No. 3 Florida 67, Tennessee 58: Scottie Wilbekin had 16 points and six assists, and Florida stepped up its defense in the second half and outlasted host Tennessee last night for its 16th consecutive victory.
Michael Frazier II added 11 points to help the Gators (22-2, 11-0 Southeastern Conference) beat the Volunteers (15-9, 6-5) in Knoxville for just the second time in their past nine attempts. Frazier and Wilbekin both made key three-pointers down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
Jarnell Stokes had 20 points and nine rebounds for Tennessee. Jordan McRae added 17 points and Josh Richardson 10.
After shooting 62.5 percent (15 of 24) in the first half, the Volunteers made only 28.6 percent (6 of 21) of their shots in the second half.
Tennessee cut the lead to 55-54 on Stokes’ three-point play with 4:32 left and had the ball with a chance to take the lead after McRae blocked Wilbekin’s shot.
But Tennessee couldn’t get a shot off. Frazier stole the ball from Jeronne Maymon — the senior forward’s eighth turnover of the game — and hit a three-pointer on the other end to extend Florida’s lead to 58-54 with 3:32 remaining.
LAST NIGHT’S HIGHLIGHTS
No. 4 Wichita State 78, Southern Illinois 67: Ron Baker scored 19 points, Cleanthony Early added 18 and host Wichita State (26-0, 13-0) overcame a sloppy start to beat Southern Illinois (10-16, 6-7) in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Tekele Cotton and Darius Carter added 12 points apiece for the Shockers, who became the first team to start 26-0 since Memphis in 2008. Wichita State, with five games remaining, is trying to become the first team since Saint Joseph’s in 2004 to have a perfect regular season.
No. 19 Texas 87,Oklahoma State 68: Javan Felix scored 27 points, making six three-pointers and host Texas (19-5, 8-3 Big 12) rolled Oklahoma State (16-8, 4-7), which played its first game without suspended star Marcus Smart.
Felix scored eight consecutive points that pushed Texas’ lead to 22 early in the first half.
Xavier 64, Butler 50: Semaj Christon scored 15 points and Isaiah Philmore had 10, leading Xavier (17-7, 7-4) past host Butler (12-12, 2-10) in the Big East.
Butler was led by Elijah Brown with 14 points.