No. 8 Kentucky league's only undefeated team


Published: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 1:36 a.m.
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Mississippi guard Londrick Nolen puts up a first-half layup over Kentucky forward Chuck Hayes in Oxford, Miss., Wednesday.

The Associated Press
OXFORD, Miss. - Freshman Rajon Rondo scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half, and No. 8 Kentucky rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat Mississippi 53-50 on Wednesday night.
Ole Miss had the ball trailing 51-50 in the final moments, but Kendrick Fox missed a 3-pointer with 19 seconds to play and Kentucky's Patrick Sparks hit two free throws to extend the Wildcats' lead to three.
Londrick Nolen's desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer bounced harmlessly off the back iron, giving the Wildcats their second big come-from-behind victory of the season and ninth victory in 10 games.
Kelenna Azubuike had 11 points and Chuck Hayes added 10 for the Wildcats (13-2, 4-0 Southeastern Conference), who trailed most of the way and were held to their lowest point total of the season.
Kentucky took its first lead of the game when Rondo's three-point play made it 49-48 with 3:02 remaining. That came as part of an 11-2 run which pushed the Wildcats' lead to three.
Kentucky opened the second half with 10 straight points and pulled to within 31-29 with 14:02 remaining.
Tommie Eddie had 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and Nolen added 12 for the Rebels (11-7, 2-3), who in the first half successfully lulled the Wildcats into a grind-it-out game.
Kentucky went scoreless over the first six minutes, started just 1-of-11 from the floor and shot just 20 percent in tying their least productive first half of the season.
  • LSU 66, ARKANSAS 63 OT: Glen Davis scored six points and the only field goal in overtime and delivered a crucial block to give LSU a win over Arkansas.
    It was the second straight overtime victory for LSU (9-5, 2-1 SEC). The Tigers beat Ohio State in double overtime Saturday.
    Except for Davis' basket, neither team could score from the field in overtime. Arkansas (13-5, 1-4) made 5 of 9 free throws. LSU made 6 of 7 free throws, four of them by Davis, who had 26 points and 18 rebounds.
    LSU took a 64-61 lead on Davis basket with 1:01 left in overtime. Eric Ferguson made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining to pull the Razorbacks within one at 64-63.
    With five seconds left Davis blocked Ferguson's shot and Tack Minor rebounded it for LSU. Arkansas fouled and Minor made both free throws to ice the victory.
  • CORRECTION: In Jan. 18 stories about Alabama's 98-49 victory over Mississippi State, The Associated Press reported erroneously that it was Mississippi State's worst loss in 50 years. The 49-point margin matched Mississippi State's second-worst loss, a 113-64 defeat at Louisville on Dec. 8, 1954. Mississippi State lost by 57 points, 115-58, at Arkansas on Feb. 20, 1993, the team's worst margin of defeat.
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