LEXINGTON, Ky. — Julius Mays’ two free throws with 9.4 seconds remaining capped Kentucky’s comeback from a seven-point deficit for a 61-57 upset of No. 11 Florida in Southeastern Conference men’s basketball Saturday, reviving the Wildcats’ NCAA tournament prospects.
Archie Goodwin’s 16 points led the way in a game that Wildcats coach John Calipari described Friday as “do or die” for his defending national champions. Kentucky needed a signature win to maintain its hopes for an NCAA tournament bid.
The Wildcats (21-10, 12-6) outscored the Gators 11-0 over the final 7:28 for their second win over a Top 25 opponent.
Erik Murphy’s 17 points led Florida (24-6, 14-4), which missed its final 11 shots.
Alabama 61, Georgia 58: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Trevor Releford hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from half-court for Alabama.
Rodney Cooper stole the ball from a driving Charles Mann in the final seconds and lofted a pass to Releford, who quickly launched the long shot to prevent overtime.
The Crimson Tide (20-11, 12-6) lost a 14-point halftime lead before Releford’s shot salvaged fading hopes of an at-large NCAA tournament bid.
Mann scored on a jumper in the final minute for the Bulldogs (15-16, 9-9) but missed the subsequent free throw. Nemanja Djurisic rebounded and delivered it to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who buried the tying 3-pointer with 48 seconds left.
Mann stole the ball from Trevor Lacey and took it toward the basket before losing the ball.
Tennessee 64, Missouri 62: In Knoxville, Tenn., Jordan McRae scored 15 points and Jarnell Stokes recorded a double-double as Tennessee rallied from an eight-point, second-half deficit.
McRae, who had averaged 25.8 points in the six games leading up to this one, went scoreless in the first 18½ minutes and didn’t make his first basket until 14:33 remained. But he heated up from there and scored seven points in an 11-0 run that put Tennessee ahead for good. Stokes added 13 points and 13 rebounds for Tennessee (19-11, 11-7).
Laurence Bowers scored 20 points for Missouri (22-9, 11-7).
Arkansas 73, Texas A&M 62: In Fayetteville, Ark., Mardracus Wade scored 14 points for Arkansas (19-12, 10-8), which completed its first winning mark in the SEC in five years, the last time the school reached the NCAA tournament. Arkansas closed out the regular season 18-1 at home.
Fabyon Harris scored 16 points to lead the Aggies (17-14, 7-11), who played without leading scorer Elston Turner because of a hand injury.
Vanderbilt 74, South Carolina 64: In Nashville, Tenn., Rod Odom and Dai-Jon Parker each scored 18 points to lead Vanderbilt.
Parker set a career-high and Odom scored 16 points in the first half for the Commodores (14-16, 8-10), who fended off a late charge.
Vanderbilt led by 12 in the second half but South Carolina (14-17, 4-14) pulled within two, 56-54, on Lakeem Jackson’s layup with 3:45 left. Josh Henderson answered with a layup and Parker knocked down a 3-pointer.
Brenton Williams led South Carolina with 17 points.
Mississippi State 74, Auburn 71, OT: In Starkville, Miss., Craig Sword scored 19 points and hit two crucial free throws in overtime to lead Mississippi State.
Mississippi State (9-21, 4-14) trailed by three late in regulation, but Colin Borchert hit a deep 3-pointer to force overtime. Borchert finished with 20 points.
Chris Denson scored 24 points and Rob Chubb had 18 to lead Auburn (9-22, 3-15).