South Carolina beats Arkansas in OT 82-78

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Saturday, February 21, 2009. (AP) -- Devan Downey scored 25 points, including four free throws in the final 12 seconds of overtime to help South Carolina to an 82-78 win over Arkansas on Saturday night.

Downey's pair of free throws with 12 seconds left gave the Gamecocks (19-6, 8-4 Southeastern Conference) a 78-74 lead -- the first time either team had been up by more than 3 in the extra period.

After Jason Henry hit a 3-pointer for the Razorbacks (13-12, 1-11), Zam Fredrick made two free throws with 5.3 seconds left to stretch the Gamecocks' lead to three. Downey then fouled Henry with 2.1 seconds left before he could try his own tying 3, and Henry committed a lane violation as he tried to intentionally miss his second free throw.

Henry had a career-high 27 off the bench to lead Arkansas.

South Carolina remains in a three-way tie for first in the SEC East.

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