(3) Vanderbilt 63, (11) Georgia 41
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - John Jenkins scored 15 points and Vanderbilt overcame a shaky first-half for a comfortable 63-41 victory over Georgia on Friday night in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Brad Tinsley added 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Commodores (22-10), whose triumph set up a semifinal matchup on Saturday with Mississippi, a 77-72 overtime winner over Tennessee.
Dustin Ware scored 10 for Georgia (15-17), which had upset Mississippi State a night earlier but could not sustain the momentum against the Commodores for more than a half.
Georgia led 25-24 at halftime, but missed 21 of 27 shots in the second half.
Tinsley scored the first five points of the second half for the Commodores, who soon after built a double-digit lead that grew as large as 22 points.
(4) Florida 66, (5) Alabama 63
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Bradley Beal scored 16, Erik Murphy added 15 and Florida beat Alabama 66-63 in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday.
The Gators had a 45-33 lead with 12:50 remaining after Murphy hit a pair of free throws, but Alabama responded with a 16-4 run to tie it at 49 on JaMychal Green's three-point play with 6:52 to go.
Alabama had a chance to tie in the final seconds, but Trevor Lacey's 3-pointer bounced off the front of the rim.
Florida (23-9) snapped a three-game slide and will face top-ranked Kentucky on Saturday in the semifinals.
Alabama (21-11) lost for just the second time in seven games. Green had 22 points, Trevor Releford scored 12 and Lacey added 11.
(1) Kentucky 60, (8) LSU 51
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Michael Kidd-Gilchrist helped No. 1 Kentucky overcome some early sloppiness against upset-minded LSU until his fellow Wildcats came alive in the second half.
Kidd-Gilchrist scored 19 points and Kentucky survived a feisty effort by the Tigers to take a 60-51 victory Friday in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Terrence Jones added 15 points and 11 rebounds, including a 9-0 run by himself that gave the Wildcats (31-1) the lead for good as they extended their winning streak to 23 games. Anthony Davis added 12 points and 14 rebounds after a slow start, and Doron Lamb scored 12.
Storm Warren scored 14 for LSU (18-14), which came in as a 17-point underdog after beating Arkansas in Thursday's opening round. The Tigers led by as much as five points early in the second half before Jones' surge turned the tide.
Andre Stringer added 11 points for the Tigers.
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