LSU hands Miss. State 85-72 loss

Published: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 12, 2003 at 1:06 a.m.
BATON ROUGE, La. - Jaime Lloreda scored 19 points and Ronald Dupree had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead LSU to an 85-72 victory over No. 7 Mississippi State on Saturday night.
Mario Austin scored 17 points for Mississippi State (10-3, 0-2 SEC) despite being hobbled by a sore right knee from a collision in the Bulldogs' loss to Florida on Tuesday. But Mississippi State could not keep pace with LSU (11-2, 1-1), which shot almost 63 percent, including 6-of-12 from 3-point range.
Torris Bright scored 17 points for LSU, while Darrell Mitchell added 12 in the Tigers' second win over a Top 10 this season. LSU beat then-No. 1 Arizona 66-65 on Dec. 21.
  • VANDERBILT 70, NO. 4 ALABAMA 69: In Nashville, Russell Lakey hit two 3-pointers down the stretch and Matt Freije scored 19 points as Vanderbilt beat No. 4 Alabama.
    The Commodores (8-5, 1-1 SEC) came into the game 0-3 against ranked opponents this season and beat their first Top Five opponent since a 75-71 victory over then-No. 4 UCLA on Nov. 22, 1995, in the Maui Invitational.
    The Crimson Tide (11-2, 1-1) hasn't beaten the Commodores in Memorial Gym since 1990, a span of seven games, and had a chance but took too long to make a late run.
    Erik Daniels matched his career high with 19 points and capped a late first-half spurt with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer as No. 18 Kentucky overcame a ragged start to beat South Carolina.
    With the teams tied at 15, Kentucky (11-3, 2-0 SEC) went on a 17-4 run over the final seven minutes of the half to take a 32-19 lead.
    Daniels, a junior forward, led the outburst with two layups and the long 3-pointer with the clock winding down in the half. Marquis Estill added six points as the Wildcats repeatedly penetrated South Carolina's defense for easy baskets.
  • TENNESSEE 66, OLE MISS 64: In Oxford, Miss., Tennessee freshman Stanley Asumnu scored the game-winner on a put-back basket with 2.6 seconds left to give the Volunteers a victory over Mississippi.
    Tennessee (8-3, 1-1 in SEC) tied the game at 64-64 on a layup by Jon Higgins with 1:01 to go.
    The Volunteers forced Ole Miss (9-4, 0-2) into a shot-clock violation on their ensuing possession, which gave Tennessee the ball with only 23 seconds remaining.
    Asumnu fought for the rebound under the Tennessee basketball and the put up the winner. It was Asumnu's second basket of the game.
  • AUBURN 52, ARKANSAS 37: In Fayetteville, Ark., Derrick Bird scored 11 points and Marquis Daniels scored 10, enough to help Auburn (13-2, 2-0) to a victory over an Arkansas team (5-8, 0-2) that mustered only 15 second-half points.
    Arkansas' Kendrick Davis made a layup to tie the game at 32-32 with 8:26 to play. Auburn then pulled away, building a 38-32 lead with field goals by Bird and Marco Killingsworth, plus a couple of free throws.
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