WICHITA, Kansas -- In a game that was within two possessions for the first 34 minutes, Tennessee suffered a 70-61 loss at #12/8 Wichita State on Saturday afternoon. The Vols were vying for the second road win in the nation over a current Top 15 team this season.
The Shockers averaged their loss in Knoxville last season as the Vols ended their 9-0 start to the 2012-13 campaign. On Saturday, Wichita State moved to 10-0 for its best start in school history.
The Vols (6-3) were led by senior Jordan McRae, who scored 26, including his 1,000th career point to become the 45th Vol in history to reach the plateau. He was the only Tennessee player to score in double-figures. Jeronne Maymon had nine points and nine rebounds.
The lead changed hands 14 times in the game and the contest was never separated by more than five points for the game's first 34:40.
The Shockers were led by Tekele Cotton (19) and Cleanthony Early (13). Cotton scored all 19 of his points in the second half. Darius Carter came off the bench for a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Wichita State used a 16-5 run to take a 58-49 lead with 4:47 left in regulation. After a pair of dunks by Jarnell Stokes -- his first points of the game -- which gave the Vols a 44-41 lead with 10 minutes left in the game, the Shockers took control.
Wichita State scored the next eight points to regain the lead at 49-44 with 8:47 left. A 3-point play by Cotton with 9:04 left in the game was the turning point -- as it put the Shockers ahead for good, 46-44.
McRae ended the spurt with a 3-pointer, making it 49-47. McRae then scored his 1,000th career point on a free throw with 6:50 left in regulation. That cut the deficit to two at 51-49.
Cotton's 3-pointer with 5:43 left put Wichita State ahead 54-49. The Shockers continued to score as Cotton made a pair of free throws and Chadrick Lufile made a layup with 4:47 left.
A 3-pointer by Early was the final dagger for the Shockers, putting WSU ahead by 12 with 2:46 remaining, 63-51.
After a thunderous one-handed tomahawk dunk by McRae, he was whistled for a technical foul after his post-dunk reaction. Ron Baker made both free throws to put WSU ahead, 41-38 with 12:45 left in the second.
Wichita State took the first five-point lead of the game at 39-34, five minutes into the second half on a tip-in by Cotton
Tennessee held a 26-25 lead at halftime in a physical battle that was never separated by more than four points. McRae led all scorers with 11 points.
The Vols held the lead despite Stokes not scoring in the first half, playing 11 minutes before picking up his second foul and being relegated to the bench for the final six minutes of the half. Fellow front-court mate Maymon had just four points (one field goal) as the duo combined to play 27 minutes.
Freshman A.J. Davis scored six points in a row (on a 3-point play and a 3-point field goal) for the Vols to put Tennessee ahead 22-19 with 9:19 left in the first half.
The game was separated by one possession for the final 12:46 of the first half. Neither team scored for the last 2:28.
The Vols return to action on Tuesday as ACC foe NC State comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 7 p.m. matchup. That game airs on ESPNU and can be heard on the Vol Network.
Georgia Downs Lipscomb for Third Straight Win
ATHENS, Ga.—The Georgia men’s basketball team won its third consecutive game, beating the visiting Lipscomb Bisons 84-75 Saturday evening at Stegeman Coliseum. Because of final exams, it was Georgia’s first game in nearly two weeks.
Georgia (4-4) was led offensively by Brandon Morris who scored 17 points. Nemanja Djurisic and Donte’ Williams also scored 15 and 14, respectively.
“It’s good to win,” said head coach Mark Fox. “I thought we did some nice things offensively. We were able to defend pretty well in the first half and build a significant lead. One thing we talked about coming into the game was taking away the three-point line, which we did a very good job of after the first few minutes in the first half and then in the second half allowed ten threes. We just didn’t defend well with the lead, which is a real sign of immaturity. But it’s good to win and beat a real hard-nosed crew.”
After a slow start to the game, Georgia used three consecutive three-pointers midway through the half to take a 19-16 lead. The Bulldogs connected on six three-pointers in the first-half, tying a season-high for three-pointers made in a game. Georgia’s defense held the Bisons (4-6) to just three points in the first half’s final seven minutes and the Bulldogs took a 40-27 lead into halftime.
Lipscomb used an 11-1 run to cut the Georgia lead to just four points with eight minutes remaining. Leading by six with just three minutes left in the game, Morris hit a three-pointer and followed with a fastbreak dunk to bolster Georgia’s lead back to double digits with under two minutes left in the game.
Georgia had a season-best day from the field, shooting 57 percent from the field, including 50 percent from the behind the three-point arc.
The Bisons were paced offensively by Martin Smith who scored 23 points.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Thursday against Gardner-Webb (5-5) at 11:30 a.m, hosting children from Athens-Clarke County schools. For ticket information, go to Georgiadogs.com.
Ole Miss Downs Middle Tennessee, 72-63
Jarvis Summers had 25 points and Marshall Henderson added 15 as the Ole Miss Rebels beat Middle Tennessee 72-63 on Saturday in Oxford.
The Rebels trailed 56-50 with less than eight minutes left before rallying for the win.
