Noah Locke scored 14 points, Tyree Appleby added 13 and short-handed Florida stunned No. 6 Tennessee 75-49 on Tuesday night.
Tre Mann chipped in 12 points for the Gators, who got unexpected help from several bench guys to offset being without three of their best four players. Guard Scottie Lewis (COVID-19 protocols) and forward Colin Castleton (ankle) missed the game.
But forward Omar Payne, starting for the first time in nearly a year, finished with nine points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots for Florida (7-4, 4-3 Southeastern Conference). Seldom-used subs Jason Jitoboh, Osayi Osifo, Niels Lane and Ques Glover also delivered quality minutes against the SEC’s top team.
The Volunteers (10-2, 4-2) had a woeful shooting performance and were equally ineffective on the other end. Florida, which spent the last month slowly tweaking its offense to overcome the loss of standout forward Keyontae Johnson — who collapsed on the court in early December and is likely out for the season — pounded Tennessee inside.
The Gators outrebounded the Vols by eight and outscored them 42-22 in the paint. Tennessee’s 49 points were a season low.
Florida used a 7-0 run to build a double-digit late in the first half and a 13-2 spurt early in the second to stretch its advantage to 20 points (53-33).
The result was Florida’s best performance since stunning No. 4 Auburn in Gainesville last January. This might have been even more shocking given the state of Florida’s roster. Johnson, Castleton and Lewis combined to average nearly 40 points.
Castleton tweaked an ankle in Florida’s last game and was ruled out shortly after warmups. Lewis missed his third straight game, but is expected to return this weekend.
Tennessee shot 29% from the field and hit 3 of 18 from 3-point range. John Fulkerson led the Vols with 15 points, four rebounds and five assists. But the 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward was no match for Payne and Jitoboh down low.
Leading scorer Victor Bailey Jr. finished with four points on 1-of-12 shooting.
No. 18 Alabama 105, LSU 75: John Petty scored 24 points on eight 3-pointers, and Alabama made a Southeastern Conference-record 23 shots from beyond the arc in a win over LSU.
Petty was 8 of 10 from long range. Joshua Primo was 6 of 8 from deep and scored 22 points, and Jahvon Quinerly also scored 22 on 6-of-7 3-point shooting as the three players combined for all but three of Alabama’s 3-pointers. Herb Jones had 13 points while making just one 3 for the Crimson Tide (12-3, 7-0 SEC).
Cam Thomas led LSU (10-3, 5-2) with 21 points. Javonte Smart scored 12 points and Trendon Watford had 11.
Petty, the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in 3s, made four shots from beyond the arc in slightly more htan three minutes. Primo then added 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to put Alabama in front 18-4 less than four minutes into the game.
The Crimson Tide had a 30-8 lead following a 3-pointer by Quinerly with 13:20 remaining in the first half. Quinerly’s 3 was Alabama’s eighth of the half.
Alabama’s largest lead was 31 points late in the first half, and LSU never got closer than 26 points after halftime.
Ole Miss 64, Mississippi State 46: Devontae Shuler scored 22 points and Mississippi pulled away midway through the second half and beat Mississippi State, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Ole Miss (7-6, 2-4 SEC) has won 11 of the last 15 matchups including an 83-58 win at home last season. The teams entered having alternated wins in the last six games.
Shuler finished 8-of-13 shooting with three 3-pointers and three of the Rebels’ 10 steals. Jarkel Joiner added 12 points for Ole Miss.
D.J. Stewart Jr. scored 18 points for Mississippi State (9-5, 4-2 SEC), which has lost two of its last three. Deivon Smith added 10 points.
Ole Miss took the lead for good midway through the first half and led 29-21 at the break. The Bulldogs pulled to 42-38 with 12:07 to play. The Rebels answered with an 18-4 run, capped by Shuler’s jumper, and led 60-42 with about three minutes left.
The Bulldogs shot 18 of 52 (35%) overall that included 10 missed 3-pointers and 12 turnovers.
Ole Miss hosts Texas A&M on Saturday. Mississippi State plays at No. 18 Alabama on Saturday.
No. 7 Michigan 87, Maryland 63: Mike Smith made three early 3-pointers as No. 7 Michigan raced to a 17-3 lead, and the Wolverines had little difficulty beating Maryland.
Michigan made its first five 3s — Isaiah Livers had the other two — in an opening flurry that put the Wolverines (12-1, 7-1 Big Ten) in immediate control. Michigan led 42-25 at halftime and stretched its advantage to as many as 25 points in the second.
