BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Christian Watford started fast and finished strong for Indiana.
The junior scored 25 and connected on 1 of 2 free throws with 2.9 seconds left Thursday, leading the 12th-ranked Hoosiers to a 73-71 win over No. 16 Michigan.
Indiana (14-1, 2-1 Big Ten) is 11-0 at Assembly Hall this season and has three wins over ranked opponents, its highest total in a season since beating four in 2005-06.
The Wolverines (12-3, 2-1) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final 7½ minutes as Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 points and Jordan Morgan 12.
Indiana led 65-55 when the Wolverines stormed back. After Hardaway converted a turnover into a dunk to tie the score at 68 with 3:07 to go, Indiana's Verdell Jones broke the tie with four straight points. Watford then made 1 of 2 free throws, and Zack Novak's long heave for Michigan was off the mark.
The Wolverines have lost 14 of their past 15 at Indiana since 1996.
No. 25 Gonzaga 73, Pepperdine 45: Freshman Gary Bell scored 15 and the host Bulldogs (12-2, 2-0 West Coast) beat the Waves for the 21st straight time.
Gators juggle injuries on eve of SEC opener
GAINESVILLE — No. 13 Florida may be short-handed at guard for its SEC opener Saturday, but the Gators are feeling better about the frontcourt.
Guard Mike Rosario likely will miss his second straight game because of a sprained left ankle, but coach Billy Donovan believes he will have forwards Erik Murphy and Casey Prather when the Gators (12-3) visit Tennessee (7-7).
Murphy took an elbow near his right eye in practice Thursday and needed stitches.
"The biggest thing you worry about in those situations is … are there concussionlike symptoms?" Donovan said. "He's not having that right now."
Murphy and center Patric Young were going for a rebound when Young whacked Murphy.
Prather had missed three games with a stomach virus. A return date for Rosario, who is averaging 9.0 points a game off the bench, is uncertain.
UConn: Coach Jim Calhoun won't get credit for the 2-1 record his team compiled while he was suspended for recruiting violations. The NCAA's committee on infractions ruled those games (wins over USF and St. John's; loss to Seton Hall) will be credited to assistant George Blaney. Calhoun, who returns Saturday against Rutgers, has a career record of 865-368, sixth all time.
Ole Miss: Scoring leader Dundrecous Nelson was dismissed for a violation of team rules a day after he was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia by the Oxford, Miss., Police Department.
FSU women beat Clemson yet again
TALLAHASSEE — Alexa Deluzio and Cierra Bravard each scored 16 as Florida State beat Clemson 59-47 to extend the Seminoles' winning streak over the Tigers to seven games. FSU (9-7, 1-1 ACC) has won 18 of the past 19 meetings. It shot 36.8 percent from the field and committed 23 turnovers Thursday.
UF 59, Ole Miss 55: Jennifer George and Jordan Jones each scored 18 as the visiting Gators (11-4, 1-1 SEC) held off the Rebels.
No. 6 Tenn. 80, No. 16 Ga. 51: Glory Johnson had 22 points and 13 rebounds as the host Vols (10-3, 2-0 SEC) pulled away with a 14-4 second-half run against the Bulldogs (12-3, 1-1).
No. 11 Ky. 84, Ark. 72: A'dia Mathies scored 21 for the host Wildcats (13-2, 2-0 SEC).
No. 12 Miami 78, N.C. St. 68: Riquna Williams scored 22 as the host Hurricanes (12-3, 1-1 ACC) answered a rally with a 12-0 run.
No. 18 Purdue 63, Wis. 52: KK Houser scored 17 as the host Boilermakers (13-3, 3-0 Big Ten) won their sixth straight.
NO. 19 NEB. 62, IND. 48: Jordan Hooper scored 21, and the host Cornhuskers (13-1, 2-0 Big Ten) coasted behind a 34-4 run.
No. 21 Del. 74, Towson 51: Elena Delle Donne scored 37, breaking the school's career scoring record, and the host Blue Hens (11-1, 2-0 Colonial) never trailed. Delle Donne, the nation's leading scorer averaging 28.8 points per game, has 1,685 career points, breaking the school mark in her 63rd game, 50 games fewer than Cindy Johnson, who scored 1,675 from 1997 to 2001.
S.C. 65, No. 24 Vandy 55: Aleighsa Welch scored a career-high 19 and the host Gamecocks held the Commodores (12-2, 0-1 SEC) to their fewest points this season.
No. 25 UNC 78, Va. 73 2 OT: Chay Shegog had 23 points for the visiting Tar Heels (12-2, 2-0 ACC).