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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: Wednesday, January 22

    MEN'S BASKETBALL RESULTS
    Tennessee 81, Arkansas 74
    Mississippi State 82, Auburn 74
    Georgia 97, South Carolina 76
    Ole Miss 63, Vanderbilt 52

     

    McRae's 34 Lead Vols To 81-74 Win Over Arkansas
     
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Jordan McRae scored a season-high 34 points including the final 13 points for the Vols to secure an 81-74 win over Arkansas on Wednesday night.
     
    Jeronne Maymon tallied 17 point and grabbed nine rebounds for the Vols, who improved 12-6 overall and 3-2 in the SEC. Josh Richardson added 10.
     
    Arkansas (12-6, 1-4) had a well-balanced attack led by Coty Clarke's 16. Rashad Madden (15), Fred Gulley (11) and Kikko Haydar (10) all scored in double-figures for the Razorbacks.
     
    Down by two with three minutes remaining, Tennessee scored seven points in a row to take the lead it would never relinquish.
     
    What amounted to a five-point play was the turning points of the game.
     
    Maymon tied the game at 68 as he converted both free throws on a Haydar intentional foul with 2:52 remaining. Six seconds later McRae knocked down a 3-pointer to gave the Vols a 71-68 lead. That started that run of 13 Tennessee points in a row for the senior.
     
    After an Arkansas missed shot, McRae made a pair of free throws to expand the Vols lead to five at 73-68 with a little more than two minutes remaining.
     
    The Vols defense was stout in the five minutes of the game, limiting Arkansas to seven points and just two field goal on 10 attempts.
     
    McRae sealed the game as he intercepted a pass by Clarke with 26 seconds remaining as Arkansas had a chance to close the gap to one. After being fouled, McRae calmed knocked down both free throws to put the Vols ahead by seven at 79-74.
     
    McRae added two more foul shots to finish off the win. He made a career-high 12 free throws on 14 attempts.
     
    It was a back-and-forth game that saw neither team lead more than eight points for the entire 40 minutes.
     
    Arkansas went on an 11-0 run to open the largest lead of the game at 59-51 as Anthlon Bell knocked down a 3-pointer with just under 15 minutes left in the game. Jeronne Maymon ended the spurt with a jumper for the Vols.
     
    Midway through the second half, Tennessee responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 63 all as Richardson knocked down his first 3-pointer of the game. The Vols buckled down on defense during the spurt, forcing the Hogs into five consecutive empty trips down the floor.
     
    A high-paced first half saw the Vols grab a 39-37 lead. McRae led all scorers with 10 points. Tennessee took care of business at the foul line in the first half, making 15-of-17 shots.
     
    Tennessee returns to action on Friday as the Vols travel to No. 6 Florida for a 4 p.m., matchup in Gainesville.

     


     

    Bulldogs Turn Back Auburn To Go To 3-2 In SEC Play
     
    STARKVILE, Miss. – Mississippi State won its third-straight SEC home game with an 82-74 win against Auburn Wednesday.
     
    The Bulldogs improved to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play, while the Tigers fell to 8-8 and 0-5. MSU has won 13 of the past 14 series meetings at home, including five straight.
     
     “This was a good win for our program and our team,” MSU coach Rick Ray said. “I am happy with how we handled adversity tonight. We have played two games without our best passer and decision-maker (IJ Ready) and then tonight we had two starters with foul trouble (Gavin Ware and Craig Sword).
     
    “We had so many errors on the defensive end down the stretch. However, we made free throws.”
     
    The Bulldogs again struggled out the gate. Down 15-6, MSU righted the ship and began to plug away. The Bulldogs were within five on two free throws by Roquez Johnson. Johnson followed with an old-fashioned 3-point play.
     
    MSU finally grabbed the lead on a 3-point basket by Colin Borchert, placing the Maroon and White on top 25-23. The Bulldogs scored the final six points of the half, including a steal and dunk by Sword as the half expired, creating a 34-25 lead.
     
    In the opening half, the Bulldogs shot 48.1 percent from the floor and end the half on a 20-4 run.
     
     “The most important thing about that run is we got defensive stops on 10 of 12 possessions on the defensive end,” Ray said.
     
    The Bulldogs ran the lead to double digits for the first time at 40-30 with 15:31 left in the contest. The lead pushed to 10 again at 51-41 with 10:23 left in the contest.
     
    “We play with a lot more confidence at home,” Borchert said. “I think we practice here, we play here, we used to the rims. We did a really good job on the offensive end. The big thing is everybody contributed.”
     
    Auburn battled back with an 8-0 run. However, the Tigers never took a second-half lead. In the game’s final half, the Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 18-0 off the bench.
     
    The Bulldogs led 59-58 when Tyson Cunningham entered and gave the team a spark. Cunningham hit two free throws and on the following possession hit a back-breaking 3-point basket. The former Columbus High standout then drew a charge, capping a game-changing minute of play.
     
     “Coach always says be ready when you go in,” Cunningham said. “I was in the right spots at the right times to help my team out, so you feel really good about that. I was just hoping to help us get a win.”
     
