Men's Basketball

Florida player makes winning basket — for the other team

Florida forward Jacob Kurtz accidentally tipped in a Devon Bookert miss with 0.4 seconds left to give host Florida State a 65-63 win Tuesday night.

The fluke play saved the Seminoles after they gave up an alley-oop from Kasey Hill to Dorian Finney-Smith with eight seconds remaining to tie the game at 63. Florida's five-game win streak in the series was snapped.

"That was crazy," Florida State guard Montay Brandon said of the game-winning basket. "I thought he had a rebound. I guess it just slipped out of his hand. I don't know how to explain it."

Finney-Smith had 14 points and seven rebounds while Michael Frazier added 11 for the Gators.

"That was probably the first time I've seen a game end like that," Hill said. "That was not Jacob Kurtz's fault at all. That was everybody's fault. We made some mental errors and that's what killed us. It wasn't Jake's fault at all."

Florida Coach Billy Donovan said both teams made mental lapses.

"We lost on a fluke play, but even if that play didn't happen, what's to say they still wouldn't have won that game in overtime. You don't know what would have happened."

Nation men

No. 3 Virginia 83, Davidson 72: Justin Anderson hit back-to-back three-pointers to fuel a 12-3 run in the second half, and host Virginia reached 12-0 for the first time since Ralph Sampson was a junior in 1981-82. Anthony Gill led the Cavaliers with a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. Jack Gibbs scored 21 to lead Davidson (9-2), which had a seven-game winning streak snapped.

No. 12 Maryland 68, Michigan State 66 (2 OT): Dez Wells scored 16 points, including a tying three with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and visiting Maryland earned a double-overtime win in the Terrapins' first-ever Big Ten game.

Melo Trimble, just 2-for-13 from the field, added 15 points for Maryland (13-1), which used its size advantage for a 52-36 edge on the boards.

Travis Trice scored 26 points for the Spartans (9-5, 0-1), who had just one double-figure scorer in 50 minutes.

Iowa 71, No. 20 Ohio State 65: Jarrod Uthoff scored 18 points and Aaron White added 17 to lead visiting Iowa (10-4, 1-0) in the Big Ten opener for both teams. Sam Thompson had 17 points for Ohio State (11-3, 0-1).

SEC men

South Carolina 91, NC A&T 54: Mindaugas Kacinas came off the bench to score a season-high 16 points as South Carolina closed the home portion of its non-conference schedule with a dominating victory over North Carolina A&T. South Carolina (8-3) won its sixth game in a row. Bruce Beckford led North Carolina A&T (2-12) with 14 points, 12 in the second half.

McNeese State 66, Mississippi State 47: McNeese State shot 52 percent and made 8-of-17 three-pointers in its first-ever win in Starkville. Desharick Guidry scored 20 points to lead McNeese State (6-5). The loss was the sixth in seven games for the Bulldogs (6-6). Craig Sword and I.J. Ready were the only players in double digits for the Bulldogs with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Dayton 78, Mississippi 74: Jordan Sibert scored 20 points, Dyshawn Pierre had 16 and host Dayton (10-2) held off a late Mississippi surge for its 12th straight home win. Dayton led 75-65 with 1:42 left, but the Rebels stormed back to pull within 77-74 on a three-pointer by LaDarius White with 15.5 seconds left. Pierre made one of two free throws and the Rebels (8-4) couldn't get any closer. Jarvis Summers led Ole Miss with 20 points.

State men

Eastern Kentucky 66, Coppin State 63: Corey Walden tied a career-high with 33 points and found Denzel Richardson for the game-winning three-pointer as Eastern Kentucky beat host Coppin State. Richardson, from Towson, Md., was 1-for-6 from the field before his final shot with 0.3 seconds left. Walden made 13 of his 16 shots.

Coppin State's Dallas Gary made a layup and free throw with 26 seconds left to make it 63-all.

Eastern Kentucky (7-5) entered the game seventh in the nation in three-pointers per game (9.64). The Colonels were just 7 of 37 (25.9 percent) from long range against Coppin State.

Taariq Cephas led Coppin State (1-13) with 17 points.

State women

Transylvania 65, Oglethorpe 54: Nicole Coffman had 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and two of host Transylvania's 11 steals in the victory at Oglethorpe (9-1, 3-0). The Pioneers scored 21 points off 22 Oglethorpe turnovers.

Georgetown 71, San Diego Christian 55: Jessica Foster scored 12 points, and Teonia McCune had 11 points and 12 rebounds to help Georgetown (10-4) win its opening game in the Westmont Holiday Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif. Georgetown went on a 10-2 run to pull away after San Diego Christian had cut the lead to 42-40 with 14:52 remaining.

Asbury 99, College of St. Mary 73: Savannah Taylor scored 24 points, Brittany Warren had 23 and Asbury (10-2) upset seventh-ranked College of St. Mary (11-2) in the Athlete Meals Classic in Miami, Fla. It was Asbury's largest margin of victory over a ranked opponent, and the highest-ranked opponent the program has ever defeated.

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