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No. 1 Gators blow out Gamecocks

Published: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 11:49 p.m. CDT

Michael Frazier II set a Florida record with 11 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 37 points, leading the top-ranked Gators to a 72-46 victory against South Carolina on Tuesday night in Columbia, S.C.

Florida (28-2, 17-0) has won a school-record 22 straight games to move within one win of a perfect Southeastern Conference regular season.

Georgia Tech 67, No. 7 Syracuse 62: Trae Golden scored 16 points, including six clutch free throws in the final seconds, and visiting Georgia Tech stunned struggling Syracuse at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse (26-4, 13-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost three of four coming into the game, and dropped three more spots in the rankings after starting the season with 25 straight wins and spending 3 weeks at No. 1.

Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Georgetown 75, No. 13 Creighton 63: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Georgetown frustrated Doug McDermott until late in the game in Washington, D.C.

Markel Starks added 17 points and a career-best 11 assists, and Jabril Trawick had 15 points for the Hoyas (17-12, 8-9), who shot 54 percent and advanced their cause as a bubble team for the NCAA tournament.

McDermott scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half, making a series of 3-pointers that helped cut a 16-point deficit to five. The Bluejays (23-6, 13-4) have lost two straight and are left with an outside chance at winning the regular-season title in their first year in the conference.

Baylor 74, No. 16 Iowa St. 61: In Waco, Texas, Brady Heslip scored 18 points, and Baylor got a much-needed boost to its NCAA tournament hopes.

There were 15 lead changes and four ties before Heslip put the Bears (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) ahead with a tiebreaking 3 with 2:14 left — the start of a game-ending 13-0 run.

Iowa State (22-7, 10-7), in the mix for the No. 2 seed in next week's Big 12 tournament, lost its second road game in 4 days.

No. 25 Kentucky 55, Alabama 48: In Lexington, Ky., Julius Randle had 12 points and 11 rebounds to help Kentucky end a two-game losing streak.

 

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