|Men's Basketball RESULTS
|Ole Miss 79, Penn State 76
|Tennessee 82, Wake Forest 63
|SMU 55, Texas A&M 52
Ole Miss Tops Penn State in Barclays Center Classic Championship
Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers each had 19 points as Ole Miss beat Penn State 79-76 to claim the Barclays Center Classic Championship on Saturday.
The Rebels were hot from long range, hitting 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) of their three-point shots in the game.
Ole Miss (6-0) led 44-39 at the break, but had to hold off Penn State in the second half. Henderson drove to the hoop and scored with 5:36 remaining to give Ole Miss a 69-68 lead, one they would never relinquish.
D.J. Newbill had 23 points for Penn State (6-2).
Vols Roll Past Wake Forest, 82-63
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas - Tennessee took an early lead and cruised to an 82-63 victory over Wake Forest in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Saturday afternoon.
The Vols (5-2) were led by junior Jarnell Stokes, who posted his third double-double in as many games in the Bahamas with a season-high 21 points to go along with 10 rebounds.
Freshman guard Darius Thompson scored a career-high16 points, his first game in double-figures. He finished the night a perfect 9 for 9 from the free throw line.
Wake Forest (6-2) suffered its second loss of the season. The Demon Deacons were led by guard Codi Miller-McIntyre, who scored 17 points.
Tennessee jumped out to a 43-32 lead at halftime behind hot shooting. Stokes led all scorers with 12 points and Thompson added 11 in the half, more than he had scored in any full game this season.
With the Demon Deacons up 10-8 less than five minutes into the game, Tennessee went on to a 14-2 run keyed by Thompson. The freshman guard had seven points in the spurt that put the Vols ahead 22-12 with 10:54 left in the first half.
The Vols shot a sharp 54 percent from the floor in the first half including a perfect 3-of-3 from senior Jeronne Maymon.
Shooting remained solid in the second half as Tennessee continued pulling away from Wake Forest. The Vols eventually extended the lead to 28 points with 7:25 left in game on a three-point play by Thompson.
For the game, the Vols shot 25 of 47 from the floor (53.2 percent) and 28 of 36 from the free throw line (77.8 percent). Stokes and Thompson made nine free throws each.
Senior Jordan McRae joined Stokes and Thompson in double-digit scoring. He finished with 10 points. Maymon had nine points on 4-for-4 shooting from the floor and six rebounds.
The Vols did a great job with the basketball, committing just eight turnovers in the game, including only one in the first half. Wake Forest had nine turnovers and shot just 42 percent from the field (21-of-50).
It was the first game between Tennessee and Wake Forest since Dec. 8, 1970.
The Vols finished the Battle 4 Atlantis with a 2-1 record through three games. They lost to UTEP in the opener but defeated Xavier the next day.
The Vols return home to host Tennessee Tech on Saturday at noon Eastern.
Texas A&M Falls to SMU, 55-52
COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M men’s basketball team wrapped up play at the 2013 Corpus Christi Challenge on Saturday, falling to SMU 55-52 at the American Bank Center.
Freshman Davonte Fitzgerald led the Aggies with 12 points during the first start of his young career, going 4-for-7 from the floor with a 3-of-4 mark from 3-point range.
“Davonte has been solid for us all year and I’m really disappointed that I didn’t play him much last night,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said. “He’s a good player and a good kid, who’s really working hard and will continue to play a big role for us.”
The Aggies (6-2) started off hot from the field, making three of their first six shot attempts to go along with three early free throws which left them with a 9-2 lead just over four minutes into the game. In addition to their solid start offensively, the Maroon & White held SMU to just one make in their first nine shots.
SMU responded after the sluggish start by making their next three shots to trim the A&M lead to six.
Freshman guard Shawn Smith came off the bench for the first time this season and impacted the game as soon as he hit the floor with an impressive driving layup from the right baseline that gave A&M an eight-point lead going into the under-eight minute media timeout.
Over the final eight minutes of the half, SMU cut the A&M advantage in half to four points leaving Aggies ahead by the score of 30-26 at the intermission. Both teams shot over 40% from the floor in the first half.
The Mustangs (6-2) came out of the locker room making four of their first eight shots to go ahead for the first time in the contest at 33-30 with 15:57 to play. The two teams traded baskets over the next couple minutes with SMU taking a two-point lead at the 7:16 mark.
The Aggies rallied to take a one-point advantage with 3:39 to play thanks to baskets from sophomore guard Alex Caruso and sophomore forward Antwan Space.
Over the final couple minutes of the game, the Mustangs outscored A&M 6-2 to give them the three-point win.
“We’ve got to step up and make tough plays,” Kennedy added. “We’ve got to grow up real fast and learn how to make those tough plays at the end of games that make the difference in winning and losing.”
Texas A&M returns to action Wednesday when it hosts another former Southwest Conference foe, the University of Houston, in a 7 p.m. contest inside Reed Arena.