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    Saturday SEC Men's Basketball Central

    Wednesday Baseball RESULTS
    Florida 84, Arkansas 82 (OT)
    LSU 71, South Carolina 68
    Mizzou 70, Auburn 68
    Kentucky 71, Vanderbilt 62
    Mississippi State 76, Ole Miss 72
    Georgia 66, Alabama 58
    Texas A&M 57, Tennessee 56


    Florida Picks Up Overtime Win at Arkansas 

    FAYETTEVILLE, Ark -- No. 10 Florida hit the road Saturday to take on Arkansas at Bud Walton Arena, and the Gators (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) needed overtime to escape with an 84-82 win over the Razorbacks (11-4, 0-2 SEC). Billy Donovan's Gators received a big effort from Dorian Finney-Smith, who scored 22 points on 50 percent shooting.

    Arkansas led for much of the second half and held a two-point advatnage heading into the final seconds. Florida's Scottie Wilbekin turned in an ultra-clutch possession when the Gators needed it most, however, beating a Razorback defender off the dribble and finishing at the hoop to tie the game and force an extra period. Wilbekin also played big in the overtime period for UF, knocking down a big 3-pointer and assisting on another to help the Gators fend off Arkansas.

    Wilbekin finished with 18 points, two rebounds and two assists.

    Rashad Madden led all scorers on the afternoon, dropping in 23 points for Arkansas in the losing effort. Madden knocked down nine of his 16 field goals for the game while adding five rebounds and three assists to his stat line. Coty Clarke scored 16 points and grabbed 14 boards for the Razorbacks, battling down low with Florida big man Patric Young, who ended the day with 10 points and eight rebounds.

    Both teams will return to the court on Tuesday night, as Florida hosts Georgia in Gainesville and Arkansas welcomes No. 14 Kentucky to Bud Walton Arena.
     



    Missouri Slides Past Auburn

    AUBURN, Ala. -- Earnest Ross, a former Auburn Tiger who transferred to Missouri, led No. 21 Mizzou with 16 points on Saturday and helped it to a 70-68 win over AU.

    Ross nailed four clutch free throws down the stretch to seal the win for Mizzou (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), while his teammate Rodney Clarkson scored 20 points. 

    Auburn trailed by three in the final seconds and was unable to get off a 3-point attempt to try and tie the game. AU's Chris Denson drew a foul on a missed layup, however, and knocked down his first free throw before intentionally missing the second. Torren Jones hauled in the rebound, but his foot came down on the baseline, ending Auburn's hopes of tying or winning in the closing seconds. 

    KT Harrell led all scorers with 27 points for Auburn, while Jabari Brown added 15 for Mizzou in the victory. Auburn returns to the court on Wednesday at Tennessee, while Missouri travels to Vanderbilt on Thursday night in its next contest.
     



    LSU Holds On for First SEC Win

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Jarell Martin pumped in a career-high 18 points off the bench, and the LSU men’s basketball team ended a two-game losing streak with a 71-68 victory over South Carolina Saturday at Colonial Life Arena.
     
    LSU (10-4, 1-1 SEC) secured its first SEC win and picked up its 10th win of the season. The Tigers have won four of the last five meetings over South Carolina (7-8, 0-2 SEC) in Columbia since the 2005-06 season. 
     
    For Martin, he was 5-of-6 from the floor and turned in a 7-for-8 effort at the foul line. The Baton Rouge native also collected six rebounds and a career-best five steals.
     
    Jordan Mickey and Johnny O’Bryant III tacked on 13 points apiece for the Tigers. The duo combined for a 10-of-19 shooting clip. O’Bryant III has pieced together six straight 10-plus scoring performances, while Mickey has reached double figures in 13 of his 14 outings.
     
    Andre Stringer bounced back from being held scoreless during the Tennessee game and came away with nine points from the bench.
     
