Emanuel Sharp came off the bench and scored 18 points, and No. 3 Houston bounced back from a loss that knocked it off the top of the rankings by winning Central Florida men’s college basketball on Wednesday night in Orlando with 82: 71 defeated.
Jarace Walker added 17 points, Jamal Shead had 14 points and 10 assists, and Marcus Sasser also had 14 for the Cougars (19-2, 7-1 American Athletic Conference) who lost to Temple 56-55 at home on Sunday .
Ithiel Horton had 18 points and Taylor Hendricks had 17 for UCF (13-7, 4-4). Hendricks’ three-point game capped a 6-0 run that left the Knights 7-02 to 67-62.
#2 Alabama 66, Mississippi State 63: Seven points down at halftime, the Crimson Tide (18-2, 8-0 SEC) rebounded against the Bulldogs (12-8, 7-1) as backup guard Jahvon Quinerly had 14 points and freshman Post players Noah Clowney and Brandon Miller each had 13 points. Tolu Smith scored 14 points and Dashawn Davis 13 for Mississippi State. The Bulldogs’ Shakeel Moore missed a three-pointer with two seconds left when Noah Gurley blocked it.
#4 Tennessee 70, Georgia 41: Zakai Zeigler had 11 points and seven assists, and the hosting Volunteers (17-3, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) held their 10th opponent to 50 or fewer points. The Bulldogs (13-7, 3-4), shooting just 29% from the field, were led by Terry Roberts with 11 points.
No. 13 Xavier 82, No. 19 Connecticut 71: Souley Boum had 21 points and Colby Jones 20 as the Musketeers (17-4, 9-1 Big East) held off the host Huskies (16-6, 5-6). Xavier led in the first half by 17 points but UConn, led by Jordan Hawkins, who scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half, came within a point four times.
Maryland 73, Wisconsin 55: Jahmir Young had 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead the host Terrapins (13-7, 4-5 Big Ten) over the Badgers (12-7, 4-5). Donta Scott had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Maryland shooting 56% to Wisconsin’s 39.6%. Connor Essegian had 19 points, Tyler Wahl (Lakeville North) 13 and Steven Crowl (Eastview) 11 for the Badgers. Maryland improved to 10-1 at home.
Northwestern 78, Nebraska 63: Ty Berry made six of his 12 three-point attempts and scored 26 points to lead the visiting Wildcats (14-5, 5-3) past the Cornhuskers (10-11, 3-7). Northwestern built a 43-30 lead at halftime with a final 10-0 run. Keisei Tominaga led Nebraska with 22 points.
Texas 78, No. 14 Oklahoma 58: DeYona Gaston scored 19 points as the host Longhorns (15-6, 6-2 Big 12) beat the Sooners (16-3, 6-2). Skylar Vann scored 13 points for Oklahoma, who had 24 turnovers and shot 1-for-17 in the third quarter.
No. 18 Iowa St. 75, TCU 35: Ashley Joens scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for her third straight double-double as the Cyclones (14-4, 6-2 Big 12) took down the host Horned Frogs (6- ) rolled past 14, 0-8). For Joens it was the ninth double-double of the season and the 58th of her career.
Gustavus 66, Bethel 53: The Gusties started and finished strong to beat the host Royals and take a one-game lead over them in the conference race. Gustavus led 17-7 after the first quarter as Bethel made just one of 11 shots and the Gusties held a 22-11 lead in the fourth. Grace Benz led Gustavus (15-2, 12-2 MIAC) by 14 points, but five teammates had between eight and 13 points. Another key for the Gusties was their 31 points from 22 turnovers. Autumn Earney had 12 points and Colette Duininck, who was 3-3 in threes, had 11 points for the Royals (11-6, 11-3).