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    Saturday Basketball RESULTS
    Tennessee 84, Tennessee Tech 63
    Mizzou 81, UCLA 70
    Arkansas 74, Clemson 68
    South Florida 66, Alabama 64

    Second Half Surge Helps Tennessee Down TTU

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After a back-and-forth first half, the Tennessee Volunteers rolled past Tennessee Tech in the second half for a 84-63 victory Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
    Playing in their first game since the Battle 4 Atlantis last weekend in the Bahamas, the Vols (6-2) started the second half on a 22-3 run to put the game out of Tennessee Tech's reach.
    The Vols held Tennessee Tech (5-6) without a field goal for 7 minutes, 37 seconds, shortly after halftime. By the time Tennessee Tech scored again -- a 3-pointer by Ty Allen -- Tennessee led 63-46 with 11:20 remaining in the game.
    Junior Jarnell Stokes led the way for the Vols by recording his fourth-consecutive double-double. He finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, six of them on the offensive end. He also had two assists and two blocks.
    Four Vols ended the game with more than 10 points. Senior Jordan McRae had 16 points, and sophomore Josh Richardson matched his season-high 13 points. Senior Jeronne Maymon added 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting.
    After shooting 55 percent in the first half with eight 3-pointers, Tennessee Tech's shooting accuracy slumped after halftime. The Golden Eagles shot only 38 percent in the second half, including 2 of 9 from the 3-point arc.
    Tennessee finished the night shooting 31 of 66 field goals (47 percent).
    The Vols found themselves in a trailing by as many as seven points early in the first half, thanks to Tennessee Tech's strong long-distance shooting.
    With Tennessee behind 34-27, Stokes and Richardson sparked a 10-0 run to get Tennessee right back in the game. A three-point play by Richardson tied the score at 34-34, and Stokes ended the run with a layup to give Tennessee 37-34 lead with 2:34 left in the first half.
    Stokes almost scored a double-double by halftime. He had 11 points and nine rebounds, four of them on the offensive end.
    Tennessee Tech put together an excellent shooting performance in the first half. The Eagles shot 15 of 26 from the field, including 8 of 11 from the three-point arc.
    Jordan Johnson was 5 of 5 from the floor with four 3-pointers in the first half. He had 15 points at halftime and was held scoreless in the second half. Allen had 14 points. 

    Mizzou Tops UCLA in Columbia

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- With an 80-71 win over No. 18 UCLA Saturday afternoon, Mizzou Men's Basketball moves to 9-0 on the season and extends their non-conference home winning streak to 79 games and their nation-best active home winning streak to 24 games. This is the Tigers' first victory over a ranked opponent during their non-conference home winning streak that has spanned almost eight seasons.

    For the second time this season Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Rosseach scored at least 20 points. The big three once again dominated the Tiger scoring, contributing 63 of the team's 80 points. Brown led the group with 22, Clarkson contributed 21 and Ross finished with 20. Ross, a native of Cary, N.C., had one of his most complete performances of the season. The senior battled for possession, disrupted the UCLA defense and was a crucial factor in the Tigers comeback, with 15 of his points coming in the second half.

    The first 10 minutes of the game was an outright battle between the Tigers and Bruins. Both teams crashed the boards and battled hard in the paint. The Tigers played tough defense on the perimeter to start, forcing UCLA to take poor shots from deep, but lost some of their scoring momentum when UCLA switched to a zone defense. Jabari Brownhit two free throws with 6:05 remaining in the half to end a five-minute scoring drought for the Tigers.

    From there, the Tigers went on a quick 11-0 run when they came within two points of the Bruins. However, the Tigers couldn't match the speed of the Bruin offense throughout the rest of the half and trailed 43-35 at the break.

    The Tigers made an early 12-1 surge in the second half and took their first lead (51-50) since the 13-minute mark in the first half. Ross and Brown led the run by pounding back-to-back dunks, followed by Ross nailing back-to-back treys of his own. The teams continued to exchange points, fouls and turnovers until Mizzou took the lead for good with 10:43 to play when freshman Wes Clarkcruised into the paint and hit a layup. Seconds later, Criswell came up with a huge block on UCLA scoring leader Jordan Adams and the Bruins never recovered.

    As the clock wound down, the Bruins began to commit costly turnovers and fouls. The Tigers hit their necessary free throws, going 10-of-12 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes of play to close out the win.

    Not only did the Tiger offense step up in the second half, but also the defense. Mizzou held the Bruins to a 26 percent field goal percentage in the second half, compared to the 50 percent UCLA shot in the first half. Johnathan Williams III was also a key contributor to the Mizzou win. The freshman made his presence known on the glass as he led both teams in rebounds with 15. He also secured his second career double by posting 10 points.

    The Tigers return to action Sunday, Dec. 15, as they take on Western Michigan. The game is slated for a 6 p.m. start at Mizzou Arena. For more information on Mizzou Men's Basketball, follow and @MizzouHoops.