    Making only his second start of the season, Malik Morgan garnered a solid all-around with eight points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. The eight points matched Morgan’s second-highest scoring output of the season and whereas his four dimes were a season’s best. Shavon Coleman notched five points, six rebounds and two steals. The six rebounds tied a season-high for Coleman.
     
    USC was led by Sindari Thornwell, who poured in a career-high 25 points. He made nine of his 13 field goal attempts. Tyrone Johnson totaled 15 points and Brenton Williams accounted for 11 points to give the Gamecocks three players in double figures. 
     
    With LSU ahead 46-44 at the 10:37 mark of the second half, the Tigers seized the momentum and ripped off 18 of the next 24 points over the next 4:45. O’Bryant III and Mickey hit three consecutive hook shots in the lane to ignite the run. Stringer came off a double screen and nailed a triple from the left baseline to push LSU’s lead to 55-47 with 8:16 remaining.
     
    The Tigers snatched its largest lead at 64-50 with 5:45 left after Tim Quarterman and Stringer canned three-balls on consecutive possessions off feeds from O’Bryant III followed by a Martin free throw. 
     
    South Carolina reeled off nine straight points of its own and pulled back to 64-59 with 2:11 to go. Thornwell capped the Gamecocks flurry with a transition dunk and a jumper.
     
    After Anthony Hickey drained two free throws, South Carolina made it 66-62 on a Williams triple off a friendly bounce from the rim.
     
    O’Bryant III knocked down a trio of foul shots over a 7-second span to extend LSU’s advantage back to 69-62 with 42.3 seconds left on the clock. Morgan split four free throws down the stretch and Williams made another three-pointer at the buzzer for the final tally of 71-68.
     
    As a team, LSU connected for 22-of-56 from the floor which included a 5-for-18 mark from three-point range. The Tigers knocked down 12-of-26 shots during the second half. LSU was 22-of-35 at the foul line, and the 35 free throw attempts were a season-high for LSU.
     
    The Gamecocks secured a 20-of-48 shooting performance and made 4-of-11 behind the three-point line. South Carolina was 24-of-34 from the charity stripe.
     
    The two teams traded eight ties and 12 lead changes during the first 28 minutes of the contest. LSU raced out to a quick 5-0 advantage aided by five Coleman points before the Gamecocks knotted the tally at 5-5 after Thornwell fired back with five points of his own.
     
    Trailing 25-24 at the 3:39 mark of the opening half, the Tigers registered the next eight points started with a Morgan runner. LSU also received a traditional three-point play from Martin, while Mickey and Stringer hit free throws to allow the Tigers to take a 32-25 lead with 2:10 remaining. The Gamecocks ran off the final five points of the half to bring the score to 32-30 at halftime. 
     
    LSU continues its first of three SEC two-game road swings and travels to Ole Miss on Wednesday. Tip time is slated for 8 p.m., and the game will be carried by Cox Sports Television (CST), Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) and www.WatchESPN.com
     
    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. Jim Hawthorne, Ricky Blanton and Kevin Ford will call the action.
     
    For all of the latest news and information on Tiger basketball, visit www.lsusports.net/basketball. Fans can also follow the program on its social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsubasketball along with @lsubasketball and @lsucoachjones on Twitter.



    Kentucky Takes Down Vanderbilt at Memorial Gym

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Willie Cauley-Stein dropped 15 points for No. 14 Kentucky on Saturday to help the Wildcats (12-3, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) roll to a 71-62 win over Vanderbilt in Nashville. The big man added six rebounds, two steals and a block to his stat line in the win, as Kentucky moves to 2-0 in league play.

    Andrew and Aaron Harrison, UK's twin duo of freshmen, also scored in double digits for John Calipari's squad. Andrew scored 10 points to go along with eight boards and four assists, while his brother scored 14 points to go along with four rebounds.

    A trio of Commodores (8-6, 0-2 SEC) scored in double digits on the day, led by Damian Jones' 18-point effort. Dai-Jon Parker and Kyle Fuller scored 17 apiece for Vandy, which shot 50 percent as a team in the losing effort. 

