Bama wins one on road


Published: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

BATON ROUGE, La. — Jermareo Davidson scored a career-high 31 points, including a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left that gave Alabama its first lead of the second half, to help the No. 19 Crimson Tide defeat faltering LSU 73-70 on Wednesday night.

After Davidson's free throws put Alabama (16-5, 3-4 SEC) ahead 69-68 inside the final minute, Garrett Temple's pass was intercepted by Alonzo Gee, who was fouled driving to the hoop on a fast break and hit both free throws.

Chris Johnson's follow-up dunk with about 10 seconds left pulled the Tigers to 71-70, but LSU failed to foul Alabama before the clock ran out and the Tide got a last second-dunk from Davidson, who pumped his fist in triumph as the final buzzer sounded.

The victory snapped a two-game skid for Alabama, while LSU (13-8, 2-5) has lost four straight.

LSU was without reserve point guard Tack Minor, who university officials said had left the school.

TENNESSEE 82, GEORGIA 71

JaJuan Smith scored 22 points and Ramar Smith added a career-high 21 points to help pull host Tennessee out of a slump with a win over Georgia (13-7, 5-3 SEC).

The Volunteers (15-7, 3-3) won for the first time without the league's leading scorer Chris Lofton, who missed a third game with a sprained ankle.

Tennessee entered the game after losing five of its last six — all losses on the road.

AUBURN 80, SOUTH CAROLINA 75

Korvotney Barber scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help visiting Auburn (14-9, 4-4 SEC) to a win over South Carolina (12-8, 2-5).

INDIANA 71, NO. 2 WISCONSIN 66

A.J. Ratliff scored 18 of his season-high 20 points in the second half and host Indiana held off a late comeback to beat No. 2 Wisconsin (21-2, 7-1 Big Ten), ending the Badgers' 17-game winning streak.

Ratliff had a pair of 3-pointers during a 13-1 run and another 3-pointer that gave the Hoosiers (16-5, 6-2) a 53-43 lead with under 10 minutes remaining.

NO. 3 NORTH CAROLINA 105, MIAMI 64

Tyler Hansbrough scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead host North Carolina (20-2, 6-1 ACC) past Miami (9-13, 2-6).

NO. 4 OHIO STATE 78, PURDUE 60

Mike Conley scored 18 points and Jamar Butler added 16 to help visiting Ohio State (19-3, 7-1 Big Ten) beat Purdue (14-8, 3-5) and win their sixth straight game.

Daequan Cook had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Greg Oden added nine points and six rebounds for the Buckeyes.

While Purdue was concentrating on stopping the 7-foot Oden, the Buckeyes made eight 3-pointers. Butler made 4 of his 7 threes.

Carl Landry led Purdue with 16 points, but he was only 6-for-17 from the field. Tarrance Crump added 11 points in Purdue's first home loss of the season.

No. 10 Texas A&M 73, Iowa State 49

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Joseph Jones scored 21 points and Texas A&M's defense did the rest in the Aggies' win over Iowa State.

The win is Texas A&M's 20th straight at home and Iowa State's fifth consecutive loss.

The Cyclones (11-10, 2-5) were forced to play catch up all night after the Aggies jumped to a 11-0 lead and never slowed down. Acie Law got Texas A&M (18-3, 6-1 Big 12) to 70 points with a layup with 5:51 remaining and coach Billy Gillispie sent in a cast of backups to finish the game.

Jones scored all but two of his points in the first half and sat for extended periods after the break. Law and Antanas Kavaliauskas scored 13 apiece for Texas A&M.

No. 11 Memphis 87, Central Florida 65

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 23 points and Joey Dorsey had 22 points and nine rebounds to help Memphis rout Central Florida.

Memphis (18-3, 8-0 Conference USA) led from the tip in its 10th straight win, and by more than 20 most of the second half.

Douglas-Roberts scored 15 in the first half, and had six points in a 1:23 second-half span on two acrobatic layups and a driving dunk in traffic. He finished 9-of-13 from the field and had four assists.

Josh Peppers led the Golden Knights (15-6, 4-3) with 20 points, and no other UCF player cracked double figures. The loss broke UCF's 12-game home winning streak dating back to last season.

No. 13 Butler 71, Youngstown State 58

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Mike Green scored a season-high 23 points, Pete Campbell added 20 and Butler won its seventh straight, beating Youngstown State.

The Bulldogs, playing their fourth game in seven days, dominated the Penguins with their 3-point shooting in the first half, then attacked the rim in the second half with the same result.

Butler (21-2, 9-1 Horizon League) surpassed the 20-win mark for the third time in school history. A.J. Graves, who entered the game leading Butler with a 18.2-point average, scored 11.

Quin Humphrey and Keston Roberts led Youngstown State (9-14, 4-7) with 17 points each.

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