BATON ROUGE, La. — Darrel Mitchell and Glen Davis each made two free throws in the final seconds to help No. 24 LSU beat Kentucky 71-67 on Saturday.
Wildcats guard Patrick Sparks made a 3-pointer to tie it at 67 with 27 seconds to play. On the next possession, Ravi Moss fouled Mitchell as he started to drive into the lane. He made two foul shots to put the Tigers ahead 69-67 with 13 seconds left.
On the next possession, Kentucky’s Sheray Thomas missed a short shot along the baseline with 2 seconds to go. Davis rebounded the ball, drew a foul from Thomas and made two free throws for the final margin.
The victory moved LSU (20-7, 12-2) into sole possession of first place in the overall Southeastern Conference standings ahead of Tennessee, which lost to Arkansas on Saturday.
Davis equaled a career high with 28 points and also had 15 rebounds. Mitchell had 13 points and eight assists, while Tasmin Mitchell had nine of his 10 points in the second half.
Randolph Morris led Kentucky (18-10, 8-6) with 17 points. Sparks added 13 points.
The Wildcats came back from two four-point deficits in the last 3 minutes to tie the score. Rajon Rondo made a 3 to get Kentucky within 60-59 with 2:58 remaining.
After Tasmin Mitchell made one of two free throws, a basket by Morris tied it at 61 with 2:12 left. The Tigers built another four-point advantage as Mitchell and Davis each hit two foul shots. Sparks hit a 3-pointer to cut it to one but Davis scored to give LSU a 67-64 lead.
Duke 74, Temple 66
PHILADELPHIA — Not even J.J. Redick’s worst game of the season could derail No. 1 Duke.
Redick’s 11 points were enough to set the ACC career scoring record, but it was Shelden Williams who took over inside with 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils to a 74-66 win over Temple on Saturday.
Already holding the NCAA record for career 3-pointers and Duke’s career scoring record, the nine points Redick needed to pass Wake Forest’s Dickie Hemric for the Atlantic Coast Conference mark seemed like a mere formality.
Instead, it took much longer than anyone expected — all the way to the final minutes of Duke’s (27-1) 10th straight win.
Redick sank two free throws with 1:28 left to set the mark. The sold-out crowd gave him a standing ovation and his teammates patted him on the head as he went to the huddle.
Redick, the nation’s second-leading scorer, hadn’t scored fewer than 15 points in a game this season.
He went 3-for-10 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line.
Mardy Collins admirably tried to carry the Owls and finished with 26 points and nine rebounds.
Arkansas 73, Tennessee 69
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Darian Townes scored 15 points and Jonathon Modica added 14 to help Arkansas overcome a 14-point second-half deficit and win.
Arkansas (19-8, 8-6 Southeastern Conference) handed the Volunteers (20-5, 11-3) their first loss at home this season, and further bolstered its case for an NCAA tournament bid.
Eric Ferguson added 12 points while Charles Thomas had 11 and Vincent Hunter had 10 for Arkansas, which outrebounded Tennessee 45-24. C.J. Watson led the Vols with 17 points.
Former Mr. Kentucky basketball Lofton added 12 and Smith had 11. Ronnie Brewer, who leads the SEC in scoring, was held to nine points.