Tuesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules
Games played Feb. 25, 2014
Originally published February 25, 2014 at 8:48 p.m., updated February 26, 2014 at 12:44 a.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points, and No. 1 Florida held off Vanderbilt 57-54 on Tuesday night to clinch at least a share of its second straight Southeastern Conference title and seventh overall.
Patric Young added 12 points for the Gators (26-2, 15-0 SEC), who continued the best season in school history by winning their 20th straight game, and now they will have a chance to claim their third SEC title in four years all to themselves with a win against LSU on Saturday.
The Commodores (15-12, 7-8) beat Florida 83-70 the last time the Gators came into Memorial Gym ranked No. 1, on Feb. 17, 2007. Coach Kevin Stallings only has seven healthy scholarship players right now, and they proved no match for Florida's smothering defense.
Kyle Fuller missed a tying 3 in the final seconds, and Dai-Jon Parker missed a putback attempt.
Rod Odom scored 12 points and Parker added 11 as Vanderbilt outshot Florida 48.8 percent (20 of 41) to 40.4 percent (21 of 52).
Fuller's three-point play with 3:16 remaining made it 53-50. Finney-Smith hit a free throw, then Vanderbilt forced a shot clock violation. Fuller made two free throws with a minute left but Finney-Smith knocked down a 3 with 30.6 seconds to go for the clinching basket.
No. 2 WICHITA ST. 69, BRADLEY 49
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Ron Baker scored 15 points to lead four Wichita State players in double figures and the Shockers became the first Division I team to reach 30-0 in the regular season.
Wichita State is the 11th team to reach 30-0, the previous 10 all hitting the 30-win mark during postseason play. The last team to reach 30-0 was UNLV in 1990-91. The Runnin' Rebels went 34-0 that season before losing to Duke in the national semifinals.
The Shockers (30-0, 17-0 Missouri Valley Conference) have one more regular-season game, at home Saturday against Missouri State. The last team to finish a regular season unbeaten was Saint Joseph's in 2003-04 at 27-0. The next season, Illinois got to 29-0 before losing its regular-season finale at Ohio State.
A barrage of 3-pointers early in the second half broke it open for Wichita State, which beat Bradley (12-18, 7-10) for the 10th straight time and second this season.
Wichita State finished the game 11 of 21 from beyond the arc, with four players making two or more. Bradley was 4 of 14.
Tyshon Pickett finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds for Bradley but was 5 of 20 from the field.
No. 6 DUKE 66, VIRGINIA TECH 48
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Rodney Hood scored 21 points to lead Duke.
Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 points for the Blue Devils (23-6, 12-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who jumped to a 24-4 lead midway through the first half and never trailed — though they struggled to land a game-finishing blow on the Hokies.
The last-place Hokies (9-18, 2-13) had a strong start to the second half and got within seven points, but never seriously threatened what would have been an improbable comeback in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils finished the game shooting 39 percent, including 10 for 33 from 3-point range — well below their ACC-leading 40.7 percent.
The Blue Devils had completed a stretch of four games in eight days with Saturday's home win against then-No. 1 Syracuse, which came about 48 hours after the weather-delayed rivalry loss at North Carolina.
Hood was 9 of 17 from the field to lead the Blue Devils, while Sulaimon knocked down four 3-pointers. Freshman Jabari Parker added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds to go with three blocks.
Freshman Trevor Thompson matched his season-high with 15 points to lead Virginia Tech.
No. 13 SAN DIEGO STATE 90, SAN JOSE STATE 64
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Winston Shepard, Dwayne Polee II and JJ O'Brien each scored 12 points to lead a balanced offense as San Diego State breezed past San Jose State.
Coming off their third loss of the season, the Aztecs (24-3, 13-2 Mountain West) had an easy time against the overmatched Spartans (7-20, 1-14).
The Aztecs had dropped seven spots in the poll after losing their second game in two weeks, a 58-44 thumping at New Mexico on Saturday. But the Aztecs didn't lose two-in-a-row while preventing San Jose State from winning consecutive outings.
San Jose State, which won its first conference game in school history last week at Nevada, was paced by Rashad Muhammad and Jaleel Williams, with 14 points apiece.
With the win the Aztecs kept pace with New Mexico to remain tied for first place. The two teams face each other on March 8.
No. 14 WISCONSIN 69, INDIANA 58
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sam Dekker scored 16 points as Wisconsin shrugged off a slow start.
The Hoosiers (15-12, 5-9 Big Ten) held Wisconsin (23-5, 10-5) to its lowest point production in the first half this season, taking a 29-19 lead.
But Wisconsin outscored Indiana 9-2 over the first 3 minutes of the second half. The Badgers shot 26 percent in the first half and they hit 62 percent of their shots in the second. They went 6 of 11 from the 3-point line after making just 1 of 10 in the first half.
After Indiana's Stanford Robinson converted a three-point play with more than 14 minutes to go, the Badgers went on a 22-5 run to put the game away.
Yogi Ferrell scored 21 points to lead Indiana, while freshman Noah Vonleh added 18.
Traevon Jackson scored 14 points for the Badgers, Ben Brust added 12, Josh Gasser 11 and Frank Kaminsky had 10 to go along with nine rebounds.
MINNESOTA 95, No. 20 IOWA 89
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Austin Hollins scored a career-high 27 points on 8-for-10 shooting and DeAndre Mathieu had 19 points and seven assists as Minnesota bounced back from a monthlong slump.
Hollins made all seven of his free throws for the Gophers (18-11, 7-9 Big Ten), who won for just the third time in their last nine games by making 13 of their last 14 free throws over the final 70 seconds. Charles Buggs added a career-high 13 points.
Roy Devyn Marble had only five of his 24 points in the second half for the Hawkeyes (19-8, 8-6), who have their first two-game losing streak of the season. Aaron White added 21 points, and Josh Oglesby scored 16 in his first start of the season.
After managing just 54, 49 and 46 points in each of their last three games, the Gophers posted their season-high score while shooting 30 for 49 from the field (61.2 percent).
The Gophers locked the game at the line despite not making a field goal over the final 8 minutes.
No. 25 NEW MEXICO 67, UTAH ST. 58
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Cullen Neal scored nine of his 12 points in a decisive run in the second half for New Mexico.
Cameron Bairstow had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lobos (22-5, 13-3 Mountain West) while Alex Kirk added 13 points, 11 rebounds and five assists.
Utah State led 47-39 with 11:29 left after Preston Medlin hit a 3-pointer and converted a three-point play.
But Neal started the long run with a 3-pointer and Kirk scored six straight points near the end the surge that left New Mexico holding a 62-52 lead.
The Lobos controlled the glass, holding a 46-30 edge, including 12-6 on the offensive end.
Medlin scored 19 points to lead the Aggies (15-13, 5-10).
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