|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Tennessee 64, Xavier 49
|Georgia 71, Appalachian State 53
|Drexel 85, Alabama 83
|Ole Miss 77, Georgia Tech 67
|Memphis 76, LSU 69
|Florida 67, Florida State 66
|Missouri 83, Nevada 70
|Missouri State 73, Texas A&M 67
Vols Rebound With 64-49 Win Over Xavier
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - The Vols' front court of Jarnell Stokes and Jeronne Maymon was dominant in posting a 64-49 victory over Xavier at Imperial Arena in the second day of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Friday afternoon.
Stokes posted his second double-double in as many days with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Maymon scored 14 points, making 6-of-8 shots from the floor, for one of his best games since returning from a redshirt season in 2012-13.
Jordan McRae also scored 16 for the Vols, who moved to 4-2 overall. It was the first time in six games McRae did not lead Tennessee in scoring.
Playing a little more than 12 hours after a first-round loss to UTEP, the Vols rebounded with their best win of the season, taking down the 5-2 Musketeers. Xavier pushed No. 23 Iowa to overtime in the first round on Thursday, falling 77-74 after leading most of the game.
Tennessee also gained a measure of revenge against the Muskies after dropping its regular-season opener at Xavier, 67-63, on Nov. 12. The Vols now hold a 12-5 lead in the series with the Musketeers having played three times in the last 11 months.
Front court play keyed the victory as the Vols outscored Xavier in the paint, 41-29. Tennessee outscored Xavier, 26-4 in second-chance points.
Tennessee grabbed the lead up less than four minutes into the game and held it for the remainder of the contest.
The Vols took a 20-point lead on a Stokes layup with 12 minutes left in game, at 51-31.
UT maintained a lead of at least 15 points of the rest of the game as Tennessee's defense buckled up. Xavier shot just 40.3 percent for the game.
Xavier's leading scorer Semaj Christon (16.0 ppg entering the game) was limited to just four points. Christon's 24-game streak of scorn in double-figures came to an end.
The Muskteers' top scorer was Matt Stainbrook, who scored 10.
Tennessee's front court was strong throughout the first half as Stokes (10 points) and Maymon (8 points) combined for 18 points as the Vols built a 39-26 lead at halftime. McRae also scored nine for UT.
The Vols scored 14 second-chance points to just a pair for the Musketeers. Tennessee outrebounded Xavier, 20-16 in the first half. UT committed only three turnovers.
The Vols took control of the game early in the first half and took an 11-point lead on a Stokes tip-in with 6:10 left in the first half, 29-18. Antonio Barton's driving lay-up pushed the lead to 13 at 35-22 with 3:38 left in the game.
Tennessee will play for fifth place in the Battle 4 Atlantic against either USC (4-2) or Wake Forest (5-1) at 3:30 p.m., on Saturday. The game will air on AXS TV and can be heard on the Vol Network.
Georgia Notches 71-53 Win Against Appalachian State
ATHENS, Ga. - Charles Mann and Kenny Gaines each scored 14 points, leading Georgia to a 71-53 victory over Appalachian State Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum. Friday night’s win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bulldogs (2-4) and marked the first of a five-game homestand.
Nemanja Djurisic also scored ten points. Brandon Morris and Donte’ Williams each contributed six rebounds.
“It’s good to be back home and it’s good for these kids to get a win,” said head coach Mark Fox. “This group needs some confidence. They need lots of experience, but they certainly need some confidence. We dug our own hole last week, and tonight was just one step forward.
“We did some positive things. I thought we scored the ball efficiently. We did not rebound it in the first half, but once we solved that, we were able to separate from them. That’s been an issue for this team, and it was again tonight for just a half. But certainly I’m happy to get the win.”
Georgia led by as many as seven points in the first half, but a scrappy Mountaineer defense tied the game at 29-29 with three minutes to play in the period. The Bulldogs, behind seven first-half points from Gaines, took a 33-32 lead into halftime.
