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Top 25 roundup: Undermanned Gators stun No. 6 Vols

Field Level Media
20 Jan 2021, 18:19 GMT+10

Missing three of their top players, the Florida Gators shocked the sixth-ranked Tennessee Volunteers 75-49 in Gainesville, Fla., on Tuesday evening.

The Gators (7-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) won for just the third time in the past five games. The Volunteers (10-2, 4-2) saw their three-game winning streak and four-game success streak against Florida end.

Florida was led by Noah Locke and Tyree Appleby, who had 14 and 13 points, respectively. Appleby added a game-high seven assists. The Gators were without Keyontae Johnson (heart), Scottie Lewis (health and safety protocols) and Colin Castleton (ankle).

The Volunteers were led by John Fulkerson's 15 points while Keon Johnson added eight. The Gators held Victor Bailey Jr., who has been scoring 12.3 points per game, to four points on 1-of-12 shooting from the floor.

No. 3 Villanova 76, Seton Hall 74

With the Wildcats playing their first game of the calendar year because of delays related to COVID-19, Cole Swider dropped in the go-ahead free throw with 1.9 seconds remaining to lift Villanova past visiting Seton Hall.

Collin Gillespie led Villanova (9-1, 4-0 Big East) with 22 points, Jermaine Samuels added 20 and Justin Moore had 10 with seven assists. The Wildcats have won seven straight.

Sandro Mamukelashvili paced Seton Hall with 23 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Mamukelashvili had a chance to win the game, but his turnaround 3-point attempt fell short at the buzzer. Jared Rhoden added 19 points for the Pirates (9-6, 6-3).

No. 7 Michigan 87, Maryland 63

Isaiah Livers scored 20 points and led a 3-point barrage as the Wolverines bounced back from their first loss of the season with a resounding victory over the Terrapins in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Franz Wagner supplied 15 points, six rebounds and three assists for Michigan (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten), which regained sole possession of first place in the conference after losing by 18 to Minnesota on Saturday.

Donta Scott had 13 points for Maryland (8-7, 2-6). Eric Ayala tossed in 12 points, Aaron Wiggins added 11 and Jairus Hamilton chipped in 10.

Purdue 67, No. 15 Ohio State 65

Jaden Ivey hit a step-back 3-pointer with five seconds left to lift the Boilermakers to a thrilling win over the Buckeyes in Columbus, Ohio, extending Purdue's winning streak to four games.

After Ivey's shot broke a 64-64 tie, Ohio State's Duane Washington Jr. made the first of two free throws with 2.4 seconds left. He intentionally missed the second, but Purdue (11-5, 6-3 Big Ten) grabbed the rebound to defeat a top-15 team on the road for the first time since Feb. 25, 2012, at Michigan.

Trevion Williams led the Boilermakers with 16 points. Ivey and Sasha Stefanovic each had 15. Washington scored 14 of his 21 points in the first half for the Buckeyes (11-4, 5-4), who had a three-game winning streak end.

No. 18 Alabama 105, LSU 75

John Petty Jr. scored 24 points and led a record 3-point barrage as the Crimson Tide rolled past the Tigers in a battle of the top two teams in the Southeastern Conference at Baton Rouge, La.

Petty made eight of 10 3-point attempts as the Crimson Tide (12-3, 7-0 SEC) sank a conference-record 23 3-pointers in 43 attempts while winning their eighth consecutive game. Joshua Primo and Jahvon Quinerly added 22 points each and Herbert Jones had 13 as Alabama continued its best start since 1987.

Freshman Cameron Thomas scored 21, Javonte Smart added 12 and Trendon Watford had 11 to lead second-place LSU (10-3, 5-2), which saw its four-game winning streak end. The Tigers made only 5 of 26 3-point attempts.

No. 19 Missouri 81, South Carolina 70

Jeremiah Tilmon scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Tigers defeated the Gamecocks in Columbia, Mo.

Tilmon also blocked three shots and grabbed three steals for the Tigers (9-2, 3-2 Southeastern Conference). He is averaging 18.5 points and 9.3 rebounds in his past four games.

Keyshawn Bryant came off the bench to score 19 points for South Carolina (3-4, 1-2). The Gamecocks played just their fourth game since Dec. 5 due to COVID-19 shutdowns. Coach Frank Martin returned to the bench Tuesday after being sidelined by his own battle with the coronavirus.

No. 22 Illinois 79, Penn State 65

Kofi Cockburn's 21-point, 12-rebound double-double led three players in double figures as the Fighting Illini authored a bounce-back effort in a Big Ten Conference win over the Nittany Lions in Champaign, Ill.

Trent Frazier and Ayo Dosunmu each scored 13 points for Illinois (10-5, 6-3), with Dosunmu chipping in a game-high five assists. Illinois was also solid defensively, limiting the Nittany Lions to 33.9 percent shooting from the field.

Myreon Jones scored 20 points for Penn State (3-6, 0-5) and Seth Lundy added 13, but it wasn't enough to prevent a season sweep at the Illini's hands. The teams combined for 47 fouls, including four technicals, and 49 foul shots. Three of the technicals occurred during an altercation with 2.7 seconds left in the first half.

--Field Level Media

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