Florida Gators stomp South Carolina Gamecocks

  • Posted: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 11:22 p.m.

No. 10 FLORIDA 74 SOUTH CAROLINA 58

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Scottie Wilbekin scored 17 points before getting helped to the locker room with a sprained right ankle, and No. 10 Florida opened Southeastern Conference play with a 74-58 victory against South Carolina on Wednesday night.

Casey Prather and Patric Young added 13 points apiece for the Gators, (12-2, 1-0) who won their sixth straight and tied a school record by winning their 24th consecutive home game.

Tyrone Johnson led USC (7-7, 0-1) with 12 points.

GEORGIA 70 No. 21 MISSOURI 64 (OT)

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Charlie Mann scored 18 points, including the go-ahead basket with 35.8 seconds to go in overtime, and Georgia overcame its free-throw shooting struggles to beat No. 21 Missouri.

Nemanja Djurisic had 16 points and hit the tying 3-pointer with 1:39 to go, and Kenny Gaines and Brandon Morris hit a pair of free throws apiece in the final half-minute for the Bulldogs (7-6, 1-0).

Jabari Brown had 19 points and Earnest Ross added 15 for Missouri (12-1, 1-1)..

No. 6 WICHITA ST. 66 ILLINOIS ST. 47

WICHITA, Kan. — Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker each scored 11 points, and No. 6 Wichita State (16-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley Conference) cruised past Illinois State with tight defense and balance.

No. 8 VILLANOVA 83, SETON HALL 67

NEWARK, N.J. — Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 8 Villanova hit a dozen 3-pointers in a victory over Seton Hall. JayVaughn Pinkston added 17 points, Ryan Arcidiacono had 14 for the Wildcats.

No. 14 KENTUCKY 85 MISSISSIPPI ST. 63

LEXINGTON, Ky. — James Young scored 26 points and No. 14 Kentucky (11-3, 1-0 SEC) rallied from a halftime deficit to beat Mississippi State.

No. 18 KANSAS 90 OKLAHOMA 83

NORMAN, Okla. — Wayne Selden Jr. shot 5 for 10 from 3-point range and finished with a career-high 24 points as No. 18 Kansas (10-4, 1-0) started Big 12 Conference play with a win over Oklahoma. Perry Ellis added 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Cameron Clark had 32 points for Oklahoma (12-3, 1-1).

No. 19 UMASS 66 ST. JOSEPH’S 62

AMHERST, Mass. — Chaz Williams scored eight of his 22 points in the closing six minutes, leading No. 19 UMass (13-1, 1-0 Atlantic-10) to a win.

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