Early in the second half, Georgia used a 12-1 run to extend its lead to double digits, 47-37, with 11 minutes remaining. The Bulldogs finished the game on a dominating 9-2 run. Appalachian State (1-5) was plagued by 32 percent shooting from the field, including 22 percent from three-point range.
The Mountaineers were paced offensively by Tevin Baskin who scored 20 points.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 5-0 all-time versus Appalachian State.
Georgia will play host to Chattanooga on Monday at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on CSS. For ticket information, go to Georgiadogs.com.
Alabama Men’s Basketball Falls to Drexel in NIT Season Tip-Off Triple Overtime, 85-83
NEW YORK, N.Y. – After being down 11 after the first half, the Alabama men's basketball team stormed back in the second half against Drexel in the third-place game of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Madison Square Garden to force overtime. However, after battling back throughout the night, the Crimson Tide came up just short in triple overtime, falling to the Dragons, 85-83.
This was the first triple overtime game since the 2012-13 season against LSU, and the seventh in program history. The Tide is now 4-3 in such games.
Junior forward Nick Jacobs led the Tide in scoring for the second straight game, putting up a career high in points with 23, as well as grabbing eight rebounds. Alabama had three other players in double figures with Trevor Releford putting up 21, Retin Obasohan scoring 18, and Algie Key contributing 10 points.
Trailing by two points with four seconds left in the third overtime, freshman center Jimmie Taylor managed to draw a foul while going to the rim, earning two free throws. Taylor missed both shots, and although the Tide got the offensive rebound, they couldn’t convert to force a fourth extra period.
Drexel guard Chris Fouch led the Dragons in scoring with 19 points. He also added five rebounds and three assists.
The Tide returns to Coleman Coliseum for its next contest where it will square off against the North Florida Ospreys on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. CT. The contest will be televised on CSS.
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Rebels Down Georgia Tech, Advance To Barclays Championship Game
BROOKLYN, N.Y., - Derrick Millinghaus poured in 16 points and Demarco Cox posted his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 boards as Ole Miss routed Georgia Tech 77-67 Friday to advance to the championship game of the Barclays Center Classic.
Marshall Henderson added 15 points for the Rebels, which improved to 5-0 this season. Ole Miss took control with an 18-7 run spanning 6:08 in the first half. Henderson started the run with consecutive three pointers, and he later added a third made three.
Solomon Poole led Georgia Tech with 24 points. Robert Carter Jr. had 11 points and 13 rebounds. Trae Golden and Marcus Georges-Hunt chipped in with 10 points apiece.
Georgia Tech will play in the early season tournament's consolation game tomorrow. The Yellow Jackets fell to 5-2.
Henderson shot 5-of-15 from the field, including 4-for-14 from the 3-point line, in 27 minutes. At the half, the Rebels led 35-21 on 40.6 percent shooting from the field, including 46.2 percent from three.
By comparison, Georgia Tech only made 7 of 34 shots from the field in the first half, and were 1 for 10 from three point range. The Yellow Jackets shooting improved in the second half, as they made 16 of 29 from the field and 6 of 10 from three.
Ole Miss'lead grew to as much as 21 points in the second half. The Rebels finished the game shooting 43.5 percent from the field.
LSU Falls to No. 21 Memphis, 76-69
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Anthony Hickey poured in 12 of his season’s best 20 points during the second half, but No. 21 Memphis rallied for a 76-69 victory over the LSU men’s basketball team Friday in the semifinal round of the Old Spice Classic at the HP Field House.
With the loss, LSU (4-2) will face Butler in Sunday’s third place game. Tip time is slated for 1 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised by ESPNU.
For Hickey, it marked the fourth time in his career that he has reached 20 points. He was 8-of-19 shooting which included four triples.
Johnny O’Bryant III garnered 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists. He converted on 7-of-9 from the floor but committed 10 turnovers.
Jordan Mickey tacked on 10 points and added six rebounds whereas Shavon Coleman and Jarell Martin totaled eight and seven points, respectively.
It was only LSU’s fourth loss in 17 non-conference games under head coach Johnny Jones. The 69 points for LSU also was a season-low after the Tigers racked up 80-plus points in each of its first five games.
