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    SEC Men's Basketball Today: January 17

    LSU 65, Auburn 58 (OT)
    Kentucky 86, Arkansas 63

    Hamilton lifts LSU past Auburn 65-58 in overtime


    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Justin Hamilton made two field goals in overtime, including the go-ahead basket, to lead LSU to a 65-58 victory against Auburn in a Southeastern Conference game Tuesday.

    Hamilton's first came almost two minutes into the extra period, putting LSU ahead 58-56. Neither team scored again until Andre Stringer's 3-pointer with 1:22 left gave LSU a 61-56 advantage.

    Rob Chubb then scored Auburn's only points in overtime with a field goal.

    On LSU's next possession, Hamilton got loose for a layup. Then teammate Anthony Hickey completed the scoring with two foul shots with 3 seconds remaining. Auburn committed four turnovers in overtime.

    Hickey led LSU (12-6, 2-2) with 18 points, and Hamilton finished with 13 points and eight rebounds. Ralston Turner added 11 points and Storm Warren 10 for LSU.

    Frankie Sullivan paced Auburn (11-7, 1-3) with 19 points, while Chubb had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

    Down by three, 53-50, Auburn pulled within a field goal on Sullivan's free throw with 1:40 left in regulation. Auburn then tied it on its next possession when Kenny Gabriel slammed home a missed shot.

    Hickey's driving layup put LSU in the lead 55-53 with 40 seconds left in regulation. Auburn lost its first chance to tie it when Chubb's pass to Varez Ward went out of bounds. Hickey then made just one of two free throws to give Auburn one final opportunity.

    Both Gabriel and Sullivan missed 3-point shots in the final 10 seconds. But Ward connected with his 3-point attempt with 0.2 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, 56-56.

    The game was marked by momentum swings. LSU jumped to a 10-2 lead early with Turner making a pair of 3-pointers. Auburn brought it within four, 18-14, on Sullivan's free throws.

    LSU again built another large lead, this time by 10, 24-14, on baskets by Warren, Hamilton and John Isaac.

    But once again Auburn came back. A 3-pointer by Sullivan at the halftime buzzer reduced Auburn's deficit to seven points at 34-27.

    Auburn used an 11-0 run in the opening minutes of the second half to take a four-point lead. Sullivan made two more 3-pointers, while both Josh Wallace and Chubb made a field goal. A foul shot by Chubb completed the outburst and put Auburn ahead 38-34 with 14:32 remaining in regulation.

    Auburn moved ahead by eight points at 46-38 after a basket by Josh Langford with 11:31 left in the game. But LSU would again tie it, scoring eight straight points. Warren's field goal tied it with 7:53 left in the second half.

    LSU regained the lead at 50-48 when Hickey was awarded a basket on a goal-tending call against Gabriel. A basket by Gabriel then tied the score. After Warren and Chubb exchanged field goals, a 3-pointer by Hickey put LSU ahead 53-50 with 2:55 remaining.

    No. 2 Kentucky beats Arkansas 86-63


    LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Freshman Anthony Davis scored a career-high 27 points and blocked seven shots to set a season school record in No. 2 Kentucky's 86-63 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday night.

    The Wildcats (18-1, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) won their 10th straight overall and extended the nation's longest home winning streak to 46, including 45 straight at Rupp Arena.

    Davis and the Wildcats jumped on the Razorbacks (13-5, 2-2) from the start by taking a 10-2 lead and extending it to as many as 20 before halftime.

    Davis, who had 14 rebounds, blocked his 84th shot with just under 5 minutes left in the first half when he turned away freshman B.J. Young's layup to set the record previously held by Melvin Turpin and matched by Andre Riddick.

    Arkansas beat the Wildcats in overtime last season in Fayetteville, but these Wildcats reloaded with Davis and fellow freshmen Marquis Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kyle Wiltjer. Arkansas remained winless in Lexington since the 1994 title team won here.

    Doron Lamb scored 14 points, Terrence Jones 13, Darius Miller 11 and Kidd-Gilchrist 10 for Kentucky, which got nine assists from Teague.

    Arkansas hasn't won in four road games this season and struggled against the nation's second-best defense by field goal percentage despite 12 points from Mardracus Wade and 10 points apiece from Marvell Waithe, Rashad Madden and Young.

    The Razorbacks never got closer than 14 points on the first basket of the second half.

    When they cut it to 50-35 with 14:48 left, Kidd-Gilchrist threw an alley-oop pass to Davis, Jones blocked freshman Devonta Abron's shot and Teague fed Kidd-Gilchrist in the paint for another slam as part of a 13-2 run that put the game away before the midway point of the second half.

    Davis finished 10 of 12 from the field, his best game with at least 10 attempts of his 19-game career and went 7 for 8 from the free throw line. He got a standing ovation with 4:23 left with his seventh and final block, an emphatic swat of Julysses Nobles' shot into the front row.

    Razorbacks coach Mike Anderson said his team would try to run against Kentucky, a strategy most teams have tried to stay away from against the athletic Wildcats.

    It didn't work as Davis scored in bunches and the rest of the Wildcats chipped in.

    In one sequence, Miller grabbed an offensive rebound and slashed across the paint, flipping a contested reverse layup. Then, Jones started a break by swatting Wade's attempt that Lamb finished with a floater that made it 19-6.

    Davis matched the school record for blocks when he rejected Rickey Scott's layup off the glass with 8:02 left in the first half, matching the 83 that Turpin set in 1982-83 in 31 games and Riddick tied in 34 games in 1993-94. Davis set the record a little over 3 minutes later when he turned away Young's layup with Kentucky leading 28-12.

    Kentucky took its first 20-point lead when Lamb hit a 3 with 3:22 left in the half. Davis blocked another layup by Young with 5 seconds left and swatted Wade's attempt at the buzzer as the Wildcats took a 37-21 lead.