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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: Wednesday, February 12

    Kentucky 64, Auburn 56
    Georgia 75, Mississippi State 55
    Texas A&M 83, LSU 73


    Kentucky Takes Command Late, Holds Off Auburn
    AUBURN – Chris Denson scored 26 points to lead Auburn, but the Tigers fell to No. 13 Kentucky 64-56 on Wednesday in Auburn Arena.
    “Our guys played hard. I’m proud of how hard our guys fought and how tough they were, but at the end of the day give credit to Kentucky,” Auburn head coach Tony Barbee said. “They made winning plays when the game mattered.”
    Denson, the SEC scoring leader, scored 25 or more for the third-straight game and for the sixth time this season.
    Kentucky (19-5, 9-2) led by as many as 10 in the first half, but the Tigers closed the gap to one with 4:11 remaining before the half on a tip-in by freshman Matthew Atewe. The put-back was Auburn’s final field goal of the half as the Wildcats ended the half on a 5-0 run to lead 28-22 at the break.
    Auburn (11-11, 3-8) used a 16-4 run midway through the second half to take its first and largest lead at 38-35 with 11:29 remaining on a dunk by Allen Payne.
    After Atewe’s layup gave the Tigers a 42-41 advantage with 7:57 to go, Kentucky answered with a 10-1 run to re-take the advantage culminating with a Julius Randle free throw and a 51-43 lead with 4:36 left.
    Atewe had a solid night with a career-high 13 rebounds as he also tied his career highs in points (six) and blocks (four) in 29 minutes off the bench.
    Andrew Harrison led the Wildcats with 16 points. Julius Randle had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
    Auburn is in action next on Saturday when it hosts Mississippi State. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m.

    Georgia Tames Mississippi State 75-55
    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Charles Mann scored 19 points, Juwan Parker added 16 and Georgia overcame a slow start to beat Mississippi State 75-55 on Wednesday night.
    Georgia trailed 22-8 midway through the first half and needed more than six minutes to make its first field goal.
    But the momentum swung quickly. Georgia rallied for a 28-27 halftime lead and stretched its advantage to as many as 23 points late in the second half. Marcus Thornton added nine points and eight rebounds.
    Georgia (13-10, 7-4 Southeastern Conference) is now tied with Mississippi for third place in the league. The Bulldogs meet the Rebels on Saturday in Athens, Ga.
    Mississippi State (13-11, 3-8) has lost six straight. It was a miserable shooting night for MSU, which made just 3 of 25 attempts (12 percent) from 3-point range. Craig Sword led Mississippi State with 10 points.
    Mann was 4 of 7 from the field and 10 of 11 on free throws. He also added six rebounds and five assists. Georgia shot 17 of 23 (73.9 percent) from the field in the second half.
    Mississippi State jumped out to a 22-8 lead after a 3-pointer by Fred Thomas with 9:54 remaining in the first half. Georgia struggled to put anything in the basket early, missing its first eight shots before Brandon Morris finally knocked down a jumper.
    Georgia coach Mark Fox used 12 players in the first half, trying to find a few who could produce some offense. Things started to turn when Fox put rarely-used freshman reserve Kenny Paul Geno into the game.
    The 6-foot-6 Geno -- a Booneville, Miss., native -- scored six points as the Bulldogs rallied, going on a 20-5 run to take a 28-27 lead into halftime.
    And the good times continued for Georgia early in the second half. The Bulldogs pounded their way inside for easy baskets and stretched their lead to 57-39 on Marcus Thornton's layup with 8:16 remaining. Georgia scored 40 points in the paint.
    It was a bitter loss for Mississippi State, which squandered the 14-point first-half lead and was then embarrassed in the second half as Georgia picked apart its defense.
    Now MSU faces two straight road games against Auburn and LSU before returning to Humphrey Coliseum.

    Triples Vault Texas A&M Past Men’s Hoops, 83-73
    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Shavon Coleman registered a season-high 21 points, but Texas A&M buried a season’s best 10 three-pointers to claim an 83-73 win over the LSU men’s basketball team Wednesday at Reed Arena.
    With the loss, LSU (15-8, 6-5 SEC) dropped into a fifth place tie in the SEC standings. The Aggies (14-10, 5-6 SEC) have won 13 of their 15 games at home this season.
    For Coleman, it was his fourth 20-point performance of his career. He drilled 8-of-13 from the floor to go along with six rebounds and three assists.
    Johnny O’Bryant III tacked on 15 points and six rebounds, while Jordan Mickey secured 13 points and seven rebounds. The trio of Coleman, Mickey and O’Bryant III knocked down 19 of their 32 shots. The rest of the LSU team combined for a 7-of-32 shooting clip.
    Off the bench, LSU’s top performer was Jarell Martin. He tallied 11 points en route to his fourth consecutive game in double figures. Anthony Hickey came away with nine points and six assists.
    Texas A&M was fueled by Jamal Jones’ 19 points aided by five three-pointers. Kourtney Roberson picked up 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Davonte Fitzgerald added 11 first-half points.
    LSU connected on its first three baskets and jumped out to an 8-2 advantage during the first 1:57 of the contest. Hickey canned a pair of treys to spark the flurry.
    The Tigers continued their hot shooting and grabbed their largest lead at 22-14 after consecutive Martin and Mickey layups with 11:04 remaining. LSU was 10-of-15 from the floor when O’Bryant III went to the bench with two fouls.
    The Aggies pieced together 15 of the next 21 points over the next 3:50 and grabbed a 29-28 edge with 6:58 left on the clock. Fitzgerald came off the bench to spark A&M with eight quick points.
    All square at 35-35 at the 3:58 mark of the opening half, the Aggies scored eight of the final 10 points to take a 43-37 lead into the locker room.
    Texas A&M kept the momentum and went on another 8-2 spurt to extend its lead into double figures at 51-39 with 16:57 to go.
    The Tigers fired back with eight quick points over the next 1:58 and drew as close as 51-47 after an O’Bryant III dunk at the 14:36 mark. Coleman also hit one of his three triples during the run.
    Texas A&M put the game back into double figures during the next three minutes and kept a 10-plus point lead for a majority of the rest of the way. 
    LSU wraps up its two-game road swing Saturday at Arkansas. Tip time is on-tap for 4 p.m.