Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mississippi St. Stuns No. 3 Hogs 72-71, Improves to 5-0 in Sec

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mississippi St. Stuns No. 3 Hogs 72-71, Improves to 5-0 in Sec

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T.J. Honore hit two free throws in the final 33 seconds as surprising Mississippi State beat No. 3 Arkansas 72-71 Wednesday night and remained unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference.

The Bulldogs (11-2, 5-0 SEC) overcame a 10-point, first-half deficit in taking a two-game lead over second-place Arkansas (12-2, 3-2) in the SEC's Western Division.

Mississippi State made only two of five free throws in the closing minutes, but Arkansas failed to take advantage, missing three shots in that span, the last by Alex Dillard in the final second.

Brian Price had 15 points and 15 rebounds and freshman Erick Dampier had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mississippi State.

Corliss Williamson had 26 points for Arkansas, which shot only 34 percent (26 of 77) against the league's best defense. The Razorbacks also hit only 13 of 28 free throws.

Williamson hit a 6-footer with 8:30 left that tied the game 62-62, but after Bubba Wilson followed with a shot over Williamson the Bulldogs led the rest of the way.

Darryl Wilson had 13 points and Honore and Marcus Grant each had 10 for Mississippi State, off to its best SEC start since 1960-61.

Virginia 81, North Carolina 77

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Junior Burrough scored 10 of Virginia's last 14 points and the Cavaliers held No. 4 North Carolina to four field goals in the final six minutes.

Burrough wound up with 22 points as Virginia (10-4, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) took sole possession of first place in the league.

The Tar Heels (13-3, 3-2) lost to the Cavaliers for the fourth time in their last six games in Charlottesville.

Kevin Salvadori led North Carolina with 16 points, but he failed to score in the final 10 minutes. Eric Montross added 12 for the Tar Heels.

Connecticut 79, Providence 78

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Kevin Ollie's court-length drive to the basket that saved No. 10 Connecticut was no playground scramble. …

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