ATHENS, Ga. — Darius Miller came off the bench to score 19 points and Kentucky cruised in its first game since returning to No. 1 in the rankings, beating Georgia 57-44 on Tuesday night.
Miller, who had started eight of the previous nine games for the Wildcats (20-1, 6-0 Southeastern Conference), returned to the sixth-man role he had played earlier in the season. It didn’t really matter. The senior made 7 of 8 shots, including all four from 3-point range.
Kentucky used spurts of 10-0 and 10-1 to build a 38-26 halftime lead. The Bulldogs (10-10, 1-5) never threatened in the second half, even though the Wildcats cooled off considerably. They went more than 5 minutes without scoring and made just 7 of 23 shots over the final 20 minutes.
No. 6 Baylor 77, Oklahoma 65
NORMAN, Okla. — Perry Jones III had 21 points and tied his season-high with 12 rebounds, leading the sixth-ranked Bears to a conference win over Oklahoma.
It was Jones’ highest scoring output in 11 games, helping Baylor (18-2, 5-2 Big 12) bounce back after consecutive losses to conference leaders Kansas and Missouri, both also Top 10 teams.
Pierre Jackson added 16 points and seven assists, Quincy Acy had 13 points and three blocks for the Bears, who shot 54 percent — their fourth time in the last five games to hit at least half of their shots.
Steven Pledger led Oklahoma (12-7, 2-5) with 17 points, and Romero Osby had 16 points and 11 rebounds.
No. 13 San Diego St. 52,
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Jamaal Franklin had 12 points and 11 rebounds and No. 13 San Diego State extended its winning streak to 11 games with a victory over Wyoming.
Chase Tapley added 12 points for the Aztecs (18-2, 4-0 Mountain West).
The victory was the 250th at San Diego State for coach Steve Fisher, who is in his 13th season with the Aztecs.
Leonard Washington had 12 points and eight rebounds and Luke Martinez added 11 points for Wyoming (16-4, 2-2).
No. 17 Marquette 67,
South Florida 47
MILWAUKEE — Darius Johnson-Odom scored 17 points to help No. 17 Marquette beat South Florida.
Davante Gardner and Jae Crowder added 15 points each for the Golden Eagles (17-4, 6-2 Big East), who have recovered from their rough start in conference play by winning five straight games.
Toarlyn Fitzpatrick had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls (12-9, 5-3), who had a setback in what has otherwise been a hot start in the Big East. South Florida had won three straight coming into Tuesday’s game, including a victory at DePaul on Sunday.
It was the 100th career victory for Marquette coach Buzz Williams.
No. 20 Michigan 66, Purdue 64
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 19 points to help No. 20 Michigan defeat Purdue 66-64 on Tuesday night.
Jordan Morgan had 12 points and seven rebounds, Stu Douglass scored 12 points and Evan Smotrycz added 10 points for the Wolverines (16-5, 6-2), who entered the game in a tie for first place in the Big Ten.
Michigan shot 54 percent from the field and outrebounded the Boilermakers 30-23.
Lewis Jackson scored 17 points and Robbie Hummel added 16 for the Boilermakers (14-7, 4-4). Hummel missed a 3-pointer that could have given the Boilermakers the lead in the final seconds.