Tulsa 67, Vanderbilt 58

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brandon Rachal scored 17 points and Tulsa beat Vanderbilt 67-58 on Saturday night for its fifth straight win.

Elijah Joiner added 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the Golden Hurricane (6-1).

Aaron Nesmith, the nation’s leading 3-point shooter and Southeastern Conference’s leading scorer, led the Commodores (5-2) with 26 points, including five 3-pointers.

Scotty Pippen Jr. added 12 points and Saben Lee had 11 for the Commodores, who shot an uncustomary 36% from the floor, hitting just 20 of 56, and had their three-game win streak snapped.

Vanderbilt pulled to 60-56 with 3:27 remaining using its full-court press, but didn’t get closer.

It was the first time the teams met since the 1950-51 season.


Arkansas 66, N. Kentucky 60

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –Desi Sills and Jimmy Whitt combined for 41 points as Arkansas overcame the absence of its leading scorer Saturday to hold off Northern Kentucky and stay undefeated at 7-0.

Connors State ex Mason Jones, whose 18.1 points per game leads Arkansas, did not play. Jones was nursing a back injury and is out indefinitely, Musselman said.

Whitt’s 24 points tied a season high. Sills had 17 points.

The Norse trimmed a 10-point Arkansas lead to two in the final 30 seconds but Adham Eleeda’s potential go-ahead 3-pointer rimmed out with 14 seconds left and the Razorbacks sealed the game from the free-throw line.

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