|MEN'S BASKETBALL RESULTS
|Tennessee 78, Auburn 67
|Alabama 80, Mississippi State 61
|Texas A&M 75, South Carolina 67
|Ole Miss 88, LSU 74
Vols Rebound With 78-67 Win Over Auburn
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee knocked off Auburn, 78-67, in a game the Vols never trailed as all five starters scored in double-figures.
Jordan McRae (21) and Josh Richardson (15) led the UT scoring parade.
The Vols improved to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in the SEC with their fifth wire-to-wire win on the season.
The win came with new Basketball Hall of Famer and Vols legend Bernard King sitting behind the Vols bench. With King on hand -- the Vols' all-time leader in double-doubles (62), Jarnell Stokes posted his 26th career double-double. He tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Jeronne Maymon had 11 points and eight boards before fouling out late. Antonio Barton added 11 points.
The Vols shot an impressive 51.0 from the floor and out rebounded Auburn 42-28.
The Vols won their eighth consecutive home game vs. the Tigers dating to 1998 and sixth in a row in the series.
Auburn is now 8-6 and winless in the league at 0-3. Chris Denson led the Tigers with 24.
The SEC's leading scorer KT Harrell poured in 15 points for the Tigers after coming into the game, averaging 19.3.
Coming off the heartbreaking last-second loss to Texas A&M on Saturday, Tennessee took control of the game early on with strong shooting and excellent defense. The Vols also dominated the glass early on grabbing 11 of the game's first 13 rebounds.
The Vols took a 16-6 lead about seven minutes into the game on some splendid drives to the hoop by McRae and Richardson.
Richardson was the story of the first half as he converted 6-of-8 from the floor for 13 points to lead all scorers over the first 20 minutes. Stokes showed his power early on as well with eight points and eight rebounds in the first half.
Tennessee led 33-28 at intermission as Auburn's Malcom Canada connected on a 3-pointer -- his first shot of the game -- as time expired.
Auburn continued to hang around early in the second half, closing the gap to as small as two points. But, the Vols used a 9-2 burst to pull ahead by 11 at 50-39 on a nifty under-handed layup by freshman Darius Thompson with 13:36 left in the game.
McRae ripped off five consecutive points to regain a 10-point lead for UT after Auburn crept back to within five. That put the Vols ahead 57-47 midway through the second half.
Tennessee continued to keep the Tigers at bay for the remainder of the contest, leading by at least six and as many as 12.
Tennessee now leads the all-time series with 73-37 and has won six in a row vs. Auburn.
The Vols hit the road to take on No. 13 Kentucky this Saturday at 12 Noon ET. That game will air nationally on CBS and can be heard on the Vol Network. Last season, the Vols posted their largest win the series, an 88-58 victory over the Wildcats on Feb. 16. Tennessee has lost seven consecutive in Lexington, dating to the last win for UT on Feb. 7, 2006.
Alabama Men’s Basketball Defeats Mississippi State, 80-61
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Senior guard Trevor Releford had a game high 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the Alabama men's basketball team to an 80-61 win over Mississippi State Wednesday night at Coleman Coliseum. Alabama is now 8-8 on the year, 2-1 in the SEC, while Mississippi State falls to 11-5 overall, 1-2 in the SEC.
“I thought from an effort standpoint, we did a really good job,” UA Head Coach Anthony Grant said. “Releford really set the tone with the way he shot the ball tonight. I thought he was tremendous.”
Alabama made 10 three-point shots, which is a season-high. Releford was a big part of that, as he was 6-of-9 from behind the arc. With the 28 points, he moved into 14th on the Alabama all-time scoring list with 1,582 career points. He also led the team with four assists.
Alabama ended the first half on a 9-1 run to give the Tide a 38-26 lead and would never look back. The Crimson Tide had 17 assists on 30 made shots.
Freshman forward Shannon Hale had 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting and is averaging 13.7 points-per-game in SEC play. Hale has shot over 50 percent in five of his last six games. Sophomore guard Retin Obasohan had 11 points to go along with a team-high three steals and a career-high four blocks. Junior guard Rodney Cooper also had 10 points off of the bench.
The Crimson Tide will return to action this Saturday, Jan. 18, as they go on the road to face the Missouri Tigers. The contest tips off at 1 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN/ESPN2 and the radio broadcast will be carried by the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
Gamecocks Fall 75-67 At Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - South Carolina (7-9, 0-3 SEC) suffered a 75-67 loss at Texas A&M (12-4, 3-0 SEC) on Wednesday evening in Southeastern Conference play. The Gamecocks led by as many as 11 in the opening half, but the Aggies out-scored Carolina 37-28 in the second half en route to the victory. Junior guard Tyrone Johnson suffered a right foot injury near the end of the first half and did not play the remainder of the game. An update on his injury will be released on Thursday after further evaluation in Columbia.
Foul trouble once again plagued Carolina, with several players' minutes limited due to fouls, especially early in the second half. Senior guard Brenton Williams led the team with 14 points, his eighth-straight double-digit scoring game, while freshman guard Duane Notice added 12 points and five assists. Rookie forward Desmond Ringer set a season high with nine points, and matched a season best with seven rebounds, a team high.
