Dee Bost might be missing some teeth. He's definitely found his legs, though.
The Mississippi State junior, playing with his front teeth glued together after taking an elbow to the face earlier in the week, scored 24 points as the host Bulldogs beat No. 24 Florida 71-64 Saturday at Humphrey Coliseum.
"Our chemistry keeps getting better and better," Bost said. "We just need to keep fighting and getting these wins."
Bost was playing in just his sixth game this season after missing the first 14. He lost five games because of academic issues, then served a nine-game NCAA suspension after failing to pull out of the NBA Draft by the deadline.
The 6-foot-2 point guard made four three-pointers and had five assists and three rebounds. Kodi Augustus and Renardo Sidney each scored 16 for the Bulldogs (11-9, 3-3 Southeastern Conference).
Florida (16-5, 5-2) went on a 13-1 run to take a 55-52 lead. The game was tight from there, with five lead changes. But the Bulldogs pushed ahead in the final minute, going 6-for-6 on free throws to seal the victory.
Arkansas 89, No. 19 Vanderbilt 78: Rotnei Clarke scored a season-high 36 points and Michael Sanchez had a career-high 20 points off the bench as Arkansas (14-6, 4-3) handed the Commodores their first home loss this season. Vanderbilt (15-5, 3-3) had won its first 11 at Memorial Gym. John Jenkins led Vanderbilt with 24 points.
Auburn 79, South Carolina 64: Rob Chubb scored a career-high 18 points and Josh Wallace added a career-best 17 to give visiting Auburn (8-13, 1-6) its first SEC win. The Tigers lost their first six SEC games by an average of more than 12 points and appeared on their way to another double-digit league loss before going on a 17-5 run. Ramon Galloway led the Gamecocks (12-7, 3-3) with 20 points. Leading scorer Bruce Ellington was held to nine points.
Tennessee 74, Mississippi 57: Brian Williams scored 18 points, Scotty Hopson had 16 and host Tennessee (14-7, 4-2) cruised past Mississippi (13-8, 1-5). The Volunteers went on a 16-4 run midway through the second half to take a 60-49 lead and never trailed again. Ole Miss was led by Chris Warren's 16 points.
No. 1 Ohio State 58, Northwestern 57: Jared Sullinger hit the second of two free throws with 3.5 seconds left, and Ohio State (22-0, 9-0 Big Ten) overcame a furious rally by host Northwestern (13-8, 3-7) to beat the Wildcats — the unbeaten Buckeyes' 22nd straight victory. Sullinger had 21 points.
Northwestern, playing without leading scorer John Shurna (concussion), went on a late 21-7 run to take a 55-54 lead. With the game tied at 57, Sullinger was fouled with 3.5 seconds left. His first attempt hit the front of the rim as Northwestern's student section waved, screamed and tried to distract him from under the basket. He then swished the second. Drew Crawford's long attempt from just over the midcourt line hit the backboard.
No. 2 Pittsburgh 65, Rutgers 62: Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points and visiting Pittsburgh avoided a second straight upset by holding off pesky Rutgers. The Panthers (20-2, 8-1 Big East) scored 12 of their last 15 points from the free-throw line and hit only one basket in the final 7:03 in posting its 10th straight 20-win season. Rutgers (12-9, 3-6) missed a game-tying three-point attempt with less than seven seconds to play.
No. 6 Kansas 90, Kansas St. 66: Thomas Robinson, two days after his mother's funeral, shook off a slow start and had 17 points and nine rebounds to help lead host Kansas (20-1, 5-1 Big 12) past Kansas State (14-8, 2-5). Markieff Morris added 20 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks.
No. 21 Georgetown 69, No. 8 Villanova 66: Austin Freeman, the Big East pre-season player of the year, scored 10 of Georgetown's final 12 points and finished with 30 to lead the Hoyas (16-5, 5-4) over Villanova in Philadelphia. The Wildcats (17-4, 5-3) cut the lead to one point three times in the final 1:15, and each time Freeman found a way to get the lead back to three. Corey Fisher scored 15 points for Villanova.
New Mexico 86, No. 9 BYU 77: Freshman Tony Snell scored a career-high 16 points and had a strong defensive effort in the first half against BYU All-American Jimmer Fredette, helping host New Mexico (14-8, 3-4 Mountain West) beat the Cougars (20-2, 6-1). Fredette had 32 points with a 12-for-26 shooting effort that included 6-for-9 from three-point range. But Snell, a rangy 6-7 shooting guard, held the BYU star to five points through the game's first 17 minutes.
Marquette 76, No. 9 Syracuse 70: Jae Crowder scored 13 of his 25 points in the second half, and visiting Marquette (14-8, 5-4 Big East) handed Syracuse (18-4, 5-4) its fourth straight loss. Marquette made 13 of 15 free throws to Syracuse's 1 of 2. Scoop Jardine had 13 points and 13 assists for the Orange.
Rose-Hulman 67, Transylvania 56: Host Rose-Hulman pulled away with a 20-6 run in the second half to beat Transylvania in a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference game. Transy (13-6, 7-5), just 4-for-25 from three-point range, was led by Ethan Spurlin's 11 points. Blake Knotts of Rose-Hulman (13-6, 7-5) led all scorers with 21.
Georgetown 68, Campbellsville 61: Senior point guard Eddie Gray scored 17 points to lead host Georgetown to the Mid-South Conference victory. Maurice Pearson added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Georgetown (21-2, 10-1). Caleb Harris and JaVaughn Espritt scored 22 and 21 points for Campbellsville (12-9, 5-5).
Eastern Kentucky 86, Tennessee State 72: Host Eastern Kentucky shot a blistering 61.4 percent from the floor to outlast Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State. Seniors Spencer Perrin and Justin Stommes each scored 22 points for the Colonels (12-10, 6-5). Kenny Moore had a career-high 25 points for Tennessee State (10-11, 7-4).
Western Kentucky 57, Florida Atlantic 53: Steffphon Pettigrew scored 18 points, and Sergio Kerusch had 17 points and 11 rebounds as Western (9-11, 4-4 Sun Belt) ended host Florida Atlantic's eight-game winning streak.