No. 6 Florida routs Florida St.
No. 6 Florida’s guards made the difference — a big difference — in an easy win over rival Florida State on Wednesday night.
Kenny Boynton and Mike Rosario both scored 14 points as the visiting Gators romped to a 72-47 victory over the defending ACC champions.
Freshman Michael Frazier added 12 points while Scottie Wilbekin had five assists and five steals.
The Gators’ big man, 6-foot-9 Patric Young, had 10 points and eight rebounds.
“Hopefully our guys are able to see is that our sum — our total — is maybe bigger than one or two individuals,” Florida coach Billy Donovan said. “That’s a good sign of a team.”
No one was more impressed with Florida’s performance than Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton.
“We ran into one of the better teams that we’ve played since I’ve been at Florida State,” said Hamilton, who is in his 11th season at Florida State. “They’ve found the magic level. They understand who they are and what their strengths and weaknesses are and they’re just executing until they find the mistake that you’re going to make and they make you pay.”
It took the Gators just five minutes to take a 12-2 lead and the rout was on.
“We took care of business in the first four minutes and that’s what really determined the game,” said Boynton, whose layup with 8:57 left gave Florida (7-0) its largest lead at 62-25.
Michael Snaer led Florida State (4-4) with 10 points.
No. 19 Michigan St. 76, Arkansas Pine-Bluff 44: Garry Harris had 13 points, Travis Trice scored 12 and the host Spartans (7-2) routed the Golden Lions (1-7). Branden Dawson added 10 for Michigan State, which held Arkansas-Pine Bluff scoreless for almost 10 minutes to start the game.
Michigan State started the game with a 14-0 run and led 38-12 at halftime. The Golden Lions missed their first 13 shots and didn’t score until 9:48 into the game. ArkansasPine Bluff’s DaVon Haynes scored a seasonhigh 20 points.
No. 23 Oklahoma State 61, South Florida 49: Marcus Smart had 15 points and six rebounds to lead the host Cowboys (6-1) past the Bulls (5-3). Markel Brown added 13 points as Oklahoma State bounced back from its first loss of the season. Smart, the Cowboys’ playmaking freshman, made a 3-pointer to start a 16-5 run that put Oklahoma State in control in the second half. Victor Rudd had 14 points for South Florida.
No. 21 North Carolina 64, Radford 44: Waltiea Rolle scored 24 points and Xylina McDaniel had 16 points and eight rebounds to lead the host Tar Heels (8-1) past the Highlanders (3-4). Krista Gross, who ranks second in the ACC in rebounding, had a career-high 17 for the Tar Heels.
Creighton 66, No. 25 Nebraska 57: Reserve Marissa Janning scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including four 3-pointers, to lead the host Bluejays (4-2) past the Cornhuskers (6-3). Hailie Sample scored 20 points for Nebraska.
Kobe Bryant scored 29 points, making him the fifth player in NBA history to score 30,000, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a two-game skid with a 103-87 victory over the host New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night.
Bryant entered the game needing only 13 points to eclipse the scoring milestone and did so with a short jumper late in the first half that was perhaps the least spectacular of his baskets, which included the usual array of soaring dunks, demoralizing transition 3pointers and turnaround, off-balance jumpers.
Dwight Howard added 18 points and five blocked shots for the Lakers, who trailed 48-47 at halftime but seized control with a 13-0 run to open the third quarter, and the lead grew as large as 20 in the fourth.
Ryan Anderson scored 31, hitting 5 of 8 3-pointers for the Hornets, who were playing their ninth straight game without top overall draft choice Anthony Davis. Greivis Vasquez added 16 points, while Robin Lopez scored 15 points and blocked five shots.
Antawn Jamison scored 15 and Metta World Peace 11, and Chris Duhon had 10 assists for Los Angeles, which is playing without Steve Nash and Pau Gasol and won its second road game.
Spurs 110, Bucks 99: Tony Parker and Gary Neal each scored 22 points, and host San Antonio had a seasonhigh 53 rebounds.
Tim Duncan added 17 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (15-4). Tiago Splitter had 15 points, Manu Ginobili scored 11 and Matt Bonner had a season-high 12 rebounds.
Monta Ellis had 21 points and 11 assists for Milwaukee (8-9). Brandon Jennings added 14 points and Ersan Ilyasova scored all of his 17 points in the first half.
San Antonio outrebounded Milwaukee 53-36, including a 28-17 advantage in the second half.
The Spurs went on a 36- 15 run bridging the final two quarters to pull away from the Bucks.
San Antonio closed the third on a 12-6 spurt fueled by 3-pointers from Bonner, Ginobili and Nando De Colo. A defensive goaltending call against Larry Sanders on a layup by De Colo gave the Spurs a 78-76 lead, their first since late in the first half.
The Spurs opened the game by missing their first 11 attempts before Parker banked in a runner with eight minutes left in the opening quarter. The Spurs offset that poor shooting with 11 rebounds.
Spurs’ Tim Duncan drives between Bucks’ Larry Sanders (left) and Marquis Daniels. Duncan had 17 points and 10 rebounds in San Antonio’s win.