Men's Basketball

College basketball notes: Gators get going late, nip Auburn

Erving Walker scored five points over the final 1:11 to help rescue cold-shooting Florida in a 45-40 win at Auburn on Thursday night.

The Gators (14-4, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) hit just 28 percent from the floor but scored the final eight points to avoid an embarrassing loss.

Kenny Boynton buried one three-pointer to tie it with 1:50 left and then Walker — who missed his first six attempts — finally hit one for a 43-40 lead.

Earnest Ross was called for a charge at the other end after an out-of-control drive for the Tigers (7-11, 0-4), but Walker's off-balance jumper hit the side of the backboard to give the Tigers a chance to tie it with 20 seconds to play.

Ross fired up a three from the corner that was short, and Walker put the game away with two free throws in the final seconds.

Walker led the Gators with 12 points on 3-for-15 shooting while Boynton added nine. Florida made just 5 of 26 three-pointers in easily its lowest-scoring game of the season.

Chandler Parsons had scored 60 points over the previous four wins, but finished with just four, seven below his season average.

The Gators' previous low was a 54-point outing in a loss to Central Florida on Dec. 1. They came in leading the league in shooting at 46.9 percent but never got clicking offensively.

Kenny Gabriel scored 12 points to lead Auburn and Ross had 11. Gabriel's follow-up dunk with 3:32 left accounted for Auburn's final points.

The Tigers shot a more respectable 38 percent but made only one of eight attempts from the free-throw line compared to a 10-for-14 performance for the Gators.

Florida continued its domination in the series despite the uneven performance, having won 13 of the last 14 meetings.

Final Four coverage will include Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr will be the third man in the booth for the Final Four and national championship, joining Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg in calling the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced the combined rosters on Thursday. Marv Albert will call some games and Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Greg Anthony will offer analysis from studios in New York and Atlanta. Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson will share studio hosting duties.

The changes are part of the 14-year, $10.8 billion deal the two companies signed in April.

The announcers will make appearances across CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV platforms. CBS will broadcast the Final Four on April 2, with the title game on April 4.

Bowling Green gets $10M donation

An Ohio man who first watched Bowling Green games more than 60 years ago is giving $10 million to the men's basketball team. William Frack says he hopes the donation will push Bowling Green to the level of success achieved at other mid-major programs like Butler and Gonzaga.

His endowment will be the largest, single private gift in the school's history.

Frack, a retired school teacher, says he wants the money to go toward improving recruiting and scheduling at the northwest Ohio university.

Southern Cal player will transfer

Freshman Bryce Jones said he will leave Southern California's basketball team and transfer to another school. The guard averaged 7.6 points and 2.6 rebounds while starting 10 games and averaging 20.5 minutes this season. Jones said he wasn't happy with his playing time.

Purdue's Painter to coach U.S. team

The U.S. team at this year's World University Games will have a distinctly Indiana flavor.

Purdue's Matt Painter will be the head coach, and his assistants will be Butler's Brad Stevens and Missouri State's Cuonzo Martin. The selections were made by Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim, chairman of the USA Basketball Junior National Team committee.

State men

Bellarmine 85, Northern Kentucky 74: Jeremy Kendle scored 22 points and host Bellarmine snapped NKU's five-game winning streak in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game.

Bellarmine (17-1, 10-0) shot 51.7 percent from the field.

Josh Tabb led NKU (13-4l, 6-3) with 14 points.

State women

Bellarmine 72, Northern Kentucky 70: Host Bellarmine nearly wasted a 15-point lead late in the game before hanging on for the GLVC victory.

Bellarmine (10-8, 5-5) led 67-52 with 4:11 remaining, but NKU (12-5, 6-3) cut it to 71-70 on a pair of free throws by Casse Mogan. Chelsea Hawkins hit a free throw with 12 seconds left for a two-point lead, and Mogan's last-second shot was off the mark.

Therese Montano led Bellarmine with 23 points, going 13-for-13 at the line. Mogan led NKU with 21. Bellarmine shot 30-for-34 at the line.

Kentucky Wesleyan 66, Indianapolis 60: Host Kentucky Wesleyan held Indianapolis without a field goal for the last 8:15 of the game for the GLVC victory. Kentucky Wesleyan (10-6, 4-5), which trailed by as many as nine, closed the game on a 20-8 run. Erin Keith made the go-ahead basket with 39 seconds left, breaking a 60-60 tie. Indianapolis (10-7, 5-4) was held to 34-percent shooting.

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