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Idle Gators clinch SEC when Kentucky loses

Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison reacts to Arkansas taking the lead in overtime.

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Kentucky guard Aaron Harrison reacts to Arkansas taking the lead in overtime.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Arkansas upset No. 17 Kentucky 71-67 in overtime on Thursday night, the Wildcats' loss giving idle Florida the outright SEC title.

The No. 1-ranked Gators (26-2, 15-0) have three games left, starting at home with LSU on Saturday, before the SEC tournament begins March 12.

Six weeks after Arkansas' Michael Qualls beat Kentucky (21-7, 11-4, second in the conference) with a dunk in OT, Coty Clarke lifted the Razorbacks with a 3-pointer and four free throws in the extra period, including two with 36.7 seconds left for a 69-64 lead. Arkansas made all six free throws in overtime and was 16-for-16 overall. Kentucky was 12-of-22 from the line.

The Razorbacks (19-9, 8-7) have won four straight and six of seven. They beat Kentucky for the third straight time and got their first win at Rupp Arena since the 1993-94 season.

"They beat us to loose balls," Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "We missed 10 one-foot shots. We missed all free throws that mattered. We took two steps back."

No. 10 st. louis loses: Micah Mason scored 22 and visiting Duquesne upset No. 10 St. Louis 71-64 to snap the Billikens' school-record 19-game winning streak. St. Louis (25-3, 12-1 Atlantic 10) missed a chance to clinch at least a tie for the conference title. Mason, who entered leading the nation in 3-point shooting percentage (.554), hit 4 of 5 3s.

No. 7 Louisville 88, Temple 66: Russ Smith had 24 points, moving into ninth on the Cardinals' career list, and host Louisville (24-4, 13-2 American Athletic) won its seventh straight. Smith, Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier combined to shoot 25-for-34.

Indiana 93, No. 20 Iowa 86: Will Sheehey scored 19 of his career-high 30 in the first half and Stanford Robinson added a career-best 17 as the host Hoosiers sent the Hawkeyes (19-9, 8-7 Big Ten) to a third straight loss. The game had been postponed after an 8-foot, 50-pound steel plate fell from the ceiling of Assembly Hall last week.

Houston 77, No. 21 Memphis 68: The host Cougars closed with a 14-5 run to beat the Tigers (21-7, 10-5 American Athletic).

Penn St. 65, No. 22 Ohio St. 63: D.J. Newbill scored 23 and the host Nittany Lions held off a late rally by the Buckeyes (22-7, 9-7 Big Ten). Coming out of a timeout with 6.8 seconds left, Lenzelle Smith Jr.'s 3-pointer rimmed out, Penn State grabbed the rebound and time expired. LaQuinton Ross led the Buckeyes with 19 points. Penn State swept the season series.

Lipscomb 92, FGCU 71: The host Bisons upset the Eagles, but Florida Gulf Coast (19-11, 13-4 Atlantic Sun) maintained a share of first place after co-leader Mercer also fell.

titles clinched: Alec Brown and Keifer Sykes combined for 21 points in the second half as visiting Green Bay rallied from 15 down to defeat Oakland 71-63 and claim the Horizon League title. … Taylor Braun had 15 points and 12 rebounds as host North Dakota State clinched the Summit League title with an 82-54 rout of South Dakota.

Nebraska: The Cornhuskers will wear throwback uniforms honoring the 1911-12 team Saturday against Northwestern.

Women

uf 73, Vandy 68: Jaterra Bonds scored 18 and tied a career high with nine assists as the visiting Gators (18-10, 8-7 SEC) held off the Commodores (18-9, 7-8). Carlie Needles clinched it with two free throws with 4.8 seconds left. Florida led 42-30 at halftime. "This was just a huge win at this time of the season,'' said coach Amanda Butler. "We showed a lot of toughness."

ga. tech 86, fsu 78: The host Seminoles (18-10, 6-9 ACC) trailed by 21 at halftime. Nathasha Howard scored 34, becoming the second Seminole with three 30-point games in a season. Sue Galkantas, FSU's all-time leading scorer, is the other.

No. 2 N. Dame 100, No. 14 UNC 75: Kayla McBride scored 28 and Natalie Achonwa added 24 for the host Irish (28-0, 15-0 ACC). The Tar Heels (21-8, 9-6) got within 61-51, but Notre Dame extended its lead to 28.

No. 4 South Carolina 67, Georgia 56: Tiffany Mitchell scored a career-high 25 and the Gamecocks (26-2, 14-1) clinched their first SEC title, finishing 16-0 at home.

No. 7 Duke 71, Wake Forest 56: Haley Peters scored a season-high 22 and the host Blue Devils (25-4, 12-3 ACC) locked up the No. 2 seed for next week's conference tournament by beating the Demon Deacons for the 40th straight time. Wake Forest, which last beat Duke in the 1993 ACC tournament, matched the third-longest streak of futility among Division I teams in the same conference.

No. 9 Maryland 92, BC 66: Alyssa Thomas scored 26 to move into second on the school's all-time women's list and Lexie Brown added 12 points, all on 3-pointers, for the visiting Terrapins (23-5, 11-4 ACC). Thomas surpassed Marissa Coleman for second and needs 34 to move ahead of Crystal Langhorne's record of 2,247. She needs 56 to break Juan Dixon's overall school record of 2,269.

No. 10 Tennessee 72, LSU 67: Meighan Simmons highlighted a 31-point performance with a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute, and the visiting Vols (23-5, 12-2 SEC) barely made a 21-point halftime lead stand up.

No. 12 UK 81, Miss. St. 74, OT: DeNesha Stallworth had 16 points for the visiting Wildcats (21-7, 9-6 SEC), who can clinch a double bye in the conference tournament if they beat Vanderbilt on Sunday.

No. 13 N.C. State 79, Pitt 68: Markeisha Gatling scored 20 and Len'Nique Brown added 19, making six straight free throws in the final 90 seconds as the visiting Wolfpack (24-5, 11-4 ACC) earned the program's 800th victory.

No. 16 Nebraska 72, Illinois 65: Jordan Hooper scored 29 as the host Cornhuskers (22-5, 12-3 Big Ten) held on for their ninth straight win.

No. 17 Texas A&M 77, Ark. 54: Jordan Jones had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the host Aggies (22-7, 12-3 SEC).

no. 21 Mich. St. 75, N'western 44: The visiting Spartans (20-8, 12-3) kept hope alive for a share of the Big Ten title.

No. 22 Gonzaga 75, Saint Mary's (Cal) 65: Haiden Palmer scored 19 and the host Bulldogs (25-4, 15-2) won their 10th straight West Coast Conference title.

No. 25 Iowa 65, Ohio State 61: Theairra Taylor scored 21 and the host Hawkeyes (22-7, 10-5 Big Ten) forced 21 turnovers.

Idle Gators clinch SEC when Kentucky loses 02/27/14 [Last modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 12:27am]

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