Both squads will be back on the court on Wednesday night. Vanderbilt will host Georgia, while Mississippi State will try to rebound against Kentucky.
BATON ROUGE -- LSU scored the last 10 points of regulation to force overtime then wore down the Crimson Tide on the offensive end to win the first triple-overtime game in Maravich Center history, 97-94, on Saturday afternoon.
LSU (16-9, 7-7 SEC) took a four point lead in the final 1:21 of the third overtime when guard Anthony Hickey hit his only three pointer of the contest, and the Tigers held off Trevor Releford and the Crimson Tide for the thrilling win.
In 51 minutes of action, Johnny O'Bryant III led the Tigers with 24 points, as the forward added 10 rebounds and three assists. Hickey, who was 6-of-13 shooting, added 13 points, seven assists and five steals.
Charles Carmouche poured in 20 points including 4-of-7 from three point range. He played 54 minutes for the Tigers before fouling out with five seconds to play in the final extra period. Shavon Coleman added 17 points and eight rebounds, while Andre Stringer scored 10 points with four assists.
Releford was nearly unstoppable for Alabama (18-9, 10-4 SEC), scoring 36 points on 14-of-18 shooting. He made all four of his three-point attempts and 4-of-5 free throws in 50 minutes.
LSU trailed 69-59 with 2:20 to play before mounting a furious comeback to send the game to overtime at 69-69.
Georgia Downs South Carolina in OT
ATHENS, Ga. - The South Carolina men's basketball team (13-14, 3-11 SEC) suffered a 62-54 overtime loss on the road at Georgia (13-14, 7-7 SEC) on Saturday in the second contest between the Gamecocks and Bulldogs this season. After trailing 23-16 at the halftime break, Carolina out-scored Georgia 37-30 in the second half to force overtime, but was unable to come away with the road win.
Junior guard Bruce Ellington was the only Gamecock to score in double figures with 11 points in the effort. Freshman forward Laimonas Chatkevicius pulled down a team and season best 10 rebounds. Senior forward Lakeem Jackson added nine points and two steals and junior guard Brenton Williams contributed nine points off the bench.
Sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led Georgia with 18 points, all of which came in the second half and overtime. He also dished four assists and collected four steals in the win. Brandon Morris led the squad on the boards with 11.
Neither team shot well in the contest, with the Gamecocks connecting on 30.0 percent (18-60), compared to 31.3 percent (15-48) from the Bulldogs. South Carolina hit 12-of-24 attempts from the free throw line, but Georgia took 22 more attempts than the Gamecocks from the charity stripe, hitting 28-of-46 from the line.
The Gamecocks struggled from the floor early in the opening half, missing their first eight attempts through the 14:46 mark and first media timeout where Georgia held a 3-0 advantage.
Chatkevicius scored the first Carolina basket just out of the break, but shooting struggles continued for the Gamecocks, having hit just 1-of-13 attempts with 11:29 remaining in the half, and trailing the Bulldogs 7-2.
South Carolina continued to battle and pulled within two at 17-15 with 3:55 to play before the break. Junior guard Brian Richardson and Jackson connected for layups before Williams added another and two from the foul line. Freshman forward Mindaugas Kacinas added layups on consecutive possessions during the stretch.
Georgia, also plagued by poor shooting most of the half, concluded the opening 20 minutes of action on a 6-1 run to hold a 23-16 advantage at the break.
Carolina hit just 20.0 percent (6-30) in the half, compared to 23.1 percent (6-26) from the Bulldogs. Neither team connected from beyond the arc, and Georgia held a 29-20 advantage on the glass.
Offense improved for both squads to open the second half. Ellington and Williams hit 3s for the Gamecocks and Caldwell-Pope marked the scoreboard with a 3 and layup for the Bulldogs to put the score at 33-26 with 15:38 to play.
The Gamecocks put together a 9-4 run through the 11:34 mark to pull within two at 37-35 on Ellington's second made 3 of the half.
Carolina continued to chip away at the Bulldog lead, and a 3 from Richardson with 8:36 to play saw the Gamecocks take their first lead at 39-38. Georgia countered with a layup from Nemanja Djurisic, but Richardson responded at the opposite end with his second 3 of the half to put Carolina up 42-40 with 6:42 remaining.
