SEC Roundup

Prather, No. 7 Gators survive scare

Associated PressJanuary 18, 2014 

— Casey Prather scored 21 points in his return from a knee injury and helped No. 7 Florida survive a scare from Auburn in a 68-61 victory on Saturday.

Prather had 16 points in the first half after missing the past two games with a badly bruised right knee. He made 8 of 10 shots for the Gators (15-2, 4-0 SEC), who have won nine straight games and eight in a row at Auburn (8-7, 0-4).

Tahj Shamsid-Deen hit a jump shot with 1:59 left to cut Florida’s lead to 62-61, but Scottie Wilbekin answered with a fadeaway jumper. Wilbekin made 2 of 4 free throws over the final 48 seconds.

No. 13 Kentucky 74, Tennessee 66: Freshman Andrew Harrison scored a season-high 26 in Lexington, Ky., and the Wildcats used near-perfect free-throw shooting to pull away.

The Wildcats (13-4, 3-1) made 23 of 24 from the line including their first 17 before Aaron Harrison, Andrew’s twin, missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 32 seconds remaining.

Andrew Harrison made all 10 of his free throw attempts along with a couple of 3-pointers and freshman Julius Randle was 5 of 5 from the free throw line and 6 of 9 from the field for 18 points.

Mississippi St. 81, Texas A&M 72 (OT): Craig Sword scored 23 points, Gavin Ware added 22 and the Bulldogs won in Starkville, Miss.

Mississippi State (12-5, 2-2) rallied from a 52-42 deficit midway through the second half. Ware’s crucial steal and putback tied the game at 67 with 30 seconds left.

Georgia 66, Arkansas 61 (OT): Kenny Gaines scored 15 points, Marcus Thornton had 11 points and 13 rebounds and Georgia overcame poor shooting in Athens, Ga.

Gaines opened the overtime period with a 3-pointer and Charles Mann scored the next four points for the Bulldogs (9-7, 3-1). Mann scored six of his nine points in the extra period.

It was the third straight overtime game for Arkansas (12-5, 1-3 SEC). The Razorbacks previously lost to No. 7 Florida but beat No. 13 Kentucky in overtime.

Missouri 68, Alabama 47: Jabari Brown tied a career high with 24 points and Johnathan Williams III grabbed 14 rebounds to help Missouri defeat Alabama 68-47 on Saturday.

Missouri (14-3, 2-2) entered the game having lost two of three, including a 78-75 setback at Vanderbilt on Thursday.

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