The Volunteers were up by one point in the fourth overtime when Golden made four straight points to make it 85-80. Elston Turner missed a shot for A&M before Skylar McBee’s 3-pointer pushed Tennessee’s lead to 88-80. McBee made a pair of free throws with less than a minute left to pad the lead, and the Volunteers held on for the win.
No. 5 Florida 71, Arkansas 54
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike Rosario scored 15 points and Patric Young added 14 on Saturday night to pace a balanced attack that helped No. 5 Florida rebound from one of its two Southeastern Conference losses with a 71-54 victory over Arkansas.
Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy both had 12 points for the first-place Gators (22-4, 12-2 SEC), who also bounced back from squandering a 13-point lead over the final 11 minutes of a 63-60 loss at Missouri to regain a two-game lead in the SEC over Alabama, which lost on the road earlier in the day to LSU in triple overtime.
Mississippi 88, Auburn 55
OXFORD, Miss. — Marshall Henderson scored 28 points, Derrick Millinghaus added 14 and Mississippi easily beat Auburn 88-55 on Saturday night.
Henderson scored 19 of his points in the first half as the Rebels built a 44-27 halftime lead. The SEC’s leading scorer didn’t start for the first time all season, but came off the bench to hit eight 3-pointers, which tied the school’s single-game record.
LSU 97, Alabama 94, 3OT
BATON ROUGE, La. — Johnny O’Bryant capped a 24-point, 10-rebound performance by hitting two free throws inside the final 10 seconds of the third overtime, and LSU held on for a 97-94 victory over Alabama on Saturday.
O’Bryant’s strong inside basket gave the Tigers the lead for good at 91-90 with 2:18 to go in the last extra session, and Anthony Hickey added a clutch 3 from the right corner to make it 94-90 with 1:19 left. That allowed LSU (16-9, 7-7 Southeastern Conference) to finally capitalize on its 10-point comeback inside the final three minutes of regulation and hand Alabama (18-9, 10-4) its first loss in five games.
Mississippi State 31
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Kevin Bright scored 15 points and Rod Odom had 13 points to lead Vanderbilt to a 72-31 win over poor-shooting Mississippi State on Saturday.
The Commodores (11-15, 5-9 Southeastern Conference) made 11 of 31 shots from beyond the arc, finishing 28 for 61 from the floor (46 percent).
Kentucky 90, Missouri 83
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Julius Mays’ eight points in overtime, including four clinching free throws in the final 33 seconds, helped Kentucky get the important victory it needed to bolster its NCAA tournament chances, beating Missouri.
Mays made six free throws in overtime and scored 21 of his 24 points after halftime for the Wildcats (19-8, 10-4 Southeastern Conference), who needed a ‘quality’ win to go along with their triumph over then-No. 16 Mississippi last month.