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Florida fends off Kentucky

UCLA tumbles in Morgantown

Corey Brewer scored 16 points and top-ranked Florida held off No. 20 Kentucky, 64-61, last night for its 16th straight victory.

Ramel Bradley missed a 3-pointer that could have tied it as time expired, sealing the Gators' fifth win in a row against Kentucky, the first time in 20 years the Wildcats have lost five straight to one team. No team has beaten Kentucky six consecutive times.

Florida (23-2, 10-0 SEC) was up, 63-54, with 20 seconds left before Bradley hit consecutive 3-pointers to cut the margin to 3. Prior to that, Kentucky had made just one of 19 attempts from beyond the arc.

A record crowd of 24,465 was hoping to see Kentucky's 400th victory at Rupp Arena. Instead, the Gators won back-to-back games in the building for the first time since 1988-89.

Randolph Morris had 18 points for the Wildcats (18-6, 7-3), including three straight buckets midway through the second half that cut Florida's lead to 43-40.

West Virginia 70, UCLA 65 -- Alex Ruoff scored 18 points and the host Mountaineers (19-5) made up for a lack of experience by taking a big lead and holding on to upset the second-ranked Bruins in Morgantown, W.Va.

Arron Afflalo led UCLA (21-3) with 27 points and nine rebounds, but the Bruins' offense suffered without Darren Collison, who sat with an injured shoulder. UCLA didn't score a basket over a 9:16 stretch spanning both halves.

Ohio St. 63, Purdue 56 -- The No. 3 Buckeyes (22-3, 10-1 Big Ten) were in trouble throughout the second half in Columbus, Ohio, before securing their ninth win in a row by outscoring the Boilermakers, 17-5, over the final eight minutes.

Foul trouble limited Greg Oden to 21 minutes, but the freshman 7-footer still managed 14 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, and 2 steals.

Wisconsin 74, Iowa 62 -- With his first basket, Alando Tucker (21 points) became just the second player in Wisconsin history to reach 2,000 points, highlighting a gritty home win for the No. 4 Badgers (24-2, 10-1 Big Ten).

Texas A&M 66, Nebraska 55 -- Josh Carter had eight 3-pointers among his 26 points, and the sixth-ranked Aggies (21-3, 9-1 Big 12) escaped Lincoln, Neb., with a win despite getting just 9 points from Acie Law.

Pittsburgh 74, Providence 68 -- The Friars (15-8, 5-5 Big East) remained winless in Pittsburgh since 1998, but led early in the second half before the No. 7 Panthers (22-3, 10-1) took control behind Aaron Gray (22 points).

Memphis 95, Tulane 51 -- After racing to a 22-point halftime lead, the No. 8 Tigers (21-3, 11-0 Conference USA) cruised at home with Robert Dozier and Willie Kemp each scoring 13 points in a balanced outing.

Kansas 92, Missouri 74 -- Julian Wright set a career high with 33 points and the ninth-ranked Jayhawks (21-4, 8-2 Big 12) held the host Tigers (14-9, 3-7) without a basket for more than nine minutes of the first half.

Wright St. 77, Butler 65 -- The No. 10 Bulldogs had their nine-game winning streak stopped as DaShaun Wood racked up 30 points for the Raiders in Dayton, Ohio. Wright State (19-9, 12-2) also moved in front of Butler (23-3, 11-2) for first place in the Horizon League.

Georgetown 76, Marquette 58 -- Roy Hibbert supplied 23 points and 11 rebounds as the 22d-ranked Hoyas (18-5, 8-2 Big East) buried the No. 11 Golden Eagles (21-5, 8-3) with a game-ending 23-6 run in Washington.

Arizona 77, Oregon 74 -- Chase Budinger had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Ivan Radenovic hit a go-ahead jumper with six seconds left, and the No. 24 Wildcats (17-7, 8-5 Pac-10) rallied to defeat the 13th-ranked Ducks (20-5, 8-5) in Eugene, Ore.

Washington St. 59, California 46 -- At Pullman, Wash., Daven Harmeling hit 5 of 7 3-point tries and finished with 26 points as the No. 14 Cougars (21-4, 10-3) moved within a half-game of Pac-10 leader UCLA.

Air Force 60, New Mexico 51 -- The No. 15 Falcons (21-4, 8-3 Mountain West) started slowly but woke up in Albuquerque behind 17 points apiece from Dan Nwaelele and Tim Anderson.

Oklahoma St. 93, Texas Tech 91 -- Mario Boggan rallied the No. 17 Cowboys (19-5, 5-4 Big 12) from an 11-point deficit in regulation and a 7-point hole in the first extra period, delivering 35 points and 14 rebounds in a double-overtime home win over the Red Raiders (15-10, 4-6).

Mississippi 75, Alabama 69 -- Clarence Sanders had 11 of the Rebels' final 12 points as host Mississippi (16-8, 5-5) knocked off the 18th-ranked Crimson Tide (18-6, 5-5).

Southern Illinois 72, Creighton 68 -- The No. 21 Salukis (21-5, 12-3) took over sole possession of first place in the Missouri Valley Conference as Matt Shaw sank two free throws with 1.6 seconds left to finish the visiting Bluejays (17-8, 11-4).

Tennessee 84, Vanderbilt 57 -- Wayne Chism had 17 points and the Volunteers (17-8, 5-5 SEC) rolled to an easy win in Knoxville, Tenn., by holding the No. 23 Commodores (16-8, 6-4) to their fewest points this season.

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