Tennessee's Smith Steals One From LSU

Texas comes back to beat Iowa State, Florida ends losing streak
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Feb 9, 2008 8:23 PM CST
Tennessee's JaJuan Smith, right, blocks the shot of Louisiana State's Marcus Thornton, left, as teammate Wayne Chism, behind, adds pressure during the second half of their college basketball game Saturday...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – JaJuan Smith made sure No. 7 Tennessee didn't hand Butch Pierre a win in his first game as interim coach for LSU. Smith picked the ball from Marcus Thompson and went the distance for a layup to give the Volunteers a 47-45 SEC win today, reports the Associated Press. The Volunteers (21-2, 8-1) survived after blowing a 12-point second-half lead. In other NCAA action:

  • No. 12 Texas overcame a double-digit deficit for the third straight game to beat Iowa State 71-65 in a Big 12 game. A.J. Abrams scored 25 points and D.J. Augustin added 17 for Texas.
  • Florida ended a two-game losing skid with a 77-67 SEC win over Georgia. Gators freshman Chandler Parsons led the way with 18 points off the bench.