CINCINNATI — Tu Holloway overcame a sore shooting hand and scored 12 points Friday night, leading a balanced offense that carried No. 12 Xavier to a 70-56 victory over poor-shooting Georgia.
The Bulldogs (3-2) missed their first 11 shots, fell behind 10-0 and never recovered, trailing by 36 points midway through the second half.
NO. 3 OHIO STATE 80,
In Columbus, Ohio, William Buford scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half and Ohio State rolled.
CENTRAL FLORIDA 68,
NO. 4 CONNECTICUT 63
In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Marcus Jordan and Keith Clanton each scored 20 points to help Central Florida beat Connecticut in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
NO. 5 SYRACUSE 69,
In New York, Kris Joseph had 18 points and eight rebounds and Syracuse closed the game on a 15-3 run to win the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.
NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 59, OHIO 54
In Louisville, Ky., Kyle Kuric scored 16 points and Gorgui Dieng grabbed 16 rebounds to lead to a win in the Global Sports Invitational.
NO. 10 FLORIDA 105,
In Gainesville, Fla., Kenny Boynton scored 22 points, Erving Walker added 21 to propel Florida.
NO. 17 PITTSBURGH 78, PENNSYLVANIA 58
In Philadelphia, Khem Birch had 15 points and 10 rebounds, Ashton Gibbs scored 16 points and Pittsburgh pulled away late in the Philly Hoop Group Classic
NO. 22 FLORIDA STATE 41
In Paradise, Island, Bahamas, Brandyn Curry had six points, five assists, and five steals to help Harvard top Florida State in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI STATE 76, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 50
In Starkville, Miss., Dee Bost and Rodney Hood scored 17 points apiece, and Mississippi State pushed its winning streak to five games.
CLEMSON 59, FURMAN 49
In Clemson, S.C., Milton Jennings had career highs with 22 points and 14 rebounds as Clemson broke a two-game losing streak –both losses were to in-state schools – with a victory over Furman.