TOP 25: No. 3 Florida 62, Mississippi State 51
Casey Prather scored 16 points, Patric Young added 12 and visiting Florida beat Mississippi State on Thursday night for its 12th consecutive win.
The Gators (18-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) had a slow start on offense, but made up for it with suffocating defense. It was the 12th time this season Florida held an opponent to 60 points or fewer.
Florida’s Michael Frazier II had just nine points, but his three 3-pointers helped the Gators keep a comfortable lead throughout most of the second half.
Mississippi State (13-7, 3-4) lost for the first time at home during conference play. The Bulldogs have lost four in a row to the Gators.
Colin Borchert scored 15 and Craig Sword 12 for Mississippi State.
Both teams had a rough night at the free-throw line. Florida was 8-of-19 (35.3 percent) and Mississippi State 1-of-6 (42.1 percent).
No. 13 Cincinnati 69, No. 12 Louisville 66
Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points, including six free throws down the stretch that helped Cincinnati rally against host Louisville.
Unfazed despite blowing the last of two second-half leads, the first-place Bearcats (20-2, 9-0 American Athletic Conference) regrouped to hold the Cardinals to just two points over the final five minutes to win the conference showdown with a big hand from Kilpatrick.
Down 64-61, Kilpatrick made two from the line before Justin Jackson’s tip-in gave Cincinnati the lead for good with 1:41 left.
After Russ Smith’s missed layup and Montrezl Harrell’s turnover, Kilpatrick closed with four more free throws in the final nine seconds to cap the Bearcats’ 13th consecutive win that put them 2½ games ahead of Louisville (17-4, 6-2).
Shaquille Thomas added 11 points and Titus Rubles had eight rebounds for the Bearcats.
BIG TEN: No. 10 Michigan 75, Purdue 66
Caris LeVert had 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, and host Michigan beat Purdue, extending its winning streak to 10.
Nik Stauskas scored 16 points and Derrick Walton added 14 for the Big Ten leaders.
The Wolverines (16-4, 8-0) shot 61 percent from the field against a Purdue team that had held its previous five opponents under 42.
The Boilermakers (13-8, 3-5) were led by A.J. Hammons, who had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Nebraska 60, Indiana 55
Terran Petteway scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half, and host Nebraska came back from a 16-point deficit to defeat Indiana.
The Cornhuskers (11-9, 3-5 Big Ten) won for the third time in four games and back-to-back conference games for the first time in their three years in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers (13-8, 3-5), who have lost three of their past four games, were led by Yogi Ferrell’s 14 points.