GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike Rosario scored 19 points, Erik Murphy added 11 despite playing with a broken rib and No. 11 Florida opened Southeastern Conference men’s basketball play with a 77-44 victory over Georgia on Wednesday night.
The Gators improved to 12-5 in league openers under Donovan, including 7-0 at home. They also extended their recent dominance against the Bulldogs, winning for 16th time in the last 19 meetings.
The latest one was no big surprise since the Gators (11-2) have played well most of the season while Georgia (6-8) has struggled against just about everyone on its schedule.
The Bulldogs, though, had won four in a row after losing six of seven. Georgia turned the ball over 19 times.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the team’s lone bright spot, led the Bulldogs with 11 points.
Ole Miss 92, Tennessee 74: In Knoxville, Tenn., Marshall Henderson scored a career-high 32 points for Ole Miss.
Ole Miss (12-2) had lost 11 straight times to Tennessee in Knoxville since a 93-88 triumph on Feb. 27, 1991.
Jarvis Summers scored 16 points and Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner each had double-doubles for the Rebels.
Jordan McRae scored 26 points to match his career high for Tennessee (8-5).
Mississippi State 56, South Carolina 54: In Starkville, Miss., Craig Sword scored 18 points, and Roquez Johnson added 14 for Mississippi State.
Mississippi State (6-7) first-year coach Rick Ray won his SEC debut. Sword shot 6-of-11 from the field and had a dunk with 26 seconds left that provided enough separation.
The Gamecocks (10-4) couldn’t overcome 24 turnovers. Brian Richardson led South Carolina with 20 points.
Texas A&M 69, Arkansas 51: In College Station, Texas, Kourtney Roberson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Texas A&M.
Fabyon Harris scored 17 points to lead the Aggies (11-3, 1-0), who took control with a 15-0 run that began late in the first half and extended into the second. It was the first SEC game for A&M and its first conference game against the Razorbacks since 1991, when both schools belonged to the now-defunct Southwest Conference.
BJ Young had 13 points for Arkansas (9-5, 0-1), which had a five-game winning streak snapped. The Razorbacks dropped to 0-4 on the road.