Originally created 03/02/00

Georgia suffers its fourth loss in row



NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Dan Langhi scored 32 points Wednesday night to lead Vanderbilt to a 101-89 victory over Georgia and boost the Commodores' hopes for their first NCAA tournament bid in three years.

Vanderbilt (18-8, 8-7 SEC) snapped a two-game losing streak and scored 100 points in an SEC game for the first time since Feb. 17, 1996.

The Commodores have one conference game remaining Saturday against South Carolina.

The Bulldogs (10-18, 3-12) lost their fourth straight, the third time this season Georgia has had a four-game losing streak.

Langhi scored 16 of his points in the first half, shooting 5-for-6, including 2-for-2 from 3-point range. The 6-foot-11 senior forward leads the SEC in scoring with a 22.3 average.

Langhi's in line to be the first Commodore since Clyde Lee in 1965 to lead the conference, and only the third overall. Billy Joe Adcock did it in 1948.

No. 8 Florida -- 87
South Carolina -- 67

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Teddy Dupay scored all 14 of his points in the second half Wednesday night to help Florida clinch at least a share of the SEC East Division title by beating South Carolina.

The Gators (23-5, 12-3) tied their regular-season record for wins and guaranteed themselves a spot atop the conference for only the second time in their history. A victory at No. 22 Kentucky on Saturday would give Florida lone possession of the title.

South Carolina (12-16, 4-11) came in with three victories in its previous four games and showed some signs of being a tough opponent in the SEC tournament, which begins next Thursday.

No. 6 Ohio State -- 79
Penn State -- 73

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Michael Redd had 22 points and George Reese added 16, eight over the final five minutes, as Ohio State beat Penn State to move into first place in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes (21-5, 12-3) are alone at the top -- at least for a day. Michigan State can join them by beating Minnesota tonight. Ohio State can assure itself of a share of the conference championship for the first time in eight years by beating Minnesota on Saturday.

No. 12 LSU -- 55
No. 19 Auburn -- 51

AUBURN, Ala. -- Jabari Smith's putback and ensuing free throw with 16 seconds to play gave LSU the victory over Auburn and clinched the Tigers' first ever SEC West Division title.

The loss snapped Auburn's 30-game home winning streak. Auburn (21-7, 9-6), the defending SEC champions, played without star forward Chris Porter, who was suspended Sunday for taking $2,500 from a sports agent.

LSU (24-4, 11-4) won a share of the SEC title in 1990, but had not won one since the league split into divisions.

No. 17 Maryland -- 85
Florida State -- 70

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Steve Blake scored nine of his career-high 17 points during a pivotal 12-0 second-half run as Maryland pulled away from Florida State and recorded its ninth straight ACC victory.

Terence Morris had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (22-7, 11-4), who clinched second place in the conference for a second straight season. The nine-game ACC run is the most by a Maryland team in a season and is two short of the school record.

Damous Anderson scored 22 points for FSU (11-15, 6-9).

No. 13 Oklahoma State -- 96
Colorado -- 60

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Desmond Mason scored 19 of his 29 points in the first half, when Oklahoma State steamrolled Colorado after a sluggish start.

The Cowboys (23-4, 12-3 Big 12) moved back into a second-place tie with Texas in the conference standings. Both trail league-leading Iowa State by one game with one to play.

No. 21 Oklahoma -- 77
Texas A&M -- 59

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Eduardo Najera scored 17 of his 20 points in the first half as Oklahoma took charge early in beating Texas A&M. The Sooners (23-5, 11-4 Big 12) improved their all-time record against the Aggies (7-19, 3-12) to 13-1.