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Florida hangs on to beat Mississippi

GAINESVILLE — Dorian Finney-Smith had 16 points, leading five Florida players in double figures, and the Gators beat Mississippi 77-72 Tuesday night.

Florida (16-8, 7-4 SEC) swept both games against the Rebels (15-9, 5-6) this season while improving to 12-1 at home.

The latest one was a nail-biter until the final minute.

Florida's Kasey Hill hit a circus shot with 1:19 left and KeVaughn Allen followed with a deep 3-pointer from the wing that put the game out of reach.

The Rebels trailed by 10 in the second half but closed to 67-66 after Stefan Moody made eight straight points. Moody had a chance to tie but missed a free throw. He fouled out a couple of minutes later, heading to the bench after getting called for a charge with 1:09 to play.

Moody finished with 19 points on 5-of-11 shooting. Tomasz Gielo led the Rebels with 20 points.

NO. 1 VILLANOVA 86, DEPAUL 59: Josh Hart had 18 points for the visiting Wildcats (21-3, 11-1 Big East), who celebrated their first game as the nation's top team with their 13th win in their past 14 games.

NO. 2 MARYLAND 93, BOWIE ST. 62: Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points as the Terrapins (22-3) cruised past the Division II Bulldogs for their school-record 27th straight home victory.

CREIGHTON 70, NO. 5 XAVIER 56: Maurice Watson scored a career-high 32 for the host Bluejays, who used a 16-0 run to take a 17-point lead nine minutes in then held off the Musketeers (21-3, 9-3 Big East) after they pulled within five with six minutes left.

NO. 6 KANSAS 75, NO. 10 W. VA. 65: Perry Ellis had 21 points, Landen Lucas pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds and the host Jayhawks (20-4, 8-3 Big 12) avenged last month's loss to the Mountaineers (19-5, 8-3) to forge a three-way tie atop the conference.

NO. 7 UVA 67, VA. TECH 49: Anthony Gill had 16 points as the host Cavaliers (20-4, 9-3 ACC) avenged a 70-68 loss to the Hokies in Blacksburg on Jan. 4.

NO. 18 PURDUE 82, NO. 8 MICH. ST. 81, OT: Raphael Davis made a free throw with 4.6 seconds left in overtime to help the host Boilermakers (20-5, 8-4 Big Ten) snapped a seven-game losing streak in the series despite blowing an 18-point second-half lead, trailing by four late in regulation and allowing the Spartans to tie it at 81 with 11.5 seconds left. Davis broke the tie with the decisive free throw, giving him 24 points. A.J. Hammons wrestled the rebound of the second shot away from Michigan State (20-5, 7-5) to seal it.

NO. 9 UNC 68, BC 65: Justin Jackson had 20 points as the visiting Tar Heels (20-4, 9-2 ACC) rallied to avoid a third straight loss. North Carolina coach Roy Williams got dizzy and had to be taken to the locker room during the second half. School spokesman Steve Kirschner said Williams was doing okay.

NO. 12 MIAMI 65, PITT 63: Guard Angel Rodriguez scored on an offensive rebound with 1.4 seconds left to break a tie and lift the host Hurricanes (19-4, 8-3 ACC).

NO. 19 DAYTON 76, DUQUESNE 74: Scoochie Smith hit a 3-pointer that put the host Flyers (20-3, 10-1 A-10) ahead to stay as they overcame a late 12-point deficit, finishing with a 19-5 run to win their eighth straight.

NO. 22 KENTUCKY 82, GEORGIA 48: Jamal Murray scored 24, Tyler Ulis added 14 and the host Wildcats (18-6, 8-3 SEC) held the Bulldogs to a season-low 22 percent shooting.

NO. 25 WICHITA ST. 74, DRAKE 48: Ron Baker and Shaq Morris had 11 points each for the visiting Shockers (18-5, 12-1 MVC), who moved within two victories of clinching at least a share of their third straight league title.

CINCINNATI 69, UCF 51: Kevin Johnson had 13 points and Octavius Ellis a season-high 14 rebounds for the visiting Bearcats. Matt Williams led the Knights (11-11, 5-6 AAC) with 24 points and six 3-pointers.


KANSAS ST. 87, NO. 21 OKLA. 71: Kindred Wesemann made 6 of 8 3-pointers and finished with 26 points and five assists to help the host Wildcats upset the Sooners (16-7, 7-5 Big 12).

Florida hangs on to beat Mississippi 02/09/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:40pm]
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