Tigers rally in 2nd half to shock Vols


Lucas Hargrove celebrates with fans after Auburn rallied from 14 points down in the second half to beat the No. 22 Vols.

The Associated Press
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

AUBURN, Ala. — Quan Prowell made four free throws in the final 22 seconds and Auburn rallied from a 14-point deficit over the final 10 minutes to beat No. 22 Tennessee 83-80 on Wednesday night, the Volunteers' third consecutive jarring defeat.

The Tigers (12-7, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) scored 18 straight points to overcome the big deficit and then iced the game at the free throw line in the final minutes. They had lost 15 games in a row against ranked opponents, a streak that went back nearly three years.

The Volunteers (13-5, 1-2) had lost their last two games by a combined three points on shots in the final seconds. They took another big blow after leading 66-52 midway through the second half.

Prowell scored 19 of his 21 points in the second half and Frank Tolbert finished with 24 points for the Tigers.

Auburn kept the ball alive after three consecutive misses in one late sequence and Tolbert won the scramble for the final loose ball, calling a timeout as he hit the floor. Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl drew a technical foul protesting the play and Prowell made his final two free throws with 20 seconds left.

Chris Lofton hit a 3-pointer with less than a second left, not enough time for the Vols to get the ball back.

VANDY 94, NO. 10 ALABAMA 73

Shan Foster scored 27 points and Vanderbilt beat No. 10 Alabama with its best shooting game this season.

The Commodores hit a season-high 15 3-pointers in 28 attempts and shot 58 percent overall in pulling off their second home upset of a ranked team in eight days. They beat then-No. 16 Tennessee 82-81 on Jan. 10.

Vandy (12-6, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) never let Alabama (14-3, 1-2) get close after the opening minutes in handing the Tide a ninth straight loss in Nashville. Alabama hasn't won in Memorial Gym since 1990 under coach Wimp Sanderson.

Alabama's other conference loss this season was 88-61 at Arkansas.

The Tide missed its first four shots and last led 14-12 after a basket by Richard Hendrix. That was it as Vanderbilt just kept hitting shots in taking a 54-37 halftime lead and the Commodores were up by as many as 25 points in the final minutes.

Derrick Byars scored 15 points for Vanderbilt, while Ross Neltner added 14 and Alex Gordon and Dan Cage each had 12.

Mykal Riley led Alabama with 21 points, while Jermareo Davidson added 18, Hendrix 14 and Alonzo Gee 11. Ronald Steele, who had been averaging 10.5 points, had only five.

NO. 16 LSU 62, OLE MISS 55

Tasmin Mitchell and Terry Martin combined for 22 second-half points to lead No. 16th LSU to a victory over visiting Mississippi.

Mitchell scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, while Martin had eight of his 15 after the break.

With the Tigers (13-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) leading by one points and less than 5 minutes to play, Martin and Mitchell both hit big shots.

Martin knocked down his fourth 3-pointer of the game to give LSU a 50-46 lead with 4:44 remaining. On the Tigers' next possession, Mitchell hit a 3 that put them ahead 53-46. Mississippi didn't get closer than five points the rest of the game.

Glen Davis added 11 points for LSU.

Clarence Sanders paced the Rebels (12-6, 1-3) with 12 points, while Dwayne Curtis had all of 11 in the second half and reserve Kenny Williams added 10.

Two baskets by Mitchell gave LSU a 24-13 lead with 7:36 left in the opening half. The Tigers made just one field goal the rest of the half and had their lead trimmed to 29-23. Williams scored six points in the final 7 minutes as the Rebels got within six at halftime.

The Rebels fell behind 34-25 early in the second half but Curtis hit three field goals as Mississippi got within 37-34.

Mississippi got within one point three times in the second half, the last at 47-46 on a basket by Sanders with 5:08 left before Martin and Mitchell hit the 3-pointers.

GEORGIA 67, ARKANSAS 64

Steve Newman made a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Georgia a stunning road win win over Arkansas.

The Bulldogs trailed 64-58 with 1:46 remaining but rallied with three straight 3-pointers. Newman's last shot was from about 30 feet — he was standing right next to the tail of the giant Hog at midcourt of the Razorbacks' home floor. When it was over, the Bulldogs (11-5, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) jumped around near midcourt in celebration.

Arkansas (12-6, 1-3) lost at Bud Walton Arena for the first time since falling to LSU on Jan. 11, 2006.

Newman finished with 11 points. Mike Mercer led Georgia with 15.

Steven Hill scored a career-high 15 points for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks led 62-55, but Newman made three 3-pointers in the last 2:21.

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