    Sharp Shooting Pushed Arkansas Past Clemson

    FAYETTEVILLE – With winter conditions outside, the Arkansas men’s basketball team used some hot three-point shooting inside Bud Walton Arena on Saturday afternoon to defeat ACC foe Clemson, 74-68, to extended its home win streak to 19 games. 
    On the strength of a career-high four three-pointers by junior Rashad Madden, the Razorbacks knocked down double figure threes (10) for the second time this season to improve to 6-2 on the season, while Clemson now stands at 7-2. The Tigers are just the second ACC team to ever play at Bud Walton Arena, while the 19-game home win streak is tied for fifth-longest in the nation. 
    “I want to congratulate our guys for gutting it out against a very defensive-minded team in Clemson,” said head coach Mike Anderson. “Defensively, they want to slow the game down and they attacked the glass on us. It was a good win for us against a good team. It was a defensive battle and we had enough in the tank to finish it out.”
    Threes were the difference in the game, as Arkansas hit 10-of-21 from beyond the arc en route scoring 74 points, the most by any team against Clemson, who entered as the nation’s top scoring defense (51.0). Sophomore Michael Qualls led three double figures in scoring with 17 points and six rebounds, while Madden was close behind with 14 points. Freshman Bobby Portis reached double-digits for the fourth consecutive game with 13 points.
    Clemson was led by junior K.J. McDaniels who set career-highs with 27 points and 11 rebounds, including six offensive. McDaniels was a big part of the Tigers’ 45-30 edge on the glass that was highlighted by 19 offensive rebounds, but only resulted in 14 second chance points. 
    Three-pointers were the theme for the Razorbacks in the first half, as back-to-back triples from Qualls jumped started a 13-2 run midway through the period that gave the home team a 23-15 edge with 9:29 to play. Sophomore Anthlon Bell capped the run with the 50th three of his career, as the 23 points at that point were more than three of Clemson’s eight opponents had scored in the entire first half. 
    Clemson bounced right back, responding with a 11-1 run of its own to regain the lead, 26-24, at the 7:06 mark, but it was short-lived as the Razorbacks continued to stay hot from beyond the arc. 
    Arkansas final five field goals of the half came from three-point land, as Madden and redshirt junior Alandise Harris combined to hit four over the final 4:50, including one from Harris at the top of the key with four seconds left, to give Arkansas a 40-32 edge at the half. The 40 points is the most given up by Clemson in a half this season, while the Razorbacks had scored at least 40 points in 10 of 15 halves through that point.  
    The second half started just the like the first ended, as Madden struck again with back-to-back threes to push Arkansas’ lead to 46-32 and forced Clemson head coach Brad Brownell to call timeout just 18:29 into the period. 
    Arkansas’ lead reached as high as 16, 54-38, with 14:09 to go, but a late 11-2 Clemson run cut it to a two-possession game. 
    Following a steal by Clemson just over midcourt with under three minutes left, Harris raced back on defense and pinned Damarcus Harrisons’ layup that would have cut it to a three-point game. The momentum from Harris’ block led to much-needed consecutive stops as the Razorbacks made seven of their final 10 at the free throw line to seal the win. 
    Harris finished with eight points, a game-high seven rebounds and two huge blocks. Qualls’ 17 points highlighted a 35-16 advantage for the Arkansas bench, which out-scored its opposition for the seventh time this season. 
    Arkansas will continue its four-game homestand at Bud Walton Arena on Thursday, Dec. 12, when it hosts Savannah State. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. and will be broadcast by Razorback Sports Network. 
    For more information on Arkansas basketball, follow @RazorbackMBB on Twitter.


    Alabama Men’s Basketball Team Falls at South Florida, 66-64

    TAMPA, Fla. – The Alabama men’s basketball team fell at South Florida Saturday night by a score of 66-64. Retin Obasohan led the Crimson Tide with a career-high 20 points, while Trevor Releford chipped in 17 points before fouling out late in the second half.

    Junior guard Levi Randolph had 12 points and junior forward Nick Jacobs added 10.

    The Tide (4-4) led 44-40 with just over 11 minutes remaining, but USF (6-2) went a 20-8 over the next nine minutes to take a 60-52 lead with 2:31 remaining.

    Alabama would not quit and fought all the way back to make it a one possession game in the final minute.

    With less than 20 seconds remaining, freshman Shannon Hale came off the bench and hit a big three-point shot to cut the lead to 65-64. After one made free throw from USF, the Tide had three chances to tie or take the lead in its final possession. Randolph’s initial shot was blocked, but the ball went right to Hale, who wide-open for three but it didn’t fall. Randolph grabbed the rebound but his shot fell short as time expired.

    Forward Victor Rudd had 15 points to lead South Florida, while freshman forward Chris Perry had 14 points and 14 rebounds on the night.

    The Crimson Tide will take a week off for final exams before returning to action next Saturday, Dec. 14, when it hosts Charleston Southern at Coleman Coliseum. With graduation going on earlier that same day, the tip time has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. CT.

    For all the latest information on the team, follow AlabamaMBB on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. General athletic news can be found @UA_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram and Alabama Athletics on Facebook.