|MEN'S BASKETBALL RESULTS
|Tennessee 86, Ole Miss 70
|Vanderbilt 59, Georgia 54
|South Carolina 80, Texas A&M 52
Vols Post 86-70 Wire-To-Wire Win Over Rebs
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee picked up another impressive victory as the Vols ended Ole Miss' four-game win streak with a 86-70 victory on Wednesday night. Senior Jordan McRae tallied 26 points as the Vols posted their sixth wire-to-wire win in 2013-14.
Tennessee improved to 13-7 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. The Rebels fell to 14-6 and 5-2 in the league.
In addition to McRae, three Vols scored in double-figures including Jarnell Stokes with his 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Josh Richardson and Jeronne Maymon each tallied 16 points.
Richardson was key to the team's success all game on both offense and defense. From his alley pop dunk to his dispsy-do underhanded sweeping layup to an emphatic blocked shot off the backboard, Richardson was ubiquitous.
Henderson scored all 26 of his points in the game's final 27 minutes after suffering an injury 32 seconds into the game. Jarvis Summers added 16 for the Rebels.
The Vols dominated the glass, out rebounding Ole Miss, 45-27. UT shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor and knocked down a season-tying high of 11 3-pointers on 20 attempts.
Tennessee played with high energy on both ends of the floor. The Vols built a lead as large as 19 points in the first half and maintained an advantage of at least five points for the remainder of the game.
After the Rebels' LaDarius White knocked down a 3-pointer with 14 minutes left in the game to cut the deficit to five, Tennessee's offense found its stride again. The Vols went on an 18-4 run to regain a comfortable advantage at 68-51 with 8:35 on the clock.
McRae canned a pair of 3-pointers while Maymon scored eight in the spurt that proved to the final knockout blow for the Vols.
The lead expanded to 20 points on a jumper by Stokes with three minutes left.
The Vols came out hot and led by double-figures for the final 12 minutes the first half on the way to a 41-29 lead at intermission. McRae knocked down a fallaway jumper as the half expired for his 11th and 12th points of the stanza.
After going down in the first minute, Henderson returned to action and made three of his final four 3-point attempts to tally 12 points in the first half.
Tennessee jumped out to a 13-4 lead thanks to some hot shooting from downtown as the Vols made three 3-pointers in the game's first three minutes.
The Vols return to action on Saturday as they head to Alabama to face the Crimson Tide at 9 p.m.
Bulldogs Fall Short to Vanderbilt, 59-54
ATHENS, Ga.--Georgia sophomore Charles Mann tallied his third 20-point scoring night of the season, but it wasn't enough to overcome an otherwise ice-cold shooting night as the Bulldogs fell to Vanderbilt 59-54 Wednesday night at Stegeman Coliseum. Georgia slips to 10-9 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
As a team, the Bulldogs shot just 27 percent from the field in the loss--a season low.
"We have to give Vanderbilt credit," said head coach Mark Fox. "They outplayed us and we got what we deserved. We got beat. We didn't play well. We can't shoot the ball like that, we can't rebound like that, we can't defend like that and win a game."
Facing a six-point deficit entering the second half, Georgia tied the game at 28-28 early in the half and successfully weathered multiple Vanderbilt runs throughout the beginning of the second half. The Commodores, however, put together a 9-3 run midway through the half to take an insurmountable nine-point lead. With a minute remaining in the game, Georgia hit a pair of three-pointers to cut the deficit to four, but Vanderbilt hit three of four free throws to ice the game.
Brandon Morris also contributed 12 points. Junior Marcus Thornton led the team with seven rebounds.
Vanderbilt was led by Rod Odom, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Georgia hits the road to play Auburn (8-9, 0-6) on Saturday. The game will tip-off at 1:30 p.m. ET
Gamecocks Post 80-52 Victory Over Texas A&M
COLUMBIA, S.C. –South Carolina (8-12, 1-6 SEC) led by as many as 32 points and four Gamecocks scored in double-figures, as the Gamecocks posted their first SEC win of the season with a strong offensive effort in an 80-52 victory over visiting Texas A&M (12-8, 3-4 SEC) on Wednesday evening at Colonial Life Arena.
Freshman guard Duane Notice posted a season high 19 points and fellow rookie guard Sindarius Thornwell also posted 19. Senior guard Brenton Williams added 18 and sophomore forward Laimonas Chatkevicius matched his career high with 12 points in the win. The Gamecocks hit 52.2 percent (24-46) in the contest.
Like they did two weeks ago in College Station, the Gamecocks raced out to quick lead, as Demetrius Henry opened the game with a 12-footer. Steals by Williams on back-to-back possessions led to a 3-pointer from Notice and Michael Carrera hitting 1-of-2 from the line after being fouled on a fast break. Carrera followed that up with two of his nine points by tipping in a missed attempt from Notice.
With the Aggies trying to end the run, Williams squared up a 3 to give Carolina 15-5 lead with 13:57 on the clock. Texas A&M was able to climb back and cut the deficit down to six after a pair of free throws with Shawn Smith, but the Gamecocks went a 15-0 spurt forcing the Aggies to call their first timeout. The run was fueled by Chetkevicius, who had six of the 11 points.
A pair of layups from Smith late in the half cut the Gamecocks’ lead to 17, but Williams capped off the half with a deep 3 to give Carolina a 41-21 lead heading into the break.
The Aggies opened up the second half with a 7-0 run forcing the Gamecocks to call a timeout. During the stretch, Thornwell was whistled for his second and third fouls within the opening minute. The team’s leading scorer was picked up though by freshman teammate as Notice ended the drought with a layup and before hitting the ensuing free throw after being fouled.
Despite Texas A&M cutting into the lead, Notice led the charge throughout the early part of half to help maintain the Gamecocks’ lead. The freshman accounted for 10 of the team’s 12 points during the first eight minutes of the half as he went on to pass his previous career high.
After a jumper from Thornwell pushed the lead back up to 19 at 56-37 with 10:58 remaining, Williams hit his fourth 3 of the game less than a minute later. It marked the third-straight game that senior has recorded at least four made 3-pointers.
Carolina continued to build on its lead throughout the final nine minutes of the game, primarily from the foul line as they shot 11-of-12 from the charity stripe from that point on to finish the game with an 80-52 win.
The Gamecocks’ defense stifled the Aggies’ offense all night, allowing them to only shoot 35.6 percent (16-45) from the field. For the first time this season, the Garnet and Black did not allow any of the opposing team’s players to score in double figures as Smith and Jamal Jones each led their team with nine.
Carolina also made the most of their opportunities from the foul line, hitting 26-32 (81.3 percent), as Thornwell (8-8), Notice (6-6) and Chatkevicius (2-2) were all perfect on the night. Texas A&M was 16-29 (55.2 percent) from the line.
To go with their game high 19 points, Notice and Thornwell each grabbed four rebounds and dished three assists. Carrera led the Gamecocks with seven rebounds.
South Carolina continues SEC play when it travels to Ole Miss on Saturday for a contest set to tip at 1:47 p.m. ET on SEC TV.