GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton scored 15 points, Pat Young added 14 and No. 11 Florida routed Vanderbilt 66-40 on Wednesday night to clinch the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball regular-season championship.
Florida won its fourth outright league title and third under longtime coach Billy Donovan. The Gators (24-5, 14-3 SEC) were alone atop the standings in 1988-89, 2006-07 and 2010-11.
Like the others, this one earned the Gators the No. 1 seed heading into next week’s SEC tournament. It also capped a perfect season (15-0) at home and sent seniors Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario out with a victory on “Senior Night.”
After the win, the Gators started cutting down the nets.
Kendren Johnson had 15 points for the Commodores (13-16, 7-10), including 13 straight at one point.
Boynton missed four of his first five shots. Murphy missed his first two. Rosario was off on three of his first five.
They settled down after halftime and got the Gators going — especially from 3-point range.
After Vanderbilt cut a double-digit lead to seven, Florida went on a 25-8 run that turned a tight game into a lopsided affair.
Villanova 67, No. 5 Georgetown 57: In Philadelphia, JayVaughn Pinkston scored 20 points to help Villanova beat a top-five team for the third time this season.
The Wildcats (19-12, 10-8 Big East) also beat then-No. 5 Louisville and then-No. 3 Syracuse and have put themselves in solid shape for at least an NCAA tournament at-large bid.
Otto Porter Jr. scored 17 points as the Hoyas (23-5, 13-4) had an 11-game winning streak snapped.
Georgia Tech 71, No. 6 Miami 69: In Coral Gables, Fla., Marcus Georges-Hunt followed his own miss to tip in the winning basket at the buzzer, and Georgia Tech rallied past Miami.
The Hurricanes (23-6, 14-3 ACC), who squandered an 11-point lead in the second half, lost for the third time in four games and fell to 13-1 at home. They are assured of a share of the title and can still clinch the championship outright by winning at home Saturday against Clemson.
Georgia Tech (16-13, 6-11) beat a Top 25 team for the first time since March 2010.
Julian Gamble’s three-point play with 12 minutes to go put Miami up 56-45 before the Yellow Jackets rallied.
No. 7 Michigan 80, Purdue 75: In West Lafayette, Ind., Trey Burke had 26 points and five rebounds to lead Michigan.
Terone Johnson scored a career-high 35 points and Rapheal Davis added 15 for Purdue (14-16 7-10 Big Ten)
Nik Stauskas had 17 points and Tim Hardaway, Jr. had 16 points and five rebounds for the Wolverines (25-5, 12-5).