College basketball roundup

February 20, 2014 

Jamal Jones scored 19 points as Texas A&M defeated visiting Alabama 63-48 on Thursday night.

The Aggies led 24-23 at halftime but built a 10-point lead over the first 10 minutes of the second half thanks to a combined 17 points from Jones and Alex Caruso — who finished with 14 points. The Aggies (15-11 overall, 6-7 SEC), trying to make the postseason for the first time under third-year coach Billy Kennedy, rebounded from a 57-54 overtime loss at Vanderbilt on Saturday.

The reeling Crimson Tide (10-16, 4-9), led by guard Trevor Releford's 20 points, lost their second consecutive contest and have dropped six of their last seven under fifth-year coach Anthony Grant.

SEC women

No. 16 Texas A&M 73, Mississippi 61: Courtney Williams scored 26 points and Karla Gilbert added 21 with 10 rebounds to boost visiting Texas A&M, which plays Kentucky on Sunday.

The Aggies (21-6, 11-2 SEC) shot 48.3 percent from the field, with Gilbert going 8 of 10. Courtney Walker contributed 13 points.

Tia Faleru paced Ole Miss (10-17, 1-12) with 21 points and 10 boards.

No. 10 Tennessee 93, Auburn 63: Meighan Simmons scored 26 points for the Lady Vols' seventh victory in their last eight games.

Simmons sparked an early 19-0 run and had 25 points in the game's first 21 minutes, 42 seconds before cooling off down the stretch. Cierra Burdick added 19 points and seven rebounds for the host Lady Vols (21-5, 10-3 SEC).

Tyrese Tanner scored 15 points and Tra'Cee Tanner had 14 for Auburn (14-12, 5-8).

Georgia 71, No. 19 LSU 67: Erika Ford had 20 points as Georgia jumped to a big lead early and repelled a late challenge to defeat visiting LSU. Theresa Plaisance had 29 points and eight rebounds to lead LSU.

Nation women

No. 2 Notre Dame 86, Wake Forest 61: Jewell Loyd had 29 points and 10 rebounds and Notre Dame overcame its own poor shooting to remain undefeated in Winston-Salem.

No. 7 Duke 83, No. 14 N.C. State 70: Kody Burke just about shot North Carolina State to one of the greatest rallies in school history.

Burke had career highs of 30 points and six three-pointers in the Wolfpack's loss to Duke on Thursday night.

N.C. State trailed by 24 points before Burke got hot — at one point hitting three-pointers on three straight possessions during the rally.

Her last one made it 70-66 with 3½ minutes left. But N.C. State came up empty on its next four possessions — either missed shots or turnovers by freshman guards Miah Spencer and Ashley Williams.

State men

Lindsey Wilson College 86, No. 16 Georgetown College 76: Noah Cottrill hit a three at the buzzer in the first half, but it wasn't enough to change the momentum against visiting Lindsey Wilson College (14-13, 5-10) as the Blue Raiders notched just their fifth conference win on Thursday.

Five Tigers tallied double digits, led by Monty Wilson's 18. But 20 turnovers and an inability to stop Lindsey Wilson down the stretch sent Georgetown to 19-8, 10-6 with two games remaining. Deondre McWhorter recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. D'on Hall led all scorers with 22 points as LWC blistered the nets from deep (7-of-15). Georgetown returns to action at 4 p.m. Saturday on Senior Day for Wilson, Russ Middleton, Branden Burdette and Montavious Marc.

State women

No. 8 Georgetown 79, Lindsey Wilson 67: Six Tigers scored in double figures as Georgetown College (18-6, 12-4 MSC) ended visiting Lindsey Wilson College' four-game win streak. Kourtney Tyra had 17 points, while Lizza Jonas and Andrea Howard had 15, Devanny King 12 and Jessica Foster and Teonia McCune 10. Lindsey Wilson (18-9, 8-7 MSC) had four players in double figures, led by Frankfort native Tara Arnold's 17.

Georgetown plays Saturday at 2 p.m. against Cumberland University for Senior Day for Jonas, Tyra and Howard.

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