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LSU is 7-1 in SEC after beating 'Bama

Marcus Thornton scored 22 points to lead Louisiana State in a 76-62 victory against Alabama on Sunday.

Thornton, who also grabbed six rebounds, was 8-for-13 from the field and 5-for-5 at the foul line. Thornton scored all but two of his points in the opening half.

Tasmin Mitchell added 16 points and Garrett Temple had 10, all in the second half, for the host Tigers (19-4, 7-1 Southeastern Conference).

Mikhail Torrance led the Crimson Tide (13-10, 3-6) with 12 points.

It took the Tigers a few minutes to get going in this one. LSU made just two baskets in the first six-plus minutes and fell behind 13-4.

"We got off to a real sluggish start," Tigers Coach Trent Johnson said. "That surprised me. Then, we got some contributions from guys off the bench. They gave us some energy. When we play with a sense of urgency, we can compete with anybody."

A three-point play by Thornton began a run of 17 consecutive Tigers points. Mitchell's three-pointer at the 7:23 mark of the first half gave LSU the lead at 24-22.

State women

Western Kentucky 69, South Alabama 67 (OT): Amy McNear hit a three-pointer with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to force overtime and then drove the length of the floor and made a layup with 0.7 seconds left for the winning basket.

The sophomore also hit a game-winning 15-foot jumper at Louisiana Tech, and a game-winning 35-footer at the buzzer at Florida Atlantic earlier this season.

"Amy simply wants the ball in her hands in those situations," Western Coach Mary Taylor Cowles said. "You can't teach that kind of confidence and desire to make big plays. As a coach, you have to just let a player like that make plays, and fortunately she's done it for us every time we asked her to this season."

McNear scored 20 points and Arnika Brown added 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the host Hilltoppers.

Nation men

No. 23 Illinois 66, Purdue 48: The host Illini (19-5, 7-4 Big Ten) held the Boilermakers, who are playing without star forward Robbie Hummel, to season lows in scoring, shooting percentage (32.2 percent) and three-point shooting (2-for-15).

"The key for us was our defense and our effort," Coach Bruce Weber said. "We were able to get stops and get out in transition and get the crowd into it, and eventually broke their spirit."

Sophomore forward Mike Davis had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds to lead the charge over Purdue (17-6, 6-4).

No. 7 Wake Forest 93, Boston College 76: Jeff Teague scored 27 points, freshman Al-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 26 and Wake Forest bounced back after a surprisingly lopsided loss by routing Boston College.

James Johnson had 12 points and 10 rebounds while L.D. Williams added 11 points for the host Demon Deacons (18-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 57.4 percent overall and 65.5 percent during the second half, using a big surge during the final 20 minutes to bounce back from a 27-point loss at Miami and claim their second double-digit win over the Eagles.

IU suspends top scorer

Indiana Coach Tom Crean suspended leading scorer Devan Dumes indefinitely Sunday, one day after Dumes was ejected against Michigan State for a flagrant foul.

Late in Saturday's loss at Michigan State, Dumes was ejected after drawing a flagrant foul when he threw an elbow at Spartans center Tom Herzog.

"After coming home and having the opportunity to review the game film, I believe that discipline is necessary and deserved in this matter," Crean said in a statement. "A line was crossed that was unacceptable."

State men

Centre 56, Birmingham-Southern 44: Danny Noll had 20 points and six rebounds to lead the visiting Colonels.

Noll was 8-for-11 from the field and hit two of his four three-point tries.

The Colonels held Southern to 32 percent shooting and won despite committing 19 turnovers.

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