College basketball notebook: No.10 Florida cruises past No.22 Wisconsin
Forward Sam Dekker of Wisconsin strips the ball from Florida guard Mike Rosario in the first half. Dekker finished with 11 points for the Badgers. Rosario scored 15.
Erik Murphy tied a career-high with 24 points just days after dealing with an illness, and No. 10 Florida defeated 22nd-ranked Wisconsin 74-56 last night.
Murphy made all 10 of his shots, including a pair of three-pointers, as the short-handed Gators enjoyed a double-digit lead for most of the game. Murphy also had seven rebounds.
Mike Rosario added 15 points, four rebounds and four assists and Kenny Boynton chipped had 10 points for Florida (2-0).
Sam Dekker and Jared Berggren had 11 points each for Wisconsin (1-1).
The Gators, playing without point guard Scottie Wilbekin (suspension) and forward Casey Prather (concussion), won the game with fast starts in both halves. Florida scored the first nine points of the game and the first seven in the second half.
Florida hit 18 of 24 shots (75 percent) in the first 20 minutes and extended the lead to 50-31 early in the second half.
Boynton converted a three-point play to open the second half. Murphy followed with a post basket, and then Boyton added a driving layup.
No. 15 Creighton 77, Alabama-Birmingham 60 — Reserve Josh Jones scored all 18 of his points in the second half for Creighton (2-0).
Doug McDermott, a first-team All-American for Creighton, got in early foul trouble and finished with five points. He had scored in double figures in 37 straight games. UAB is 1-1.
Northern Iowa 84, Toledo 81, OT — Deon Mitchell finished with 27 points, including a jumper that tied the score at 70 with 34 seconds left in regulation, for Northern Iowa (2-0). Julius Brown had 23 points and Dominique Buckley 19 for Toledo (0-3).
No. 9 Penn State 63, No. 16 Texas A&M 58 — Alex Bentley had 21 points and Maggie Lucas 18 for Penn State (2-0). Kelsey Bone had 16 points and 15 rebounds for Texas A&M (0-2).
No. 10 Georgia 66, Presbyterian 38 — Jasmine Hassell finished with 14 points and nine rebounds for Georgia (2-0). Presbyterian is 1-1.