Men's Basketball

College basketball highlights: Florida defeats Arizona in OT

Former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith stood with his wife, Donna, during a ceremony honoring his career as a player 
at High Point during halftime against Wake Forest.
Former Kentucky coach Tubby Smith stood with his wife, Donna, during a ceremony honoring his career as a player at High Point during halftime against Wake Forest. AP

Patric Young scored a career-high 25 points, Erving Walker made some big free throws down the stretch, and No. 12 Florida rallied to beat Arizona 78-72 in overtime Wednesday night in Gainesville, Fla.

Walker finished with 14 points, including seven in the extra frame. He overcame a poor shooting night from the field (3-for-16) and a miserable performance from three-point range (1-for-9).

The Gators (6-2) extended their home-winning streak to 11 and won their first résumé-building game of the season. They previously lost at Ohio State and Syracuse.

Florida won despite maybe the worst free-throw shooting performance in Coach Billy Donovan's 16 seasons. The Gators were 15-for-32 from the charity stripe.

Vanderbilt 87, Davidson 83: Jeffery Taylor scored a career-high 30 points and center Festus Ezeli added 15 points in his first action this season as Vanderbilt withstood a late rally to beat Davidson in Charlotte, N.C.

The 6-foot-11 Ezeli didn't start, but he played 21 minutes and was a huge presence inside with six rebounds and two blocked shots before fouling out. He missed the first six games of the season after being suspended by the university and two more because of a knee injury.

Dayton 74, No. 16 Alabama 62: Chris Johnson scored 20 points and host Dayton closed with a 17-9 run to knock off Alabama, ruining Crimson Tide Coach Anthony Grant's homecoming. Grant starred for the Flyers from 1983-87.

Georgia Tech 68, Georgia 56: Georgia Tech took control with a dominant start to the second half and beat Georgia for the Yellow Jackets' first win in 35 years on the campus of their state rival.

No. 7 Duke 87, Colorado St. 64: Freshman Austin Rivers scored 17 points and Andre Dawkins added 15 in the first half for the Blue Devils, who were playing their first game since last week's lopsided loss at Ohio State.

Illinois St. 78, Morehead St. 73: The Redbirds shot 58.5 percent from the field (24-for-41), and didn't fare much worse from long range in a win at Morehead State. Illinois State made 54.5 percent (12 of 22) of its three-point attempts. Marsell Holden scored 21 points to lead the Eagles. Ty Proffitt (South Laurel) added 18.

Western Kentucky 62, Southern Illinois 55: Freshman Derrick Gordon had 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Hilltoppers in Carbondale, Ill. Jamal Crook scored 12 points for WKU, which had lost six straight away from home.

Thomas More 67, Washington & Jefferson 66: Senior shooting guard Todd Krohman (Boone County) drained a three-pointer from nearly 30 feet as time expired for the host Saints.

Transylvania 81, Earlham 57: Brandon Rash (Montgomery County) hit eight of his nine shots and finished with 20 points in the Pioneers' win in Richmond, Ind. Ethan Spurlin (Lincoln County) and Barrett Meyer (Franklin County) added 19 and 16 points, respectively.

High Point celebrates 'Tubby Smith Night'

High Point celebrated "Tubby Smith Night" by honoring the Minnesota coach at halftime of the Panthers' game Wednesday night against Wake Forest.

Smith scored 1,589 points at High Point from 1969-73 before beginning a coaching career highlighted by the 1998 national championship at Kentucky and five Southeastern Conference Tournament championships. He took over the Golden Gophers in 2007.

Smith said he "was wondering what I did to deserve this" and added that High Point "has meant a lot to me, meant a lot to my family."

Women

Notre Dame 95, Marquette 42: Lexington Catholic graduate Natalie Novosel had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists and the Irish cruised at home.

No. 22 DePaul 69, St. John's 52: Anna Martin (Lexington Christian) had 13 points, three rebounds and two assists and host DePaul won its fifth straight game.

Transylvania 73, Earlham 59: Former Scott County star Alex McKenzie scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds for host Transy. Jariana Gillespie (Lafayette) added 10 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

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