Ken­tucky wins in OT

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A layup by Quade Green (above) with 5 sec­onds re­main­ing gave No. 21 Ken­tucky an 83-81 over­time vic­tory against Van­der­bilt on Tues­day night.

TOP 25/SEC MEN NO. 21 KEN­TUCKY 83, VAN­DER­BILT 81, OT

LEX­ING­TON, Ky. — Quade Green’s layup with five sec­onds re­main­ing gave No. 21 Ken­tucky an 83-81 over­time vic­tory against Van­der­bilt on Tues­day night.

Ken­tucky (17-5, 6-3 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) over­came a 57-46 deficit with 9 ½ min­utes left to tie it on Shai Gil­geous-Alexan­der’s two free throws with three sec­onds left. The fresh­man then opened OT with a jumper, PJ Wash­ing­ton made two free throws and Kevin Knox hit a 3-poin­ter for a 78-74 lead.

Van­der­bilt (8-14, 2-7) ral­lied for a 79-78 edge be­fore Knox fin­ished a three-point play, and that was an­swered by Clevon Brown’s layup. Af­ter Green found open space for the win­ning layup, Pay­ton Wil­lis (Fayet­teville) fired a three-poin­ter that bounced off the rim and sparked a dog pile at mid­court for the Wild­cats.

Gil­geous-Alexan­der scored a ca­reer-high 30 points for Ken­tucky, while Knox had 18 and Green 12.

Jeff Rober­son had 23 points for the Com­modores, who looked to string to­gether con­sec­u­tive wins for the first time since late last month.

NO. 11 AUBURN 79, MIS­SIS­SIPPI 70

OX­FORD, Miss. — Bryce Brown scored 19 of his 23 points in the sec­ond half to lead No. 11 Auburn over Mis­sis­sippi.

Auburn (20-2, 8-1 SEC) beat Ole Miss for the sec­ond time this sea­son. Brown made 9 of 16 shots from the field, in­clud­ing

3 three-point­ers.

“Bryce has got a dif­fer­ent gear,” Auburn Coach Bruce Pearl said. “He’s got a con­fi­dence and a swag­ger. He’s fear­less.”

Brown’s big game earned Auburn its first vic­tory over Ole Miss in Ox­ford in nearly 10 years. He shot 9 of 16 from the field and made three 3-point­ers.

Mustapha Heron added 16 points for the Tigers. Jared Harper had 13 points and seven as­sists.

Brown made the dif­fer­ence dur­ing a cru­cial stretch of the sec­ond half when Auburn used a 13-2 run to turn a nar­row lead into a 72-57 ad­van­tage. The 6-foot3 guard shook off a slow start and some early foul trou­ble to pick apart the Ole Miss de­fense when it mat­tered most.

“That was the big­gest dif­fer­ence in the sec­ond half — I was in at­tack mode,” Brown said.

Ole Miss (11-11, 4-5) lost for the first time at home dur­ing con­fer­ence play. The Rebels were led by Dean­dre Bur­nett, who scored 16 points. Ter­ence Davis, Markel Craw­ford and Devon­tae Shuler each added 11.

Auburn won de­spite shoot­ing 39 per­cent from the field. One rea­son is the Tigers were able to ex­tend sev­eral pos­ses­sions thanks to 19 of­fen­sive re­bounds.

“They killed us on the glass,” Craw­ford said. “When­ever a team comes in and gets 19 of­fen­sive re­bounds — 12 in the sec­ond half —I don’t think you’ve got a good chance of win­ning against a good team like that.”

GE­OR­GIA 72, NO. 23 FLORIDA 60

ATHENS, Ga. — Yante Maten scored 20 points and Ge­or­gia re­cov­ered af­ter blow­ing a half­time lead to beat No. 23 Florida.

Florida’s 36.5 per­cent shoot­ing from the field was its sec­ond-worst in a South­east­ern Con­fer­ence game this sea­son.

“It seemed like there was a lid on the bas­ket for us at times,” said Florida Coach Mike White.

The lid was Ge­or­gia’s de­fense, which leads the SEC by hold­ing op­po­nents to 38.7 per­cent shoot­ing.

Florida (15-7, 6-3 SEC) be­gan the night in sec­ond place in the SEC, one game be­hind No. 11 Auburn.

Ge­or­gia (13-8, 4-5) had lost three con­sec­u­tive and five of six, and play­ers felt the pres­sure of fad­ing NCAA Tour­na­ment hopes.

“To­day ev­ery­body came with the spirit be­cause we wanted it so bad to turn the sea­son around,” said Tyree Crump, who sank two three-point­ers in the first half.

Crump and fresh­man Ni­co­las Clax­ton, who had a game-high eight re­bounds and three blocks, led Ge­or­gia’s bench.

The Ga­tors re­cov­ered af­ter trail­ing 37-32 at half­time to lead 48-43. Florida opened the sec­ond half with a 12-2 run that in­cluded two three-point­ers by Jalen Hud­son and a jam by KeVaughn Allen (North Lit­tle Rock) for a 44-39 edge.

Ge­or­gia re­grouped and led 55-51 fol­low­ing a three-point play by Maten and stretched the lead to 60-53 on a three-poin­ter by Maten.

AP/JAMES CRISP

AP/JAMES CRISP

Ken­tucky’s Quade Green (mid­dle) is con­grat­u­lated by team­mates Wenyen Gabriel (32) and Hami­dou Diallo af­ter hit­ting the game-win­ning shot that gave the Wild­cats an 83-81 over­time vic­tory over Van­der­bilt on Tues­day in Lex­ing­ton, Ky.

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