COLUMBIA — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 points and Georgia won its third consecutive Southeastern Conference game for just the second time in coach Mark Fox’s four seasons with a 67-56 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (10-11, 4-4) trailed 30-29 at the half but began the second half with a 17-8 run to take control. Georgia freshman Kenny Gaines scored nine of his 11 points in that stretch.
Caldwell-Pope, the SEC’s second-leading scorer, increased Georgia’s margin to 59-49 with 4:31 to play. He added seven rebounds for the Bulldogs.
The last time Georgia won three consecutive league games it wound up 9-7 in the SEC and picked for the NCAA Tournament.
Michael Carrera led South Carolina (12-9, 2-6) with 16 points, but he had just one over the final 20 minutes.
NO. 4 FLORIDA 78,
NO. 16 MISSISSIPPI 64
In Gainesville, Fla., Erik Murphy scored 19 points, helping Florida (18-2, 8-0) beat Mississippi (17-4, 6-2).
Pat Young added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Gators, who won their 10th consecutive game. Mike Rosario (14 points) and Scottie Wilbekin (13) also reached double figures.
Marshall Henderson, the Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer, led the Rebels with 25 points.
NO. 17 MISSOURI 91,
In Columbia, Mo., Keion Bell scored 24 points and Earnest Ross added 23, both season highs, as Missouri (16-5, 5-3) used another strong second half to beat Auburn (8-13, 2-6).
Frankie Sullivan led Auburn with 12 points.
TEXAS A&M 68 (OT)
In College Station, Texas, freshman Nerlens Noel had a season-high 19 points and Julius Mays also scored 19, including five in overtime, to lead Kentucky (15-6, 6-2) over Texas A&M (13-8, 3-5).
The Wildcats led by one point before Mays made two free throws with 15 seconds left. The Aggies had a chance to tie it, but Elston Turner’s 3-pointer bounced off the rim with 5 seconds left. Mays added another free throw with a second left to secure the win.
ARKANSAS 73, TENNESSEE 60
In Fayetteville, Ark., BJ Young broke out of a shooting slump, scoring 25 points and Arkansas (13-8, 4-4) improved to 13-1 at home this season with a win over Tennessee (11-9, 3-5).
Jarnell Stokes led the Volunteers with 18 points.
ALABAMA 58, VANDERBILT 54
In Nashville, Tenn., Trevor Lacey hit a 3-pointer with 56.8 seconds left, giving Alabama its first lead of the game, and the Crimson Tide (14-7, 6-2) edged Vanderbilt (8-12, 2-6) for their first win at Memorial Gym since 1990 after trailing by as much as 11 in the second half.
Vanderbilt didn’t hit a field goal after Kyle Fuller’s 3-pointer with 7:10 left.
LOUISIANA STATE 69,
MISSISSIPPI STATE 68
In Starkville, Miss., Anthony Hickey made a game-winning layup with 1.4 seconds remaining as Louisiana State University (12-7, 3-5) rallied to beat Mississippi State (7-13, 2-6).
Gavin Ware led Mississippi State with 14 points.