Djurisic would hit two from the free throw line for Georgia at the 4:25 mark, and Carrera would answer with two free throws of his own seconds later, showing the score at 46-45 UGA at the final media timeout of regulation.
The teams traded made free throws out of the break, before Carolina scored on consecutive possessions to pull away to a 51-47 lead after Ellington's third 3 of the half with 1:43 remaining.
Georgia closed the gap with clutch free throw shooting, with Caldwell-Pope connecting and Djurisic adding two from the line with under a minute to play, putting the score at 51-50 Gamecocks with 51 seconds remaining.
Smith would convert two at the line for the Gamecocks with 17 seconds remaining, but Caldwell-Pope would hit his biggest shot of the night, a 3 to tie the contest at 53 with just under nine seconds remaining.
On the ensuing inbounds play for the Gamecocks, the clock began running early before the Gamecocks missed a desperation 3 attempt as time expired in regulation. After further review, the officials added 4.5 seconds to the clock, and the Gamecocks were awarded the ball under the Georgia basket. South Carolina struggled to get the ball past midcourt, and the contest went to overtime.
Georgia out-scored the Gamecocks 9-1 in the extra session to close the 62-54 overtime victory. Carolina was 0-of-7 from the floor in overtime, and hit just 1-of-4 from the free throw line.
South Carolina returns to Colonial Life Arena to host Missouri on Thursday, Feb. 28. Game time for the contest is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
McRae Leads Tennessee to Four OT Win at Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Trae Golden dropped a career-high 32 points on Saturday to lead Tennessee past Texas A&M on the road in a 93-85 quadruple overtime win. The victory marked number four in a row for the Volunteers (16-10, 8-6 Southeastern Conference).
Tennessee found itself leading by one in the fourth and final overtime when Golden took over and put an end to the marathon. Golden scored four straight points for the Volunteers to extend the lead to five and effectively put the game away.
Moments later, Skylar McBee drained a 3-pointer that pushed the Tennessee lead to 88-80, which served as the exclamation point on a hard earned win for the Volunteers in College Station.
The Vols had to overcome a big effort from Elston Turner, who dropped a game-high 38 points in the loss for Texas A&M (16-11, 6-8).
The game marked the first ever four overtime contest for Tennessee, and it was the most overtime periods played for A&M since it went into five overtimes against Baylor back in 2008 as a member of the Big 12.
Ole Miss Blows Past Auburn
OXFORD, Miss. - Four Rebels scored in double figures - led by junior Marshall Henderson's 28 points - as Ole Miss routed Auburn 88-55 on Saturday to give Andy Kennedy his school record 145th win as Rebel head coach.
Henderson tied a school record with eight 3-pointers and it was the first game all season that Henderson came off the bench, and he responded with an 8-for-13 shooting night, including 8 for 12 from 3-point range.
"It worked," Henderson said of Kennedy's decision to bring him off the bench. "I was all for it. I came off the bench and was able to be relaxed, not have a lot of pressure and just come in and knock down some shots."
And the performance might have saved the Rebels' season as they try to recover from a midseason swoon and make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002.
Derrick Millinghaus scored 14 points and LaDarius White added 13. Murphy Holloway scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Rebels (20-7, 9-5 Southeastern Conference) dominated in nearly every facet.
Henderson scored 19 of his points in the first half — hitting five 3-pointers along the way — as the Rebels built a 44-27 halftime lead. The second half was just as lopsided.
The Rebels shot 27 of 50 (54 percent) from the field, 13 of 25 (52 percent) from 3-point range and 21 of 26 (80.8 percent) from the free-throw line. Ole Miss also had a 38-22 advantage on rebounds.
"I hate to be this blunt, but they just punked us," Auburn forward Allen Payne said. "They were pushing us out of the way ... We've got to be tougher."
Auburn (9-18, 3-11) lost for the 11th time in 12 games. Shaquille Johnson led the Tigers with 18 points.
Ole Miss won for just the third time in eight games and never trailed. Coach Andy Kennedy set a school record with his 145th career victory, which passes B.L. Graham's old mark of 144. Kennedy has a 145-85 record over seven seasons.
Whatever message Kennedy was trying to send to Henderson on Saturday apparently was received. Henderson — whose questionable shot selection has brought Kennedy's ire on numerous occasions — came off the bench and hit his first two 3-point attempts and was 5-for-6 from long range in the first half as the Rebels took a 17-point halftime advantage.
