No. 13 LSU survives scare from Auburn


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Terry Martin scored 17 of his season-high 23 points in the second half and No. 13 LSU held off Auburn 65-63 on Saturday.

Martin, making his first start of the season, hit five 3-pointers to match his season high. After his free throw gave the Tigers a two-point lead with 14 seconds to go, Auburn's Kelvin Lewis missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left.

Tasmin Mitchell scored 12 points and Glen Davis added 11 for LSU (12-4, 1-1 SEC). Rasheem Barrett led Auburn (11-7, 1-2) with 15 points. Quan Prowell added 12 and Josh Dollard had 11.

Auburn took advantage of 10 LSU turnovers to take a 32-28 halftime lead.

After Lewis hit three foul shots for to tie the score at 47, Davis made a basket with 7:41 remaining to give LSU the lead for good. A field goal by Martin and a foul shot by Mitchell pushed LSU's advantage to five.

Auburn reduced its deficit to one point twice in the final 3 minutes. After a basket by Barrett left Auburn behind 57-56, field goals by Davis and Dameon Mason again gave LSU a five-point lead.

A 3-pointer by Barrett left Auburn behind 64-63 with 24 seconds remaining. Martin hit one of two foul shots and Mason grabbed the rebound of Lewis' missed 3-pointer.

In the first half, Auburn scored 14 points off LSU turnovers and made 10 of 11 free throws.

After falling behind 7-0 in the first 90 seconds, LSU tied the score with 12:22 remaining before halftime on a field goal by Davis.

Mitchell replaced Davis, who had a cut, and made a foul shot to complete a three-point play and give LSU its only first-half lead at 17-16.

LSU then scored just three points in the next nine minutes. Two free throws by Prowell completed a 14-2 run and gave Auburn a 30-19 advantage.

Tack Minor, Martin and Garrett Temple hit 3-pointers to help LSU reduce its deficit to four at the break.

It took LSU less than three minutes to tie the score in the second half. A 3-pointer by Martin made it 36-all with 17:35 left. A minute later, another 3-pointer by Martin put LSU on top 39-38.

The teams exchanged the lead three times over the next five minutes. A 3-pointer by Mitchell gave LSU a 46-44 lead with 11:13 to play. Neither club scored for almost three minutes until Davis ended the drought with a foul shot at 8:29.

KENTUCKY 64, MISSISSIPPI STATE 60

Randolph Morris blocked a game-tying shot with five seconds left as host Kentucky and Morris survived their worst shooting performances of the season to defeat Mississippi State.

Morris, who scored 14 points for the Wildcats (14-3, 3-0), swatted away Jamont Gordon's shot to extend Kentucky's winning streak to 10.

Gordon led the Bulldogs (10-6, 1-2) with 13 points.

GEORGIA 85, VANDERBILT 73

Billy Humphrey scored 17 points and gave host Georgia a late lift with three baskets in a crucial two-minute span as the Bulldogs beat Vanderbilt.

Levi Stukes, who led Georgia with 23 points, delivered a key steal from George Drake with 1:04 left when the Bulldogs led 75-71. The steal set up Stukes' 3-pointer with 44 seconds left to push the lead to seven points.

Georgia (10-5, 2-1) outrebounded Vanderbilt 43-33 to compensate for the Commodores' 13 3-pointers, including 10 in the first half.

Derrick Byars led the Commodores (11-6, 1-2) with 23 points. Cage added 17 and Shan Foster had 10.

MISSISSIPPI 74, ARKANSAS 72

Dwayne Curtis scored 20 points, including two free throws with 19 seconds left, to lift host Mississippi.

Mississippi (12-5, 1-2) blew a 14-point lead with eight minutes remaining, but rallied from a 72-71 deficit in the final 30 seconds.

Arkansas (12-5, 1-2) misfired on a lob pass for the potential game-tying basket in the final 10 seconds. Charles Thomas scored 23 points for the Razorbacks.

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