    Kentucky will be back in action Tuesday night in Fayetteville against Arkansas, while Vandy will return to the court on Thursday night against Missouri in Nashviille.
     



    Georgia Takes Care of Alabama at Home

    ATHENS, Ga.—Kenny Gaines and Charles Mann scored 22 points apiece as Georgia beat Alabama 66-58 Saturday afternoon at Stegeman Coliseum in its SEC home opener. 
     
    “That was really a hard-fought game,” said head coach Mark Fox. “We thought coming into the game that Alabama was just terrific defensively and that it would be a game that had to be won in the trenches. We talked about trying to play a determined 40 minutes and we had to do that to beat a good Alabama team. They really guarded us and we couldn’t score, but we guarded them also and that certainly was the difference in the game. Our defensive rebounding allowed us to win.”
     
    After the Crimson Tide (7-8, 1-1) grabbed the early lead, Georgia (8-6, 2-0) closed the first half on a 19-8 run to take a 34-23 lead, largely behind Gaines’s 16 first-half points. 
     
    In the second half, Georgia shot just 19 percent from the field and Alabama shrunk the Bulldog advantage to as few as three points, but a resilient Georgia team fought back, riding a 9-3 run with seven minutes remaining to re-solidify its lead and secure its eighth win of the season. Georgia was helped by going 8-for-12 from the free throw line in the game’s final two minutes. 
     
    With the win, Georgia starts 2-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2001-02 season.
     
    “What’s important is the next game and that we continue to grow as competitors and grow as a team and that we go down there and give us a chance to win in Gainesville, Fla.,” continued Fox. “We’ve made progress and we’ve learned through adversity. This is the first time that I’ve thought we’ve handled success fairly well, but now we have to keep moving forward and keep getting better because we can really improve as a team.”
     
    The Bulldogs’ defense held Alabama to just 36 percent shooting from the field—nearly ten percent below its season average. The Bulldogs outrebounded Alabama 41-32 and improves to 8-0 when winning the rebounding battle.
     
    Trevor Releford scored 17 points to lead Alabama. Rodney Cooper led the Crimson Tide with six rebounds.
     
    Georgia returns to action on Tuesday in Gainesville against Florida. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
     


    Mississippi State Dismisses Ole Miss at The Hump

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Four Bulldogs scored in double digits on Saturday to help Mississippi State take care of rival Ole Miss, 76-72. 

    Roquez Johnson led the way for MSU (11-4, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) with 20 points off the bench, and he had plenty of help from his friends. Craig Sword scored 14 for Mississippi State, while Colin Borchert scored 14 and I.J. Ready dropped 10. MSU shot 37 percent as a team.

    Jarvis Summers did his best for the Rebels (10-5, 1-1 SEC), scoring a game-high 23 points in the losing effort. Summers connected on seven of his 15 shot attempts and also hauled in four rebounds to go with two assists. 

    Ladarius White added 16 for Ole Miss, while Derek Millinghaus added 15 of his own.

    Both teams return to the court on Wednesday night, Mississippi State at Alabama and Ole Miss at home against LSU.
     




    Late Three Lifts Texas A&M Past Tennessee

    Antwan Space hit a three-pointer with 4.4 seconds remaining to give Texas A&M a 57-56 win over Tennessee in Knoxville on Saturday.

    The Aggies (11-4, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) trailed by as much as 14 points in the first half, and never led in the second half until the final basket.

    Texas A&M didn't make a field goal the last 9:34 of the first half and Tennessee led 32-18 at halftime.

    Jamal Jones scored 20 of his 23 points in the second half, including five-of-10 from three-point range. Alex Caruso added 12 points for A&M (11-4, 2-0 SEC).

    Antonio Barton led Tennessee (10-5, 1-1) with 12 points. Tennessee saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.