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College basketball: No. 2 Florida escapes Auburn’s upset bid

Florida’s Patric Young sank a pair of free-throws in the waning seconds to lift the Gators over upset-minded Auburn.

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Florida’s Patric Young sank a pair of free-throws in the waning seconds to lift the Gators over upset-minded Auburn.

Patric Young made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, helping second-ranked Florida earn a 71-66 victory on Wednesday night in Gainesville, Fla.

The victory was Florida’s school-record 18th in a row and it kept the Gators (24-2, 13-0) perfect in Southeastern Conference play. It was also Florida’s 31st consecutive home victory.

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Young, who was a game-time decision with tendinitis in his knees, led the Gators with 17 points — all in the second half.

Auburn (12-12, 4-9) almost pulled off the upset behind 10-of-19 shooting from 3-point land.

Wichita State 88, Loyola (Chicago) 74 — Fred VanVleet netted 22 points, leading the third-ranked Shockers (28-0, 15-0 Missouri Valley) past the Ramblers (9-18, 4-11) in Chicago.

Arizona 67, Utah 63 — Gabe York and Nick Johnson each had 15 points and the No. 4 Wildcats (24-2, 11-2 Pac-12) escaped with an OT win.

Cincinnati 77, Central Florida 49 — Sean Kilpatrick scored 23 points as the No. 7 Bearcats (24-3, 13-1 American Athletic) trounced the struggling Knights (10-14, 2-11) in Orlando.

Saint Louis 89, George Mason 85 — Rob Loe hit two 3-pointers in overtime, leading the No. 10 Billikens (24-2, 11-0 Atlantic 10) over the host Patriots (9-17, 2-10) for their 18th straight win.

Creighton 85, Marquette 70 — Doug McDermott scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half as the No. 11 Bluejays (22-4, 12-2 Big East) edged the host Golden Eagles (15-11, 7-6).

UCLA 86, California 66 — Jordan Adams scored 28 points and the No. 23 Bruins (21-5, 10-3 Pac-12) raced past the host Bears (17-9, 8-5).

Ohio State 76, Northwestern 60 — LaQuinton Ross, who was ejected near the end of the game for his involvement in a fracas, scored 16 points to lead the No. 24 Buckeyes (21-6, 8-6 Big Ten) past the visiting Wildcats (12-15, 5-9).

Vermont 79, UNH 44 — Condon Rusin had 11 points to top 1,000 for his career, and the Catamounts (18-9, 12-1 America East) routed the host Wildcats (6-20, 4-9).

Hartford 75, UMass-Lowell 68 — Mark Nwakamma scored 16 points to lead the Hawks (14-14, 8-5 America East) over the River Hawks (8-18, 6-8) at Tsongas Center.

Lafayette 76, Holy Cross 64 — Dave Dudzinski had 17 points but the host Crusaders (16-11, 10-5 Patriot) fell to the Leopards (9-17, 5-10).

St. Joseph’s 57, URI 54 — Halil Kanacevic scored 12 points, including a layup with 34 seconds left, as the Hawks (18-7, 8-3 Atlantic 10) edged the Rams (11-16, 2-10) in Kingston, R.I.

Women

UConn 83, Central Florida 35 — Bria Hartley had 20 points and four rebounds, becoming the third player in program history to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists, and the No. 1 Huskies (27-0, 14-0 American Athletic) routed the visiting Knights for their 33d straight win.

American 69, BU 44 — Rashidat Agboola had 12 points but the visiting Terriers (11-17, 6-9 Patriot) fell to the Eagles (19-7, 12-3).

Holy Cross 90, Lafayette 76 — Brisje Malone had 15 points, topping the 1,000-point mark and leading the visiting Crusaders (17-9, 9-6 Patriot).

UNH 71, Vermont 50 — Kaylee Kilpatrick had 17 points, leading the visiting Wildcats (17-9, 11-2 America East) past the Catamounts (6-20, 3-10).

Hartford 80, UMass-Lowell 64 — Jasmine McRoy had 24 points, but the host Hawks (10-16, 7-6 America East) shot 57.1 percent in the second half to down the River Hawks (5-20, 4-10).

Richmond 89, UMass 76 — Jasmine Harris poured in 21 points, but the host Minutewomen (3-24, 0-13 Atlantic 10) lost their 17th straight.

Saint Louis 57, URI 53 — Samantha Tabakman had 17 points, but the visiting Rams (7-20, 2-12 Atlantic 10) lost to the Billikens (11-15, 6-7).

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