BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — South Carolina and Vanderbilt were fined by the Southeastern Conference on Sunday after their fans stormed the field to celebrate soccer victories a day earlier. The league awarded Vanderbilt $250,000 for his third violation of the SEC’s Contest Area Access policy. The Commodores defeated Florida 31-24 at home, breaking the Gators’ eight-game winning streak. South Carolina was fined $100,000 by the SEC for a second violation after the Gamecocks downed No. 5 Tennessee 63-38 on Saturday night. The funds go to the SEC Post-Graduate Scholarship Fund.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his left knee in the fourth quarter of the ninth-ranked Volunteers loss to South Carolina. Tennessee announced that Hooker had a cruciate ligament tear and thanked Virginia Tech’s fifth-year senior transfer for being a part of the Volunteers resurgence. Hooker was one of the best quarterbacks in the country and a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy when the Volunteers surprisingly entered the college football playoff race. He has thrown 27 touchdown passes and only two interceptions this season.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Rasir Bolton scored 24 points, Drew Timme added 22 points and No. 2 Gonzaga beat cold-shooting No. 4 Kentucky 88-72. Julian Strawther had 20 points and 14 rebounds for 3-1 Gonzaga. Oscar Tshiebwe had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Kentucky’s 3-2, but the star player had much of the trouble in the second half. Kentucky shot just 39% in the game compared to 56% for Gonzaga. Kentucky coach John Calipari refused to play that game at Gonzaga’s home stadium, the confidential McCarthey Athletic Center.
CONWAY, SC (AP) — Backup Henry Coleman III scored 13 points and Julius Marble scored 11 points and No. 24 Texas A&M beat Loyola Chicago 67-49 in the Myrtle Beach Invitational. Tyrece Radford made a layup to break a nine-all tie and the Aggies led the rest of the game. Texas A&M built a 33:22 lead at halftime and extended it to 52:32 on Marble’s layup, leaving 9:53. Philip Alston scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Loyola Chicago.
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Isiaih Mosley and D’Moi Hodge each scored 18 points to help Missouri beat Mississippi Valley State 83-62. Hodge hit four 3-pointers and had six — and Nick East II added five — of Missouri’s 16 steals. Alvin Stredic Jr. made the first of two free throws to reduce MVSU’s deficit to 42-20 early in the second half, but Kobe Brown and Hodge each made back-to-back baskets as Missouri took the first eight points in a 28-6 -Scored that gave the Tigers a 70-46 lead with 7 minutes to play. Mosley scored 16 points during that stretch. Terry Collins hit five 3-pointers to finish with 27 points for Mississippi Valley State (1-4). Arecko Gibson scored 11 points.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Flau’jae Johnson had 27 points, Angel Reese had 23 — both with double-doubles — and LSU rolled to a record-breaking 100-45 win over Northwestern State. Jasmine Carson’s 3-pointer with 45 seconds left took LSU to 100 points for the fifth straight year. It is believed to be the third such series of five games in NCAA women’s history. Johnson, a freshman guard, was setting season highs not only in points but also with 10 rebounds, five assists and six steals. Reese, a sophomore transfer from Maryland who averaged 23.3 points and 14.8 rebounds per game, had 19 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
UNDATED (AP) — Southern California made the top five in The Associated Press’ college football poll for the first time in five years. Georgia received 62 of the 63 votes for first place in the AP Top 25 as the top four teams maintained their spots after playing unevenly tight games on Saturday. No. 2 Ohio State received the other first vote. Michigan was again No. 3, followed by TCU. The Trojans moved up two spots after a thrilling win over rivals UCLA. The last time USC finished in the top five was September 2017 when it started at No. 4 but spent most of the season in their teens before finishing in 12th place.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Bree Hall hit a 3-pointer with 42 seconds left in overtime, Aliyah Boston overcame early foul troubles to score 14 points, and No. 1 and defending champion South Carolina rebounded 76-71 at second-placed Stanford in a preseason showdown. Victaria Saxton missed both free throws by 24.3 seconds, but a jump ball moments later gave the Gamecocks possession. Stanford had another chance 10 seconds after Agnes Emma-Nnopu’s steal, but Haley Jones couldn’t get the ball in before a 5-second injury. The Gamecocks are 4-0.
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