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LSU hands West Virginia its first loss of the season

Josh Gray hits the game-winner with 7.4 seconds left to lift the Tigers.

RESERVE GUARD Tim Quarterman scored 21 points and Josh Gray made the game-winning layup with 7.4 seconds left to help visiting LSU upset No. 16 West Virginia, 74-73, last night.

Jarell Martin had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Tigers (6-2), who overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half. Keith Hornsby scored 15.

West Virginia (7-1) was off to its best start since opening 11-0 during the 2009-10 Final Four season.

The Mountaineers were led by Juwan Staten's 17 points. Daxter Miles added 13 and Tarik Phillip had 12.

West Virginia led, 43-38, at halftime and extended its lead to 14 in the second half before LSU went on a 15-3 run to pull within three.

Hornsby hit a three-pointer and two free throws to tie the score at 58.

West Virginia led, 66-60, with 5:06 to go. Each team had held a one-point lead until Gray made the decisive layup with 7.4 seconds left.

In another game

* At Iowa State, Bryce Dejean-Jones had 27 points, Georges Niang added 26 with eight assists and the 20th-ranked Cyclones (5-1) rolled over No. 18 Arkansas, 95-77. Bobby Portis scored 19 to lead the Razorbacks (6-1), who haven't won a road game as a ranked team since 1999.


* Louisiana-Monroe freshman forward Roderick Taylor was cleared of all accusations of rape by an investigative committee at the university. ULM Title IX coordinator Pamela Jackson, in a letter to Taylor, said the allegations were unsubstantiated and no disciplinary actions will be taken against him.

Jackson said either side has 7 days to appeal the ruling. The person who filed the complaint against Taylor told investigators she met him on social media, met him on campus and was raped in an overflow campus parking lot in October. A grand jury cleared Taylor in November.