BATON ROUGE, La. — After two tight losses to open his ledger as South Carolina's coach, Frank Martin needed overtime to secure his first Southeastern Conference win.
"Three times now we had it late," said Martin. "But nobody hung their heads."
Michael Carrera's 23 points led four South Carolina players in double figures as the Gamecocks defeated Louisiana State University 82-73 in overtime on Wednesday night.
A 6-foot-5 freshman from Venezuela making just his second road SEC appearance, Carrera dealt well with a physical Tigers front court and a hostile student section that aimed their barbs at him.
"I love pressure," said Carrera. "I am young, but I've dealt with pressure all my life. Road win, so I guess pressure is very good."
Carrera scored 21 points after halftime, including 10 in overtime, when the Gamecocks (11-5, 1-2) outscored the Tigers 13-4. It was an industrious performance, with 9-of-10 free throw shooting and an active inside game, despite an awkward gait that Martin said comes from a "busted-up hip."
"I don't think they were running any plays for him," said LSU guard Charles Carmouche, who hit three 3-point shots on his way to 13 points. "He was just playing hard. He was getting rebounds and going back up."
Brenton Williams added 16 points for South Carolina, while RJ Slawson and Lakeem Jackson each scored 11. Jackson added 11 rebounds to pace all players.
The Tigers (9-5, 0-3) led 69-65 with 2:41 to go before giving up a layup by Carrera and two free throws by Williams. LSU guard Anthony Hickey made a steal but failed to create a shot with the shot clock turned off before Johnny O'Bryant III missed a game-winning jumper attempt for the Tigers.
LSU shot the 3-pointer effectively to open the second half, connecting on five of its first seven 3-point tries, including four by Hickey, who finished with 18 points.
Hickey also grabbed seven rebounds, had three assists and two steals, but his five turnovers in 35 minutes were a symptom of a problem for the Tigers, who committed 22 turnovers that South Carolina turned into 27 points.
NO. 13 BUTLER 62, RICHMOND 47
In Indianapolis, Andrew Smith scored 15 points, and Butler (15-2, 3-0) used a stifling defense to beat Richmond (11-7, 1-2) in its first Atlantic 10 Conference home game.
NO. 14 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 50
In College Park, Md., Alex Len dropped in a missed shot by teammate Pe’Shon Howard with 0.9 seconds left, giving Maryland (14-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) a stunning victory over North Carolina State (14-3, 3-1).
NO. 16 KANSAS STATE 67,
TEXAS CHRISTIAN 54
In Fort Worth, Texas, Rodney McGruder scored 21 points and Kansas State (14-2, 3-0) stretched its winning streak to seven games with a win at Big 12 newcomer Texas Christian (9-8, 0-4).
NO. 17 MISSOURI 79, GEORGIA 62
In Columbia, Mo., Earnest Ross scored 15 points while surviving two spills, helping Missouri (13-3, 2-1 SEC) down Georgia (6-10, 0-3).
Vincent Williams had a career-best 23 points for the Bulldogs.
NO. 18 MICHIGAN STATE 81,
PENN STATE 72
In State College, Pa., Adreian Payne scored 20 points after spending the first half on the bench following a morning scuffle with teammate Brandon Dawson, and Michigan State (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) held on against Penn State (8-9, 0-5).
NO. 25 MARQUETTE 69, SETON HALL 62
In Milwaukee, reserve Davante Gardner scored 17 points to lead Marquette (13-3, 4-0 Big East) over Seton Hall (12-6, 1-4 Big East).
MIAMI 60, BOSTON COLLEGE 59
In Boston, Durand Scott hit four free throws in the closing 30 seconds to help Miami (13-3, 4-0 ACC) extend its best conference start ever by beating Boston College (9-8, 1-3) .
ARKANSAS 88, AUBURN 80 (2OT)
In Fayetteville, Ark., BJ Young’s late 3-pointer in double overtime and Marshawn Powell’s 28 points helped Arkansas (11-5, 2-1 SEC) hold on to secure a win over Auburn (8-8, 2-1).
ALABAMA 75, MISSISSIPPI STATE 43
In Starkville, Miss., Levi Randolph scored 18 points, Rodney Cooper added 17 and Alabama (10-6, 2-1 SEC) coasted past Mississippi State (7-8, 2-1).
NO. 1 BAYLOR 90. KANSAS STATE 69
In Manhattan, Kan., Brittney Griner scored 29 points and Baylor (15-1, 5-0) routed undersized Kansas State (10-7, 1-4) for its 27th consecutive regular season Big 12 victory
NO. 4 DUKE 58, VIRGINIA TECH 26
In Durham, N.C., Elizabeth Williams scored 20 points to keep Duke (16-0, 5-0 ACC) unbeaten with a rout of Virginia Tech (7-10, 1-5). The Blue Devils are the only undefeated team left in Division I basketball.
NO. 18 DAYTON 95, LA SALLE 47
In Dayton, Ohio, Amber Deane scored 20 points and Dayton (14-1, 2-0 Atlantic 10 Conference) routed La Salle (5-12, 1-1).