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SEC: Vols hand 'Horns another blowout

By Associated Press
Published December 18, 2005

AUSTIN, Texas - A smattering of boos in the first half. Another key injury. Another big loss.

The Texas Longhorns, ranked No. 2 just a week ago with early season dreams of a potential Final Four, now find themselves befuddled after a second straight blowout loss.

While the first came on the road against top-ranked Duke, Saturday's 95-78 loss to undefeated but unranked Tennessee snapped a 33-game, nonconference home winning streak.

Chris Lofton scored 21 points and C.J. Watson added 17 for Tennessee (6-0), which hit 12 3-pointers, forced 22 turnovers and routinely sliced through the Longhorns' defense.

"This is a great win for Tennessee," said first-year Volunteers coach Bruce Pearl. "This game meant a lot to us. We hadn't played against this type of competition."

P.J. Tucker had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Texas (8-2), which outrebounded Tennessee 37-25 but couldn't stop the Volunteers from cashing in on the rash of turnovers with 3-pointers.

Texas gave up 12 3-pointers in the 31-point loss to Duke, nine by All-America J.J. Redick. Lofton filled in where Redick left off, hitting five 3s, some when he was wide open, others with a defender in his face.

The Longhorns played without injured starting forward Brad Buckman (calf) and were hobbled further when point guard Daniel Gibson left 9 minutes into the first half with a concussion.

NO. 5 MEMPHIS 72, MISSISSIPPI 49: Sixth man Rodney Carney scored 19 to lead the visiting Tigers (8-1), who never trailed, led by as many as 24 points and shot nearly 44 percent in winning its fifth straight. Clarence Sanders led the Rebels (6-3) with 13 points.

OREGON STATE 64, GEORGIA 60: Chris Stephens had 25 points and hit 8-of-8 free throws down the stretch as the Beavers snapped the Bulldogs' seven-game win streak in Portland, Ore. Nick DeWitz had nine of his 14 points in the first half for Oregon State (4-3). Levi Stukes scored 11 points to lead Georgia (7-2).

SOUTH CAROLINA 73, WOFFORD 43: Brandon Wallace hit three 3-pointers en route to his third career double-double as the host Gamecocks beat the Terriers for the 22nd straight time.

Wallace tied his career high with 13 points while pulling down 10 rebounds and dishing five assists. South Carolina (7-2) finished with a season-high 14 3-pointers (out of 26).

VANDERBILT 74, ALABAMA A&M 58: Dan Cage matched a career-high with 18 points off the bench as the host Commodores pulled away in the second half.

Julian Terrell scored 13 and Ted Skuchas had 11 points and seven rebounds as Vanderbilt survived a season-high 19 turnovers to record the victory.

Obie Trotter, the reigning Southwestern Athletic Conference Player of the Year, scored 27 points for the Bulldogs.

LSU 81, LA.-LAFAYETTE 62: Glen Davis scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the host Tigers. LSU (6-1), which leads the nation in rebound margin, had a 57-28 cushion on the boards. The Tigers outscored the Ragin' Cajuns 29-4 in second-chance points. Dwayne Mitchell scored a career-high 27 points for the Ragin' Cajuns (2-6).

ARKANSAS 80, RICE 61: Ronnie Brewer scored 11 of his 17 in the second half to lead the host Razorbacks. Brewer, the league's leading scorer, had just one field goal in the first half but ignited a Razorback flurry to open the second half after Arkansas led just 30-28 at intermission. He scored half of the Razorbacks' points in an 18-3 run that opened the final period, allowing Arkansas (8-2) to build a 48-33 advantage with 14:22 left in the game.

ALABAMA 85, GEORGIA STATE 58: Chuck Davis scored 22 and Alonzo Gee added 19 as the host Crimson Tide (5-3) routed the Panthers (2-5).

Alabama, which led 49-37 at halftime, opened the second half with a 10-2 run.

[Last modified December 18, 2005, 01:02:23]


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