Vandy survives Georgia

Georgia guard Travis Leslie blocks a shot by Jeffery Taylor. No. 16 Vanderbilt trailed by five with 33 seconds left in regulation, but the Commodores pulled off a 96-94 victory in overtime.

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Georgia guard Travis Leslie blocks a shot by Jeffery Taylor. No. 16 Vanderbilt trailed by five with 33 seconds left in regulation, but the Commodores pulled off a 96-94 victory in overtime.

NASHVILLE — Florida's game at Georgia on Saturday suddenly looks a little more difficult after the Bulldogs nearly pulled off an upset at No. 16 Vanderbilt.

Jermaine Beal scored a career-high 28 and Vanderbilt overcame a five-point deficit in the final 33 seconds of regulation, winning 96-94 in overtime Thursday.

A.J. Ogilvy's tap-in with 15 seconds left in regulation tied it at 77. Georgia's Travis Leslie then missed two chances to win it.

The Commodores (21-6, 10-3 SEC) led by six in overtime with 28 seconds left. Georgia (12-14, 4-9) had a chance to tie at the end, but Leslie's toss of Chris Barnes' intentionally missed free throw was short at the buzzer.

"I don't know if worry is the right word, a bit concerned," Ogilvy said of the end of regulation.

The Bulldogs led 77-72 with 33 seconds left. But Andre Walker hit a 3-pointer, Georgia missed two free throws, and Ogilvy tied it.

The teams combined for 65 free throws, with Vanderbilt going 35-for-39.

"A tough one to go home with," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "We didn't come here to get close."

No. 2 Kentucky 82, S.C. 61: Patrick Patterson had 23 points for the host Wildcats (27-1, 12-1 SEC), who need one victory or a Vanderbilt loss to clinch at least a share of their 44th conference championship.

No. 5 Duke 70, Tulsa 52: Nolan Smith scored 18 as the Blue Devils (24-4) broke open a tight game early in the second half, extending a decade-long nonconference home winning streak to 77. Tulsa leading scorer Ben Uzoh, who entered with three straight 20-point games, scored eight on 3-of-15 shooting while being guarded primarily by Smith.

No. 17 Wis. 78, Indiana 46: The visiting Badgers (21-7, 11-5 Big Ten) shot 54 percent and had five players score in double figures in their sixth straight win over the Hoosiers.

Cal 95, Arizona 71: Jerome Randle scored 24 for the host Golden Bears (19-9, 11-5 Pac-10), who can clinch at least a share of their first conference title since 1960 by beating Arizona State on Saturday at home.

JACKSONVILLE 65, campbell 52: The host Dolphins (18-10, 14-5 Atlantic Sun) won their fifth in a row and broke a tie with the Camels to take sole possession of first place in the conference.

PURDUE LOSES HUMMEL FOR SEASON: The No. 3 Boilermakers' Final Four and national-title hopes took a huge hit with the loss of versatile junior forward Robbie Hummel to a torn ACL in his right knee. Hummel will miss the remainder of the season. He was injured as he planted his foot during Wednesday's win over Minnesota. He is the team's second-leading scorer (15.7) and rebounder (6.9 ).

Women: FSU routs UM

TALLAHASSEE — Jacinta Monroe had 23 points and 11 rebounds as ninth-ranked Florida State beat Miami 87-62, keeping its hopes alive for a second straight ACC regular-season title.

The Seminoles (25-4, 11-2) needs to win Sunday at Maryland and have first-place Duke lose one of its final two games.

Riquana Williams scored 22 for the Hurricanes (16-12, 3-10).

No. 2 Stanford 62, Ariz. St. 43: Jayne Appel had 19 points, eight rebounds and four blocks for the visiting Cardinal (26-1, 16-0), Stanford's 17th straight win and sixth consecutive outright Pac-10 regular-season championship.

No. 4 Tenn. 81, No. 16 UK 65: The visiting Vols (26-2, 13-1 SEC) used several runs to pull away in the first half and stayed in control, hitting 25 of 27 free throws to clinch the regular-season conference title. Victoria Dunlap scored 22 for the Wildcats (23-5, 11-4), but the SEC's fourth-leading scorer shot just 6-of-19.

No. 10 Ohio St. 78, Northwestern 47: Jantel Lavender had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the host Buckeyes (27-4, 14-4), who cut down the nets after the game even though they had clinched an unprecedented sixth straight Big Ten title two weeks earlier.

No. 13 Georgetown 70, Jacksonville St. 39: The host Hoyas (24-4) cruised in a warmup for Saturday's game at No. 1 UConn.

No. 15 Iowa St. 57, Kansas 54: Alison Lacey scored 22 as the visiting Cyclones (21-5, 9-4 Big 12) avoided the upset.

No. 20 LSU 70, Arkansas 53: Courtney Jones had a career-high 22 points for the host Tigers (19-8, 8-7 SEC).

No. 24 georgia 65, S.C. 49: Ashley Houts scored 21, shooting 7-for-7, for the visiting Bulldogs (21-7, 8-7 SEC).

Vandy survives Georgia 02/25/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2010 12:00am]

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