STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mario Austin hit his first career 3-pointer with 7 seconds left in regulation, then made five free throws in overtime as Mississippi State upset No. 6 Kentucky 74-69 Saturday in the Southeastern Conference opener for both.
Austin scored a career-high 32 points, and Derrick Zimmerman added 14 for the Bulldogs, who trailed by 16 at halftime.
Tayshaun Prince scored 18 to lead Kentucky (9-3), but had just four points in the second half and only took one shot in overtime.
The Bulldogs (14-1) trailed 65-62 with the shot clock winding down when the 6-foot-9 Austin, who was 0-for-2 from 3-point range in his two-year career, sank a wide-open jumper from the top of the circle to tie it.
Kentucky's Cliff Hawkins was stopped on a drive at the end of regulation.
NO. 18 ALABAMA 76, LSU 74
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Terrance Meade scored four points in the final 38 seconds - including two free throws with 1.3 left - and No. 18 Alabama rallied for a victory over LSU as the teams began Southeastern Conference play.
The Crimson Tide (13-2) trailed 72-64 with four minutes left before closing with a 12-2 run. Alabama tied the game on Meade's jumper from the top of the key. He scored after getting Jermaine Williams to bite on a pump fake.
On the other end, Collis Temple missed a runner in the lane for the Tigers (10-4) to set up the final sequence. Antoine Pettway then heaved the ball across midcourt to Meade, who quickly threw up an off-balance 3-pointer. He was fouled by Ronald Dupree and hit his first and third free throws.
ARKANSAS 83, AUBURN 77
In Auburn, Ala., Carl Baker came off the bench to score 17 points and help Arkansas defeat Auburn.
Baker led a balanced attack as Arkansas (9-4) played 13 players and had four players score in double figures in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Paced by Adam Harrington's four first-half three-pointers, Auburn (8-4) led 34-22 with five minutes to go in the opening half. Arkansas then used its fast-break offense and forced turnovers with a full-court press defense to go on a 11-0 run and outscored the Tigers 20-3 over the final five minutes of the first half to take a 42-37 lead.
Baker scored all seven of his first half points in the final five minutes, including four points in the last 13 seconds of the half.
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