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Roast Gamecock served by Arkansas at SEC tourney

By Josh Cooper
and Bradley Handwerger 340-2460

ATLANTA — Arkansas outscored South Carolina by 23 points in the second half to defeat the Gamecocks 82-52 in the first round of the SEC tournament Thursday.

The Razorbacks (19-12) will face Vanderbilt in the quarterfinals at 2:15 p.m. Friday. The Gamecocks finished at 14-16.

"We were phenomenal just taking care of the basketball," Arkansas coach Stan Heath said. "If we could do that all year long, we'd win a whole lot of games. So hopefully that is a start of us continuing to make progress in this tournament."

Arkansas held a 34-32 lead with 17:46 remaining in the second half, but the Razorbacks started getting points in transition and in the lane.

Arkansas outscored the Gamecocks 14-0 off the fast break and 40-22 around the basket. Arkansas also grabbed 43 rebounds to the Gamecocks' 32.

Most importantly though, the Razorbacks had four turnovers in comparison to South Carolina's 11.

"Coming into this game, Coach just told us if we can control the basketball, we'll win this ballgame," said Arkansas guard Gary Ervin. "We did a good job of that. And every time we don't turn the ball over we'll win."

LSU 76, Tennessee 67, OT: No team could take control. When one team made a run, the other team came right back.

And the game was a rough one. LSU's Darnell Lazare played the final three minutes with a bandage over his right, and teammate Glen Davis left the floor briefly in overtime with a nose bleed.

In the end, LSU (17-14) held on, and Davis was a large reason for it. He had 21 second-half points, and wound up with 25 points and 15 rebounds.

Chris Lofton led Tennessee (22-10) with 21 points.

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