College basketball notes: Gators roll over Seminoles

December 6, 2012 

Andrew Wiggins, the consensus No 1. high school basketball prospect who has Kentucky and Florida State on his short list of potential schools, got a first-hand look Wednesday at how much the Seminoles could use him.

Florida's guards made the difference — a big difference — in an easy win.

Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario both scored 14 points as the sixth-ranked Gators romped to a 72-47 victory over the defending Atlantic Coast Conference champions.

Freshman Michael Frazier added 12 points, while Scottie Wilbekin chipped in five assists and five steals.

The Gators' big man, 6-foot-9 Patric Young, finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.

"Hopefully what our guys are able to see is that our sum — our total — is maybe bigger than one or two individuals," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "That's a good sign of a team."

No one was more impressed with Florida's performance than Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton.

"We ran into one of the better teams that we've played since I've been at Florida State," said Hamilton, who is in his 11th season at Florida State.

"They've found the magic level," Hamilton said. "They understand who they are and what their strengths and weaknesses are, and they're just executing until they find the mistake that you're going to make, and they make you pay."

Time and again, it turned out.

It took the Gators just 5 minutes to take a 12-2 lead, and the rout was on.

"We didn't want to slow the game down," Boynton said. "We could have beat them by more."

Florida (7-0) has held five opponents to less than 50 points this season while taking its fourth straight win over the Seminoles (4-4). It was the Noles' most lopsided defeat to Florida since a 96-61 loss in 1999.

Virginia 46, Tennessee 38: Akil Mitchell had 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Joe Harris also scored 13 as Virginia won a battle of stout defenses.

The victory was the sixth in a row for the Cavaliers (7-2), and it came after they limited the Vols to 28.8 percent shooting and just 15 field goals.

Trae Golden scored 11 to lead Tennessee (4-3), which scored just 36 points in a one-point loss to No. 15 Georgetown on Friday and picked up where it left off.

State men

North Dakota State 69, Morehead State 57: North Dakota State held Morehead State to 31 percent shooting from the floor. MSU's loss, in the first-ever meeting between the schools, was just its ninth at home over the past five years.

"We just need to get better as a team," Morehead Coach Sean Woods said. "I thought we would be further along at this point, but that's obviously not the case."

Taylor Braun led the way for the Bison (7-2) with 23 points making11-of-12 from the free-throw line. Angelo Warner led the Eagles (4-5) with 14 points and five rebounds.

Western Kentucky 58, Southern Illinois 57: T.J. Price scored 17 points as Western Kentucky held on to defeat Southern Illinois.

The Hilltoppers (7-2) never trailed and led by as many as 10 points, 36-26, after starting the second half with a jumper by Jamal Crook.

Southern Illinois (4-2) cut the lead to one point four times in the last 5 minutes — twice on jumpers by Desmar Jackson — but could never quite catch up. Two free throws by Kevin Kaspar, a tip-in by O'Karo Akamune and a jumper by Crook helped keep the Salukis at bay.

Jackson led Southern Illinois with 22 points.

Top 25 women

No. 3 Baylor 73, No. 5 Notre Dame 61: Rapper Lil Wayne showed up at Notre Dame to see Skyar Diggins play and watched as Brittney Griner and defending national champion Baylor put on a show.

Griner had 24 points and 14 rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the third-ranked Lady Bears in a rematch of last season's national championship game.

This time it was a little closer. The Lady Bears didn't put the game away until a layup by Jordan Madden with seven minutes left sparked a 10-0 run. "We just stayed in the flow, don't change anything just because your shots aren't falling," Griner said. "They're going to fall eventually."

The Lady Bears (7-1), with all five starters back from the team that went 40-0 last season, dominated inside, outscoring the Irish 36-26 in the paint and outrebounding them 44-35.

The Irish (5-1), with just two starters back, were simply no match, especially with All-America senior Diggins making just four of 19 shots.

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