Erik Murphy tied a career-high with 24 points just days after dealing with an illness, and No. 10 Florida beat 22d-ranked Wisconsin, 74-56, Wednesday night at Gainesville, Fla.
Murphy made all 10 of his shots, including two 3-pointers, as the shorthanded Gators enjoyed a double-digit lead most of the night. He also had seven rebounds.
Mike Rosario added 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists, and Kenny Boynton chipped in 10 for Florida (2-0).
Sam Dekker and Jared Berggren had 11 points apiece for Wisconsin (1-1).
The Gators, playing without point guard Scottie Wilbekin (suspension) and forward Casey Prather (concussion), essentially won the game with fast starts in both halves. Florida scored the first 9 points of the game and the first 7 after intermission.
Murphy was involved in both runs. He made a baseline hook that seemed to get him started early. He added a jumper, a putback, and a 3-pointer that pushed the lead to 16-6.
The Badgers, meanwhile, came out flat, missing their first six shots — including five from behind the arc.
That hole proved too big to overcome against the hot-shooting Gators.
Florida hit 18 of 24 shots (75 percent) in the first 20 minutes and extended the lead to 19 (50-31) early in the second half. Boynton converted the 13th 4-point play of his career to open the second half. Murphy followed with a post basket, and then Boynton added a driving layup.
The Badgers never cut the lead below 12 the rest of the way.
Murphy had been questionable to play. He missed practice earlier this week with an illness that caused bad headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Not only did he play, he also started.
And didn’t miss.
He became the fourth player in school history and 18th in Southeastern Conference history to take at least 10 shots in a game and make them all.
Creighton 77, UAB 60 — Reserve Josh Jones scored all 18 of his points in the second half to compensate for Doug McDermott’s quiet night and the No. 15 Bluejays (2-0) downed the Blazers in Omaha.
Jones matched his career high with four 3-pointers. He made two during a personal 10-0 run that tied it 45 and two more during a 15-0 spurt that finished off the Blazers (1-1). McDermott, the returning first-team All-American, got into early foul trouble and finished with 5 points.
Holy Cross 57, Maine 54 — Phil Beans scored 19 points and hauled in eight rebounds to lead the Crusaders over the Black Bears in their home opener.
Jordan Stevens contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds and Dave Dudzinski added 10 points and nine rebounds for Holy Cross (3-1), which leads the series 7-1.
Alasdair Frazier led Maine (0-2) with 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Xavier Pollard chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds. .
UMass-Lowell 63, Bentley 50 — Akeem Williams scored 13 points and Antonio Bivins added 12 to lead the host River Hawks over the Falcons. Bentley was led by Jasper Grassa’s 13 points in the Northeast-10 opener.
Franklin Pierce 86, Merrimack 69 — Ellis Cooper had a game-high 18 points and Matt Barboza came off the bench for 11 points to lift the Ravens over the Warriors in Rindge, N.H. Mike Clifford and Gelvis Solano scored 16 points each to lead Merrimack.
Bridgeport 79, Bloomfield 68 — Darian David’s 27 points led five Purple Knights in double figures as the hosts defeated the winless Deacons. Dezman Hickman had 14 points, Jahmill Jenkins scored 12, and Omari Howard and Ivan Simic had 11 points each in the victory.
Assumption 63, AIC 55 — Tim Beinert had 19 points and Ronson Quick added 15 to lift the Greyhounds to a road victory in their season opener against the Yellow Jackets. Spencer Braithwaite had a game-high 20 points to lead AIC.
Penn State 63, Texas A&M 58 — Alex Bentley scored 21 points and Maggie Lucas added 18 to help the No. 9 Lady Lions beat the No. 16 Aggies in College Station, Texas.
Georgia 66, Presbyterian 38 — Jasmine Hassell scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the No. 10 Lady Dogs over the Blue Hose in Athens, Ga.
UNH 57, Yale 51 — Kelsey Hogan scored 14 points to lift the visiting Wildcats over the Bulldgs. Yale was led by Sarah Halejian (12 points).
Providence 92, Vermont 76 — Symone Roberts’s 25 points led the Lady Friars over the Catamounts in Providence. Vermont was led by Lauren Buschmann’s 20 points and eight rebounds.
Bentley 76, UMass-Lowell 68 — Courtney Finn scored 17 points and Lauren Battista had 13 points and 12 rebounds to lift the Falcons over the River Hawks in a Northeast-10 game in Lowell. Jacqui Brugliera added 12 points for Bentley (2-0, 1-0). Continued...