CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Mike Jones scored 19 points to help No. 23 Maryland beat Illinois 72-66 Tuesday night in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and end the Illini's 51-game homecourt winning streak against non-conference opponents.
The Terrapins (8-0) blew a 15-point lead before recovering to beat the Illini as freshman Greivis Vasquez scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half.
Maryland played without 6-foot-9 Ekene Ibekwe, its strong shot blocker averaging 12 points and seven rebounds, who was sidelined by an ankle injury.
Illinois (7-1), which last lost at home against a non-conference team in 1998, had 18 points from Shaun Pruitt.
The Illini, who whittled the 15-point, first half-deficit to five by halftime, rallied to lead by five in the second half, but Vasquez led the Terps back with his scoring and floor play.
His steal and layup with 1:22 to play put Maryland up 65-60.
Maryland's 8-0 start is its best since the 1988-89 team won its first 10.
NO. 4 FLORIDA 83, SOUTHERN 27
In Gainesville, Fla., Al Horford scored 12 points, Walter Hodge added nine in place of Corey Brewer and Florida rebounded from its first loss with a rout against winless Southern.
Brewer, the team's best defender and most versatile player, sat out with mononucleosis and could miss several more games while recovering from the viral infection.
Brewer, averaging 11.7 points and 4.3 rebounds, was initially diagnosed with the flu last week when the defending national champions played Western Kentucky and Kansas in Las Vegas. But Brewer's condition got worse, and tests revealed mononucleosis.
Hodge started in his place against Southern (0-6) and was 4-for-6 from the field, with six assists and two rebounds.
Florida extended its home winning streak against non-conference opponents to 19 while preparing for much tougher games against Florida State and Providence.
The Gators (7-1) shot 50 percent for the game and held the Jaguars to 21 percent.
KENTUCKY 77, COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON 61
In Lexington, Ky., freshman Perry Stevenson came off the bench for the first time with a career-high 14 points as Kentucky rebounded from a setback in the Maui Invitational to beat College of Charleston.
Randolph Morris led the Wildcats (4-2) with 17 points and eight rebounds, but it was Stevenson who nailed the early shots with the game on the line. He missed all three free-throw attempts but connected on all seven field-goal tries - more than doubling his previous high of three.
The Wildcats, who dropped out of the Top 25 this week after losses in Maui against now-No. 1 UCLA and Memphis, missed their first nine shots and didn't hit a field goal until more than six minutes had passed.
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