LEXINGTON, Ky. — Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 13 points and 13 rebounds and top-ranked Kentucky easily passed its toughest Southeastern Conference test to date with a 78-58 victory over No. 8 Florida on Tuesday night.
The Wildcats (24-1, 10-0) have won 49 in a row at home and matched their best start in league play since 2005 thanks to three freshmen starters who have jelled into a formidable defense to go along with their high-powered offense
Doron Lamb scored 18 points and Anthony Davis added 16 for Kentucky, which won its 16th consecutive overall and ended Florida’s run of seven consecutive wins.
Kenny Boynton led the Gators (19-5, 7-2) with 18.
NO. 3 OHIO STATE 87,
In Columbus, Ohio, William Buford scored a career-high 29 points and capped his night with a pivotal dunk in the final minute to power Ohio State past hot-shooting Purdue.
The win was Ohio State’s 40th in a row at home – since losing to Purdue two years ago at Value City Arena.
Buford scored 21 points in the second half to carry the Buckeyes (21-3, 9-2 Big Ten) while All-America Jared Sullinger and point guard Aaron Craft were on the bench with foul trouble.
D.J. Byrd, averaging 6.5 points a game, had a career-best 24 for the Boilermakers (15-9, 5-6).
NO. 17 CREIGHTON 57
In Evansville, Ind., Colt Ryan’s 17-footer with 3:08 to play broke a 56-56 tie, and Evansville (12-12, 7-7 Missouri Valley Conference) pulled away for the upset.
The nation’s best shooting team was out of sync all night and wound up losing a second game in a row for the first time this season. Creighton (21-4, 11-3) was led by Doug McDermott with 21 points.
Kenny Harris scored 15 points to lead Evansville, which ended a six-game losing streak to the Bluejays.
MARYLAND 64, CLEMSON 62
In Clemson, S.C., Terrell Stoglin scored 27 points and helped Maryland (14-9, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) hold off a late Clemson rally.
Andre Young led the Tigers (11-12, 3-6) with 15 points and made four 3-pointers.