No. 1 Gators roll, Ga. Tech upsets No. 7 Syracuse
NO. 1 FLORIDA 72, SOUTH CAROLINA 46
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Michael Frazier II set a Florida record with 11 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 37 points, leading the top-ranked Gators to a 72-46 victory against South Carolina on Tuesday night.
Florida (28-2, 17-0) has won a school-record 22 straight games to move within one win of a perfect Southeastern Conference regular season.
Frazier kept the Gators in the game when his teammates struggled in the opening half. Florida took control with a 23-5 run midway through the second half.
Frazier broke the 28-year-old Florida mark of Joe Lawrence, who made nine 3s against California on Dec. 27, 1986.
Mindaugus Kacinas had 12 points for South Carolina (11-19, 4-13), which was coming off a win over Kentucky.
Frazier blew past his old career best of 21 points set earlier this season against Texas A&M. He was 11 of 18 from 3-point range while the rest of the Gators were 0 of 13.
No other Florida player scored in double digits.
GEORGIA TECH 67, No. 7 SYRACUSE 62
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and Georgia Tech stunned struggling Syracuse.
Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost three of four coming into the game and dropped three more spots in the rankings after starting the season with 25 straight wins and spending three weeks at No. 1.
Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12) snapped a four-game losing streak.
It was the final home game in the careers of seniors C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita, and it was one they will long remember — for all the wrong reasons despite Fair's 28 points, which matched his career high.
Daniel Miller had 15 points for Georgia Tech.
No. 12 MICHIGAN 84, ILLINOIS 53
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Nik Stauskas scored 24 points and Michigan shot 70 percent from the 3-point line to win its first outright Big Ten title since 1986.
Stauskas had a career-high seven 3-pointers in nine attempts. The Wolverines (22-7, 14-3) were 16 of 23 from beyond the arc overall.
Michigan bolted to a 52-30 halftime lead. The Wolverines hit five straight 3-pointers midway through the half to break it open.
Caris LeVert added 15 points for Michigan and Glenn Robinson III had 13.
The Illini (17-13, 6-11) had won three straight. Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 16 points.
GEORGETOWN 75, No. 13 CREIGHTON 63
WASHINGTON (AP) — D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Georgetown frustrated Doug McDermott until late in the game.
Markel Starks added 17 points and a career-best 11 assists, and Jabril Trawick had 15 points for the Hoyas (17-12, 8-9), who shot 54 percent and advanced their cause as a bubble team for the NCAA tournament. They also still have a chance to be one of the six teams in the overhauled, 10-team Big East to get a bye in next week's conference tournament.
McDermott scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, making a series of 3-pointers that helped cut a 16-point deficit to five. The Bluejays (23-6, 13-4) have lost two straight and are left with an outside chance at winning the regular-season title in their first year in the conference.
BAYLOR 74, No. 16 IOWA STATE 61
WACO, Texas (AP) — Brady Heslip scored 18 points, and Baylor got a much-needed boost to its NCAA tournament hopes.
There were 15 lead changes and four ties before Heslip put the Bears (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) ahead with a tiebreaking 3 with 2:14 left — the start of a game-ending 13-0 run.
Iowa State (22-7, 10-7), in the mix for the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament, lost its second road game in four days.
The Cyclones didn't score after DeAndre Kane's wide-open 3 tied it at 61 with 4:10 left. Kane had 20 points and Dustin Hogue added 12.
Cory Jefferson, like Heslip a Baylor senior playing his final home game, had 21 points and seven rebounds.
No. 25 KENTUCKY 55, ALABAMA 48
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Julius Randle had 12 points and 11 rebounds and Kentucky ended a two-game losing streak.
Needing a bounce after Saturday's loss at South Carolina with a huge hurdle looming this weekend at No. 1 Florida, the Wildcats (22-8, 12-5 Southeastern Conference) used a 15-2 second-half run to build a 43-34 lead.
Kentucky avoided its first three-game losing streak under coach John Calipari and clinched second place in the conference.
It wasn't easy or pretty for the Wildcats, whose 33 percent shooting reflected their generally tentative play. But a couple of timely dunks by Dakari Johnson and 3-pointers by Aaron and Andrew Harrison keyed the run that helped put away Alabama.
Trevor Releford had 13 points for Alabama (12-18, 6-11).