A big day from long range kept Sindarius Thornwell and No. 25 South Carolina in the mix for the Southeastern Conference title.
Thornwell had 25 points and nine assists, and the Gamecocks made a season-high 12 three-pointers on their way to an 81-78 victory over No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday.
Michael Carrera scored 20 points on 6-for-6 shooting for South Carolina (20-3, 7-3).
South Carolina, Texas A&M and Kentucky are tied for second in the SEC, one game back of LSU.
Danuel House and Alex Caruso had 16 points apiece for Texas A&M (18-5, 7-3).
LSU 88, Mississippi St. 77: Antonio Blakeney scored a career-high 31 points, and LSU moved into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference. Blakeney hit 11 of 17 shots, including four three-pointers. Keith Hornsby scored 25 points for host LSU, while Ben Simmons added 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Georgia 65, Auburn 55: J.J. Frazier scored 16 points to help send Auburn to its fifth straight loss. Auburn missed 18 straight shots from the field as Georgia pulled away in the second half. The Tigers struggled after leading scorer Kareem Canty was suspended indefinitely by coach Bruce Pearl for conduct detrimental to the team. Yante Maten had 12 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots for Georgia (13-8, 6-4 Southeastern Conference).
Arkansas 85, Tennessee 67: Moses Kingsley scored 17 points off the bench to lead five Arkansas (12-11, 5-5 Southeastern Conference) players in double figures in the home win. Kevin Punter led the Volunteers (11-12, 4-6) with 24 points.
Alabama 80, Missouri 71: Riley Norris made three three-pointers and scored 18 points for Alabama (13-9, 4-6 SEC). Retin Obasohan had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists.
Eastern Kentucky 88, Belmont 78: JaVontae Hawkins scored 24 points and Jarelle Reischel added 20 for visiting Eastern. Paul Jackson chipped in 15 points for the Colonels (14-12, 5-6 Ohio Valley), who shot 54 percent from the floor. Eastern Kentucky jumped out on a 20-8 run and built a 40-32 halftime lead. Hawkins scored 16 points, Reischel had 12 and the Colonels forced nine turnovers in the first half. A 16-9 spurt pulled the Bruins (17-8, 9-2) to 49-48 with 12 minutes remaining. The Colonels answered with three straight three-pointers, sparking 20-11 surge. The Colonels outscored the Bruins 38-26 in the paint.
Cumberlands 86, Georgetown 83: Cumberlands hit eight threes on their way to handing No. 2 Georgetown just its third loss of the season. Six Tigers scored in double figures in the home loss: Deondre McWhorter (21 points, nine rebounds, three blocks), Noah Cottrill (14 points), Trent Gilbert (12 points) and Darion Burns, Troy Steward and Tony Kimbro (10 points each). Cumberlands got 18 points from starting guard Kelsley Wilkinson. Cottrill got a contested three off near the buzzer, but it fell short. The Tigers managed just three makes from beyond the arc on 25 percent shooting.
Texas-El Paso 93, Western Kentucky 89 (OT): Earvin Morris scored a career-high 32 points in host Texas-El Paso’s rally. Lee Moore, who finished with 23 points for UTEP (13-11, 5-6 Conference USA), got a three-point play with 26 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 77. In overtime, Morris started with a dunk, layup and 3-point play and UTEP never trailed. Fredrick Edmond led Western Kentucky (12-12, 4-7) with 24 points and 14 rebounds, Justin Johnson had 15 and 12 and Aaron Cosby had 22 points.
Pikeville 75, Shawnee State 68: A game-high 21 points from Jackson Hussey and free-throw struggles by Shawnee State led to the Bears’ comeback win. Three others joined Hussey in double figures: Trey Rakes with 13, K.K. Simmons with 11, and Michael Lewis with 10. Colt Chapman grabbed 14 rebounds off the bench.
Northern Kentucky 75, Milwaukee 71: A three from Todd Johnson gave the Norse their first lead of the game with 6:19 to play, and NKU outscored the Panthers 9-4 the rest of the way. Tyler White sealed the win with a three with nine seconds left in what turned out to be a special Homecoming for the senior guard, who also joined NKU’s 1,000-point club. Jalen Billups led four NKU players in double figures with 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go with six rebounds.
Lindsey Wilson 73, Life (Ga.) 72: Ja’Ln Williams and Dmitry Utolin scored 17 points each to lead Lindsey Wilson.
Drury 66, Bellarmine 56: Host Drury used a 12-0 run in the second half to wrestle away the lead. Down the stretch, the Panthers refused to let Bellarmine back in the game by burying 16 of 18 free throws in the final 2:38. Rusty Troutman was the only Knight to break double figures with 17.
Butler 89, St. John’s 56: Former Ballard star Kelan Martin scored 18 points and Roosevelt Jones had a triple-double as the Bulldogs handed St. John’s its 14th consecutive loss. Jackson Davis (Lafayette) added five points, eight rebounds and two steals for Butler.
William & Mary 90, Delaware 64: Omar Prewitt (Montgomery County) scored 21 points as the host Tribe won their fourth straight game.
Boston University 89, Lafayette 82 (OT): Nathan Dieudonne (Louisville Trinity) scored 14 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in the Terriers’ win in Easton, Pa.
Wofford 78, Samford 75: Darius Jones-Gibson (Tates Creek) scored 21 points and Christen Cunningham (Henry Clay) had 19 for host Samford.
Georgetown 69, Cumberlands 67: Jessica Foster hit two free throws with three seconds left for the 69-67 win to cap off six games in 14 days for Georgetown. She led all Tigers (12-11, 7-4) scorers with 13 points to go with 10 rebounds. LaTeesha DeLoach scored 25 points for Cumberlands, which fell despite winning the turnover battle 6-24.
UTEP 85, Western Kentucky 78: The Lady Toppers (18-4, 9-2 C-USA) got a career-high 29 points from Tashia Brown as well as double-digit efforts from Ivy Brown (12) and Kendall Noble (12). Ivy Brown pulled down a game-high nine rebounds, while Noble added eight rebounds and eight assists in a near triple-double effort. In a fourth quarter that featured five lead changes, WKU trailed by just one with under a minute to play, but UTEP scored the final six points of the game.
Thomas More 105, Thiel 41: Sophomore guard Abby Owings (Simon Kenton) and freshman guard Madison Temple combined for 44 points for No. 1 Thomas More. With the win, the Saints remain a perfect 20-0. The Saints led 53-23 at halftime and had advantages of 54-12 on points in the paint, 44-1 in points off turnovers and 25-12 in second-chance points. The Saints' bench also out-scored Thiel's bench 43-14.
Shawnee State 93, Pikeville 75: Pikeville went from never trailing in the first half to facing an 18-point deficit in the second, shooting nearly 60 percent in the first 20 minutes but dropping to 36.4 in the second. Aundrea Matchen had 18 points to lead visiting UPike.
Northern Kentucky 68, Valparaiso 50: Christine Roush led the way with 19 points, going a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line. Kasey Uetrecht added 14 points, five rebounds and three assists for NKU, while Courtney Roush chipped in 12 points.