    The Bulldogs stretched the lead at the free throw line, as they hit 31-of-43 shots from the foul line, including a 10-of-16 night from Johnson.
     
    For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 22 of 44 shots from the field (50.0 percent), 7 of 18 shots from 3-point range (38.9 percent) and 31 of 43 shots from the foul line (72.1 percent). The Tigers hit 28 of 58 shots from the field (48.3 percent), 6 of 21 shots from 3-point range (28.6 percent) and 12 of 13 shots from the foul line (92.3 percent).
     
    Auburn held a 32-27 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 16 assists and nine turnovers, while the Tigers had 11 assists and 13 rebounds.
     
    Borchert led MSU with 17 points, while Fred Thomas had 14 points and Trivante Bloodman had 13 points.
     
    Auburn received 24 points from KT Harrell and 17 points from Tahj Shamsid-Deen. The Tigers also got double-doubles from Asauhn Dixon-Tatum (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Allen Payne (12 points, 10 rebounds).
     
    MSU returns to action Saturday at Ole Miss. The Bulldogs and Rebels tip at 3 p.m.

     


     

    Georgia Overwhelms South Carolina, 97-76
     
    ATHENS, Ga.--Georgia junior Nemanja Djurisic scored a career-high 22 points to lead the Georgia men's basketball team to a 97-76 win Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum. The Bulldogs improve to 4-1 in conference play, while South Carolina remains winless.
     
    Djurisic joined four other Bulldogs (10-7, 4-1) who scored in double-figures. Senior Donte' Williams led the team in rebounding with ten and was just one point short of a double-double.
     
    "We're off to a good start in the League. It took us a while to figure out how to play without Kentavious [Caldwell-Pope], but I think we have a better understanding about how this group needs to play to win," said head coach Mark Fox. "We protect our home court and we have a road win but there's a long way to go in this league. There is a lot of basketball to be played and it is way too early to talk about anything but the next game. I'm pleased with our start and we certainly have a big challenge ahead in Lexington on Saturday."
     
    Georgia led the final 37 minutes of the game. After using a 14-5 run to grab an early lead, Charles Mann hit a three-pointer from the top of the key to give Georgia a 14-point advantage, its largest of the first half, with seven minutes remaining. The Bulldogs took a 45-34 lead into halftime.
     
    In the second half, Georgia started where they left off, using a 19-7 run capped by two straight three-pointers from Djurisic to give the Bulldogs a commanding 64-42 lead. The Gamecocks (7-11, 0-5) cut its deficit to 15 points with eight minutes remaining, but Georgia responded scoring eight straight to end any threat.
     
    In the win, Georgia had five players score in double figures for the first time since its March 2012 win against Mississippi State 70-68 in double overtime.
     
    Sindarius Thornwell paced South Carolina offensively with 26 points.
     
    The Bulldogs will travel to Lexington, Ky. to take on Kentucky on Saturday. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 1:30 p.m.

     


     

    Commodores Run Out Of Steam, Lose To Ole Miss
     
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt made a furious comeback to erase a large second half deficit only to run out of gas as Ole Miss defeated Vanderbilt, 63-52, Wednesday at Memorial Gym. 
     
    Vanderbilt dropped to 9-8 on the season and 1-4 in the SEC. Ole Miss improved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in league play. 
     
    After trailing by as many as 13 points early in the second half, Vanderbilt fought back to take a 46-45 lead on a James Siakam layup with 6:10 to go. However, Ole Miss quickly stretched the lead back to 10 by scoring the game's next 11 points, including two straight three-pointers by Marshall Henderson. 
     
    Rod Odom paced Vanderbilt with 18 points. Damian Jones chipped in with 14. Ole Miss had four players in double figures. 
     
    Vanderbilt turned the ball over 17 times. The Rebels had 14 steals, compared to just two by Vanderbilt. 
     
    The Commodores trailed 29-20 at the half after committing 12 turnovers and shooting just 29.2 percent from the floor. 
     
    The Commodores return to the court Saturday at noon CT when they play at Texas A&M.
     
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt made a furious comeback to erase a large second half deficit only to run out of gas as Ole Miss defeated Vanderbilt, 63-52, Wednesday at Memorial Gym. 
     
    Vanderbilt dropped to 9-8 on the season and 1-4 in the SEC. Ole Miss improved to 13-5 overall and 4-1 in league play. 
     
    After trailing by as many as 13 points early in the second half, Vanderbilt fought back to take a 46-45 lead on a James Siakam layup with 6:10 to go. However, Ole Miss quickly stretched the lead back to 10 by scoring the game's next 11 points, including two straight three-pointers by Marshall Henderson. 
     
    Rod Odom paced Vanderbilt with 18 points. Damian Jones chipped in with 14. Ole Miss had four players in double figures. 
     
    Vanderbilt turned the ball over 17 times. The Rebels had 14 steals, compared to just two by Vanderbilt. 
     
    The Commodores trailed 29-20 at the half after committing 12 turnovers and shooting just 29.2 percent from the floor. 
     
    The Commodores return to the court Saturday at noon CT when they play at Texas A&M.