SEC: Florida stays unbeaten; Alabama nips Ole Miss

A few quick notes from the two SEC basketball games last night:

Florida 67, Tennessee 58: The Gators will come to Rupp Arena for Saturday’s College GameDay showdown with Kentucky unbeaten in the SEC after winning in Knoxville for just the second time in its last nine trips.

Tennessee actually led 34-33 at the half, but the Vols couldn’t hold on in the second half. Scottie Wilbekin led Florida with 21 points. And despite shooting just 36.2 percent from the floor, the Gators made 17 of 22 free throws while the host Vols were just nine-of-17 from the line.

Jarnell Stokes had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee, but Florida grabbed 18 offensive rebounds compared to 23 defensive boards for the Vols. Dorian Finney-Smith had a key late offensive board for the Gators.

Alabama 67, Ole Miss 64: Trevor Releford buried a three-pointer from the top of the key with 0.6 seconds left to give the Crimson Tide the win. Releford scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the second half and scored 14 of Bama’s final 16 points.

Alabama got a big lift from Nick Jacobs, who scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds before an announced crowd of 9,703. Coleman Coliseum didn’t look that full.

Marshall Henderson was just four-of-14 from three-point range and he missed his only two-point attempt for the Rebels, who dropped to 7-4 in league play. Alabama is now 4-7.

Kentucky travels to Ole Miss next Tuesday.

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