Chandler Parsons scored 19 points, Erving Walker broke out of a shooting slump, and Florida beat No. 19 Tennessee 75-62 on Tuesday night. Walker also finished with 19 points, 14 in the second half. Vernon Macklin added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Florida, which has won three in a row.
The Gators used a 27-6 run — highlighted by four three-pointers and a bunch of points in the paint — to turn a close game into a lopsided affair.
The victory snapped Tennessee's six-game winning streak in the series and gave Florida's NCAA Tournament résumé a much-needed boost.
The Gators (20-8, 9-4 Southeastern Conference) won for the fourth time in the last 15 meetings and jumped the Volunteers (20-7, 8-5) in the Eastern Division. More important, Florida probably secured a spot in the NCAA field for the first time in three years.
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Knight's wins record falls
Philadelphia University Coach Herb Magee won his 903rd career game, moving past Hall of Famer Bob Knight to become the winningest men's coach in NCAA history. Magee, 68, got the record with a 76-65 victory over Goldey-Beacom College on Tuesday night. Magee has won all 903 games over a 43-year career with the tiny Division II Rams, including a national title in 1970. Northern State Coach Don Meyer, who announced his retirement Monday, has 922 victories between the NAIA and NCAA.
Cincinnati Christian 105, Berea 89: Josh Reid scored 23 points, and Lexington's Chris Scott was one of four players with 13 as the visiting Eagles beat the host Mountaineers in the first round of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.
Berea was playing without five of its players because of suspensions after a brawl during last week's game against Indiana-Southeast.
Manchester 64, Transylvania 47: The host Spartans held the Pioneers to 30 percent shooting in the second half to move on to the Heartland Conference semifinals.