Monday, April 23, 2018
Colleges

Florida overcomes poor shooting to beat Incarnate Word

GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Mike White took a much different approach with his struggling team at halftime.

Instead of screaming, he was more subdued.

It seemed to work.

Chris Chiozza scored 16, Jalen Hudson added 13 and the Gators used two big second-half runs to beat Incarnate Word 75-60 on Friday night.

Egor Koulechov had 12 points despite another woeful shooting night, and Florida (8-4) won for the third time in four games.

"I’ve shot a lot of bullets with these guys and it’s not even Christmas," White said when asked about his latest tactic.

Players suggested the upcoming holiday break may have caused a lack of energy, but White refused to buy that excuse.

"We’ve shot like this for a while," he said. "We’ve defended like this all year. It’s who we are."

For two big spurts after intermission, Florida looked like its old self. The Gators hit 11 of 14 shots during spurts of 14-2 and 17-2. Take those away and they shot 28 percent (14-of-50) from the field.

"Around the country, there are so many upsets happening right now," Hudson said. "People are clocked out, ready to go home for Christmas. People are just so focused on the next thing."

NO. 1 VILLANOVA 95, HOFSTRA 71: Mikal Bridges had 20 points, Omari Spellman had 19 points and 10 rebounds and the host Wildcats (12-0) hit 16 of 34 3-pointers in their sixth victory of at least 20 points this season.

NO. 3 ARIZ. ST. 104, PACIFIC 65: Shannon Evans II scored 21, Tra Holder added 19 and the host Sun Devils (12-0), who have been plagued by slow starts recently, built a 10-point lead in the opening minutes and extended the best start in school history.

UCLA: The team extended the suspensions of freshmen Jalen Hill and Cody Riley through the end of the season as a result of their shoplifting during a November trip to China. LiAngelo Ball was suspended with Riley and Hall, but his father took him out of school and he is now playing professionally in Lithuania.

Women

NO. 1 UCONN 104, DUQUESNE 52: Katie-Lou Samuelson scored a season-high 33, Kia Nurse had 24 and the visiting Huskies (10-0) posted their biggest victory of the season.

NO. 10 OREGON 85, HAWAII 44: Sabrina Ionescu had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead the Ducks (11-2) in the Duel in the Desert in Las Vegas.

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