ORANGEBURG — South Carolina State men’s basketball coach Tim Carter has resigned, effective immediately, the university announced Wednesday.
Associate head coach Murray Garvin will assume the head coaching duties until further notice, according to Bulldog athletics director Charlene Johnson.
“We thank Coach Carter for his service as head men’s basketball coach at S.C. State and wish him well in his future endeavors,” Johnson said.
Carter was in his fifth season as Bulldogs coach. The Kansas graduate and former coach at Texas-San Antonio had his best season during his third campaign in Orangeburg when S.C. State was 18-14 and reached the championship game of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament.
UNC ASHEVILLE 69, WINTHROP 56
At Asheville, N.C., Keith Hornsby scored 21 points and Jeremy Atkinson added 20 to lift UNC Asheville past Winthrop.
Winthrop (10-12, 4-6 Big South) built a 26-18 first-half lead but Asheville outscored the Eagles 9-2 over the final 3:22 to trail 28-27 at the break.
Derrick Henry led Winthrop with 15 points.
COASTAL CAROLINA 73, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 53
At Conway, Warren Gillis scored 19 points to go with six rebounds as Coastal Carolina rolled over Charleston Southern (12-8, 7-2 Big South).
Anthony Raffa added 17 points and Kierre Greenwood 16. Michel Enanga posted 12 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes and El Hadji Ndieguene pulled down 12 rebounds to help Coastal Carolina (11-10, 6-4) dominate the glass 47-27.
PRESBYTERIAN 57, GARDNER-WEBB 54
At Clinton, Eric Washington led four Presbyterian players in double figures with 13 points as the Blue Hose (6-18, 3-7 Big South) snapped a two-game losing streak and beat Gardner-Webb. Jordan Downing had 11 points and Ryan McTavish and Khalid Mutakabbir had 10 each.
MISSISSIPPI 93, MISSISSIPPI STATE 75
At Oxford, Miss., Marshall Henderson scored 31 points, Irmo native Murphy Holloway added 24 and Mississippi (18-4, 7-2 SEC) rolled.
Mississippi State (7-14, 2-7) has lost seven straight. Craig Sword led the Bulldogs with 17 points.
LSU 57, VANDERBILT 56
At Baton Rouge, La., Anthony Hickey scored 14 points and LSU hung on for its third-straight victory.
Johnny O’Bryant III added 10 points for the Tigers (13-7, 4-5), who led by as many as 12 early in the second half before Vanderbilt (8-13, 2-7) methodically pulled as close as 55-53 on Rod Odom’s 3-pointer with 10 seconds left.
AUBURN 49, ALABAMA 47
At Auburn, Ala., Allen Payne and Josh Wallace each scored 11 points and Auburn held Alabama scoreless for more than nine minutes in the second half.
The Tigers (9-13, 3-6) snapped a six-game losing streak despite managing just 13 points in the first half.
It was a season-low in points for Alabama (14-8, 6-3), which had won six of seven games and five straight in the rivalry. The Tide’s previous low was 50 points.
GEORGIA 68, TENNESSEE 62
At Knoxville, Tenn., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points and led Georgia’s 3-point shooting onslaught as the Bulldogs defeated Tennessee.
Georgia (11-11, 5-4) shot 11 of 20 from 3-point range. Caldwell-Pope was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc.
Jordan McRae scored 17 points and Jarnell Stokes had 16 points for Tennessee (11-10, 3-6).