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Nichols sparks Florida State – Times Union

Sunrise, Fla.

Former University at Albany player David Nichols scored a season-high 19 points off the bench and No. 11 Florida State shot a season-best 55 percent to beat Saint Louis 81-59 Saturday in the one-day Orange Bowl Classic.

The Billikens shot only 30 percent — their season low, in the best effort yet for Florida State’s defense.

The Seminoles (11-1) won their sixth game in a row and matched the best 12-game record in school history. Saint Louis (8-4) suffered its most lopsided loss of the season.

Nichols went 7-for-11, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the first half that gave the Seminoles a 40-25 lead. The margin stayed in double digits the rest of the way, peaking at 71-43 late in the second half.

Arizona St. 80, Kansas 76: Rob Edwards scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 6.1 seconds left, setting off a wild celebration in the desert as No. 18 Arizona State knocked off No. 1 Kansas. The second No. 1 team to play in Tempe drew a star-studded crowd, with Michael Phelps, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Eddie House and Arizona governor Doug Ducey among the third-largest crowd (14,592) in school history.

Tennessee 83, Wake Forest 64: Grant Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds as No. 3 Tennessee trounced Wake Forest for its sixth consecutive victory. Kyle Alexander scored a career-high 19 points and had eight rebounds to help Tennessee (10-1) extend its home winning streak to 15 games. The Volunteers haven’t lost at Thompson-Boling Arena since last season, when it fell 94-84 to Auburn on Jan. 2.

Michigan 71, Air Force 50: Iggy Brazdeikis scored 19 points and Charles Matthews added 17 to lead No. 4 Michigan. The Wolverines (12-0) went on a 19-3 run in the first half and never looked back. Michigan is 12-0 for only the third time in school history. The Wolverines also did it in 1985-86 and 2012-13.

Virginia 72, William & Mary 40: De’Andre Hunter scored 18 points, Kyle Guy had 16 and No. 5 Virginia pulled away after halftime. The Tribe (4-8) used a 14-3 run spanning halftime to trim a 17-point deficit to 34-28 early in the second half, but Mamadi Diakite’s basket sparked a 17-2 run that put Virginia (11-0) in command again. Guy had nine points in the run, including the last six, to give the Cavaliers a 51-30 advantage with 9:57 to play.

Nevada 68, Akron 62: Caleb Martin and Jordan Caroline scored 19 points apiece, and Martin hit a 3-pointer with 45 seconds left to help Nevada fend off Akron.

Auburn 93, Murray State 88: Samir Doughty scored 20 points, Austin Wiley had 17 points and 10 rebounds and No. 7 Auburn held off Murray State. Four days after being upset by North Carolina State, Auburn led 91-79 with 55 seconds remaining before getting a scare because of Murray State’s full-court press and turnovers by the Tigers. The Racers cut Auburn’s lead to three points with 19 seconds left, but Jared Harper’s free throws on the other end sealed the Tigers’ victory.

Kentucky 80, North Carolina 72: Keldon Johnson scored 23 points, Reid Travis added 20, and No. 19 Kentucky beat ninth-ranked North Carolina in a matchup between two of college basketball’s winningest programs. Johnson scored 16 in the second half, helping the Wildcats (9-2) hold off the Tar Heels (8-3) in their first meeting since the 2017 NCAA South Regional final.

Ohio State 80, UCLA 66: C.J. Jackson scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, and No. 15 Ohio State handed UCLA its third consecutive loss. Caleb Wesson had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Buckeyes (11-1), who have won five in a row since their only loss of the season last month against Syracuse. Kyle Young scored 11 points, and Keyshawn Woods had 10 assists.

Wisconsin 84, Grambling State 53: Ethan Happ scored 19 points and grabbed his 1,000th career rebound, sending No. 16 Wisconsin past Grambling State. Happ finished with eight rebounds for Wisconsin (10-2). He is the 15th player in Big Ten history to reach 1,000 rebounds.

Mississippi State 67, Wright State 63: Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 14 points and went 5-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final minute as No. 17 Mississippi State held off Wright State for its eighth straight victory.

Indiana 94, Jacksonville 64: Juwan Morgan recorded the second triple-double in Indiana history and the 22nd-ranked Hoosiers won their sixth straight. Morgan finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, joining Steve Downing against Michigan in 1971 as the only Indiana player to accomplish the feat. Downing did it with points, rebounds and blocks. Morgan went 5-for-5 from the field and added three blocks and two steals.

Iowa 110, Savannah State 64: Joe Wieskamp scored a career-high 24 points, Jordan Bohannon had 18 on six 3s and No. 23 Iowa blew past Savannah State for its fourth straight victory. Tyler Cook scored 16 points in 17 minutes for the Hawkeyes (10-2). They played without center Luka Garza, who recently tweaked his ankle, an injury that isn’t expected to be serious.

Nebraska 86, Cal State Fullerton 62: James Palmer Jr. scored 23 points and No. 25 Nebraska took control midway through the first half to defeat Cal State Fullerton. Nebraska (10-2) won its 18th straight home game, a streak dating to last season.

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