Bama goes to OT to beat Miss. state

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 16, 2003 at 1:34 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mo Williams hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left in overtime and Antoine Pettway added two free throws as No. 9 Alabama beat No. 14 Mississippi State 68-62 Wednesday night, the Bulldogs' third straight loss.

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Alabama guard Antoine Pettway (50) reacts after sinking a three-point basket during overtime of their game Mississippi State, Wednesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Mississippi St guard Winsome Frazier (23) is shown at left. No. 9 Alabama defeated No. 14 Mississippi St 78-72 in overtime.

AP Photo/Tuscaloosa News, Jason Getz

Pettway tied the game at 55 with a baseline layup off the glass with 1.6 seconds left in regulation. It was the first basket for the Crimson Tide (12-2, 2-1 SEC) in nearly seven minutes after it overcome a 12-point halftime deficit.

The Bulldogs have lost 16 straight road games against ranked conference opponents and their first three SEC games after rising to a school-best No. 7 ranking.

Alabama extended the nation's third longest home winning streak to 28 games.

Alabama's Erwin Dudley, who finished with 23 points and dominated the power forward matchup with Mario Austin, opened the overtime with a basket and free throw. He added a putback and Williams hit a fadeaway for a 63-56 lead with 2:07 left.

The Bulldogs (10-4, 0-3) then got a putback from Branden Vincent with 1:45 left and Timmy Bowers made it 63-61 with a 3-pointer with 59 seconds to play.

Williams then drilled his third 3-pointer, this one from the top of the key.

  • AUBURN 67, SOUTH CAROLINA 60: Marquis Daniels scored 31 points and Auburn remained perfect in SEC play with a win against host South Carolina.

    Daniels started the game with two 3-pointers and then came through with nearly every big shot after that as the Tigers (14-2, 3-0) won their eighth in a row and sixth-straight against the Gamecocks (7-6, 1-2).

  • NO. 23 LSU 112, CENTENARY 65: Reserve Tony Gipson scored 14 points as No. 23 LSU beat Centenary (7-10) to stretch its home winning streak to 11 games.

    Torris Bright added 13 points for LSU (12-2), Collis Temple III and Antoino Hudson scored 12 points apiece and Ronald Dupree had 10 - all playing 20 minutes or less. The Tigers played all 15 of their players and 13 scored. LSU got 57 points from its bench.

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