STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Casey Prather scored 16 points, Patric Young added 12 and No. 3 Florida beat Mississippi State 62-51 Thursday night for its 12th straight win.
The Gators (18-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) had a slow start on offense, but made up for it with suffocating defense. It was the 12th time this season Florida held an opponent to 60 points or fewer.
Florida’s Michael Frazier II had just nine points, but his three 3-pointers helped the Gators keep a comfortable lead throughout most of the second half.
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Mississippi State (13-7, 3-4) lost for the first time at home during conference play. The Bulldogs have lost four straight to the Gators.
Colin Borchert scored 15 and Craig Sword 12 for Mississippi State.
NO. 10 MICHIGAN 75, PURDUE 66
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Caris LeVert had 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds for his first career double-double, and Michigan beat Purdue to extend its winning streak to 10.
Nik Stauskas scored 16 points and Derrick Walton added 14 for the Big Ten leaders. The Wolverines (16-4, 8-0) shot 61 percent from the field against a Purdue team that had held its previous five opponents under 42.
The Boilermakers (13-8, 3-5) were led by A.J. Hammons, who had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Michigan was coming off three straight wins over top-10 teams, and there was no letdown at home against Purdue.
No. 13 CINCINNATI 69, No. 12 LOUISVILLE 66
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Sean Kilpatrick scored 28 points, including six free throws down the stretch that helped Cincinnati rally for a victory over Louisville.
Unfazed despite blowing a 17-point lead in the second half, the first-place Bearcats (20-2, 9-0 American Athletic Conference) regrouped to hold the Cardinals to just two points over the final 5 minutes to win the conference showdown.
The Bearcats’ 13th straight win put them 2 1/2 games ahead of Louisville (17-4, 6-2).
Kilpatrick’s late his free throws provided a cushion after Terry Rozier’s two free throws brought Louisville within a point with 7 seconds left. Luke Hancock’s with a 3-point attempt in the final seconds missed.
Montrezl Harrell had 18 points for the Cardinals, who shot 44 percent (26 for 59) and snapped a four-game winning streak. Hancock and Russ Smith each added 16.