Originally created 12/31/06

SEC roundup



WASHINGTON - Will Thomas had 22 points and nine rebounds and George Mason ended Mississippi State's seven-game winning streak with a 62-59 victory Saturday.

Thomas, who battled a plethora of Bulldog shot blockers all day, hit two foul shots with 1:01 to go that put the Patriots ahead for good.

Folarin Campbell added 13 points and hit three of four foul shots in the final 16 seconds to preserve the win. Dre Smith chipped in 11 points for George Mason (6-5).

Charles Rhodes led Mississippi State (9-3) with 14 points and Barry Stewart scored 11 second-half points, including two 3-pointers that kept the Bulldogs close throughout the second half.

ST. LOUIS 59, MISSISSIPPI 56

In St. Louis, Kevin Lisch scored 18 points and Saint Louis overcame a lethargic first-half performance to beat Mississippi.

The Billikens (10-3) trailed by 13 points at the half and never led by more than four points in a game that saw five ties and eight lead changes.

Mississippi (11-3) had a chance to tie it at the end, but Todd Abernethy's 3-point attempt fell harmlessly short at the buzzer.

KENTUCKY 78, EASTERN KENTUCKY 65

In Lexington, Ky., Randolph Morris matched a career high with 25 points and Ramel Bradley added 20 as Kentucky pushed its winning streak to six.

Morris, who was 9-for-12 from the field, added 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. He didn't pick up his first and only foul until late in the game when the Wildcats led by 13.

AUBURN 69, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 53

In Auburn, Ala., Quan Prowell scored a game-high 19 points and had eight rebounds to help lead Auburn over Charleston Southern.

Rasheem Barrett and Josh Dollard each added 10 points for Auburn (10-4). The Buccaneers (5-9) were led by Chris Moore's 16 points, while Donnell Covington added 11.

ARKANSAS 80, LOUISIANA TECH 50

In Fayetteville, Ark., Charles Thomas and Patrick Beverley combined for 29 points to lead Arkansas to a win over Louisiana Tech.

The 50 points was a season-low for an Arkansas opponent and the Razorbacks (10-3) were effective with a full-court press in the first half that forced 15 turnovers and turned a close game into a rout.

Chad McKenzie led Louisiana Tech (2-10) with 16 points.