STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Charles Rhodes had a career-high 30
points and nine rebounds to lead Mississippi State to an 89-78
victory over Auburn Wednesday night.
The win gives the Bulldogs a share of the Southeastern
Conference's Western Division title for the second straight season.
The Bulldogs have now won 13 of their last 15 games against the
Tigers, including eight in a row at home.
Auburn (14-12, 4-9 SEC) never threatened Mississippi State
(19-8, 10-3) in the second half and shot only 38 percent from the
field against the nation's second-ranked team defense.
Rhodes was 10-for-13 from the field and has scored 20 points or
more in three of his last four games. The double-double is his
eighth this season and fourteenth of his career.
Thanks to Arkansas' 56-53 loss at Alabama on Wednesday, the
Bulldogs now have a three-game lead in the SEC West with three
games to go in the regular season.
The Razorbacks still could catch them, though they'll need the
Bulldogs to lose their last three games.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Demetrius Jemison scored a career-high
19 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and made two free throws with 10
seconds left to lift Alabama to a 59-56 win over Arkansas.
The Crimson Tide (15-13, 4-9 Southeastern Conference), which had
lost four of five games and two in a row, made 6-of-8 free throws
over the final two minutes of tonight's game at Tuscaloosa,
Alabama. The win moved Alabama into a four-way tie for third place
in the Western Division.
Senario Hillman hit 1-of-2 from the line with 38 seconds to play
to give the Tide a 56-50 lead, matching its biggest of the game.
Then, Sonny Weems scored twice off offensive rebounds for Arkansas
(18-9, 7-6) to make it 57-54 with 12 seconds remaining.
The Razorbacks quickly fouled Jemison after he received the
inbounds pass, and he nailed both free throws. Jemison lost his
starting job in the previous game after showing up late for a
practice, but regained the role for this one.
His previous career high was 15 points and he topped his
rebounding best by one.
Arkansas has dropped four of its last five games and hasn't
cracked 60 points in its last two, including a 63-58 loss at
Kentucky. The Razorbacks had won the previous meeting in overtime.
Gary Erwin, though, scored more points in overtime in that game
(seven) than he did in finishing with six in the rematch.
Richard Hendrix added 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Tide,
and also had five steals. Alabama made only 2-of-10 3-pointers and
Alonzo Gee scored a season-low one point. Gee only attempted two
Weems led Arkansas with 17 points and eight rebounds but made
only 6-of-15 shots and had four turnovers. Darian Townes also
scored 17 points for the Razorbacks while the rest of the team
combined for just 22 points.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Joe Crawford and Patrick Patterson scored
15 points apiece as Kentucky held off Mississippi 58-54 tonight.
Ramel Bradley added 14 points and five rebounds for Kentucky
(16-10, 10-3 Southeastern Conference), which moved to within one
game of top-ranked Tennessee for first place in the SEC's Eastern
The Wildcats play at the Volunteers on Sunday.
Chris Warren led Ole Miss with 25 points and Dwayne Curtis had
12 points and 15 rebounds, but the Rebels (18-9, 4-9) remained
winless on the road in the SEC and continued their precipitous fall
from the Top 25 last month.
Ole Miss shot just 31 percent from the floor and turned the ball
over 19 times.
Still, the Rebels had a chance to win it after whittling a
23-point deficit to two in the final seconds.