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Vols' home loss a first in '06

Darian Townes scored 15 and Jonathon Modica added 14 to help Arkansas rally to beat No. 10 Tennessee 73-69 on Saturday afternoon.

Arkansas (19-8, 8-6) handed the Volunteers (20-5, 11-3) their first loss at home this season, and further bolstered its case for an NCAA tournament bid.

The Razorbacks improved to 2-5 on the road this year. But they continued their momentum following back-to-back wins over Florida and Alabama.

Eric Ferguson added 12 points while Charles Thomas had 11 and Vincent Hunter had 10 for Arkansas, which dominated the post.

The Razorbacks outrebounded Tennessee 45-24. Tennessee had clinched at least a share of the SEC East title with a win at Florida earlier this week.

Trailing 63-49, the Razorbacks made a late charge with a 15-0 run that included seven points by Townes. Ferguson's 3 with 4:13 left put Arkansas up 64-63, the Razorbacks' first lead of the second half.

Chris Lofton ended Tennessee's drought with a 3 for a brief lead with 3:53 to go, but Thomas and Townes scored consecutive baskets to give the lead back to Arkansas.

The Razorbacks then pushed the lead to four. Tennessee's JaJuan Smith made one of two free throws, and Dane Bradshaw sank a pair to cut it to 70-69 with 32.9 seconds remaining.

The Vols fouled to stop the clock, and Modica hit two free throws with 25.8 seconds remaining. Tennessee had a chance to tie, but Smith missed a 3. Ferguson added another free throw to seal it with 10.6 seconds left.

Ronnie Brewer, who leads the conference in scoring, was held to nine points.

VANDY 57, S. CAROLINA 56: The Gamecocks' Tarence Kinsey missed an 18-foot jumper just before the buzzer, and host South Carolina (14-13, 5-9) lost by one for the second consecutive game. The Gamecocks were up 50-41 with 6:40 left, but Vanderbilt (14-13, 5-9) hit four 3-pointers and went on a 16-4 run. Dan Cage (13 points) hit back-to-back 3s in less than one minute and Derrick Byars scored on a layup to give Vanderbilt a 57-54 lead with 1:36 left. Shan Foster, who was averaging 16.5 points a game, had 11 points. After Kinsey hit two foul shots with 1:02 left, the Commodores turned it over with 25.8 seconds remaining, setting up the Gamecocks final shot.

No. 24 LSU 71, KENTUCKY 67: Darrel Mitchell and Glen Davis each made two free throws in the final seconds to lift the host Tigers (20-7, 12-2), who moved into first in the overall conference standings ahead of Tennessee. The Wildcats came back from two four-point deficits in the last 3 minutes to tie, including guard Patrick Sparks' 3-pointer to tie at 67 with 27 seconds left. Davis equaled a career high with 28 points and also had 15 rebounds. Mitchell had 13 points and eight assists.

MISSISSIPPI ST. 83, GEORGIA 68: Charles Rhodes finished with a career-high 27 points, and the Bulldogs dominated the second half. Dietric Slater added a career-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for Mississippi State (14-13, 4-10), which scored the first 16 points of the second half, outscored Georgia 51-31 in the final 20 minutes and led by as many as 18. Freshmen Jamont Gordon and Richard Delk had 13 points apiece, Gordon added 12 rebounds and Mississippi State shot better than 58 percent and outrebounded the Bulldogs 48-31. Delk's 13 points also represented a career best.

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