Georgia rallies to upset Mississippi State

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STARKVILLE, Miss. — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, including a crucial 3-pointer late in overtime, and Georgia beat No. 20 Mississippi State 70-68 on Saturday.

Georgia's Dustin Ware drives past Mississippi State's Jalen Steele. Georgia rallied to force overtime and held on in the extra period to earn its first SEC road win this year.  KERRY SMITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
KERRY SMITH/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Georgia's Dustin Ware drives past Mississippi State's Jalen Steele. Georgia rallied to force overtime and held on in the extra period to earn its first SEC road win this year.

Georgia (12-12, 3-7) earned its first Southeastern Conference road win this season and only its second road victory overall. Gerald Robinson Jr. added 13 points, including eight in overtime. Dustin Ware had 11.

Mississippi State (19-6, 6-4) was led by Dee Bost’s 21 points.

Georgia trailed for much of the afternoon, but Robinson hit a driving layup with 27 seconds remaining that sent the game into overtime.

Georgia won at Humphrey Coliseum for the first time since 2002.

ARKANSAS 76, SOUTH CAROLINA 65

In Fayetteville, Ark., BJ Young scored 27 points as Arkansas set a record for victories at Bud Walton Arena with a win over South Carolina.

The win improves the Razorbacks (17-8, 5-5) to 17-0 in Fayetteville this season, the most wins in one season since the arena opened in 1993.

Damontre Harris had 12 points to lead the Gamecocks (9-15, 1-9), who have lost five straight and nine of 10.

NO. 1 KENTUCKY 69, VANDERBILT 63

In Nashville, Tenn., Doron Lamb hit a 3-pointer with 3:18 left to put Kentucky ahead to stay, and the Wildcats took a big step toward the conference’s regular-season title by beating Vanderbilt for their 17th consecutive win.

Lamb finished with 16 points, Anthony Davis added 15 points and seven blocks, Terrence Jones scored 14 and Marquis Teague had 13 for Kentucky (25-1, 11-0).

John Jenkins led Vanderbilt (17-8, 6-4) with 15 points.

TENNESSEE 75, NO. 8 FLORIDA 70

In Gainesville, Fla., Trae Golden scored 17 points, Jeronne Maymon added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Tennessee ended Florida’s home-winning streak at 19.

It didn’t help that the Gators (19-6, 7-3) played most of the game without their top two reserves, guard Mike Rosario and forward Will Yeguete.

Skylar McBee had 13 points for Tennessee (13-12, 5-5).

LOUISIANA STATE 67, ALABAMA 58

In Baton Rouge, La., Justin Hamilton scored 12 of his team-high 21 points in the second half, and Louisiana State held off a feisty but suspension-riddled Alabama squad.

Johnny O’Bryant III had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Andre Stinger added 15 points for LSU (14-10, 4-6).

Rodney Cooper scored a career-high 28 points for Alabama (16-8, 5-5).

MISSISSIPPI 61, AUBURN 54

In Oxford, Miss., Murphy Holloway scored 20 points, including 14 in a row to highlight a second-half comeback for Mississippi (15-9, 5-5) against Auburn (13-12, 3-8).

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