OXFORD, Miss. — Riley LaChance scored 19 points and added eight assists to lead Vanderbilt past Ole Miss 86-77 on Saturday night.
The Commodores (19-12, 9-9 Southeastern Conference) continued their late-season surge, winning a fifth straight game. They won this one mostly thanks to fantastic outside shooting — including a 56.5 percent mark from 3-point range.
Vanderbilt’s 13 3-pointers tied a season high. Five Commodores scored in double figures, including Wade Baldwin IV, who added 15.
It was a costly loss for Ole Miss (20-11, 11-7), which dropped all the way from a potential No. 3 seed in next week’s SEC tournament to No. 6.
ALABAMA 61, TEXAS A&M 60: In College Station, Texas, guard Retin Obasohan scored 12 points and three other Alabama players scored in double figures as the Crimson Tide defeated Texas A&M.
The Aggies, trailing 61-60 with 10.7 second remaining, turned to shooting guard Peyton Allen following a time out, but the freshman missed a 3-point attempt from the right side of the key with three seconds remaining.
Alabama (18-13, 8-10 SEC), despite losing three of its four previous games, continued its mastery of A&M this season. The Aggies (20-10, 11-7) played without leading scorer Danuel House (14.8 points per game), who injured his foot late in the Aggies’ 66-62 loss at Florida on Tuesday. Jordan Green and Jalen Jones led the Aggies with 13 points each.
GEORGIA 64, AUBURN 61: In Auburn Ala., J.J. Frazier hit two free throws with 4.9 seconds left, and Georgia held on for a win over Auburn.
The Bulldogs (20-10, 11-7 Southeastern Conference) avoided a potentially costly blow to their NCAA tournament hopes with clutch free throw shooting. The slumping Tigers (12-19, 4-14) faltered at the line.
Frazier led Georgia with 16 points while Mann had 15.
Auburn’s KT Harrell had 24 points but couldn’t hit a desperation shot at the buzzer.
SOUTH CAROLINA 60, TENNESSEE 49: In Knoxville, Tenn., Michael Carrera scored 14 points and shot 6 of 7 on Saturday as South Carolina defeated Tennessee to end a 15-game losing streak in the series.
South Carolina (15-15, 6-12 SEC) capped the regular season by beating Tennessee (15-15, 7-11) for the first time since an 81-64 win in Columbia on Feb. 17, 2007.
The Gamecocks hadn’t defeated the Volunteers in Knoxville since Jan. 23, 2002.
MISSISSIPPI STATE 52, MISSOURI 43: In Starkville, Miss., Craig Sword had a game-high 15 points to lead Mississippi State over Missouri. It was the Bulldogs’ largest margin of victory in an SEC game this season.
The Bulldogs (13-18, 6-12) also got nine points each from Gavin Ware and Demetrius Houston. Missouri (9-22, 3-14) was led by Keith Shamburger and Namon Wright with 12 points each. Johnathan Williams III added 10 points for Missouri.