It was a nearly flawless performance, and a bit unexpected considering he had just suffered through a 4-for-17 game against South Carolina three days ago.
"He's put a lot of pressure on himself," Kennedy said. "He's been trying too hard, so I thought (coming off the bench) might slow him down a little."
Kennedy's 145th win comes at a crossroads in his seven-year tenure. Though it's his sixth 20-win season, the Rebels have never made an NCAA tournament under his watch and haven't been to the Big Dance in more than a decade, which is the longest drought in the SEC.
Ole Miss seemed destined to break that dubious streak just a few weeks ago. The Rebels won their first six SEC games and pushed all the way up to No. 16 in the national rankings before a recent free fall. But Saturday's convincing win over Auburn put Ole Miss back on track.
Now the Rebels might have to win all of their remaining regular-season games to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
The rest of the schedule — with games against Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Alabama and LSU — is fairly manageable. But the Rebels will need more performances like Saturday, when they simply overpowered a listless Auburn squad.
Kennedy said the Rebels aren't trying to ignore the NCAA tournament talk because it's impossible. But he said his team must focus on Wednesday's game against Texas A&M.
"You can't avoid (the NCAA talk) because it's everywhere," Kennedy said. "We don't walk around with our heads in the sand, but we try to focus on what we can control."
Gators Pull Away from Razorbacks in Second Half
GAINESVILLE, Fla – After a close first half, Florida opened the second half against Arkansas on Friday with a 25-13 run to pull away and down the Razorbacks, 71-54. Four Gators scored in double figures on the night, led by Mike Rosario’s 15-point effort.
Patric Young went to work down low for Florida (22-4, 12-2 Southeastern Conference) on his way to 14 points and seven rebounds. The big man shot 70 percent from the floor for the Gators and also threw in a pair of assists as well. Kenny Boynton and Eric Murphy dropped in 12 points apiece for Billy Donovan’s squad in the winning effort, and Florida won the second half by a score of 39-26 to avenge its loss earlier this year in Fayetteville.
Coty Clarke scored a game-high 18 points for Arkansas (17-10, 8-6) while hitting all eight of his shots, but it was not enough to hang with the Gators at the O-Dome. Arkansas was limited to 36 percent from the field by the Gator defense, while UF connected on just under 47 percent of its field goals on the other end.
Young and company helped the Gators out-rebound the Hogs by eight total boards and Florida grabbed 12 offensive rebounds throughout the game. Arkansas committed 13 turnover and only 11 assists on the other end, which ultimately spelled doom on Saturday night.
Anthlon Bell added 14 points on five-of-13 shooting for Arkansas in the loss. The freshman has now scored in double-digits twice in a row.
Kentucky Gets Big OT Win Over Mizzou at Rupp
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Overtime was the theme of the day early on in the Saturday Southeastern Conference basketball slate, and that pattern continued into the night cap between Kentucky and Missouri. The Wildcats outscored the Tigers 15-8 in the overtime period to pick up a 90-83 win inside Rupp Arena, marking the fourth overtime game in the SEC on Saturday.
Julius Mays missed what would’ve been a game-winning 3-pointer from long range as time expired in regulation, but Kentucky (19-8, 10-4 SEC) will remember his 24-point effort as the highlight of the night. Mays his 50 percent of his shot attempts in the game while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing out three assists.
Alex Poythress broke the 20-point plateau for the Cats as well, dropping in 21 on eight-of-10 shooting to go along with seven boards. Archie Goodwin added 18 for UK and Ryan Harrow tacked on 16 of his own in a well-rounded team effort. The Wildcats knocked down 50 percent of their field goals as a team and overcame 14 turnovers in the win.
Mizzou (19-8, 8-6) tasted defeat on the road despite a heroic 27 points from point guard Phil Pressey. Pressey hit 12 of his 24 shots and entered double-double territory with 10 assists on the evening to boot. Alex Oriakhi added 16 points in the losing effort to go along with a game-high 15 boards, and Laurence Bowers chipped in with 13.
Mizzou shot 43 percent on the night but could not stop Kentucky’s hot shooting on the defensive end. The Tigers led by as many as 13 in the first half but overcame an eight-point deficit in the second half to make things close down the stretch.