|MEN'S BASKETBALL RESULTS
|NC State 65, Tennessee 58
|Ole Miss 75, Louisiana-Monroe 62
|LSU 71, Texas Tech 69
Vols' Rally Falls Short In NC State's 65-58 Win
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Down by 17 points at halftime, the Vols made a second-half charge to get within five, but lost to NC State, 65-58, on Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena.
The SEC's second-leading scorer Jordan McRae scored in double-figures for the 10th time in as many games this season with 21. Senior Jeronne Maymon tallied 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the 11th double-double of his career.
Junior Jarnell Stokes had his sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds. It marked the second time this season the Vols' bigmen had double-doubles in the same game (USC Upstate).
The Vols (6-4) suffered their first home loss of the season. Tennessee had a tough shooting night, making just 29.4 percent from the floor and only 3-of-24 3-pointers for 12.5 percent.
NC State (8-2) was led by T.J. Warren, the sixth-leading scorer in the nation (23.3 entering the game), who tallied 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It was his third double-double of the year. Anthony Barber (12) and and Desmond Lee (10) also scored in double-figures.
Down by 17 at halftime, the Vols chipped away at the Wolfpack's lead throughout the second half. But the deficit proved to be too much for Tennessee.
McRae nailed the Vols' first two 3-pointer of the game to draw UT within eight at 42-34 with just under 15 minutes left in the second half.
A bank shot by Stokes coupled with a steal and fast-break layup by Darius Thompson brought the Vols to within five at 48-43 with 8:22 left.
NC State regained a double-figure lead with six consecutive points to hold a 56-45 edge with 2:30 left on the clock after a Lee jumper.
McRae canned a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to get UT within seven at 61-54. Robert Hubbs III made a short jumper for a final score.
The Wolfpack controlled the paint on both the offensive and defensive ends. NC State outscored UT, 36-26, inside and blocked a season-high 12 shots.
The Vols trailed 37-20 at halftime as NC State shot 50 percent from the floor while UT made just 24.1 percent (7-of-29). UT failed to make a first-half 3-pointer for the first time since Feb. 10, 2013.
NC State scored the contest's first six points and took the game's first double-figure lead on a pair of free throws by Lennard Freeman with 10:39 left in the half to lead 21-11.
The Wolfpack used a 16-4 run to double up the Vols at 30-15 with 4:15 left in the first half as Warren has seven points in the spurt.
NC State took its largest lead of the half, 16 (35-19) on a jumper by Kyle Washington with 1:35 left in the half.
The Vols and Wolfpack played for the first time since a 1994 overtime contest won by NC State, 72-70. Overall, NC State leads the series, 6-3.
The Vols continue their four-game homestand on Monday, Dec. 23 Morehead State comes to Knoxville for a 7 p.m. tip-off. That game airs on ESPNU and can be heard on the Vol Network. Tennessee hosts Virginia (Dec. 30) and Tusculum (Jan. 4) before opening SEC play on Jan. 7 at LSU.
Ole Miss Downs Louisiana-Monroe
OXFORD, Miss. - Senior Marshall Henderson scored 26 points and sparked a decisive 14-1 surge in the opening three minutes of the second half Wednesday as Ole Miss defeated Louisiana-Monroe 75-62.
Ole Miss (8-2) used three consecutive 3-point shots from Henderson in the decisive run to build an insurmountable 51-34 lead with 16:52 left.
Henderson finished 6 of 13 from 3-point range and added three rebounds and two steals.
LaDarius White added 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Rebels, who shot 22 of 54, 40.7 percent, from the field. The Rebels led 37-33 at halftime and by as many as 20 points in the second half.
Louisiana-Monroe (3-3) was led by Amos Olatayo and Tylor Ongwae with 17 and 12 points, respectively. The Warhawks out rebounded Ole Miss 45-33, including a game-high 11 rebounds from Jayon James.
Ole Miss built an 11-6 lead in the opening six minutes, highlighted by the first of Henderson's 3-pointers. Louisiana-Monroe pulled into a tie on two occasions, the final time at 25-25 on a three-point play by RJ McCray with 6:12 left in the half.
The Rebels led 37-33 at halftime, finishing on the third of Henderson's 3-point shots. Henderson had 14 first half points and added three rebounds, a steal and an assist. Olatayo and Ongwae had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Warhawks in the half.
Louisiana-Monroe never closed within 13 points again. The game's biggest lead came on a 3-pointer from Anthony Perez for a 62-42 cushion with 10:56 left. Derrick Millinghaus, Jarvis Summers and Perez had eight points apiece to complement a balanced Ole Miss output.
The Warhawks pulled down 20 offensive rebounds but struggled from the field, finishing 25 of 66, 37.9 percent, and had 17 turnovers.
Ole Miss, on the strength of Henderson's six long-range bombs, finished 10 of 25, 40 percent, from long range and 21 of 27, 77.8 percent, from the free-throw line.
LSU Holds Off Texas Tech, 71-69
LUBBOCK, Texas – Anthony Hickey poured in 11 of his team-leading 16 points during the second half, and the LSU men’s basketball team fended off a late Texas Tech rally to claim a 71-69 victory Wednesday at United Spirit Arena.
With the victory, LSU (7-2) has won 16 of its 20 non-conference games under second-year coach Johnny Jones. The Tigers were playing their first true road game since the season opener at UMass.
The Red Raiders (7-4) scored the final seven points of the contest and had an opportunity to win at the buzzer. However, Robert Turner’s three-pointer from the right wing bounced off the back iron.
LSU wraps up non-conference action with three consecutive Saturday home games starting with UAB. Tip time is scheduled for 4 p.m. from the Maravich Center.