AUBURN, Ala. — J'Von McCormick hit a floater with 0.1 second left in overtime to lift No. 11 Auburn to a 91-90 win over No. 18 LSU in a dramatic Southeastern Conference showdown Saturday.
Auburn (21-2, 8-2 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 14-point second half deficit and moved into a tie with LSU (17-6, 8-2) for the league lead. It's Auburn's third overtime win in the last four games and this one took 18 3-pointers.
McCormick drove toward the basket in the final moments for the game-winner. It came after Skylar Mays and Emmitt Williams led an LSU comeback from a quick seven-point deficit in the extra period.
Mays scored on two free throws and a drive then had a steal and dished to Williams for a dunk and the lead with 11 seconds left.
Samir Doughty led Auburn with 26 points and made five 3-pointers. McCormick just missed a triple double with 23 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. He made three consecutive 3s during a key straight to help force OT.
Devan Cambridge made seven 3s for 21 points after failing to score in the last four games since a career-high 26 against South Carolina.
Mays led all scorers with 30 points while also collecting eight assists and seven rebounds. He scored nine in overtime.
Darius Days had 19 points before fouling out.
Doughty and Cambridge both capped big games with a pair of 3s in overtime before LSU staged its own rally. Auburn helped by missed three of four free throws down the stretch.
After three consecutive 3-pointers by McCormick, Auburn forced overtime with Doughty's layup with 19 seconds left. Mays missed a potential winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Kentucky 77, Tennessee 64
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Immanuel Quickley scored 18 points as No. 15 Kentucky beat Tennessee 77-64 on Saturday to win for the sixth time in seven games and end its recent history of frustration in this building.
The Wildcats (18-5, 8-2 SEC) beat Tennessee in Knoxville for the first time in Rick Barnes' five-season tenure as the Volunteers' coach.
Tennessee (13-10, 5-5) had won its last four home games with Kentucky, including two instances when the unranked Vols beat a ranked Wiildcats squad. Kentucky had been the higher-ranked team in each of those four matchups.
The Wildcats' last victory over Tennessee in Knoxville came when a top-ranked Kentucky team featuring future NBA stars Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns won 66-48 on February 2015. That Kentucky team went on to carry an unbeaten record into an NCAA semifinal loss to Wisconsin.
Quickley was one of five Kentucky players to score in double figures. Tyrese Maxey and Nick Richards each had 15 points, Johnny Juzang had a career-high 13 and Ashton Hagans added 10.
Santiago Vescovi scored 18 points for Tennessee, which lost for the fourth time in its last five games. Jordan Bowden and Josh Fulkerson added 16 points each.
Kentucky led 37-30 at halftime by outscoring the Vols 20-10 in the paint. Tennessee stayed within striking distance by getting to the line continually and putting Kentucky in foul trouble.
Tennessee made 12 of 16 free throws during a first half in which Kentucky committed 14 fouls, with Fulkerson drawing 10 of them. Reserve forward Nate Sestina already had three fouls and five other Kentucky players had two fouls each by halftime.
Kentucky owned a 10-point lead in the second half until a pair of 3-pointers by Vescovi got the Vols to within 51-47 with 9:12 left. Vescovi's first 3-pointer came from well over 30 feet away with the shot clock expiring. His second came after Tennessee missed two 3-point attempts earlier in the possession, with Vescovi saving the ball from going out of bounds at one point.
The Wildcats were still clinging to a four-point lead when Nick Richards got fouled with 7:59 left. Richards made the first of two free throws and missed the second, but Juzang got the offensive rebound and scored to make it 56-49.
Tennessee was within five points again when Bowden missed a 3-pointer with 2:24 left. Kentucky outscored the Vols 11-3 the rest of the way.
Ole Miss 68, Florida 51
OXFORD, Miss. — Breein Tyree scored 23 points and sparked Mississippi to what proved to be an insurmountable early lead Saturday as the Rebels defeated Florida 68-51.
Devontae Shuler and KJ Buffen scored 14 points apiece as Ole Miss (12-11, 3-7 Southeastern Conference) won consecutive league games for the first time and snapped a two-game winning streak by the Gators. Buffen had a team-high nine rebounds, while Shuler added a game-high five assists.
Florida (14-9, 6-4 SEC) was led by Keyontae Johnson and Kerry Blackshear Jr. with 16 and 11 points, respectively. The Gators trailed 21-8 after nine minutes, 33-27 at halftime and did not cut the margin to single digits in the final 10 minutes.
Ole Miss shot 26 of 55 (47.3%), 7 of 16 (43.8%) from 3-point range, including four by Tyree. Florida struggled offensively with 15 turnovers and shot 18 of 54 (33.3%) from the field and 5 of 23 (21%) from beyond the arc. The Rebels outscored Florida 16-7 off the turnovers.
Alabama 105, Georgia 102
ATHENS, Ga. — Kira Lewis Jr. scored a career-high 37 points, including two free throws in overtime to give Alabama a lead that would stand, and the Crimson Tide beat Georgia 105-102 on Saturday night to end a three-game losing streak.
Alabama (13-10, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) rallied after trailing by 12 points early in the second half.
Georgia (12-11, 2-8) has lost six of its last seven games and has lost double-digit leads in its last three losses. Sahvir Wheeler scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Bulldogs. Rayshaun Hammonds had 20 points.
Lewis sank two free throws with 2:21 remaining in overtime to give Alabama a 98-96 lead. Georgia made only one of its last eight shots from the field in the extra period.
Tye Fagan's layup for Georgia with 30 seconds remaining in regulation cut Alabama's lead to 91-90. After Lewis made one of two free throws, Hammonds sank a tying jumper with 21 seconds remaining. Georgia's Jordan Harris missed a long jumper to force the overtime period.
Alabama led 45-41 at halftime before Georgia, led by Wheeler, opened strong in the second half. Wheeler sank two 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the half, including one in a 9—0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 65-53 lead.
Lewis helped Alabama recover midway through the second half to reclaim the lead.
Georgia's Anthony Edwards, who leads the nation's freshmen in scoring, had only 14 points but his short jumper inside the free-throw line tied the game at 83-all.
Alabama was 4-2 in the league before losing starter Herbert Jones to a fractured left wrist on Jan. 29. The 6-foot-7 junior, who is out indefinitely, was averaging 9.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jones, the team's top defensive player, was injured in the first half of a 90-76 loss at Louisiana State.
Edwards' first points came on a layup with 7:21 remaining in the first half.