Scottie Wilbekin had 21 points and six assists, and No. 3 Florida stepped up its defense in the second half to outlast Tennessee, 67-58, Tuesday night for its 16th consecutive victory.
Michael Frazier II added 11 points to help the Gators (22-2, 11-0 SEC) beat Tennessee in Knoxville for just the second time in their last nine attempts. Frazier and Wilbekin both made key 3-pointers down the stretch to put the game out of reach.
Jarnell Stokes had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Tennessee (15-9, 6-5), which was seeking a victory over a highly ranked opponent to boost its NCAA Tournament hopes. Jordan McRae had 17 points and Josh Richardson 13.
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 after halftime.
When the teams last met, Florida routed Tennessee, 67-41, in Gainesville on Jan. 25 to hand the Volunteers their most lopsided loss in Cuonzo Martin’s three-year coaching tenure.
Tennessee entered the night having won seven of its last eight meetings with Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Vols’ ugly performance in Gainesville last month ended a string of three straight Tennessee victories over Florida. And the Vols had a history of beating favored Florida teams.
Twelve previous times in this series, an unranked Tennessee team had faced a Florida team ranked 19th or higher.
Tennessee fired up the crowd by having the players walk through a walkway in the stands to get to the floor, allowing fans to greet them on their way. The student section behind one basket waved orange glow sticks as Tennessee’s starting lineup was introduced.
Wichita State 78, Southern Illinois 67 — Ron Baker scored 19 points, Cleanthony Early added 18, and the fourth-ranked host Shockers overcame a sloppy start to remain unbeaten.
Tekele Cotton and Darius Carter added 12 points apiece for the Shockers, who became the first team to start 26-0 (13-0 Missouri Valley Conference) since Memphis in 2008. Wichita State has five games standing in the way of becoming the first team since Saint Joseph’s in 2004 to have a perfect regular season.
Southern Illinois guard Anthony Beane scored 25 points, getting to the rim at will until late in the game, when the Shockers finally started to double- and triple-team him. Desmar Jackson and Jalen Pendleton added 13 points each for the Salukis (10-16, 6-7).
Michigan 70, Ohio St. 60 — Nik Stauskas scored 15 points and Derrick Walton III added 13 — including three critical free throws with 1:55 left — to power the No. 15 Wolverines over the host No. 22 Buckeyes.
The victory ended a nine-game losing skid over the last 11 years in Columbus for the Wolverines (18-6, 10-2 Big Ten).
LaQuinton Ross had 24 points and Lenzelle Smith Jr. 13 for Ohio State (19-6, 6-6), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Texas 87, Oklahoma State 68 — Javan Felix scored 27 points in Austin, Texas, making six 3-pointers and the No. 19 Longhorns rolled over the Cowboys, who played their first game without suspended star Marcus Smart.
Smart sat out the first of a three-game suspension by the Big 12 for shoving a Texas Tech fan. Without him, the Cowboys (16-8, 4-7) never had a chance.
Felix scored 8 consecutive points that pushed Texas’s lead to 22 early in the first half. The Longhorns (19-5, 8-3) led, 54-33, at halftime.
Marquette 71, Providence 62 — Arlesa Morse had 18 points and Katherine Plouffe had 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles (16-7, 7-5 Big East) over the host Friars. Tori Rule had a game-high 21 points for Providence (6-18, 1-12). Alexis Harris added 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Friars.
Bentley 92, Merrimack 49 — Lauren Battista scored 26 points to lift the undefeated Falcons, the top-ranked team in Division 2, over the visiting Warriors for their 22d consecutive victory.
Babson 58, Tufts 52 — Linnett Graber and Giovanna Pickering each scored 16 points as the Beavers handed the fourth-ranked Jumbos (Div. 3) their first loss. Liz Moynihan led Tufts (21-1) with 13 points, as the Jumbos saw Babson (12-10) overcome a 19-point halftime deficit.
UConn 3, Providence 2 — Matt Grogan had a career high 58 saves as the Huskies upset the No. 9-ranked host Friars. Billy Latta scored the winning goal at 12:44 of the third period for UConn’s first win over a nationally ranked top 10 program to finish 2-1 against Hockey East teams. The Huskies move to Hockey East next season.
Ross Mauermann scored both goals for the Friars. UConn also got goals from Ryan Tyson and Patrick Kirtland.