College basketball: Florida routs South Carolina; Kentucky State wins league tourney opener

March 4, 2014 

Michael Frazier II set a Florida record with 11 three-pointers to finish with a career-high 37 points and help the top-ranked Gators move a game from a perfect Southeastern Conference regular season with a 72-46 victory over host South Carolina on Tuesday night.

Florida's last regular-season game will be Saturday vs. Kentucky in Gainesville.

Frazier kept the Gators (28-2, 17-0 SEC), who won their school-record 22nd straight, in the game when his teammates struggled in the first half. He added some on-target icing to the victory when Florida took control with a 23-5 run midway through the second half.

Frazier broke the 28-year-old Florida mark of Joe Lawrence, who made nine threes against California in 1986.

The Gators can become the first team besides Kentucky to finish undefeated in SEC play since Alabama went 14-0 in 1956.

Georgia Tech 67, No. 7 Syracuse 62: Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and Georgia Tech ended a four-game losing streak with a stunning win over struggling Syracuse.

Host Syracuse had lost three of four coming into the game and dropped three more spots in the rankings after starting the season with 25 straight wins and spending three weeks at No. 1.

It was the final home game in the careers of seniors C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita, and it was one they will long remember — for all the wrong reasons despite Fair's 28 points, which matched his career high.

No. 12 Michigan 84, Illinois 53: Nik Stauskas scored 24 points and Michigan shot 70 percent from the three-point line to win its first outright Big Ten title since 1986.

Stauskas had a career-high seven three-pointers in nine attempts. The Wolverines (22-7, 14-3) were 16-for-23 from beyond the arc overall.

Michigan bolted to a 52-30 halftime lead, hitting hit five straight three-pointers.

Baylor 74, No. 16 Iowa State 61: Brady Heslip scored 18 points and Baylor got a much-needed boost to its NCAA Tournament hopes.

There were 15 lead changes and four ties before Heslip put the Bears ahead with a tiebreaking three with 2:14 left — the start of a game-ending 13-0 run.

Kentucky State 76, Claflin 55: Brandon Darrett got his 10th double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead Kentucky State to a win in the first round of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tourney in Birmingham, Ala.

The Thorobreds went on a 20-1 run to take a commanding 27-13 lead with 4:42 left in the first half. In the second half, the Panthers cut the lead to seven, but Kentucky State pulled away again.

KSU forward Darrien Wilkins had 14 points, mostly close to the basket, and eight rebounds, while point guard Quentin Henderson had 11 points, three assists and did not turn the ball over.

Post-season honors

Kentucky Wesleyan: Former Madison Central standout Ken-Jah Bosley (Madison Central) was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference's freshman of the year. He was also named first-team All-Conference.

Bosley, a 6-foot-1 guard, led the league's freshmen in scoring with 16.8 per game.

■ The Panthers' Karly Rhoads was named GMAC's women's player of the year.

Centre: Sophomore Tyler Wesley (Oldham County) was named the Southern Athletic Association's defensive player of the year. Donovan Whiteside and Josh Karsner (Bluegrass United) were named first-team All-Conference.

Transylvania: Parker Stansberry (Dixie Heights) was named second-team All-Conference by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Association.

Bellarmine: Keisten Jones, who starred at Ballard, was been named to the Great Lakes Valley Conference's first team after averaging 16.1 points and 4.6 rebounds.

Morehead State women's coach not returning

Morehead State Director of Athletics Brian Hutchinson announced that Tom Hodges will not return as head coach of the women's team.

Hodges compiled a 51-68 overall record and 31-35 Ohio Valley Conference record in four seasons. His first team was 21-10 overall, 13-5 in the league, but the team was 30-58 in his final three seasons.

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