Alabama survives scare, wins 55-49 against Auburn
|MEN'S BASKETBALL RESULTS
|Alabama 55, Auburn 49
|Mississippi State 69, South Carolina 67
|Tennessee 74, LSU 69
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- JaMychal Green scored six of his 15 points in the final 1:23 to help Alabama survive for a 55-49 victory over Auburn on Wednesday night, its fourth straight win.
The Crimson Tide (20-9, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) hit 6 of 8 free throws down the stretch to claim its fifth consecutive victory in the in-state rivalry.
The Tigers (14-15, 4-11) kept it tight by holding Alabama to 30.4 percent shooting (14 of 30). The Tide was far more efficient at the free-throw line, making 24 of 32 (75 percent) to avoid a loss that would have looked bad on the NCAA tournament resume.
Green also collected 10 rebounds and made four straight foul shots at the end to ensure there wasn't any late-game drama. Trevor Lacey returned from a sprained ankle to score 10 points.
Kenny Gabriel led Auburn with 10 points and 11 rebounds but was only 4-of-13 shooting.
Mississippi State beats South Carolina in 69-67 OT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Brian Bryant hit a lay-up off an inbounds pass as the buzzer sounded to give Mississippi State a 69-67 overtime win Wednesday night over South Carolina.
Dee Boss found the junior forward for his 11th assist of the night as the Bulldogs (20-10, 7-8 Southeastern Conference) ended a five-game losing streak and kept their NCAA tournament hopes alive.
Bryant led Mississippi State with 16 points, while Arnett Moultrie added 15 points, including three key free throws to send the game into overtime.
With the loss, South Carolina (10-19, 2-13) is guaranteed to finish last in the SEC for the second time in six seasons. Bruce Ellington led the Gamecocks with 17 points, but his high-arching short jumper to win the game at the end of regulation was just short.
Tennessee defeats LSU 74-69 in overtime
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Trae Golden's three-point play with 1:27 remaining in overtime sparked Tennessee to a 74-69 victory against LSU in a Southeastern Conference game Wednesday night.
Golden's jumper and free throw started a 7-2 run and LSU wasn't able to recover. After Johnny O'Bryant's layup made it a one-point game, 66-65, Tennessee followed with a jumper by Cameron Tatum and two more free throws by Golden.
Golden scored nine of his 14 points in the extra period as Tennessee (17-13, 9-6) won for the seventh time in its last eight games.
The Volunteers didn't lead until Tatum made the first basket of overtime, a 3-pointer for a 63-60 advantage 23 seconds in.
Jarnell Stokes led Tennessee with 18 points and Jeronne Maymon added 14.
LSU (17-12, 7-8) was led by Justin Hamilton with 17 points. Anthony Hickey added 12 and Johnny O'Bryant 11 for the Tigers, who led 35-24 at halftime.