Top-Ranked Arizona Rolls, Stays Undefeated
Tucson, Ariz. — Nick Johnson scored 18 points, Brandon Ashley added 15 and top-ranked Arizona remained unbeaten with a 69-57 win over Colorado on Thursday night.
Arizona (19-0, 6-0 Pac-12) had a week off after blowing out rival Arizona State and raced out to an early 14-point lead.
Kaleb Tarczewski, of Claremont, N.H., had seven points and eight rebounds for Arizona.
Aaron Gordon added 12 points for Arizona, which overcame a 3-for-15 night from 3-point range and some missed free throws down the stretch to extend the best start in school history.
A year after nearly pulling off an upset in the desert, Colorado (15-5, 4-3) had no chance for late-game heroics in its third game without leading scorer Spencer Dinwiddie.
No. 6 Florida 68, Alabama 62
Tuscaloosa, Ala. — Michael Frazier II scored 18 points and made five 3-pointers to lead Florida over Alabama.
No. 17 Ohio St. 62, Illinois 55
Columbus, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross scored 18 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. had 16 — including a critical 3-pointer in the waning moments — to help No. 17 Ohio State end a four-game skid.
No. 23 Memphis 82 Houston 59
Memphis, Tenn. — Shaq Goodwin had 20 points, Joe Jackson added 18 points and seven assists, and Memphis jumped out to an early lead in a victory over Houston.
No. 3 Duke 85, No. 24 FSU 24
Tallahassee, Fla. — Tricia Liston scored 25 points and Elizabeth Williams had 20 as Duke needed overtime to beat Florida State.
Virginia 86, No. 6 Maryland 72
Charlottesville, Va. — Kelsey Wolfe scored 24 points and Ataira Franklin and Faith Randolph each scored 19 and Virginia ended Maryland’s 14-game winning streak.
No. 7 UNC 83, Wake Forest 65
Winston-Salem, n.c. — Diamond DeShields and Allisha Gray had 19 points each and North Carolina pulled away down the stretch.
Alabama 57 No. 9 Kentucky 55
Lexington, Ky. — Daisha Simmons scored 17 of her 22 points in the second half, including a layup with 2.3 seconds remaining that lifted Alabama over Kentucky.
No. 11 Tennessee 89 Florida 69
Knoxville, Tenn. — Meighan Simmons scored 21 points Thursday as No. 11 Tennessee capitalized on its 3-point accuracy to win on a night dedicated to honoring former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt.
Before the game, the Pat Summitt Foundation received three checks totaling $30,000 in honor of the SEC’s “We Back Pat” Week, an initiative focused on recognizing the foundation’s fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
No. 22 Purdue 90 Northwestern 65
West Lafayette, Ind. — Liza Clemons scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Purdue handled Northwestern.
No. 23 N.C. St. State 85, BC 76
Raleigh, n.c. — Markeisha Gatling scored 27 points and Kody Burke added 24 with 11 rebounds for North Carolina State.