SEC BASKETBALL ROUNDUP
Bama surprises Georgia
Published: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 12:28 a.m.
ATHENS, Ga. - Antoine Pettway made a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds remaining to give Alabama an ugly 45-42 victory over Georgia on Wednesday night, the Bulldogs once again failing to follow up a huge win.
Georgia (9-6, 1-3 Southeastern Conference) lost to the Crimson Tide (11-4, 3-1) just four days after a stunning 65-57 upset at Kentucky.
But the result shouldn't have been surprising. The Bulldogs shocked then-No. 3 Georgia Tech 83-80 on Jan. 3, then lost their next two games by a combined 45 points.
Alabama won its third straight SEC contest, despite shooting only 36 percent (16 of 44) from the field and committing 19 turnovers.
The Bulldogs were just as bad. They shot just under 33 percent (15 of 46) and also had 19 turnovers.
For Georgia, it was the lowest-scoring game since a 64-40 loss at Kentucky in 1984. Alabama had not been this low since a 52-45 loss to Florida in 1988.
Justin Reed added 16 points for the Rebels (9-6, 1-3 SEC), who limited LSU to a single field goal in the final 11 minutes of play.
Harper finished 7-of-16 from the field and had a game-high five assists for the Rebels, who avoided their worst conference start since 1995 when they opened 0-5.
Jaime Lloreda had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers (12-3, 2-2).
The 49-point output was a season low for the Tigers. LSU has scored less than 60 points in all three losses this season.
Harper hit a 3-point shot and followed with an assist for a Justin Johnson layup to give Ole Miss a 50-42 lead with 6:45 left.
The Tigers missed five free throws in the final four minutes.
The Tigers led only twice, both in the opening eight minutes.
Ole Miss took a 15-9 lead midway through the first half on a 7-0 run.
Ole Miss led 32-26 at halftime.
Midway through the second half, LSU made its best run of the night, hitting 7-of-10 from the field to pull to 43-42 with 10:52 left on two free throws from Brandon Bass.
But the Rebels, led by Harper, then built a 50-42 lead that proved to be insurmountable.
The Rebels finished 21-of-56 from the field, but only 3-of-16 from 3-point range.
The Rebels also struggled at the free throw line, hitting 8-of-13, but had only seven turnovers and dominated defensively in the final 11 minutes.
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