ATHENS, Ga. — Jalen Steele scored a career-high 21 points as Mississippi State won its third consecutive game with a 72-61 victory over Georgia on Saturday.
Craig Sword added 14 for Mississippi State (7-7, 2-0 Southeastern Conference).
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with 16 points for Georgia, but the fourth-leading scorer in the conference went 0 for 6 from the field in the second half.
Charles Mann had 14 points for Georgia (6-9, 0-2).
NO. 10 MISSOURI 49
In Oxford, Miss., Murphy Holloway scored 22 points, Jarvis Summers added 12 and Mississippi (13-2, 2-0) beat Missouri (12-3, 1-1).
Missouri was without leading scorer Laurence Bowers, who is out with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 13 points.
NO. 11 FLORIDA 74,
LOUISIANA STATE 52
In Baton Rouge, La., Kenny Boynton scored 20 points and Florida (12-2, 2-0) used a 31-6 run across the halves to rout Louisiana State (9-4, 0-2).
Anthony Hickey scored 15 points for LSU.
SOUTH CAROLINA 71
In Columbia, Frankie Sullivan scored 17 points and Rob Chubb added 16 points and 10 rebounds as Auburn (8-7, 2-0) beat South Carolina (10-5, 0-2).
South Carolina’s Brian Richardson missed a fairly open 3-pointer with 10 seconds left and Bruce Ellington forced up another 3-pointer that didn’t have a chance as the Gamecocks started SEC play 0-2 for a second year in a row.
Ellington led the Gamecocks with 18 points.
ALABAMA 68, TENNESSEE 65
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Trevor Lacey and Trevor Releford each scored 15 points to lift Alabama (9-6, 1-1) over Tennessee (8-6, 0-2).
Trae Golden missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Volunteers.
Jordan McRae scored 21 points for Tennessee.
TEXAS A&M 83,
In Lexington, Ky., Elston Turner scored 40 points for Texas A&M, and the Aggies (12-3, 2-0) topped Kentucky (10-5, 1-1) on the road, for their first road conference win as members of the SEC.
It was the first home conference loss in John Calipari’s tenure as Kentucky’s coach.
Nerlens Noel finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and four steals for the Wildcats.
ARKANSAS 56, VANDERBILT 33
In Fayetteville, Ark., Marshawn Powell scored 17 points and BJ Young added 14 as Arkansas (10-5, 1-1) beat Vanderbilt (6-8, 0-2).
Sheldon Jeter had eight points for the Commodores.