Gators Win 15th Straight
Gainesville, Fla. — Scottie Wilbekin scored 16 points, leading all five starters in double figures, and No. 3 Florida beat Alabama 78-69 on Saturday for its 15th straight victory.
The Gators handled the Tide for the second time in 16 days and extended a school record for consecutive home wins to 29.
Florida (21-2, 10-0 Southeastern Conference) shot 62 percent from the field and finished with a season-high 22 assists.
Trevor Releford led the Tide (9-14, 3-7) with 25 points on 7-for-10 shooting.
No. 8 Kansas 83, W. Va. 69
Lawrence, Kan. — Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points and Wayne Selden had 17 for Kansas, which padded its lead in the Big 12 standings.
Reserve Tarik Black added 11 points for the Jayhawks (18-5, 9-1 Big 12), who honored the 40th anniversary of their 1974 Final Four team by fending off the Mountaineers (14-10, 6-5) to take a two-game lead over surprising Texas in the conference race.
Juwan Staten scored 22 points and Eron Harris had 17 for West Virginia, which dealt with foul trouble nearly the entire game. At one point, the Mountaineers had five players with four fouls apiece, and Brandon Watkins and Devin Williams eventually fouled out.
No. 11 Duke 89, BC 68
Boston — Jabari Parker set career highs with 29 points and 16 rebounds, Quinn Cook hit five 3-pointers and scored 21 points, and coasted to an win over Boston College.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 10 points for the Blue Devils (19-5, 8-3 ACC). Parker extended his Duke freshman record to 14 games with 20 points or more.
Olivier Hanlan led Boston College (6-17, 2-8) with 25 points and Ryan Anderson had 12.
The Eagles have dropped 10 of 12, with their only conference wins coming against last-place Virginia Tech.
No. 17 Iowa 85, No. 10 Michigan 67
Iowa City, Iowa — Roy Devyn Marble scored 22 of his 26 points in the first half for Iowa.
Aaron White added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Hawkeyes (18-6, 7-4 Big Ten), who have beaten two AP Top 10 teams in the regular season for the first time since 1990-91, avoided a third straight loss at home and split the season series with Michigan.
Caris LeVert scored 22 points for the Wolverines (17-6, 9-2), who have lost two of three after starting 8-0 in the Big Ten.
No. 13 Saint Louis 65 La Salle 63
Philadelphia — Jordair Jett scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, including the game-winner with 4 seconds left, as Saint Louis extended its school-record winning streak to 16 games.
Dwayne Evans added 14 points to help the Billikens (22-2, 9-0 Atlantic 10) remain perfect on the road and in league play. Their 9-0 record away from home is the best undefeated road record in the country.
Kansas St. 74 No. 15 Texas 57
Manhattan, Kan. — Marcus Foster scored a career-high 34 points on 13-of-16 shooting as Kansas State ended Texas’ seven-game winning streak.
Foster’s points were the most for Kansas State freshman since Michael Beasley had 39 against Kansas on March 1, 2008. Foster’s previous high was 25 points against Oral Roberts on Nov. 13.
Will Spradling added nine points for the Wildcats (16-7, 6-4 Big 12) who extended their home winning streak to 12 games.
No. 16 Iowa St. 84, TCU 69
Ames, Iowa — Melvin Ejim hit 20 of 24 shots in scoring a Big 12-record 48 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead Iowa State.
Ejim had two 3-pointers and six dunks during his big game, one on a spectacular fast-break lob from DeAndre Kane that gave the Cyclones (18-4, 6-4 Big 12) a 67-52 lead and effectively put the game out of reach.
No. 18 Kentucky 69 Mississippi St. 59
Starkville, Miss. — Julius Randle scored 16 points and fellow freshman James Young added 11 for Kentucky.
Kentucky (18-5, 8-2 SEC) has won three straight overall and seven in a row over Mississippi State. The Wildcats had an uneven game on offense but forced the Bulldogs into just 38.3 percent shooting (18 of 47) from the field.
No. 20 Virginia 64 Ga. Tech 45
Atlanta — Sophomore guard Malcolm Brogdon scored 14 points and tied his career high with 11 rebounds as Virginia closed the game on a 22-1 run.
Joe Harris and Anthony Gill added 11 points each for the Cavaliers (19-5, 10-1 ACC).
No. 25 Pitt 62 Va.Tech 57 (2 ot)
Pittsburgh — Cameron Wright scored four of his 18 points in the second overtime to help Pittsburgh snap a two-game home losing streak.
Pitt guard James Robinson converted a four-point play with 33 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the score at 48.
In the second overtime, Pitt forward Lamar Patterson, who was held scoreless during regulation, made his first field goal of the game for a 54-52 lead. Wright added four consecutive free throws.