Originally created 01/18/98

Evans lifts Kentucky in OT



LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Heshimu Evans scored seven of his season-high 20 points in overtime Saturday, lifting No. 6 Kentucky to an 80-77 victory over No. 22 Arkansas.

Kentucky (16-2, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) overcame poor 3-point shooting (2-of-19) and 22 turnovers to beat Arkansas (14-3, 3-1) for the fifth consecutive time and snap the Razorbacks' six-game winning streak.

Evans, who sat out last season after transferring from Manhattan, scored on a reverse layup to give Kentucky a 69-67 lead at the start of the overtime. Wayne Turner then came up with a steal on the Arkansas baseline which led to Evans' fast-break dunk for a four-point lead with 3:53 to go.

Evans then hit a layup and one of two free throws, with Scott Padgett scoring off the missed attempt. After Arkansas missed a shot, Jeff Sheppard made two free throws for a 78-71 lead with 41 seconds left.

But Arkansas battled back behind Pat Bradley, who hit two straight 3-pointers to slice the lead to 79-77 with 8.1 seconds remaining.

Turner was then fouled by Bradley on the inbounds play, missing the first free throw but making the second for the final margin. Tarik Wallace's 3-point attempt to send the game into a second overtime bounced off the rim as the horn sounded.

Nazr Mohammed sent the game into overtime tied at 67 on a tip-in with 28 seconds left. Arkansas' Kareem Reid missed a running jumper from 12 feet out as time expired.

Turner, who sat out nearly 15 minutes of the first half after picking up two fouls, scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half to help Kentucky erase a seven-point deficit over the final eight minutes.

Mohammed finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds and Padgett had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Kentucky, which shot 45 percent (30-of-67) from the field and held a 57-31 advantage in rebounds in winning its sixth straight game.

Bradley, 6-of-12 from 3-point range, led Arkansas with 26 points while Wallace added 15. The Razorbacks shot 41 percent (31-of-75) and had 15 turnovers.

ARKANSAS (77) -- Reid 4-9 1-3 10, Williams 5-7 0-0 10, P. Bradley 10-22 0-0 26, N. Davis 3-8 0-0 6, Hood 2-5 0-0 4, Adebayo 2-4 2-2 6, Walker 0-1 0-0 0, Wallace 5-17 3-4 15, B. Davis 0-2 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-75 6-9 77.

KENTUCKY (80) -- Edwards 1-4 0-0 2, Padgett 4-10 3-5 11, Mohammed 6-11 2-4 14, Turner 6-9 3-4 16, Sheppard 2-9 5-6 9, Evans 8-12 3-4 20, Magloire 1-1 0-0 2, Smith 1-7 0-0 2, Mills 0-3 2-2 2, M. Bradley 1-1 0-2 2, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-67 18-27 80.

Halftime -- Arkansas 40-38.

3-point goals -- Arkansas 9-30 (P. Bradley 6-12, Wallace 2-13, Reid 1-3, B. Davis 0-2), Kentucky 2-19 (Turner 1-2, Evans 1-3, Edwards 0-2, Mills 0-2, Padgett 0-3, Smith 0-3, Sheppard 0-4). Fouled Out -- P. Bradley. Rebounds -- Arkansas 31 (N. Davis 9), Kentucky 57 (Mohammed 13). Assists -- Arkansas 17 (Reid 6), Kentucky 10 (Sheppard 4). Total fouls -- Arkansas 20, Kentucky 11. A -- 24,266.

LSU -- 66

Florida -- 63

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Willie Anderson's two free throws on a technical foul gave Louisiana State the lead, and DeJuan Collins hit a desperation 3-pointer that sealed the Tigers' victory over Florida.

The Tigers (9-6, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) were trying to take time off the clock when Collins got himself free and drained an off-balance 24-footer as the shot clock expired for a 64-59 lead with 19 seconds left.

Florida (8-6, 2-3), playing without suspended point guard Jason Williams, made a crucial mistake in the final minutes.

