No. 14 Gators win fifth consecutive
Top 25: Allen becomes Temple’s career rebounds leader
No. 14 Florida 68, LSU 61 – Box Score
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton each scored 17 points and No. 14 Florida moved back into a tie for the overall Southeastern Conference lead with a 68-61 victory against LSU on Sunday.
Their fifth consecutive win puts the Gators (21-5, 10-2) in a tie with Alabama with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Walker made three 3-pointers and all four of his free throw attempts. Boynton was 5 of 12 from the field and made six of his seven foul shots.
Vernon Macklin added 16 points and seven rebounds for Florida, which played without starting forward Chandler Parsons, who has a thigh bruise.
Ralston Turner scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half for the Tigers (10-17, 2-10), who have lost 10 consecutive games.
No. 5 Duke 79, Georgia Tech 57 -- Box Score
DURHAM, N.C. -- Nolan Smith scored 28 points and No. 5 Duke made its case to return to the top of the national rankings by routing Georgia Tech 79-57 on Sunday night.
Kyle Singler added 15 points and Ryan Kelly had 10 for the Blue Devils (25-2, 12-1 ACC). A technical foul on coach Mike Krzyzewski inspired the overwhelming run that carried Duke to its sixth consecutive win and 10th victory in a row in conference play.
Duke, the reigning national champion and preseason No. 1, slipped from that perch after a loss in mid-January but could return to the top spot Monday when the new poll is released. All four teams ahead of the Blue Devils - Kansas, Ohio State, Texas and Pitt - lost in the past week.
Iman Shumpert and Moe Miller had 13 points apiece, but they couldn't keep the Yellow Jackets (11-15, 3-9) from losing their sixth consecutive ACC game.
No. 11 Purdue 76, No. 2 Ohio State 63 -- Box Score
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- E'Twaun Moore seemingly toyed with Ohio State. Whether he was knocking down one of his seven 3-pointers, making an acrobatic layup or draining a jumper in the closing seconds of the first half, the senior guard seemed at ease. He scored a career-high 38 points to help No. 11 Purdue beat No. 2 Ohio State 76-63 on Sunday.
Purdue (22-5, 11-3 Big Ten) has had much to smile about in the past week. The Boilermakers defeated No. 10 Wisconsin on Wednesday, and their two wins over top-10 teams brought them within a game of the Buckeyes (25-2, 12-2) for the conference lead with four games to play.
No. 10 Wisconsin 76, Penn State 66 -- Box Score
MADISON, Wis. -- Keaton Nankivil scored 22 points and tied a career-high by hitting all five of his 3-point attempts, leading No. 10 Wisconsin against Penn State 76-66 on Sunday night for its 20th consecutive win coming off a loss.
Jon Leuer added 22 points and 10 rebounds as the Badgers (20-6, 10-4 Big Ten) reached 20 wins for the eighth time in the last nine seasons after having four 20-win seasons in the first 103 years of the program.
The Badgers' win, coupled with No. 11 Purdue's upset of No. 2 Ohio State, puts Wisconsin one game behind the Boilermakers and two behind the Buckeyes in the conference race.
Talor Battle led Penn State (14-12, 7-8) with 23 points, but the Nittany Lions' NCAA tournament hopes took a hit with games left against Northwestern, Ohio State and Minnesota.
No. 23 Temple 66, Saint Joseph’s 52 – Box Score
PHILADELPHIA -- Lavoy Allen had 12 rebounds and became Temple's career leader in that category in the 23rd-ranked Owls' 66-52 win against Saint Joseph's on Sunday.
Allen scored 14 points for the Owls (21-5, 11-2 Atlantic 10) and passed John Baum on the school's career rebounding list. Baum, Temple's radio analyst, grabbed 1,042 rebounds in only three seasons. Allen, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, helped the Owls win their eighth consecutive game overall and ninth consecutive over their city-rival Hawks (7-19, 2-10).
Allen, who has 1,045 rebounds, set the record on a weekend former Temple greats Eddie Jones, Aaron McKie and Rick Brunson were inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. Former coach John Chaney watched from press row as Allen etched his name in team history.