Southeastern Conference Tournament Recaps
(Thursday, March 14th)
Final Score: LSU 68, Georgia 63
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Andre Stringer scored 16 points and made a couple of clutch shots down the stretch to help LSU hold off a furious Georgia comeback, taking a 68-63 triumph in second-round play of the Southeastern Conference Tournament.
The Tigers (19-11) saw their 20-point halftime lead dwindle down to two with just over a minute to go, but Stringer buried a tough 3-pointer to push LSU's lead up to five and soon after sealed the victory with a pair of free throws.
Shavon Coleman scored a team-high 24 and Johnny O'Bryant finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds despite a 6-of-17 performance from the free-throw line for the Tigers, who will take on top-seeded Florida in Friday's quarterfinal.
SEC Player of the Year Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tallied 23 of his game-high 32 points in the second half to get Georgia (15-17) back into the contest, but misfired on a potential game-tying 3-pointer with 14 seconds left. He also had 13 rebounds.
Charles Mann made 12-of-14 from the free throw line to finish with 15 points in the setback.
The Tigers controlled the pace the entire first half, using a 12-0 run over the latter stages of the period to create a 22-point cushion before taking a 39-19 lead into the locker room.
However, Caldwell-Pope made five of his six 3-pointers after halftime, with his last cutting the Bulldogs' deficit to four. Mann then sank a pair of free throws to make it 63-61, but Stringer nailed a triple on the ensuing possession with 35 seconds showing and Georgia never came any closer.
Final Score: Tennessee 69, Mississippi State 53
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jordan McRae scored 17 points as Tennessee cruised past Mississippi State, 69-53, in second-round play of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Bridgestone Arena.
Trae Golden added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and Jarnell Stokes chipped in 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals to help the Volunteers (20-11) advance to Friday's quarterfinal against fourth-seeded Alabama.
Craig Sword had 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting, but Mississippi State (10-22) made just 34.5 percent of its shots as a team and trailed nearly the entire contest. Colin Borchert added 12 points and Trivante Bloodman scored 10 in defeat.
The Bulldogs took a 4-0 lead to start the game, but the Volunteers answered by scoring the next 12 points, with McRae and Golden each contributing 3-point plays.
Sword followed a Borchert triple with a layup to keep Mississippi State within seven at 21-14, but Tennessee rifled off a 14-2 run to take complete control at 35-16 with 3:39 to go in the half.
Trailing 35-19 coming out of the locker room, the Bulldogs got their deficit down to 58-49 with 4:42 left in the contest, but never came any closer.
Final Score: Vanderbilt 75, Arkansas 72
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Rod Odom tied a career-high with 20 points as the Vanderbilt Commodores registered a 75-72 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in the second round of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena.
The 10th-seeded Commodores (15-16) also leaned on Kyle Fuller who tallied 19 points, Kedren Johnson 13 and Dai-Jon Parker 11 points to go along with seven rebounds. With the win the Commodores will be back in action on Friday in the quarterfinals versus second-seeded Kentucky.
B.J. Young accounted for 16 points and five boards for seventh-seeded Arkansas (19-13), while Marshawn Powell logged 13 and nine rebounds before fouling out, followed by Michael Qualls with 10 points off the bench.
The Razorbacks led by three points early on in the meeting, but the squad shot just 38.5 percent from the floor in the first half, including 2-of-8 beyond the arc, en route to a 38-30 deficit at the break.
In the second half Arkansas battled back in order to make things interesting, but the squad ended up converting only 12-of-21 at the free-throw line in the period as Vandy held on for the victory.
In a game that featured four ties and three lead changes, the Commodores survived despite 17-of-30 shooting at the charity stripe.
Final Score: Missouri 62, Texas A&M 50
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Alex Oriakhi scored 13 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the No. 6 seed Missouri Tigers defeated the No. 11 seed Texas A&M Aggies, 62-50, in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena.
For the Tigers (23-9), Jabari Brown, Tony Criswell and Jabari Brown each added 10 points, while Earnest Ross pulled down 10 rebounds. Missouri will now face No. 3 seed Ole Miss in the quarterfinals.
Fabyon Harris led the Aggies (18-15) with 15 points.
Missouri took a 28-19 lead into halftime by shooting 50 percent from the field and holding Texas A&M to just 23.1 percent shooting. The Aggies did have some success from the perimeter early on, knocking down 4-of-10 from 3-point range in the first half.
After intermission, the Tigers made just 40 percent of their field goal tries, but again played strong defense and held the Aggies to just 25 percent shooting from the field, including 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. Missouri pushed its lead to as many as 21 in the second half and never trailed in the contest.
The Tigers dominated the boards, outrebounding the Aggies, 46-31. Texas A&M shot a season-low 24.1 percent in the first SEC tournament confrontation between these two former Big 12 rivals.
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