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SEC Basketball Update -- December 5, 2010

Eight SEC teams were in action on the hardwood over the weekend. The biggest game of the weekend for the SEC was (10 AP/11Coaches) Kentucky visiting North Carolina.

The Tar Heels were able to defeat the Wildcats 73-75. North Carolina was lead by Tyler Zeller who scored a career high 27 points and added 11 rebounds. John Henson also added a double double of 13 points and 12 rebounds.

North Carolina was able to control the paint after both of Kentucky's big men got in foul trouble. Josh Harrellson and Elroy Varges each picked up 3 fouls early and both ended up fouling out of the game.

Kentucky was lead by Doron Lamb off the bench who lead the Wildcats with 24 points and his half court heave went wide left as the final horn sounded.

Kentucky fell to 5-2 on the year and will drop when the newest round of rankings are released.

The Alabama Crimson Tide fell to 4-4 after a 47-66 loss to the (22Ap/18Coaches) Purdue Boilermakers.

The Crimson Tide were lead by Tony Mitchell who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. The only other Alabama player in double digits was Trevor Releford who scored 12 points.

They were out done by the Purdue duo of guard E'Twaun Moore with 23 points and 9 rebounds and forward Juan Johnson who had 17 points.

Alabama was without their second leading scorer, JaMychal Green. He missed his third game for conduct detrimental to the team.

Vanderbilt was able to improve its record to 7-1 on the year after a 76-85 win over Belmont. Vanderbilt found itself facing a 35-32 halftime deficit to Belmont. The visiting Bruins lead by as much as seven points before taking a three point lead to the locker.

The Commodores scored the first six points of the second half and never looked back. Festus Ezeli lead Vanderbilt with a career high 24 and bringing down 10 rebounds. Jeffery Taylor added 15, Brad Tinesly posted 14 points.

The Arkansas Razorbacks improved to 5-1 on the year with a victory over Troy.

Delvon Johnson's 20 points and 14 rebounds lead the Razorbacks and Rotnei Clarke added 16 points.

Arkansas lead 48-36 at the half thanks to a 13-0 run. Troy got as close as 53-60 in the second half, but Clarke hit a 3-point shot to end the run for Troy and Arkansas was able to pull away for the 15 point win.

The Ole Miss Rebels improved to 4-2 with a 86 - 81 win over Southern Miss.

Ole Miss almost let a 10 point halftime lead go to waste in the second half. Southern Miss was able to build a 5 point lead with just over 7 minutes left but could not hold on for the upset.

Chris Warren lead four Mississippi players in double digits with 20. While Southern Miss also had four players in double digits with guard R.L. Horton leading the way with 20.

Mississippi was able to force 19 Southern Miss turnovers. Many of them coming late in the game to help Ole Miss from blowing their halftime lead.

(18 AP/16 Coaches) Florida Gators were looking to make a case to stay in the top 25 of both polls. The Gators improved to 6-2 on the year with a 67-48 win on the road against American University in the opening game in the BB&T classic in Washington, D.C.

Florida had four players reach double digits. Erving Walker lead the way with 16 points and hit a key 3 pointer after American U had cut a 16 point lead to seven. The Gators were able to pull away after that.

Florida's Kenny Boynton was held scoreless on 0 for 9 shooting, but did have a team high seven assists. It was the first game this season that Boynton did not score double digits.

The Auburn Tigers were able to hold off an upset bid from Arkansas Pine Bluff and improve to 3-4 on the season with a 72-76 win.

Auburn faced a four point deficit at halftime and appeared to be headed to another loss on the year. They trailed most of the second half, but a lay up from Allen Payne gave the Tigers a two point lead with 8 seconds left and Rob Chubb, who lead the Tigers in scoring with 14, sealed it with two free throws.

The South Carolina Gamecocks renewed their rivalry with the Clemson Tigers in another ACC/SEC match up.

The Gamecocks improved to 6-1 on the year with a 60-64 victory at home on Sunday night. It was a typical rivalry game. The biggest lead of the game was 9 points for USC early in the first half. They also lead by 8 in the second.

Clemson would not go away and was able to keep the game close in the final minutes. South Carolina was able to convert their free throws to hang on for the win.

South Carolina had four players in double digits. They were lead in scoring by Bruce Ellington with 14 points.

Dennis Berry

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