Area SEC basketball teams open their seasons
OXFORD, Miss-Deandre Burnett scored 23 points and drilled two decisive free throws with 9.5 seconds remaining to give Mississippi an 86-83 win over UT Martin in the season-opening game for both teams on Friday night.
Terence Davis scored 19 points, Rasheed Brooks had 12 and Cullen Neal added 10 for the Rebels, who survived two Skyhawks shots in the final five seconds.
Matthew Butler led UT Martin with 25 points, including three 3-point shots in the final three minutes that wiped out a 76-66 Ole Miss lead. Jacolby Mobley scored 17 points, while Kedar Edwards and Javier Martinez added 11 points apiece.
Ole Miss finished 27 of 56, 48 percent, from the field but struggled at the free throw line, managing 25 of 37, 67.6 percent. The Rebels had a 44-40 rebounding edge, including a game-high 13 boards from Justas Furmanavicius.
STARKVILLE, Miss-Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 22 points, Tyson Carter added 17 points and Mississippi State held off Norfolk State 78-74 on Friday.
Mississippi State freshman Mario Kegler made two free throws with 6.6 seconds left to ice it.
In the season opener for both teams, Mississippi State’s I.J. Ready and Aric Holman had 14 and 11 points, respectively. Holman notched his first career double-double with 11 rebounds and also had five blocked shots.
Zaynah Robinson had 21 points to lead Norfolk State while Jonathan Wade scored 18 points.
Mississippi State was hampered by foul trouble in the first half with Eli Wright and Mario Kegler each having three fouls. But Norfolk State couldn’t take advantage as they went 10 of 19 at the free-throw line.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark-Dusty Hannahs scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures as Arkansas opened its season with a 92-83 win over IPFW on Friday night.
The re-tooled Razorbacks, featuring three of the top junior college recruits in the country, trailed by as many as six points in the first half before pulling away from the Mastodons.
Hannahs, who led Arkansas with an average of 16.5 points per game last season, finished 7 of 17 fro the field _ 8 of 10 on free throws.
Daryl Macon, one of the junior college newcomers, added 13 points while Anton Beard had 12. Preseason Southeastern Conference Player of the Year Moses Kingsley finished with nine points, nine rebounds and seven blocks despite being in foul trouble in the first half.
John Konchar led IPFW with 17 points, one of five in double figures.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn-Justin Tuoyo and Tre’ McLean each posted double-doubles Friday as Chattanooga started its season with an 82-69 victory over Tennessee that snapped the Volunteers’ 24-game winning streak in home openers.
This marked the second straight year that Chattanooga has opened the season by beating a Southeastern Conference team. The Mocs tipped off their 2015-16 campaign with a 92-90 overtime victory at Georgia and went on to reach the NCAA Tournament.
Tennessee hadn’t lost a home opener since falling 87-79 to East Tennessee State in 1991.
Tuoyo had a career-high 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds in a performance that featured several dunks. McLean had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Greg Pryor had 14 points and Johnathan Burroughs-Cook added 11.
Tennessee freshman Jordan Bone had 21 points in his college debut. Lamonte Turner had 12 points and Robert Hubbs III added 11 for Tennessee, which shot 1 of 16 from 3-point range.