Arkansas tops LSU by 20
Published: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Steven Hill is shooting 91 percent from the field over his last four games.
Of course, it's hard to miss when so many of your shots are dunks.
Hill scored a career-high 16 points — the last 14 on crowd-pleasing slams — and Arkansas rolled to an easy 72-52 victory over No. 16 LSU on Saturday.
"We were having a blast out there today," the 7-foot Hill said. "(The dunks) were pure momentum. They weren't planned, they just happened."
Hill, whose previous career high was 15 points in a 67-64 loss to Georgia on Wednesday night, went 8-of-10 from the field. He's 20-of-22 in his last four games.
The Razorbacks were already ahead comfortably in the second half when Hill brought the crowd to life with a trio of dunks. The first two finished alley-oops and the last, a putback of a missed shot, made it 59-44.
"We just let him run around a little bit," LSU coach John Brady said. "He's a good player, but that wasn't our problem to me."
Brady lamented his team's inability to execute against a zone defense. The Tigers shot 35 percent from the field.
"I thought our team tried hard and played hard and tried to carry out the game plan," Brady said. "We used to just carve a zone up."
The Razorbacks (13-6, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) had lost three straight since an 88-61 win over then-No. 8 Alabama earlier this month. They ended the skid with a resounding performance against another ranked team.
Glen Davis led the Tigers (13-5, 2-2) with 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting, and added eight rebounds. Hill, a junior, more than held his own against the LSU star. Hill has been known more as a shot blocker than a scorer at Arkansas, but he's made teams pay lately for losing track of him.
NO. 10 ALABAMA 78, GEORGIA 76
Ronald Steele's off-balance jump shot as time expired completed No. 10 Alabama's comeback from an 11-point deficit over the final 4:35.
Alonzo Gee had 21 points to lead Alabama (14-3, 2-2 SEC), which didn't have a lead before the winning shot. Steele, who finished with 13 points, tied it with a long 3-pointer from the top of the key with 54 seconds to play.
Sundiata Gaines scored 22 points and Takais Brown had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (11-6, 3-2).
Gaines' awkward jumper as the shot clock expired gave Alabama the ball back with 17 seconds left and a last chance to avoid overtime. Brown grabbed the rebound, but official Tom Lopes said he blew the whistle "inadvertently" believing the ball failed to hit the rim for a shot-clock violation. Officials watched the replay, and the third angle they looked at "showed the ball nicked the rim," Lopes said in a statement.
NO. 22 TENNESSEE 64, SOUTH CAROLINA 61
JaJuan Smith scored 21 points and Wayne Chism added 14 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 22 Tennessee end its three-game losing streak.
The Volunteers (14-5, 2-2 SEC) had lost three in a row by a total of six points and avoided losing their fourth straight despite the loss of the league's leading scorer Chris Lofton.
Tennessee led most of the game, but the Gamecocks (10-7, 0-4) made several runs. South Carolina rallied from being down 15 early in the second half to come within three with 2:50 left.
Tennessee scored twice to get it back up to seven with 53.8 seconds left, and went 5-of-6 from the foul line the rest of the way to seal it.
VANDERBILT 72, NO. 25 KENTUCKY 67
Derrick Byars had 23 points, including 12 on 3-pointers, and visiting Vanderbilt got its third straight win against No. 25 Kentucky (15-4, 4-1 SEC) and its fourth win against a ranked opponent this season.
The Commodores (13-6, 3-2) have won two straight at Rupp Arena after losing the first 28 meetings here, and Kentucky's 11-game winning streak — third longest in the country.
With under 3 minutes left, Ramel Bradley hit an off-balance jumper to give the Wildcats their final lead at 59-58. However, Shan Foster answered with a layup, then got a steal to feed Byars on another bucket.
Dan Cage then stretched the lead to nine on a 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining. The Commodores were 11-for-23 on 3s.
MISSISSIPPI ST. 87, AUBURN 76
Freshman Barry Stewart scored 22 points and hit two crucial 3-pointers as host Mississippi State beat Auburn.
Mississippi State (11-6, 2-2 SEC) had nine turnovers and shot 34 percent in a sloppy first half. The Tigers led by as much as nine and held a 37-31 halftime advantage. But Stewart ignited a rally midway through the second half.
The Tigers (12-8, 2-3) led 55-53 with just under 12 minutes left when Stewart hit two 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Bulldogs the lead and eventually the win.
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