GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Erik Murphy scored 19 points and was instrumental on the defensive end, helping No. 4 Florida beat 16th-ranked Ole Miss 78-64 Saturday night in Southeastern Conference men’s basketball.
Murphy made 7-of-8 from the field , including 5-of-6 from 3-point range, and added six rebounds and four assists. Defensively, he took a charge, had a block and altered several shots in the paint.
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.
Kenny Boynton had nine points and 10 assists, just shy of his first double-double for Florida (18-2, 8-0).
Marshall Henderson, the SEC’s leading scorer, led the Rebels (17-4, 6-2) with 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Henderson was 7-of-11 from behind the arc, hitting several shots with defenders in his face.
NO. 17 MISSOURI 91, AUBURN 77: In Columbia, Mo., Keion Bell scored 24 points and Earnest Ross added 23, both season highs, as No. 17 Missouri used another strong second half to beat Auburn.
Ross hit five 3-pointers off the bench in his first game against his former team. The 6-foot-5, 222-pound guard played two seasons at Auburn, leading the team with 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
The teams combined for 49 fouls and 69 free throws, but the slogging pace didn’t seem to affect Missouri (16-5, 5-3), which shot 54.5 percent from the floor after shooting 38 percent in a 73-70 loss at LSU on Wednesday.
Frankie Sullivan led Auburn (8-13, 2-6) with 12 points, while Rob Chubb and Chris Denson both had 10.
Kentucky 72, Texas A&M 68, OT: In College Station, Texas, Nerlens Noel had a season-high 19 points and Julius Mays also scored 19, including five in overtime, to lead Kentucky.
The Wildcats (15-6, 6-2) led by one point before Mays made two free throws with 15 seconds left. Texas A&M (13-8, 3-5) had a chance to tie it after that, 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.
The Wildcats opened overtime with a 7-1 run thanks to a jump shot by Noel and five free throws to take a 69-63 lead.
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 after trailing by as much as 11 in the second half.
Alabama (14-7, 6-2) rallied despite hitting only one field goal after Andrew Steele’s 3-pointer with 5:57 left, and the Tide won for the sixth time in seven games, finishing on an 18-3 run.
Lacey had a game-high 17 points. Steele added 13 points off the bench, and Rodney Cooper had 11.
Vanderbilt (8-12, 2-6) didn’t hit a field goal after Kyle Fuller’s 3-pointer with 7:10 left. Kedren Johnson had 15 points and Fuller 13.
Georgia 67, South Carolina 56: In Columbia, S.C., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 19 points and Georgia won its third straight SEC game for just the second time in coach Mark Fox’s four seasons.
The Bulldogs (10-11, 4-4) trailed 30-29 at the half but began the final period with a 17-8 run to take control. Georgia freshman Kenny Gaines scored nine of his 11 points in that stretch.
He got things going with two buckets to start the second half. When he hit a 3-pointer seven minutes later, the Bulldogs were ahead 46-38.
Michael Carrera led the Gamecocks (12-9, 2-6) with 16 points.
Arkansas 73, Tennessee 60: In Fayetteville, Ark., B.J. Young broke out of a recent shooting slump, scoring 23 points, and Arkansas improved to 13-1 at home.
Marshawn Powell added 12 points before fouling out for the Razorbacks, which suffered their only home loss this season against No. 6 Syracuse, and Hunter Mickelson finished with 10.
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