shows that he has great control of the ball."
Junior guard Jarvis Summers also finished in double figures with 13 points, followed by senior guard Marshall Henderson with eight points in just 13 minutes.
Ole Miss scored the first nine points of the game and never trailed, leading by as many as 34. North Carolina A&T made it a one-possession game at 32-29 after a 15-5 run, but Ole Miss answered back with an 11-0 run to build a 43-29 lead.
The Aggies cut into the lead again with a 6-0 run early in the second half to get within 11 at 50-39, but then it was all Ole Miss. Coming out of a timeout called by Kennedy, the Rebels scored 15 unanswered points as part of 23-4 run to build a 71-43 lead and put the game out of reach.
Ole Miss will play Georgia Tech on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The game will be nationally televised on the NBC Sports Network.
"It's the next step for us," Kennedy said of Georgia Tech and the Barclays Classic. "I'm excited to see how we respond against another BCS opponent on Friday, a team much like ourselves and everybody this early in the season trying to find themselves. Brian Gregory has done a good job everywhere he has been. It will be a big challenge for us and one I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond."
Auburn Basketball Defeats Tennessee State, 78-73
AUBURN – Chris Denson scored 17 points, all in the second half, to lead four double-digit scorers as Auburn knocked off Tennessee State 78-73 on Tuesday in Auburn Arena.
Auburn (4-1) saw its lead slip to just two points with 40 seconds remaining on a 3-pointer by Tennessee State’s Jaquan Nobles, but the Tigers responded with some timely free throw shooting in the final 35 seconds to hold on for the victory.
Led by a 9-of-10 night at the foul line by Denson, Auburn hit a season high 30-of-37 free throws (81.1 percent) to overcome a strong shooting night by TSU (0-7). Tennessee State shot 56.5 percent (26-of-46) and hit 9-of-20 3-point attempts (45 percent).
Tahj Shamsid-Deen chipped in with a career-best 16 points, primarily in the first half as Denson and KT Harrell (14 points) sat due to foul trouble. Allen Payne added 13 points, six rebounds and three steals.
Nobles led TSU with 22 points, including 6-of-9 from outside. Kennedy Eubanks and Patrick Miller each scored 17 points.
Auburn is in action next on Monday when it travels to Iowa State. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by ESPNU.
Texas A&M Rolls Past Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 88-55
Texas A&M moved to 6-0 for the first time since 2007-08 by beating Arkansas-Pine Bluff 88-55 on Tuesday night in College Station.
Jamal Jones had 18 points for the Aggies, including five-of-seven from three-point range.
Three other Aggies were in double figures. Fabyon Harris had 12 points, while Jordan Green and Kourtney Roberson each added 11.
The Aggies shot 59.6 percent from the floor in the game, while holding Arkansas-Pine Bluff to 33.9 percent shooting.