No. 2 FLORIDA 71, AUBURN 65
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Patric Young made a pair of free throws with 19 seconds left and Auburn threw the ball away on the ensuing inbounds play, helping Florida secure the win.
The victory was Florida’s school-record 18th in a row and it kept the Gators (24-2, 13-0) perfect in Southeastern Conference play. It was also Florida’s 31st consecutive home victory.
Young led the Gators with 17 points and added seven rebounds. Tahj Shamsid-Deen led Auburn (12-12, 4-9) with 17 points.
After Young’s free throws put the Gators ahead 68-66, K.T. Harrell glanced up court and never saw Allen Payne’s inbounds pass. The ball bounced out of bounds and the Gators sealed the victory from the free throw line.
No. 7 CINCINNATI 77, UCF 49
ORLANDO, Fla. — Sean Kilpatrick hit six 3-pointers and scored 23 points to help Cincinnati dominate Central Florida.
The Bearcats (24-3, 13-1 American Athletic) have won 17 of 18 going into their conference showdown with No. 11 Louisville on Saturday. Justin Jackson added 10 points and seven rebounds for Cincinnati, which beat UCF for the second time this season.
Central Florida’s offense struggled mightily in the first half, allowing Cincinnati to build an early 20-point lead. The struggling Knights never got it back to single digits and finished with 16 turnovers.
Isaiah Sykes led the Knights with 13 points and 10 rebounds. UCF (10-14, 2-11) has lost 10 of 11.
No. 10 SAINT LOUIS 89,
GEORGE MASON 85, OT
FAIRFAX, Va. — Jordair Jett scored 24 of his 25 points after halftime, Rob Loe hit two key 3-pointers in overtime and St. Louis beat George Mason for its 18th straight win.
The Billikens (24-2, 11-0 Atlantic-10), playing as a top 10 team for the first time since Dec. 29, 1964, extended their school-record winning streak and with No. 1 Syracuse and No. 3 Wichita State remained the only teams in the country without a road loss.
Sherrod Wright had a career-high 34 points for the Patriots (9-17, 2-10), who lost for the 11th time in 13 games and are winless at home in conference play.
No. 11 CREIGHTON 85,
MILWAUKEE — Doug McDermott scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half and Ethan Wragge added 22 to help Creighton beat Marquette in a foul-plagued Big East game.
McDermott, who entered as the nation’s leading scorer at 25.9 points per game, scored seven points to trigger a deciding 10-2 run after Marquette had pulled within 64-59. McDermott’s jumper from the free throw line put the Bluejays (22-4, 12-2 Big East) up 74-61 with 4:39 left.
Creighton did not trail over the final 20 minutes after leading 42-35 at halftime.
Todd Mayo had 13 points for the Golden Eagles (15-11, 7-6), who had won three straight.
No. 24 OHIO ST. 76,
COLUMBUS, Ohio — LaQuinton Ross scored 16 points before being ejected because of a scuffle, leading Ohio State over Northwestern.
The fracas late in the game delayed play for several minutes while the officials deliberated penalties for the players. Northwestern’s Nikola Cerina also was ejected. The teams shot 10 free throws as a result of the shoving match.
The victory was Ohio State’s 33rd consecutive win over Northwestern in Columbus, dating to an 83-72 loss on Feb. 24, 1977, at old St. John Arena.
Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith Jr. each added 14 points for Ohio State. Sam Thompson, who had not hit double figures in his last eight games, had 11 for the Buckeyes (21-6, 8-6 Big Ten), who have won five of their last six.
Drew Crawford scored 22 points and Tre Demps 14 for the Wildcats (12-15, 5-9), who have lost four in a row.