No. 3 Gators win 14th straight

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Michael Frazier II scored 14 points, highly touted freshman Chris Walker had two crowd-pleasing dunks in his debut and No. 3 Florida beat Missouri 68-58 on Tuesday night.

The Gators won their 14th consecutive game and extended a school record with their 28th straight victory at home.

Frazier drained three 3-pointers in a 2-minute span in the second half, giving Florida some breathing room in a tight, back-and-forth game.

Scottie Wilbekin finished with a career-high 19 points for the Gators. He was 13 of 16 from the free throw line, most of them down the stretch. Patric Young chipped in 13 points and six rebounds for the Gators (20-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference).

Missouri's 3-point shooting kept the Tigers (16-6, 4-5) in it for much of the game.

Missouri made 8 of 21 from behind the arc, but just 4 of 13 in the second half. The Tigers went more than 4 minutes without a point, a stretch that helped Florida build its biggest lead.

Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 15 points while Jordan Clarkson added 14.

No. 8 Kansas 69, Baylor 52

At Waco, Texas, Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, nine in a go-ahead run before halftime, and Big 12-leading Kansas rebounded from its first league loss.

Andrew Wiggins overcame a slow start to score 14 points, while Perry Ellis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas.

Wiggins, the Big 12's top scoring freshman, finished 4-of-13 shooting and didn't make his first basket until a half-court shot to beat the buzzer going into halftime. That capped a 14-3 run over the final 5 minutes for a 35-27 lead.

No. 11 Duke 83, Wake Forest 63

At Durham, N.C., Jabari Parker scored 21 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 19 points for Duke (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

The Blue Devils shot nearly 51 percent, hit 12 3-pointers against one of the ACC's best perimeter defenses and used a big run at the end of the first half to roll to their eighth straight victory over their instate rivals.

Devin Thomas had 14 points for the Demon Deacons (14-9, 4-6), who have lost three straight for the first time this season.

No. 15 Texas 59, TCU 54

At Fort Worth, Texas, Jonathan Holmes had 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and Texas rallied in the second half to extend its winning streak to seven games.

Holmes hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2:41 remaining, and the Longhorns (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) held off the Horned Frogs with several key offensive rebounds in the final 2 minutes.

Ohio State 76, No. 17 Iowa 69

At Iowa City, Iowa, Aaron Craft had 17 points, six assists and six steals to help Ohio State to its third win in four games.

LaQuinton Ross added 13 points for the Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten), who moved back to .500 in the league after starting a surprising 2-4.

Craft's first points of the second half came on a three-point play that put Ohio State ahead 66-59 with 1:17 left. That sealed consecutive road wins for the Buckeyes, who beat Wisconsin 59-58 on Saturday.

No. 18 Kentucky 80,Mississippi 64

At Lexington, Ky., Willie Cauley-Stein broke a slump with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Kentucky shot 60 percent in the second half.

The Wildcats' 7-foot sophomore went 7 of 8 from the field to score more points than his previous six games combined (14) while reaching double digits in rebounds for the first time in nine games. Cauley-Stein had six blocks and altered other attempts to help limit the Rebels (15-7, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) to 36 percent shooting in the second half and 39 percent (25 of 65) overall.

Kentucky (17-5, 7-2) made 15 of 25 from the field in the second half to turn a 35-34 halftime lead into a rout.

No. 24 Memphis 101, Rutgers 69

At Memphis, Tenn., Austin Nichols scored 18 points, and Joe Jackson added 16 points and eight assists for Memphis.

The Tigers (17-5, 7-3 American Athletic Conference) hit a season-high 12 3-pointers and shot 59 percent, also a best this season. Nichols was 8 of 9 from the field, and Jackson hit all but one of his seven shots.

Memphis, which won its seventh game in the last nine, never trailed and led by as many as 41 points in the second half.


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