Michael Frazier II scored 14 points, highly touted freshman Chris Walker had two crowd-pleasing dunks in his debut, and No. 3 Florida beat Missouri, 68-58, Tuesday night in Gainesville, Fla.
The Gators won their 14th consecutive game and extended a school record with their 28th straight victory at home.
Frazier came up huge in the latest one. The sophomore drained three 3-pointers in a 2-minute span in the second half, giving Florida some breathing room in a tight, back-and-forth game.
Patric Young’s driving layup with 4:10 remaining gave the Gators (20-2, 9-0 Southeastern Conference) a 58-48 lead.
Missouri’s 3-point shooting kept the Tigers (16-6, 4-5) in it for much of the game.
Missouri made 8 of 21 from behind the arc, but just 4 of 13 in the second half. The Tigers went more than 4 minutes without a point, a stretch that helped Florida build its biggest lead.
Jabari Brown led the Tigers with 15 points while Jordan Clarkson added 14.
Scottie Wilbekin finished with a career-high 19 points for the Gators. He was 13 of 16 from the free throw line, most of them down the stretch. Young chipped in 13 points and six rebounds.
Florida coach Billy Donovan notched his 16th consecutive 20-win season. Only Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski have longer active streaks.
Kansas 69, Baylor 52 — Naadir Tharpe scored 22 points, 9 in a go-ahead run for the No. 8 Jayhawks before halftime, and the Big 12 leaders rebounded from their first league loss with a victory over the Bears in Waco, Texas.
Andrew Wiggins overcame a slow start to score 14 points, while Perry Ellis had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Kansas (17-5, 8-1 Big 12) .
Cory Jefferson had 14 points to lead Baylor (14-8, 2-7), which lost its fourth consecutive game at the Ferrell Center after a 13-game home winning streak, its longest home drought since it dropped six straight in 2005.
Kentucky 80, Mississippi 64 — Willie Cauley-Stein broke a slump with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the No. 18 Wildcats (17-5, 7-2 SEC) shot 60 percent in the second half for a victory over the Rebels (15-7, 6-3) in Lexington, Ky.
Wisconsin 75, Illinois 63 — Sam Dekker and Ben Brust scored 16 points apiece and the visiting No. 14 Badgers (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten) ended a two-game losing streak. The loss extended the misery for the Illini (13-10, 2-8), who have lost eight straight.
Ohio State 76, Iowa 69 — Aaron Craft had 17 points with 6 assists and 6 steals to help the visiting Buckeyes (18-5, 5-5 Big Ten) upset the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes (17-6, 6-4) for their third win in four games.
Duke 83, Wake Forest 63 — Jabari Parker scored 21 points and the No. 11 host Blue Devils (18-5, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Demon Deacons (14-9, 4-6) in Durham, N.C.
Memphis 101, Rutgers 69 — Austin Nichols scored 18 points and Joe Jackson added 16 points and eight assists as the host No. 24 Tigers (17-5, 7-3 American Athletic Conference) jumped to an early lead before dominating the Scarlet Knights (9-14, 3-7).
Texas 59, TCU 54 — Jonathan Holmes had 20 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, and the No. 15 Longhorns (18-4, 7-2 Big 12) rallied in the second half to beat the Horned Frogs (9-12, 0-9) in Fort Worth, Texas, and extend their winning streak to seven games.
St John's 86, Providence 76 — D'Angelo Harrison scored 22 points and JaKarr Sampson had 21 as the Red Storm (14-9, 4-6 Big East) defeated the Friars (16-7, 6-4), winning for the fifth time in their last six tries at Providence.
Vermont 92, Maine 65 — Sandro Carissimo scored 20 points with four 3-pointers and seven assists as the host Catamounts (15-9, 9-1 America East) pounded the Black Bears (5-17, 3-7), holding onto a share of the conference lead.
Holy Cross 69, Colgate 68 — Malcolm Miller scored 17 points, including the game-winning free throw, and the Crusaders (13-10, 7-4 Patriot) rallied in the second half for a win over the Raiders (8-14, 9-9) in Hamilton, N.Y.
Connecticut 102, SMU 41 — Bria Hartley scored 21 points and Breanna Stewart added 20 to lead the No. 1 Huskies to their 30th straight win, a rout of the Mustangs in Storrs.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 16 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished out 7 assists as all five starters reached double figures for UConn (24-0, 10-0 American Athletic Conference).
Keena Mays, the conference’s top scorer, had 20 points to lead SMU (14-8, 5-6), which lost for the first time in four games.
Louisville 74, UCF 59 — Asia Taylor’s 19 points and 12 rebounds led a balanced attack as the fourth-ranked Cardinals (23-1 overall, 11-0 American Athletic Conference) downed the Knights (9-13, 2-9) in Orlando.
Sara Hammond had 14 points, Shoni Schimmel 11, and Emmanuel Henderson 10 for Louisville.
Arizona State 60, Arizona 36 — Katie Hempen scored 11 points, 9 in the second half, and the No. 11 Sun Devils (20-3, 9-2 Pacific-12 Conference) rode a second-half surge to a victory over the Wildcats (4-18, 0-11) in Tempe, Ariz.
Kama Griffits led Arizona with 10 points.