Junior forward Jamal Jones led three Aggies in double figures with 22 points, including a 9-of-12 showing from the free throw line. Texas A&M attempted 41 free throws in the contest, compared to just 22 at the line for Carolina.
The Aggies scored the first basket of the ball game, but the Gamecocks responded with a 10-0 run to lead by eight at the first media timeout of the contest.
Williams added two at the free throw line and sophomore forward Michael Carrera scored his first basket of the game at the 14:39 mark, but A&M climbed to within seven to put the score at 14-7 Carolina with just under 12 minutes to play in the half.
The Gamecocks continued to play aggressive on the offensive end at the midway point. Ringer pulled down an offensive rebound and found Carrera for a wide open 3 from the perimeter. Ringer added a lay-in on the next possession, and the Gamecocks' lead stood at 23-16 with 8:52 showing in the half.
The Aggies would put together a 6-2 run over the course of the next minute and a half and the Carolina lead was just three at 25-22 at the under-eight minute media timeout.
Despite lay-ups from sophomore forward Laimonas Chatkevicius on consecutive possessions, a tip-in from A&M's Davonte Fitzgerald gave the Aggies a 32-31 upperhand with 4:20 remaining in the opening 20 minutes of play.
The teams traded baskets the remainder of the half. A tip-in from Chatkevicius and a pair of free throws from A&M's Shawn Smith saw the Gamecocks lead by one at the break, 39-38. With near a minute to play, Johnson was assisted off the court by the Gamecock athletic training staff, suffering a right foot injury after an awkward step on his foot. He did not return the remainder of the game.
The story of the opening half was a 20-10 rebound advantage for the Gamecocks, while Carolina also held a 20-14 upperhand in points in the paint.
The Gamecocks found themselves in foul trouble early in the second half with Notice, Carrera and sophomore forward Mindaugas Kacinas on the bench with three fouls apiece and freshman guard Sindarius Thornwell with four shortly into the half. A 3 from freshman guard Justin McKie pushed the Gamecocks lead to 50-43 with 15:37 to play.
The Aggies pulled to within two at 53-51 on two free throws from freshman guard Shawn Smith but Carolina held its lead, and Ringer scored his season high ninth point of the contest with 8:02 remaining to push the Carolina lead to 57-54.
South Carolina led the entire second half until two free throws from Jones gave Texas A&M a 58-57 advantage. Smith would hit a 3 from the corner at the shot clock buzzer just moments later, and the Gamecocks called a timeout with 5:51 to play.
The Aggies led by five when Williams hit a long 3 after an offensive rebound and assist from Ringer to keep the score within two at 64-62 Aggies with just over four minutes to play.
The teams matched free throws out of the final media timeout of the contest, but the Aggie lead stood at 73-65 with one minute to play after a layup from junior guard Jordan Green.
Williams hit two from the line with 34 seconds remaining, but Texas A&M held on for the 75-67 victory.
South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena to host Ole Miss on Saturday for the 2014 Legends Weekend. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m.
LSU Drops Overtime Decision at Ole Miss
OXFORD, Miss. – Andre Stringer drained a career-high 23 points aided by a five three-pointers off the bench, but the LSU men’s basketball team was dealt an 88-74 overtime loss to Ole Miss Wednesday at Tad Smith Coliseum.
LSU (10-5, 1-2 SEC) had an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but Anthony Hickey misfired on a 15-foot jumper as time expired. The Rebels (11-5, 2-1 SEC) scored the first 11 points of overtime en route to their sixth win during the last seven meetings over the Tigers.
For Stringer, the 23 points marked his third 20-plus scoring effort of the season. He tallied 21 points during each of LSU’s first two games of the season against UMass and Northwestern State. The Jackson, Miss. native hit his first six shots and was a crisp 7-of-10 shooting. His two assists allowed him to move past Johnny Jones for 12th place on LSU’s all-time list.
Making his second straight start, Shavon Coleman picked up 15 points and hauled in a season-high seven rebounds over his 37 minutes of action.
Jarell Martin registered 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals. It marked the second time this season that Martin has produced consecutive double figure scoring performances.
Anthony Hickey turned in a solid all-around effort with 11 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals after missing the final 13-plus minutes of the opening half with two fouls. The seven assists tied a career-high for Hickey whereas the three steals enabled him to surpass Tasmin Mitchell for eighth place in the LSU record book.
Jordan Mickey was limited to a season-low two points but turned in a strong defensive effort with a career-high seven blocks to go along with five rebounds.
Johnny O’Bryant III picked up six points and five rebounds before he fouled out in overtime.
Ole Miss was sparked by Marshall Henderson, Sebastian Saiz and Jarvis Summers. The trio accounted for 65 of the 88 points for the Rebels. Henderson led the way with 25 points and handed out seven assists.
LSU begins a stretch of four of its next five games at home and takes on Vanderbilt on Saturday.