This was a very memorable season in the SEC with a lot of game-winners and big games from some special players. Here is a list of the Top 5 individual performances for men's basketball this season.
Saben Lee dropping a career-high 38 points in a big win over Alabama was a defining moment for the Vanderbilt Commodores. In a back-and-forth battle with the Crimson Tide, Lee put the team on his back and went to work. Scoring 13 points in the final five minutes and knocking down a pair of huge free throws to ice the game, Lee gave Vanderbilt its second conference win of the season after going 0-18 the previous season.
In probably the craziest game of the year in the conference, Kira Lewis Jr.'s 37 points in a 105-102 OT win over Georgia was amazing. He scored 10 of the final 16 points in regulation for the Crimson Tide and scored 25 in the second half and overtime. Alabama was able to avoid losing their fourth straight game thanks to a heroic effort from Lewis Jr.
Breein Tyree going for 40 in an 83-58 blowout victory over in-state rival Mississippi State definitely can't go unnoticed. The Rebels were building momentum late in the season and they needed every single bucket from Tyree. He put on a monster performance and ended up outscoring the Bulldogs (27-24) in the final 20 minutes. That was the Rebels' third straight win and Tyree became the first Ole Miss player to score 40 points in an SEC game in four years.
Mason Jones scoring a game-high 36 points for Arkansas over LSU was major. He was on fire and racked up 20 points in the second half. He couldn't be stopped, going 10-17 from the field, leading the Razorbacks to a 99-90 win over LSU. Jones had an amazing season overall, putting up nine 30-point games and also two 40-point games. But this particular win for the Razorbacks was important because it increased their chances to make the NCAA Tournament as the calendar turned to March. Jones stepped up and made sure his team would have that opportunity.
Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe putting on a show against Ole Miss was another huge moment this season. He tied a career-high 34 points in a 76-72 comeback win in Oxford. After a decent first half, he put up a team-high 26 points in the second half, including 14 in the final seven minutes. Not only did he show up offensively, but his biggest play came on the defensive side of the ball. He came up with a key steal late in the game before sealing the deal by knocking down two crucial free throws to secure the win.