TOP 25: No. 4 Florida 75, South Carolina 36
Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 15 points apiece and host Florida dominated another Southeastern Conference opponent, drubbing South Carolina on Wednesday night.
The Gators, who won their ninth game in a row, led 33-10 at halftime and made their first five shots after the break. They opened a 31-point lead that seemingly couldn’t get any more lopsided. Then it did.
Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC) pulled ahead 55-15 on Scottie Wilbekin’s floater in the lane with 12:32 remaining, sending the happy home crowd to the exits even earlier than usual this season.
Michael Carrera led South Carolina (12-8, 2-5) with 13 points and nine rebounds. None of his teammates reached double figures.
No. 5 Duke 75, Wake Forest 70
Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 32 points and host Duke held off Wake Forest.
Seth Curry added 21 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minutes for the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
They shot nearly 52 percent — despite going just 2-for-14 from 3-point range — and got a huge night from their senior big man to earn their first road victory of the season.
Freshman Devin Thomas had 15 points for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 3-5).
C.J. Harris and Travis McKie added 14 points each for Wake Forest, which led 66-65 on Tyler Cavanaugh’s three-point play with 4:02 left.
LSU 73, No. 17 Missouri 70
Anthony Hickey scored 20 points, Andre Stringer added 18 and LSU defeated visiting Missouri.
Hickey had 14 points in the second half and Stringer converted a key four-point play late in the game for the Tigers (11-7, 2-5 SEC).
Phil Pressey scored 25 for Missouri (15-5, 4-3). Jabari Brown added 19 points and Laurence Bowers had 10. Bowers played for the first time in three weeks after a knee injury.
The victory was the first for LSU against a ranked SEC team since it beat Florida 66-56 six seasons ago.
No. 18 Kansas State 83, Texas 57
Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and eight assists, and host Kansas State routed Texas to snap a two-game skid.
Omari Lawrence also scored 12 in a reserve role for the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12), who built a 38-19 lead by halftime despite playing long stretches without three key players.
Rodney McGruder, the Big 12’s third-leading scorer, picked up two fouls in less than two minutes and spent the rest of the half on the bench. Martavious Irving joined him with two fouls moments later.
The Longhorns (9-11, 1-6) couldn’t capitalize, committing 18 turnovers. Sheldon McClellan had 15 points on 3-of-12 shooting for Texas.
No. 21 Creighton 91, Missouri State 77
Doug McDermott scored 29 points and made five of host Creighton’s 15 3-pointers in a win over Missouri State.
Ethan Wragge added 15 points, Austin Chatman had 14 points and 10 assists for his first double-double, and Grant Gibbs had 10 points for the Bluejays. Creighton (19-3, 8-2) moved into a tie for first place with Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Gavin Thurman scored 19 points to lead the Bears (6-16, 4-6), who dropped to 1-10 on the road.
McDermott, who also had 10 rebounds and three assists, scored 18 points and made 3-of-4 3-pointers in the second half.
No. 24 Cincinnati 62, Rutgers 54
Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points and host Cincinnati intensified its defense in the second half, overcoming a 10-point deficit to beat Rutgers for a sweep of their season series.
Cincinnati (17-4, 5-3 Big East) blocked eight shots, forced 21 turnovers and held the Scarlet Knights to 24 points in the second half. The Bearcats also won at Rutgers 68-58 on Jan. 12.
Myles Mack scored 15 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 3-6), who have lost four in a row with an offense that can’t find any consistency.
BIG TEN: No. 1 Michigan 68, Northwestern 46
Trey Burke had 18 points and eight assists, and host Michigan was nearly flawless at the start en route to a victory over Northwestern.
The Wolverines (20-1, 7-1) made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the entire first half without a turnover. They didn’t commit a foul, either, until the final minute of the half.
Michigan took over the top spot in the AP poll this week for the first time since the 1992-93 season. It can now prepare for Saturday night’s showdown at No. 3 Indiana.
Alex Olah scored 10 points for Northwestern (12-10, 3-6).
No. 3 Indiana 97, Purdue 60
Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Christian Watford added 17 points and visiting Indiana routed rival Purdue to hand the Boilermakers their worst loss at Mackey Arena.
The Hoosiers (19-2, 7-1) have won four straight overall and five consecutive road games in league play, keeping a share of the conference lead.
Purdue (11-10, 4-4) was led by freshman center A.J. Hammons, who had a career-high 30 points, but couldn’t avoid a second straight home loss to the Hoosiers.
MID-AMERICAN: Toledo 85, Ball State 78
Rian Pearson had 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting, leading Toledo past host Ball State.
Matt Smith added 19 points, Reese Holliday chipped in 16 off the bench, and Julius Brown had 12 points and 10 assists for the Rockets (9-10, 4-3), who shot 52 percent from the floor.
Jauwan Scaife led the Cardinals (7-11, 2-5) with 23 points. Majok Majok, the reigning MAC West player of the week, had 16 points and 15 rebounds, improving upon his conference-leading average of 10.1 rebounds per game.
Western Michigan 72, Miami (Ohio) 68
Shayne Whittington scored 13 points and Western Michigan beat host Miami for its fifth consecutive win.
The Broncos (13-7, 5-2) overcame 23 turnovers by shooting 60 percent (12-of-20) in the second half to the RedHawks’ 28.6 percent (8 of 28).
The RedHawks (7-12, 2-5), which lost their fourth straight, led 35-32 at halftime, but the Broncos started the second half with a 14-5 run.
Paul had 12 points and Nate Hutcheson and Brandon Pokley had 11 each for the Broncos.
Will Felder’s 17 points and 13 rebounds led Miami.
Buffalo 91, Central Michigan 73
Cameron Downing came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points, and he and Javon McCrea each made 8-of-10 shots to lead host Buffalo over Central Michigan.
Auraum Nuiriankh had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls (8-13, 3-4). He made just 2-of-10 shots, but was 12-of-12 from the free-throw line. McCrea finished with 17 points.
Kyle Randall scored 23 points and Blake Hibbitts 17 to lead the Chippewas (9-11, 2-5).