Thursday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Alex Oriakhi had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 4 Connecticut to its 14th consecutive win, 80-60 over Maine on Thursday night.

Jeremy Lamb also scored 16 points and freshman DeAndre Daniels added 15 for UConn (3-0). Andre Drummond and Tyler Olander both added double-doubles. Drummond had 11 points and 14 rebounds, while Olander chipped in 11 points and 10 boards.

UConn extended the longest winning streak in Division I while winning its 36th consecutive non-conference game.

Justin Edwards had 20 points for the Black Bears (1-1).

Maine kept it close through the first half, before UConn went on a 23-2 run to open the second. The Huskies held the Black Bears without a field goal for the first 10 1/2 minutes after intermission.

NO. 7 FLORIDA 91, NORTH FLORIDA 55

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kenny Boynton scored 20 points and Erving Walker added 17 to help Florida bounce back from a loss at No. 3 Ohio State.

Freshman Bradley Beal chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Gators (2-1), who won their eighth consecutive home game — and this one was completely one sided from the opening tip.

Florida built a double-digit lead in the first eight minutes, opened a 17-point cushion by halftime and pulled ahead 70-34 on Mike Rosario’s 3-pointer from the corner midway through the second half.

Parker Smith led the Ospreys (2-2) with 17 points.

NO. 15 ARIZONA 81, ST. JOHN’S 72

NEW YORK (AP) — Solomon Hill had 15 points to lead Arizona in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

The Wildcats (4-0) led 44-41 at halftime and were up 54-47 about 5 minutes into the second half. St. John’s (3-1) then went on a 12-2 surge to take a 66-58 lead.

Arizona, which had started hot from 3-point range before cooling off, suddenly found its stroke behind the arc again in a 16-2 run that gave the Wildcats a 74-68 lead with 3:13 to play.

The Wildcats will play Mississippi State in the championship game on Friday night.

Kyle Fogg had 13 points for Arizona and Jesse Perry added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

NO. 16 ALABAMA 62, MARYLAND 42

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Tony Mitchell scored 15 of his 17 points in the first half and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Alabama in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.

Mitchell was 7 of 12 from the field, including 3 for 4 from 3-point range, and Trevor Releford scored 10 points for the Crimson Tide (3-0).

Alabama cruised despite senior forward JaMychal Green heading to the bench early in the game with two quick fouls. They didn’t need him against a cold-shooting Maryland squad that went 13 for 49 from the field (26.5 percent). The Terps (1-1) went just 2 for 12 from beyond the arc.

James Padgett scored nine points and Ashton Pankey had 10 rebounds for Maryland.

NO. 17 MICHIGAN 59, WESTERN ILLINOIS 55

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points and Trey Burke added 14 for the Wolverines in their final tuneup before heading to Hawaii to play No. 10 Memphis on Monday.

Michigan (3-0) led by five with 3:06 remaining when Western Illinois’ Obi Emegano missed a free throw that would have completed a three-point play, and Hardaway scored at the other end to make it 53-46.

Jordan Morgan added 11 points for Michigan.

Western Illinois (0-2) lost its 15th straight game, a slide that dates to Jan. 15. Ceola Clark III led the Leathernecks with 21 points, and Terell Parks contributed 11.

MISSISSIPPI ST. 69, NO. 19 TEXAS A&M 60

NEW YORK (AP) — Dee Bost scored 20 points, including a big 3-pointer with 3:16 to play for Mississippi State in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.

Mississippi State (3-1), which started the game by making 10 of its first 13 shots from the field, saw a big portion of a 22-point first-half lead disappear.

Naji Hibbert’s drive with 3:37 to play brought Texas A&M (2-1) within 60-52, but Bost hit a 3-pointer 19 seconds later that started the Bulldogs’ 9-4 run that got them back in control.

NO. 24 MISSOURI 83, NIAGARA, 52

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Denmon scored 22 points to lead five Missouri players in double figures, and the Tigers rode a hot-shooting first half to an easy win.

Kim English added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Ricardo Ratliffe, Matt Pressey and sixth-man Michael Dixon scored 12 points each for Missouri (3-0) in its final regional game of the College Basketball Experience Classic.

Juan’ya Green and Antoine Mason scored 10 points apiece for Niagara (1-1), which shot 34 percent overall and made just five of its 26 attempts from long range.

Missouri went 12 of 22 from beyond the arc, had 13 steals and forced 16 turnovers.

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