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Chiozza, Gators stop Cincy, end 3-game skid

Cincinnati's Jarron Cumberland shoots as Florida's Keith Stone (25) and Kevarrius Hayes (13) defend. [Associated Press]
Cincinnati's Jarron Cumberland shoots as Florida's Keith Stone (25) and Kevarrius Hayes (13) defend. [Associated Press]
Published Dec. 9, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. — Chris Chiozza scored the final six points of the game and No. 5 Florida snapped a three-game losing streak with a 66-60 victory over No. 17 Cincinnati on Saturday in the Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center.

Chiozza put the Gators (6-3) ahead 62-60 with a drive across the lane with 1:12 to play. The senior guard added two free throws with 20.1 seconds to go, and he closed out the scoring with a fastbreak layup after a turnover by Cincinnati (7-2).

Egor Koulechov had 21 points to lead Florida. Jalen Hudson added 17 and Chiozza finished with 15 and six assists. Backup guard Cane Broome had 15 points to lead Cincinnati.

After Chiozza gave Florida the lead, Jacobs Evans missed a jumper. Florida then milked the clock and Keith Stone slammed a dunk attempt against the back of the rim. The ball rebounded to the sideline, where Hudson got the rebound, setting up Chiozza's free throws.

"I didn't realize we had a three-game losing streak," Florida coach Mike White said jokingly. "I'm sure there is a sense of relief. Did it provide a sense of urgency? Probably. We seemed to make plays down the stretch that we needed to."

Florida leading scorer KeVaughn Allen had two points over 26 minutes.

The Gators next face Clemson, which at 8-1 is off to its best start since 2008-09, on Dec. 16 in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise. The other game matches Florida State against Oklahoma State.

BC UPSETS NO. 1 DUKE: Ky Bowman had 30 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists as the host Eagles beat top-ranked Duke 89-84. Jordan Chatman scored 22 for Boston College, making four straight free throws in the final 16 seconds. Gary Trent scored 25 for the Blue Devils (11-1, 0-1 ACC).

NO. 3 MICHigan ST. 88, Southern UTAH 63: Miles Bridges, Nick Ward and Jaren Jackson each scored 17 for the host Spartans (9-1).

NO. 6 WICHita ST. 78, OKLAhoma ST. 66: Landry Shamet scored a career-high 30 for the Shockers (8-1), who ended the Cowboys' 15-game nonconference home winning streak.

NO. 7 TEXAS A&M 73, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 53: The host Aggies (8-1) broke it open with an 18-0 run in the second half.

NO. 8 kentucky 93, MONMOUTH 76: Hamidou Diallo scored a season-high 23 for the Wildcats (8-1) at Madison Square Garden.

NO. 9 NOTRE DAME 92, DELAWARE 68: Bonzie Colson had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Irish (8-2). New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sat in the Notre Dame section and wore a school pullover. He graduated in 1984 from Delaware, but his daughter attends Notre Dame.

UCF 76, SOUTHERN 60: Tacko Fall had 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and added nine rebounds for the host Knights (6-3).

FGCU 85, UT ARLINGTON 78: Brandon Goodwin had 23 points and eight assists for the visiting Eagles (7-4).

Women's basketball

USF FALLS: The No. 16 Bulls led 67-65 with 4:19 left, then host Oklahoma went a 9-0 run and won 79-74. Kitija Laksa scored 21 for USF (7-2) and Maria Jespersen added 18, surpassing 1,000 for her career. USF hosts Southern at 7 Friday.

NO. 3 NOTRE DAME 66, PENN 54: Arike Ogunbowale scored 20 for the visiting Irish (9-1).

NO. 4 LOUISVILLE 80, MIDDLE TENN. 26: The host Cardinals (11-0) went on a 28-1 first-quarter run, taking advantage of the Blue Raiders missing two starting guards because of injuries.

NO. 9 OREGON 98, S. UTAH 38: Sabrina Ionescu had 16 points and 12 assists, her fifth double double of the season, for the host Ducks (8-1).

TEXAS HIRES AD: The Longhorns hired TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte in the same position, reportedly giving him a seven-year deal with an annual salary starting at $1.3 million.


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