College Basketball Roundup

College Basketball Roundup | Florida routs South Carolina

The Associated PressJanuary 30, 2013 

— Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 15 points apiece and No. 4 Florida dominated another Southeastern Conference opponent, drubbing South Carolina 75-36 Wednesday night.

The Gators, who won their ninth game in a row, led 33-10 at halftime and made their first five shots after the break. They opened a 31-point lead that seemingly couldn’t get any more lopsided.

Then it did.

Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC) pulled ahead 55-15 on Scottie Wilbekin’s floater in the lane with 12:32 remaining, sending the happy home crowd to the exits even earlier than usual this season.

The Gamecocks (12-8, 2-5), meanwhile, seemed dazed on the floor and the bench.

Michael Carrera led South Carolina with 13 points and nine rebounds. None of his teammates reached double figures.

The Gators have enjoyed seven blowouts in as many conference games. They won the first six by an average of 26.5 points. This one made those seem like nail-biters.

SEC

•  (At) Georgia 57, Auburn 49 | Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to help Georgia beat Auburn.

The Bulldogs (9-11, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) have won three of four.

Frankie Sullivan and Allen Payne each finished with 13 points for Auburn (8-12, 2-5). The Tigers, who have dropped five straight, matched their season-low in points and shot a season-worst 28.3 percent.

Caldwell-Pope, Georgia’s leading scorer in 18 of 20 games this season, gave the Bulldogs a four-point lead with a putback at the 1:09 mark and followed with two free throws to make it 53-47 with 31 seconds left.

Georgia began the game ranked No. 325 in the nation in scoring, but Auburn was the team that struggled all night offensively.

Sullivan, the SEC’s third-leading scorer, didn’t produce a point until the 8:45 mark of the first half.

Big South

•  (At) High Point 88, Longwood 60 | John Brown scored 17 points and High Point used a second half run to blow out Longwood in Big South Conference play.

Allan Chaney added 16 points and a game-high eight boards to help High Point (10-10, 5-3) outrebound Longwood 43-23, including a 19-3 advantage on the offensive glass.

Ahead at halftime 35-30, High Point opened the second half on a 24-11 run to take a 59-41 lead with 12:51 remaining. Dejuan McGaughy started the period with a 3-pointer and capped the run with a dunk. McGaughy went 4 for 4 from behind the arc and finished with 14 points.

High Point shot 57.9 percent (22 of 38) in the second half.

The Panthers scored 25 points off 20 Longwood turnovers and dominated the Lancers inside, outscoring them 46-26. Michael Kessens scored 22 points for the Lancers (3-19, 0-8), who lost their 12th-straight game.

•  UNC Asheville 77, (at) Presbyterian 74 | Jeremy Atkinson had a game-high 22 points and D.J. Cunningham converted a late layup to lift UNC Asheville past Presbyterian.

Cunningham had a double-double, 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Keith Hornsby added 17 points to help UNC Asheville (12-10, 6-2 Big South Conference) win its fourth-straight game.

Trailing 68-60 with 5:25 remaining, Presbyterian went on a 12-5 run to take a 72-71 lead on Khalid Mutakabbir’s free throws with one minute left to play.

After Hornsby answered with a jumper to put UNC Asheville ahead 73-72, Joshua Clyburn’s layup gave the Blue Hose a 74-73 lead with 30 seconds to go.

With 11 seconds left to play, Cunningham gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with a layup to make it 75-74. Hornsby added two free throws, and Mutakabbir missed a 3-pointer as time expired.

Mutakabbir scored 21 points for the Blue Hose (5-17, 2-6).

State

•  (At) College of Charleston 72, Appalachian State 59 | Andrew Lawrence scored 16 points, Anthony Thomas had 14 with seven rebounds, and College of Charleston went on a 21-6 second-half run to beat Appalachian State.

Trent Wiedeman and Anthony Stitt had 10 points apiece for the Cougars (15-7, 6-3 Southern Conference), who have won three in a row.

Tevin Baskin scored 16 points off the bench and Jay Canty had 11 for Appalachian State (8-12, 4-5), which has lost four of its past five.

