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College basketball roundup: Florida bounces back

Erving Walker scored 16 points to lead four Gators in double figures, and No. 18 Florida regained some footing Sunday with a 67-48 victory over American (5-3) in the opening game of the BB&T Classic in Washington.

The Gators (6-2) took the lead for good midway through the first half as they bounced back from Wednesday’s lackluster loss to UCF, a defeat that has Florida in danger of dropping from the The Associated Press poll after being ranked ninth in preseason.

Vernon Macklin, returning to the court where he played for two seasons with Georgetown before transferring to Florida, added 12 points. Alex Tyus scored 14 points, and Chandler Parsons had 13 points and eight rebounds.

FLORIDA ST. 60, HARTFORD 38 -- Derwin Kitchen and Bernard James each had double doubles as the host Seminoles (6-2) overcame a cold-shooting first half and sloppy ballhandling to defeat the Hawks (2-6) and snap a two-game losing streak.

Women’s Top 25

(1) UCONN 86, SACRED HEART 32 -- Maya Moore scored 17 points to become the school’s career scoring leader, and the host Huskies (8-0) routed the Pioneers (3-4) to win their 86th consecutive game.

(2) BAYLOR 103, MINNESOTA 56 -- Brittney Griner scored 22 points, her sixth consecutive 20-point game, and the host Bears (9-1) rolled over the Gophers (5-4).

(4) XAVIER 69, CINCINNATI 61 -- Amber Harris had 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Musketeers’ to their program-record eighth straight win to start the season with a victory over the host Bearcats (5-2).

(6) OHIO ST. 95, (11) OKLAHOMA 84 -- Jantel Lavender scored 32 points, Samantha Prahalis had 15 points and a career-high 15 assists, and the host Buckeyes (7-0) beat the Sooners (7-1) in the Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge.

LOUISVILLE 78, (8) KENTUCKY 52 -- Freshman guard Shoni Schimmel poured in a season-high 26 points, including six 3-pointers, and the host Cardinals (6-3) rolled past the Wildcats (5-1).

(9) TENNESSEE 74, OLD DOMINION 44 -- Freshman guard Meighan Simmons scored 14 points, and the Lady Vols (8-1) closed the last 12 minutes of the first half on a 30-14 run in beating the host Monarchs (3-3).

(12) UCLA 54, MONTANA ST. 44 -- Rebekah Gardner scored 14 points to help the host Bruins (7-0) beat the Bobcats (2-7).

(16) NOTRE DAME 72, PURDUE 51 -- Natalie Novosel scored 16 points, and the host Irish (7-3) celebrated the 1,000th game in school history with an easy victory over the Boilermakers (6-2).

(25) MICHIGAN ST. 71, (17) TEXAS 57 -- Lykendra Johnson and Kalisha Keane had 20 points apiece, helping the host Spartans (7-1) beat the Longhorns (4-2).

(18) IOWA 68, KANSAS ST. 62 -- Jaime Printy scored 20 points, Johnson finished with 13 points, and Alexander added 12 to lead the host Hawkeyes (8-1) to a narrow win over the Wildcats (6-1).

(19) IOWA ST. 60, MICHIGAN 47 -- Kelsey Bolte scored 20 points, and the host Cyclones (6-1) survived their worst shooting game of the season to beat the Wolverines (4-4).

GEORGIA TECH 69, (21) GEORGIA 53 -- Tyaunna Marshall scored 20 points, and the visiting Yellow Jackets (7-4) finally knocked off a ranked team in their brutal early schedule by pulling away late against the Bulldogs (6-2).

(22) MARYLAND 81, APPALACHIAN ST. 65 -- Diandra Tchatchouang had 17 points and seven rebounds, Alyssa Thomas added 13 points and the host Terrapins (7-1) rode a 14-2 run in the second half to victory over the Mountaineers (6-2).

DENVER 70, (23) VANDERBILT 65 -- Brianna Culberson scored 22 points, Kaetlyn Murdoch had 16 and the host Pioneers (4-4) upset the Commodores (4-3).

INDIANA 67, (24) NEBRASKA 61 -- Jori Davis scored 21 points, and Hope Elam added 14 to help the host Hoosiers (5-3) end the Huskers’ (6-1) 37-game regular-season win streak.

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