LSU dumps Miss. State


Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
Glen Davis had 17 points, Darrel Mitchell added 15 and LSU beat Mississippi State 71-57 on Wednesday night.
Freshman Tyrus Thomas added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (11-5, 3-0 Southeastern Conference), who won their third straight and fourth in five games.
Davis, who entered as the SEC's leading scorer with an 18-point average, had 11 in the first half for LSU, which trailed only in the game's opening moments in winning its third straight against the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State twice got as close as seven in the second half, but both times the Tigers responded by quickly restoring their double-figure lead.
Charles Rhodes pulled the Bulldogs to 54-47 with just less than 9 minutes to play, but Thomas countered by dunking over two Mississippi State players and Darnell Lazare hit two free throws to make it an 11-point game.
Jamont Gordon had 17 points and 13 rebounds for Mississippi State (11-6, 1-3).
NO. 4 MEMPHIS 88, TENNESSEE 79: Shawne Williams had 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Rodney Carney added 22 points as No. 4 Memphis held off Tennessee (11-3).
Carney was 8-of 17 from the field, while Williams was 8-of-16 as Memphis did not take a double-digit lead until the final 4:04.
Darius Washington added 17 points and five assists, while Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 11 points for Tigers (16-2), who won their fifth straight. Williams had four blocks.
Dane Bradshaw led the Volunteers with 21 points, 10 rebounds and five steals and was 9-of-13 from the field. Chris Lofton finished with 16 points for the Vols, while C.J. Watson scored 14 on 2-of-10 shooting. Major Wingate and Stanley Asumnu each scored 11.
The cross-state rivalry was filled with intensity from the opening tap. There was trash-talking, stiff defense, flying elbows and a frenzied back-and-forth pace. Both coaches - John Calipari of Memphis and Bruce Pearl of Tennessee - were pleading their case to officials throughout, adding to the atmosphere. The crowd, mostly in Memphis blue with a sprinkle of UT orange, was on its feet most of the game.
SOUTH CAROLINA 66, VANDERBILT 64, OT:
Tre Kelley hit a driving layup with 3.6 seconds left to lift South Carolina to an overtime win over Vanderbilt.
Kelley hit six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 29 points as South Carolina (10-7, 1-3) rallied from a late deficit to stun Vanderbilt (11-4, 2-2) and pick up its first SEC win of the season.
Kelley's final basket came after Vanderbilt's Mario Moore tied the game with a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in regulation. Moore missed a long 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
ALABAMA 78, ARKANSAS 75 OT: Ronald Steele forced overtime with three free throws and converted another three-point play with 3.6 seconds left in overtime to lift Alabama over Arkansas.
Steele finished with a career-high 25 points and the Crimson Tide (10-6, 3-1 SEC) won its third consecutive game since losing leading scorer Chuck Davis to a season-ending knee injury.
Eric Ferguson tied the game at 75-all with a pullup jumper with 1:05 left in OT for the Razorbacks (12-5, 1-3), who had led by as many as 13 midway through the second half.
Jermareo Davidson collected his own missed shot and then grabbed another rebound after Jean Felix's missed 3-pointer, setting up a final shot for the Tide.
Steele drove past Ferguson to the basket, getting a layup and the foul with 3.6 seconds left. He hit the free throw.
The Razorbacks had no more timeouts left to set up a play. Charles Thomas passed it to Brewer, who overshot an attempt from just before midcourt at the buzzer.
Steele had also hit three free throws with 10 seconds left in regulation after a foul by Dontell Jefferson during an offbalance 3-point attempt. Jefferson had just missed a free throw.
Davidson had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Tide. Richard Hendrix had 11 points and 11 boards and Felix finished with 12 points.
Ronnie Brewer had 19 of his 22 points after halftime for the Razorbacks, including four 3-pointers. Townes had 17 points and Charles Thomas added 12. But post players Townes, Thomas and Steven Hill were all in foul trouble entering overtime.
Hill, who had seven blocks, fouled out with 1:31 left in OT. The other two wound up with four fouls.
Alabama was 22-of-33 from the line while Arkansas was just 5-of-9.
The Tide has won the past five meetings. Alabama also won road games with Auburn and Kentucky last week after losing Davis.

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