Freshman Brent Wright scored on a layup to tie the game at 59 with 1:57 left. As the Gators were setting up their press, Wright touched the ball before it could be passed inbounds and was called for the technical.

Anderson, who led Louisiana State with 18 points, hit both free throws and Florida never recovered. Collins finished with 12 points.

LOUISIANA ST (66) -- C. Carter 6-8 1-1 13, Washington 4-9 0-0 9, Collins 5-8 0-0 12, M. Carter 3-11 5-6 11, Anderson 4-12 8-8 18, Tucker 0-0 0-0 0, Caston 0-1 0-0 0, Earl 0-0 0-0 0, Potts 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 23-51 14-15 66.

FLORIDA (63) -- Stolt 3-8 5-6 13, Wright 5-10 1-4 12, Maddox 7-10 3-6 17, Shannon 3-8 0-0 6, Weaks 3-9 0-0 7, Nnaji 1-1 0-0 2, Horton 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 1-4 0-0 3, Parker 0-5 3-4 3. Totals 23-57 12-20 63.

Halftime -- UF 27-24.

3-Point goals -- LSU 6-16 (Washington 1-2, Collins 2-3 Carter 0-3, Anderson 2-6, Potts 1-2), UF 5-17 (Stolt 2-2, Wright 1-3, Shannon 0-3, Weaks 1-3, Horton 0-1, Williams 1-2, Parker 0-3). Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- LSU 36 (C. Carter 10), UF 31 (Wright 6). Assists -- LSU 9 (Washington 4, Washington 4), UF 11 (Shannon 8). Total fouls -- LSU 18, UF 17. Technicals -- Wright. A -- NA.

Vanderbilt -- 77

Mississippi State -- 73

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Billy Di Spaltro scored 20 points and was 5-for-6 on free throws in the final minute as Vanderbilt held off Mississippi State.

Drew Maddux led the Commodores with 22 points, including nine straight in the closing minutes of the first half. His free throw with 4.9 seconds remaining in the game secured the victory.

Vanderbilt (14-4, 3-2 SEC) led by 10, 68-58, after a Maddux layup with 1:05 to play.

Mississippi State (12-5, 1-3) then made five 3-pointers -- four by Bart Hyche -- in the final minute and kept the game close.

Hyche's baskets cut the deficit to seven twice, then to six and finally to three, 76-73, with 5.7 seconds remaining.

Mississippi State forward Horatio Webster led all scorers with 25 points. Hyche added 15, and White scored 13 in addition to handing out a game-high 11 assists.

MISSISSIPPI ST. (73) -- Hughes 2-2 0-0 6, Webster 10-18 5-6 25, Washington 2-4 2-2 6, Myles 0-2 0-0 0, White 4-10 3-4 13, Moore 3-4 0-0 6, Hyche 5-9 0-1 15, Roberts 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 27-51 10-13 73.

VANDERBILT (77) -- Di Spaltro 6-7 8-10 20, Ford 2-3 0-0 4, Bates 3-8 3-3 9, Prater 1-4 1-3 4, Maddux 9-16 2-6 22, Strong 2-5 1-2 5, A. Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Langhi 4-5 0-0 11, LaPointe 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-50 15-22 77.

Halftime -- 30-30.

3-point goals -- Mississippi St. 9-22 (Hyche 5-9, Hughes 2-2, White 2-6, Myles 0-2, Webster 0-3), Vanderbilt 6-19 (Langhi 3-4, Maddux 2-6, Prater 1-4, Di Spaltro 0-1, LaPointe 0-1, Strong 0-3). Fouled out -- Moore, Mississippi St. Rebounds -- Mississippi St. 20 (White 6), Vanderbilt 30 (Di Spaltro 7). Assists -- Mississippi St. 17 (White 11), Vanderbilt 12 (Maddux 5). Total fouls -- Mississippi St. 22, Vanderbilt 13.

A -- 14,975.