Kentucky rolls past short-handed Georgia

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Aaron Harrison scored 15 points and No. 14 Kentucky pulled away from Georgia for a 79-54 victory Saturday at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky's Andrew Harrison goes up for a layup as Georgia's Marcus Thornton defends. The Wildcats ran away from the Bulldogs in the second half Saturday.  JAMES CRISP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JAMES CRISP/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Kentucky's Andrew Harrison goes up for a layup as Georgia's Marcus Thornton defends. The Wildcats ran away from the Bulldogs in the second half Saturday.

Julius Randle added 14 points while James Young had 13 including a couple of second-half 3-pointers for Kentucky (15-4, 5-1 Southeastern Conference), which won its third in a row.

Georgia (10-8, 4-2) had gotten within 37-31 with 16:18 remaining before the Wildcats steadily built a double-digit lead that rarely got below 20 points.

Georgia outrebounded Kentucky 35-32 but shot just 16 of 49 (33 percent) and was outscored 36-24 in the paint in the only regular season meeting between the schools.

Brandon Morris had 15 points for Georgia, which played without starting guard Kenny Gaines and backup Juwan Parker because of thigh and hamstring injuries, respectively. That resulted in a four-forward starting lineup that eventually helped the Bulldogs control the boards, but they couldn’t stop Kentucky inside as the Wildcats shot 50 percent (29 of 58).

NO. 6 FLORIDA 67, TENNESSEE 41

In Gainesville, Fla., Michael Frazier II scored 17 points and Scottie Wilbekin added 13 as Florida won its 11th in a row.

The Gators (17-2, 6-0) snapped a three-game losing streak in the series and extended their school record for consecutive home wins to 26.

Florida held the Volunteers (12-7, 3-3) to a season-low in points and shooting percentage (27).

MISSOURI 82, SOUTH CAROLINA 74

In Columbia, Mo., Jabari Brown had 24 points with a career-best six assists and Jordan Clarkson added 22 points, helping Missouri handle South Carolina.

Earnest Ross added 14 points for the Tigers (15-4, 3-3), who led by double digits most of the way and kept the Gamecocks (7-12, 0-6) winless in conference play. The winners shot 54 percent and combined for a season-best 18 assists.

Brenton Williams had a career-best seven 3-pointers and a season-best 32 points for South Carolina, which has dropped the first six conference games for the first time since a 0-6 start in 1998-99, and is 0-7 on the road.

MISSISSIPPI 82,

MISSISSIPPI STATE 63

In Oxford, Miss., Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers both scored 19 points to lead Mississippi over Mississippi State.

Ole Miss (14-5, 5-1) is on a four-game winning streak.

Mississippi State (13-6, 3-3) was led by Roquez Johnson and I.J. Ready, who both had 13 points.

VANDERBILT 66, TEXAS A&M 55

In College Station, Texas, James Siakam scored 22 points and Kyle Fuller added 19 as Vanderbilt toppled Texas A&M.

Texas A&M cut Vanderbilt’s lead to 52-48 with 4:49 remaining, but the Commodores (10-8, 2-4) used a 14-7 run to close out the scoring.

Kourtney Roberson led the Aggies (12-7, 3-3) with 14 points.

ARKANSAS 86, AUBURN 67

In Fayetteville, Ark., Ky Madden scored a career-high 24 points as Arkan­sas snapped a two-game losing streak with a win over struggling Auburn (8-9, 0-6).

Madden had 19 points in the second half for the Razorbacks (13-6, 2-4), who have now won 25 of their past 26 games at home.

ALABAMA 82, LOUISIANA STATE 80

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Trevor Releford scored 21 points, including the game-winning free throw with 16 seconds left, to lift Alabama (9-10, 3-3) to the victory.

Rodney Cooper added 19 points.

Johnny O’Bryant III had 18 points for LSU (12-6, 3-3).


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