Marquette 74, No. 14 Connecticut 67, OT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Darius Johnson-Odom scored nine of his 17 points in overtime Thursday night to lead Marquette to a 74-67 victory over No. 14 Connecticut, which played without coach Jim Calhoun on the bench.
Jimmy Butler added 16 points for the Golden Eagles (17-11, 8-7 Big East), who tied the game at 59 with 5.3 seconds left on a drive by Johnson-Odom.
Kemba Walker led the Huskies (20-7, 8-7) with 27 points but the junior guard missed fur shots and committed one turnover in the extra period.
It was the Huskies’ first game since the NCAA revealed its sanctions against the program over recruiting violations. Among the penalties was a suspension of Calhoun for next season’s first three Big East games. Calhoun was cited for failing to monitor and promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program.
No. 13 Florida 71, Georgia 62
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Kenny Boynton scored 18 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers in the second half that helped the Gators take control.
Erving Walker added 15 points, and Chandler Parsons chipped in 16 for Florida, which clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division for the first time since 2007.
Florida (22-5, 11-2 SEC) has won 14 of its last 16 games, including six in a row. The Gators swept Georgia (18-9, 7-6) for the first time since 2008 and extended their home winning streak against the Bulldogs to nine.
Travis Leslie led the Bulldogs with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists.