College basketball: Florida holds off Vanderbilt; Transylvania loses

February 25, 2014 

Florida Vanderbilt Basketball

Florida center Patric Young, right, pulled down a rebound in front of Vanderbilt players Rod Odom, left and Damian Jones.

MARK ZALESKI — AP

Dorian Finney-Smith scored 19 points, and No. 1 Florida held off host Vanderbilt 57-54 on Tuesday night to clinch at least a share of its second straight Southeastern Conference title and seventh overall.

Patric Young had 12 points for the Gators (26-2, 15-0 SEC), who continued the best season in school history by winning their 20th straight game.

The Commodores (15-12, 7-8) beat Florida 83-70 the last time the Gators came into Memorial Gym ranked No. 1, on Feb. 17, 2007.

Vandy only has seven healthy scholarship players right now, and they proved no match for Florida's smothering defense.

But the Commodores sure made it interesting.

Kyle Fuller missed a tying three-pointer in the final seconds, and Dai-Jon Parker missed a putback attempt.

Rod Odom scored 12 points and Parker added 11 as Vanderbilt outshot Florida 49 percent to 40percent. The Commodores hit four of eight 3-point attempts in the second half to stay close.

No. 6 Duke 66, Virginia Tech 48: Rodney Hood scored 21 points and Rasheed Sulaimon added 15 points for the host Blue Devils, who jumped to a 24-4 lead midway through the first half and never trailed — though they struggled to land a game-finishing blow on the Hokies.

Duke didn't shoot the ball well, but still had relatively little trouble against a Virginia Tech team that has won just once since the start of the calendar year.

Minnesota 95, No. 20 Iowa 80: Austin Hollins scored a career-high 27 points on 8-for-10 shooting and DeAndre Mathieu had 19 points and seven assists as host Minnesota bounced back from a monthlong slump.

Hollins made all seven of his free throws for the Gophers, who won for just the third time in their last nine games by making 13 of their last 14 free throws over the final 70 seconds. Charles Buggs came off the end of the bench to score a career-high 13 points.

Roy Devyn Marble had only five of his 24 points in the second half for the Hawkeyes, who have lost two in a row for the first time this season.

No. 14 Wisconsin 69, Indiana 58: Sam Dekker scored 16 points and host Wisconsin shrugged off a slow start to beat Indiana.

The Hoosiers held Wisconsin to its lowest point production in the first half this season, taking a 29-19 lead. But the Badgers, who shot just 26 percent in the first half, opened the second half by outscoring the Hoosiers 9-2 in a span of just over 3 minutes and then used a 22-5 run to put the game away.

Yogi Ferrell scored 21 points to lead Indiana.

Mount St. Joseph 75, Transylvania 54: Ken Kunkel hit eight of 12 shots and had 22 points and nine rebounds as Mount St. Joseph pulled away from Transylvania with a big second half.

The winners broke open a close game with a 16-3 run midway through the second half of the Heartland Athletic Conference tournament game.

Transy got 17 points from Parker Stansberry and 10 rebounds from Joe Jennings.

Kentucky Wesleyan 78, Kentucky State 77: Visiting Kentucky Wesleyan scored seven points in a row to take an eight-point lead and held on to win when Kentucky State rallied to score the last seven points of the game.

Lonnie Hayes led the winners with 26 points, 21 in the first half. The losers got 24 points from Antonio Sullivan.

Women

Berea 74, Indiana Southeast 71: Visiting Berea bounced back from a six-point halftime deficit to win a quarterfinal round game of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament. Johnesha Warren led the way with 21 points and six rebounds.

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