GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario scored 15 points apiece and No. 4 Florida dominated another Southeastern Conference men’s basketball opponent, drubbing South Carolina 75-36 Wednesday night.
The Gators, who won their ninth game in a row, led 33-10 at halftime and made their first five shots after the break. They opened a 31-point lead that seemingly couldn’t get any more lopsided.
Then it did.
Florida (17-2, 7-0 SEC) pulled ahead 55-15 on Scottie Wilbekin’s floater in the lane with 12:32 remaining.
Michael Carrera led South Carolina (12-8, 2-5) with 13 points and nine rebounds. None of his teammates reached double figures.
Georgia 57, Auburn 49: In Athens, Ga., Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Georgia.
The Bulldogs (9-11, 3-4) have won three of four.
Frankie Sullivan and Allen Payne each finished with 13 points for Auburn (8-12, 2-5).
Caldwell-Pope, Georgia’s leading scorer in 18 of 20 games this season, gave the Bulldogs a four-point lead with a putback at the 1:09 mark and followed with two free throws to make it 53-47 with 31 seconds left.
Texas A&M 55, Mississippi State 49, OT: In Starkville, Miss., Fabyon Harris scored 17 points, Elston Turner added 11 and Texas A&M rallied past Mississippi State for an overtime win.
Texas A&M (13-7, 3-4) trailed by 14 points early in the second half, but recovered to snap a four-game losing streak. Harris made 8 of 13 shots from the field and Turner sank a crucial fadeaway jumper with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Aggies a 53-49 lead.
Mississippi State’s Craig Sword banked in a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to tie the game at 47 and send it into overtime. Gavin Ware led the Bulldogs (7-12, 2-5) with 14 points.
Ole Miss’ Jones out for season: In Oxford, Miss., Ole Miss forward Aaron Jones is out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Tuesday’s loss to Kentucky.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore has been one of the 16th-ranked Rebels’ most important reserves this season, averaging 3.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
He’s also second on the team with 32 blocks.
Jones had his knee examined Wednesday morning, and the school confirmed the extent of the injury.
NO. 1 MICHIGAN 68, NORTHWESTERN 46: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Trey Burke had 18 points and eight assists for Michigan.
The Wolverines made 10 of their first 11 shots and went the entire first half without a turnover. They didn’t commit a foul, either, until the final minute of the half.
Michigan took over the top spot in the AP poll this week for the first time since the 1992-93 season. The Wolverines now prepare for Saturday night’s showdown at No. 3 Indiana.
Alex Olah scored 10 points for Northwestern.
The Wolverines finished with only two turnovers, equaling a national low for any team this season, according to STATS LLC.
NO. 3 INDIANA 97, PURDUE 60: In West Lafayette, Ind., Cody Zeller scored 13 of his 19 points in the first half, Christian Watford added 17 points for Indiana (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten).
Purdue (11-10, 4-4) was led by freshman center A.J. Hammons, who had a career-high 30 points, but couldn’t avoid a second straight home loss to the Hoosiers.
NO. 5 DUKE 75, WAKE FOREST 70: In Winston-Salem, N.C., Mason Plumlee scored a career-high 32 points and Seth Curry added 21 for Duke.
Curry hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer in the final minutes for the Blue Devils (18-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot nearly 52 percent.
Freshman Devin Thomas had 15 points for the Demon Deacons (10-10, 3-5).
No. 18 Kansas State 83, Texas 57: In Manhattan, Kan., Thomas Gipson had 17 points off the bench, Angel Rodriguez added 11 points and eight assists for Kansas State.
Omari Lawrence also scored 12 in a reserve role for the Wildcats (16-4, 5-2 Big 12).
Sheldon McClellan scored 15 points for Texas(9-11, 1-6).
No. 20 New Mexico 63, Wyoming 59: In Laramie, Wyo., Cameron Bairstow scored 17 points to lead New Mexico.
Hugh Greenwood added 13, Kendall Williams 12 and Alex Kirk 10 for the Lobos (18-3, 5-1 Mountain West).
The Cowboys (15-5, 2-5) were led by Derrious Gilmore’s 15 points, all of which came on 3-pointers.
No. 21 Creighton 91, Missouri State 77: In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 29 points and made five of Creighton’s 15 3-pointers for the Bluejays.
Ethan Wragge added 15 points, Austin Chatman had 14 points and 10 assists for his first double-double, and Grant Gibbs had 10 points for the Bluejays.
Creighton (19-3, 8-2) moved into a tie for first place with Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Gavin Thurman scored 19 points to lead the Bears (6-16, 4-6), who dropped to 1-10 on the road. McDermott also had 10 rebounds and three assists.
No. 24 Cincinnati 62, Rutgers 54: In Cincinnati, Sean Kilpatrick scored 19 points and Cincinnati intensified its defense in the second half, overcoming a 10-point deficit to beat Rutgers.
Cincinnati (17-4, 5-3 Big East) blocked eight shots, forced 21 turnovers and held the Scarlet Knights to 24 points in the second half. The Bearcats also won at Rutgers 68-58 on Jan. 12.
Myles Mack scored 15 points to lead the Scarlet Knights (12-8, 3-6).
Demon Deacons to retire Paul’s jersey: In Winston-Salem, N.C., Wake Forest is retiring Chris Paul’s No. 3 jersey.
The school said Wednesday it will honor the former Demon Deacons guard during halftime of the Maryland game on March 2.
Paul’s will be the 11th jersey honored by the school and the first since Josh Howard’s No. 5 in 2004. No Demon Deacons player has worn No. 3 since Paul turned pro after the 2004-05 season.
Paul played two seasons for Wake Forest and was the Atlantic Coast Conference’s rookie of the year in 2003-04.
He helped the Demon Deacons win a school-record 27 games the next season while reaching No. 1 for the first time in program history.
The NBA rookie of the year with New Orleans in 2006 is in his second season with the Los Angeles Clippers.