Appalachian State closed to within two at 44-42 on Tab Hamilton’s jumper with 14:28 left, but the Cougars pushed it to 58-48 with 9:02 remaining and led 65-48 on Wiedeman’s layup with 4:16 left.

Appalachian State trimmed the lead to 65-55 on Michael Obacha’s layup with 3:33 remaining, but the Cougars cruised to the victory. Charleston made 17 of 25 from the line, while Appalachian State hit 7 of 10.

Top 25

•  (At) No. 1 Michigan 68, Northwestern 46 | Trey Burke had 18 points and eight assists, and Michigan was nearly flawless at the start en route to a victory over Northwestern.

The Wolverines made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the entire first half without a turnover. They didn’t commit a foul, either, until the final minute of the half.

Michigan took over the top spot in the AP poll this week for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Wolverines can now prepare for Saturday night’s showdown at No. 3 Indiana.

Michigan played without forward Jordan Morgan, who sprained his right ankle last weekend. Alex Olah scored 10 points for Northwestern.

•  (At) No. 18 Kansas State 83, Texas 57 | Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and eight assists, and Kansas State routed Texas to snap a two-game skid.

Omari Lawrence also scored 12 in a reserve role for the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12), who built a 38-19 lead by halftime despite playing long stretches without three key players.

Rodney McGruder, the Big 12’s third-leading scorer, picked up two fouls in less than 2 minutes and spent the rest of the half on the bench. Martavious Irving joined him with two fouls moments later, and Will Spradling went to the locker room after getting smacked in the head.

The Longhorns (9-11, 1-6) couldn’t capitalize, committing 18 turnovers. Sheldon McClellan had 15 points on 3 of 12-shooting for Texas.

•  (At) No. 24 Cincinnati 62, Rutgers 54 | Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points and Cincinnati intensified its defense in the second half, overcoming a 10-point deficit to beat Rutgers for a sweep of their season series.

Cincinnati (17-4, 5-3 Big East) blocked eight shots, forced 21 turnovers and held the Scarlet Knights to 24 points in the second half. The Bearcats also won at Rutgers 68-58 on Jan. 12.

Myles Mack scored 15 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 3-6), who have lost four in a row with an offense that can’t find any consistency.

The Bearcats trailed by 10 early in the second half and didn’t lead until Kilpatrick’s fastbreak layup put them ahead with 11 minutes left. Point guard Cashmere Wright hit a 3-pointer that put them ahead to stay. Cincinnati had eight days off following its 57-55 loss at Syracuse, giving Wright more time to recover from a sprained right knee.

Women’s Top 25

•  No. 1 Baylor 90, (at) Texas Tech 60 | Brittney Griner set the Big 12 women’s career scoring record, finishing with 40 points in Baylor’s victory over Texas Tech.

It was the fourth career 40-point performance for Griner, who also had 15 rebounds for her 51st career double-double.

Griner passed Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley for the record while scoring the first four points of the game, giving her 2,837 for her career. Riley had 2,835 points from 2007-2010.

Brooklyn Pope added 14 points for Baylor (19-1, 9-0).

Kelsi Baker scored 12 points for Texas Tech (16-5, 6-3), which had won four in a row. It was the Lady Bears’ 31st consecutive Big 12 regular-season victory. Texas Tech was the last team to beat Baylor during the regular season, topping the Lady Bears in 2011.

•  No. 17 Dayton 60, (at) VCU 49 | Andrea Hoover, Cassie Sant and Olivia Applewhite each notched double-doubles as Dayton continued its best Atlantic 10 Conference start, defeating Virginia Commonwealth.

All three players grabbed 10 rebounds, with Hoover scoring 15 points, Sant 12 and Applewhite 10. The Flyers (18-1, 6-0), who entered 13th nationally with a plus-9.4 rebound margin, outboarded VCU 42-37.

Robyn Parks, who entered leading the A-10 with 17.8 points per game, scored 17 with 13 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. Adaeze Alaeze added 14 points while hitting 7 of 8 free throws for the Rams (8-13, 1-5).

The teams entered one-two atop the A-10 3-point shooting standings, but VCU made just 3 of 12 Wednesday while the Flyers hit 6 of 19.

VCU went nearly 8 minutes without scoring late in the first half, and Dayton used a 19-0 run en route to a 37-19 halftime lead.

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