GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- KeVaughn Allen (North Little Rock) hit a three-pointer to send the game into overtime and added two huge baskets in the extra frame to help Florida beat Mississippi 90-86 on Wednesday night.
Allen finished with 21 points, none bigger than those three that came on the shot in front of Florida's bench with 2.5 seconds to play in regulation. He made two driving layups in overtime and added a diving save of a ball headed out of bounds in the final minute.
Allen's night wasn't perfect, though. He had a critical turnover in the final seconds of overtime that put the game in jeopardy. Fortunately for the Gators (12-8, 4-3 SEC), Noah Locke made two free throws with 11.2 seconds left to seal the victory.
Locke finished with 22 points. Keyontae Johnson added a career-high 15 points before fouling out in overtime. Andrew Nembhard chipped in 12 points and six assists.
Allen, Locke and Nembhard -- Florida's starting backcourt -- scored the final 26 points for Florida.
Terence Davis led Mississippi (14-6, 4-3) with 26 points, and Breein Tyree added 20. The Rebels have dropped four of five.
Davis and Tyree looked like they would carry Ole Miss to victory. Davis scored on a spinning, baseline drive that put the Rebels up 72-71 with 1:23 to play in regulation, and Tyree followed with both ends of a one-and-one with 8.8 seconds remaining.
But Allen gave the Gators life on the other end and a big lift in the final period.
NO. 10 MARQUETTE 76, BUTLER 58
INDIANAPOLIS -- Markus Howard scored 32 points and Sam Hauser added 19 to help No. 10 Marquette pull away from Butler.
The Golden Eagles (19-3, 8-1 Big East) have won eight consecutive overall and picked up their first victory at Hinkle Fieldhouse since the 1989-90 season.
Kamar Baldwin led Butler (12-10, 3-6) with 16 points. Paul Jorgensen and Sean McDermott each scored 10 for the Bulldogs, who have lost 3 in a row and 5 of 7.
NO. 12 VIRGINIA TECH 82, MIAMI 70
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Nickeil Alexander-Walker tied a season high with 25 points as No. 12 Virginia Tech shot 59 percent to beat Miami.
Justin Robinson scored 17 points for the Hokies but appeared to hurt his left leg and limped to the locker room midway through the second half. He watched the final minutes from the bench.
Virginia Tech (17-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) closed within one game of the league lead. The Hurricanes (9-11, 1-7) lost their fourth in a row and are off to their worst start in conference play since 1993-94, when they went 0-18 in the Big East.
NO. 14 VILLANOVA 86, DePAUL 74
CHICAGO -- Eric Paschall scored 20 points, Phil Booth added 19 points and eight assists, and No. 14 Villanova won its ninth consecutive game by beating DePaul.
Freshman forward Saddiq Bey matched a career high with 16 points and set one with 11 rebounds for Villanova. He made 4 of 6 three-pointers.
The Wildcats (17-4, 8-0 Big East) hit 15 from beyond the arc. The defending national champions beat DePaul (11-9, 3-6) for the 18th consecutive time.
NO. 15 LOUISVILLE 82,
WAKE FOREST 54
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Jordan Nwora scored 20 points and No. 15 Louisville won its sixth consecutive game, routing Wake Forest.
Dwayne Sutton added 17 points and 10 rebounds, Malik Williams finished with 13 points and Ryan McMahon had 12 points on 4 three-pointers for the Cardinals (16-5, 7-1).
They shot 52 percent and led by 35 while keeping themselves even with No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Virginia and No. 9 North Carolina atop the Atlantic Coast Conference.
NO. 20 IOWA STATE 93,
WEST VIRGINIA 68
AMES, Iowa -- Lindell Wigginton scored a season-high 27 points off the bench and No. 20 Iowa State cruised past West Virginia, its fourth victory in five games.
Marial Shayok scored 19 points for the surging Cyclones (16-5, 5-3 Big 12), who shot 26 of 40 inside the three-point line and 29 of 32 from the free-throw line.
After a somewhat sluggish start, Iowa State closed the first half on 18-6 run to jump ahead by 17. West Virginia (9-12, 1-7) hung around, even using its shelved press defense to confuse the Cyclones and pull to within 61-51 with just under 10 minutes left.
NO. 19 LSU 72, TEXAS A&M 57
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Tremont Waters scored a season-high 36 points with a career-best six three-pointers to give No. 19 LSU its 10th consecutive victory.
Waters was hot early, making 5 of 7 three-point attempts and piling up 23 points by halftime. He cooled down a bit after the break, but did enough to lead LSU (17-3, 7-0 SEC) on a night when much of the team struggled offensively.
Texas A&M (8-11, 1-6) got 21 points from TJ Starks but lost for the fourth time in five games.
AUBURN 92, MISSOURI 58
AUBURN, Ala. -- Jared Harper scored 16 points while Chuma Okeke and Bryce Brown each had 14 to help Auburn snap a three-game losing streak.
Auburn (14-6, 3-4 SEC) used a dominant second half to end the slide that sent the team tumbling out of the Top 25. This one was actually close for the first 20-plus minutes.
Missouri (10-9, 1-6) got 15 points from Jeremiah Tilmon and 11 apiece from Jordan Geist and freshman Xavier Pinson.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 105, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 99, OT
Kevon Harris had 33 points and 16 rebounds to lead Stephen F. Austin (11-8, 4-3 Southland Conference) to an overtime victory over the University of Central Arkansas (10-12, 5-4) at the Johnson Coliseum in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Deandre Jones led the Bears with 29 points, 8 assists and 6 steals. Jones fouled out with 1:22 left in overtime with UCA trailing 96-95.
With the game tied at 87-87, the Bears had a chance to win in regulation, but Hayden Koval's layup did not fall.
Also for UCA, Matthew Mondesir and Thatch Unruh each scored 16 points. Koval added 11 points for the Bears.
UCA shot 43.7 percent (31 of 71) from the floor. Stephen F. Austin finished 35-of-69 shooting from the floor (50.7 percent).
Davonte Fitzgerald scored 29 points for the Lumberjacks. Shannon Bogues had 18 points, while Nathan Bain chipped in with 10.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN 59, CENTRAL ARKANSAS 53
The University of Central Arkansas (7-12, 2-7 Southland Conference) lost its second consecutive game, falling to Stephen F. Austin (16-3, 7-0) at the Farris Center in Conway.
Aiyana Johnson led Stephen F. Austin with 17 points. Imani Johnson finished with 11 points and nine rebounds. Alyssa Mayfield and Chanell Hayes each had 10 points.
Kamry Orr and Hannah Langhi led UCA with 15 points apiece.
The Sugar Bears led 11-10 after the first quarter. The Ladyjacks finished the first half on a 10-2 run to take a 29-20 halftime lead.
UCA trailed 40-34 entering the fourth quarter. The Sugar Bears cut the lead to 44-43 with 7:01 remaining on Alexyse Thomas' layup, but Stephen F. Austin responded as Johnson knocked down a three-pointer with 6:12 left to play for a 47-43 advantage.
Stephen F. Austin shot 43.4 percent (23 of 53) from the floor and held UCA to 34.4 percent shooting (21 of 61).
Sports on 01/31/2019
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