Originally created 12/24/06

SEC roundup



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Chris Lofton scored a career-high 35 points, including a key 3-pointer to give Tennessee its first lead in the second half, and the Volunteers held off Texas in overtime, 111-105 Saturday.

Tennessee (10-2) came back from 17 points down in the second half to take the lead, 88-87, when Lofton hit a 3 with 18.1 seconds left in regulation.

Ramar Smith was fouled and made one of two free throws to put Tennessee ahead by two. Texas (8-3) set up its final play, and big freshman Kevin Durant drove to the basket and scored with 1.1 seconds left to tie it at 89 and send the game into overtime.

Durant led Texas with 26 points.

NO. 10 ALABAMA 99, COPPIN STATE 49

In Tuscaloosa, Ala., Alonzo Gee was 12-for-14 from the field for a career-high 26 points and had nine rebounds to lead Alabama.

Richard Hendrix had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Tide (11-1), while Mykal Riley added 13 points.

Yamene Colemen had 10 rebounds and Demetrius Jemison followed with nine as Alabama finished with a 52-24 rebound advantage.

NO. 12 LSU 68, LOUISIANA TECH 52

In Baton Rouge, La., Glen Davis bounced back from a season-low eight points with 23 and Terry Martin added 19 to lead LSU.

Davis, who struggled in the Tigers' 88-72 loss at No. 17 Wash-ington on Wednesday, made a career-high 15 free throws and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds.

Martin was 7 of 9 from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range.

LSU (7-3) extended its homecourt winning streak against Lou-isiana schools to 64 games.