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Gators win 114-95 at Auburn, stay tied atop SEC

Florida guard Chris Chiozza shoots against Auburn during the first half, which ends tied at 50, then the Gators take control.

Associated Press

Florida guard Chris Chiozza shoots against Auburn during the first half, which ends tied at 50, then the Gators take control.

AUBURN, Ala. — Canyon Barry scored a season-high 30 and No. 15 Florida beat Auburn 114-95 on Tuesday night, winning its seventh straight and setting a school record for points in a conference game.

The Gators (21-5, 11-2) remained tied with Kentucky for first in the SEC with idle South Carolina a half-game back. Kentucky made 10 3-pointers in the first half and beat visiting Tennessee 83-58 on Tuesday. South Carolina hosts Arkansas tonight.

Florida center John Egbunu suffered a first-half left knee injury and did not return. Egbunu is expected to have an MRI exam today in Gainesville. Any time he might miss would be a big problem with the Gators lacking depth in the post.

Barry made 3 of 5 3-pointers and 11 of 12 free throws, his school-record streak of made free throws ending at 42.

"Obviously I'd like to make all of them, but in basketball and life, you're not going to," Barry said.

Barry's career high for points is 31, set while at College of Charleston.

Auburn (16-10, 5-8) stayed close in the first half, which ended tied at 50, then the Gators went on a 9-0 run to start the second half.

"It was an odd game to me," Florida coach Mike White said. "Outside of early second half we never could find a defensive rhythm. Good thing for us we made a bunch of shots, made a bunch of free throws. Our guys found a way.''

Florida, which was 37-for-42 at the line, has won 10 straight against Auburn and 20 of the past 21 overall.

Up next for Florida is a road game against Mississippi State at 2 Saturday (ESPN).

UCF 71, TULSA 53: Nick Banyard scored 18, making all four of his 3-pointers, and A.J. Davis had his fourth double double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds for the host Knights (16-10, 7-7 AAC).

Women: UCF upsets USF in Sun Dome

TAMPA— Strawberry Crest High alumnus Aliyah Gregory scored a career-high 34 and UCF upset No. 22 USF 66-62 before a Sun Dome crowd of 1,884.

It was the Knights' first win ever against a ranked team and first against USF since 1980, snapping the Bulls' 19-game winning streak in the series.

Gregory's free throw with 13.3 seconds to play provided the final margin. Before that, the guard scorched the Bulls with steady dribble penetration and mid-range jumpers.

"We turned her down, we helped with the post, we doubled her, we went zone," Bulls coach Jose Fernandez said. "It's a credit, she had a really, really good night. They're not in that position if it wasn't her individual performance."

Trailing 56-44, USF opened the fourth quarter on a 12-2 run, holding the Knights scoreless the first 4:55. UCF (16-9, 6-6 AAC) regrouped and took a 65-60 lead on Gregory's traditional three-point play with 1:58 remaining. From there, USF (20-5, 9-3) went 1-of-4 with a turnover.

Football: USF spring practices closed

TAMPA — USF fans won't get their initial glimpse of Charlie Strong's inaugural Bulls team until April 15, at the annual spring game.

The school confirmed Tuesday morning what was widely expected: Strong's spring practices will be closed until the spring game, which again will be held on campus at Corbett Stadium. Admission to the 4 p.m. contest is free; the game will be broadcast live on 820-AM. USF begins spring drills March 6.

GEORGIA: A $63 million enhancement to Sanford Stadium was approved by the athletic association's board of directors and is expected to be ready for the 2018 season. The project includes a new locker room, new video board and a plaza for fans.

KANSAS STATE: Collin Klein, a 2012 Heisman finalist as the Wildcats quarterback, was named QB coach after spending last season in the same role at Northern Iowa.

PITTSBURGH: Charlie Partridge, fired as FAU coach on Nov. 27, was named Panthers defensive line coach.

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.

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