Livers led Michigan with 20 points and Franz Wagner contributed 15. Smith had 11.
The Wolverines were coming off their first loss of the season, Saturday at Minnesota. Eli Brooks missed that game with a foot injury. He returned Tuesday and scored seven points.
Maryland (8-7, 2-6) was led by Donta Scott’s 13 points, but the Terrapins couldn’t keep up with Michigan’s terrific outside shooting. The Wolverines went 12 of 24 from 3-point range and Maryland was 4 of 19.
Michigan swept the regular-season series. The Wolverines won at Maryland 84-73 on Dec. 31.
Purdue 67, No. 15 Ohio State 65: Jaden Ivey scored 15 points and made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining, and Purdue rallied to beat No. 15 Ohio State.
Trevion Williams scored 16 points for the surging Boilermakers (11-5, 6-3 Big Ten), who have won four straight, three of them on the road. Sasha Stefanovic also had 15 points.
Purdue led for less than three minutes overall and rallied from six points down in the final 3½ minutes. Ivey scored eight points during the decisive stretch.
Duane Washington Jr. led Ohio State (11-4, 5-4) with 21 points, shooting 6 of 9 from 3-point range. Justin Ahrens added 12 points for the Buckeyes, whose three-game winning streak ended.
After Ivey’s go-ahead 3-pointer, Purdue fouled Washington to prevent the Buckeyes from attempting the tying 3. Washington made the first free throw, missed the second and Aaron Wheeler secured the rebound for the Boilermakers.
Purdue dominated inside, outscoring Ohio State 36-8 in the paint and holding a 38-30 rebounding advantage. The Buckeyes went 6 for 18 on 2-point attempts.
No. 22 Illinois 79, Penn State 65: Kofi Cockburn had 21 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 22 Illinois to a victory over Penn State.
Cockburn leads the nation with 11 double-doubles this season. Ayo Dosunmu and Trent Frazier scored 13 points apiece for Illinois (10-5, 6-3 Big Ten).
Myreon Jones scored 20 points and Seth Lundy added 13 for Penn State (3-6, 0-5).
Illinois charged to a 13-5 advantage and never relinquished the lead. The Illini led 42-28 at the break. Dosunmu scored just three points in the first half.
A scrum with two seconds left in the half resulted in technical fouls being called on Da’Monte Williams of Illinois and DJ Gordon of Penn State.
Illinois shot 46% from the field (26 for 57). Penn State was 21 of 62 (34%).
No. 3 Villanova 76, Seton Hall 74: Cole Swider hit the winning free throw in the final seconds and Collin Gillespie scored 22 points to help No. 3 Villanova win its first game in 27 days over Seton Hall.
The Wildcats (9-1, 4-0 Big East) held steady in the Top 25 as their schedule crumbled because of COVID-related issues. Two-time national championship coach Jay Wright tested positive around Christmas, and the Wildcats paused their season as players tested positive. Villanova had four games postponed since it beat Marquette on Dec. 23.
The Wildcats withstood another scare to stay unbeaten in the Big East.
Swider missed his first free throw but made the second to give Villanova a 75-74 lead. Seton Hall’s last-gasp desperation pass was bobbled out of bounds by Sandro Mamukelashvili. The 6-foot-11 Mamukelashvili had an open look and could have dunked home the go-ahead bucket with a clean catch.
Jermaine Samuels scored 20 points for Villanova.
The Pirates (9-6, 6-3) came out 3-point happy to make it a game early and Mamukelashvili and Jared Rhoden made it a two-person show in the second half. Mamukelashvili scored 23 points and Rhoden had 19.
Myles Cale pulled Seton Hall to 72-70 with 2:33 left and Nova’s Justin Moore was whistled for an offensive foul. Still a two-point game, Gillespie was also hit for an offensive foul.
Mamukelashvili tied it and the Seton Hall bench started chanting “Defense! Defense!” inside the mostly empty Pavilion.
Gillespie was fouled on his drive to the basket and made both free throws with 1:09 left for a 74-72 lead. Takal Molson tied it at 74 and Villanova had a shot to go ahead with 45.4 seconds left.
Gillespie missed a 3 and Shavar Reynolds grabbed the defensive board to set up a late look for Seton Hall. Reynolds missed a 3 and Swider was fouled as a pile of bodies went up for the rebound. He made up for the first miss with the tiebreaker.
Following the turnover by Mamukelashvili, another free throw by Jeremiah Robinson-Earl for Villanova with a second to go made it 76-74.