Ole Miss broke a two-game losing streak, and also snapped a four-game losing streak to MTSU.
Neiko Hunter and Shawn Jones each had 18 points for Middle Tennessee.
No. 11 Kentucky Falls at No. 18 North Carolina, 82-77
Kentucky placed four players in double figures, but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats lost 82-77 to North Carolina on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Aaron Harrison led Kentucky with 20 points, and his twin brother Andrew added 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Kentucky also got 16 points from James Young and Julius Randle added 11.
Kentucky dominated the rebound battle (44-32), but lost the turnover battle (17-9).
North Carolina's Marcus Paige had 23 points to lead all scorers.
LSU Shakes Off ULM, 61-54
BATON ROUGE – The Tigers used a run of 8-0 that turned into a 15-2 jump for LSU early in the second half that allowed LSU to withstand a late ULM run and win a 61-54 decision Saturday night in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
LSU is now 6-2 on the season in their first start in two weeks, while ULM falls to 3-2.
Jordan Mickey equaled the season high for an LSU player with his season high of 25 points, hitting 9-of-13 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. The freshman just missed his fifth double double of the season with nine points and added 5 of LSU’s 8 blocks. Andre Stringer had 10 points as the only other player in double figures for the Tigers.
ULM, under former LSU assistant Keith Richard, had three in double figures – Marvin Williams with 14, Tylor Ongwae 12 and Amos Olatayo with 11.
LSU shot 43.4 percent for the game (23-53) and made 5 three-pointers. The Tigers made 10-of-19 free throws. ULM was held to 35.7 percent from the field (20-56), making just 2-of-12 three-pointers. LSU out rebounded ULM, 36-34.
Up 31-26 at the intermission, the Tigers used an 8-0 run to get their first double digit lead of the game at 39-28 with 17:48 to go in the game. Mickey had back-to-back dunks, Johnny O'Bryant III (who was held to four points) hit a jumper and Mickey hit two free throws.
The run increased to 15-2 as LSU upped the margin to 46-30. Up 39-30, LSU got a trey from Jarell Martin, a steal and layup by Anthony Hickey and a steal and a pretty fast break in which Hickey dumped it off to Stringer for the 16-point advantage with 15:14 to go.
LSU continued to hold a double digit lead, opening to as much as 18, 55-37, with 8:37 to play, But ULM closed the game on a 17-6 run from that point for the final margin.
The Tigers didn’t show a lot of rust coming out of a two-week break from their last game against the Warhawks as Mickey’s dunk took away ULM’s quick lead at 2-0, 40 seconds into the game. Stringer hit a trey, Mickey followed with a layup and a jumper and the Tigers were out 9-2 three minutes into the contest. Stringer would hit his second trey to put LSU out eight points, 12-4, with 16:40 in the opening stanza.
ULM, which was off to its best start in years, hung tough and was able to get the lead down to two twice, including on a trey by Daniel Grieves that cut LSU’s lead to 19-17 with 10:11 to go in the stanza. The Tigers added a Tim Quarterman free throw and held a 201-7 advantage with nine minutes to go in the half. The lead went to one for LSU, 20-19, when Martin missed a layup and then ULM got a layup on a run out by Olatayo. Grieves would hit another at the 7 minute mark and ULM came back to take its second lead, at 22-20. Malik Morgan got his first points on LSU’s next possession, tying it 22-22.
O’Bryant III got LSU the lead back at 24-22 and then Mickey and Morgan got buckets to make it 28-22.
ULM four times was able to get behind the LSU defense on rebounds for run outs in the first half getting an 8-0 advantage in the first 16 minutes.
The Tigers would go to the dressing room with a 31-26 advantage over the Warhawks. LSU shot 48 percent for the first 20 minutes (12-25), but juts 3-11 from the arc. The teams were even in rebounds (15) and turnovers (7) for the stanza.
The Tigers next play on the road on Wednesday night at Texas Tech (8 p.m., ESPNU and LSU Sports Radio Network). LSU is at home on Saturday, Dec. 21 against UAB in a 4 p.m. Tickets are available at LSUtix.net.
Texas A&M Downs McNeese State, 73-60
Jamal Jones scored 10 of his 16 points in the first half, as Texas A&M beat McNeese State 73-60 on Saturday in College Station.
Kourtney Roberson had 14 points for A&M (8-2), while Alex Caruso added 13 points and seven assists.
The Aggies hit 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) from downtown in the game.
Desharick Guidry led McNeese State (2-7) with 17 points.
Alabama Men’s Basketball Beats Charleston Southern, 59-45
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – In its first game following final exams, the Alabama men’s basketball team beat Charleston Southern, 59-45 in Coleman Coliseum Saturday night. Sophomore Retin Obasohan led all scorers with 22 points while adding nine rebounds, while junior Rodney Cooper chipped in 16 points and seven rebounds.
Alabama will have a quick turnaround as it returns to action Tuesday night when the Tide hosts the No. 12/8 Wichita State Shockers at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The Shockers, who improved to 10-0 with a win over Tennessee on Saturday, will come into the game as the second-highest non-conference opponent to ever play at Coleman Coliseum.
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