No. 1 Florida 57, Vanderbilt 54: Florida coach Billy Donovan knows his newly top-ranked Gators are now an even bigger target for opponents. They just keep finding ways to finish off victories.
Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points, and Florida held off host Vanderbilt last night to clinch at least a share of its second straight Southeastern Conference title and seventh overall.
Patric Young added 12 points for the Gators (26-2, 15-0), who continued the best season in school history by winning their 20th straight game. They will have a chance to claim their third outright SEC title in four years with a win against LSU on Saturday.
“We’re not an overly talented team, we’re just not,” Donovan said. “And what these guys have done up to this point in time, it really has been pretty remarkable in my opinion. They’ve done a really good job. … But I think sometimes when you see a team with a high ranking you think dominance, you think they just blow everybody out. That’s not what we are or who we are.”
The Commodores (15-12, 7-8) made it interesting at the end. Kyle Fuller missed a tying three-pointer in the final seconds, and Dai-Jon Parker missed a putback attempt.
Florida outrebounded Vanderbilt 32-26 and had a 13-1 scoring edge in second-chance points. The Gators’ bench also outscored the Commodores’ 25-11.
No. 14 Wisconsin 69, Indiana 58: Sam Dekker scored 16 points and host Wisconsin (23-5, 10-5) shrugged off a slow start to beat Indiana (15-12, 5-9) in the Big Ten.
Indiana held Wisconsin to its lowest point total in the first half this season, taking a 29-19 lead.
But the Badgers, who shot just 26 percent in the first half, opened the second half by outscoring the Hoosiers 9-2 over three minutes and then used a 22-5 run to put the game away.
Yogi Ferrell scored 21 points to lead Indiana, and freshman Noah Vonleh added 18 points.
Traevon Jackson, a Westerville South graduate, scored 14 points for the Badgers, and Ben Brust added 12.
Minnesota 95, No. 20 Iowa 89: Austin Hollins scored a career-high 27 points on 8-of-10 shooting, DeAndre Mathieu had 19 points and seven assists and host Minnesota (18-11, 7-9) bounced back from a month-long slump with a Big Ten victory over Iowa (19-8, 8-6).
The Gophers won for just the third time in their past nine games by making 13 of their last 14 free throws over the final 70 seconds.
Roy Devyn Marble had only five of his 24 points in the second half for the Hawkeyes, who have their first two-game losing streak of the season.
Aaron White added 21 points.
Saint Joseph’s 79, Dayton 53: Ronald Roberts Jr. scored 22 points and Chris Wilson added a career-high 20 as host Saint Joseph's (20-7, 10-3) defeated Dayton (19-9, 7-6) in the Atlantic 10, winning its fifth straight and ending a six-game streak of Dayton’s.
Xavier 65, St. John’s 53: Jalen Reynolds had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead Xavier (19-9, 9-6) over host St. John’s (18-11, 8-8) in the Big East.
Cleveland State 70, Youngstown State 69, OT: Anton Grady scored 14 points and blocked Kendrick Perry’s jumper at the buzzer to help host Cleveland State (20-10, 11-4) defeat Youngstown State (15-15, 6-9) in the Horizon League.
Ohio Wesleyan 78, Kenyon 67: Claude Gray scored 21 points and Seth Clark added 18 as host Ohio Wesleyan (20-6) defeated Kenyon (12-14) in a North Coast Athletic Conference tournament game.
Capital 57, Wilmington 53: Simonne Gage scored 14 points, including two free throws in the final 16 seconds, to help host Capital (17-8) turn back Wilmington (13-14) in a second-round Ohio Athletic Conference tournament game. Jenna Erwin added 12 points for the Crusaders.
Ohio Wesleyan 81, Oberlin 72: LaNiece McRae made 10 of 11 shots from the field and scored 22 points to lift host Ohio Wesleyan (18-8) over Oberlin (9-17) in an NCAC quarterfinal.