Daniels leads Wildcats past Rebels
Published: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 12:57 a.m.
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Erik Daniels scored a career-high 24 points and reserve Antwain Barbour hit four 3-pointers to lift No. 5 Kentucky past Mississippi 71-61 on Wednesday night.
Daniels hit an assortment of short shots while Barbour paced Kentucky (14-2, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) from the outside as the Wildcats held off a several comebacks in the second half.
Barbour hit a career-best 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and finished with 12, one short of his career high. His final 3-pointer put Kentucky ahead 64-56 with 2:10 left and stymied Mississippi's final rally. The senior had made just one 3-pointer in Kentucky's first 15 games.
Aaron Harper led Mississippi (10-7, 2-4) with 19 points, Kendrick Fox added 16 off the bench and Justin Reed had 15.
Gerald Fitch added 14 for Kentucky.
Reed hit six straight points to pull the Rebels to 53-50. That was as close as the Rebels got. The Wildcats pulled ahead 61-53 on Chuck Hayes' layin and free throw with 2:56 left. Barbour followed with his last 3-pointer and Daniels slammed a dunk to make it 66-58 with 1:21 left.
The teams traded leads for much of an error-plagued first half.
South Carolina (18-2, 5-1) remained atop the SEC's Eastern Division with the victory in an ugly game that featured 17 lead changes and six ties, the last with 9.2 seconds to go off Matt Freije's putback of Mario Moore's miss.
Gonner then took the ball up the court and drove to the basket. His shot missed, and the ball rolled around before Brown knocked it in.
Vanderbilt (13-4, 2-4) had one last chance, but Freije's desperation heave from just past midcourt never came near the basket.
It was the Commodores' first loss at home this season, snapping an 11-game winning streak in Memorial Gym. Losing to South Carolina has become a habit. The Gamecocks now have won 13 of the past 16 games in this series, and Vanderbilt has not won on its home court since Jan. 20, 1999.
The Tigers (13-4, 3-3) held a 55-45 lead with 5:54 remaining before the Bulldogs (9-8, 1-5) began to chip into the lead.
LSU led 60-54 with 3:35 left, but the Bulldogs scored the next five points to cut the lead to one with 25.5 seconds remaining.
Lloreda fed Brandon Bass for a layup that gave the Tigers a three-point lead with 12.2 seconds to play.
The Bulldogs had a chance to tie the game, but Damien Wilkins' 21-foot shot missed the mark and Regis Koundjia grabbed the rebound to secure the victory.
Bass had 17 points, while Darrel Mitchell added 12.
Rashad Wright and Jonas Hayes each scored 14 points to lead Georgia, while Wilkins added 11 and Buzz Wehunt 10.
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