Kenny Boynton scored 18 points, half of them coming on three consecutive three-pointers that changed the game, and 13th-ranked Florida beat visiting Georgia 71-62 Thursday night, clinching at least a share of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division for the first time since 2007.
"He opened up the game," Coach Billy Donovan said. "Those nine points were huge. That's what he does. When he all of a sudden makes one and then another one, it's almost like let him shoot. That's who he is."
Erving Walker added 15 points, and Chandler Parsons chipped in 16 in his return from a thigh injury.
Florida (22-5, 11-2 SEC) has won 14 of its last 16 games, including six in a row, and secured a No. 1 seed in the SEC Tournament. The Gators swept Georgia (18-9, 7-6) for the first time since 2008 and next play at Kentucky on Saturday.
Marquette 74, No. 14 Connecticut 67 (OT): Darius Johnson-Odom scored nine of his 17 points in overtime to lead Marquette over host UConn, which played without Coach Jim Calhoun on the bench. Kemba Walker led the Huskies (20-7, 8-7) with 27 points but missed four shots and committed one turnover in the extra period. Calhoun left the team Wednesday to be with his family following the death of his sister-in-law on Monday.
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Oklahoma State: Coach Travis Ford said Thursday he has suspended point guard Ray Penn indefinitely for failing to follow team policy.Penn started 10 straight games for the Cowboys in December and January but then was dropped from the starting lineup and has seen his playing time diminish in recent weeks. He's averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 assists.
Texas: Coach Rick Barnes said Thursday forward Alexis Wangmene's suspension will end after Saturday's game against Colorado. Wangmene was arrested on a drunken- driving charge early Sunday morning and did not play in No. 5 Texas' win over Iowa State on Wednesday night.
UTEP: First-year coach Tim Floyd was reprimanded by the Conference USA commissioner Thursday after an on-court outburst that got him ejected and then escorted off the court by a police officer during his team's loss at East Carolina Wednesday.
Kansas: Point guard Tyshawn Taylor will remain suspended Saturday when No. 3 Kansas travels to Oklahoma, raising to 32 the number of games Jayhawk players have missed because of injury, tragedy, misbehavior or NCAA edicts. Coach Bill Self confirmed Thursday that Taylor would miss a second straight game for violating unspecified team rules.
Pittsburgh: Freshman forward Talib Zanna will miss between three and six weeks after breaking his right thumb, the school announced Thursday.
Murray State 70, Morehead State 62: B.J. Jenkins scored a game-high 25 points, and the host Racers hit nine of 17 three-point attempts on their way to clinching the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season championship.
Demonte Harper had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Kenneth Faried added 15 points and 10 boards for Morehead, which had its nine-game win streak snapped.
Indiana-Southeast 108, Brescia 70: Louisville native and Moore graduate Jazzmarr Ferguson became the Grenadiers' all-time leading scorer with 1,982 points. He scored a game-high 31 points Thursday as host IU-Southeast reached the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference finals.
Thiel 78, Thomas More 65: Blair Rozenblad led six players in double figures with 15 point as the top-seeded hosts advanced to the Presidents' Athletic Conference finals.
Tennessee-Martin 78, Eastern Kentucky 70: Mike Liabo scored a game-high 21 points as the host Skyhawks handed the Colonels their third straight loss with one game remaining, at Murray State, before the OVC Tournament begins Wednesday.
Indiana-East 87, Berea 63: Marcus Isaac and Brent Burris scored 17 points apiece to lead IU-East in the KIAC finals. Rudy Evans led all scorers with 21 for the visiting Mountaineers.
Campbellsville 76, Lindsey Wilson 67: Courtney Clifton (Lexington Christian) scored 17 points, and Courtney Danis (Montgomery County) added 16 as the host Tigers won their ninth straight. Campbellsville (24-3, 16-1) has locked up the No. 1 seed in the Mid-South Conference Tournament that starts March 4.
Georgetown 69, Rio Grande 53: Kourtney Tyra had 14 points, seven assists and three steals to lead the host Tigers, who have one game left before the Mid-South Conference Tournament.