LSU put together a 30-for-53 shooting effort (56.6 percent), but the Tigers converted on only 5-of-20 three-point attempts (20.0 percent) after they knocked down 10 triples during their quarterfinal win over Saint Joseph’s. LSU also was forced into a season-high 24 turnovers.
Memphis (4-1) converted on 29-of-64 of its field goals (45.3 percent). Two keys for Memphis was scoring 33 of the game’s 43 points off turnovers and a 15-for-19 effort at the foul line (78.9 percent) which included a perfect 11-for-11 mark during the second half.
All square at 30-30 with 3:18 left in the first half, LSU ripped off eight quick points over the next 98 seconds to grab a 38-30 lead. Hickey nailed a three-pointer followed by a traditional three-point play from Martin and another Hickey jumper. LSU took a 38-34 edge into the locker room.
LSU matched its largest lead at eight points, 57-49 with 12:32 remaining in the second half, after a Malik Morgan driving lay-up.
After a timeout, Memphis fired back with 11 of the next 13 points over the next 3:02 to take a 60-59 edge at the 9:30 mark. Chris Crawford gave Memphis the lead with a transition lay-up off a Hickey missed three-pointer.
LSU would go back ahead by a 62-60 margin with 6:15 left after a Martin mid-range jumper and a Morgan free throw.
However, Memphis responded with an 8-2 spurt capped by consecutive Joe Jackson baskets to put the Tigers up 68-64 with 3:16 to go.
On the next possession, LSU pulled back to 68-66 after a pair of Coleman free throws. The Tigers registered a defensive stop and had a chance to tie, but Memphis forced O’Bryant III into a turnover.
Memphis’ Austin Nichols knocked down a 17-foot jumper with the shot clock expiring on the ensuing possession to make it 70-66 with 1:27 to go.
LSU would get back to within one possession at 72-69 on a Hickey three-ball with 16.8 seconds remaining.
Memphis closed out the 76-69 decision on two Jackson free throws followed by a Crawford dunk after a Hickey missed three-pointer as time expired.
The trio of Nichols (19 points), Crawford (17 points) and Jackson (16 points) sparked Memphis with 52 combined points on 20-of-36 from the floor.
LSU takes on Butler Sunday in the third place game of the Old Spice Classic. Tip time is on-tap for 1 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised by ESPNU.
The LSU Sports Radio Network will broadcast the game on Eagle 98.1 FM in the Baton Rouge and inside the Geaux Zone at LSUsports.net/live. Jordy Hultberg, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.
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No. 15 Florida Escapes Florida State, 67-66
Dorian Finney-Smith made a free throw with 1.3 seconds remaining to lift Florida over Florida State, 67-66 on Friday night in Gainesville.
Finney-Smith secured an offensive rebound and was fouled on the putback. He missed the first free throw, but was able to hit the second to provide the margin of victory.
Casey Prather had 19 points to lead the Gators (6-1), while Michael Frazier added 17.
Finney-Smith finished with six points and 10 rebounds.
Boris Bojanovsky led Florida State (5-2) with 14 points.
Missouri Downs Nevada 83-70
Earnest Ross had 28 points and Jabari Brown added 24 as Missouri beat Nevada 83-70 in the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night.
Jordan Clarkson added 21 for the Tigers, who moved to 7-0 with the win.
Missouri hit 31-of-33 from the free throw line in the game.
The Tigers shot 46.9 percent for the game, including 52 percent in the first half, when they built a 44-26 lead.
Deonte Burton had 20 points for Nevada, which fell to 3-5.
Missouri State tops Texas A&M, 73-67
Missouri State outscored Texas A&M 49-38 in the second half to beat the Aggies 73-67 on Friday night in Corpus Christi.
Kourtney Roberson had 16 points for the Aggies (6-1), while Jordan Green had 13.
Missouri State put together a 10-2 run late in the game to put it away.
Antwan Space had 10 points for the Aggies.
Austin Ruder had 19 points to lead Missouri State.